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Blue Duck Hotel

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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257 Barkly St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
+61 3 5352 1177
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Healesville, Australia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We both had a great meal, the chicken schnitzel was huge!! The staff were friendly, attentive and the beer was cold. Its always a good sign to see a full dinning room when you walk in to a country pub.

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Miami, Florida
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409 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly bar tender. It is a very simple restaurant....a bit like a pub. It is in no way a fancy restaurant. Food is ...pretty good for the standard of a small city but it is not a fine dine restaurant like you can find in Melbourne. I took the duck chunks and I liked it but it is not the... More 

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Thank FranckJa
Greater Newcastle, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely country pub, helpful and attentive staff. Food was well priced and well made essential pub fair.

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Thank Tim D
New York City, New York
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Fantastic fresh food. I had the fish with veggies and my wife had the pasta --- both lunch specials. We finished every bite. Also, excellent dessert. We had the lemon coconut cake. Delicious! Friendly easy going staff too. Thank You for a great meal.

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1 Thank saaki2
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Fantastic experience from start to finish, we called last minute to book a table, telling them we were out of towners and we were told to come on in. When we arrived the staff knew my partner by name from our booking, and we were greeted at the door immediately and seated by lovely staff who explained how to order.... More 

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Thank Amy J
Moyston, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great dining experience loads of choices. Beautifully cooked and presented! Much more than a pub meal, and friendly staff to help make the night memorable.

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Thank carolj900
Melbourne, Australia
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125 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Disappointed a highly rated restaurant was not open each time we checked to have a meal. Reviews were great , maybe next visit to Ararat we will be luckier.

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Thank Peter Y
Randers, Denmark
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Just arrived in Ararat. I don't necessarily read reviews at this site before I enter a restaurant. Important to be open minded. In this case I did, however I read the menu on The Blue Ducks Website. Looking for Lamb. Went and the chops were Excellent! Along with the salat and with cheese platter with fresh strawberries as dessert, Yummy!... More 

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Thank Brian F
Pomeroy, Washington
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We decided to try the Blue Duck on the recommendation of our motel, the Southern Cross Motor Inn. I had the duck shanks and mash, my wife had the pumpkin salad with chicken. Both dishes were extraordinarily good. Home cooking from a family run operation. The best meal we've had in 4 1/2 weeks in Australia. You won't regret giving... More 

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Elmhurst, Australia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Always have had great meals here - Their beer battered fish is fantastic and anything on the menu with lamb it is done just sooo well! Have been there for many group meals and everyone - including vegetarians, is always very happy with what is served to them.. They have a good selection of local wines as well and service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 257 Barkly St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Grampians  >  Ararat
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5352 1177

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?