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Ryan Duffy's
Ryan Duffy's

Ryan Duffy's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ryanduffys.ca
  • Phone: (902) 421-1116
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 630am-10pm
    Saturday-Sunday: 7am-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Roger Joharchy
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Ryan Duffys catering provides high quality, full service off-site catering in Halifax Regional Municipality and surrounding areas. We offer a complete off-site catering service specializing in new and innovative menu selections as well as classical favorites. Our wide range of menus will suit every occasion. We take pride in achieving and exceeding our clientele's expectations in every aspect of cuisine and service. Our dedicated team of professionals will work with you to visualize and execute every detail of your event, and guarantees that your event will be enjoyable and memorable.
  • Private Party Facilities: Ryan Duffy"s is available for large functions, conferences, weddings or intimate gatherings in our welcoming, comfortable atmosphere in downtown Halifax. From 1 to 250 guests, let our dedicated team of professionals work with you to visualize and execute every detail of your event leaving you with memories that will last forever. Custom menus are available
  • Private Party Contact: Heather Coffen (902) 421-1883

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sackville Street
  • Public Transit: Within walking distance from Halifax Ferry Terminal.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available on both Bedford Row and Sackville Street. Also Public lots are located on Hollis Street and Lower Water Street
A word from Ryan Duffy's
Located near the Halifax waterfront, at Ryan Duffy's we strive to be your restaurant of choice and your favorite steakhouse. We proudly hand-cut and weigh our Alberta AAA steaks table-side, as well as offer fresh local seafood and our renowned on-site dry aged steaks that will inspire your pallet, and Caesar salads perfectly prepared table-side. Allow our knowledgeable servers to delight you in our comfortable contemporary decor with their ability to anticipate you’re every dinning need. Experience firsthand why have won the "Consumer Choice Awards Best Fine Dinning" for four consecutive years. If it is a lively atmosphere you seek, join us at our bar or fireplace lounge – sit back relax and enjoy one of our carefully crafted martinis or a cold pint paired with a delicious burger or fish & chips. Be wined, dined, and dazzled with an explosion of flavours.
Join us for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and for weekend brunch.....Let the dazzling begin!

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Diner Reviews
  • "When we arrived for the birthday of my husband the restaurant was empty and the waitress took 10 minutes before answering us. I asked for a cake with candle and never had it."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We reserved last minute, looking for food in an extremely crowded city due to the long weekend festivities. The city seemed packed with more tourists than I've witnessed in years past so I was worries. A few remaining slots were available for our party so this was an excellent choice. The menu is fairly large for upscale dining, providing a mix of sea and land. I went with red meat while my date went with the sea and neither of us were disappointed. The meat was perfectly cooked, leaving me wonder if it was cooked suis vide because of how perfect it was. We inhaled every bit and finished off with a dessert from their menu which is equally versed. Service was friendly and attentive. Atmosphere was great with window seats all around."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Fantastic food, great atmosphere, fabulous service!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was average, $45 rib steak contained too much fat and was not cooked properly. Lobster dish was light for $45 as well. Restaurant was not busy, service was very average. I ordered mushrooms with the steak and got onions. The staff offered to bring mushrooms and I declined. They charged me for the onions even though I sent most of these back with the server. The"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our party of 6 were one of the only ones in this restaurant. The atmosphere was well done. The food was not excellent, but good. The service was a little slower than would be expected for so few patrons. Our drinks had mostly ice, very little liquor. We might go again, but with so many other restaurant choices out there, this one didn't impress us that much, so would probably try another."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We were a group of 6 and I had booked this place because my last visit was amazing. This visit didn't quite live up to my expectations. The service was slow and not nearly as enjoyable as the last visit. My steak which I ordered as medium was red/pink on the inside and charred on the outside. Last time it was perfect. I am not sure if it was just an off night for them but I was disappointed especially given how much the food costs (which I'm totally ok paying if it is meeting expectations). Caesar salad and bread were amazing as always though."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Nice downtown breakfast spot (also lunch and dinner, but b-fast is less known). I had a lobster benny - loads of lobster - excellent!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My husband and I were both impressed with the service we received. The only negative was that I ordered my steak medium well and it came well done. Other than that, the lobster, caesar salad, and mashed potatoes were very good."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I was there with a group of 12 and there was only one other table of 2 in the restaurant. I had to ask the server to come take our orders and then it was 50 minutes before the food arrived. One of our group had to get his to go because it took so long. We were not brought bread and when the food finally arrived, the server did not return once to ask how things were! The only thing he did right was refill the water glasses. When we left, one in the group gave him cash to pay and he said he would have to go get her some change... upstairs at the hotel!! She ended up using her credit card. I've been there a few times before and this was by far the worst experience I've had. Will not return for a group lunch and maybe not at all."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The Caesar salad was creamy, tangy and delicious. The haddock was over-cooked; the chipotle hollandaise sauce was very good. The accompanying green salad was just OK. The Ruben sandwich was thin and the bread was stale. The fish and chips were good in that the fish was fresh and the batter was crisp and not greasy. The fries were quite tasteless. The slaw had that commercially-made taste. The chocolate mousse was very tasty but was still (visibly!!) frozen when delivered to the table. The service was rushed and when questioned if pesto was in a dish the server did not know & did not attempt to find out. Overpriced for the quality of food. This meal was a great disappointment as Ryan Duffy's has provided some very good meals in the past "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great food but mainly breakfast items. Great ambience with table separation that enabled conversation at the table. Would certainly return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Ryan Duffy's is my favourite special occasion restaurant. Everything from the table side ceasar, to the Alberta AAA steaks to the memorable service makes Ryan Duffy's a must do when in Halifax."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "It has been at least a year since I last dined at R&D'S in the evening and it was not the fine dining experience of the past. Service, food and ambience was average at best . I would have to say over priced and under delivered. Disappointed, I had always enjoyed the spot."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food was good and the service was more compatient and congenial."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I are young, working professionals. We try our best to enjoy Halifax by going to dinners, concerts, plays, sporting events, etc but we especially love food. We try to avoid generic restaurants such as Boston Pizza and Eastside Mario's because there are so generic. We have been to Ryan Duffy's twice now, both times using groupon. This discount allows us to truly indulge in a luxe dining experience. Each time, our server was friendly, yet professional. They assisted me selecting a new wine to try which I've fallen in love with, and the steak my boyfriend ordered was wonderfully presented and tasted amazing. Thank you for the lovely dining experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Service was okay, but not great for the total amount we spent on the bill (over $200.00 for 2 people). Food was decent but not as good as it has been in the past. Appetizer wasn't good (baked brie- was breaded and fried and came with slices of baguette which were so toasted you could barely bite into them. The desert was not done well either. As well, the entree came with 2 slices of tomatoes as the vegetable. Needed a bit more color in my opinion. The steaks were cooked to perfection however."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary with a visit to Ryan Duffy's. We have enjoyed meals here over the years and it doesn't disappoint. We shared two appetizers of calamari and a Caesar salad and then we each had the Prime Rib special. The meat was wonderful!!! It was so good. The very best way to enjoy some beef! Thanks for helping us celebrate our special occasion"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I had a client come in from out of town and asked me to book a super place to eat. i chose Ryan Duffy's cause i have always loved the steaks. The bar was out of Coors Light draft? The steak was ordered rare and came medium at best. The server was apologetic and good but the eating veg then potato and finally steak which was perfect the second time sort of ruined the whole experience all in all i would still recommend as everyone gets off days"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Drinks & Appy's arrived quickly. Mains a little slow.. (>45min) hubby's steak went back.. Very rare.. Not medium as requested! Despite napkin in bread basket catching on fire from candle & pouring water over to extinguish, burning my fingers from the melted synthetic napkin material.. No one dropped by to change our table cloth/setting or ask about my burn.. Was merely offered a fresh glass of ice water for my troubles.. !?"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had dinner reservations my wife had got me for my birthday. She's gluten free which can make finding a restaurant a challenge. Our waiter was told this so when he brought bread for me he brought her a mixed dish of fresh vegetables (carrots, olives, pickles) and some gluten free bread they "found out back". That wasn't part of the normal menu and he found things to supplement what she had ordered. Related point, the salad and shrimp she did get were great according to her, my meal was great too. Overall, no complaints and would recommend to anyone. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great meal. Excellent pretzel buns and pickled veggies while we waited for our entree. The lobster and steak special was great. Loved the comfy booth seating and happy hour did not disappoint with a wonderful red wine. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "So my SO and I decided to try Ryan Duffy's after a friend recommended it to me. I owe the friend many thanks as this one one of the best meals the either myself or my SO have had out in quite some time. I so can not wait until our next visit there."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had amazing service and food. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A good place for special occasions and romantic dinners. So improved from Spring Garden location. Food was wonderful and even set menu on valentines day was great selection. Wish table side ceasar was available on valentines day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went to Ryan Duffy's once for a special occasion and since then have been hooked. The Groupons help make it affordable to have a special night out without costing too much. However there are things on their menu in the $20 - $50 dollar range. The food is always delicious and the service is great. It is normally very quiet, so it's great for a date, or just a nice quiet night out. We've gone three times already in the past 6 months, and are going again next month. Trying to find parking around the restaurant is usually a task in itself, but it's worth it for the experience."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Nice night out! Glad I read previous reviews to know to save room for dessert. You have to try the Deep Fried Cheesecake - if you think that sounds scary, fear not: it looks like 2 cannolis on top of caramel sauce, which looks, smells and tastes awesome! While we can't always dine here as it is pricy for us (although, the food and ambience is well worth the price) - we can certainly afford this dessert now and then :) Oh yeah, the pretzel rolls are yum! And as this has been one of our favorite dining experiences, we will certainly be back, especially if we can snag a Groupon or gift card."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Amazing food....i think even Gordon Ramsay would give accolades to the chef and to the restaurant in general!!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We went as a double date. Escargot and Caesar Salad were ordered to start, and the table side salad service was brilliant! Three ordered the Filet Neptune and I ordered the Dublin Lawyer Lobster. Everything was delicious. The portions were a little small, but I think that was reflected in the price given the calibre of this establishment. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice meal, a romantic dinner, or a quiet place to catch up with friends."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The rib steak was superb. The waiter was extremely good - very personable, knowledgeable, attentive and did his best to make up for very slow service on New Year's Eve."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The wine list was a bit sparce but the Chianti Classico was very good. The food was excellent and the waiter, a broad faced tall man, was a professional waiter. Well done. Nice table too, thanks."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Great food, excellent service, our main waiter livened the evening, very entertaining and engaging. Everyone tried a different dish, all the plates were cleaned. Those who had the baked potatoes said best ever. The 3 plus hours we spent passed by too quickly, it was an extremely enjoyable evening enhanced by the ambiance and staff. Will certainly return and recommend."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "My family and I, a party of 5 visited on Sunday Dec 22 for brunch at just after 10 am. The place was almost empty. I had the Burger (i am not a break daft food person) and it was obvious the chunk of leather passing for a burger was beyond well done into the cremation category. And the fries were cold. My In-laws and Wife ordered skillets which were by far more potato than anything else and the only meal that was warm and well done was my sons pancakes. Additionally, we waited over an hour from the time we ordered to when the food was delivered. I would certainly not recommend for brunch. Skillets at Smitty's are better and stay away from the burger!!."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Filet mignon was fantastic....one of best ever. Everything else was great too. Our waiter was excellent....real top quality, pleasant, funny guy. Best waiter ever !"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "What a great spot for intimate dining out for couples , or with friends. Service was friendly, efficient; our server was a card! Very nice, Duffy's Caesar salad - made at the table side - was heavy on the garlic but that was our mistake - but we asked for it... I'll ask for "medium" next time! Daily special was very good but I went for my favorite, the Braised Short Rib, which never fails to satisfy me. Shared two desserts - their Chocolate Silk Pie and the special, Deep Fried Cheescake... Nice finish for the evening. Thanks, again... we'll be back!"
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "The service we received at Ryan Duffy's was very good. The waiter was prompt and attentive but didn't interrupted our conversation frequently. The restaurant had a pleasant atmosphere. We were able to converse easily without any difficulty. Not ideal for people in a wheelchair because of the entrance, washrooms and there are no automatic doors. The steak portion was cut at our table and we were not a fan of that. There was no flavour to the steak and the entrees are not served with vegetables. Vegetables are sold separately."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Beef barley soup and spinach salad were excellent. Filet mignon lacked flavor. Dessert-cheesecake-small."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The Steak & Caesar salad were very good. Not much taste to the baked potato. Cold in the restaurant. Meal took much too long."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Ryan Duffy's is one of the best steakhouses in Downtown Halifax. My wife and I were pleasantly welcomed to the restaurant by the host. The waiter was very helpful in explaining the evening's specials which included the recommended wine. I had the 8 oz. New York Striploin with the side of Garlic Mashed Potatoes. The steak was cooked to my liking - Medium Well. It was cooked perfectly - some pink on the inside. The Garlic Mashed Potatoes was great with the added layer of baked Parmesan cheese on the top. The atmosphere of Ryan Duffy's was perfect. I was able to talk and listen to my wife without being bothered about the noise level of the place. This restaurant was perfect for quiet dining."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Seafood chowder was excellent however steak was expensive but quality was apparent. Steak was med rare but tough. Salmon was very good"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "This was not my first time at Ryan Duffy's and as I had guests in from Toronto for the weekend, I knew that RD's was a must for everyone on a visit to the East Coast. Once again the Duffy's Ceasar was outstanding, our steaks, lobster and crab were all cooked to perfection. The facility is very clean and welcoming. The staff have no trouble meeting you every need. For anyone looking for a sweeter cocktail asked for "Vince's Killer Coolaid", they used to have it on the menu, it is made with cherry brandy, is very sweet and very delicious. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 10/24/2013