Where to Eat in Sarnia: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 15, 2017 Merry Kessler

Sarnia is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and had a 2016 population of 71,594. It is the largest city on Lake Huron and in Lambton County. Sarnia is located on the eastern bank of the junction between the Upper and Lower Great Lakes where Lake Huron flows into the St. Clair River, which forms the Canada–United States border, directly across from Port Huron, Michigan. The city's natural harbour first attracted the French explorer La Salle, who named the site "The Rapids" when he had horses and men pull his 45 tonnes (50 short tons; 44 long tons) barque "Le Griffon" up the almost four-knot current of the St. Clair River on 23 August 1679.
Things to do in Sarnia

1. John's Restaurant

1643 London Line, Sarnia, Ontario N7W 1A9, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Greek, Diner, Canadian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$141 +1 519-542-9821
Excellent
38%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 237 reviews

John's Restaurant

Reviewed By Penny R - Sarnia, Canada

We ordered 4 take out Turkey dinners to honor our friends in the USA since I am in a leg cast and find it hard to get around. The meals were fantastic!! We had the salad, the full meal (turkey, potatoes, veggies, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce with pumpkin pie. WOW....we couldn't eat it all and am saving the pie for later with coffee. Thanks so much...you made our day :)

2. Maison St-Aubin

1202 Lakeshore Rd | Ontario, Sarnia, Ontario N7S 3K3, Canada Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Drinks +1 519-542-9507
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Maison St-Aubin

Since the year 2000 we are inviting you and your friends to experience truly Fine Dining? A TASTE OF PARIS. Live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. You can request a special table set up with fine China, rosewood cutlery, and mouth blown glasses, which is free of charge. (Max.6 guests) Make a reservation and enjoy an exquisite dinner, professional while friendly service as well as a European Ambiance in our tastefully decorated dining room. We thank you for your patronage

Reviewed By Ian R - Windsor, Canada

Foods good but if you have to wait 2 hrs for your food to arrive chances are you'll be too upset to enjoy it. Have been here twice. Last year on my birthday I ended up getting my meal for free because they brought me the wrong steak. This year it was my fiances birthday and it took 1 hour 45 mins for our food to arrive and our guests with us waited an extra 5 minutes for their food to arrive. If Sarnia ever got a really good restaurant with great customer service it would put all the so called good restaurants out of business

3. Olive's Casual Cuisine

1591 London Line, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 7H2, Canada Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 519-541-1333
Excellent
63%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Olive's Casual Cuisine

Reviewed By Katjo73 - Canada

I have visited is restaurant several times over the past few years for lunch - business lunches or just lunch with friends. Every lunch has always been delicious - the strata is amazing and the salads are delicious - always fresh and beautifully presented. The cheese scones (or biscuits) are heavenly. Will continue to return to this restaurant!

4. Paddy Flaherty's Irish Pub

130 Seaway Rd, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 8A5, Canada Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Bar, British, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$39 - HK$149 +1 519-336-1999
Excellent
46%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 462 reviews

Paddy Flaherty's Irish Pub

Get the proper pub experience. We balance Irish-inspired dishes and North American classics. We’ve perfected the pub staple, Fish & Chips, and make our pies and pastry in-Pub. Try our fresh burgers like the legendary Guinness® Burger, with your pint of Guinness® of course!

Reviewed By bbjsaul - Windsor, Canada

Attended with friends who have been here before. What a wonderful experience. Drinks were great with many choices. Food was very nice. Soups were hot and nicely prepared. Pasta, burgers and appetizers were all great. They came hot with great presentation.
Service was beyond what one would expect. Timing was perfect, she was friendly and very personable. Really made this experience special. Our friends ar3 regulars and they say service is always personable and friendly.

5. Waggs Steak & Seafood

420 Christina St N, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5W1, Canada Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options HK$71 - HK$235 +1 519-344-4422
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 376 reviews

Waggs Steak & Seafood

Wagg's Steak & Seafood Restaurant has been locally owned and operated for over 24 years. We are a casual fine dining restaurant tucked into the Super 8 Motel just a few minute drive from the Bluewater Bridge. With ample space for 90 diners, the atmosphere is supremely modern with intimate dining areas sectioned off with solid oak partitions and a candle at every linen-set-table. Specializing in fine quality Prime Rib, Steaks, and fresh Seafood. We also offer a wide selection on our menu that include chicken and pasta dishes, as well as lunch items such as fresh made wraps, sandwiches and salads. We also offer vegetarian and gluten free entrees upon request. Wagg's Restaurants main specialty is Prime Rib. We also specialize in Certified Black Angus steaks, Lobster, Alaskan King Crab, along with other fresh Seafood and Chicken entrees. We also have a great lunch menu that is available Monday to Friday. Wagg's also has a private banquet facilities to accommodate up to 100 people for your special occasion, and take out orders are available on all lunch and dinner items.

Reviewed By alpharomeo69

Great Experience. Nice Ambient place. My fish was cooked to perfaction. Great portion. Very busy place.

6. Lola's Lounge

110 Christina St S, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 2M6, Canada Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 519-336-8088
Excellent
56%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 241 reviews

Lola's Lounge

Reviewed By morl8tr - London, Canada

This place is unlike anywhere else I've been. It has its own design aesthetic, composed of shiny things, dark fabrics, and dim lighting. The menu is entertaining; for example, it tells you that you can order a grilled cheese and lobster Sandwich for $16, but that it will cost you $275 if you order it with Dom Perignon. There is blue cheese coleslaw, which you can get with or without bang-bang shrimp, and the clam chowder has an option to throw about a dozen other kinds of seafood in with it. The portions are large, and everything was good. I didn't get to order everything I wanted to try, so I'll need to go back. The server was great, chatty and eager to explain things, and very responsive when we needed anything. It was kind of quiet on a Saturday at noon, but I bet it's a really hopping evening spot, and it was jumping pretty good by the time we left. If you're anywhere near here, you really much check this place out.

7. Ups N' Downs Pub

226 Front St N | Ontario, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5S5, Canada Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available Mexican, Irish, Pub, Canadian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$31 - HK$212 +1 519-336-0337
Excellent
39%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 123 reviews

Ups N' Downs Pub

We are a full service pub style restaurant with a large appetizer/lunch/dinner and gluten free menu. We are located in the heart of downtown Sarnia's culture/historic district with a great view of the St. Clair River. We also have two banquet rooms on the second floor.

Reviewed By Alan H - Captiva Island, Florida

Have eaten here for many a year (20+) was always good.
Not so much the past year, think the chef got a new piece of equipment a microwave!
Went last night Saturday had shrimp curry very good and fish and chips fish good fries limp and soggy.
By the time my replacement fries arrived meal was over and I do mean over.
Complained to waitress on soggy fries she replied chef has been told he will not listen!
Perhaps seeing this he will listen now or maybe his boss will!!

8. Giresi's Pizza Factory

146 East St N, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 6X2, Canada Delivery, Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +1 519-336-1415
Excellent
68%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Giresi's Pizza Factory

Reviewed By GazooMcGoo - Prescott, Canada

I just had my 1st Giresi's Pizza and it definitely will not be my last. I travel the country and am often in my hotel looking for a decent meal while I work, tonight's bad weather came me from my usual spot so I ventured...MoreHi GazooMcGoo Thanks for taking the time to review our pizzeria! Ring us up next time your in town. Cheers

9. Lizards Bar & Grill

785 Exmouth St, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5P7, Canada Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout American, Bar, Canadian, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 519-491-2060
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

Lizards Bar & Grill

Reviewed By poolq_12 - Sarnia, Canada

Today was a friend's 75th Birthday and we decided to have our get together here for lunch . We had a really good time . There were 11 of us all together and we were allowed to bring our own cake and numerous decorations . The food was excellent and so was the service . I especially enjoyed the soup of the day which was broccoli jalapeno and the siraccha chicken wrap . Everyone seemed to enjoy what they had . This was my first visit here and I was very impressed. ' Can't wait to go back for supper ...

10. Alternate Grounds Dockside

97 Seaway Rd | 97 Seaway Road, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 8E6, Canada Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Canadian, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$235 +1 519-332-3081
Excellent
36%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 130 reviews

Alternate Grounds Dockside

Reviewed By MindVisions - Sarnia, Canada

Looked forward to sitting by the water on a recent visit but no room, so was seated below. Looks like they just threw a few extra tables below to allow more outside Seating. As usual the interior, which resembles a diner was empty as everyone wants to eat outside. So we put up with lower Seating. Service was prompt but a musician was playing a guitar and was extremely loud, which did not add to an attempt at conversation with our party. Food was okay but I find prices are pretty high for what you get. I will possibly return for breakfast in the future on a nice day but count me out for dinner.

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