The Restaurant at Merrill House

4.6
270 reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary French
Head Chef Michael Sullivan presents fine, French cuisine and a Wine Spectator-awarded cellar.

Our heated conservatory is open to the public and we do offer a number of private dining options. Please email us directly for parties of five or more and for private dining or events.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 270 People Are Saying
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RichardI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rabbit ravioli, lemon Daquoise and Beef Tenderloin were all 10/10.

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Chumzz
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience, great service and the menu was delicious. Will definitely be back.

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RobertN
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Taste of sauces in any plates lacking in equilibrium and complexity . Not to level of high-end restaurant

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brianj
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Celebrating a birthday, we enjoyed some of the finest food since moving to the area a year ago. The Tartare is spectacular. I could binge on the potato chips alone. I'd have to say it was the most perfect blend of flavours and textures I've had in a very long time. Salty, peppery, acidic and sweet all at once. I think it is pure genius to use the potato chips as the main conveyance of the flavours. Usually done with dry pieces of over toasted baguette most places, the chips were the perfect departure from normal. Also enjoyed the Bison Striploin for my main. Succulent and perfectly seasoned and prepared. My wife's salad and rack of lamb deserve high praise as well. Our server(s) was very professional and friendly. I did not provide a perfect score on every category because I believe there is always room for improvement but overall, it was a wonderful evening.

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NancyW
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food beautifully presented. Delightful service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! This is a great spot if you’re looking for a fine dining experience. Very intimate.

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was impeccable! Every bite of food was delicious! Drinks served promptly and properly! Best meal in Prince Edward County, by far.
Only concern was the one lady at a table for four… she laughed way to loudly and at everything… and shared information with her table that the rest of us didn’t need to hear!

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LisaP
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very amazing place! Food and service was excellent. Pricey but nice for a treat.

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DougR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Perhaps a little over priced, but the quality was good.

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SteveC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food at this establishment was top drawer. Chef Micheal Sullivan is an amazing chef who pairs creativity with delicious meals. The serving crew are always very conscientious and provide excellent service. My wife and I can’t wait to return in a few weeks for my mother’s birthday.

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ElizabethW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent prix fixe options and fantastic execution! Perfect serving sizes, knowledgable staff and a lovely room.

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BlaiseG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding dining experience in every aspect.

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astridd
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Erg goed, alleen wat te zout

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JoelM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was amazing. One of the best we have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely great service by Mathson, super accommodating, funny and hospitable. Because of covid, they have to put some of the tables in the front foyer of the house, but we also got a nice little nook of peace. Food in general are tasty, baked Alaska was particularly charming, but the octopus lacks character and doesn't feel it was actually seared.

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DebbieG
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, lovely meal and they accommodated my dietary restrictions. The service was perfect. A little pricey, but for the special occasion we were celebrating it was worth it as a one time visit.

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Hody
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our best dining experiences ever. Every dish was delicious.

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DarrylF
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Celebrated my Birthday. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Je recommande fortement ce restaurant

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JessicaB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous , fresh ingredients, fantastic service ! Atmosphere was great

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Abbey
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

To start out our table position was not ideal at the bottom of the stairs. Starters were mostly very good however my salad wasn't as fresh as it could have been the lettuce and spinach was a little limp it lacked freshness. The 2 veal dishes were very disappointing. Veal was slightly to thick and on the tough side. Veal isn't something I buy very often so I
had hoped for something better, wrong choice I guess. It might be how it would turn out if I cooked it. But I am not a professional chef. Dessert very good. It is important to note that my cousin and I were not charged for our wine to compensate for our veal dishes. Bottom line not worth the price unfortunately. Hard to say if I would recommend.

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AmyM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and beautiful. A lot of choices for the prix fixe menus.

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MichaelT
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent time at the Merrill House Restaurant. Our Server (Susan) was excellent and the Sommelier was excellent.

We had the three course Dinner and it was exceptional.

We would highly recommend the Merrill House for a great fine dining experience.

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skigirl
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food

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KWine
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Since the new owners took over the restaurant has lost its coziness and charm. Now its just a cold, modern space with a cement floor and an oversized wine cellar that meets the needs of the owners and not the guests. One of us had Bison and it was tough and the same thing for the veal. Presentation was very artistic, but didn't merit the over priced bill. The only thing that remained constant was our great server Susan. We've had her as our server for many years and she's a wonderful person. Always took great care of us.

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Gilby
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. The wine matching with each course was not as good as expected. There are some good county wines, like Norman Hardie, but the wines served were too young.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Not cheap but worth the splurge.

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Cate
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good and the staff were friendly, but we did not think it warranted the price. The value just wasn’t there for us

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MCYul
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Good food, decor so so, ambiance so so. They set the breakfast tables for next morning while we were dining…turn off!

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MaryM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A very pleasant surprise! An elegant setting with great service and excellent food. Very accommodating to our special food requests. One of the best restaurants in Prince Edward County. Will definitely return.
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Markham, Ontario

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JackieG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. With some small exceptions where a little salt was necessary the food was delightful. The service was excellent also. Standouts were the two entrees-beef and lamb. Outstanding. Love to return.

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Lovestodine
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fabulous dinner at Merrill House! Every course was beautifully executed! Would highly recommend.

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Katherine
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent good. We were seated outdoors. Was a bit chilly, but comfortable. Food excellent as usual.

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JennyD
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal at the Merrill House! Excellent service, thoughtful wine pairings, and more food than we could eat. Good vegetarian options. It was VERY expensive - which was ok for us since we were celebrating a special event and have not eaten out very much over the past 18 months.

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VictoriaR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner! We all had the 3 course dinner with wine pairings. Every part of it was delicious. My bison strip loin was so good and my husband said his lamb was one of the best he’s ever had. All of our starters were great! Our server Jaylynne was excellent, personable, friendly and very knowledgeable.

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MalcolmM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Pretentious with delusions of grandeur.

While the food was very well cooked and fresh, the whole experience was negative for me. Why?

- it's a fixed price menu with either 3,4 or 5 courses. As per our waitress, everybody just has three. Nobody chooses the wine pairings option, either, as it's very expensive.
- it's expensive for what you get.
- in the heart of wine country there were no options for a reasonably priced local wine. Come on!
- the background music was supplied via Boom box with the base cranked up so that was all we heard - boom, boom, boom. Annoying. For the prices they charge, they could install a decent sound system.
- no de-caf coffee option just before bed.
- we felt rushed at the end of the meal even though they were many tables empty when we left.

Suggestion. The food is very good so abandon the Price Fixe with wine pairings and revert to a normal menu. (I don't need three courses typically), get in some good local wines, install a decent sound system, get some decaf for the excellent French Press coffee and lighten up and smile.

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PamB
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I would like to say that the veal was a bit tough. Tasty but difficult to cut.

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vipBoston71
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have traveled throughout North America and have eaten at some well-known restaurants like French Laundry- my meal at Merrill house surpassed my expectations.

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Benoit
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice place but the prices exceed by far the value of it.

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vipParj
Montreal
28 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food was excellent. We had a wonderful night.

FAQs

The Restaurant at Merrill House is rated 4.6 stars by 270 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.