Sur Lie Ottawa

4.6
256 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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. We offer an a la carte menu and daily 4 course "discovery menu". 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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4.6
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4.5
Ambience
4.5
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Noise · Quiet
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
5 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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Z
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible experience, service is top level, food is tasteful outstanding, a must go in Ottawa if you plan a romantic evening

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and ambiance!

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MA
Montreal
46 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it

The salmon was cooked to perfection, the duck was delicious
Service was friendly and efficient.

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PB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Inconsistent, great appetizers not so mains and a really nice desert together with fantastic service and great wine!

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was fantastic. Said he just came back from leave but was helpful all around. We both got the Discovery+Wine, and they were able to provide a pescatarian option for my partner. Food was absolutely phenomenal and I couldn't have asked for a better evening.

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J
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Qualité des mets.
Créativité, originalité.
Bon appariement mets et vins.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic little spot! The services was amazing and the 1/2 half wine special was perfect for a girls night out. If you are looking to enjoy great food, ambience and service Sur Lie is the place for you.

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KF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Yes and no for recommendations. The service was good but the food was just ok. The restaurant was nice and quiet.

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

every thing and everyone was great... only problem was we had to wait a long time for our maines (45/60 min). our waiter threated us too a Porto:)

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An awesome hidden venue. The food was beautiful and delicious. We even had leftovers because the portions were decent.
Highly recommend

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LW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We first tried Sur Lie last year for a birthday celebration, and did not hesitate about choosing it again. The food was so well prepared, and the service excellent.

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JM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. Nice space, intimate. Overall great dining experience.

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OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome experience with professional staff and amazing food

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E
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, service is OK. Great melange of food and experiences

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S
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sur Lie is a gem on Murray street. Wonderful food, service and ambiance. All at a reasonable price. Even better if you attend in off peak hours on Sunday and almost have the place to yourselves. Brunch is extraordinary and the coffee is wonderful.

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H
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The place is really nice, and the service was excellent. Food wasn't bad but we expected higher quality for the price, the quantity given for duck confit wasn't enough, the fries that go with the steak were overcooked, maybe because the oil used wasn't recent. We also expected to listen to french music at the restaurant, since they serve french cuisine.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food really good, nice portion. The service is professional, nice romantic ambiance. A little expensive but totally worth it.

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YV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall everything was good with the exception of one of oysters was really bad (I.e bad smell and left a horrible after taste). That said, I would recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Found the service adequate but not what I would consider fine dining. Food was good but menu items were old fashioned. Nothing we had made us say wow. Pricey restaurant but there are others out there doing it better for the same $$$$

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PG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great little bistro and very friendly staff. Awesome food.

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Ordered the blind tasting menu. Each course was delicious but they were all heavy, fatty, and salty. Heavy, fatty and salty are fine but need to be balanced with a lighter fair to be enjoyable. Overall delicious just not balanced.

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LE
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was good, but not outstanding. I was mostly disappointed by my steak which was very pale and not very flavorful. The only reason I wouldn't recommend it is because there are other restaurants in the city I would recommend over this one. I tend to have pretty high standards though; the rest of our party seemed pleased with everything.

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D
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again great couple night out food was awesome service was great and every time we go there is a great time. Can’t wait for next time

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g
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, good value and quality. Service was fine but could be better.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A foodie paradise. Everything tastes as amazing as it looks. Highly recommend!

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S
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding, innovative dishes, served in a relaxed but professinal manner

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r
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As previous encounters at Sur Lie, my husband and I are still impressed with the attentive and accommodating staff. The food is always to our expectations. I would certainly anybody to experience your hospitality, professionalism and good cuisine. Thank you for providing us with a pleasant evening'=.

Roselle Davey

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a
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good service and VERY good food. The Veal Shank WAS INSANELY GOOD :)

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service were impeccable. The menu delighted and it was difficult to narrow the choice for our meal given the wonderful variety available. The suggested wine pairings were very good and I would have no problem asking for suggestions. The server was well informed on the menu and the wine list. The atmosphere was attentive but not intrusive. We had a delightful evening enhanced by the continuous dancing of our taste buds. This restaurant is a real gem...well prepared food that is inventive and yet familiar. Definitely a must try if anyone is visiting Ottawa.

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RT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed a very nice dinner at this very, very pleasant restaurant, just after Christmas.
Service was excellent, attentive and knowledgeable.
Appetizers and Entrees were great, nicely presented and full of flavour.
The wine selection was excellent, with lots of variety available.
Overall, we were very pleased with our experience!
We would recommend this restaurant for very well prepared, quality food, excellent service and the pleasant ambience.

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RR
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal and wonderful ambiance! Thoroughly enjoyable!

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EM
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent and we enjoyed our dinner a lot. The first course and dessert were delicious. The main, a duck confit, was good but the skin of the duck held quite a bit of fat which made the whole dish a bit too fat. Otherwise everything was perfect. I will return.

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DF
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, menu variety & attentive service. Highly recommended.

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