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
43 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (35)notable wine list (34)romantic (33)scenic view (17)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (16)great for outdoor dining (10)neighborhood gem (8)late-night find (6)hot spot (4)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Beyond Expectation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Great food great service great ambiance. Having a tour of the resto was the highlight. Steak was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't think it could get Better...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    but it did the second time back. By chance we were greeted and escorted in from the parking lot by the Maître D, taken to our seats and handed over to our waiter for the evening who provided us with exceptional service, attention and care. The cuts of steak were cooked impeccably based on our individual desires. The ambiance was very relaxing and conducive for great conversation. When you are ready for fine dining, Sterling is a great bet. This dinner was the launching pad for a great night of birthday festivities.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fall lunch
    Soni
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We enjoyed very much our lunch at Sterling last week: excellent food and service!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice restaurant
    Eagleeye
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The interior of the restaurant reminded us of a cozy lake house. The walls of windows around the restaurant allowed guests to take advantage of the beautiful river view. Unfortunately, we were seated at a tiny table against the wall and a radiator (near the bar) which would have ruined our experience had the waiter not moved us after our drinks arrived. We ordered the potato leak soup, filet mignon, and a side of mushrooms. The soup and steak were excellent, but the mushrooms were finely sliced and a bit tough (whole sauteed mushrooms would have been better). The service was impeccable. The ambiance was nice, but some soft background music, open-flame candles, and/or some crystal chandeliers would have added to it. We want to return to this restaurant when there is no wedding underway and when the weather is warmer so that we can enjoy the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great decor....so so service
    Disappointed2
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This place was "bragging" about being one of the best steak houses in the Ottawa-Gatineau area....so decided to try it...while the decor was impeccable, the food was slightly disappointing.....the steak tartare was a little too salty from my guest and my perspective ( I don't put any salt on my food except for a few exceptions).....my guest ordered her filet mignon "medium-rare" but it was served like I had ordered mine, namely "rare".... More importantly the service was irritating....they waiter and bus staff kept coming to fill our water glass trying to be "attentive" but would never ask if we wanted more but just assumed that we did...in addition, they never inquired whether our food was to our liking or what observations we had...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not impressed
    Dany20
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    most of the food was very good but not the steak and for a 400$ meal I do expect a much higher quality. and the waiter did not give us enough time in between services...
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic beef selections
    JimmyC3992
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Fantastic beef -some of the best I have ever eaten. The Filet was prepared exactly to my liking and all the add ons were well presented. Great wine and delicious desserts. Very attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely
    cocoquiet
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Thank you for a beautiful, delicious and extraordinary birthday! As usual top of line service, delicious meal and always taken care of on any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    SteakFoody
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • 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
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    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 166 reviews are from the Sterling Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet