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
426 reviews since 4 June 2014
Average Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambience4.6
    Value4
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (366)fit for foodies (250)romance (165)business meals (35)group bookings (26)outstanding value (18)good vegetarian options (16)sunday lunch (14)brunch (6)child friendly (4)outdoor eating (4)disabled access (3)pre/post theatre (2)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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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    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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  • 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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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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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.
  • 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.
  • Once in a lifetime
    Pud13
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Had a fantastic experience at TFD thoroughly enjoyed all the food (and there was lots!) service was the best I've experienced... Very knowledgable and attentive! Would reccomend to anyone who has £1000 spare!! Very expensive but as a once in a lifetime treat well worth it!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Dream Realised
    BERuss
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    It was a brilliant experience, it took us on a journey. The service was outstanding from start to finish. This was a bucket list item for us coming from Australia, it was a thrill to be there!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visual surprise dampened
    Icouldeat
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Loved every moment of our time dining at the Fat Duck! Although we knew what was coming next actually seeing other tables receiving their next courses before ours were presented to us took some of the mystic away.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the fat duck
    funfood
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    Amazing experience at the fat duck, a fun and relaxed atmosphere with amazing service and mind blowing food!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary Dining Experience!
    FoodieFloozy
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    I arrived with a group of friends and we were immediately made to feel special and welcome. I had high expectations and the whole team at The Fat Duck somehow managed to exceed them! We enjoyed the 14 course taster menu and chose our wines from the extensive wine menu with help from the fantastic Sommelier. Each course had it's own surprise and each was as exquisite as the last whilst leaving you eagerly anticipating the next one. The thing that really stood out for me though was the staff. This place runs like clockwork. The service we experienced from this young team was 'out of this world'. They were so calm and organised. It was excellent. It was even noticed that I was left handed. I would highly recommend The Fat Duck. Truly Superb!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On a different level! Sublime!
    Foodie
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    We visited on Friday evening, having secured a booking almost by chance - after trying for the best part of two years on and off. Yes, it was a lot of money, but actually pretty fair value for money considering the sublime taste, the amazing presentation, the incredible theatre and the outstanding service. I am unlikely to go again, but I think it is something everyone who enjoys exceptional food should do once in their lifetime. We have been fortunate enough to eat in some really amazing restaurants in recent years - the Fat Duck was on an entirely different level, it's own level, and I doubt we ever be lucky enough to find anything which equals it. If you can afford it, and you can secure a table, go - I doubt you will regret it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incomparable
    Jin123
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    An amazing experience from start to finish. Sure its not cheap but if you can afford it you have to experience it at least once. Not only is the food perfect but the sense of theatre and invention is like nothing I've seen anywhere else.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience highly recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    setting is lovely service food ingredients are impeccable desserts especially beautiful
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  • Like a Child Again
    GnomeOrMrNiceGuy
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    We were looking for somewhere special to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, and my wife's dream ever since we met has been to eat at the Fat Duck. There was some slight trepidation on my part (what's wrong with pie and mash?), but this was swept away the moment we sat down. The staff were amazing and the food was out of this world. The space available here cannot even begin to allow me to start to describe what we could only count as a truly magical and unique experience. We also had the wine tasting menu which complemented the dishes perfectly. We felt like children again and the flavours were so evocative of experiences and places we had been on our own and together. Singularly, (but offbeatly) brilliant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once upon a time ...
    frenchie
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Though the interior decor is not very attractive (the paintings are terrible), and everything was rather too quiet when we arrived, the experience overall was absolutely fascinating, the food marvellously inventive, it's presentation extraordinary (though we do wish we hadn't seen some of the these things on TV before we came.), and the service was exemplary. It was a joy to eat there, everything was well-paced, everyone was friendly and once the food started appearing with it's attendant theatre, people started talking and laughing and the atmosphere warmed considerably. The mark-up on wine is scandalously high given the overall cost of the meal/service charge, but the food itself is well worth the cost given it's uniqueness and quality
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has the 'WOW' factor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Of course; we knew that by coming to The Fat Duck, we were ready to look on in amazement... and we were not disappointed. We have ate in several high end restaurants around the world, and although I thought the food was on par with the rest... the 'Heston' touches meant it has by far exceeded anything we have had before! The staff were outstanding, the food was phenomenal and we are so glad we managed to get a table (even if it was 9 months of constantly trying everyday!!) It was my partner's birthday and I informed them of this prior and the staff all signed one of the menus for him and gave it to us at the beginning. It didn't cost anything, but really meant the world to him so thank you very much for the very kind gesture!
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  • Amazing
    stroudie
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    The Fat Duck is a truly wonderful restaurant and amazing food - the 14 course tasting menu was exquisite and visually inspiring.
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  • Fantastic Anniversary Meal
    tomtmann
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    The restaurant was larger than we were expecting and the wonderful food did not let us down... a truly memorable experience - Food Theatre at it's best, superb!
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  • Amazing Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    The evening was like dinner and a show. Its an amazing place and a wonderful experience. Make sure that you have plenty of time as our 7:30pm sitting meant that we left The Fat Duck at 12:30am.
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  • An experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Only a tasting menu is available. It is not cheap especially when adding in the tasting wines (which compliment the food fantastically). However it is an outstanding experience of innovative cooking and combinations of flavours. Once in a life time experience.
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  • Best meal we have ever had!
    CandiceC
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Flawless and worth every penny. Having eaten in Michelin stars around the world this topped them all. Really a one-off and if you can get in and love food then do it!
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  • Wow
    Jasi
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    We went for dinner on a Saturday night. Great ambience and quite a modest setting for such an extravagant meal. I guess the food speaks more for the place than the quaint setting. The food was an experience, to say the least. It was a sensory overload of taste, smells, sights and even noise. Standout dishes were the beetroot wafer, the truffle toast, the palate cleanser and every one of the desserts (there were 4!). However, I will have to say that some of the savoury dishes were a bit too salty for my liking. I prefer a subtler flavour. The worst dish was probably "sounds of the sea", as it was way too fishy and slimy for my taste. Service was impeccable, as expected. A really great experience, albeit an expensive one. Glad I went!
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  • The Fat Duck, superb as ever.
    Aghenderson1981
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    My wife and I dined at the Fat Duck for our First wedding aniversary and from start to finish the experience was sublime. The staff are wonderful, the food was out of this world, and the ambiance was excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must be experienced once
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    While not all the dishes appeal to all diners one can only marvel at the ingenuity and sophistication of the techniques used to bring it to the plate. You know when you go that you are expecting an experience rather than dining heaven - and that is what you get.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treat for any serious foodie
    NiftyNoshings
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    We dined at the Fat Duck a few days ago and I can honestly say this was one of the best meals I have ever had. It is a small restaurant with about 45 covers with a kitchen so small that the majority of the 42 chefs work in a nearby preparation kitchen. All staff were very friendly and helpful and quite understandably proud to be working there. There are no menu choices as such, as they only serve the 14 course tasting menu. Obviously they cater for dietary requirements and are happy to accommodate diners that are not comfortable with certain ingredients. The food served was simply divine. It looked and tasted amazing. My favourite of the night was one of the fish courses: Salmon poached in liquorice gel. I'd go again just for this dish.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Foodiekb
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Looked forward to it for so long and it did not disappoint. Fab food, even better service and just a fab goody night out.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A kings ransom for fools gold!!!
    MGilbert
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    13/08/14- I felt it my duty to write that I have lost all confidence in the hype that is the fat duck. We received a wonderful promotional video accompanying our booking confirmation which only made what followed a bigger disappointment. On arrival, we sat at the table for 40 minutes with just a glass of water. The food that followed was barely edible. Absolutely every dish, including the foie gras, lamb and salmon were cold and/or overcooked and the sandwiches were stale. We wanted to leave but it was a special occasion. We felt like idiots forced to hand over our credit cards to pay for such a terrible experiences. What was meant to be a celebratory day, was utterly ruined, I will never get that day back, I feel robbed and mislead.
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  • unforgettable experience
    Sveta
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    We have booked this for my daughters 30th birthday, because she is much into cooking and was really dreaming about dining at the Michelin stared restaurant. Despite the price we have not regretted that choice! It is not just a meal, its a sensual food experience. We were there for lunch, starting at 12:00. It is a good timing because the 14 courses are presented over about 4 hours, and you want to enjoy every one of them. So we did! First three servings just had us left with the word "Undescribable"! We just kepr smiling, all 5 of us. Then it was a bit like a theatrical performance, taking all our senses to highest picks of pleasure. A tip for ones on budget: Wine is not a must because food goes really well without. They serve water :o)
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