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Duke's Chowder House

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3327 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5309
+1 253-752-5444
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Tacoma, Washington
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Duke's is a local chain of several seafood restaurants in the Seattle/Tacoma area featuring their famous chowders. The restaurant is over the water on the Bay along Ruston Way. Great food & drink in a fabulous setting. Scenic view from inside or out on the deck during warmer weather. Traffic and parking can get challenging when the weather is nice... More 

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Vancouver, WA
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sons and I came for lunch. One had the 2-flight of chowders. The portions were TINY! Maybe 4 oz of chowder for $8? I had the Crab Bisque - it was wine heavy. The waitress was great, the view to die for, but it was way over-priced.

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Lakewood, Washington, United States
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there for my friends birthday. Great food and drinks the service was excellent. I will be back soon.

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Thank Debbie S
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224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a dark and rainy night as we were returning home from SeaTac--in April! Some friends had told us about a seafood restaurant along Ruston Way (there are many), so we thought we'd stop in. But when we arrived at the restaurant at 9 pm, we found out it was closed. We were hungry for seafood, so we were... More 

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Sistersville, West Virginia
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67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our group of four chose this waterfront restaurant because we wanted a good meal by the water, and we were so pleased with our choice. Duke's has several restaurants in the Seattle/Tacoma area; this one is in a rather new building right on the Sound. The service could not have been any better; our server, Walter, was friendly, helpful, and... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fantastic experience from the minute we walked into this restaurant. The sourdough bread was for starters the best I've had, and the salmon sliders and Dungeness crab cake were fresh and delicious. Save room for the marionberry pie a la mode!

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Thank Margaret J
Reardan, Washington
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful spring evening, decided to try a seafood place while in Tacoma. Long wait but it was Friday night. Tried both seafood and chicken corn chowder. Both very tasty. We had to wait for some of the fresh sourdough bread, which we definitely missed with our soup, but once we got it, it was delicious side to the chowder. Enjoyed... More 

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Thank Vhend
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Seated quickly, nice waterfront view. Large, noisy bar separated from dining tables by a rope, so pretty noisy for diners. Food is expensive, good variety, very small portions. Tried 3 different varieties of their chowder (including original) and was not a fan of any of them. Disappointing birthday meal...

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Thank Morthgar
Kent, Washington
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rarely disappoints! Always good service. LOVE the dungeness stuffed halibut! Wow! Beautiful spot by Puget Sound.

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Thank Dianaleigh
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The chowder is the best I've ever had, but it is the most expensive that I've ever had. I guess it's true, you get what you pay for.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3327 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402-5309
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-752-5444

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