The Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern provides top quality ingredients, scratch-made food, and exceptional service delivered in an inviting, energetic and fun atmosphere.
THE NAME AND CONCEPT
The name "The Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern" is inspired by the comedy Billy Madison. In a classic scene, Billy colors a duck blue simply because he wanted to see this everyday fowl in a different color. At The Blue Duck, we aim to do the same thing: deliver a familiar and approachable product in exciting and unexpected ways. In this case that product is barbecue. In addition to traditional barbecue plates, we offer our house-smoked meats in a unique variety of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, tacos, and rice bowls.
To complement our fare, we feature draft beers from regional microbreweries, dozens of domestic and imported craft beer bottles, high-quality wines, domestic and imported whiskeys served in craft cocktails, and an additional full liquor selection.
We are located at 212 SW Water Street (The River Station) on downtown Peoria’s RiverFront. The Blue Duck occupies the space that is best known as being the former home of the old Cattlemen’s Clubcar. Steeped in the rich history of Peoria’s transportation past, the building was originally home to the Rock Island Depot and served the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad from its construction in 1899 until the “Peoria Rocket” ran its final passengers in 1978, during which year the building was added to the National Register Historic Places. The building began its transformation into a restaurant destination with the opening of the River Station restaurant a few years later in 1981, which remained a Peoria mainstay until its closing in 2000.