Sur Lie Ottawa

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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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4.5
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4.5
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DS
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!

SG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

PE
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience1

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

HD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and great food. Definitely will be going back

KW
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.

LL
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!

F
Toronto
1 review
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.

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

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

CB
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 !

BF
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.

AD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We had a great meal this past Saturday. Torchon & Seared Foie appetizer was outstanding. Duck Confit entree was excellent. I would not put pickle on the dessert cheese board, but that is my only criticism. Excellent experience overall. Took a peak at the patio which looked great - will try that next time.

BG
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasting menu was great. It included by chance just about everything on their menu I was most interested in. Paired it with wine pairing.

MV
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sur lie was spot on!
From the attentive service to the timely and amazing food.
We were very impressed.

DL
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I fell in love with this place. Amazing terrace and great food and service! 5/5!

MS
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and amazing service. Brought us a complimentary champagne for our anniversary which was a nice surprise.

DH
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. The smoked Old Fashioned should definitely be tried. Tuna carpaccio was really tasty, as we're the burger, the Cornish hen, the steak tartare, and the black cod.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent experience. Would recommend it to everybody.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance! will go again for sure!

OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. The burrata was the only thing that missed the spot a little bit. One of the nicer patios in Ottawa. Servers were attentive.

JG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went on a Sunday night for dinner and it was fabulous. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. I would highly recommend the Charcuterie & Cheese as a starter and the Duck Confit as the main. We will definitely be returning.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Une super de belles soirée, service impecable, belle connaissances de leur produits ainsi que leur vins.
Des vins de l intario (pinot noir) excellent, belles découverte.
Bravo, vous avez une bonne recette.

Cheers, Monica et Martin

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LV
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Provide correct information to your customers on the wine and wifi please.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Was great thankyou

LC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Food & Drink was delicious - unfortunately it took over an hour to get any appetizers, and we were starving and past hour 2 before dinner finally showed.
Restaurant was no where near busy enough to justify how slow the service was.
Biggest recommendation I could give: Don't go hungry

J
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cocktails, food and service were excellent. Will absolutely be coming back.

CS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is located near the corner of Dalhousie on Murray St. and is a gem. We enjoyed one of the best dinners we had on our recent visit to Ottawa. We always stay in the Byward Market area but a lot of the restaurants are pub-like, noisy and packed. This one is not. We ate inside (although they have outside dining) in the lovely dining room. This is a fine restaurant with carefully and creatively prepared food. We made inquiries about one of the dishes and the chef came out and was very informative.

DF
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

This is our third visit. Food, ambiance and server all very good. But service was painfully slow -- we waited an hour and a half. We might go back once more but if speed of service does not materially improve ......

FB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was excellent as usual and the patio, also as usual, was agreeable. However, I was dining with an old friend whom I had not seen for a year. There was no mention of needing the table for a second setting and the patio was never full; nor was there any mention on a time before which on had to leave. We arrived at 7pm and left, along with another table, at 11pm. The server wanted to know about dessert when we weren’t nearly finished our wine. She came back a second time before we had finished wine and I finally told her that we would let her know when to come for a dessert order. For dessert we just ordered ice cream which didn’t take long to eat but the server returned with the cheque before we asked. As we needed separate checks she had to come back again.

I certainly recommend the food as I have never had a bad dish there, but when one is spending in excess of $100 a person one does not liked to be rushed. I have no problem with a restaurant saying in advance that the first setting ends at a specific time, if I am informed of this before I make the reservation.

LL
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The setting the ambiance and the food was good for the most part. There were a few vegan people with the group and the food option for them lacked somewhat. The cauliflower was not cooked enough, there was no or minimal protein with this meal and the flavour was lacking. (sauce too watery) Rebecca was our server and her service was remarkable. Her attentiveness to our needs turned our experience from good to outstanding.

AI
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff, knowledgeable and friendly. Restaurant is very accommodating for any dietary need, preferences and likes. Great outdoor patio at the back, nice summer evening outing

BE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was amazing. Decor and ambience was excellent (definitely visit the back patio). Very good quality oysters, steak could have been done a bit better, but overall very very satisfied.

NS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sur Li was an absolutely exceptional experience. The food was delicious, creative and beautifully presented. The service was some of the best service I have ever received! Attentive enough with great recommendations but not overbearing. I work in the service industry and I am rarely blown away by any experience but I can not say enough about the excellent service! As a bonus on our way out a gentleman from the kitchen asked how our dining experience was and thanked us for coming in...that never happens! How thoughtful!! Highly recommend an evening out at Sur Li!

t
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sur Lie hands down has Ottawa’s loveliest back patio. It’s private, romantic and the attention to detail including the lighting, variety of bench, high top, large and intimate seating makes it perfect for dinner with a partner, large family or girls night out. The food is inventive and delicious. I will say, some of the dishes are a tad on the pricey side. But when the demand goes up and this restaurant gets better known maybe prices will come down. It would be nice to have more moderately priced options on the menu.

MS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We decided to try the place to celebrate our anniversary. It was a perfect choice starting with the pretty outdoor setting throughout excellent food and service. We will be returning.

D
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I never go to the same restaurant twice in less than a week. This time I did.

Yes.

It’s that good.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Scallop dish overpriced and not the best flavour. A bit of shaved fennel and three scallops on a bland tasting purée not really worth the 32$ price tag. Rest of food was ok for price but a bit underwhelming some definite room for improvement.

Sur Lie Ottawa
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, we were disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy your food experience during your visit with us. We typically plate 4-5 of our sustainably sourced scallops (depending on the size) per serving at the $32 price tag. We base all of pricing on fair operating/ food costs. While, we again apologize you didn't feel the value in your plate, we do try our absolute best to make our guests happy including fair pricing. We would love further feedback: info@surlierestaurant

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D
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous. Period. Just fabulous.

MD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful patio and they let us reserve a table outside

CK
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great spot, nice setting, great value, I will be back for sure!

DT
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

The owner screwed up our order and my appetizer arrived with my wife's entree. I then had a long wait for my entree. He did apologize and ended up waiving the bill, but it was my wife's birthday and it put a damper on the whole evening.

Sur Lie Ottawa
Responded on June 28, 2019

Dear David, My apologies for your unsavoury experience. We have always enjoyed seeing you and your wife! I was disappointed with how the birthday dinner unfolded. Unfortunately misunderstandings can happen despite good intent. While I know I may get to host you again I was happy that I was able to offer a gesture night of. I wish you all the best!

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