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4 stars 67 reviews

Duncan's Cafe

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62 Hurontario St
Collingwood, ON  L9Y 2L6

(705) 444-5749

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4 star rating
July 08, 2015

The patio initially caught our eyes when we walked around main st to try and find a place for lunch. We arrived just before the lunch hour so didn't need to wait for a seat, I suggest arriving early as the place filled very quickly. We were still hoping to get breakfast food, but were out of luck. No biggie. I order the chicken pita which came with potato salad (~$10) and my friends both... more

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4 star rating
June 08, 2015

This place came recommended from the shop next door and an excellent recommendation it was.
I had the chicken crepe. It was just enough to satisfy a hunger that had been 3 hours in the making sitting in stop and go traffic.
Although the food was excellent, the service was on the slower side, or maybe it was just us as we were all famished by the time we walked in. Everything came fresh and hot... more

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4 star rating
May 15, 2015

I came here for brunch once when I was staying in Collingwood. The decor was nice, but the food and service was disappointing.

The server came off as a little rude, but it might've just been his personality. However, I ordered a glass of water and I had to remind him twice about it. I also wanted the bill, but he forgot again so my dad had to get up and ask again.

The food was sub par. I... more

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4 star rating
March 07, 2015

The place has great energy. The food was great. Service was awesome. Our only complaints were that they didn't have pancakes and the home fries sucked!

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4 star rating
February 19, 2015

Came here for a Saturday night dinner before the movie. Heard great things about brunch.......thought we'd try dinner.

Wife and I split the soup and salad starter. Absolutely killer cream of mushroom soup. Salad was lovely as was the atmosphere. Not pretentious and very easy going and fun staff.

Wife's main -- chicken and leek crepes. Filling with a lovely sauce an nice big pieces of chicken.... more

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4 star rating
December 22, 2014

I'm not in the Collingwood area very often, but I stopped by here for brunch on my way back from a weekend at Blue Mountain. We picked Duncan's while searching for brunch places based on some pretty good Yelp reviews. That being said, maybe with limited options in the vicinity, the rave reviews should be taken with a grain of salt.

So we arrived around 11-ish with a large group of 8 people, no... more

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4 star rating
December 20, 2014

Came here for brunch after a weekend of skiing at blue mountain (located on the way back to Toronto). Great atmosphere on first impression, Canadian artworks, acoustic music really added to a Canadian diner feel. Server wasn't able to accommodate our group of 8 people but once a bigger table became available she was happily able to move us. The Western Omelet was served very quickly and was... more

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4 star rating
December 20, 2014

I came here with a group of friends and was just able to get a table for 8. They have a few tables for groups but tables of 4 are the best.
Breakfast options are available but the diner gets busy around lunch.
I really like how all the art on the walls are for sale - adds a distinctive taste to the cafe and also helps to promote local artists.

I ordered a steak and eggs. It was very average in... more

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4 star rating
August 08, 2014

I had the leek and potato soup, which was quite good. Serving portions were good. They served us at around 3:30, so it wasn't very busy. Food took longer to bring than expected, considering it was empty. Pretty good service. At least they served us instead of turning us away at the door, like cafe chartreuse.

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4 star rating
August 07, 2014

We stopped in here on our way to Toronto and we were not impressed. The burger was good, but roasted potatoes were very oily. The coleslaw was ok, not great. Perhaps it's a Canadian thing, (I'm from the U.S.), but the "iced tea" was Snapple. Yuck.

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4 star rating
Good food, indifferent service
July 05, 2014

The food is fantastic but the service is impersonal on also good day. For me that is not even remotely a factor as long as the food is good. Try the turkey burger. It tastes like thanksgiving. That's really the only way to explain it. I've also had the mushroom ravioli which is some of the best I've ever had,... more

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4 star rating
The Best Soup
July 02, 2014

I was told about Duncan's by a friend. Food was great, staff friendly and efficient, but the best was the soup! Took 2 jars home, ate them in 2 days delicious!
Bill C.

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4 star rating
Good food at reasonable price
June 29, 2014

We were in Collingwood for a few days. Walked around main street looking for a restaurant most of which were expensive. We passed by the Duncan Cafe and asked a couple coming out what they thought of this restaurant and they raved about it so we thought we would give it a try. We had fish and it was done... more

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4 star rating
Mullicatawny soup top notch, made with passion and pride
June 25, 2014

if your fond of Mullicatawny soup, look no further, if you have never tried it, bring a friend and enjoy. Have had some other appetizer and sandwich creations, we live in wasaga, i make it a habit to at least purchase the extra large take out mason jar $17.00, they charge $2 for the mason jar, refundable when returned.
Great... more

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4 star rating
Go here
June 24, 2014

Flavour is #1! Every meal says prepared with love and I believe it! Splitting a meal and appatizer is also fine with them. Definitly a keeper over and over!
Brad and Karen

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4 star rating
Gotta love the ecclectic surroundings and awesome food
June 16, 2014

I love this place. Whenever we are in Collingwood we drop in! The burritos are unreal. Full of delicious ingredients and lots of flavour. We spit a burrito and the veggie spring rolls and we were full! The spring rolls are made in house and are chock full of "stuff". Can't compare to the pathetic eggrolls you get in Chinese... more

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4 star rating
Sisters Lunch
June 15, 2014

Three sisters and a friend had lunch at Duncan's Cafe. The homemade Falafel Pita was the best I have ever had. The Quesadillas were packed and excellent as was the chicken wrap and the Manderin Chicken salad. The waitress was friendly and helpful. Also the coffee is good not weak and watered down. This is a cute place that I... more

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4 star rating
Excellent food
June 02, 2014

A small restaurant right in downtown Collingwood. We have eaten lunch there every time we've visited the area. The food is top notch, homemade with obvious care. The staff are friendly, welcoming and efficient. I have no complaints about this establishment and if I lived in the area I'm sure I'd be there two or three times a week.

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4 star rating
Yummy comfort food
May 28, 2014

Had a good lunch here. Everything well prepared and servings were ample. Great club sandwich. Others had salads and sandwiches that were-also very good.
Service was friendly and helpful. Would recommend.

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4 star rating
Excellent Soups
May 27, 2014

If you are a soup lover this is the place . The potato leek, thick flavorful really yummy, the butternut squash had a little zing not bland as some can be, and they had mulligatawny which you do mot see every day. Three of us had soup and all three were scrumptious. We shared a portobello mushroom wrap with goat... more

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4 star rating
May 16, 2014

Napkins smell normal, juice comes in a minute maid bottle, waittress was astoundingly monotone, food was subpar and undercooked.

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4 star rating
Food excellent - service not so much
April 21, 2014

My husband and I stopped in for lunch midweek at 2:00pm and stood by the "please wait to be seated" sign for about 10 minutes without anyone even greeting us or letting us know it would be a few minutes. Servers continued to rush by us without a word and worked very hard to avoid eye contact. We were finally... more

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4 star rating
All the ingredients for success
March 23, 2014

Exactly what you would be looking for. We are from out of town and stumbled in while doing some local shopping. Perfect mix of menu items for everyone, freshly prepared in a low key comfortable atmosphere. Pleasant treat! We will be back.

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4 star rating
Great food/soup
March 21, 2014

Went on a stormy winter day with my wife.
Ordered potato and leak soup which is delicious and steak that was good.

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4 star rating
Favorite Spot for Lunch
March 13, 2014

Fantastic lunch fare! Best soups in town! Warm atmosphere! Always busy....that should tell ya something!

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4 star rating
Quickly becoming a mandatory stop whenever in Collingwood
February 10, 2014

This is my third time stopping at Duncan's..... My wife and I got off the hill at Blue and decided to stop for lunch before heading North. I had the 3 Cheese grilled cheese and a side of Potato/Leek/Stilton cheese soup. First of all the grill cheese sandwich was deliscious, and the fact that it was on sourdough made it... more

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4 star rating
Wonderful lunch
December 15, 2013

Great menu with lots to choose from. I had blackened chicken wrap with roast potatoes. Delicious! Friendly service and a nice atmosphere.

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4 star rating
Super Soup
December 08, 2013

These folks have mastered the art of soup! My personal favourite is the regularly available Potato Leek with Stilton. The Mulligatawny is also an excellent preparation if you favour that particular concoction. On our most recent visit both of us ordered pasta dishes, one with salmon and the other with chicken. Both dishes offered different flavour profiles but the proteins... more

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4 star rating
Great place for lunch
October 12, 2013

Fabulous place for lunch!! Went with my husband and a friend on a lovely fall day. Sat outside and we all enjoyed what we ordered. I had the portebello mushroom wrap and I have had it before and did not disappoint.

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4 star rating
Totally understaffed
September 29, 2013

As an annual ritual, a bunch of friends finish off our September camping weekend with breakfast at this cafe. The service has never been good, but we had enjoyed the food other years. This year however, when we arrived at the restaurant, the waiter flat out said we could not sit together that we would have to sit at two... more

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4 star rating
August 30, 2013

On the way up to Sauble Beach my brother and I stopped into Duncan's. He picked it out, and it seemed like a decent pick because they had 4 stars on yelp and the menu looked interesting.

I think they try to at least do interesting food at Duncan's, but they miss the mark. I had the steak sandwich, and they didn't slice the steak into strips at all like I had expected but put a big chunk of... more

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4 star rating
Great food and atmosphere
August 24, 2013

Was in for lunch and it was fantastic..great portion sizes and great quality and value...will be returning!!

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4 star rating
Super Friendly
August 18, 2013

The guys maked our day - in a city like Collingwood where everyone wants to make a fast dollar they didn't charged us for a beer - because they recommended it and we did not like it. This is as Canadian as it gets! Great stuff.

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4 star rating
Disappointing
August 01, 2013

This is a great little spot downtown Collingwood. Went there yesterday for lunch and found the staff to be less than friendly......the most our waitress spoke to us was when I went inside to find her to pay the bill! Of course it pays to be friendly if there is a tip involved. The other waiter/host never did acknowledge us... more

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4 star rating
great food for a light appetite
July 12, 2013

perfect for a summer evening where one is not too hungry. Nice to eat a salad for dinner! Not a place where you are forced to eat a 4 course meal.

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4 star rating
July 06, 2013

Whenever we are in Collingwood, Duncan's Café is always the restaurant we visit. We stumbled upon it one hungry, Fall Saturday and immediately decided that this was the place for us. I have to agree with one of the previous reviews -- all of their soups are fantastic! I have tried every single one but the Mulligatawny soup stands out as our family favourite. Yes, it can get a little hectic on... more

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4 star rating
Interesting place
July 04, 2013

We went there for lunch.
I had the steak sandwich and it's a real steak in a sandwich not shredded meat.
The service was very slow and the waitress came over to us after about 45min. to tell us they overcooked the steak and had to make another one. The one I got could have been cooked a little less... more

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4 star rating
Great Soup
July 03, 2013

I had lunch today at Duncan's Cafe. The service was fast ( I arrived just before noon)and the mulligatawny soup I ordered was delicious.The staff was very friendly and the place was packed within 15 minutes. I would definitely return to Duncan's for lunch.

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4 star rating
Lovely dinner followed w/ Jazz in the Park
July 01, 2013

Stuffed chicken & chicken pasta entrees were delicious. Cranberry/Goat cheese appetizer was lovely. Recommend to the chef use mint leaves instead of lettuce as a garnish. We'll be back again!

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4 star rating
Great atmosphere, creative deliciousness
June 30, 2013

I don't normally write reviews but I was pleasantly surprised by my experience at Duncan's. Not sure why I was surprised but the front of the building is a bit unassuming maybe plus I wasn't looking for more than a basic solid lunch. The tall and open room with plenty of art struck me when I first walked in and... more

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4 star rating
Amazing Food. Wonderful Atmosphere
June 27, 2013

Being from out of town I don't get a chance to get to Collingwood often but when I do I always go to Duncan's Cafe. My daughter and I have been going there for years and I have to say I've never ever had a bad experience. The food is always delicious and the staff is courteous and quick. We're... more

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4 star rating
Great food great atmosphere
June 27, 2013

We have visited Duncan's twice recently . Once for breakfast and once for a nice long lunch.
I had eggs bene and my husband had huevos ranchero . Everything was so fresh and tasty , we sat and basked in the morning sun enjoying every second. I love the fact that the hollondaise sauce was freshly made and the eggs... more

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4 star rating
Food is going downhill
June 26, 2013

We've been going to Duncan's off and on for the past three years. Today my experience there was not so good. In fact it's what prompted me to finally register and start posting reviews on this site.
Today I had the Montréal smoked meat sandwich with roasted potatoes and a Caesar salad. I've ordered the same thing quite a few... more

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4 star rating
Very dissapointing fathers day breakfast
June 15, 2013

My family and I are frequent visitors to this Collingwood restaurant. Probalaby going at least once a month for the last few years. Today being fathers day my wife asked were I would like to eat. I chose Duncans. BIG mistake. The place was packed being fathers day of course. Lined out the door in fact. We were sat quick... more

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4 star rating
Delightful Place to Lunch
May 23, 2013

I came here for an anniversary lunch and I was delightfully surprised. From the outside it looks dark and small and when I walked in it was spacious and full of light with really cool paintings hung on the walls. Our server was outgoing and extremely nice, she made me feel as if she was really pleased to have us... more

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4 star rating
Awesome breakfast and good variety
May 11, 2013

We ordered eggs Benedict and veggie eggs for breakfast. Both orders were great, veggies included asparagus , tomato, peppers and onions. Great fresh taste, along with fresh coffee was good value for money spent.

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4 star rating
a lovely lunch
April 16, 2013

I had lunch at Duncans for the second time and it was even better than the first visit. I ordered the Chicken and mango salad and it was delicious. My sister had a very LARGE bowl of soup and it was great! The service was quick and pleasant and the prices are reasonable. There is a small patio set up... more

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4 star rating
I love the food
April 14, 2013

The food is fantastic. Unfortunately, the staff isn't the best. Apparently everyone in town knows this, understands this yet the owner doesn't seem to employ people who are customer-first oriented. It's odd. But, the food IS that good that you'll go back and never-mind the staff...which is unfortunate because everyone I've ever spoken to about this place (I visit Collingwood,... more

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4 star rating
wonderful brunch
February 22, 2013

Today was my first visit to Duncan's and I wish I hadn't waited so long as everything was delicious! I ordered eggs benedict off the breakfast menu and my daughter had a asparagus wrap off the lunch menu. I appreciated the option of both menues as I really had a craving for eggs while my daughter appreciated that there were... more

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4 star rating
Awesome mushroon soup and chicken pita
February 06, 2013

love Duncans one of our favorites, they have 5 homemade soups which you can purchases by the jar. really good. The chicken pita is great as well as the wraps and other sandwiches. the pasta is awesome. Also their homemade ceasar dressing is to die for. Always a great meal.

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4 star rating
January 15, 2013

Come in for the potato, leek and Stilton cheese soup if you just want a snack. If you want an appetizer with your glass of pinot grigio, order the phyllo baked brie pastry with poached pair ($11.95) to share. The thick, gooey, savoury mushroom ravioli with fresh parmesean also hits the spot as a well-portioned main.

(And if you've got a few extra thousand dollars to spare, take home one of the... more

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4 star rating
Great Lunch or Brunch
December 11, 2012

I have never been to diner, so I cannot comment on that. However dining at noon has always been excellent. My favorites are: Thai Pork Rolls, Mulligatawny soup, Quesadilla, Chicken Club Caesar Salad. I have eaten here, and brought friends here many times

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4 star rating
Fantastic Mushroom Wrap - Great little Cafe
November 12, 2012

Mushroom wraps at Duncan's are so good it makes you want to go back for more. Service is always outstanding. Thumbs up for such great work. Will be back to see you soon.

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4 star rating
Just plain terrible
November 11, 2012

Stopped for lunch today, sat in the window as they were a little busy. We waited for about 5 minutes, the waitress came and took our order, then we waited another 50 minutes when she came back and said there were no more crepes, and not her fault it's the kitchens fault. I told her we have been waiting 1... more

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4 star rating
not a good day at Duncan's
November 03, 2012

I've eaten at Duncan's a number of times and found the food usually good, service often slow and the soup usually too salty. But one would never be certain how service was going to be.
Today the lettuce was soggy, the soup too salty, the meat tough, and the service slow and indifferent. Too much! I'm not likely to risk... more

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4 star rating
Nice spot to stop for lunch
October 25, 2012

Varied menu. Great soups & sandwiches. Seems to be busy all the time. Have had the falafel & the grilled cheese....both good, but not excellent. Soups sound wonderful.

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4 star rating
Great Dining Experience
September 29, 2012

This was the first time we visited this restaurant and will cetainly be back again. All the food is homemade so be patient because it will take a little longer once you've ordered. I had the Bassa and my wife had the salmon in a pastry puff. Both were excellent. The presentation of the food is that of a fine... more

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4 star rating
September 08, 2012

Duncan's Cafe is located on what I would call the Food Avenue of downtown Collingwood. We popped in here on a Sunday late afternoon on our way back to Toronto.

The restaurant wasn't really busy since we were eating at like 2:30 in the afternoon. The hostess walked by us several times and took her time. I had to speak to her first and asked if we could be seated. I was annoyed and hungry, maybe... more

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4 star rating
Great Food
August 14, 2012

We have eaten at Duncan's a number of times and for lunch it is one of our favourites. On a warm day it is nice to sit at the patio and people watch. The food is great and the Shaved Beef sandwich is awesome. The display artwork from local artists and we have even bought a piece. The only thing... more

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4 star rating
Great spot for lunch
August 14, 2012

Awesome spot for lunch in particular. Great sandwiches and salads. Friendly service and good atmosphere!

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4 star rating
Casual spot for soup and sandwich that excels
August 12, 2012

Delicious mulligatawny soup that we paired with a toasted cheese sandwich on the recommendation of our server. Fabulous! I hear that the wraps are great too. Looking forward to going back!

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4 star rating
Best wraps we have had anywhere
August 01, 2012

The restaurant was super busy just before the finals competition for the best Elvis Tribute Artists in all categories. Wait staff were friendly, quick & efficient. Cafe served the best wraps & salads we have had in Ontario. Price very reasonable. We will definitely go back next year!!!!!!!!!!!

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4 star rating
I expected better
July 25, 2012

I had lunch the other day at Duncan's, and I was dissapointed. I ordered a Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich, with a side Cesar Salad. First, the Rye bread was toasted (dry) and a small portion of (thicker than it should be) smoked meat. It was bland, no fat, and dry. The ceasar salad was also bland. I have had some... more

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4 star rating
A Variety of Choices
July 15, 2012

I've been here for brunch and lunch. The food has always been good with friendly service. Delicious Butternut Squash soup. They also do catering. We have used their Thanksgiving Dinner twice. It comes cold and you have to heat it up. Everything is included (even the rolls and butter, pumpkin pie and whipped cream).

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4 star rating
May 21, 2012

May 19/12
Went for dinner 1st time here recommended by our kid who drops in here with friends every so often. Great quiet evening so we weren't hurried out, Stuffed Chicken w/goat cheese dish was great hot and tender hubby's Creole Bassa very tender well done huge portions took some home, prices are very reasonable for a little off the normal path in cottage country and tourist town so I will... more

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4 star rating
January 01, 2012

Duncan's is one of those great restaurants that's worth driving an hour and a half out of your way for. It's the absolute idyllic downtown in a ski town restaurant - homey but cosmopolitan, old fashioned and modern at the same time, friendly with the locals and welcoming to the tourists. It's an awesome place, and it also has some delectable eats! Do yourself a favor and order some soup - they... more

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4 star rating
November 18, 2011

Food was delicious! Napkins smelled fantastic! Numbers were on the walls!

"I licked my plate clean, and also his." -Woman across from me

Duncan's is an excellent place for human beings to eat food! If you eat food here you will not regret eating it!

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