Sterling's
Sterling's

Sterling's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sterlingsboston.com/
  • Phone: (617) 531-8200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Kurt Vogel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Farm to Table, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Let us cater your lunch or dinner event. We have a full range of options from a 10 person business lunch to larger events. Contact us at sterlingscatering@irishconnection.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Our beautiful dining room is available for private and semi-private events. Please email us for menus and with any questions. sterlings@irishconnection.com
  • Private Party Contact: Vinny Polcari 7816400153x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Congress Street
  • Public Transit: Orange Line-State Street Stop
    Blue Lin-State Street Stop
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Many lots within walking distance. Validation and a discount at the 75 State Street Parking garage.
A word from Sterling's
Sterling's is located on the main floor of 60 State Street in Boston's Historic Financial District. Sterling's initial allure is its impressive atmosphere, the upscale eatery's "it" factor is thanks to a trifecta of stand-out elements that includes equally appealing masterfully crafted cocktails and creative comfort cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Sterling's reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.3
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (14)great for lunch (9)good for groups (4)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (3)neighborhood gem (2)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Probably better for drinks or lunch
    JavajunkieVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Went here for a late dinner and it was very quiet. Had the fish and chips which was good, not too heavy on the breading, coleslaw was awesome, tangy and not too heavy on the mayo. Friend had the grilled chili wings which while not spicy were tasty. Service should have been better for not being very busy but I know the servers get out of sync when its slower sometimes. Looks like there is a nice patio but it was pretty cold outside so it was closed, again would be great for lunch or happy hour.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown disappointment
    MartyVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    So so drinks, poor food and slow service. Not good!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Business lunch
    Pembury19
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Took 8 clients to sterling's for lunch. While restaurant is vibrant and the food is quite good, it is very loud and therefore not as conducive to conducting business. Service was fantastic and very fast. Would come back for pleasure, to be sure.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Place
    jbr4914
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was a nice place. but really dead for a Saturday night. Nice beer selection but wine list lack single pours.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very generic food
    kglue
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We sat outside on the patio for lunch, which was nice but completely in the shade of the office building it's in. The food options on the menu sound really good but the food itself is rather bland generic bar food, though the portion size is pretty reasonable. Also, we were overcharged for two of our lunch entrees (it was corrected as a credit) so be sure to double-check your bill when you get it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great patio
    Mish2702
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We stopped here and just ended up getting a drink and splitting a flat bread - but got a great seat outside. Weather was perfect, so it was great to sit and people watch. The bar was pretty busy and there were plenty of TVs to watch sports. They had a good selection of drinks and the menu had lots of options I was interested in. The bathroom was not very clean...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch option in Fanueil Hall
    CaramelDee
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good variety of lunch options and the food was really good and we were happy campers at the end. We had the Ruben and Turkey BLAT sandwiches and there were really tasty and really filling. The Cobb Salad was filled with just enough of each ingredient and the vinigrette was not too heavy and had a nice taste to it. The only negative feedback were on the Fish Tacos, yes the mango/papaya salsa was rich and tasty but there was only one little piece of fish in each taco (3 small soft tacos in total) which weren't even the length of the taco. However, overall the service was quick and our waitess was very attentive. Also, a party of four was able to get in and out within an hour, like we asked! :-)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs improvement
    Foodie6VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've been to Sterling's several times & usually sit at the outdoor bar for drinks/apps. Usually the service at the bar is decent and has been improving. My husband & I went in for brunch & unfortunately did not have good service. Our server took a very long time to even bring us our drinks - it seemed as though she could only do one thing at a time. It took nearly an hour to get our food (even though it was not very busy), and the food itself was not that great. My husbands omelette didn't taste right with a plastic-like taste, but our server didn't even inquire as to why he didn't eat it. Maybe she was new? Also, an ongoing complaint, whoever is shucking the oysters does a terrible job- there's always broken shell & dirt in the oysters.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great outdoor bar with good food
    Joseph
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This is real close to my office so I took some friends for lunch. We ate inside but should have eaten on the beautiful patio. We made a reservation but did not need one. The fish tacos were good. The flatbread pizza was ok. You will find mostly high end pub food on the menu. The service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 35 reviews are from the Sterling's reviews archive.
  • very nice lunch- twice!
    fanfan
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    lovely waitress - give her a promotion! above and beyond
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was less than par and the waiter even said when asked what is good that the kitchen team is not very talented. Great outside area though!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst service ever
    HadHighHopesVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The patio is lovely which is what lured us in, however we were so disappointed by the level of poor service we received. It took 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order, another 20 minutes for 2/3 of us to get said drinks, and another 20 before the 3rd person in our party to get her drink. No reason it should take 40 minutes to get a beer. It was an hour before our order was taken and we were not asked if we wanted another drink. By the end we had been sitting there for 2.5 hours, when we wanted a 45 minute meal. There were two other tables on the patio with us (not packed by any stretch) and we had a different waitress every time someone came by. Erin was the only nice one. The others were curt, unfriendly and in some cases rude.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the ambiance not food
    SouthEndDiner
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great outdoor patio for after work drinks and socializing! The food is mediocre at best....but being outside made up for it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lynne
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The Food was superb and the wait staff were extremely attentive. The outdoor patio is roomy and perfect for a nice summer's day. I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good food - slow service
    AbbyDeMoVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Sterlings has a decent menu but service is so ridiculously slow at lunchtime. It's especially hard because we have a fixed amount of time and we always get stuck. Also our orders always get messed up. A little more attention would be nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodfoodgoodserviceVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I enjoyed a very solid lunch at Sterling's with friends. The food was quite tasty and our witness was lovely. We sat outside...unfortunately the sun doesn't reach the patio at lunchtime but it was still a treat to enjoy the fresh air. There's a dearth of decent lunchtime options in the area and this is a solid choice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Under whelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Too noisy Too much a bar scene Underwhelmed In a good spot but not up to expectations
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not so great - won't go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We made a reservation and when we arrived they had overbooked so they had no tables and we were made to sit at the bar. The good was just so so. We had a black bean hummus to start (which they did comp for us) but it tasted funny - sort of fizzy, strange. I had their special which was a grilled chicken sandwich on pita it had bacon on it but the bacon was not cooked so I had to remove the bacon. Overall it was just not a great experience, I will not be going back.
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  • Delicious lunch fare!
    AbbyDeMoVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We came here as a large group and had a great lunch. Service was great - not one order was wrong in 11 people! Burgers were terrific as was the grilled cheese - fish tacos do-so. Good place for a nice lunch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    lunchbuddies
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    My co-worker took me there for my birthday lunch and we had the burger. Very large portion. did not finish fries. Excellent price. same cost as Elephant and Castle but much better food. Better seating and outdoor seating is awesome on good days.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The location is the reason why I frequent this restaurant. All winter I have not been to Sterlings once, only when it's nice out do I remember I love this place. The food is nice, but bland. There's nothing wrong with it, except that it's difficult to remember what you ate. On the other hand, the bar outside is superb. What a fabulous idea, you'll see me there once or twice a week until the leaves change. Service is excellent as well, super friendly and attentive!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly, relaxed and fun
    LadyLuvs2Eat
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We went to an early post-marathon dinner, so it was pretty quiet. I can't say what the place is like on a usual night. However, the wait staff was energetic and fun, the service was fast and the food good. The buffalo chicken flatbread was tasty as was the black bean hummus. It's tucked in the back of the 60 State St. building, and the place overlooks a nice courtyard that's away from the hustle and bustle of the street. To me, it seemed like a fun lunch or after-work happy hour spot.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good beer options
    BerkerycVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    We went on Monday night around 7:30 and it was pretty dead - guess it is more of an after work crowd. But the food/beer was great. Would definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had an 8:30pm reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had an 8:30pm reservation for a party of 10 on Saturday night and when we arrived the restaurant was closed. No call, no cancellation. Terrible experience, not dependable.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun and tasty
    Mandy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We made last minute GALentines Day reservations for 6 of us and Sterlings was very accommodating. Our table was ready when we got there, our server was extremely attentive and always came back at just the right moment for refills or order updates. She modified any food item we wanted and was extremely helpful. My first time at Sterling's and I'm def going back. Great food, value, awesome staff, and great location!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place to sit and chat
    Apalime
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Nice place to sit and chat food is mediocre, service is good
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    trublusu
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    This place has a strange layout. The seating is either huge banquets or tiny tables for two. It has a nice big bar, but the dining room is very small. I've had lunch there twice and both times the food and service were good. The biggest issue I have is that the place is fairly new and smells that way, like paint and upolstry, which kills the tastebuds. The menu isn't very large, it could use a few more choices.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The oysters were outstanding,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The oysters were outstanding, the Tuna steak sandwich was excellent, the steal tip dinner was quite small, that was the only disappointment of the night
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    Abbh
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Loved everything about the restaurant, limited menu - could benefit from a few more choices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small footprint, but both
    BusinessluncherVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Small footprint, but both lunches were great. Beat slad with crabcake, caesar with salmon. Also split the lobster tacos. ..and our server was very good with suggestions and checking in.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    Joyce
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    When coming in with a reservation, there was not many people at the restaurant. The menu selection was underwhelming. My short rib bolgnese was too spicy. I tried my boyfriend's dish (wild boar fettuccine), and that was good. Overall, I thought the food was mediocre. The service was also good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sterlings
    dinerinboston
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    This was good but from what I read, had expected it be quieter and more intimate than it was. There was a birthday party and the people took over the restaurant which would have been fine if not expecting a quiet dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • best kept secret
    imendoza884
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    The Glynn Hospitality group has another hit on their hands. This place is small but great place to go with a group, hang at the bar, dates and etc. Love the decor! Great job!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very fun food
    AfterWork
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Great menu. Extrememely hard to choose!!! Lobster tacos are a must. Fish part of the fish and chips was a little plain. Scallops cooked perfectly. Risotto a little too lemony for my tastes. Fun atmosphere - very small, decorated well. Excellent service. Our waitress was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big girls night out~great start
    Nancy
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    A great surprise! Food was plentiful and hot. Music from the 80s! Fun spot.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classy Hidden Gem
    rhetterbug
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Beautiful upscale bar with DELICIOUS food and drinks. Somewhat tucked away from the rest of faneuil hall with a subdued sophisticated atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great and the
    Diner
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The food was great and the atmosphere was beautiful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a great lunch
    CatherineS123VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Came here for brunch/lunch with some friends. Service was excellent. We enjoyed the large outside dining area - they even have a large outdoor bar.You're right in the Faneuil Hall area, so we could hear the street performers playing music while we ate. Overall a good experience, I'd go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eggs? How can you ruin eggs?
    chloebuttsVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Eggs? How can you ruin eggs? I ordered scrambled, they came out looking like they were fried and with runny yolks. Sent them back and was given some that were better but not quite what was expected. The potatoes "hash style" were fair, and slightly under cooked. Best part was the toast! Also, they never filled up the coffee cup all the way. I don't quite get why? Let's just say I don't think we will be going back there again.
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  • Food and service was excellent.
    Teap
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Food and service was excellent. Only complaint is that restaurant offered only two desserts and one was sold out. The dessert we got was a bit hard to eat. We needed a knife to cut. Should offer bigger selection and desserts should be delicate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.