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The David Duncan House

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398 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 398 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.0
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My sisters birthday was absolutely amazing ! I’m very happy we had it at David Duncan house !!!!! The service , food and drinks were outstanding wonderful !!!!!!!

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JulieS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Overall wonderful patio experience. Food and service was excellent, place was clean and they took COVID measures which made us happy. I really liked the drive in aspect as well.

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GraceC
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was terrific as usual, and the service was also tremendous - as usual. My only problem was that there was one table there before us, and the staff were allowing them to smoke and vape while sitting at their table. Not only was this annoying, it's illegal. I was very surprised that the staff allowed this to happen. Eventually, as more people showed up, the smokers took their disgusting habit off the patio. Apart from this, the meal was great, as expected from this fine establishment.

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Joanna
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Patio dinner was perfect. Tables were spaced out and we had the option of shaded vs sunny tables. Servers were all very friendly and helpful and everyone wore masks and gloves. We were able to scan the QR code to see the menu on our phone. Lamb dinner for 2 was excellent and we even had enough to pack home for lunch the next day. Would definitely visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing server , Beautiful spot & food was Delicious. Smaller portions but highly recommend.

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DandDinTO
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The evening was awesome....good food, great service, friendly staff and the cocktails were excellent!

Everyone on the Patio was having an excellent time!

Will be sure to come back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just excellent.!

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ChanV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Beautiful patio with pleasant views. Staff very friendly but need more polish for an upscale restaurant. My wife had lamb chops and I had prime rib sandwich, both good. With the delicious bread and olive oil provided, there was enough for lunch the next day.

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BettyW
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Went there for my birthday dinner. Great food and service. Will come back again once the virus goon lol

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BartenderAngel
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Service was good at the start, but when we needed the bill, server was hard to find. Food was good, steak was a little dry, but overall good. Decor and ambiance was excellent!

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and perfectly cook. Very accommodating to get food just right for you. Staffs very friend and attentive. My first experience was Amazing and will not be my last . Great Job.

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Sonia
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for my husband’s bday with the family, we loved it and we really enjoyed!

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Anne
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy dinning at David Duncan House for any occasion. Excellent food and service.

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vipPaulineP
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is definitely a pricier meal, but well worth it. My husband and I shared the Chateaubriand, which was prepared tableside. The steak was incredibly tender and the veggies were to die for. A must-try if this is your first time visiting The David Duncan House. The waitstaff was incredibly friendly and exceedingly accommodating as well. Plus, the restaurant is set in a piece of Toronto history, in a house built in 1865!

The David Duncan House
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again very soon!

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30Nothing
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service is impeccable, a little pricier but the quality is there. Steaks are like butter. Wine list has something for everyone. Always a great spot to entertain for business or a special occasion.

The David Duncan House
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for your 5-star review and rating!

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NickS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

DDH is the classic steakhouse we've come to know and enjoy on a regular basis. The table-side ceasar and all their steaks are of superior quality/taste. Their servers are great and their manager, Nick, in particular, make you feel right at home. Exceptional!

The David Duncan House
Responded on March 9, 2020

We're glad to hear that you always have a wonderful experience with us. We cannot wait to serve you again soon!

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Sulayp
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always. Great service and rib eye was exceptional for the price

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AnaC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

The location is convenient with plenty of parking spots, the building is stunning.
The ambience inside is sophisticated, visible areas are well maintained and clean.
The front and wait staff are friendly and very attentive. The only thing is the food was very average, even the cocktail. However, overall it was still a pleasant experience.

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CindyJ
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Looks like Both of the two receptionists Had a bad day that day, long face With no smile at all, don’t feel we are welcomed, I hope it was not simply because we have Asian faces, not a happy experience at the reception at all.
All the waiters did great jobs and we appreciate it very much.

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Monirs
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service, decent food, different environment compared to typical restaurants.

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DaveR
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Nice place! A bit noisy on a Thursday night as there was a party going on within the upper floor. The service is second to none! The steak a bit fatty, but the taste was great along with all of the accompaniments. Wonderful selection of wine. I would recommend the David Duncan House for its food and service, maybe not for the ambience and noise level on this particular night.

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Kostouros
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is so elegant and so different than any other restaurant, when you go there you don't want to leave, been there many times the last 20 years Peter and Paul's continues the David Duncan House legacy from the previous owners Bill and the brother's so good and well done jod!!

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SharonT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Is actually between a YES or NO.
We went as a group of 9 for a birthday as a friend's recommendation, however we don't think the dining experience match our expectations.
Busy sunday night, it toke forever for them to notice we are out of sparkling water.
Most main courses came at the same time which was good for timing, but the dishes were just ok.
Lamb chops are over-cooked for medium, market fish was so plain not even drizzle of salt or sauce on the side.
We love the environment and the history of the place, hopefully next time we go in a small group may justify the love people have for this spot.

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vipYasminS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Potatoes were cold.
Service was incredibly slow to almost non existent
Waiter never came to check how the food was
Escargot- waited forever for waiter for pincers.
Dessert and soup of choice - ran out!
Coffee / ice cold and no refills.
Shame on a high class restaurant- poor poor choice for a birthday

I would not recommend not come back!
Can’t say we got value for our money

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AlenaK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was amazing service and not so far location , have a parking, so goood amazing 10 stars

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Newmarket2020
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

We have been coming to the DDH for about twenty years. Haven't been since last Spring. Thought we would come for a nice romantic dinner. Unfortunately where we were put by the staff (upper level) were in front of a very noisy table of six who loudly regaled the restaurant on their opinions of numerous topics (like we really care). DDH staff seemed not to care about the noise. The menu had changed. All were al la carte instead of included. My wife missed the spare ribs. At least the Caesar salad for two hadn't changed and the gentleman who made it at our table was familiar to us for at least ten years at the restaurant.
The service was very good. Our drinks came followed by the made salad at our table followed by the main course. The food itself was quite good ( steak, prime rib).
Overall a not a bad time but could have been better. As we travelled 45 minutes to get there, coming back for another occasion I might think twice and look for another option.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Disaster service.

- Changing waiter mid dinner
- threw away food that were supposed to be packed up
- waiter’s final comments in regards to the food that were threw away made us feel uncomfortable

Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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AlyCat21
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Sadly disappointed. I drive by this restaurant 5 days a week and have done so for many years and have always wanted to try it. I have never heard anything bad about it. So I decided to go for dinner and treat my mom for Valentine’s Day. I looked at the menu online ahead of time to be prepared as I normally do. When I got there and sat down there was a V-day menu and when I asked for the regular menu they said they didn’t have it that evening. I wish I knew from before! They never said anything online, when we arrived or when I booked. This meant that the menu was small. The wait staff were friendly and they were able to give me veggies as a side dish rather than the only option of mashed potatoes. My moms steak was super salty that she barely ate it. I was expecting so much more from this place especially for the amount I ended up spending. At least now I know and my curiosity is over. I will not be returning.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

My wife had a great Valentine's Celebration. Awesome food and very pleasant service.

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CathyT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

I order the Zappa di.pesce and 10.mins later I was told it was not.available. the muscles tasted funny. My husbands steak was bland. But the worst part was that management never came over to try and rectify the situation.

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SylviaS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Prime rib was disappointing. But the ambiance was spectacular. Loved the look of the place. Very cosy and service was outstanding.

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pk511
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. Disappointed you don't allow gift cards for Winterlicious and Summerlicious. You really need to change that. It will encourage more people to come to your restaurant.

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Zafgid
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was excellent, the lady who gave us drinks and apps was great but the male server was arrogant and impolite.

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vipCocoCocoCoco
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere and very cozy place. It’s good for dating or special occasions. The food was ok and just the sauce on the prime rib made me hesitate to give it a 5 star rating.

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PaolaS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The venue has been through a lot of ups and downs - but this is definitely a great improvement in every way.

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vipMichelle
Toronto
15 reviews