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“Decent Place for a Beer and Dinner”
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Surly Bob's
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner
Ottawa
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Decent Place for a Beer and Dinner”
Reviewed November 19, 2011

This sports bar is in the basement and overall was pretty good. The food wasn't too bad and they had several TVs with the game on. Not a bad option.

Visited November 2011
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Slow service, rude owner”
Reviewed June 20, 2011

It would be best if they would keep Bob in the back. It's one thing having to wait for 45minutes to get my food, but totally another when Bob scowls at me when I order water instead of some marked up drink. Ok food,bad service.

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Yellowknife, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Food, surly owner, best TV sports spot in town with the best wings”
Reviewed June 4, 2011

Food is consistant pub food, with Bob tweekeing the menu every so often but never changing the wings which are the best i have had in Yellowknife, and, probably the best i've had ever.
The place is called Surly Bob's for a reason, Bob is surly, but a great guy deep down.
It's in the basement, so mobilitly challenged be ware, but the place is the best to watch any major sporting event, especially super bowl, stanley cup playoffs (Bob is unfortunately a Canuck Fan), Grey Cup, and many other event which Bob will open for on the occasional Sunday.
Only two beers on tap and a washroom that needs renovations adds to the charm,
A live lobster tank has been added which is nice

You may even see the Ice Pilots from History Channel here

  • Visited June 2011
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Edmonton, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Tacky but the food is suprisingly good!”
Reviewed August 23, 2010

I've only visited this place once as part of a send off ceremony for a co-worker who was moving away. It's located in a dingy basement which is accessible only by stairs (mobility impaired people best steer clear) in the downtown core. The place itself is filthy, old tables are left uncleaned for quite awhile before a server cleans them off and even then it's a surface clean only. The aged nature of the space itself probably contributes to the overall feel of filth. If you can stand the atmosphere though, the food is surprisingly good, they are known to have the best wings in all of Yellowknife and a well deserved rating in my view. Keep in mind this is a pub however I didn't encounter any rowdiness during my visit. The service itself was alright but could be a lot better if Surly Bob would hire more of them but considering the lackluster crowd on Friday night apart from the group I was in, it may not even be worth his while. Prices here are high, I had a half order of nachos and two diet coke's and my bill came to $24.

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Yellowknife, NT
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best Pub/Most Consistent Food in YK”
Reviewed June 16, 2010

I've been coming to Surly Bobs since it was taken over by Surly Bob himself. When he first took over, he (grumpily) accepted food and menu critiscisms and suggestions - with his chefs - he has perfected the menu and pumps out the best and most consistent food in town.

There is something for everyone at Surly Bobs.

Make sure you go early on Wednesday Wing Night! And if you're looking for a booze bargain, $25 for a bucket of 5 bottles is the best deal you'll find in town!

I rated the service as average only because, for a newcomer who isn't accustomed to and appreciative of Bob, it might be a little bit shocking. Don't worry - he may dish it out, but he takes it, too!!

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