Hy's Steak House - Ottawa
Hy's Steak House - Ottawa

Hy's Steak House - Ottawa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hyssteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: 6132344545
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Closed Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Illey
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: O'Connor
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered in the building Monday - Friday. There is no parking available in the building on weekends. There is metered parking available, as well as an underground public lot one block away.
A word from Hy's Steak House - Ottawa
Hy's is one of Ottawa's oldest and most established restaurants. Filled with dark mahogany and centered around our glass encased charcoal fire pit, we offer a wide variety of menu items, specializing in Canadian Prime beef. Our ambiance is warm and comfortable, providing a great sense of privacy and Victorian charm. Whether you're a party of two or twenty, you will always feel like you're the only ones here.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Hy's Steak House - Ottawa reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (44)romantic (32)notable wine list (26)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (12)great for lunch (9)neighborhood gem (5)late-night find (5)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • High Society
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you want to dine amongst the elite of Ottawa, this is the place to do it! The menu has an excellent selection and the cuts of beef are fantastic. If you are brave, you can order the 22 oz (650 gram!) porter house. The wine list is very well selected and it's clear they have a very experienced sommelier in house. That said, this is not the place to come if you are frugal. Even a 10 oz New York strip was in excess of $25 but the service is top shelf. The servers are all extremely well dressed and quite knowledgeable. My only BEEF is that for those prices, those cuts of beef should be organic and from grass fed cows!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mixed feelings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I ordered a duck confit, which was OK but not the best I had (note: I ask for duck confit wherever is available. The best ones so far are in Europe, specially in Paris and Budapest). The unusual beans as side did not match well with the duck. Wine list is extensive but highly overpriced. I know restaurants need to put a 100%-200% over store's price, but the one I had was way way far from that. A 10.00 wine for 40.00 is a bit overinflated. Waiters are very polite. They are well trained, except for serving wines (note: I observed similar behavior in other tables, so this is not related to the particular waiter). They put too much wine in the glass (approximately 1/2). Besides, wine glasses' quality is cheap, which means no crystal glasses.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great Ambiance table side creation of certain foods, great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gastro experience and class
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Love HY,s. Had a big office celebration on my b'day 25 years ago ... had not gone in a long while...returned last year - still great... twice in last two weeks, when I entertained friends for special occasions. HY's did not let me down. Pricey but worth it - will definitely return. Waiter polite, professional, clean, unseen but very present. Thanks! Love HY's! JEF
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    3bots
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary. Couldn't have asked for more. To our surprise, dessert was on the house.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the price of admission
    JamesStanLee
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Celebrated my GF's birthday, very classy & upscale. Only drawback, I liked it better when it had a dress code.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    MarcP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    That was our third visit at Hy's & still they didn't disappoint. The food & service is always great although unfortunately, it is getting out of our price range for a meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treat!
    TreatUrSelf
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Being from out of town, we make it a point to treat ourselves to a Hy's dinner when in Ottawa. Classic decor and atmosphere, very romantic to dress up for it!, great service and help with wine selection because there is so much great choices! Fun cocktails. The crabcakes appetizer was fantastic, tuna tartare was good. Amazing steaks as always and this time we tried the tomato-based special sauce which was a very good complement to the steaks. Classic cheesecake for dessert, nice end to a great meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Terrific food and great personal service, we were well taken care of by Terri, she was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still A Classic!
    FenderInOtt
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Was looking for a nice restaurant downtown and could not make up my mind with so many choices. Noticed Hy's on Google Maps and thought.....Wow it has been a long time since I've been to Hy's. Was looking for a place where they do great steaks. The ambience was warm inviting and the tables are very comfortable & private. The menu is varied enough and offers many wonderful choices but steak is what they are known for. Joe our server was friendly, knowledgeable and added to our great experience. He made both the salad dressing, salad & steak right at the table which made for an entertaining show. The meal was absolutely deliscious, the steaks were cooked to perfection. We had a wonderful evening and great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you
    SuzyQ
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    ... for making me look like a great boss because my employees felt like they were treated like royalty by your staff.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Meal for the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Service excellent however the food was not so good this time around. Prime Rib was tough, Double cooked potatoes was under cooked, Sautee Mushrooms appeared to be cooked at a lower temperature not browned. Rockerfeller was changed into larger shells not as good as the smaller ones. Caesar Salad was perfect! Not what I expect from the HY's a disappointing meal. Did they change the cook? First time ever I must say in four years a meal did not live up to expectations.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loutravel
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The website said there was valet parking available - there wasn't and apparently has not been for some time. We were given two menus - one had prices $2 per item higher than the other. However, the waiter only charged the lower prices. My feeling is that while the food/service is good, there are many other similar restaurants in Ottawa whose prices are not so extremely high. A Kir Royale cost $16 each - really!! We used to enjoy treating ourselves to this restaurant once in a while but the lack of convenient parking and the ridiculous prices have given us second thoughts.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average Steak House
    Maisiemoog
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very slow service. Chatty pleasant waiting staff. Steak cooked perfectly but wouldn't visit again. Would rather go to the Keg, half the price, bigger menu.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An Excellent Dining Experience
    AlandSue
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    One of the best steaks the me and my wife have had! Great service and a nice touch of making the cesar salad right at the table! A great place to spend our 10th anniversary. Thanks to Chris our waiter. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent restaurant
    Hyluvit
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary. We loved the place, it was quiet, the food was good and had a good list of red wine. The server was great and very professional. The steaks were cooked exactly as we ordered and they were was very tasteful especially mine with the Hy sauce. Great place to dine in a quiet environment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The service was amazing. Chris was attentive and accomodating yet not intrusive. The steak was done to perfection. Amazing
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasureable Experience
    Satisfied
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Although quite expensive, the food, service and experience were top notch. 5 stars without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak House...that's about it
    Facetoface
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We are from a city that is well known for it's restaurants, great restaurants should I say.(Quebec City). Nothing against Ottawa, but overall we always been disappointed ..not the same standards. More specifically regarding your establishment : in my eyes, this is a steak house, no doubt about that, one of the best filet mignon I ever eaten in my life, but it does mean to keep aside other AbC of the cooking. Everything but the steak (drinks, accompaniments, dessert) was average, or at least not enough sophisticated, flavored or able to stand out in comparison to great restaurants in other cities. Miss the Wow effect. As for the service, do we need to see how to do a Cesar Salad right next to us...Steak and price are impressive, otherwise...
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Lunch at Hy's
    GMAC
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Hy's is a great place for lunch. The food is spectacular, good choice of wine and great service. The ambience is beautiful with original décor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food quality
    Impressed
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    All dishes were exceptionally delicious....from the warm garlic bread, the salad, the very tender Porterhouse steak, the beef medallion, the wine, drinks and desert. A wonderful experience due to the quality staff (from reception to the restaurant staff) the atmosphere was sensational and enjoyable to be in that setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • superb dinner
    dinner42athys
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    for a special dinner out I would recommend this place especially for a romantic evening as the setting is dark and cozy. Food selection and service was great. We liked how the salad was prepared and tossed at our table.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Feel like a million bucks
    SuzyQ
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    That is how your guests will feel after a meal at Hy's. With the attentive service of server Nancy, the great food and wonderful ambiance, it was an amazing day. And, the celebrity diners in attendance also helped.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Our server was excellent - made good recommendations, was pleasant and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another memorable dinner
    JJ1617
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband and I dined at this Hy's location more than half a dozen times to date, and each time we are impressed by the quality of food and the service. The steaks are cooked to perfection and their desserts (especially the cheesecake) are mouth-watering. The service is beyond excellence as far as attentiveness. We visit Ottawa often, and every time we make it a point to dine at Hy's. It's well worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic Dinner
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed wonderful martini and fabulous oysters Rockefeller at the bar before a superb steak and incredible banana's Foster in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 476 reviews are from the Hy's Steak House - Ottawa reviews archive.
  • Our choice for special occasions.
    MikeR
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Good food, great service and an atmosphere you can talk and enjoy your company; it doesn't get any better than Hy's.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steakhouse with mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Unimaginative food that was indifferently prepared. Salad could have come out of a bag and steak might have been microwaved as it was cool on the exterior and hot in the middle.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service
    Mel89
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Hy's because we had received a gift card from a friend. The service was unbelievable and the food was just as great! Rad was our server that night and he was amazing. It was a nice night out but unfortunately it started raining just as we were leaving. Laura, another employee from Hy's, was very kind and gave us an umbrella since she knew we had walked there. All in all we had a great evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at HY's
    Anita
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The ambiance was just perfect, elegant and romantic. Food was great, the Cesar salad was prepared in front of us, which was a nice touch to see it prepared (and it tasted absolutely delicious). Our steak was cooked just right. Service was excellent! Well-timed and friendly waiter. Great experience. Anita
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My husdand said he likes beer, looking for a suggestion, bartender ok beer it is and just gave him a glass. When we were at the table he asked for a refill of the beer but we dont know what kind it was. Server 'asked' the bar and gave him something very different and dark. When we pointed that out we were told the bartender remembers you and this is it.( which it was not). Our server durning dinner didnt seem to care either. I ordered a steak done med. It was well done so I set it aside so the server would see it, however he chose to keep walking past us. We did flag down a lady who was very helpful and got my dinner out to us pretty fast since my husband was almost done his.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very slow service, it took
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Very slow service, it took an hour and a half to get our steaks. Staff have a poor sense of customer service. The food was dated and bland.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average Experience
    steakexpectation
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Average experience including sizing The experience while adequate in other aspects, gave me no reason to return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top service makes event special
    SuzyQ
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Top notch service, combined with the warm ambiance and great food makes this establishment something to keep coming back to.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still dreaming of my filet mignon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The filet mignon was exceptionnally tasty! Three days after dining at Hy's, I'm still dreaming of eating another filet mignon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    BobBanannon
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Upon arrival, it was starting out to be a lovely dining experience. We chatted over the wine list for a while and eventually our server arrived. He addressed us very shortly while, leaning against the wall. When he turned to retrieve the cocktail list, we noticed the overwhelming smell of cigarette smoke. Throughout the meal, whenever we were graced with his presence, always leaning against the wall, his menu knowledge was dismal. I was barely allowed to speak long enough to ask a question or place an order before he turned his back. We were not told about the nightly specials and he barely asked, let alone listened, to how we where enjoying our meals. Overall, the great steaks were far outweighed by the rudeness of our server.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for a Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Hy's is not inexpensive. The food, service, ambiance is always of the highest standard, we have been going for many, many years and we have very rarely been disappointed. Since it is on the pricey side, we save it for special occasions and they always come through with a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We went to Hy's for the first time because I wanted to have an exceptional night for my anniversary. The environment was nice, very dim. Service was excellent. A few young people were sitting close by and were talking very loud which was disturbing for a romantic night! The meats were very well prepared. It worth it to have this experience, although I may not go back there for the second time as it was very expensive for me!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Very good evening and service, Wine and food were very good. As a side note I would have liked to have tried the prime rib...but 16oz is a lot to eat at one sitting. I had the ribs and was just the right amount. My wife's meal was seafood and was the right portion size as well. Thanks for the wonderful time we will be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining with Flair
    Harpo
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    An excellent place to take someone special for dinner:)
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.