About Duling Kurtz House
Exton, PA 19341
Located in Exton Pennsylvannia just behind Main Street at Exton. This Beautiful Old Country Inn & Restaurant offers some of the Best Service & Cuisine in Chester County! - Check out our Zagat 2013 Review . The building was built in 1830 and continues the traditional elegance & designs of the Federal Period.
Best for: Special Occasions, Evenings Out, Friday's Live Music at the Bar, Quiet Lunches, and enjoying the world cuisine from our top notch menu.
The Inn/Bed & Breakfast next door offers 13 guest rooms for an Overnight stay. Perfect for relatives visiting the area or a weekend get away.
Frequent comments of our guests: Delicious, Wonderful Food, Amazing Atmosphere, & Beautiful Grounds.
We look forward to seeing you!
American, French, German
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Commerce Drive & South Whitford Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Duling Kurtz House Ratings and Reviews
We went for Valentines Day, even though they were very busy everything came out tasting great. We were not rushed at all, we had four courses over 3 hours, the scallops and baked bre were awesome. I had the filet and my girlfriend had the mahi mahi, both were well worth it. Our server Amy made the night extra nice she was great, and even with many tables to worry about she gave everyone her undivided attention. She made a great night perfect!! Thanks for making it a great Valentines Day!
Even though it was Valentines Day and the place was packed, Michael the bartender did an awesome job taking our drink order and responding quickly. The same goes for our meal and server, as the food was delicious! Always lives up to or exceeds our expectations!
If you are looking for fine dining in Chester County with great ambiance, this is the place. The food is great, service is wonderful and overall dining experience the best you can expect. Bring that special date here and impress them as I did. You won't regret it and you will have an exceptional meal!
Love the charming, historical setting but unfortunately that's where the positive comments end. Service was painfully slow, waiter was inattentive and food was okay. Not worth the trip, too many better choices a lot closer to home.
Fortunately our table was close to the bar, I actually had to ask the bartender for a glass of wine because our waiter was nowhere to be found.
Very slow service. After 30 minutes needed to ask for waiter to take order and then meal finally came at 2hr mark... what made it worse was limited checking on drinks. Was a busy night and clearly they were not ready for the traffic. Food, when it finally came, was very good.
We were the first to arrive for lunch on a Saturday. We were pleased with the menu selections and the waiter was knowledgeable. Two of us ordered the French onion soup which arrived warm, not hot. We chose to ignore the temperature so as not to hold up the third person in our party from starting to eat. Two of us ordered the leek and mushroom tart. The waiter said the chef was able to accommodate a change of cheese in the tart and we were thrilled. When the tarts arrived, they we only moderately warm. As the room was filling up, it took a while to catch our waiter's attention. New tarts were brought 20 minutes later. By then the third member of our party had finished his meal--we told him to go ahead and not wait which would have spoiled his meal. The tarts were delicious but we were pretty irritated by then. We also had to wait a ridiculous amount of time for our coffee. We do not know if the cold tarts were the fault of the kitchen of the waiter. To his credit, the waiter informed us that there would be no charge for the tarts or the coffee, but we would have preferred a meal without this aggravation.
This is one of our favorite special occasion restaurants. As expected, the menu was varied and the food selected was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. We like the décor and ambiance. Being a week night, there were not many patrons so the noise level was low.
The food was excellent, the waiter was excellent. We would have preferred to sit downstairs as one person in our party has a hard time with stairs. However we were never given the choice. We also arrived on time for our 8:30 reservation and had to wait a long time in the bar to be seated. Then when we were seated there were several empty tables in the dining room. Wonder why the wait was necessary. However, we would go again because of the excellent food and menu choices. However, we would be more specific in our choice of tables.
Lovely atmosphere, great service. This is our second visit and both times we were in a private dining room. Although the room was lovely and quiet, we would have preferred a table in an area with more diners. The Caesar salad assembled at the table was perfect. Our entrees included the duck entree, a scallop and shrimp combination, salmon, crab cakes, and the special that evening which was a fish dish. All were good, nicely presented but the special, supposed to be served hot, was but lukewarm. The escargots were excellent.
I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions as it is lovely. Ask for a table in the glassed in area- it appears enchanting.
Amazing space and delicious food with great service. Even the water is delicious, I was informed they have well water. I come here whenever I travel to the area to be inspired and soak up the good kind of southeastern Pennsylvania culture.
Historicity meets fine dining, everything is always delicious and gracious and the ambiance is classy and yet cozy. Love it!
Excellent as always. My wife and I always come around Christmas and it's very romantic sitting in the porch with the Holiday lights outside. Food was fantastic. We both started with Soups. I had one of their specials, the Chester County Mushroom Soup and my wife went with the Lobster Bisque. Both were fantastic. Next, we both had the Chopped Salads. For our entrees, my wife had one of their specialties and one of her favorites, the Lobster Crepes. You can never go wrong ordering the crepes. I decided on the pheasant. I was not disappointed. I also want to make mention that our server was excellent. Very attentive and suggested a cocktail for my wife that she truly enjoyed. Dueling Kurtz is our go to spot for Special Occasions (Anniversaries, Birthdays, Holidays)....and I can honestly say I have never had a bad experience.
Our main problem was the service. I realize that it is Christmas time, but a 3 hour dinner for a table of four, we all thought was a bit much. The table of 8 beside us definitely received better service. Our food was warm, but could have been warmer. The food was good, but not great and the tab was not inexpensive . Cannot say I would go out of my way to go back again.
Standard menu and meal preparation but always delicious. A bit pricey for some portions and menu description can misrepresent actual preparation (rack of lamb was actually two small double chops and another guest would have ordered but did not expecting a full rack). Ambiance in most rooms is quaint and cozy, the area we were seated felt like a beachy enclosed porch; not exactly the holiday feel we were after.
This was not my first time at the Duling Kurtz House, but it was for my two friends. Since it was the Holiday Season, I felt that this restaurant with its history and beauty would be a great place to go. It was decorated beautifully for the holidays and enjoyed by all. The service although pleasant, was a little slow, and was attributed to being busy. The food, although delicious, was disappointing in quantity. It appears that they have cut down on their portions, while charging the same price.
It seems my recollection in past dining was more notable then our dining experience. We had to chase down the servers for bread and adult beverage refills. The food was not as appealing as I noted in the past - we were very disappointed in what we remembered as a the "place to go".
For the price we spent on a special evening, good food and ambiance - it fell short of our expectations (and memories). We have much better quality from $$$ restaurants and would rather pay for what it's worth, not for what is expected.
After spending numerous Thanksgivings at this restaurant, we will not be going back. First major issue was LILIES on the table. Rule #1 at a restaurant is nothing with fragrance on the table. You want the fragrance of the food to permeate the air....LILIES!!! I could not believe it. I am also very allergic. We removed from our table but my eyes continued to burn and water. They were on almost every table! Then....the entrees were not good. Turkey was so dry I could not swallow it. Rack of lamb loaded with fat...$44.00 for the entree and you just do not expect that. It is a shame because we loved the atmosphere. Drinks were good, popovers & lemon curd are special, baked brie (appetizer) was just OK. Both of our entrees (traditional turkey & rack of lamb) were just not up to par. For the money, there are other fabulous restaurants we will choose from next time...
When we arrived there were at least 20 people who hadn't been seated yet. Our reservations were at 4 and I think maybe we were seated at 4:30. The waiter seemed incredibly overwhelmed, and he may have been as the place was very crowded and obviously, enough wait staff were not working. We didn't get our order placed for about another half hour and we never saw our dinner for at least another 45 minutes. The food was overcooked and the portions were small, yet the prices were very high. Some in my party were vegetarian, and there were no vegetarian options. There should be more. The mushroom tart, our main meal as it was basically the only vegetarian item, was about 3 inches in diameter and half full with filling. Hardly worth the $13 price tag. Husband's turkey dinner was very overcooked, as was daughter's steak. All in all, a very disappointing Thanksgiving dinner. We've had many nice meals where the food was delicious, service was outstanding and cost was commensurate. This, however, was not one of those times. Hopefully, things will improve.
We had an exceptional meal, with every course being just about perfect. I had the best lobster bisque I've ever had in my life, and I've had lobster bisque a lot. We were also seated right by the fireplace in the old kitchen hearth, and it was a lovely setting for a romantic dinner for two. I've been to this exceptional restaurant several times over the last few years for special occasions and it has yet to disappoint.
We had not been to the Duling Kurtz House for some time and should have. It's back in the rotation.
This is not a complete trip back to the 60's as you will enjoy at Vicker's, but a bit of that combined with an attempt at New York expense account menu building. How else could you get an 8oz lobster tail and and 8oz filet on the same plate? Capitol Grille in Chester County.
Crab cakes were baked and generous. Lamb shank was fork tender with a deep, rich sauce to be savored. Dark chocolate mouse was not quite dark enough, but very smooth, rich and satisfying. Excelent (!!) coffee. So often not the case anymore.
No more expensive than many lessor restaurants and people actually try to dress up a bit, so rare in this age of blue jeans (not even clean blue jeans) everywhere.
Fine dining at its best. Great food - mushroom soup and filet mignon were excellent. Beautiful setting in an historic mansion. Elegant without being stuffy. Service was of high caliber. Wonderful live music - sax and keyboard. We were looking for a special place for dinner and this was a great choice. Will definitely be back!
We have gone to Durling Kurtz for quite a few years and generally had a very good meal.
This time the food was not up to their standards.
Cold plates and sending a meal back only to have the replacement be no better.
Surely any good cook knows that you have to heat the plates for the meal to stay warm.
We had a WONDERFUL evening at this lovely, elegant restaurant. We've been there before and were thrilled to have the same exceptionally enthusiastic and super-competent and friendly waitress -- Amy. Meals start off there with fabulous, light popovers served with lemon curd that is to die for. I could have eaten five of them for my entire meal. I asked for a separate room for our small celebration with five friends and we were given a quiet, wonderful room with a fireplace which we had to ourselves. I highly recommend the Duhling Kurtz Inn for special occasions.
This is our favorite restaurant for all our special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day....or just a romantic dinner sitting in the private Duling Kurtz room. The food is exceptional, the service is wonderful (Cynthia is a delight) and the ambiance is warm, elegant and friendly. I have even held large parties upstairs in the gorgeous garden room.
And, last but not least, your Host/Owner, Mrs. Gertie Person personally sees to your complete satisfaction and ensures a perfect dining experience.
You won't find anyplace finer in Chester County.
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