DEQ Terrace & Lounge - The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

4.3
27 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Canadian
Top tags:
  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Good for Birthdays
DEQ Terrace & Lounge offers Lunch Reservation from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Walk-ins are welcome for both lunch and evening services.

DEQ Terrace & Lounge is The Ritz-Carlton Toronto's Afternoon Tea Lounge on Saturdays and Sundays during seatings of both 12:00pm & 3:00pm.

Located in Toronto’s downtown core, guests enjoy a breathtaking view of the CN Tower and Simcoe Park. With its expansive outdoor patio, oversized bar and open-air fire pit, it is truly a modern take on a luxury cottage experience. With the perfect collection of curated cocktails as well as a full menu of sharable bites, DEQ is the go to location for everything you want and more in a downtown destination.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Canadian, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Weekday Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm

Afternoon Tea
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00pm & 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 585-2500
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross Street
Simcoe and Wellington
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Parking Details
$15 Valet Parking available for $15 for the first 2 hours, $5 per hour thereafter.
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Public Transit
St. Patrick Station
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Entertainment
Seasonal live entertainments and DJ performances
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 27 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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4.1
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you very much to all the waitresses who gave me and my date a wonderful afternoon tea experience

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GL
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Une belle manière de célébrer un anniversaire. Serveurs et serveuses aimables et souriants.
Une petite formation sur l'étiquette à table serait nécessaire. Exemple, l'ordre de préséance, en servant la femme la plus agée d'abord, jusqu'à la plus jeune, puis l'homme le plus agé vers le plus jeune. Les techniques de débarassage des assiettes et couverts devraient faire partie de cette formation! Pour la prise de commande, la personne qui invite devrait passer la commande pour ses invités. Ne pas oublier d'offrir de l'eau chaude pour les théières à nouveau. Merci de votre attention.

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OU
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Services are very good , we went for high tea at the afternoon and we do so asking for put candle in our cupcake the waitresses are very helpful and nice.

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K
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Our friends made the wrong reservation, so we wanted to cancel through phone. The lady was EXTREMELY rude and she did not even want to help us.
So we decided... we'd just show up anyways since they were going to take the $50 deposit from us.
We showed up and they couldn't find our reservation... apparently it was already cancelled. They couldn't set us up a table because only one waitress working. (The waitress was polite and helpful) So we decided we should leave... they're very unorganized for an nice hotel.

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JR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Our server was lovely and they were able to accommodate dietary restrictions... service was very slow though.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I honestly don’t know why the rating is so high, it’s my first time here and will probably be the last time, nothing special about the food that was in both the savoury and dessert tower that was brought to our table. Personally I think for the amount, quality, and variety of food and dessert provided, it was way over priced. They had different price points based on what you want to have as a drink aside from the tea (mock tail or actual wine). My friend and I chose the Posh tea ($55 each, coz we both don’t drink), the waitress was great, she showed us the different types of teas and when the food came she told us what each item was made of.
The presentation of food was a little lacking, the quiche (first dish) was brought to our table on a white plate (no garnish, very plain), wasn’t expecting that...
The DEQ lounge didn’t look too grand for high tea either, it was kind of dark and given that there were a few empty tables, it was still quite noisy. I felt like I was sitting at a local cafe but paying $70 per person for very little food.

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

It’s kind of Luxury hotel tea , but not a high tea .
None of British at all. Good enough for tourists.
Uncomfortably dark inside, well patio is bright enough.
Anyway Service is good .

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RG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had planned to come here for my best friends bachelorette and we all had a great experience. Our server was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain everything to us. The tea selection was amazing and the food was unique and really well crafted. All in all, we enjoyed ourselves!

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Afternoon Tea at the DEQ Terrace & Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto was lovely. I would like to especially thank Ally, my Server and the Young Gentleman who was the Host at the front entrance. Ally did an excellent job explaining the different courses of the Afternoon Tea and was delightful, warm friendly and professional. The Young Gentleman who greeted me as the Host was also warm, professional and very pleasant.

Thank you for a wonderful afternoon enjoying Afternoon Tea at the DEQ Terrace & Lounge!

Sincerely,

M. Nipshagen

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p
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It was nice, a little overpriced because it was marketed as special royal wedding celebration but there was only a small television that we could see from our table with no sound and the music the restaurant was playing was not related. The server was very busy. She gave us the bill before we were done eating and gently reminded us to be gone from the table by three. She came back around two and asked us if we would like to pay with credit, debit or cash. At about twenty past two she grabbed our teapots and dumped them without asking if we were done, we weren't. They were about half full because we actually had not had them that long. The tea was good but it was not that warm and we waited a little bit for it so I felt like we didn't have time to finish before she took them away. The food was good but make sure you follow up and confirm you are vegetarian before you go. That was another issue we had. It was nice but just slightly disappointing for us. I don't think I would go back.

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VV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I took my mom for High Tea at the DEQ terrace at the Ritz Carlton and it was amazing. Great atmosphere, food was beautifully presented, and everything was delicious! 100% recomended for a special occasion

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A
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

lounge was very dim for afternoon tea, one should request to sit by the windows for a better experience. In addition, it seems the afternoon tea bookings are all for the same time , so multiple tables were seated at the same time but there were only 3 staff members available to explain and introduce the tea experience at one time, leaving many tables without prompt assistance. Please consider staggering the seatings or hiring more wait staff! the food and teas were wonderful and pricing was reasonable compared to the other high-end tea experiences in toronto !

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NC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I had the afternoon tea set. I guess at this price point, I was expecting the food to taste better. It wasn't bad, just nothing special. The bread for the sandwiches was a little dry. The desserts looked cute. We got there at 3pm and by 4:15 they were already asking us if we wanted to pack out leftovers and handed us the bill! I would have expected them to at least let us enjoy and relax for a little longer.

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H
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Only allow us to stay for 2 hour and half but we were never told when doing the reservation

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DG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Being a great fan of afternoon teas for many years, "high tea" or "English afternoon tea", I have tried them all cross Canada and London, GB. Since the price is normally over $50 USD per person in all the 5 star hotels, all I focus on is the food, service, tea sets, and environment. Generally, Toronto's afternoon teas are lacking the sprites of English afternoon tea. Taking the scones as an example, most places would bake it as big as they can. The Onmi King Edward hotel has the biggest so far, the size of a lady's fist. I was happy to see Ritz has it the right size. Sandwiches, wraps, and sweets are good. I would describe them as "fresh" than "exquisite". The tea collection of Ritz is well balanced, the tea sommeliers chose the good combination, rather than over powering the elements.

Service is lacking! Ritz Carlton has always been my favorite hotel in the world, and I have experienced exception services in many other countries. A girl massed up our orders, instead of getting it right the first time, she blamed we took the tea container out and massed the orders. How about label the tea name on the container and make everybody's life a litter easier? During this two and half hours, we had one milk and sugar set for 4 people, only one of us takes milk for his tea and he had to ask twice to get some more milk. We also waited about 20 minutes to get a refill of the tea pot. And it was done by waving to the man who was filling water to the pots at the station. This is not Ritz standards!!!

The tea set is quit distinguish but not compatible to each other. The dark brown shelf for food gives a modern taste, plus the bright orange, blue and green le creuset tea pots just make the table look messy. And there is a pottery flower vase and white bone china tea cups with blue snowy dots....

The lounge is bright with good lighting, good place to take photos.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea at the Ritz! It was our first time having afternoon tea, and our server was extremely thoughtful and attentive. Lots of variety in food dishes (and very delicious, especially the scones), and well-portioned - we had to take a to-go box, and our server even snuck in extra treats into the box. I’ve already recommended their afternoon tea to others!

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FA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere
Good customer service
Fun to be there

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SD
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the High Tea this past Sunday afternoon. The ambiance was lovely and our hostess was very cheerful and informative. We very much enjoyed the tasty sandwiches, and the desserts were in abundance. Our favourite items by far were the fresh scones with Devonshire cream and the mini croissants. A little pricey, but still worth it!

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KE
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went with my mother to celebrate her birthday. We both had a great time and loved the display and food. The presentation for the tea selection was very elegant with lots of options. I particularly appreciate that Sloane is a locally sourced tea company in Toronto. I’d recommend this experience to a friend and would be happy to come back. It’s one of the best high tea experiences I’ve had in Toronto

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A
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Afternoon tea was truly delightful. My sister and I enjoyed all the mini sandwiches and treats. The Sloane tea was very tasty and staff offered to refresh our pot when it went cold. Perfect for special occasions.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Lovely time but would have preferred the dining area to be a little brighter. A little too dim for lunch setting.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing great food

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R
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went to the DEQ Terrace & Lounge Saturday Afternoon Tea with my husband to celebrate our anniversary while we were staying at the hotel. We weren't disappointed - it's a gorgeous lounge and the tea experience is unique, with sweet and savoury courses served alongside a Sloane tea display. I can't wait to go back

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappoints. Highly recommended for afternoon tea and after-work get togethers.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

since i m there on Dec25th , only short menu ... no a la carte

overall is good

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OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Afternoon tea was awesome, one of the best that I have attended. The staff was very attentive. They were dressed as characters from The Nutcracker which made for lovely Christmas experience.

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c
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2015
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I had afternoon tea with a friend here. The service was great. They gave explanation to the different kinds of tea and food. But the downside was that the tables were really small. And the tables were pretty close to the others.

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