Located in Gilman Village, The Black Duck is definitely different than anything else in Issaquah.
While there are plenty of 21 and over dive bars, these are also places where patrons go to fill up on cheap booze. But you won’t find the everyday mill-of-the-road generic beers here.
At our neighborhood pub, it’s all about our customer’s experience: great food, great service, great music – and of course, great beers.
And we truly mean our beers are great. We can honestly say there isn’t a dud on the list, which we’ve narrowed down to 17 of the finest. Because “in matters of taste, there can be no disputes.” When we order beers, our goal is to make sure they’re highly rated and preferably local (though we may feature a non-local beer if it meets our high standards).
Just like with our beers, we’re pretty picky about our food, too. You’ll never dine on any freezer-to-fryer foods here. We put a lot of thought behind every dish we create and every menu we list on our menu.
As for the atmosphere, our pub has a restaurant feel that also brings a welcome level of comfort. Our level of service is kind of a hybrid between restaurant and pub, or what you’d find at a higher-end steakhouse. At the end of the day, our focus is on making sure everybody is happy.
We had a pretty successful turnout at our grand opening, and we’ve been full every night since. People know us mostly by word of mouth, yet we push around 200-300 tables a night. And so far, we’ve found that our guests really appreciate the design of our pub and the uniqueness of our hybrid service style.
About Gilman Village
Decades ago, a group of unwanted buildings had created an eyesore for the old farming and mining town of Issaquah. But in 1972, that all changed when as the buildings were saved, one by one. They were soon repurposed into Gilman Village, a specialty shopping center that brought its fair share of tourism to the Issaquah community.
Visiting here became an experience for families who wanted to get away “to the country.” Parents and kids would come from around Washington to shop at the quaint retail stores and lunch at local eateries.
Today, Gilman Village serves as a major Issaquah landmark. It features a mix of independent shops, local restaurants and personal services, with some places having popped up more recently and others having been in operation for decades.
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