We requested a table change,
We requested a table change, we were originally seated at a table for two in between other couples. Our table change brought us to a half booth, very quiet and exactly what we were looking for.
The employees were extremely courtesy, friendly and accomodating...very professional.
We will definitely be back and recommend to our family and friends.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
A group of 8 of us attended
A group of 8 of us attended for my husband's birthday, a first time for about half of the party. We were seated in a private dining room overlooking the river. It was perfect! We were offered drinks almost immediately, and taken on an informative tour of the restaurant, including a phenomenal wine cellar. The appetizers were delicious, and arrived in excellent time. The service staff was very efficient in taking our orders and removing dishes/glasses. The entrees were succulent, and despite the large portions of the appetizers, everyone finished their meals because they were so good. Everyone who attended will be repeat clients! We would definitely recommend this restaurant to those who have impeccable taste for great food!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food! Very quiet surroundings to have lunch with a friend or partner and be able to hear each other! Not noisy like other places and you don't feel rushed to get through your meal to get out! We actually spent 2 hours there and it was just perfect !
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The dinner was exquisitely divine. Triple A service & drinks excellent. The wine selection is selectively rustic vintage, acquires an evening of indulging! !
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our third or fourth time visiting Sterling and, as always, the food did not disappoint. Steaks are great. Sides are great. Wine list is decent (maybe a little more Napa/Canada would be nice). If you enjoy a decent steak then this place is great. The location is spot on as well - great views!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service second to none!
I have not had service like this in decades, when wait staff would be there to light your cigarette before you put it in your mouth, or top up your glass before the last mouthful, or remove your plate with perfect timing. No hovering, just perfectly timed service. I had the filet mingnon rare and the meat was grilled to perfection. The side vegetables of stacked squash, eggplant, zucchini, pepper and tomato was delicious. I was only a little disappointed with the mashed potato. It was a little cold and flavourless. The ambiance is great (it is a beautiful venue), and there was live entertainment (a keyboard player singing some old standards) which added beautifully to the experience. The wine cellar was remarkable.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great meal!
We have dined here a few times in the past, and Sterling did not disappoint once again as we had another fabulous meal. We ordered the table d'hote which is always a great selection of food. The soup of the day was delicious, which was followed by a red beet salad for myself and escargots for my husband. The salad was incredible...the dressing left me searching for it online! My husband did not stop talking about how incredible the escargot were. We both ordered the fillet mignon which was phenomenal. This restaurant was made to offer steaks and they cook it to PERFECTION. The service is also very good with very attentive staff. I highly recommend this restaurant. It is a definite gem!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Only annoyed by a nearby couple
We were only disappointed by a couple at a nearby table.
They were loud to the point that it was not possible for us to have any communication.
Although the waiters noticed, no one encouraged them to keep their
As always the service was great and the food a wine, outstanding.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best steak House in Ottawa Gatineau
Great steaks, professional service by waiters. ( Hamid was as every great waiter should be....there instantly when we needed him and invisible when we did not. Ahmed, the maitre D , treats the restaurant and its guests as if he was the owner. Very impressed. The wine list was fantastic. Certainly going to return.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved it. This is the perfect example of what a steakhouse should be. Delicious meat, perfectly cooked. An impressive wine list covering all price ranges. Attentive waiters. An energetic atmosphere yet not too distracting for the conversation. Will come back for sure.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
As good as ever
Some restaurants fade over time, but this one hasn't. I went there the first year it opened and found the food and service to be top notch. This was my first time back since then and everything was just as good as i remembered it. Will be back again sooner next time. Cheers..
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best steaks in Ottawa/Gatineau and at very reasonable prices. Very nice atmosphere and on weekends live entertainment - one person on keyboard singing and playing easy listening music which added to the overall enjoyment level. Highly recommend - would definitely return.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best steakhouse in the capital!
Sterling is a traditional French style steakhouse that offers great food and great service. It is more expensive than chains like the Keg, but it is worth the difference.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great find
Perfect for a romantic evening or a serious business dinner. Service is exceptional. Food is amazing.
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Pleasant Evening
In all likelihood the best Steak House in the national Capital Region. The food is superbe. Itd an nice environment to dine in peace while enjoying quiet conversations. Being our first visit, the owner took us on a tour of the establishment including his impressive cellar. This was a nice touch from the management of the business. I recommend Sterling to anyone who want to celebrate something special.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good steakhouse. Not pretentious.
Good steakhouse. Not pretentious. A little pricey but the meat and seafood well prepared. Killer fries.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service and Food Come Together
Stirling not only has the best of the best when it comes to greeters and servers, Stirling has the very tastiest beef we have had the opportunity to enjoy. We had filet mignon and NY strip steak. They were done to perfection! Baked potatoes with a sour cream topping were superb, to the last bite. And for dessert, chocolate marquis! Thankfully we weren't counting calories! Enjoy! A truly special dining experience where you are treated as if you really do make a difference! Bon appetite!
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our 3rd time to Sterlings. We don't get to go often because we live quite a distance away but our son chose this restaurant for his graduation dinner. I don't know where to start... the table we were given (in a beautiful room with a tiled metal ceiling and chandeliers and a wall of wine bottles) set the stage. The menu is very much focused on steak but there are other options for those who prefer lighter fare. I chose the table d'hôte ($65) starting with escargots (they were served with a white wine and mascarpone sauce - delicious) and then the venison with port sauce and a white chocolate mousseline (you cannot imagine how good this was). We were a table of five and everyone was very pleased with their meals. Do go!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely trip into Quebec from Ottawa
Another first-time visit for my husband and I. We had not heard of this restaurant, but found it on Open Table and had to try it!
The staff were more than gracious - they were friendly, welcoming, and possess a great sense of humor!
Our server, Marc, was so helpful in assisting our choices, and Amed, the manager, took us for an extensive tour of the restaurant.
The food was excellent - beef was tender, seafood was succulent and flavourful.
We were so sad we did not have more time to visit here again, but it will be on our list for our next trip to Ottawa/Gatineau!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My experience at Sterling as a first time customer was excellent, and I would recommend Sterling for any special occasion. The service was outstanding, the food delicious, the selection broad; Sterling was a great find. As this was my first fine dining experience, I do not have experience with regard to fine dining, although I can assure everyone that Sterling is top-notch.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Find in Ottawa/Gatineau Area
Was perfect for special Birthday dinner; excellent food and wine selection, and youmust take the tour with the Maître d'. The fillet mignon is unbelievably tender, aged right on site. Attention to detail in the presentation, must go back to sample more of the great menu options. Table d'hôte is a bargain considering the excellent dishes making up the four course menu. This historic building has a quaint setting with so many possibilities for dinning events with its different rooms and wonderful repertoire of fine dinning.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mixed review for Sterling
A lovely evening at Sterling, but our review of the food and service is mixed. The waiter seemed rushed and at times annoyed. He did not ask us if everything was OK with our meals, but he did regularly refill our wine glasses.
The scallops appetizer was fantastic; the oysters were only okay. My steak was very good. However, the two steak aficionados were disappointed with theirs-they were good, but not great. For 3 of 4, the steaks were not cooked as ordered. The menu should indicate that the steaks come with a vegetable. The liqueur had not arrived by time the dessert and coffee were finished. We were given an enjoyable tour of the place after dinner by the manager. Very expensive, good/very good food, inconsistent service.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best restaurants I've ever been too. Great food,staff and ambiance!!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were made to feel very
We were made to feel very welcome from the minute we walked into the restaurant. Our waiter was excellent, he was friendly and attentive, and very knowledgeable about the wine list. We had the table d'hote - the soup was very flavourful; salad was crisp with just the right amount of dressing; our steaks were cooked perfectly and the sauce was delicious; and our chocolate marquise dessert was heavenly! We will definitely be going back.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistency of Quality
I think the formula adopted by Sterling is a winner as people come back because they know what they are getting. Top quality meat and fish and great sauces, excellent preparation and dedicated service. Also a superb wine collection ! We have been going to Sterling for a number of years and have never been disappointed!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Steak in the Region
Excellent steaks. Great wine list. Good service. Enough said. Go there, you'll have a fine dinner. Highly recommended.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful evening at Sterling
Prior to attending the fireworks show at Lac Lemay, my companion enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Sterling. This remains my favorite steak house in Ottawa-Gatineau. For an appetizer, we shared an excellent pan-seared fois gras. We ordered the bone-in rib steak and the small fillet mignon. Both were cooked to perfection. Sterling has an award-winning wine list and our choice was a delicious 2007 Clerc Milon. The service provided by the serving staff was excellent and right on the mark.
All of this is a direct reflection of the Maitre d, Ahmed Balharakat, who truly passionate about pleasing his clientele and takes great pride in his restaurant. For those on their first visit, be sure to ask for his restaurant tour. It's not to be missed.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a wonderful restaurant! We enjoyed our food and the service was amazing. We had Marc at our table and he was a pleasure. Thank you for everything - we will be back......
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have lived in Ottawa for nearly 17 yrs.....and one of my biggest disappointments has been in not being able to find a GOOD Steakhouse. There are one or two at most that may come close in terms of steak.....but nobody has the entire package comparable to Sterling. I believe I have found a new home :)
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you have a craving for steak...
Great steak! Great appetizers! I really enjoyed my meal.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favourite Restaurant
We have visited Sterlings at least 4 times since arriving in Canada in 2006 and consider it equal to any international restaurant. This is always a special night out for us and friends who have shared meals with us there. Naturally when we wanted to book a special Wedding meal, Sterlings was the only choice. When we arrived the manager immediately allocated a private room with views of the river for our party of seven. Without exception all our guests raved about the quality of their food and wine. The evening was a complete success and the bill was probably half we would have paid in London, Paris or Rome. Well done Sterlings you made our wedding celebrations a Night to Remember.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was really impressive
We were very glad to come here.. one of the best steaks i ever eaten in a long time. Thanks
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent dinner at sterling.
excellent dinner at sterling. i was from out of town - caught a taxi across from ottawa. food and service was excellent. steak well cooked - however the frites were a little soggy but did not detract from what was the finest meal i have had in canada. the wine list certainly was extensive. overall an excellent meal. i would return if i was ever in town.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Me and my wife love the food
Me and my wife love the food and the service, great place !! Thank for a nice evening all the best
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The filet mignon was cooked to perfection. My son said it was so tender it was melting in his mouth. Each plate was presented beautifully. I had filet de doré and it was delicious. The beets, orange and greens salad was fresh and very lovely. The white and red wines were served to perfect temperature. The coffee was good and hot. The service was excellent. Overall, a wonderful dining experience we would recommend for a special occasion or just for a nice treat.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great evening with family
We had a great evening at Sterling's celebrating my husband's 40th birthday. Everyone enjoyed their appetizer and all steaks (filet mignon for all) were done to everyone's liking (which varied greatly at our table). The only food to disappoint was the basmati rice: the Yukon Gold Mousseline (whipped potatoes) were a better option. Our waiter, Sébastien, was attentive and brought us a special dessert for the table when he noticed that we were actually celebrating 3 people's birthdays. The staff was also accommodating when we requested that they lower the music (we had a few family members who are hard of hearing). We were fortunate to have a lovely view of the river before nightfall.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find in the Ottawa region.
Must make a reservation during a week day well in advance of need of this highly rated restaurant. Fabulous every thing, great selection of wines from $45 to $12000.00 a bottle and selections of food was outstanding .
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely restaurant , our server was very attentive and our meal was wonderful. Had the pappa cut of steak, delicious and well prepared. Would definitely go back .
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
This will become my new steak place, albeit not for every budget. Will keep it for special occasions.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place,will be back
Really cool how they bring out your steak after they let you see the different cuts. Steak had an excellent char and perfect medium rare on the inside. But the other courses were just as great, loved the esgargot app I had and the chocolate desert.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Romantic Restaurant
Amazing Romantic Restaurant with great service and great food. The manager gave us a tour of the whole restaurant and showed us how they grilled their steaks. One of the top steakhouses I have even been to.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our 40th anniversary
We celebrated our 40th anniversary here and loved it. We even received a bon anniversaire and three pieces of dessert.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a gem of a restaurant with the right qualities of food, wine, and ambiance. We experienced a wonderful evening, and we will be sure to go back.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was extraordinary but very expensive. You pay for what you get. The wine list is very notable.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everyone working at the restaurant
Everyone working at the restaurant played a part in making our evening at Sterling very enjoyable.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
short cab ride from downtown Ottawa,, great service, fabulous food
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
While a chain steak restaurant will give you a good steak, almost each and every time, once you get yourselves pampered at the Sterling Steakhouse, you will want to come back each time you get a craving for a steak. Not only is their beef superior, they cook it on an open wood burning grill, burning maple. The taste that this produces is unique, so much better than seasoning can produce. Definitely the best steak restaurant in Ottawa-Gatineau!
And if you are looking for a nice romantic setting to celebrate something, or just for a treat, this is the place to go. We celebrated our anniversary, seated at a table in front of the fireplace. You can't get any better than this!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was fantastic, the service was attentive without being intrusive, the setting was beautiful, and the wine selection amazing. We enjoyed the meal tremendously and will be going back. This is definitely how a steakhouse should be.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a treat
Been here a couple of times already. Always good food, steak is cooked over maple wood and is always great. .
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sterling's is a wonderful restaurant with a great atmosphere, food and fantastic service. Our evening started off very lovely and quiet, then a party of six came in and were overly 'noisy' and extremely 'loud', especially for a restaurant of this calibre.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM