The Story of Hurley’s

Our restaurant is named in honour of Mr. John Hurley, one of the first recorded innkeepers of the Merivale hotel.

Built around 1860, the hotel catered to the needs of the Ottawa Valley farmers as they traveled to and from Ottawa’s By-ward Market.  While on their journey along the dry rutted Merivale road, many travelers were glad to pause at the hotel, quench their thirsts and exchange news with John Hurley.  The old hotel, unfortunately, has long since disappeared.

In 1980 Keith Taggart and John Thomsen opened the first Hurley’s roadhouse on Merivale road.  They grew it into one of Ottawa’s best known and most loved restaurants.

Now Hurley’s Neighbourhood Grill is bringing back John Hurley’s tradition of good food and great friends.

If old John was alive today, he would agree that we still have many friends who appreciate a warm hearth and wholesome provisions. We think he would approve of our restaurant with its mixture of old and new, cheery service and fine, yet simple fare.

Our restuarant menu is a tip of the hat to the historic recipes Hurley made famous in Ottawa during the 80s and 90s.

We are excited to be able to cook for you, serve you, pour wine and pints for you.

Our goal at Hurley's Grill is to create a sense of community, a gathering place where friends, family and strangers can come to enjoy great food and good times.
We use superior ingredients and take pride in what we serve.

Coming to Hurley's Restaurant is like coming into our home and we’ll be sure to make you feel special.

Our Food

Our menu features all the classic favourites along with some of our own signature dishes.

Made famous by John Hurley, our Wings and Zuchinni Sticks are a legend in the Ottawa Valley.

Other popular dishes include

  • fall-off-the-bone ribs
  • succulent beef tenderloin
  • Chicken entrees
  • Gluten free items
  • juicy burgers
  • Famous nachos
  • homemade soups
  • fresh signature salads

Many items are freshly made in house to bring you a top quality experience.

Our dessert menu is tailor made for the dessert lover with our gluten free peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake, 3 layer classic chocolate cake, red velvet cake with a cream cheese glaze, strawberry crepes, brownie sundae, deep fried ice cream and our warm apple crumble!