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The Restaurant at Merrill House

4.5
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary French
Head Chef Michael Sullivan presents fine, French cuisine and a Wine Spectator-awarded cellar. Our conservatory is now open to the public and our hotel guests can also enjoy a number of private dining options. Please email us for parties of five or more and for private dining or events.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 66 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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vipkevine
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

food was great and staff were very attentive. The restaurant got loud as it filled up. the walls are glass and wood and stone so reflect back noise

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Tech
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Beautiful place, was pleasantly quiet until a noisy patron came in. Went specifically for the duck confit that was talked about on the radio ad and they didn't have it on the menu (couldn't find the specific menu online). Radio and online advertised English/UK inspired menu for Feb/Mar but didn't see that. Our charcuterie board was good, would have been better with some cheeses, my steak was good but sides were so-so, my husband's entre was written as a stuffed Cornish hen but it was a half hen and he felt the same about the sides. Our server was lovely.

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on March 11, 2020

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We apologize for the ad that mentioned our duck confit that was no longer on the menu and have made our manager aware. We are sorry that you could not find the combination you were after with our UK inspired menu with options such as Gin Marinated Gravlax and Veal Kidneys. We offer either a charcuterie board with cured meats or a cheese board but not a combination of the two. We hope to have the opportunity to host you again.

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LisaZ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. The attention to detail and food is absolutely without compare. Susan was our server and she was very knowledgeable about the food and the service was excellent. This restaurant is on every level, as good as or better than anything you’ll find in a large urban centre.
An absolute must, when you’re in the County.

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you very much for your glowing review Lisa! We very much appreciate your continued patronage throughout the years. We are very fortunate to have Susan as part of our team at Merrill House and we will pass on your message! Thank you for acknowledging our high standards for our quality of food and service! Looking forward to your next visit!

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AlfM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

While new management had improved the physical restaurant, the chef, Michael Sullivan, has remained and continues to prepare the same excellent quality. We had a superb meal which can only further enhance the reputation of the restaurant at Merrill House.

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on March 11, 2020

Hello! Thank you very much for your kind words. We are very fortunate to have Chef Michael Sullivan as part of our team at Merrill House. We are glad that you enjoyed our renovated restaurant space as well! We hope that you will join us again soon!

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24karat
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent choice for a fine dinner. Everything is beautifully presented and food is served hot as it should be. The ambience is good, but the tables are placed too close together.

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on March 11, 2020

Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. We pride ourselves in the quality of our food and presentation. Our dishes come straight out of our kitchen to your table upon preparation to ensure proper temperature, so thank you for noticing! Because the restaurant is such a small, intimate space, we attempt to balance the number of tables with the comfort of our guests, so we will definitely take your comment into consideration.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Oysters were super fresh. Pickerel was very tasty. Very much enjoyed my meal.

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GabiG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Enjoyed the evening. The food and service was excellent. I thought it was quite pricey and I did not like the pine decor!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience at Merrill House in Picton proved a highly satisfying capstone to a pleasant weekend getaway of wine touring in Prince Edward County.

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CraigN
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was an outstanding experience. Susan, our server, was incredible and knowledgeable. Tina, the concierge, was awesome. Any questions we had about wine or Prince Edward County she answered thoroughly.

I would highly recommend the Lamb!

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you very much for your kind words regarding your recent stay and meal with us, Craig. We appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback & will ensure we let Susan, Tina and the kitchen team know how much you enjoyed your meal and experience. We love to not only welcome you to Merrill House, but also to share information regarding all of the other activities to enjoy in The County! We still have lots going on this time of year! We hope that you will visit us again soon!

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JoPEC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was spectacular

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Alex
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An unforgettable time, the staff, the food, the ambiance, the charm, most impressive. Easily the best fine dining experience I have had in the County. Also, the staff were exceedingly excellent, accommodating, and helpful to my engagement scheme, concerning my now Fiancé.

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JordanC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic relaxing atmosphere with wonderful service and exceptional food.

Absolutely would recommend and visit again.

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Alanna
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding experience in dining. Every item was a pleasure to taste. Service was excellent. Never interrupted to ask how the meal was. Unnecessary when there is confidence in the product. Would love to return some day soon!

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you for your stellar review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at Merrill House and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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Denorm
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have dined several times at the Merrill House and have always considered it one of the best restaurants in the County. We choose it for special occasions and have always been impressed by the excellent food, very useful wine recommendations and ambiance in this lovely house.
However, our last experience was disappointing, especially because the meal was in no way up to previous standards: the escargot course (chewy mushrooms and escargots, hard pastry on top) and the veal dijonnaise (rather tough meat and where was the Dijon mustard?). Dessert was very good, as were some of the wine recommendations for food pairing.
We were with people who had not dined there before, and they felt they will probably not return, as the food did not warrant the high price.

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you for your thoughtful review. I am so sorry that you had an underwhelming experience while dining at Merrill House. Our mission is always to provide the best possible service and product, and I am disappointed that we failed in that regard. I will review your comments with our culinary team and I do hope that you will give us the opportunity to redeem ourselves in the future as this is not the impression we wish to leave you with! We depend on insights like these to help us improve.

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AngelaF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imaginative and delicious French food, very helpful hostess and server, special touches such as an amuse-bouche...one of the best dinners we’ve had in years. We’ll be back for sure!

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on December 9, 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed your meal. Please come back again soon!

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JanS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Expensive and there wasn't the option to order individual items off the menu.

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on December 9, 2019

I am deeply sorry that you were not completely thrilled about your dining experience, though I see that you did enjoy the quality of the food - as for the lack of a la carte menu pricing, this was a decision made by our management team. We ran a prix-fixe "Taste of Burgundy" menu through the month of November on which there was no a la carte pricing. I will bring your comments to our team so that we can remedy this issue the next time we run a prix fixe.

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RonH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent however the elsewhere wine pairing was lacking. No distinct wow factor to set off excellent food Service was attentive and quick to respond. Ambiance was wonderful

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you for your thoughtful comments - I apologize for your value impression of the Elsewhere pairing flight. I pair each wine with each dish individually and the flight is priced to reflect value. Since I was not in the restaurant, I cannot comment directly on your personal experience, but I do welcome you to reach out to me directly so I can better understand the situation.

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CarolG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent a around.

Staff is memorable and can not do enough to make you experience unforgetable.

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christiand
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gréât wine list, excellent good and service. Very Nice dinner

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JordanL
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! We had the rabbit fettucini and the duck breast - both were perfect. Good sized meals too. Service was attentive and helpful in dealing with my allergy

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal and the wine pairings truly made the evening special. The atmosphere was great and we felt like it was a very special evening for our group of 4.

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DaveyBoy
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and great service!

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StephanieH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was fantastic. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area

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BruceB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Merrill House a few times before and it has been renovated since. The restaurant has the same ambiance and the service was impeccable. We’d like to give a shout out to our server Mark. He was wonderful and not to overpowering. Once again, we had a lovely time for our anniversary. Thank you

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CaroleC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and the choices offered made it difficult to pick a favorite. I wanted there to be a sampler platter so I could taste each thing offered!

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Adamac
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For my mother's 87th birthday we sought out an exclusive dining experience. We were not disappointed. Every morsel had exquisite flavour! The dining room situated in the wine cellar provided a unique experience, withe service always perfectly timed. We did not have the wine pairing but opted for a sparkling Vidal...which regrettably made both my sister and I unwell overnight...too many sulphates we believe. A blemish but not on the chef. Our host Christophe greeted us and also bid us farewell. A really elegant touch. All together a fine experience.

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ChrisToronto
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

everything quite lovely, service gracious, wine advice on the basic side but ended up with a really nice bottle; lamb ordered med-rare was med by my standard but still delicious. a bit pricey but definitely the best place for an elegant meal in town.

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Modaud
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant, very good service, food was fantastic!
A nice fine dining experience!

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PatriciaH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Although we made mention of the fact that we were celebrating our 50 th wedding anniversary ( the actual date!) the restaurant offered nothing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals Perfect portions - phenomenal wine list and service.

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on September 7, 2019

We are all so very glad you enjoyed your experience at Merrill House! Thank you very much for your kind review!

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RAINERP
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed the meal - very well presented and the taste was excellent. Was disappointed in the noise level making it very difficult to have a conversation across the table. The screaming child did not help. Having read there was a dress code "smart casual";I was surprised to see people in shorts and a tee shirt.

Overall we loved it - my compliments to the chef!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a last minute dinner but we can’t wait to come back. Everything was just excellent. We have tried 3 star Michelin restaurants and this was just lovely. Excellent value as well!

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on September 7, 2019

Humblest of thanks from all of us! We hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!

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DanielleS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal culinary experience from beginning to end. Highly recommend oysters and duck breast. Fish quenelles were also amazing. Can’t go wrong with dessert. Order 1 of each! Will definitely go back.

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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DianaT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Slight problem with ventilation/air conditioning creating a vigorous draft around our necks and ankles. Our server kindly turned off the A/C for the duration of our visit, but a long-term solution is needed. Otherwise, great food, lovely setting and excellent service.

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Janse
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It wasn’t as good as we remembered from our last visit. My first course was very good (pike), but my husband found the escargot lacked sauce. We enjoyed the fois gras, but the rabbit in the main course was dry and disappointing. The service wasn’t always top notch for a restaurant of this caliber.

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CorinaM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food! Great wine pairings by the sommelier. We were a little disappointed that we could not eat outside as we had a few years ago...inside was lovely but not as magical as outside on the former patio. Compliments to the chef...food was even better than the last time we went!!

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for your kind review! We do have very limited seating in the conservatory, but I do hope we can accommodate your request next time you visit. Please let us know your seating preference and we will do our best to oblige. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The server was really out dated! No musical ambiance either. The food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful endorsement!

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vipMuskokaLocal
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

fine dining represented in the price. Fabulous food beautifully presented

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you for your kind words!

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JillianH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I don’t like to dine on a high stool so they let us sit at a table

The Restaurant at Merrill House
Responded on August 22, 2019

We welcome the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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