Omelette at Stoneface Dolly's
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Pancakes at Stoneface Dolly's
Eggs Benedict at Stoneface Dolly's
Eggs Benedict at Stoneface Dolly's
Weekend Brunch at Stoneface Dolly's
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Weekend Brunch at Stoneface Dolly's
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2011 Jan 29
BIG thumbs up! Stoneface Dolly's has an incredible brunch and lunch menu which makes it hard to decide what to order. I'll gladly keep going back until I've tried everything.

Hubby and I both tried the panini today. On Art-is-In bread, I had the grilled vegetable one and he had the chicken breast with roasted red peppers, swiss cheese and tomato. Mine had olive tapenade, artichoke hearts, grilled zucchini and a delicious spread of basil pesto goat cheese. I had a side of the german potato salad and my partner had the yam chips. Both plates also came with a little spring mix. All was great! I am salivating just recalling the details - haha

Good service, always great food, would highly recommend this place!

PS - Never tried their dinner menu so can't comment on that.

2011 Jan 8
The Christmas gift certificate redeeming has begun and this was our first stop. A snowy drive gave way to an empty restaurant at 6pm on a Friday night. A glass of white and a Beau's then Sun-dried tomato Goat cheese. A giant portion that proved challenging to finish. Very rich almost a meal in itself. Specials were posted and my wife went for the penne in a white cream sauce cherry tomatoes shrimp and baby spinach. Simple but satisfying. I ordered off the menu from memory of our last visit. Veal Birds. Ground veal wrapped in prosciutto served with a portobello mushroom marsala cream sauce on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes with carrots grilled peppers and broccoli. The food was very tasty and generously portioned. Our certificate entitled us to a loaf of their molasses bread which was a nice change for breakfast this morning.

2010 Oct 10
Looks like my wife had decided this is our annual thanksgiving tradition to have brunch at this establishment. Not being a brunch person I'm not complaining once a year is ok with me. It is a busy place with the owner of El Primo across the street waiting at the door to welcome the overflow of people not willing to wait. I was pleased to see the lunch menu started at 10:30. Service was terribly slow after 45 minutes our food arrived. I ordered the jerk chicken club with bacon chutney and mayo. I now know I do not like chutney(yuk cloves). I also seemed to be missing the mayo. We are not having very much luck with restaurants the week. My wife had pancakes one with raspberry and one with blueberry and a side of bacon. I got a taste and they were very good. Others had eggs benny with a pumpkin twist,very enjoyable was the comment. Brother in law had plain eggs benny scarfed them down in no time. So I guess he enjoyed them but I got the feeling he needed a bit more food.

2010 Sep 13
What's a Stoneface Dolly? Anyways, that's not important! What's important is that Stone Face Dolly's is an amazingly delicious restaurant on Preston Street, located in the heart of Little Italy! They don't serve Italian food per say, just amazing culinary combinations that make your mouth water! I can never make up my mind when I go there.
"I'll have one of everything please!" Is what I truly want to say.

The two times I have been there, I was on a business meeting. This is a good fit because there is lots of discussion time. Not because service is slow, but because it is always PACKED at lunch time. I think many people go there for business meetings. The food is also really fresh and I think requires a longer cooking time, which I am okay with. I would recommend a reservation though if you are short on time.

I don't have any pictures, but if I return I will definately share with you!
Please just trust me on this one, or just vist their site :)

For more resto reviews, check out my blog

2010 Aug 30
I absolutely love this place! Unfortunately whenever I do brunch there I find myself too excited and hungry when the food comes....So I dont; have any pictures.

I went there again this past Sunday and was not disappointed. This place is AWESOME for brunch! (Yes, it gets busy and you may have to wait a little while to get your order, but the food is totally worth it!)

There aren't that many great brunch spots in Ottawa - but this one is DEF one of them!

I always go for one of the Bennedicts or omlettes...MmMmM...thinking about their homestyle cooking makes my mouth water.

2010 May 28
After a short debate in the car on where to go we decided to do a walk in here. We arrived early 5pm got parking on the street and a table for two. A beau's and a bellini to start. I went for the agnolotti stuffed with goat cheese and sun dried tomato with a rose sauce and roasted red peppers and baby spinach. Flavors were really good but the pasta was a bit sticky. The portion size for the price was a bit high also. My wife had the prosciutto wrapped ground veal with a mushroom sauce and risotto cake and it was substantially larger. Since I was still hungry I got a taste of the veal I would order that on the next visit.

2010 May 1
Last night my date and I enjoyed an impromptu dinner at Stoneface Dolly's. Not our first visit so we knew what we were in for. We repeated, by having the Red Thai soup again! A signature dish with a real coconut milk flavour and a bit of heat. The bottom of the bowl contained a mulititude of veggie treasures that sometimes came to the spoon, depending on your dig.

I had the Chicken Bobotie. First time. A huge portion and prepared with care. I loved that the salad was so fresh. Like another comment on this site, I was wishing the chicken wasn't leaning to the sweet side but more to the savoury. There was already sweet happening with the basmati rice and fruit chutney.

My date had the Rosemary Gorgonzola Fettuccine. No complaints! It disappeared so quickly I didn't get a taste. I love Gorgonzola and I was intrigued by the add-ins of caramelized pears, walnuts and grapes.

I haven't found my 'too die for' favourite dish here yet so I will continue trolling my way across their menu in future visits.

The service was great. We enjoyed the homemade roll before the soups arrived.

Beer (Beau's of course) for the date and water for me.

Not one pinch of room for dessert. Their display case at the front is SO tempting. I can see going back for just a dessert and coffee experience some time.

I think we tipped the money scales at a bit over $60 all in. Considering how full we were, it seemed like a great deal. I'll never 'qualify' for a supper club at this rate.

Their dishes are described on their website if you need to prime yourself for what is to come.

If you would like to read more, feel free to read my blog write up.

2010 Apr 24
I went to Stoneface Dolly's for breakfast in April on the Sunday after Easter.

I called the night before to make reservations but they don't take them for the weekend brunch. I asked if it would be likely for our party of 3 to be able to sit right away if we showed up at 9 a.m. and it seemed likely, the voice on the other end said. But the earlier, the better.

So we showed up at 8:55 a.m. Scenario: no regular tables left, only two pub-style tables and a few bar-height seats. We were seated at one of the pub-style tables and had a view of the comings and going on Preston Street on one side and of the bar and restaurant and the other. We also had quite a view of the front door, from which we were no more than 10 feet away.

There was a constant line of people waiting to dine. The owner brought out a pot of coffee for those waiting.

The décor is simple and modern and the space is definitely maximized. The tan walls and deep grey floors give this place a warm feel and the stainless steel and wood accents give it a certain richness. The service only enhances the atmosphere - the staff is welcoming and friendly.

The restaurant is very open. It's bright in areas and dimmer in others because the building is sprinkled with big windows and even a transparent garage door.

The day's special are scrawled out on a chalkboard that hangs by the door.

The food was pretty good. There were a lot of yummy noises to be heard, which was fine since the noise level around us masked them.

One of the diners had one of those specials, the Sundried tomato pesto, caramelized red onion and peppers and goat cheese omelette. It was served with a salad, homefries and homemade brown molasses bread. The omelet was perfectly cooked (not too runny) and delicious. There was goat cheese in every bite! The distinct flavour of the sundried tomato made an appearance at every second bite or so and the richness of the onions and peppers were front and center throughout.

Another diner had the Eggs Benedict: 2 poached eggs on an English muffin or homemade brown molasses bread (the muffin was chosen) with Cappicola ham and lemon diablo sauce, fresh fruit and homefries. The Cappicola was a nice twist on ham.

I had the Eggs Natasha: 2 poached eggs on a choice of an English muffin or homemade brown molasses bread with smoked salmon and spinach and with lemon diablo sauce. It was served with fresh fruit and homefries. I didn't feel like having a muffin and homemade bread sounded exciting. I asked the server about the bread and she said it was pretty sweet. That left me unsure. Smoked salmon, spinach and sweet bread. She saw that I was hesitant and then mentioned that they could substitute the bread for their homemade sourdough. The salmon and spinach were a nice combo in the eggs Natasha.

The poached eggs were perfectly poached. The lemon diablo sauce was phenomenal - light but creamy and full of flavour without being heart-stopping rich.

I bought a loaf of homemade brown molasses bread and made French toast with it.

I asked the server if it was always this busy, this early. She said no, that it usually got like this later in the morning. She thought that maybe people were making up for not having come on the Sunday before, which had been Easter Sunday. She said it was unusually quiet on that day.

The fruit was fresh and juicy and the portions were decent. It had melon, pineapple, orange and grapefruit and a few grapes.

The other 2 diners enjoyed the homefries but I didn't. They were quite peppery, tasted a lot like red pepper and were mushy. It was almost as if they had been cut out of a casserole. I prefer mine a little crispy on the outside and mushy on the inside and with much less of both kinds of pepper. I also thought they lost their potato flavour.

The noise level in the restaurant was high and we were seated in an ultra-busy part of the restaurant, but it was still comfortable.

The prices were reasonable.

2010 Apr 11
I have not been to Stoneface Dolly's for breakfast since they were on McLeod. I was just as content with Jak's taking over the spot, especially since it's within walking distance. But this morning, my friends Amy and Andrew had their heart set on Dolly's, which was excellent by me, since I'd yet to blog about them. So here I am.

Like most places in Ottawa for breakfast, there's usually a lineup. But Bob, the owner, can in a split second take away any impatience you may have at the door with his exceptional ability to make you laugh and enjoy the wait.

I rarely switch things up when it comes to breakfast. Give me any kind of benedict and I'll be smiling all day long. Throw some smoked salmon in there and there's an immediate party in my tummy. And that's just what I did. Eggs Natasha – poached eggs on your choice of English muffin or homemade brown molasses (of course I went for the homemade molasses bread!), with smoked salmon and spinach smothered in their tangy and buttery lemon Diablo sauce. Their homefries are also quite amazing – fried mash with bits of orange and green pepper – yumm.

The others at the table also went with their regular, Eggs Benedict made with cappicola ham and the Big Breakfast, supporting all 4 meats: bacon, sausage, ham and peameal bacon. My husband stayed on the lighter side of things with the Traditional Two Eggs, but the choice of meat offers more than most menus with their vegetarian mushroom patty – nice!

I couldn't help but contemplate the Breakfast Ribs. Not that I crave ribs first thing in the morning (although I could if they were sitting right in front of me), but I know some friends who would probably go there just for that.

Lots of choice, fantastic service and delicious food leaving you more than satisfied. This is a great place for breakfast. Prices range between $8 and $16.

2010 Mar 4
This is my staple - the vegetable panini, which really doesn't look much like a panini. It's delicious, especially paired with yam chips (I managed to resist...trying to be good!).

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2007 Dec 2
The bread is baked in-house like dinner rolls (balls of dough in a baking pan, matrix style) and is served very fresh, one per diner. But unlike dinner rolls they are huge -- maybe 3"x3" at the base and 4" tall.

Flavour is lightly yeasty and pretty good. Texture is great: moist and pleasantly chewy on the inside, lightly crusty on the outside.

Served with the ubiquitous olive oil and balsamic but I would have preferred it with butter. Excellent for dunking into soups and sauces.


2016 Jun 4
The pancakes are thick and fluffy. These had raspberry in them. Other options include plain, bananas, or blueberries.



2016 Jun 4
Every bite of the Erika Benedicts (sausage patties in the eggs Benedicts) were simply tasty!

2014 Oct 12
I tried the Chicken bobotie eggs benefict for the first time and was delighted. The bobotie consists of minced chicken in a curry sauce served over slices of their locally made molasses bread topped with soft poached eggs covered in a Hollandaise sauce. The pan fried mashed potatoes was crusty and tasty as usual. There was also a small side of mixed fruits.

Service was prompt and professional. Our coffee cups were topped every time they were emptied.

There was a bit of wait for a table at 11am (20 minutes) but it was totally worth it!


Sep 1
The omelette continues to be amazing. Pictured is omelette #4, which contains bacon, mushrooms and cheese. I chose sourdough bread (over molasses) and a salad (over fruit). It all came with the traditional home fries. It is mashed and fried. It might look funny but it has always tasted amazing.


2007 Feb 4
The lamb burger (which is available on their lunch menu for $9.95) is a favourite of mine. It's topped with goat cheese, caramelized (red) onions and peppers. It comes with their house salad and yam chips or potato salad..choose the yam chips.


2007 Mar 17
always delicious! do not miss out on these!



2013 Dec 29
After not having been here for brunch in a while, hubs and I took the opportunity to come on our date week-end as my daughter was at my parents. Again, we were happily satiated by our favourite breakfast in town. I had the Omelette #1 (pictured) a classic as far as I am concerned at SFD: pesto, roasted red pepper, choice of Gorgonzola, Brie or Goat cheese, and mushrooms with a side of greens with balsamic vinaigrette, their breakfast potatoes (my fav in town perhaps except when The Big Rig randomly does good potatoes when they do not serve the deep fried commercial ones) and a huge slice of their own made molasses bread! I was greedy and ordered a side of sausages which was very good but I couldn't finish everything as it was a lot of food!

Hubs ordered the smoked salmon and spinach omelette and loved it too.

I have to come here more often. Service is friendly and refills on coffee and tea are always offered.

Tip: get there near opening time. It fills up quickly!

2011 Apr 24
Went to Stoneface Dolly's for Easter brunch, what a disappointment...the eggs were overcooked, the mushroom patty-disgusting and the potatoes were mushy and tasteless. The only thing I enjoyed was the coffee. And oh yea, we also had a rude server. Never going back there again!!!

2010 Aug 9
The restaurant gives you one of the best brunch setting ever. Located at a quite intersection of Preston it is not difficult at all to find parking in nearby neighborhoods. As you approach the building you can feel the busy yet relaxing vibe of city life.

This place is constantly jammed with customers and I can only imagine why. When you get inside the open concept extended through the kitchen and the patio. The place is mainly light up by natural lighting from the patio, penetrating a very positive vibe.

The noise level is perfect. Sitting is comfortable and the design of the restaurant is also very warm and welcoming.

Egg Natasha- It is basically Egg Benedict with smoke salmon and spinich, topped with lemon diablo sauce.
The pouch eggs are nicely done. However the beautiful journey probably stops there. The spinach is too soggy and too "dead" very over cooked. The salmon does not look too pink and it falls short on amount. The most disappointment is on the muffin. It was very damped.
It is not a very big dish, with the price we are paying you can probably get better.

2010 May 16
I went there for breakfast on 2010 05 16 with my girlfriend. I had Omelet number 3 (red peppers, smoke salmon and goat cheese) and my date had the Eggs Natasha. We both really enjoyed our meal. Highly recommended for breakfast / brunch. I tried many, many places in Ottawa for breakfast and brunch and this place ranks in the top 3 for sure so far.

2010 Apr 11
This is the reason to come to Stoneface Dolly's - I've eaten a lot of breakfast at a lot of restaurants, cafes, and diners in town and Stoneface remains at the top of my list.

Everything about their breakfasts is taken to the next level. They serve Art-is-in bread and Bridgehead coffee. Even the "hollandaise" is given special attention and made fresh (Cait has told me that their eggs benedict is the best in town).

I'm picky when it comes to potatoes. I'll always be disappointed to see frozen hash browns on my plate (when I'm not at a diner at least), but Stoneface serves a really nice fried mash that is unique, but still familiar.

That's the best way I can sum up brunch at Stoneface Dolly's - unique, but still familiar. All your favourite breakfast foods with a twist.

Tip: Go on Saturday to avoid long lines. One of my favourite places in Ottawa is their patio on a nice sunny Saturday morning.