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“Gem - good food and great service”
Review of The Blue Duck

The Blue Duck
Ranked #5 of 42 Restaurants in Cottesloe
Price range: US$8 - US$24
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Australian, Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Perched above the sand dunes of the famous Cottesloe Beach, The Blue Duck is an iconic restaurant that has uninterrupted, panoramic views over Rottnest Island and the Indian Ocean. This busy restaurant is the heart of the local community and the place to go for those in the know. With its relaxed atmosphere and friendly professional service, it's the place to catch up with friends over a coffee, watching a glorious sunset over a turquoise ocean or enjoying dinner with a beer or bottle of wine.
Perth, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Gem - good food and great service”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Walked in The Blue Duck to satisfy my wife's curiosity as it was recommended by her friends. We had the Blue Duck Taste Plate (chorizo and octopus were yummy) and Eton Mess. White wine (Akoomi) recommended by waiter (Todd) was excellent - my wife who is not usually a wine drinker loved her glass of wine.
Eton mess for dessert may look a bit messy for some people, but really really tasty. It leaves you wanting more.
Initially sat outside on the deck to watch the sunset, but as it was getting cold and windy, as well as cloudy (May 27 2014), we decided to go inside to better enjoy the food and view of the setting sun behind the clouds. View was still spectacular through the floor to ceiling windows.
All in all, my wife and I enjoyed the food and the view. Service was prompt and genuinely friendly. I liked that even in my walking shorts I could enter a casual restaurant with good food and service such as this.
Plan to return and have lunch or dinner there again soon.

  • Visited June 2014
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Lovely view”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Had a great early dinner here, there were no non-service hours between meals which was great. We were able to get a great table with view of the sun setting over the water without a reservation. The Thai green curry was great, the seafood gnocchi tasty and the views of the ocean through the floor to ceiling windows were fantastic.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Erin R
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Melboune
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Still good”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Of course the Blue Duck has been at North Cott for years, and when we re-visited it for lunch on a weekday after an absence of some time, we were just as impressed as we had been in the past: a friendly welcome, efficient service and good food (in our case, vegetarian gnocchi and roast stuffed chicken). We sat on the open deck but if the breeze is too much, you can always sit inside and still enjoy the view.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Gat16
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Nosara, Costa Rica
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Awesome location and view!”
Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

We sat on the deck yesterday and had an appetizer and a drink. The view overlooking the sand and sea is one of the best I've ever seen. With a westward view, the Indian ocean sunsets are spectacular. If you are in the Perth area I would highly recommend stopping here for a meal on a nice sunny day.

Visited May 2014
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York, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
1,540 reviews
648 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 882 helpful votes
“Poor service”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

The outdoor balcony overlooking the beach is obviously pleasant. And the coffee is decent.

So why no higher than 3 out of 5? Well, if you can't get out on the balcony the indoor is not great. The decor is basic and they should make a lot more effort with it.

More effort please is a comment that applies to the service too. We asked what cakes they had available. The reply was "orange, carrott, caramel and another one which I can't remember". The cakes are not on display so you can't check yourself. There wasn't a hint that she was going to find out for us.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Waddler
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