We love the Sirloin Cellar!
It's such a cozy and charming old steakhouse.
The staff are very charming and clearly devoted to the place. Service is prompt and friendly.
The menu is relatively old-fashioned, which is what we prefer, and so is the decor. Warm and cozy with a lovely glass of wine and great steaks!
It's very romantic - quiet, classy and sweet. Love the little meatball appetizers! So cute!
If you like atmosphere and charm, the Sirloin Cellar is a great old-fashioned date place.
I really thought this place was supposed to be classy. Should have known when the place was empty on a Saturday night. Was a huge disappointment on my anniversary. I had no problem with the steep prices on the menu but what was given was was not at all what was expected for that price. Salad was old and brown, mussels smelled bad, bread was stale and the waitress took it away before we were done with it. We protested and she just ignored us! Food was so cold we couldn't even smell it! Veggies were from frozen. Steak was cooked too much, I don't even know how that is possible to overcook and chill a steak. Service was terrible, had to practically yell across a empty restaurant to get her attention. Could hear someone yelling on the phone in the back. Made the whole experience a nightmare and felt uncomfortable saying anything about it because of the yelling. Paid the bill, no tip and will be telling my story. Save yourself the trouble.
Very Overprized for what you receive. Mediocre food, service not the quality you would expect for a restuarant of this price range. I had the New York Steak, was suppose to be a 10 oz, the steak was dry and tasteless. I had no appetizer or desert, one drink and a coffee, my partner had the ribeye, also disappointing, with the soup, soup was not bad. He had two drinks, no desert, coffee only. Our bill was $99.99, not money well spent. Very disappointing. Will not return. Others at our table also disappointed in their dinners.
My friend and I had dinner there last week, Thurs. The complimentary meatballs with bread was very generous and the flavour was good -not great. My friend ordered the pickeral which came breaded (almost burnt on the the bottom of all 3 pieces) I ordered a steak (prime rib). For being known as a "steakhouse", I would expect a perfect piece of meat, tender, juicy and cooked as ordered but this was not. the size was impressive but the quality of the cut was not. It was a wee bit over cooked for me - but I would never complain about that. the texture of the meat was half tender (the center) and the outside of the meat was tough and grizzly.
the potatoes were supposed to be in a lemon butter sauce (but they simply tasted like boiled potatoes) the wedge of squash was mushy and tasteless (it seemed as though they were in a steam/warming oven far too long. the green beans were nice and crispy. I have been to the sirloin cellar over 10 years ago and the meal was outstanding - but this time the food was not.
Being a Hamiltonian I would always reccomend the Sirlion Cellar to my friends but I won't do it any more.
The restaurant no longer lives up to my expectation of being one of the best in Hamilton. The total experience was disappointing.
Not only did we seem to wait longer than normal for the menu. We had to ask another server for the menu as the server who gave us our table must have forgotten about us.
Actually the server we asked for the menus was actually bringing someone else's food to our table by mistake.
The meatballs arrived hot but went cold quickly as they were being held in a bowl/cup on the table.
We were given 3 rolls for 2 people?? Come on were we expected to share the 3rd roll? Answer is yes as the server removed the roll basket w/o asking if we needed more.
While we were waiting on the menus we noticed that the shelf behind us was very dusty (we were sitting in a booth). Disappointing !!
The food was acceptable but it in no way "Wows" you. My wife had breaded shrimp which she suspected may have been "cook from frozen:??
Our server didn't seem to be interested in making our experience the best possible.
I really feel bad about the direction this restaurant has taken. It use to be so Good.
Time to look for another place:(
Having known about this place for years we finally decided to try it.In fact we ended up trying it 3 times.
The first 2 times were not bad but the 3rd time made us decide it wasn't as great as a restaurant of its reputation should be.
The house salads were ok but nothing to write home about.The steaks were simply prepared with vegetables on the side.Nothing bad but nothing great.
The clincher though was my husband found a hair in the butter plate.The waitress took it away and laughed saying that it happens.Not once did she apologize.In fact she kind of had the personality of someone who would work at a cheap roadside diner rather than a fine restaurant.
The overall impression is it is outdated, competent service and food , not really great value for the money.
I had the lamb chops which were cooked to medium well, flavourful , baked potatoe with loads of sour cream and baked squash and carrot.
It is a 20-30-year old throwback to continental cuisine and as mentioned is competent at that, for the price I would prefer something a bit more upscale and inventive.
This was our first time going to Sirloin Cellar for dinner. I had the tenderloin in the four spice ginger garlic sauce and it was amazing. The ginger garlic sauce name put me off but I ordered it anyways. It tasted far different and better then I was anticipating. We also had the rack of lamb and that was very good as well. I think the best part of the lamb was the warm mint sauce, I have never had mint sauce like this before.. Was very good and different. Can't wait to go back!
We started going here a few years ago for special...
We started going here a few years ago for special occasions.. Mainly our Anniversary but we have snuck a few birthdays in there as well. We have always had great service, great food and at a reasonable price. I’m not to sure why others don’t like the fresh made daily meatballs but we do.. Usually polish them off before the drinks come..
Last time we were that I had the beef tender loin with King crab and also an extra side of King crab to share. To start I had the Mussels in a white wine sauce and she had some the Garlic bread with cheese.
For desert we had the Crème Brulee cheesecake and it wasn’t bad. Also the Fudgy Peanut butter clutter pie and that was really good. Along with that we had a couple Baileys and coffee to finish the meal off.
- Speed of service
- Portion size
- Wasn't too busy
- Outdated Decor
- Bun and Meatballs (hot dog bun and the meatballs tasted like canned stew)
We went around 6:30 PM and there were only about 10 people inside. The place had a real 80's feel and could stand to be brought into more modern times. There was some nice Christmas music in the background. We were served complementary meat balls and bread, which is great in principle but disappointing in that the meatballs tasted like canned stew and the bread was a hot dog bun. The menu is a bit limited but I ordered caesar salad and veal parm. The caesar salad was actually quite nice, tasted like a homemade dressing. The veal parm was served with pasta. The portion size is quite generous. The meat tasted quite nice but the tomato sauce that was on the veal and pasta was too sweet. The service was OK, we received our meals in short order.
Overall, good food but the surroundings could be improved. I was disappointed based on all the good things I heard. However, I may go back.
The service was rude maybe due to the fact that we were not all dressed up for dinner just casual. The sub bun that they give at the table was stale, the meatballs,to me anyway smelled like dog or cat food from a can. The caesar salad dressing was like water. The veal parm had a very funny unpleasant taste could not eat it, the steaks we took home to the dog to eat, the New York was making my jaw sore from chewing. The cheap fountain soda for $2.85 each did not even include seconds. As for service we were never asked how our dinners were, even when we had piled our dishes 4 plates high the wasitresses just keep walking right on by, this happened five times, ( the place only had 10 customers besides ourselves), three servers. What a disgusting experience!! But, needless to say the tip we left reflected all of the above (nothing)
We have frequented this restaurant on occasion and found the food to be quite good.
The service is adequate but could be a little more friendly.
The type of restaurant to go to when in the area but not to get excited about.
This quiet,classy restaurant came highly recommended to me, and for good reason. The food was amazing and the service was incredible. In a busy restaurant we were attended to immediately. I watched the staff in this restaurant helping each other to give great service. What a concept. Maybe other restaurant owners should visit this place. They may learn something about service. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying their visit at this establishment and I'm looking forward to my next visit.
Friends recommended the restaurant as close to the theatre. Lovely ambiance and quiet, although full. We enjoyed the complimentary meatballs and fresh bread. Nice menu selection without overdoing the choices.
The escargots were fairly ordinary (small with pieces of mushrooms, not caps) but the mussels outstanding with healthy serving sizes. The pickerel consisted of 3 portions and 4 thick lamb chops, perfectly grilled certainly pleased our group. Seafood linguine even had a small lobster tail. I love vegetables and often find them almost absent from most dining rooms or a token amount. This time we had cinnamon dusted pepper squash and carrots. The lemon potatoes were particularly enjoyed also. Only one of us could order dessert and the apple crisp, although delicious, was so large it was only partly eaten.
I would certainly recommend this jewel to anyone visiting Hamilton.
Service was friendly and efficient without the feeling of being rushed.
Where is "Restaurant Makeover"? This place is ready for an update. Very old and outdated.
The food was very average. I was expecting a whole lot more. Too many great restaurants in the area to ever consider going back there.
Not what I expected..I had read all the reviews...
Not what I expected..I had read all the reviews before we went and they all sounded pretty good...I was looking forward to trying the complimentary meatballs..Now I know why they are complimentary..(yuck..like the ones out of a can of Chef Boyardee,,exact same)..Steak was small..and way overpriced..$30.00.(probably $12.00 worth of meat)..rice was tasteless..veggies so so...and remember you are eating in a Basement..how nice could it be.??
All in all..I don't think we will be returning anytime soon..There's a lot nicer places to take a date.
We have dinner here at least twice a year. We love showing off this blast from the past to our friends, many of whom rarely get to Hamilton. They are always impressed. I also take business associates there for lunch when in Hamilton. In fact I have a reservation for 4 tomorrow.
I went to this restaurant for my fiances birthday. We had both never been here before, but the experience was wonderful. My fiance had the surf and turf, and he said it was perfect. I had the veal parm, and it was delicious. Since then I have taken my family there. The staff is very wonderful, and friendly. I also loved the intimate atmosphere.
Unlike the former employees with their bad review, I had an amazing experience at this restaurant. I have also been back twice and will continue to dine at the Sirlion Cellar. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable. The staff is very laid back and friendly as well as professional. I'm extremely curious as to why the former employee with the extremely bad rating would opt to return to this restaurant again if the food and the service are horrible. This person is obviously someone who had problems at work and wants revenge. Her comments should be ignored or at least questioned.