The David Duncan House

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306 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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American

Meet us at the Duncan House for an unforgettable experience that combines exceptionally prepared authentic steak and seafood inside one of Toronto’s most historic landmarks. Nestled within 4.25 acres of land in Toronto, guests can choose to dine on our scenic outdoor patio with seating for up to 120 people, inside the restored Gothic Victorian inspired dining space or reserve one of our five chic private rooms.






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Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

What 306 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.7
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4.6
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CL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and service. Hope to be back soon!!

FH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, good food. Definitely recommended. The steak was really good. Crusty on the outside and juicy on the inside. Exactly how I like it.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

the taste was terrible

TS
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, the best steak, ideal location to entertain guest and/or family and friends for any
occasion.

TS
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food and good service. I like their personal touches on the way they make everything!

BR
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took our friends for their first dinner at the Duncan House. They really enjoyed the food and ambience as we always have. Great job Duncan House!

DC
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was above and beyond. Caesar salad made at the table was exceptional. Great rapport with waiters.

JE
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go there often for business lunches and dinners. The food is always good. You can actually have conversations and the staff are attentive but not over the top in your face.

EF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All aspects of the meal were excellent. We had a vegan with us and they were well served with the salad choices and vegetable sides.

F
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was delightful to discover the DDH, however there were too many servers swirling about while food was well done - it wasn't like Canoe or George, yet similarly priced.. It seemed expensive compared to value. i.e. extra charge for sides.

M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The steak was too thin and not representative of how a rib steak should be done.

EB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

too expensive, food was mediocre, way too busy we seemed hurried,

W
Toronto
71 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nothing special. Service not great, food was OK.

NY
Toronto
38 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely filet mignon and dover sole. Drinks were great -thanks Jimmy. Tiramisu was lovely as was the banana flambe and the sherbert bowl. Service with Peter was great. Can't go wrong at one of my favorite restaurants!

DA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fabulous venue! Excellent service. Good food, but too overpriced for quality.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. The portions are huge - the dishes we had to serve two all could have served three maybe four.

TS
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I’m very saddened to have to write this review. DDH has been one of our favorite places to have steak and lamb chops. It’s always been good!! No it has always been AMAZING!!! this time however we felt like they’ve dropped the ball!!! My lamb chops weren’t like usual and arrived COLD at the table. So did my husband’s Ribeye. Of course they took it back and microwaved it....
The highlight of our lunch was the escargot!!! Fantastic!!! Very different than every where else!! I think we’ll go there one more time as I haven’t lost hope in one of my favorite restaurants just yet.

y
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

food isn't good comparing with price
won't recommend

JP
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Steak over cooked and thin. For 45 bucks expected something better than price choppers bargain cut of meat. Rest of food and drink was great. Service great.

MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I consider the David Duncan House one of Toronto's finest restaurants. I would not hesitate to recommend it for a date or a business dinner. I love the atmosphere of an older venue. The Staff is cordial and professional and the food is great.
Regards,
MarkS

PD
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband made reservations for dinner to celebrate our 57th anniversary and we were
thoroughly happy and impressed with the level of service as well as the presentation of the food
and overall excellent service. We thoroughly enjoyed the escargot starter and the seafood
platter for two. The dessert also was delicious and it was a real surprise when it was given to us
to celebrate our anniversary.

Overall, the evening was very enjoyable and delicious. And the price was just right as well.

I would recommend the David Duncan House to my friends.

Thank you David Duncan House and staff for making our evening extra special.

PZ
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy celebrating special occasions at David Duncan house, never disappointing wonderful experience.
Thank you.

V
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great food! I only wish it was warmer in there!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always, excellent service and food quality. The lamb chops were tasty and the appetizer scallops were done to perfection. The lobster pasta had some small pieces of shell in the pasta, which could be swallowed accidentally. Everything else was great! Will definitely go back next time for special occasions!

KF
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and we loved it. Will be coming back again

k
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impressive interior decor restaurant, very beautiful, outstanding service quality and very delicious food.. you definitely receive what you pay for there.. excellent

B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The ambiance and service was amazing and the food was cooked just right. However, this restaurant is very expensive and the only downside would be the value. You are definitely paying for the ambiance more than anything. Overall, a restaurant I would recommend for special occasions but you can definitely find similar quality food for a lot less money in Toronto for a regular date night.

FO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

F
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Venue was gorgeous but nothing else met expectations.

Service - not considered fine-dining at all. The plates and cutlery were barely set straight and were randomly set on the table (ex. the fork wasn't even placed near me, fork and knife on the wrong side).. because of the way the table was set, the server couldn't quite reach to get anything set right for my seat. Server never bothered to ask us if our food was okay... which it was not. Nobody cleared the table after the main and before serving dessert.

Food - Waited 50mins for our mains and sides to arrive. Asparagus = too stringy, didn't bother peeling them at all; Brussel sprouts = burnt and the sauce was just randomly thrown on top of it so presentation made it not appetizing at all. We barely touched this plate. Steak = overly salty. Pasta = only thing that they didn't quite screw up.

It's unfortunate, as the venue is really lovely, but can't ever justify coming back here.

ZT
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Been to the Duncan house many times never had a problem. I took my daughter for Thanksgiving dinner during the long weekend and we were very disappointed. Granted it was the end of the night of a busy Thanksgiving weekend but the meal we were served was warmed up dry left overs. I would of retuned it but I did not want to disappoint my daughter. I hardly ate anything. We had to ask for water and her napkin fell on the ground, right by our feet, we did not notice until we got up, it was on my shoe in plain sight and not one server or waiter addressed it or bothered to get a new one. Overall the staff were pleasant and the ambience is great but for the price point of my bill, and poor quality of the meal, it was not worth it and I would of gone elsewhere.

IH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went there for Thanksgiving Dinner. The staff was great and very attentive. Really enjoyed the garlic bread, a nice surprise! The one thing I would recommend they do in the future is to have a Thanksgiving dessert menu. The turkey dinner was excellent but I sure was disappointed to find out there was no Pumpkin Pie on the menu, that's a must for next year!

MM
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

I came to Duncan House for the Thanksgiving spécial. The waiters and other staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. However, the turkey was a turkey roll not from a fresh turkey. The vegetables had too much garlic, even the potatoes. Turkey dinners do not have garlic. Plus, to top it off, there was no pumpkin pie as advertised on the website. I will not be coming back next Thanksgiving.

B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

David Duncan House is a very nice, elegant restaurant. Service is top notch. I would highly recommend it for any special occasion. The prices are rather high, but worth it if you want a very nice atmosphere and good food.

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always, the table side Caesar Salad was amazing!! One of the few reasons why we dine at The Duncan house.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an exceptionally excellent venue (ambiance, food and service) Always have returned.

AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience was fantastic....Staff and service was outstanding...Food was excellent...The David Duncan House has been my favorite in the city for many many years!....My son and daughter in law had their wedding reception there.

H
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant was a big let down. Poor service but this was tolerable in comparison to the disgusting food. Everything was over cooked and inedible. I would not eat here again.

D
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

the decor and ambiance are elegant. the prices are in line with similar establishments.
we found the service somewhat ambivalent. we were served the entree before we finished the salad; and after the entree, the service seemed to dissipate. i poured my wine on several occasions; and, we had to ask for the dessert menu.
the food was delicious; and, our party enjoyed ourselves.

SG
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I use to come here when it was owned by the original owners. I also knew one of the chefs in the kitchen he was an asian guy. But ever since the restaurant got switched to new owners I really feel the food went down hill. Today the restaurant is owner by the chain Peter&Paul's.

There are many things I must say to explain why I only have a low star rating.

Before it switched owners the restaurant use to be white-glove service and very attentive. Today we couldnt even find out waiter on a Monday night dinner. It wasnt even that packed except for the top floor where I think someone was hosting a dinner party. I dont blame our waiter because he was serving our table which was on the lower floor and we were literally THE ONLY table around. The restaurant was dead. But he had to also go upstairs to waiter the party.

The Bread -- the original owners use to serve the garlic butter bread perfectly with a tray of sliced pickles, olives and cottage cheese. Today that's all gone. They just serve focaccia bread and that's it. The tomahawk was not available which we usually order and the steak for Two on the menu was the only other choice. I was not impressed. We also ordered the asparagus which tasted a bit sour tonight and the mashed potatoes we less then mediocre. They use to be served soft and fluffy. The New York steak came well done when ordered medium-rare, the seafood platter that we ordered to share tasted a bit fishy and not as fresh and just everything put together was just not how it use to be.

Overall I wish they kept the same service and food choices. Perhaps their chefs all left after the new owner took over. I'm not one to complain ... I came here 2x since the new management took over and i dont think there will be a third for me.

The restroom sign was funny though.

The David Duncan House
Responded on 8 October 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Your comments are very important to our team as we strive to maintain the charm and culinary expertise the restaurants longstanding clientele have come to expect. Our proprietorship has inspired a variety of new menu offerings however we have been diligent to stay true to what The David Duncan House has become known for.Your comments will be reviewed by our Executive Chef and service team. Sincerely,The David Duncan House

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OT
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another exceptional dinner at DDH...quality,quality,quality!