Sur Lie Ottawa

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353 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
Sur-lie is a contemporary Canadian-French restaurant and wine bar located in Ottawa's By-ward market. We celebrate the finest ingredients paired with genuine hospitality. Sur-lie has a diverse wine menu with distinctive wines from familiar and little know regions to complement our kitchen's creations. Sur-lie has a casual and warm dining room, inviting wine bar and hidden garden patio which are great for celebrating special occasions, business meetings and socializing.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.4
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4.3
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CatherineP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Descriptions of the meals as they were served would have been nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and top notch quality of food. Loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Excellent food. 5 stars for the kitchen. The server was not knowledgeable. He didn’t know the cuts of meat, said the sweatbreads was from the bakery across the street, and burnt the coffee.

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ErinV
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really amazing! We adored the scallops and duck We will be back!

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AkashS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

I ordered the organic chicken but it had very little seasoning. The vegetables on the plate lacked seasoning as well. Cauliflower gratinee was under seasoned and not cooked enough. The sauce in the gratinee was watery and not thick like bechamel. No flavouring at all. Out of all the food we ordered, the truffle fries were the only thing that actually had some flavour and seasoning. However our server was awesome and super helpful with the wine selection! Disappointed about the food because it was better when I came here a long time ago.

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ThomasG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant. Great food and service. Very nice menu, including a set menu. LOVE BYOW on Sunday without corkage. Probably the only BYOW in the Byward Market. Make it every day of the week like Quebec!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

WoW ! Best French bistro in town. The beef tartare was amazing and the chicken was wonderfully crispy. Even the coffee was memorable. I’ll be back soon.

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MatthewRob
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere made Sur-Lie a great place to celebrate a birthday with friends! They had no trouble accommodating our group of 10. We really liked their recommended cocktail favourites, they went great with all the oysters we ordered! We also love their back patio in the summertime. We hope to make this a regular spot for all sorts of occasions with friends!

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ErinK
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was amazing and great portions. The only negative was how loud it was. We sat in the back room which they curtain off for the noise but it was still very hard to hear each other

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Dec135
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again great food great service never been disappointed so far we will come back again soon

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The appetizers (both soup) were excellent.
The mains (steak was too fatty and was rare when it was supposed to be medium rare, gnocchi was bland,) were mediocre and dessert was forgettable.

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MucaDupa
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, amazing service, large space between tables, wine list off the beaten path

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ElinaS
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

Wine was great. Don’t order what they call “foie gras” - it is not.

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ChrisNYTravels
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious food. Great flavors that fit together perfectly.

We prefer to eat dinner earlier (5-530PM) and we were the only diners for much of our meal there. I know this is not the restaurant's fault that others prefer to eat later, but something to keep in mind if you like to eat on the earlier side but do not want to be alone.

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RobyA
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

With lots of competition for upscale dining in Ottawa, I feel that Sur-lie fell a bit short on a few fronts.

First the highlights. The location is great and the ambiance is warm and inviting. The staff is friendly. The bartender came to our table and took some suggestions before making a very nice off the menu mocktail.

The food was good, not great. We had the tuna carpaccio as a starter, which was decent although under seasoned. As a main we had the pork chop, it was served rare and we had to send it back to refire it to a medium-medium well. Taste was good but some of the elements on the plate were not cohesive. For dessert we had the chocolate dome, again good but some missed execution (expresso gel was a weird surprise).

The server was good, not great. our server was extremely friendly and responsive. Perhaps my expectations are high here, and maybe I have been recently spoiled by great service, but there is more than just being nice. To be great, I follow the principle that a server must anticipate the needs of each customer yet try to be invisible otherwise. I found that the server was nowhere to be found when needed and would accidentally interrupt conversations when checking up on us. Again, server was decent but not great.

Value is where I will complain a bit. While the price was comparable to the more upscale restaurants across town, I found that the overall experience wasn’t good value when factoring in the food and service.

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JoseeP
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service throughout purchase of a giftcard and attending a meal. Recommendations were helpful and last but certainly not least the food was amazing. We had the beef tartare, gnocchi, duck and chocolate desert. All were exactly as described.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service great food

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Kathrynl
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been there twice. Both times the food and service where excellent. The prices are comparable to other fine dining restaurants in the byward market but the food is definitely much better prepared and more tasty.

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WilliamM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Some changes to the food presentation, particularly the duck were not to the standard we had previously encountered. The Duck was still very good but not as good as before

Scallop appetizer was outstanding as was the wine. Service as always was excellent. One server remembered our preferences even though we hadn’t been to the restaurant for 18 months.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

No comment everything was perfect 🤗 I have no negative comment about my experiences at the Sur lie. The Duck was amazing !!🙏🏿

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Jliu99
Ottawa
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great atmosphere and fantastic contemporary take on French food. Would highly recommend the steak et frites!

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KenG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

My wife and I made our first visit to Sur Lie on Thursday, December 18. They had a good selection of wines, including a good selection for Half Price Thursday. We had an excellent bin end California cabernet sauvignon with steak and frites. There was a large piece of tender strip steak accompanied by tasty frites and aioli. You can choose tenderloin instead of strip steak if you prefer. Mushrooms accompanied the dish. My wife had enough steak left over that it made sandwiches for two the next day. The five course tasting menu was described for us and sounded very interesting but was too much food for that evening. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. Except for the half price wine, the prices are not cheap but the quantity and quality were excellent. We will be back.

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YOWFoodie
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Love this place as one of Ottawa's better BYOBs and always reliable friendly service. Could use a menu change more often but what is on the menu is good but when you frequent the place becomes repetitive. One filet came under cooked and tough stringy which my friend had trouble cutting. Sent back and recooked with no change. Offered to replace dish but everyone else finished so dish was comped without asking. A nice gesture. The gnocchi main was split between two of us for an app and delicious, The fish was superb and duck very good. Always a treat.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, good service. Overall very pleasant

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gat001
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding experience... already recommended it to friends and family. One small input, we found the pace of the service a small bit fast, we did not felt rush simply that the food was coming fast (we took the 5 service tasting menu). the food was well-presented and very tasty... the service was friendly and professional. We really enjoyed the tasting menu... we will go back. Thank you !

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JeanR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service but the music was too loud

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vipStarkers
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I have been to this restaurant several times over the last few years and was favourably impressed. Recently, I made a reservation for two on a Friday evening when I was in Ottawa. Arriving at the restaurant, they had some trouble finding my reservation and then told me they would find us a table. The only available table was a table for five immediately adjacent to the front entrance and at the end of the bar. Very bright halogen lights illuminated the table. My spouse requested that the lights be dimmed if possible. Some one went away to check. We sat and waited for some time. Finally someone else came by to pour some water. “The lights are not dimmable” she said. We requested an alternate location. She told us there was no other table available and the only option was to wait until someone left. Whereupon we voted with our feet and left to find another restaurant which, without a reservation, welcomed us. Sorry, but if you hold yourself out as offering “fine dining”, with entrees priced at $35-$40, then perhaps you could organize yourself more effectively, and buy some dimmable lights. Also, you might think about changing the menu occasionally. It is a bit stale after 2+ years with little change.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. The scallops were amazing. The chocolate dome was out of this world.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the tasting menu and it was fantastic. Great value at $85 for 5 courses. We did not leave disappointed or hungry. Thanks for another great meal at Sur-Lie

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Bytowngurl
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was clever and delicious, and made with fresh ingredients. Service was accommodating but understated. A lovely evening!!

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DouglasS
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious! A perfect evening out to celebrate a birthday. The service was impeccable, the food divine and the ambiance couldn't have been better. We will certainly be back!

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SeanGood
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good vibe here. Knowledgeable staff and great service.

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PEJM
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience1

The restaurant was a surprise. Not a very attractive venue but the food was outstanding. Service was pleasant and competent.

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HeatherD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and great food. Definitely will be going back

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KarenW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The scallops were amazing. Mains (duck and halibut) were very good but not as impressive.
We enjoyed the service and setting as well.

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LucL
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good ambiance and excellent service. Only had appetizers, which were excellent... Looking forward to go back to try the mains!

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Fastman
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The service started off being fairly attentive however after the appetizers the main dishes took over a half hour to arrive. The restaurant was less than half full so I assume they had staffing issues. I ordered the Duck Confit which was a duck leg in a creamy polenta . It was good - not stellar like some are reviewing but a nice change from chicken or beef. My dining partner had the Black Cod but unfortunately it arrived less than warm. We waited for the server to return to get it warmed back up but she never came back until about 10 mins later. No offer of pepper or to check on the dish. I would give it 3.5 stars but would likely try again.

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PMPM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience1

Service staff is inexperienced and uninformed but self assured. Unacceptable.

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CelineB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my second visit in the last year and it was as good as the first one. I highly recommend it !

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BenF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant for an intimate night out. Great food, great drinks and a great setting for a special occasion.

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