Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. Canada
  3. Toronto / Ontario
  4. Toronto
  5. Cabbagetown

The Blake House

4.0
4
118 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food
Designed by the renowned architects Knox & Elliot and built in 1891, The Blake House is one of the last standing heritage structures in Toronto mixing late 19th century Victorian and Second Empire architecture. Its first owner the Honourable Edward Blake was the second premier of Ontario and leader of the federal liberal party between 1878-1887 . He was also the founder of the law firm known today as Blake, Cassels & Graydon. At that time, Jarvis street was a tree lined boulevard of stately mansions as displayed on our wall stencils and pictures. Leading Canadian families such as the Cawthras, Masseys, and Gooderhams were among Blake's neighbours. The home remained in the Blake family until 1917.
The Blake House invites you to take in the history while sitting on our sunny patio having a local pint or inside by the original wood burning fireplace

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing

There’s more to explore

Discover countless more restaurants like this one with our app.

Scan the QR code to discover countless more restaurants like this one with our app.

Open app

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    LUNCH: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am- 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; DINNER: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm WEEKEND BRUNCH Sat & Sunday 10 am to 3 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 975-1867
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    We offer Catering, please contact us for more information
  • Private party facilities
    We offer a private dining room for 20 to 40 We specialize Corporate and Private Functions. Complete private facilities available on our lower level. Our Chef David Araya and staff will take care of the smallest detail, ensuring your function runs smoothly. For more information ask to speak with the manager.Total Seating Capacity :210Patio Capacity :80Private Dining Room Capacity :50
  • Private party contact
    Jim: (416) 975-1867
  • Neighborhood
    Cabbagetown
  • Parking details
    We have a public parking available next door at $ 5.00 per vehicle after 5 pm & weekends.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 118 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 0.4Value

NoiseModerate

118 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good spot for casual dinner

    Is this helpful?

  2. Granny

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wait staffwere friendly casual and the atmosphere was great. I took my grandson there and it was a good choice.

    Is this helpful?

  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Initially, the waiter was slow to greet us and generally, unprofessional in his manner of service. this indicated that he was poorly trained in servicing tables. The food; the calimari was undercooked and small serving size. Overall, the Holiday Thanksgiving meal was awful! I thought it was only a notch above TV dinner quality. Mine was barely warm and looked sloppy, was bland in taste and, the turkey was cut WAY TOO THICK. I regreted dinning at the Blake House and would NOT return.

    Is this helpful?

  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! Generous portions. Customer service was superior.

    Is this helpful?

  5. NorthTorontoFoody

    Toronto

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice pre-concert venue. Great pub grub. Good service.

    Is this helpful?

  6. EpicuriusMaximus

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nicely-renovated historic home with mostly small-group seating options. Ideal for two to four diners, but other combinations are available as well. Service was a perfect combination of friendly and helpful, efficient and professional. The modestly creative dinner menu includes interesting daily specials. The pappardelle was a nice surprise. I will definitely return to explore their menu further.

    Is this helpful?

  7. rsto55

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As usual, our meal at the Blake was delicious - well prepared and reasonably priced. The service was excellent - friendly, attentive but not intrusive. The Blake is our go-to place in the neighbourhood.

    Is this helpful?

  8. MarkD

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Came here got an evening meal with family whilst visiting from UK. Can't comment on interior as we ate only on the outside front patio. Although roadside it was not noisy and the mature trees gave a nice ambience. Staff were helpful and friendly. We all went for a steak dish each and were all equally pleased with the presentation, taste and quality. There was a decent wine selection at reasonable prices and we chose the Tempranillo which was good. All desserts were good and I recommend the crime brûlée which was a great finish to the meal. Good value with good quality. Definitely go back again on next visit.

    Is this helpful?

  9. Travel1

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice environment with above average bar food.

    Is this helpful?

  10. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our third visit to this restaurant and every time, the service is friendly and the food is good. The salad is fresh and the beer is reasonable.

    Is this helpful?

  11. Pozboy

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service.

    Is this helpful?

  12. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Blake House is comfort pub food done really well and served up in a warm, inviting space. The staff is friendly and the prices are reasonable.

    Is this helpful?

  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    72 reviews

    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The perfect stop before a show at The Phoenix. Great food, service and drinks at a good price.

    Is this helpful?

  14. WannaBeFoodie

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to The Blake House with a group of 10 to celebrate 2 friends' birthdays. I've generally found you suffer on quality with large groups but that was not the case here. We were very well attended to! The dinner was delicious from beginning to end; drinks were well made, appetizers were delicious (the entire table was impressed by their beef samosas), and entrees left us fully and satisfied. I would definitely go back, and even in the summer to try their patio as well.

    Is this helpful?

  15. ofheartandcity

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed our Winterlicious meals at this cozy restaurant. The atmosphere was great for our date night and we enjoyed everything we tried. I particularly liked my samosas which were tasty and fluffy and crunchy all at once. But the dessert was the best thing I've had in a long, long time. It was the Kahlua chocolate mousse and the texture and flavour were out of this world! I might come back just to have dessert again. The Blake House is worth checking out if you're in the mood for a cozy spot with quality food.

    Is this helpful?

  16. Sandy

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a little draughty,we were seated just inside the doors but the heat could have been turned up. Our waitress was a little snooty,not very sociable. The food was very good,portions were outstanding.

    Is this helpful?

  17. localdiner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    nice local place to have a company Christmas lunch

    Is this helpful?

  18. Belmontman

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An establish neighbourhood restaurant which provides consistently well prepared food and excellent service. A great selection of menu items along with daily specials. The daily specials are well priced and provide customers with not only great food but also great value. The specials on this visit sounded excellent however we choose the wings. Despite being a busy night at the restaurant the wings were served in a timely manner at the perfect temperature. They were delicious. Highly recommend the Kosher Salt & Black Pepper Rub and the Dry Mesquite. Great selection of on-tap beers and a variety of wines. Friendly and accommodating staff who provide outstanding service.

    Is this helpful?

  19. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Although I've been seated alone, in a dark corner, with cold drafts from the window (that's why I rate poor the service), the pub definitely has a a great potential to offer due to the nice ambiance, good food (maybe just a little bit overpriced) and pretty good selection of beers/wines/spirits. Overall, it's a great place/pub to hang out with friends as they can easily accommodate large groups, but I wouldn't recommend for a 'special/romantic' dinner due to the noise level (that ranges from moderate to energetic).

    Is this helpful?

  20. Aragorn

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable friendly experience. We always enjoy eating at the Blake House. The staff are friendly and the food has that nice home cook feel.

    Is this helpful?

  21. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    72 reviews

    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They do a great Thanksgiving special. The food was excellent. My dining companions were ridiculously late and the server was really cool about it. Great place.

    Is this helpful?

  22. TC1961

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed one of the house specials - juicy steak - delicious! Definitely will come back - suitable for any and all occasions! The history of the house has been well cared for and preserved - a tour gem in the heart of Toronto!

    Is this helpful?

  23. pmedmoe

    Ottawa

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had stopped in at The Blake House last summer while roaming around town and thought it was a really nice place. We didn't eat on that visit, so decided it was about time we did. We shared their "signature" burger, The Blake House Burger with the avocado citrus spread, bacon and carmelized onions. The burger itself was a tad dry and too dense. The fries were not crisp (either the oil needed changing or it wasn't hot enough) and I don't remember getting a pickle on the plate at all. The best part was the avocado spread. Drinks were fine and service was great. I'll give the menu another try sometime, but will probably stick with an appetizer.

    Is this helpful?

  24. Hungree

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went here for our first Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday. The service, food and environment made our dinner a special and unforgettable moment. Pricing is fair and the food was fantastic!

    Is this helpful?

  25. Fonseca

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I made dinner reservations for thanksgiving and had the traditional thanksgiving meal they were serving, everything was very good! My boyfriend had the fish and chips, the fries were amazing... And if you are looking to order a cocktail I recommend Blake's splash. Oh almost forgot we also got the calamari which was also quite good, but the portion size was some what small for the price. Our waitress was super friendly, I would definitely recommend checking this place out.

    Is this helpful?

  26. Marshal

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed dinner here on a warm late September night. Greeted warmly, seated on patio, and well attended to by several servers/staff. Dinner was quite good, just not quite brilliant. Nice drinks list and pricing.

    Is this helpful?

  27. AlfiesWay

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Blake's House, situated anywhere else, would still be an excellent pub. But this is more than a pub, this is essential Toronto history. Like anything in real estate, it is ideally located as a place to dine before you go to catch a subsequent show. In our case, Cirque Du Soleil, a mere 7 minutes south to get by cab to the Port Lands. To get to Blake House, it is also ideal to catch a GO Train to Union if you are out of the city and thus completely beat the abomination that Toronto traffic has become on the Gardiner East/West, at any time of day. Exiting Union, if the weather is nice you can even stroll a bit as we did before catching a cab a few minutes north up Jarvis. The food is very enjoyable and the service exceptional.

    Is this helpful?

  28. patiofan

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We chose the Blake House as we had first dined there on the patio in the summer. We decided to return to celebrate a friend's birthday recently and we were not disappointed . For the first time we dined inside and just loved the ambience. Not only was the server great the food was great as well. All in all a great night. Thanks.

    Is this helpful?

  29. SusanM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first visit to Blake House and I would definately return.

    Is this helpful?

  30. Sonia

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went on Aug 22 with a group of friends. I ordered the Portabello burger on the menu and it was excellent! Their Blake burger got great reviews from my friends as well.

    Is this helpful?

  31. Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Our experience would have been much better, but I truly don't think I have had a worse waitress. She wasn't unfriendly, just completely unaware and inattentive. We saw her when she brought our appetizer, and then not again, literally, until she cleared our dinner plates (someone else even brought our entrees). She never came back to ask about the food, refill drinks, etc. It was my daughter's birthday, and we never did get the cake with the candle, and we had to go search for her to pay our bill.

    Is this helpful?

  32. Retireenouveau

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific place to meet friends, enjoy excellent food, relax and enjoy life. Felt well cared for by hospitable staff. Highly recommend.

    Is this helpful?

  33. Greenland

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Blake House is a very nice place to have a lunch or dinner. I loved "European kind of" decoration, comfortable sofas and a big patio. It was pretty quiet and empty on Wednesday at 6PM but half full around 8:30PM. The stuff is really friendly and helpful, the food is delicious.

    Is this helpful?

  34. Ixim

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely summerlicious experience, I will visit this place again.

    Is this helpful?

  35. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2014

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The quality of the food was an insult. This restaurant should not be a part of summerlicious.

    Is this helpful?

  36. seanb

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2014

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The place looks good but the food my friend and I ate was devoid of taste. Go else where

    Is this helpful?

  37. DonnaB

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Blake House is a good blend of neighborhood Pub and dining. The owners take special care to ensure that guests have a pleasurable experience. The food is superb! It is our go-to spot in this neighborhood!

    Is this helpful?

  38. Outdoorsie

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The back ribs were too dry. The Kale delicious. Service good Location - good.

    Is this helpful?

  39. Glen

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a nice bar/ restaurant with pretty standard bar food. It is in a great location and both inside and out are great. Staff are friendly and attentive. They would do really well if they tried stepping it up on food side without overextending themselves.

    Is this helpful?

  40. Foodie

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Limited wine list. Wish there were more choices from local Ontario wineries.

    Is this helpful?

FAQs

The Blake House is rated 4 stars by 118 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing
Google Map for The Blake House

449 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G8

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Cabbagetown
  • Hours of operation
    LUNCH: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am- 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; DINNER: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm WEEKEND BRUNCH Sat & Sunday 10 am to 3 pm
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    We have a public parking available next door at $ 5.00 per vehicle after 5 pm & weekends.
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 975-1867
  • Catering
    We offer Catering, please contact us for more information
  • Private party facilities
    We offer a private dining room for 20 to 40 We specialize Corporate and Private Functions. Complete private facilities available on our lower level. Our Chef David Araya and staff will take care of the smallest detail, ensuring your function runs smoothly. For more information ask to speak with the manager.Total Seating Capacity :210Patio Capacity :80Private Dining Room Capacity :50
  • Private party contact
    Jim: (416) 975-1867
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo