Ryan Duffy's

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290 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Steakhouse

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About

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, we also offer a selection of fresh local seafood that will inspire your palet. 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 five consecutive years and 'Best Steakhouse Award". 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 Lunch, Weekend Brunch and Dinner 7 days a week ....Let the dazzling begin!

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday-Friday: Lunch:1130am-2pm. Dinner:5pm-10pm
Saturday-Sunday: Weekend Brunch 1130am-2pm. Dinner 5pm-10pm
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Phone number
(902) 421-1116
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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
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Private party contact
Heather Coffen: (902) 421-1116
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sackville Street
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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
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Public transit
Within walking distance from Halifax Ferry Terminal.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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RD
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Will absolutely recommend and be back for more.

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j
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Years ago, it used to be great. Their table-side caesar was amazing - as were their steaks.

In our most recent visit, the caesar is now plain, unexciting, with little flavour. I opted for the dry-aged strip-loin (at a considerable price) which arrived over-done, hard, and grizzly. Kudos to them for not charging me for it.

The people there are still great, but the restaurant was basically empty - I left feeling sorry for them - it used to be our fav in Halifax.

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SH
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

long wait as only one servant, bad service overall as alcoholic drinks (fill level of glasses) was very uneven

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KC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect, just what I needed!

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M
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good steak but we were the only people there. Both ordered med rare, one was almost perfect, the other no pink at all. No special service. Waitress barely spoke to us. Felt little like we were intruding.

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H
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our waiter was excellent however my wife got the wrong steak and all our steaks were over cooked. Very over priced for the food quality.

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My steak was amazing, our starter was good, however they were out of the oysters and only had 1 desert choice. Our waitress (although nice) really needed some proper training. Not really the service I would have expected at a high end restaurant.

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LF
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been here a couple times now. Great service. The food is quite overpriced but they offer a groupon once a year to save . The table side salad is tasty and entertaining. The 65.00 steak was huge (14 oz) but had lots of fat on it (more than “marbling”. I would recommend this place. Overall I give 4 stars and will be back.

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T
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sent in thru Open Table that it was our anniversary and they did not realize until we mentioned it at the very end. Steak was no better for flavour or amount of fat than any steak place we’ve ever had at half the price. Mostly disappointed that the dry aged steak was not available. Any high end steakhouse at $200+ for two should not run out of dry aged steak.

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CR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time @Ryan Duffy's for Mother's Day Brunch with my family!! The prices were amazing and our server Paul was very attentive and had a great sense of humor!! Loved every bite!!

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MP
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable, our Servers Vince and Brandy were excellent

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J
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great location......a bit pricey.....dated ambience....great food and good service

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M
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance, but for a second time the medium-rare steak was over-cooked. For a "steakhouse" this shouldn't happen?

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b
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were on a date. It was great!! Todd gave us excellent service, as per usual. He’s the reason we keep going back. We’ve been to Duffy’s every 2 weeks for about 8 months. Foods always great!!!

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GM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was using a Groupon, otherwise, I probably would not have chosen this spot. A long-standing Halifax, Steak House institution sets your standards high. The server was very pleasant and greeting at the door was top notch. Given the prices, I was surprised when you share an appetizer, Caesar Salad, that we were not offered separate plates, and found it odd...if not uncomfortable eating salad from the same plate. The steak was tender and done as requested, but other than that, it did nothing to stand out to me. I guess, given the price, two people sharing an app and sharing a dessert I had expectations at I would be recommending "Duffy's" to everyone. I did not order the "Aged Steak" after reading other reviews and went the steak on the menu. I don't expect to return, even with a Groupon.

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was great but my aunt was upset that she requeted a special dessert/acknowlegement at the end becuase i was celebraing my bday and nothing was noted or given.

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KM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was delicious arrived hot and the table side Caesar was exceptional. Fantastic service by Paul!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waiter

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was mediocre, service was good overall. Thank god for the Groupon, other than that it would have been a total waste. Even with the Groupon we had it was almost 200$ (groupon for 2, wine and extras)... At that price range they are way better options in Halifax.

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D
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Ordered beef tenderloin medium rare, arrived blue rare, was returned and brought back rare; returned and back to medium rare. By the time got the steak (soaked in gravy) the potatoes and asparagus were cold and my partner had already finished his meal. Not expected to have to eat alone.
My partner ordered a striploin arrived over cooked but he didn’t return it.
It was our 3rd. time at Ryan and the food is getting worse time after time; so, we are done, not going there anymore . For the price, they should hire a good chef who knows how to cook steak properly.
What made us stayed, was our apologising
our young Lady server....not the food .
Done, done, done with you Ryan Duffy.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Business Lunch went long. Service was slow. My burger was delicious (even with processed cheese?) but the salad was wilted and soggy. One of our clients was served beer in a broken glass.

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MG
Palm Springs
41 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Much more casual than I would have thought so it was a pleasant setting to have dinner and relax with friends. Staff went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and to provide attentive service. We all enjoyed our steaks - one couple split the strip loin. Nice bottle of wine at a reasonable cost.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely 40th birthday dinner date at Ryan Duffy's. We used a Groupon to help offset the cost of the meal which was pricey, but typical for a steakhouse. The service was excellent. We were offered a free desert or two glasses of Nova 7 as a birthday treat on the house. The table side ceaser salad was wonderful and the meal was delicious. We couldn't eat it all and leftovers were taken home to enjoy later. After our meal we sat in the comfy chairs in front of the fire and enjoyed a glass of port. A wonderful experience!

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HH
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the nacho appetizer very much, although we thought it should be renamed potato skins. We ordered the dry-aged steak and unfortunately did not enjoy it as much as your other steaks. Oh well, it's good to try new things. Service was wonderful as usual.

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The steaks were absolutely perfect: incredibly tender, flavorful and cooked perfectly. Also, my side of shrimp and Bernaise sauce were very good.
However the rest of the food was disappointing to adequate. My mussels were a good quantity but not only tasteless, they were fresh-tasting, like they had been rinsed in hot fresh water prior to service. Very disappointing! The garlic mashed potatoes were alright and the baked cheesecake was also, just alright. Given the price of the outing for the two of us, well over $200, we're very disappointed and not likely to return...even for an Anniversary. It should be noted our server, Vince, was excellent and catered to us very professionally and courteously, as well as Todd, a host.

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l
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This restaurant is very overpriced relative to the quality of food and overall service level. It is supposed to be known for dry aged beef however quite honestly it is not worth the price difference. I ordered an 80 dollar steak med rare and it came well done. They did offer me a desert for no charge however when you are paying that level of price for 10 oz of beef you dont expect it to be charcoal burnt and overcooked . I would not go back

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b
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal we’ve had in a long time. Only problem was that my “anniversary” was actually in April. Couldn’t have had a better date. Thanks Duffy’s for another magical evening.

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BT
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Waiter was personable, but forgetful. He failed to deliver ordered items and couldn't remember where food was to be delivered. Steaks were good, garlic mashed potatoes were tasteless.

Overpriced.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had wonderful service, fast, efficient. Great atmosphere and comfort. Awesome food done to perfection. An evening to remember.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic as usual. The staff go out of their way to provide exceptional service. The chef is truly an artist and the dry aged meats are perfection.

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AC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, excellent service. The steaks were cooked perfectly. It was expensive but good for a special occasion!

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CS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I thought that the food was a bit overpriced, but delicious

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J
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great value ....very good food....service was attentive

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service, from beginning to end. Entrees and apps over priced for the quality and taste. Terrible experience for everyone at our table.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful dining experience! Warm, comfortable, relaxing atmosphere! Table overlooking the street with a view of the glowing fireplace was wonderful on a cold night! Corky our server and Bev (Val?) or host made us feel special! Thank you!

Deb & Paul

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely evening celebrating our anniversary. Great ambience and food was very good.

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DE
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Service great, meals great, room cold, mouse running in dining area several times.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The prices were extremely high. The steak wasn’t very flavourful. Caesar salad was good and the deep fried cheesecake.

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JB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Of 9 orders of steak, 4 were either under cooked or over cooked. One steak order was medium well, came out blue, came out the second time rare and third time was very well done. No discount offered and it took three tries to get the bill correct.

For a high priced steak house it was very disappointing, no plans to return.

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JK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

This restaurant was a big disappointment. Our server was scattered and forgetful despite the place being almost empty. The food is seriously overpriced for the quality. You can get way better food much cheaper at many other places in Halifax. To top it off, a mouse ran across the floor twice!!! Won’t be back. Halifax has amazing food, but this place needs to close its doors or find new management/chefs.

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