Drake Devonshire Inn
We went here for our first wedding anniversary and were so pleased with the beautiful view, overall ambience of the restaurant and the service was outstanding. The only element we had some difficultly with was the location of parking as the closest Green P was quite a long walk away. Overall, highly recommend the restaurant as well as the shrimp and grits. Absolutely delicious!!
We ordered off the brunch menu—Eggs Benedict (2 orders) and burgers (3). The eggs must have been waiting for the burgers because while the flavour was good both orders of eggs were cold. We didn’t say anything because we wanted to all eat at the same time.
The tables were quite crowded together and the restaurant was full, so unfortunately all traffic (guests and servers) kept bumping into one of our chairs.
Expected a more positive experience for the price. Drake Devonshire has a great reputation, so we will go back to give it a second chance. Fingers crossed!
Even though the restaurant was fully packed for brunch (make reservations in advance!), we never felt rushed. Great food, great service, great views! We will be back again.
Beautiful setting. Service was very slow and it was not overly busy. Took over 30 minutes to get our lattes which came to us cold. Great venue but quite expensive and they need to work on their service levels
Overall great restaurant and ambiance. Love that they pay special attention to special occasions and make your dining experience personal. Unfortunately, only thing lacking was the food. I raved to family members about the food being excellent as all my past experiences with the food were amazing. This time though, my carrots were really burned and there was a long black curly hair in my husband’s salad as soon as it was served to him(which I saw and removed quickly before my husband had a chance to as it would have turned him right off from eating anything else that night). We didn’t have a chance to tell our server as he never came to ask how our meal was due to being a busy night. There honestly was no opportunity to tell the waiter. I’m really hoping the food experience improves or we may have to find another place for special occasions.
The beautiful beach front atmosphere combined with the delicious food makes the Drake Devonshire Inn my favourite place to eat in all of Prince Edward County!
Underwhelming dining experience all around.
If you like a New York atmosphere but don't want the added expense of air fare and currency exchange, try the Drake in Wellington. A very chic atmosphere, attentive staff with incredible water views and a down home environment are features of this fabulous place. Wine country just can't be beat if you want a truly relaxing escape from the City. Don't let the room prices fool you...it is worth the few extra dollars.
We lucked in to half-price wine night, and we served by a most excellent sommellier who was both personable and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the appetizer, as well as the fresh an delicious oysters, the mains were a bit uneven however. Too many grits with the shrimp and grits, and the shrimp were a bit overwhelmed by the greens -the presentation looked like it was from a completely different kitchen ; the pickerel was more successful and the dessert was good. As the evening went on, the noise level increased, but if you go early enough you are treated to excellent service and a lovely view.
Food took a long time to be served. Waiter unattentive. Burger was burnt on one side. Fish was not fresh.
I went to The Drake with my brother who was visiting The County and my mother who just turned 100. We had a lovely lunch in a terrific setting. At my mother’s age it is difficult to get to the beach, so this was the next best thing.
The food was good. Nothing outstanding or exceptional, but I wasn’t looking for anything too exotic for my mother. We had fish and chips and the Rueben sandwich . Everything was well prepared.
The noise was not too bad. We were able to have a conversation with my mother who is quite hard of hearing.
Accessible parking was very handy - probably the best in town.
A bit pricy, but a place to keep in mind the next time I want to do something with my mother
Don’t usually give breathless reviews, but great location, great food, caring service, and a server who was knowledgeable about PEC wines, but went back to chef for more info and recommended a local Pinot (Keint-he Portage 2016) made our 29th anniversary special. We came just after the Labour Day long weekend so much of the County was closing down, but the Drake was busy. Right on the Lake, so we sat outside (under the roof was sheltered from the wind and they actually offered blankets to any who were chilly). Will return next time we’re in Prince Edward County.
Eating outside on the patio along the beach was amazing. And happy hour menu (ends at 6pm) was a nice surprise.
We went to the Drake a few times this weekend--for dinner on Friday night and brunch on Saturday morning. The service on Friday night was mediocre. Unfortunately, our server didn't seem like he wanted to be working or serving us, so he wasn't very attentive to our table. He didn't tell us about Happy Hour so we missed out on it and only realized after having ordered our dishes and drinks (another server mentioned it to us so we grabbed a glass of wine). Every other server we interacted with on that evening was fantastic. Our brunch service on Saturday morning was exceptional and we were really happy with the service. We will definitely be back! :)
Terrible cut of steak. Odd Caesar salad. Long wait for food. Tables cramped, too close together. Overpriced.
We booked dinner at the restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. It was a complete disappointment. In my booking I asked to be seated looking out to the water. We were given a corner table looking inwards so only one of us had a side view of the beautiful shore. Service was unacceptable. I had to ask two people for a couple of wedges of lemon for my drink but little did I know that it was only the beginning of our troubles. After we finished appetizers the waiter asked if we knew what we wanted to order for the main course. (We had ordered all our food in the very beginning; even discussed the side dishes & meat temperature). We had to wait at a completely bare table for 45-50 minutes for our steak. No compensation, apology from the manager or anything on the House was offered to us. What a celebration 😢
Location is amazing with the breeze from the lake and the sound of the waves. We enjoyed our dinner even though service was very slow...didn’t get our bread till the end of our stater and dinner and my husbands coffee didn’t come till after we almost finished dessert. Still a great experience
View was really nice but really that was the only thing that stood out. The pork chop was too salty and service was really lackluster. We also did not get our anniversary dessert. The pasta portion size was also quite poor. Overall 2/5 (review by one of Toronto's top food critics @tofoodblogger)
We've been to the Drake Devonshire many times, but this was the first time we've visited with our 2.5 year old son who has multiple food allergies. Alexandra, the head chef, was amazingly supportive and guided us through the menu and made sure we could dine safely without the anxiety we'd usually feel in restaurants. It was emotional to saw the least, to be able to dine out with our son, something most take for granted. Can't say enough good things! Thank you soooooo much!
Helpful, patient, kind staff.
Food generally disappointing.
We were disappointed with the food quality this time. The burgers were burnt and dry, great location and a beautiful view, but not worth eating there.
Fantastic! We were seated on the covered patio overlooking Lake Ontario. The tables are a bit close together, but it was no matter for us. We were treated to mimosas for our celebration, which was a very nice touch! My husband had the burger with “special” fries, amazing. I had the Tostada, which when I asked for a vegetarian option to the brisket they were very accommodating, delicious (could’ve used a bit of heat though...I’m sure I could’ve asked, but it was very good so it wasn’t a priority for me). The Drake G&T and Mojito were awesome. Finished off with cappuccinos (with added Frangelico yumm!) and some delicious passion fruit sorbet followed by a stroll on the beach. Overall our meal and experience were top notch as we’ve come to expect at The Drake. See you again soon!
Lovely brunch for 4 on Sunday morning. The ambiance and weather were perfect, the service was lovely. Great way to celebrate a special birthday and cap off a weekend in the County! :-)
Very good food. View is amazing, ambiance is very energetic and service is off the charts. A little on the expensive side but taking every detail into consideration, worth the price.
Incredible view, went there for an anniversary diner and was pleased, loved taking my tea outside by the lake after our meal. The quality of the food was excellent, the lamb was so tender, the service was outstanding
We had a lovely lunch and great service. My sister had the fish and chips and I had the Reuben sandwich. We both enjoyed our food and the wonderful ambience that the patio provides.
Reserve early. Like all trendy places, fills up quickly. A bit pricey but definitely worth the trip.
The service and the view were spectacular. The ahí tuna ceviche excellent. They accommodated for the entire party and kids no problem. A little too slow in food coming out so be specific if you want everything at once or spaced out maybe? The outdoor patio is amazing, the kids enjoyed playing around in the back
Amazing food, service and views to die for! We sat on the patio and I felt like I was listening to an ocean! So beautiful!
Very disappointed! We were so excited to go and had our reservation booked for a month! When we got there we were 30 minutes early ... the host directed us to the bar where no one even acknowledged us for 20 minutes... when he finally did it was to tell us he would be with us shortly, we understood they were busy but ridiculous to not even be spoken to for 20 minutes! We ended up going outside without a drink and went back to the front desk at 7:55... there were several tables empty in the dinning room! I asked the host if we would be sat and she argued with me that it was 7:59 and we were one minute early to our reservation! One minute!!! I proceeded to nicely tell her we were disappointed about our bar experience and she still was rude and argued reminding me it was again one minute early to our 8:00 reservation. Terrible customer service! A nice apology would have done! Luckily our server was very pleasant, however we had such a bad taste after the rudeness of the host we honestly wanted to leave. Wouldn’t come back!
Overall we enjoyed our dinner at The Drake Devonshire except the time between our Starters and receiving our mains was well over an hour and a half. Our reservation was for 7:30 and we received our mains about 9:45. The Manager did come to our table to apologize and he admitted they had lost our orders. We appreciated that we were not charged for our mains and they covered one bottle of wine.
Other than that it was nice.
Ps . Our adult children who were with us and live in Toronto and were a bit disappointed that the Menu was exactly like The Drake in Toronto.. I guess they were hoping for a bit different, unique experience.
The whole operation seemed overwhelmed and the food disappointed. The actual dining area and lake view were awesome. We may try again some day. Perhaps we expected too much?
all good -- perfect view of course -- and the food and service were lovely (the Ceasar salad was wonderful -- although the fish in the fish and chips did seem as if it had been sitting for a bit...) and we did have a very obnoxious person sitting beside us on her computer -- talking very loudly on her phone -- terribly hard to concentrate or enjoy anything else... My fault for not asking her to tone it down....
We had a beautiful view of the water and our meals were beyond perfect! Thank you
View and ambiance was great. Service wasn’t very attentive...drinks not checked on, food timing w kids meals and main meals was quite delayed.
Too bad as the space really is quite impressive and we were really wanting to enjoy the entire experience.
Amazing ambiance, restaurant is right on the water, with eclectic art all around, loved the view! A very well designed restaurant. Our service was VERY slow, but it may have been a one off situation (although they weren’t that busy). The food was pretty good, mildly overpriced but I think you’re really paying for the view and experience there. Would go again.
A lot of grease at the bottom of my plate, eggs and potatoes not cooked enough. Only one toast. When the basics are misses, it's disappointing.
The beans and breakfast sausages were really good. Ambiance and decor is perfect. Overpriced.
Celebrating wedding anniversary. Found hair in food. Was given the advice of “don’t eat it” and was given some bread in compensation. Could do better.
Great restaurant and really amazing location. Only issue is that the kitchen seems to be really, really slow. The wait between courses was quite a bit longer than usual.