Sur Lie Ottawa

4.4
290 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Special Occasion
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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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Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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MS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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D
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

Yes.

It’s that good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

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 5 days ago

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous. Period. Just fabulous.

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MD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful patio and they let us reserve a table outside

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CK
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

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DT
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

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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S
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, wine, and ambience- this is my new go-to place in Ottawa. Thank you for a great experience.

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food mediocre but patio dining has a nice ambiance

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R
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal. Great service. Highly recommended.

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B
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another terrific meal. Four times in 16 months and every experience has been spot on, food, service and pacing.

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AS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Delicious food. Amazing wine list. Definitely will go back.

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CM
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent evening celebrating our daughter's birthday!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great waiter and amazing food! We sat on the patio. There was a heater so it wasn’t cold. What an amazing time

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went there for our anniversary. A little off the main Market drag, so a little less traffic in front. Great atmosphere, warm, relaxing tones, friendly staff. Food was really good. I had Steelhead trout in sausage broth - service said it sounds odd but is great, and she was completely right! Really nice evening.

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CP
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked half an hour before arriving and table was set for one - nice welcome touch when dining alone. Excellent service, chatty without overkill, seasonal menu which was limited to about 8 dishes per course - enough choice without being complex and included market items, wine list was international and included a limited choice of Canadian wines but these were very pleasant, food was well presented and there was an excellent chessboard to finish. Final bill was reasonable and I would definitely recommend.

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J
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service. Will definitely be back.

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SP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a delightful evening at Sue Lie. The most beautiful and fresh dishes that were innovatively presented. We will be back. A real find in Ottawa. Excellent value as well.

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GS
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very attentive and courteous service. Confit de canard/duck confit and parings (creamed polenta and honey roasted parsnips) were absolutely scrumptious! Chocolate dome and pecan brittle were just the right combination of sweet and salty to finish off a meal which was of excellent value for price. Small suggestion to improve ambiance: maybe play softer lounge/jazz/etc music rather than pop/rock. Will definitely return. Great find in the By Market! :)

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PD
Ottawa
25 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place for foodies or a business meeting. The service was great and the food spectacular. We had the Chateaubriand and it was simply spectacular! A great spot in Ottawa that I will definitely be back too!

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L
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the tuna carpaccio, duck confit, sweetbreads, New York strip and topped it off with maple creme brûlée. Everything was excellent and the service was exceptional.

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e
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

The food was very good but service was inattentive, unprofessional and not really what one would expect of a french bistro. There were two waiters and a water guy, this last one was the most attentive. The waiters just had no flow, no posture and no idea you should visit the table if food is taking longer than expected between plates. Out bread and butter tray sat dirty on the table for 35 minutes before I spoke to the manager. Then, they did pay more attention, but the restaurant clearly does not train their waiters to flow in the room and around the tables in a manner that should be the standard of this type of restaurant. This is where Ottawa falls short in the service area. They should take their waiters to L'Express in Montreal to observe the service. Food was well presented and good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my wife and 3 year old daughter for Their Mother’s Day brunch.

The service was top notch, the food was top notch and the place was very clean and comfortable. The noise level was very moderate - the restaurant was packed with fellow brunchers but it wasn’t overwhelmingly loud.

The Eggs Benedict with Lobster was amazing. This is a brunch food that is very much out of my comfort zone but I decided to try it out - it was well worth it. Wifey had the same thing and enjoyed every bite! For my daughter we got a Gratin Poutine - I didn’t know what to expect - it tastes great to my wife and I but for my daughter, totally lost on her taste buds. Our server observed and recognized that baby girl wasn’t really eating much of the poutine and brought us an extra plate of bread and butter for her. To me that level of attentiveness really made this brunch better.

The price of brunch for the 3 of us came up to around $85 with tax and tip for two Benny’s, a glass of OJ and the gratin poutine.

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R
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My girlfriend and I wanted a place for a nice meal, good ambience and service and not rushed and Sur Lie Certainly met and exceeded our expectations! Will defenitelt be back!

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RP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The charcuterie board was somewhat pedestrian, but the rest of the food was excellent (especially the Gnocchi) .

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JM
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Compliments to the chef. Cooking worth seeking!

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Not worth the price, there are many better choices in Ottawa. The waiter was completely distracted and unhelpful. We had fois and tartare to start. Both were average, with confused accompaniments. The mains were a complete miss. My short rib burger was undersized and overcooked. It came with a grocery store bun and toppings. I ordered the side 'poutine' gratin potatoes, but instead the waiter had them throw stale cheese curds and cold gravy on the fries that came with the burger. My dance partner had scallops that were decently cooked, but small and served with a carrot and celeriac slop that was completely unappetizing. It's a loud and raucous atmosphere, which is great, if that's what you're looking for - just don't expect intimate fine dining. We skipped dessert, as we couldn't get out of there fast enough...quietly weeping for the old Murray Street restaurant that used to grace the location.

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OT
Los Angeles
260 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Once again it was a hit with my dinner guest (celebrating his birthday). Always reliable for excellent, creative cuisine.

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F
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I love the Sur Lie restaurant. I had a wonderful meal and the service was excellent! My husband and his brother who are creatures of habit, had the steak frites and they were not impressed. My sister-in-law and I went for more excentricité and were not disappointed. The wine selection is great.

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F
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My friend and I had the Chateaubriand. Delicious 😍

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B
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I have dined here three times in the last 15 months. The menu has changed, the chef has changed, but it's still a classic French bistro experience. Attentive service without overdoing it. Good pacing of courses so you never feel you are being rushed. Excellent wine list and great food. For our mains, I had the duck confit and it was melt-in-your-mouth tender and very flavourful. My wife had the lamb shank and was equally impressed. This is a great little restaurant. We will be back.

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ME
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Service was very slow even though the restaurant wasn’t full

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

When you start a meal with a plate of bread that is not only completely unimaginable but also tasteless, and finish it with a 5 start level bill, you know it’s a fail. The food was, OK, service was OK. But that’s about it. The prices are too high for what you get while attention to details is just not part of the equation. We will not be returning.

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B
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Nice ambiance, excellent service, very delicious and enjoyable Discovery Menu; what is not to like?

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TV
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and good prices for the Byward market. The service was great and on Thursdays they have half price bottles of wine (a bonus I discovered on Thursday)

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VS
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were 10 and had a great dinner and the service was excellent. We were talking about this place long after dinner was over. We will be back!

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j
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had the 4 course blind tasting menu. Our waiter was great. First course was a tuna carpaccio. Quite good, but needed some cracked pepper and salt. Second course was exceptional: scallops with beautiful flavours and textures on the plate. 3rd course was black cod, fish flesh was delicious, skin was over-salted. 4th course dessert was a chocolate dome with coffee ice cream. Good. Not great, but not bad either. Noise level increased as the evening went by. I’d definitely go back, but would like to try some meat next (menu might have been influenced by guests preferring white over red for the wine pairing?)

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V
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, unique cocktails, and lovely attentive staff!

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MY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quiet restaurant, good food, good service, great ambience.

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