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Sterling Restaurant
Sterling Restaurant

Sterling Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sterlingrestaurant.com/english/index.php
  • Phone: (819) 568-8788
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Dinner
    Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: AndrewVallières
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Friday & Saturday

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Sterling Restaurant
Sterling Restaurant is located in a charming heritage building by the Gatineau River. From within its walls, guests can feel the history of Gatineau.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
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Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I dined at Sterling for our anniversary dinner. Despite the restaurant not being busy we were seated on the low level beside a very noisy table. We were expecting a view of the Gatineau river but we could mostly see the road which is under heavy construction. Both of our steaks were absolutely fantastic but the rest of the meal was quite sub par, especially for the price. The maître D took us for a tour after dinner was over which was nice and interesting but not enough to cover the disappointment of a mediocre (at best) dinner"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The Maitre D and the servers go out of there way to make each time we have been there a very special experience. Suzanne Waters"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The waiter was knowledge and attentive to our needs. The food was superb cooked to our personal preferences. Incredible way to celebrate my parents 50 th wedding anniversary."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We discovered this wonderful spot last year and made a specific trip from the Peterborough area to dine there again this year. The service was fabulous (Sebastian was terrific) and the food was outstanding. We love the presentation of the steaks and everything was cooked to perfection. We intend to make this a yearly ritual. Thank you for making this such a special evening! Jim and Beth"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Sterling opened 10 years ago and consistently offers excellent steaks and seafood. It's location requires you to do a bit of research, but it is well worth the drive. Dress is casual, but food is top notch. Go a weeknight for a quiet and romantic evening. Can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays. Expect to pay at least $50 pp plus wine."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Was my 2nd visit, both times I had large cut bone-in rib, 1st time I asked for blue rare, 2nd time I said as recommended by the chef, it was med rare.. perfect sear, and excellent, take it how they suggest.. amazing.. And I love my veggies, they are as important to me as the meat, and served perfectly. Done and Done. I loved it. PS: Accommodated my special requests without any reminders."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary with a lunch at Sterling. As usual, the food and service were outstanding. It was a sunny day so we sat outside with the full view of the Gatineau River."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The service was excellent. Most special occasion for Father's Day. The food was great!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great steak but if you had wanted something else severely lacking "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "After hearing about Sterling, my husband and I were very excited to dine there. Upon arrival, we were asked to sit at the bar to await our table. After 40 minutes our table was ready. We did have a reservation. Our waiter was attentive and explained the menu and meat selection process. The steak was outstanding however, the lobster was quite disappointing. Rather tasteless to be exact. The baked potato also lacked flavour. This is definitely a "special occasion" restaurant to be enjoyed when budget is not a concern. The restaurant has a very impressive wine list! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Restaurante para comer carne, Garçons muito agradáveis e prestativos"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food was very good. I ordered beef tenderloin and French fries, the steak was perfect but the fries were too thick and not crispy enough. The service was slow, we arrived at 7pm and left at 11pm. It took them a long time to get our food order. I would still highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Everything was exceptional from the service to the fantastic food!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Five of us went for dinner to celebrate my fathers 80th birthday. We all enjoyed our steaks, perfectly grilled. I had mentioned the occasion when reserving on line and was pleasantly surprised with a dish of amazing chocolate dessert served on a plate inscribed in chocolate wishing Dad a happy birthday, thoughtful, and delicious. We had a view of the River with the gentle sound of live music playing in the background, you really couldn't ask for more. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I was very pleased at the way our little group was catered to. We were served admirably and the food was fantastic. My son-in-law raved about his steak. He thought that his steak was even better than the steak he recently ate at Hi's restaurant in Ottawa's market area. Very Impressive. I felt that the ambiance was wonderful. Reminded me of my days in Saint- Sauveur. Very cachet. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who wishes to do something special."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Everything was great. Had been trying to get here for years. Finally was able to go and if they had just cooked my steak well... It came first over cooked, then they were super great about getting another steak on the go. That one came back raw. After they recooked that steak, it was ok - but by that time the air had gone out of the balloon. Waiter was nice and offered a free drink. Had he offered a discount on the expensive steak I would be more understanding."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "If you want the best steak and seafood, come here. You pay more than a typical steakhouse, but this isn't your typical steakhouse. Great service and got a tour since it was our first time. When we were leaving, the manager stopped us and offered free drinks. They had no issue making changes to the full course menu option for the soup due to milk allergies. Very much appreciated. If your spouse loves steak and/or seafood, you need to do yourself a favour and come here. We spent 4 hours there and it only felt like 1.5 hours. The live music was also a nice touch. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I must say they know how to make a steak. I have been to numerous statehouse around ottawa area but Sterling does it the write way and believe me it tastes amazing. Great service, very nice atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The waiter was very knowledgeable and kept the right tone throughout the meal. The maitre d' came by often and was very friendly. Wine by the glass is available but not mentioned on the menu. We had to ask as we are only one glass people. The wine list however was very extensive."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Excellent repas et service!!! Le pianiste devrait apprendre piano man!! Lol !!!! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Food is not bad, but with that taste it is overprice. Best part of the food is actually the vegetable on the side of the steak, probably one of the best in town. Steak is great in aging but it is a bit overcook for medium rare... Beef tartar is too salty and "cooked"... Sauce for scallop taste like Asian food somehow... And scallop is overcooked again. Great service, great environment, perfect setting for dating if your other half is not there for food alone. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Had excellent service and the steak was second to none! Wine list was extensive and impressive! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "As our ratings show, we were impressed with our dinner from all points of view. The only critical comment to be made is the 'frites' both in appearance and taste - perhaps because we were expecting crisp, golden French Fries. The Beef we had was the best not in years, but in decades! We have already decided to return soon with friends for a special occasion. Thank you for establishing a Restaurant of this quality in our area."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Sterling has the most amazing steak and seafood. Worth every penny and more. Wonderful place for any special occasion staff was number 1."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Overall, an excellent dining experience and I would highly recommend the establishement. The only hickup was finding it and getting into the parking lot, but beyond that it was a memorable meal, excellent staff and ambiance, and we plan on returning."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The ultimate steakhouse in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Tender and tasty steaks. Attentive friendly service. Not cheap, but worth the splurge. Afterwards got a personal tour of wine cellar and cooking area by manager - made us feel more than just guests."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "It was my birthday and my husband took me on a date. The restaurant is beautiful, charming. The service was wonderful, our wine glasses and water were always full and the food was excellent. Love the attentive staff. Only downside, was the construction on the street and the detour to get to the parking. But that minor. Our experience was grrrreat!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I found the food was good yet took forever to come out! Service was really slow!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was fantastic and exceeded all of our expectations. Service was very professional and attentive. Has a great looking outside patio and we can't wait to return in the summer to try it. Sterling Steakhouse does not disappoint and is one of the best in the region!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "My steak was terrible. Tough and difficult to cut and chew. I would have sent it back normally but did not wish to spoil my companions evening. Service friendly and attentive with just a minor error or two on the service. This was my second visit and will not return. Otherwise what you expect at a pricey restaurant."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the experience. I did think that the steak had an overwhelming smoke smell and taste. It would be great to have the option for a different grilling method. Also though the scallop appetizer was quite good but the scallops were super small. Maybe could have used jumbos or a few more."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "My first experience at Sterling was quite memorable. My second time left a few things to be desired. First, the service was a bit slow to start. They were off in the timing for drinks. I ordered the filet medium rare. I'm a big believer in letting the meat speak for itself. With the added spice, it was a bit too salty for my liking. The meat was cooked medium. Someone did come over and asked how things were, and I pointed out that I felt my meat was a tad overdone for a medium rare request. The offer was made to cook a new steak but that it would take a bit of time. Koodos to Sterling for being so accomodating. Overall, it was ok. But I'd rather drop $200 for 2 people somewhere else next time."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Sterling is traditional fancy. It's a cut above the Keg for sure. It's like Hy's but less stuffy. The menu is in the tradition of the great american steak houses. The quality of the steaks is very high -- the best I have had in Ottawa. The wine list is extensive with a wide variety of prices. The staff are just the right mix of friendly and professional. The location is superb. So close to downtown, but you really feel like you are on a mini vacation. Summer dinning on the patio overlooking the river is unique. Not for casual dining, and not a place of food experimentation. If you want to dress up a bit, feel pampered, and honour a special occasion or special person with a luxurious dining experience, then visit Sterling."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "J'apprécie beaucoup le fait que vous offrez des tables d'hôte à l'heure du lunch, c'est vraiment intéressant pour vos clients que cette option soit disponible. Nous étions six personnes et nous n'avons pas choisi les mêmes mets mais tous étaient unanimnes que leur repas étaient excellen et le service irréprochablet. Merci de maintenir cette qualité dans votre cuisine."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Have been to Sterling many times for fantastic steak and will go again and again!!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I have been here 5 times and each time has been perfect. It's also a great value compared to similar places in Ottawa. Easily the best steak place in the Ottawa-Gatineau region"
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "If you are not worried about cost and you want some delicious fine dining I would give it my highest rrecommendation."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "It was New Year's Eve, expectations were high! It was just my husband and I, and we have been to our fair share of restaurants. This was by far one of our best! Immediately upon walking in, we were brought upstairs to a charming dining room almost right next to the live entertainment. The ambiance was perfect, not too loud, just enough to create a high energy atmosphere. Our server was Marc was friendly, attentive, and a lot of fun! You can tell everyone from the guests to the staff enjoyed their memorable evening. The food... Exquisite. Quality ingredients, perfectly cooked, and beautifully plated! Last but certainly not least, Ahmed is definitely an asset to the Sterling team. We will be returning again and again!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The New Year's eve menu was good but not great! I have attended many functions here on both a personal and corporate level. I would have preferred to pay a little more money for a better seletion of the six course meal."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/3/2013