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The Blake House

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
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43 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(43 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 43 reviews
5 stars
(22)
4 stars
(15)
3 stars
(4)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(0)
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Ambiance 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Noise Level
2.6 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(22)
  • good for groups(18)
  • great for lunch(13)
  • great for brunch(11)
  • great for outdoor dining(8)
  • special occasion(7)
The Blake House Reviews List
Review 1 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 17/03/2016
 2014
Dined on 17/03/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 17/03/2016
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, kid-friendly
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Review 2 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food and service was good. Reasonably priced

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 17/03/2016
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem
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Review 3 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great food and selection of draft beer

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Dined on 17/03/2016
 2013
Dined on 17/03/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 17/03/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 4 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 09/03/2016
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 5 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 01/03/2016
 2008
Dined on 01/03/2016
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 01/03/2016
 2008
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Review 6 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 01/08/2014
 2014
Dined on 01/08/2014
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 01/08/2014
 2014
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Review 7 for The Blake House
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4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 01/02/2016
 2012
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Review 8 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Happy we found Blake House!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 28/01/2016
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 9 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Excellent food and service."
Dined on 30/12/2015
 2012
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Review 10 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 26/11/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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Review 11 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 26/11/2015
 2015
Dined on 26/11/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 26/11/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 12 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 26/11/2015
 2011
Dined on 26/11/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 26/11/2015
 2011
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Review 13 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 19/04/2015
 2011
Dined on 19/04/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"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."
Dined on 19/04/2015
 2011
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Review 14 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 25/05/2015
 2015
Dined on 25/05/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 25/05/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, notable wine list
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Review 15 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 23/05/2015
 2006
Dined on 23/05/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 23/05/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 16 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 07/05/2015
 2015
Special Features: scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 17 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 26/04/2015
 2006
Dined on 26/04/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 26/04/2015
 2006
Special Features: great for brunch
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Review 18 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Always Great!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The perfect stop before a show at The Phoenix. Great food, service and drinks at a good price."
Dined on 08/04/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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Review 19 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great experience

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Dined on 03/03/2015
 2012
Dined on 03/03/2015
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"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."
Dined on 03/03/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups
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Review 20 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great gem in the neighbourhood!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"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."
Dined on 11/02/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 21 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Handy location

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"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."
Dined on 27/01/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 22 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 31/12/2014
 2014
Dined on 31/12/2014
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The place is really nice! The food was hot when read and also learned a lot about baking Sword Fish.
Excellent service.
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Dined on 31/12/2014
 2014
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 23 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"nice local place to have a company Christmas lunch"
Dined on 16/12/2014
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 24 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Fantastic neighborhood restaurant

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"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."
Dined on 13/12/2014
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 25 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"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).
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Dined on 11/12/2014
 2007
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 26 for The Blake House
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Neat place

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"I dined at Blake House with my wife and two friends. The atmosphere was pleasant, the food good and the price was reasonable. We would all go back there again."
Dined on 29/11/2014
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Ratings-Only Reviews for The Blake House
Based on the average of (17) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
15 out of 16 recommend this product
Food 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Noise Level
3.1 / 3
Energetic