The Fat Duck
The Fat Duck

The Fat Duck

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thefatduck.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01628580333
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 2pm (last orders)
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 7pm- 9pm (last orders)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Executive Chef: Heston Blumenthal
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No

Getting there

  • Public Transit: By Rail
    The journey from London Paddington to Maidenhead takes 40-50 minutes. The Fat Duck is a five-minute taxi ride from the station.
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in The Hinds Head car park, opposite The Fat Duck, which is patrolled by a security guard in the evening. In addition there are two village car parks. The first is on the right soon after the bridge. The second, slightly nearer car park is on the left at the other end of the village, opposite the cricket club.
A word from The Fat Duck

The Fat Duck Restaurant, Heston Blumenthal, awarded three Michelin stars, restaurant of the year, Best Restaurant in the World and Best Restaurant in the UK.
A self-taught chef, Heston Blumenthal's route to the top has been an unconventional one, involving rule-breaking, unusual experiments and an exploding oven. His work researches the molecular compounds of dishes so to enable a greater understanding of taste and flavour. His original and scientific approach to the molecular breakdown of cuisine has teamed him with fellow chefs, scientists and psychologists throughout the world.
His restaurant, The Fat Duck, opened in 1995 and was awarded its third Michelin star in January 2004.
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The Fat Duck reviews from OpenTable diners
431 reviews since 24 October 2013
Average Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambience4.6
    Value4
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (369)fit for foodies (253)romance (170)business meals (33)group bookings (26)outstanding value (18)good vegetarian options (17)sunday lunch (12)brunch (5)outdoor eating (4)child friendly (3)disabled access (3)pre/post theatre (2)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • Superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    A truly wonderful experience with very attentive staff and food that will absolutely amaze you.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Kittykatinla
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Food theatre. Even if you don't like all the courses, the fantastic theatrics are a sight to be seen.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to expectations
    Rox2
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Had an absolutely wonderful lunch here. Food and service was amazing. Yes - it's expensive but it was worth it for a special occasion. Thoroughly recommend it if you can get a table.
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  • One of the world greats
    luv2eat
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Great food with passion. 4 hours of prefect dinning experience. Worth every single penny spent.
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  • A truly memorable night.
    villa2score
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    The most imaginative food and dining experience possible. Tastes, presentation and service were exemplary!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    fatduckfirsttimer1
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    It is the kind of restaurant that you should go once in a lifetime. Every dish was delicately cooked, served and plated. Experience is simply awesome.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal ever.
    stutho
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    This was the most amazing meal I have ever had in my life. The food was out of this world with each course getting better and better. The service was also outstanding it was like watching a dance seeing the service staff attend to everyone with immaculate efficiency and grace. In addition to the meal we went for the matched wines which were sublime and complemented the dishes to perfection. The wine waiter was incredibly knowledgable. Some people would claim that a meal here is not good value. I would agree that you could buy an awful lot of burger and chips for the same price as just one meal at the Fat Duck. However a meal at the Fat Duck is more akin to buying art and the Fat Duck is the best of the best, it is excellent value.
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  • Pure magic
    Mmmmm1
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    Have eaten in many Michelin starred restaurants, the Fat Duck is the most fun, innovative, beautiful and delicious experience ever.
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  • A completely unique experience
    Foodie123
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    I have been a longstanding fan of Heston Blumenthal and to dine at his original restaurant is not a disappointment! It is a truly unique experience that no other restaurant has come close to. From the moment you enter you're made to feel special, the staff are attentive and everything is done with extreme precision and care. However, they are never overly in your face, brash or smothering; if you want to chat, they'll chat, if not they'll let you get on enjoying the unique experience. Eating at The Fat Duck is exactly that, an experience, its not just great food but its inventive, sensory and quite simply a joy. On top of this, my partner is vegetarian and their vegetarian tasting menu was as good, if not better for some of the courses!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • Most fantastic dining experience
    EmmaSweden100
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    One of our most fantastic and amazing dining experiences ever. Great food combined with a lot magic. Service flawless. Wish everyone got to experience Hestons restaurant!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An outstanding culinary experience
    bucksdiners
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    The quality of the dining experience is exemplary. The service is excellent and the presentation of the food is highly innovative. Whilst there are no tasting menu choices one of our party had some dietary constraints but with prior notice. Where necessary changes were made to the ingredients whilst keeping the same presentation of the dishes as the other diners. Plan to allow the 4.5 hours quoted on the Fat Duck website for the 14 courses. We found the pace of the meal just right. Also whilst the portions are necessarily small we found that after 14 courses the quantity was about right for our tastes
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must in the bucket list!
    mjb1104
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    First, how to find it. The sign is difficult to see especially at night so go slow when you are on that road. When you see the Hinds Head Pub, The Fat Duck should be right before Hinds Head on the right with the wooden door. Go slow on the bend and you will see a small sign on the left "Hinds Head Parking" and Fat Duck customers are allowed to park there. Second, go with an empty stomach and open your mind to a new experience. Third, I also strongly suggest doing the wine pairing since they know best which enhances the flavor of the food. Of the 14 courses, the ones that are memorable are the chicken liver parfait and truffle toast, snail porridge, roast foie gras, mock turtle soup and the sounds of the sea.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Fantastic experience
    Kitten
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    A experience of a life time. Really for the serious diner who is looking for something different. Not just taste buds are stimulated but also smell, sight & sound. I've admired chef for years & feel privileged to have enjoyed his dinner
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint
    Helenia
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went to the Fat Duck for my husband's 30th birthday with high expectations, and were not disappointed. The spectacle and flair of the various dishes was as wonderful as expected. The sommelier was very helpful in choosing wine, as we did not want one of the "flights" paired with the meal, just a few glasses, and also gave me a lovely non-alcoholic cocktail! Although the menu features some of Heston's "famous" dishes which have been on TV, like "Mad Hatter's Tea Party" and "Sound of the Sea" I actually preferred some of the others - the foie gras and eggs in verjus were particularly yummy. Not cheap, but we didn't expect it to be. Maybe back for our 40ths?
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Food4thought
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Some challenging mains including snails and raw octopus but fantastically presented, brilliant experience. I found the mains strong flavoured and quite salty but the service was slick and although it took 4 hours to have 14 courses you never waited long for the next plate. Best deserts I have ever tasted.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best 3 Michelin Stars!
    MajK
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have visited all the 3 Michelin starred restaurants in UK! And absolutely The Fat Duck was the BEST!!! Full of creativity and surprises. WOW!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    FrenchSmench
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Unreal. A once in a lifetime experince. Everything was perfectly planned, thoought out and tailored to challenge the senses and change the way the diner thinks about food. Jsut loved it!!!!
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  • Spectacular service & presentation
    Chezza
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    We went for my birthday and the service was phenomenal.. Also the food was served and presented amazingly. I think it is an expensive way to try that sort of food however the experience makes it very worth it
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Philabi
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    As I presumed. Outstanding service, attention to detail on all courses and waiter/waitresses remarkable. I can understand why Heston wants all his staff to go to Australia. It was my wife's 40th and they did a nice touch to have a signed autogragh of cooks, waiters/ess and head chef on the menu for her to take home.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fat Duck - Bray
    BerkshireFoodCritic
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    For years we have attempted to book here for Birthdays & Anniversaries to no avail. We settled for an Wednesday afternoon as a compromise and were not disappointed. The Theatre of the experience was amazing and the food was a delight to the taste buds. You do however pay for this experience as all that is available is Heston's tasting menu @ £220 per head .Special compliments to the smallest dish of the day - the Beetroot and Horseradish flavoured delight and to the quality of the service. All in all 4 1/2 hours well spent and another thing ticked off the bucket list.... Would I go again.....possibly ! - all depends what culinary delights he creates in his Laboratory next. - an A la Carte menu would entice me back again sooner.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of this world
    tc00
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Hands down the best dining experience ever. Very hard to fault anything even if I tried.
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  • An experience!
    Mumerello
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    The Fat Duck has to be experienced, the science and theatre is amazing. The service, the welcoming is outstanding. It has to be a special occasion, as it is an extremely expensive night out.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • needs a update
    tony
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    been here twice now both times enjoyable but the second time not so exciting as you know what to expect, i think the closure and the trip to Aussie will do it good as it may then come back with a new menu, staff great bread great to
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Amazing dining experience from beginning to end. Excellent wine pairing options. Extraordinary, never to be found again, dishes. Once in a life time culinary treat - not to be missed by foodies.
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  • The Fat Duck...a night to remember.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    The Fat Duck was 5 hours of pure entertainment, an amazing theatrical food experience. Definitely not for those on a budget but overall an experience that you'll never forget.
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  • Debs333
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    The service was impeccable, wine was delicious, but what truly impressed me was the fantastically interesting food: combinations of flavors and textures i have never tasted before!
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  • Amazing experience
    Buffyw21
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Be prepared for a gastronomic experience like no other!! Yes it's expensive but you'll never experience tastes and sensations like it anywhere else.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An amazing experience
    New2dining
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    We had the most special lunch for my husband's birthday. Thank you so much for the effort everyone put in to make it the treat of a lifetime. An afternoon we will never forget. Thank you.
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    good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    tonytales
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    I booked the Fat Duck for my girlfriends 40th birthday with some close friends. The experience was unique and the quality of the staff is something they should be very proud off. On arrival the atmosphere was a bit stuffy, but it did not affect our dining experience. The premises feel slightly dated, however that adds to it all. The food was not the best I have had across all 17 courses. There were some very special dishes. A must for anyone who loves dining out.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Service
    VSRG
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    It will make everything perfect if the service can be a little bit warmer.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sorry but the food isn't great
    Wantbetterservice
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    I've been twice now. The service is impeccable. The ambiance is first class. And most of the food is good. But great?- no not at all. I can't help thinking that most of the patrons are frothing themselves into a frenzy of excitement because of it's name / reputation. The "show" is terrific but if you were to compare the good with say chez bruce, there'd only be one winner (by quote some distance).
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  • Experience rather than a meal
    Jon63
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    It lives up to all the hype. Yes, you can get get excellent quality food elsewhere. But we've never met the same level of subtlety and cleverness elsewhere. The nitro poach business did actually work, at least for the G&T variant. The service was excellent, attentive and friendly. The acid question, especially at this price level is would you go there again? Maybe. If the menu changes when they return from Oz then I'd think hard about it, if only for the sake of comparison.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A truly world class experience.
    Luke
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    I booked this to celebrate my girlfriend graduating with a first class honours. Upon arrival she was congratulated for graduating (I put celebrating girlfriend's graduation in the reason for visit), and they also gave a signed card at the end. Fantastic service that was stunningly presented throughout. It was a faultless display of theatre and a total sensory overload. My taste buds are atill recovering from the storm of rich flavours that raged in my mouth across those 4-5 hours (those hours flew by!). This is somewhere you must visit, even just once in your lifetime.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breathtaking in every way...
    ChrisW
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    The food is just as innovative and amazing as when I first had the tasting menu back in 2005. A word of caution though: the prices have skyrocketted, even with the cheapest set of matched wines, don't expect to come out with much change from a grand for a meal for two...
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  • A SYMPHONY IN GASTRO-ENTERTAINMET
    PENDRAGONofCLUNES
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    We (my semi retired friend colleague, along with our wives) decided earlier this year that the Fat Duck ths was to take prominence on our 'Bucket List'. Aquiring a booking was not the easiest of tasks, however, we made it! From the moment of entry on the selected evening we sensed we had entered a special dimension of culinary experience. The first taste was an immediate unanticipated explosion of texture and taste - the wonderment continued to intensify throughout the evening, which became increasingly anticipatory and curiouser. The staff, who glided, responded, informed, enlightened and presented in the most charming and engaging manner, were totally lacking in obtrusiveness. 3 days later we could not unshackle our our entrancement.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    Millydine
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We had both been interesting in dining here for quite some time. The service was very good and staff were informative and polite. But after 5 hours we had, had enough. The food was of high standard but not a single dish impressed us, nor was it enjoyable. The hype of the fat duck in my opinion is too high for what it is, I have to be honest. It is extremely overpriced for what you get and the gimmicks underwhelming. I do not wish to sound like a moaner but this us how we felt. If this is on your bucket list, as it was ours then I would say go but otherwise I would not recommend it. We have no regrets but it was simply not what we were expecting. You could get the same experience for £80 at other resturants, which we have experienced.
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  • Wonderful dining experience
    Emzee
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Fantastic service and beautiful, exciting food. Incredible attention to detail
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JamesAG
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The question asked often afterwards was, is it worth it. My answer is simply that I'll go back but it doesn't come across as value for money and it's so hard to rate value. It is an amazing exrience and you know the effort that has gone in to make this as perfect as possible for every guest. Staff were friendly and hit made me feel special but with a pleasent, jovial and light air. Attention to detail could have been better - staff knew in advance that one party member abstained from raw alcohol and one lady was pregnant yet they didn't quite hit the perfect note of attention to them.
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  • Perfect
    RoundPaul
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    My wife and I went to the Fat Duck for my birthday and we have a wonderful experience. My expectations were high, but the restaurant managed to exceed them. The food was sublime, with a wonderful theatrical air to the presentation and tasting surprises.The service was impeccable throughout the meal. The whole experience took over 4 hours and we were never bored or felt like we were waiting. I must also mention the wine tasting menu as well. I chose this as I wanted to experience the perfect wine with the perfect food and they did an excellent job of matching the wine to the food. Now I just have to save up so I can come back again.
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  • A worthy bucket list entry
    ForbesVIP
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Outstanding is an understatement. My wife and I are lucky enough to enjoy fine dining with reasonable frequency, and where possible we will try to find an interesting tasting menu. We sat in the Fat Duck for the best part of 5 hours and were grinning like kids at christmas throughout; it was a circus of the senses executed with the right amount of pomp and theatre for the occasion. The staff were very friendly and attentive, each team member ensuring the experience was the best it could be. After the meal we were lucky enough to see the kitchens and appreciate how much preparation went into each sitting. The food menu was £195 per head; this is exceptional value for a truly special memory - alchemy at its most incredible!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.