Sterling Restaurant
Sterling Restaurant

Sterling Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sterlingrestaurant.com/english/index.php
  • Phone: 8195688788
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Sterling Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (38)notable wine list (38)romantic (32)good for groups (19)scenic view (19)fit for foodies (15)great for outdoor dining (10)neighborhood gem (10)late-night find (5)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was my second time at Sterling, and again I was very pleased. The rib steak came cooked perfectly, medium rare. Although I found it was lacking flavor, just a plain steak. The mushroom sauce was ok, would have preferred more of a beefy flavor. Was lacking a rub or seasoning. Also mashed potatoes came with perfect texture. But again the potatoes weren't seasoned really at all, just tasted very potato-ey. Very plain taste. Asparagus was cooked perfectly, crisp but not raw. The wine list speaks for itself, outstanding. The wait staff was 10/10. After we asked for the bill, the waiter came with a chocolate desert, on the house, and it said Happy Anniversary written in chocolate. Amazing desert, amazing service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food/service. Terrible table!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As there were bigger groups on the main and second floor areas, we were given an unconfortable, isolated set-up a table close to the bar, in the middle of nowhere, with waitresses passing with other peoples orders! Not for a $500.00 dolllars bill!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were delighted, amazed and truely grateful to find an establishment that still believed that exemplary service when combined with outstanding quality of food that is prepared EXACTLY as requested is still the best way to go. Their wine list is extraordinary and to our surprise is not just for show. They actually have available the wine you choose. The food, from starters thru dessert was simply devine. Cooked to perfection and presented with elegance and flair!! Prices are high but most definitely worth it. WE WILL BE BACK ....... OFTEN !!!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service!
    Patty1963
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our third visit to Sterling, and it was like the first - consistently good food and service. The owner and staff take great pride in their fine aged meats, and enviable wine list. This really is the place for steak lovers. The accompaniments to the cuts of meat including the escargot are fabulous. The restaurant staff provide excellent service - you are wanting for nothing. Come here though to stay a while and savour. This is not McDonald's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Diningout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Awesome service, food to die for, have only wonderful things to say about this restaurant. From the moment you walk in the door the exceptional service starts with a explanation and tour of how they prepair your meal, next up to the elagant dining room, where your wait staff takes over, to live music , and exquisite food, this is trully a hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sterling
    Mgs1
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Excellent dining experience with best service encountered in the larger Ottawa region
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Thanks for great service and delicious food! We will be back soon, Damir
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great lunch at Sterling
    Soni
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We truly enjoyed our lunch at Sterling. The service was great (Sasha and Pascal) and the food was divine (sous-chef Beni). It is always a pleasure to go to Sterling!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb!
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Had dinner with friends at Sterling on Wednesday to celebrate a special occasion ...and it was outstanding in every regard. I had the Table d'hote and was thrilled with each course. Our waiter, Sebastien, was most attentive and as it was out first visit the owner gave us a tour of the different rooms (including 2 wine cellers) and explained the special attention they give to their steaks from selecting the best quality beef, butchering and aging on-site, and cooking to perfection over a wood burning grill to give that maple-smoked flavour. I can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fantastic.
    Owen
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Everything about it. The food, the atmosphere, the service. Just fantastic. I'd recommend Sterling to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Absolutely amazing food, and extremely passionate knowledgable staff and owners. Customer service went above and beyond anything we have ever experienced. The food was impeccable and the views and ambience of the restaurant were beautiful. Overall just a wonderful experience. Will definitely recommend to everyone and we will return for sure!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Courteous & Personable Service
    diningdivine
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My husband & I had a beautiful experience! The food and the service were exemplary. We were of course completely surprised that the waiter had brought us a complimentary dessert to celebrate our anniversary (40th wedding anniversary) given we had not informed him of this. Very perceptive of him! We were very impressed!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    table4two
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service was well times, the attention to our table made our evening memorable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    jojojumping
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Excellent but a little pricey and we killed five fruit flies during the 75 minutes. We had to get a glass of wine replaced because a fruit fly was in it. The glass of wine that was replaced was of lower quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    Sunsequitur
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were there for a birthday dinner. The food, the service everything was just lovely. The soup was the only thing we didn't really care for. It was non descript and we have no idea what it was. We didn't ask, so that was partly our fault (as it was only listed as "soup of the day") but everything else was announced as it was presented and placed before us. The wine selection is beautiful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic, even better soon
    michaels
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    the road construction makes the area dusty. but will be much better soon. love the smell of this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FANTASTIC!
    Yves
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Been to Stirling a few times and each time, it has been fantastic: GREAT food, excellent and attentive service, beautiful ambiance, etc. The restaurant itself is very cozy and relaxed. Good for a romantic evening as well as a group gathering.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    Steaklover
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Best oysters I've had in Ottawa/Gatineau, steak is absolute best. Excellent wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Marc
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Amazing food, outstanding service, great menu and attention to details. By far, my favourite restaurant I the National Capital Region.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Disappointing
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Hideaway
    Jimbo
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sterling Sets a High Standard
    OttawaFoodie
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Maitre D
    SUWA
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An amazing lunch!
    Soni
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing
    Excellante
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The service was excellent. Most special occasion for Father's Day. The food was great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great steak but if you had wanted something else severely lacking
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 160 reviews are from the Sterling Restaurant reviews archive.
  • O serviço e a comida são muito bons
    Artur
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Restaurante para comer carne, Garçons muito agradáveis e prestativos
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Expectations
    datenightfoodie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kato
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Claire
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    sultan
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Everything was exceptional from the service to the fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something special
    Mich
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So close....
    Mackt
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best steak house
    Bouzi12
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Execellent on every level
    Mike
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    Bo1o1
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Belle soirée entre amis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Excellent repas et service!!! Le pianiste devrait apprendre piano man!! Lol !!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dating place
    Snowmen
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.