Duling Kurtz House

4.5
650 reviews
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Located in Exton Pennsylvania 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 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!
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j
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service
Superb cuisine

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RC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The service at Duling Kurtz house was very good, timely and friendly. Typically the food is very good, but I did not enjoy the thick sauce on the wagyu steak, but the steak itself was cooked perfectly. I like crispy fries but the truffle fries that came with the steak were more like fry-shaped chips and not in a good way. I only ordered the steak because we came for the duck and the rack of lamb, but they didnt have either left that night. The lobster bisque was tasty and well seasoned, but did not have any peices of lobster in it. My creme brûlée was textured like scrambled eggs. Although I was dispointed by my meal on this occasion, I normally enjoy my experience at Duling Kurtz. I would recommend this restuarant for folks who enjoy a quiet atmosphere with a somewhat generic menu.

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s
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I have dined at Duling Kurtz House on several occasions. We chose this restaurant for an early dinner on New Years Eve. I knew we were in for an energetic meal when I pulled into the last open parking spot in the lot. The server was prompt, and our food arrived fairly promptly as well. My wife enjoyed her seafood entrée, as did I. Both entrees were served hot, which I find extraordinary for such a busy evening. The normally sedate ambiance for early dinner times was shattered by the crowd. I've never seen Duling Kurtz House so noisy. But, I imagine this is what we should expect for a special occasion such as New Years Eve.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, server was very nice and attentive. A little disappointed that we only got one roll each delivered to the table, rather than a little basket of rolls. Other than that, excellent!

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HK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

gone down hill. use to be that special place, now, the wandering basket of croissants just isn't charming enough to make the meal. down to the small details that use to be looked at, my last experience there
started with the linen table cloth being folded and lumpy on the table and dishes that were plain and honestly boring.

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r
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm not too impressed with most restaurants these days but Duling-Kurtz is the exception. It is a wonderful dining experience with a cozy atmosphere and delightful surroundings. The food is beyond outstanding. I'm yearning for one of the puff pastries and lemon curd this very moment. Thank you for making my wife's birthday a memorable experience.

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The poached Chilean Sea Bass was probably the best fish dish I have ever had. The portions were fairly large but just right. Ambience is just wonderful with candlelight and a blazing fire next to us. Service was tremendous and just right between our four courses. It was a wonderful memorable evening. We would highly recommend this Chester County gem of a restaurant.

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h
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined at Duling Kurtz 2 days ago with friends who have never been to the restaurant. They were excited to try it from our description. We arrived early to have a drink at the bar during Happy Hour. Upon arrival we found that a large group had pushed all the tables together for themselves, and there were only 2 seats left. We asked if we could get 2 additional chairs to sit at the table. The owner looked like we had asked her for the moon. She was so miserable - barking at an employee to get seats, that we were embarrassed. The owner's gloomy countenance continued through seating us for dinner and her grumpiness definitely cast a pall over everyone's experience. I don't know if we will return.

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T
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted a quiet dinner without our toddlers. We got that and great food and service! We like a place out of history and have tried many restaurants of this style in our area. This one had the best food by far. The pop over rolls alone are a reason to go back but everything was fantastic. From the road you wouldn’t even know it’s there but definitely find it and go.

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BD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a family dinner at Duling Kurtz Dec 2018. We were able to get a reservation for a table of 12 the same day we called and they seated us in a private dining room on the second floor, which was nice. The table set up was a bit odd - an L shape with 3 people off to the side. The food was good, the main problem was the timing. Several people had appetizers or salads which all came out at the same time. Our entrees were served at 3 different times. By the time the whole table had been served, those who were served first had finished eating. Our servers (2) were fairly unprofessional for this type of fine dining. They complained about the kitchen for the delay of the entrees. I understand they were frustrated too, but it is inappropriate to blame the kitchen in front of the guests. A manager did not stop by - I assume they were made aware of the delayed meals. So no offer to comp anything or to offer an apology on behalf of the restaurant. We also had an issue with the bill being divided, so over all a disappointing visit to a restaurant we remembered fondly from years ago. Hopefully this is not a typical experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Waited 30 minutes even with a reservation. Sever was terrible. Felt like we ere at a Red Robbins. We usually love the service here. Won’t be back anytime soon.

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S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Christmas Eve at the Duling Kurtz House was festive and delicious. Bit of a wait for our reservation to be seated (40 min) and not in the room we requested. But as always excellent food and superb service! Amy is a star, she keeps us coming back and bringing additional family members with us! Our compliments to the chef and staff for a lovely Christmas Eve dinner.

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KO
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely place for Christmas Eve dinner

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EP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Some of our six guests enjoyed the food but some less so. The service was terrible. We were greeted when we sat down but it then took 30 minutes to get drinks and water. We had to get our own menus after 40 minutes of waiting even though we had asked for them. When one of the drinks was wrong, which happens, it took almost 15 minutes to replace with correct this. We were there for almost 3 hours and never once asked if we wanted water, another drink or anything else. We've been coming to the restaurant at Christmas for over 10 years and not sure we'll be back.

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GA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The romantic scene by the fireplace and very quiet atmosphere with a great bottle of wine with an excellent dinner is why we return often.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merry Christmas

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T
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and consistently good food and service. Never disappointed.

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ML
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the private dining room , food and service were awesome. Aeat place to celebrate the holidays

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C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and June, our server was just wonderful. This is my favorite restaurant and has been for a long time. Wonderful atmosphere, great staff and great food. What more could you ask for. the Lamb special was to die for and if you like escargot and I do, this is the place you must try. Dessert was a special bananas foster but I have to admit my favorite on the regular menu is the cheese strudel. My Christmas holiday is now complete with a visit to Duling.

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d
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duling Kurtz is a special dining experience! Excellent food, a beautiful ambiance, along with top notch service....thank you, Amy!

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l
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent for lunch. Nice selection and good size for lunch. Service not good for a high end restaurant. Not many servers. Too much in a hurry. 2 hours for lunch with no dessert. Place not overly crowded which should be a shorter time.

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RF
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Charming with the Christmas lights but long in the tooth. Food was just ok except for a couple of items. If I am going to spend $100 pp I am going to White Dog/Birchrunville/Davios/Capital Grille/Pietros/Nectar.
Popovers were good but tiny. If you love popovers, go to Davios.
I will say the desserts - Cappucino Ice Cream and Bananas Foster were very good. Service was friendly.

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FD
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Duling Kurtz House is consistently great- the colonial era structure has been impeccably maintained and matches perfectly with the fine food & service. Since the DK is in the top 5-7 Chester County PA fine dining spots, we return for business and private events.

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A
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family's favorite place in Exton! Everything is wonderful. It's the type of charming old country inn you can only find in Pennsylvania, with fireplaces in each room and tapered candles on all the tables, there is a soft glow in every room. The food is spectacular, inventive and most of all tasty. Excellent service. I'm looking forward to coming back again. It's beautiful at Christmas.

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j
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my waitress was the most upbeat ,friendly, person we ever met. couldnt have been better

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DW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Holiday decorations lovely. Lobster crepes yummy. Veggies so undercooked that I could not cut them. Mashed potatoes were cold. House wine nice, but bloody Mary not good. Chocolate cappuccino dessert was fabulous.

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Vealchop out of this world.

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RF
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, the service was excellent and the company was excellent!, the only complaint was the kitchen was a little slow because of the holiday parties.

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m
Minneapolis
151 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The place is lovely very romantic but the food so so. I ordered the lobster crepes house specialty and the crepes seemed like they were made yesterday and heated up. Or under a neat lamp in the kitchen for too long. I was also sorry they didn’t mention the price fixe option. I only learned of it when the couple at the next table asked for it

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food outstanding, the service exceptional, the ambience perfect for celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary!

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L
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taking my daughter to lunch we don’t get that chance much

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JW
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving Djnner was very good!

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We heard such wonderful things about Duling Kurtz but we were so disappointed in our thanksgiving dinner. I had the turkey dinner. The turkey was excellent. The mashed potatoes were the size of a half dollar , a dollop. About 7 green beans and maybe six teeny cut up sweet potatoes that were burnt and the stuffing was so little. Wondering if they were running out of food. My sister had shrimp and scallops. Looked like a small lunch portion and the scallops had sand in them. However our waitress, Patty was wonderful. She was so busy but very attentive.

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E
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed an excellent meal at Dulling-Kurtz on Thanksgiving Day. The menu was sufficiently varied given the Day. The restaurant was very busy in mid afternoon but we were seated immediately and service was very attentive. The Inn has maintained the ambiance of 18th century Chester County.

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B
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I have eaten mainly lunch here many times. My waitress was always the same - a low key knowledgeable server. However, my waitress today was so OVER THE TOP that I asked the other waitress what was wrong with her. She told me I was not the first customer to ask her. I thought she might be bipolar and was having a manic episode. It was stressful to deal with her! I am all for enthusiasm, but not at this hyper level.
The last 5 times I have been here, the butter ALWAYS taste stale like it had been refrigerated uncovered. The hat check girl told me this was not the case. Then, there must be another reason for the awful taste.
Is it just too old?
Finally, the flowers are not in the right proportion. I said this to my dining companion who told me she wouldn't have known that. They are cut too short to fit appealingly in the ball jar. Flowers just make the ambiance that much more appealing. I would be glad to arrange them for the restaurant some time. Atop restaurant takes notice of this.

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JB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food on Thanksgiving. Good service despite the crowd. Enjoyable meal all around.

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AJ
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We chose Duling Kurtz for our Thanksgiving meal, and based on previous visits, were expecting a "wow" experience. Although we had wonderful service from June, none of us were impressed with our meals. Two in our party ordered the lobster crepes, and reported they were delicious but quite small for a $30 price point. The other three of us ordered the turkey dinner plate. and agreed it was not satisfying. A disappointingly small serving of mashed potatoes, sour cranberry sauce, small pieces of sweet potatoes were overcooked while larger pieces were not cooked through. Thank goodness the desserts were delicious! I don't think this was representative of Duling Kurtz's usual quality. We did not voice our complaints as we didn't want to embarrass our guests. I'm sure next time we have dinner there, we will find it as delicious as it has always been.

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DS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. Entrees were duck, lobster crepes and black sea bass. All were prepared perfectly.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delightful experience. It was a rainy evening and getting out of the weather into a relaxed environment was just the ticket. There was a singer, accompanied by a keyboardist, performing when we entered, which sounded pleasant. We were led through the warren of smallish, Colonial-era dining rooms to a cozy room that probably seats 20 or less. A gas fireplace set the tone.
The service was cheerful and attentive without hovering. June, our waitress was there when we needed her and did a great job. The food was excellent. My wife had a Bullet Manhattan, the beet salad and the Scottish salmon, accompanied by a glass of Pinot Grigio, I believe. I drank seltzer w. lime as is my wont and ordered the bacon-wrapped Tiger shrimp and the Wiener schnitzel, which was as good as what I had in Bremen, Germany a few years back. Often one or both of us takes part of a meal home but, in spite of the generous portions, we ate everything then and there. We shared a large raspberry sorbet for dessert, which arrived with a lit candle, marking our anniversary celebration. The overall ambiance was great. The bathroom was clean if just a tad inconvenient, as its entry is in the same small hallway as the kitchen entrance. Parking was more than adequate and, given the rain, we were lucky to get the spot closest to the door.

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A
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second Sunday evening in a row. Always excellent food.

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