Lucien, North 44, Pangea, Rosebud or Duncan House?
Or any other fine dining recommendations.......
Just looking for a great place to bring my better half. I am looking for a great steak and she is pretty much open to anything.
I'd say that of those options, North 44 would be your best bet. The steaks there (as aser notes) are also very good, and many of their other options are quite good as well.
I also found Lucien to be more focused on technique (most of which seems really dated) with the food actually not really tasting that great, and Pangea was hugely disappointing. Rosebud is okay. I've never been to Duncan House.
That list has some very different sorts of choices... Lucien is highly stylized food and probably not the place for a straight-up steak... expect powder, foam, etc. as aser points out. The feeling is young-ish, casual and stylish.
North 44 is fine dining on a more traditional and grander scale with a menu that is less rococo (and a slightly higher price tag). Probably a slightly older crowd, possibly a bit corporate.
Rosebud is a little neighbourhood spot, much easier on the wallet, comfort-food-ish menu (well executed)... expect the Queen Street crowd.
I don't know much about Duncan House.
Of your choices I'd probably go with North 44 if you really want to do it up... or if you're OK with going casual (or actively looking to spend less $$), Rosebud is a charming neighbourhood spot.
Although if you really know that what you want is a great steak what about Jacobs or Harbor Sixty - both are occasion destinations.
I agree with everything suggested by Rabbit.
I have been to Duncan House, and it would suit your needs, but I am a Grandmother, and typical of the people who are the usuals.
It is even a bit too old world for me.
North 44 will be considerably more than Rosebud, which we do like, but it is not the place for "steak".
david duncan house doesn't understand what black and blue means and serves raggidy pieces of meat. so take a wild guess what my suggestion isn't.....
otherwise i don't tend to eat steak out often so can't recommend between the others though i don't imagine rosebud nor lucien's strengths are in steak.
We were taken to Duncan House on a special occasion by friends.
DH had steak, and it was a rather large Strip Sirloin, very tender and perfectly prepared Med-rare.
You may have had a bad experience, or we got lucky.
I rarely eat Steak, but when I do I request Blue, as well.
Many restaurants don't get it.
it's certainly possible it was one bad experience but i'm surprised that a steakhouse doesn't understand black and blue. this is what they should pride themselves in, understanding meat and all the variations of doneness? your typical restaurant i don't expect the best results from black and blue... but a steakhouse! c'mon!
also... i really have to express how poorly butchered the piece of meat i had was. i've had nicer looking pieces from the guys on spadina chinatown. i dont' think i've had a worse piece. there was a distinct tail and then a hole....
i guess it's just that with that type of experience a the price they're offering, i'm not tempted to go back to give them another shot.
Skip David Duncan house. I like Le Castile another old school steak house in etobicoke but duncan house was very heavy handed on the sauces and generally bland. Even the asparagus was big and woody. Overall not worth the $.
Go to Nota Bene and order a steak from David Lee's private stock. Awesome. The rest of the menu is quite varied for your better half.
Went to North 44 for my one year ani.
It was great, good service, great cocktails, varied wine list with reasonable options on it. all in all a great night.
The duck 3 ways was amazing, and the key lime tartlet for dessert was a perfect ending.
Only thing -- for me the food is priced about $8-10$ an entree too high. It's very good, but so are other places in Toronto.
Regardless, would go back.