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Ducks Restaurant, Aberlady, East Lothian

Ducks Restaurant

4.2
4.2
148 Reviews
£26 to £40
Scottish
Ducks Restaurant - Elegant dining room with white linen serving a five-course tasting menu. A three course option is available as is a vegetarian menu.

Ducks Inn Bar - Casual old-fashioned bar serving good wholesome dishes from Fish and Chips to Cote De Boeuf, pumpkin ravioli etc. Soup&Sandwiches are also served to 5pm

Ducks Inn has a tremendous wine list from across the world form 1st growth Clarets to every day house wine. Ducks Inn is also in the Real Ale Guide, has awards for its whisky list, is a partner bar with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and has a well-stocked five foot cigar humidor.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Dining Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:30–19:30 Breakfast Daily 07:30–09:30 Bar Mon–Sat 12:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    01875 870682

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Gullane

  • Parking Details

    Car park at rear plus on street parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 148 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. AK

    AndyK

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Our main courses were a bit suspect. Questions over freshness of langoustines and my steak in a peppercorn sauce wasn’t great. Chips were tasty though and the sticky toffee pudding was outstanding. Early days post Covid, so I’d like to try again in a few weeks time as the venue and location are lovely. Owner was delightful when checking in with customers.
  2. MH

    MargaretH

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Menu limited in front outside area as only boxes. Limited choice and small portions for money. But very friendly staff

    Ducks RestaurantResponded on 4 May 2021Until we open properly and can get some volume we have to keep the menu, all of which is fresh and local, limited or it would go in the bin. COVID restrictions mean we run at a loss until we open properly. The boxes outside were very popular last time. if you wish to have a plate just ask or come inside and that's what you will get. Thanks for the feed back.

  3. MC

    MarionC

    East Lothian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Welcoming. Relaxed. Good range of menus from haute cuisine to bar food. Reasonably priced. Nice surroundings.

    Ducks RestaurantResponded on 4 May 2021Thank you very much for your review and thank for coming. I hope we see you soon. Malcolm

  4. KR

    KeithR

    Perthshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely lounge with French jazz and graphics and sun-bathed exterior sitting area. Great lunch stop.

    Ducks RestaurantResponded on 4 May 2021Thanks for your review and for coming, hope we see you soon. Malcolm

  5. GB

    GeoffreyB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First post-lockdown lunch in the new restaurant. Very friendly welcome by Malcolm (owner) and his team. Excellent food, great wine (Crozes-Hermitage) and draught beer taken outside. Fair price. A favourite place.

    Ducks RestaurantResponded on 4 May 2021Thanks for your review, great to see folk again. Hope we see you soon. Malcolm

  6. MB

    MarciaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely staff and food, nice atmosphere would definitely recommend
  7. C

    Camebybus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I ate at Ducks two weeks ago, had the same meal, and two weeks ago I thought it was hotter and fresher so 2 weeks ago I'd have given five stars but it was still very enjoyable and 4 stars. The quietness of the conservatory area and the fact that for most of the time two of us had it to ourselves earns five stars - and to congratulate you for keeping going during these really tough times and (maybe) also taking forward that a quiet restaurant is an absolute joy. It was relaxing, clean, quiet, bright, well-distanced....fantastic. It's only the third time I have eaten out since February - twice at Ducks. This was incomparably a better experience than the third occasion when another restaurant had outstanding food...but everything felt too close and not comfortable. I'll definitely return - but maybe choose something different!
  8. MW

    MichaelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was a quiet, grey Wednesday lunchtime when my wife and I visited Ducks. We had been past before but had never stopped. It won’t be the last time. The service was friendly and the food was excellent and very good value. Most notable was the white chocolate and tonka bean parfait which I had for dessert. Definitely one of the best desserts I have eaten and I don’t say that lightly.
  9. DM

    DonnaM

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    lovely food, daughter really enjoyed her veggie option!! felt safe.
  10. SW

    SWkaz

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Thoroughly enjoyable meal with some special touches we could not recreate at home. We ate early and the restaurant was very quiet hence the lack of atmosphere. Great service though and we would return.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic flavours, beautifully prepared, attentive service to the point that the wine glasses were never empty. A culinary sensation. Washed down with a great Grand Cru.
  12. AG

    AnnetteG

    East Lothian

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Vegetarian options were limited and not all of the menu was stocked. My meat/fish eating friend was very happy with his food. I had the halloumi stack which was nice but one piece was a little overcooked which put me off the rest of the meal. I would definitely go back but would try the other vegetarian option or eat from the side dishes. Hopefully the cheesecake will be in stock. Staff were lovely.
  13. AM

    AndyM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    Not first visit, possibly last. Previously atmosphere at Ducks was very good. Not now. Staff seemed ill at ease with PPE. This impacted on our enjoyment. Instead of of mobiles for the menu it would be an idea to project on walls using projectors. Food was not exactly what was expected. Calamari was not hot. Ice Cream was crystallised. Had it been in and out of the freezer? In my experience the age of the serving staff is young. This in turn I believe leads to a level of service below what I expect. It’s a guess that the staff do not dine out perhaps as often as other people do. There is also a feeling of automated responses to customers requests. The absence of “table checks” was welcome. Table Checks are normally “is everything ok?”, diners reply “Yes”. A waste of time, better to enquire if the meal was satisfactory while clearing plates rather than interrupt people eating unnecessarily.
  14. KB

    KeithB

    East Lothian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food, was in the bar area, and it was quiet, Dog friendly as well. Small issue with the menus online not matching what was being served, once that was sorted it was straightforward and quick.
  15. O

    Olivia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Ambience a la COVID. We were the only table in a separate room and it felt a bit strange but for sure part of this is to do with COVID. Food excellent. Couldn’t fault anything we had
  16. B

    Breitheamh

    London

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Both lunch menus were available for us whether seated in the bar area or the restaurant. Coronavirus hygiene arrangements were scrupulous and impressive, and we were easily able to observe social distancing rules. Service could not have been more attentive and helpful. We chose the bar menu even though we sat in the spacious and airy restaurant. Our food was nothing out of the ordinary but ingredients were good quality and freshly prepared. An excellent choice for an unhurried lunch.
  17. CW

    CarolynW

    East Lothian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent . Food delicious . Service excellent . Safety during Covid excellent . Highly recommended .
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My local and it’s brilliant. Everything a local pub should be.
  19. AI

    AlisonI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fantastic, beautifully presented and served by great staff. Only complaint we had was that another customer was vapying near us in the bar area.
  20. C

    Corkie53

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely lunch with great food & good wine selection
  21. LS

    LouiseS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely find in aberlady the staff were very nice and very attentive the food was absolutely delicious top notch food highly recommend it to anyone I would say very fine dinning for a excellent price well done The Ducks Inn 10/10 😊
  22. A

    cjArnoux

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service enjoyed in a very quiet and relaxing environment. Highly recommended
  23. UT

    UtaT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely food, lovely atmosphere. Steak was one of the best in a long time.
  24. j

    jenniem

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 September 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very good food and service, place a bit tired and sorry to not be able to leave tip when paying by card.
  25. JC

    JanC

    East Lothian

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A limited menu due to current Covid restrictions but quality of food, service and overall ambience very good and our party of 4 thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Pleasant atmosphere. Good food although menu limited. Busy. Our table was in a corner which was ok for one of us but not the other. Staff stretched but managed well
  27. a

    annt

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Limited menus, perhaps on account of large party in main restaurant and CV19. Disappointing given desire to support the business in light of regular updates received etc., and perceived effort by owners to keep the business afloat.
  28. CF

    ColinF

    East Lothian

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Compared to other visits the menu was quite limited but executed well.
  29. AG

    AlasdairG

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food in modern civid friendly dining area
  30. DW

    DavidW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Have lived relatively nearby for years and never been in here - I have definitely missed out till now! 3 of us, all had different things and all dishes excellent. Fishcakes, breaded haddock and chunky hand made chips, sirloin steak - could tell a lot of love had went into preparing them. Service was some of the best Ive experienced round here and owner should be really proud of his staff. All dishes explained when asked, by any member of the staff, and drinks replenished without any unnecessary waiting. Overall, great value for money, top quality food and service that couldnt possibly be bettered. Will definitely be back.
  31. MB

    MatthewB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Unfortunately we had a rubbish experience, after having this place recommended. There were a number of aspects of the service that weren't great which you'd usually forgive if they were isolated but it was almost a source of amusement by the end. The food also seemed to have a few bits missing, again if accidentally, then it began to add up, if by design then very peculiar! We waited 25 minutes before having to ask if we were going to be served. The server left without asking for drinks as she went to check if we could combine certain things from the two menus, when she came back we ordered drinks and tap water but the water didn't arrive. I ordered the pork belly but was told it wasn't available, I could have been told this when seated! I picked steak hurriedly and didn't notice a sauce choice, so I assumed it came with one preset sauce. Nope, no sauce with a steak?! Never not had sauce with a steak in a restaurant, especially not when effectively paying £27 for one when the £8 supplement was taken into account. The haggis bons bons were tasty but again no sauce so they were too dry. I've never seen these served without a sauce?! When we asked for ketchup for the chips we were brought a thimble sized portion to share between two of us. The food took a long time to come, and because there was no sauce I'd finished my half of Ducks lager (very nice) before my steak came. I pulled up the menu on the website with the intention of ordering a soft drink, but alas, no sign of any soft drinks menu, or if there was it certainly wasn't easy to find. For what the food was, I felt the price was way too high. If Rishi hadn't been chipping in £10 a head we'd have been a bit miffed. I don't mind paying a lot for good food, but this was way short. After a poor experience I didn't intend to tip, which is very rare for me, but the card machine didn't prompt me anyway. This prompt needs adding, it's only fair for your staff for when they are having a good night!
  32. LM

    LesleyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st time eating here, although there is a restricted menu at the moment, there were good choices for each course, the food was lovely, well presented and the portions were ideal, staff were very friendly and attentive
  33. HD

    HappyDiner

    Edinburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent quality of food and service. Great value.
  34. H

    Heartslilly

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely place and main course was delicious. Only disappointment was haggis bonbons. Just served on their own without any side salad or sauce
  35. P

    Penelope

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    My husband and I really enjoyed the lunch at the restaurant. The food was lovely and the restaurant and area is nice.
  36. G

    Geor

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 August 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I know we are in strange with Covid, but food ok (beautifully presented) fish cakes lacked seasoning. Service not great too many staff not enough direction. I also had come through from Glasgow and forward to the Sunday Lunch which is off the menu at present.
  37. MM

    MoragM

    East Lothian

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We’ve been to Ducks on several occasions and never been disappointed with the food or atmosphere. This was the first visit since Covid 19 restrictions have been lifted and we liked way they had adapted to safety guidelines by introducing the phone app to place our food and drink orders. However upon first inspection of the food menu on offer, it seemed very restricted but we ordered anyway and enjoyed what we had although after subsequent discussion with the owner after our meal it transpired more choices were on offer but it just wasn’t explained to us when we arrived, in fairness some of the waiting staff seemed fairly new and inexperienced so we won’t let this little glitch put us off returning.
  38. EL

    EdinburghLady

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 August 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Our first visit and we loved the food but not the place. Came across as run down and dirty (cobwebs). Maybe over the last 5 months the owners could have painted the walls and washed the wood work. But the food was very good.
  39. RB

    RachaelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and very friendly staff! Will definitely return!
  40. BP

    BrianP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    So-so. Nice bar, no atmosphere in restaurant. Whisky sauce is poss a better accompaniment to haggis bonbons than a sachet of tomato ketchup.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Ducks Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 148 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Area

    Gullane

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:30–19:30 Breakfast Daily 07:30–09:30 Bar Mon–Sat 12:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    Scottish, Dining Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Car park at rear plus on street parking.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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