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Sterling's

4.4
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159 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located right in the hub of Boston’s lively Financial District, above the action in Faneuil Hall, Sterling’s is a stylish, open concept venue combining upscale lounge and vintage bar.

The menu is rich with American cuisine ranging from fresh local sea fare and nutritious salads to mouthwatering flatbreads and exciting appetizers. Sterling’s has a handcrafted cocktail-focused concept that has been described as classic with an unconventional twist.

In the summer, Sterling’s is an ideal lunch or after work spot with its spacious outdoor patio and its 360-degree bar which appeal to both tourists, locals and businessmen and women. Able to accommodate intimate dining, large parties and functions, Sterling’s is the perfect destination for your next downtown outing.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 159 people are saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GerardC
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great food great service ! five stars on everything

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vipDave
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Can’t believe I’ve never heard of how good this place is! Totally nailed the fried stuff - light and delicious. And omg what great martinis for just $12. Will be back!

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anthonyg
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Had a very good time..food was good and service was great as well.

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vipMinnie
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a quick weekday dinner and quite enjoyed Sterling. It was fairly empty on the patio so we felt very safe. We're pescatarian and had no problems identifying good options; the shrimp tacos and buffalo cauliflower were delicious, and the pretzel was the perfect level of soft and salty.

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TA333
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time customer. Friendly service, good food and drink with nice variety of options. Will definitely be coming back!

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vipKateM
New England
34 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time there. Sat on the patio. Nice set up with lovely flowers. Had drinks only. The wine choices are very nice and served cold. The draft beers “were coming out warm” so our server recommended one of the canned beers which was cold. Due to quick change in weather we decided not to stay for food. Would go back.

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vipMeganM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, extremely clean and cautious, great atmosphere!

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kandisc
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service!

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Emilm
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Service was great, overall atmosphere was great. We ordered fish and chips, got one SMALL piece of fish (maybe 2x2inch piece), so basically the meal was French fries. We left hungry. Was very disappointed because overall everything else was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time had by all

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vipIsabelB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their patio set up is great. It wasn't busy and they use all of the necessary protocols for the pandemic. Our server was very attentive, funny and upbeat. The food was delicious. You must make a reservation but it was a delightful dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
30 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

GREAT FODO AND GREAT PATIO!! Highly recommend!!

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danielS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sterling's isn't my favorite restaurant (I generally think of it more as a place for a happy hour or business lunch), but I had a wonderful date there this weekend. The servers were really nice, gave us a great table, and my burger was fantastic. Couldn't be happier.

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vipAlliD
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for grabbing drinks or just catching up with friends. Snacked through their pretzel (which is huge), clam chowder, and an order of Wings. Cool spot, we'll probably be back next week!

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ValerieC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sterling's has always been my favorite outdoor dining venue in Boston. Consistently good , always has a cheerful experienced staff

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great time at Sterling’s! We were seated on the patio - food came out quickly, was delicious and service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Didn’t maintain social distancing well and had tables 3’ part. Would not go back because of that. Service and good were great though.

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vipKristaPop
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alba was amazing, as always! They use a QR code you can scan with your phone to see the menu on your phone instead of using physical menus. Great idea!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went during the COVID-19 pandemic; great staff; quick service; took great precautions to meet the CDC guidelines for food service! Overall great time, beautiful area!

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DonW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Went there just as outdoor dining was permitted in Mass. Very nice outside eating area. Warm, friendly server. But martinis were watered down, hamburger served not as ordered, salad that description said had blackened chicken in it did not, and French fries were limp. Let’s hope it was opening week jitters.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You could tell the waitress was very overwhelmed ! Told her to give herself more credit than she is ! The guy who was checking in people was very polite ! And the food and drinks were amazing !

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DarlaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not a lot of choices on menu for dinner but food and service were great.

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vipSharon
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food awful and wait staff informed on menu options

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JoshS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

There was a very long wait for ultimately overcooked, low-quality food with obviously old ingredients.

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CLCDD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Met clients I hadn’t met before there for lunch. It wasn’t too hectic, we could talk, we weren’t rushed but attended to nicely. I’m not familiar with the area and picked it sight unseen. Might have opted for something a little less casual but it ended up working out well.

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ShannonS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We booked this restaurant on OpenTable simply because it had a kids menu and could accommodate 9 of us for a reservation. When we arrived, there was no kids menu. OpenTable shows a kids menu for this restaurant.

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KimT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Food was great, service was excellent! we ate outside, and it was very loud with construction next door, but that is out of everyone's control. Would go there again and recommend to others.

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vipKenJ
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lunch on the patio here every year when we visit Boston. The food & service all always top notch.

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CarrieO
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We made reservations for 8pm on a Saturday night. When we arrived there was no hostess. The 5 staff members who were at the inside bar area watched us stand there while they chatted and laughed amongst themselves for over 5 minutes. We were the only people in the restaurant, the staff was not too busy to acknowledge us. When we were finally greeted by a young man whom appeared very confused as to why we were standing there, he seated us and we ordered drinks and food. While we waited for food we counted 6 mice running around the bar and seating area! When we brought it to our servers attention, his reply was "I'm new". What exactly does his length of employment have to do with mice? Will never go back nor will I ever reccomend this restaurant!!

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vipRudysMom
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Server was great and food (lobster roll, and flat bread pizzas) was delicious. The 3 of us had a leisurely lunch and did not feel rushed. There’s construction going on all around the place so I’m sure some folks though it would be noisy but it wasn’t. We’ll be back!

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Despite the construction happening outside we had an enjoyable lunch for 8 people. A couple of the Vegetarians got veggie burgers and were convinced that they were meat and not veggie. They brought it to the attention of the waitress who said everyone says that an assured them it was in fact a veggie burger. As far as I know they didn't become ill so I guess it really was veggies. A couple of us got the Caesar salad with either chicken or steak and were disappointed. The portion was very small and there was hardly any dressing on them. We would have asked for some more dressing on the side but the waitress never came back to check on us until we were finished, so we just ate it the way it was. Overall, not terrible but could be improved.

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ChrysM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our lunch tremendously! Service was so professional. We each had salads (Caesar and Caprese). Just the right amount of park and dressing and the tomatoes on the caprese were so good. Both plates beautifully presented!

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bennyb
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food was average. Veggie burger had an unusual consistency. Lettuce in the salads a bit wilted. But it was OK. The service was slow, they seemed understaffed and it wasn't even terribly busy. No real views due to construction fence around the outside area. Loud music from nearby street performers but again not terrible. On the plus side, they had corn hole, a putting green, and a few other games outside. Overall not bad but you may be able to do better.

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peters
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good lunch. The jackhammer work being done on the patio forced us into the restaurant, but that's ok. I like how they grill the chicken wings and don't deep fry them. The calamari was very good. They could improve on the wine selection. Better rose and Chablis choices would be great. The pinot grigio was fine.

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vipkaybee
New England
44 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked an after-work outing for 11 guests and everything went smoothly. We had high-top tables by the bar (since it was raining out), and the staff couldn't have been more friendly. The food and drinks were tasty and we all had a wonderful time! Thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch w/girls

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Sammy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Having the Impossible Burger on the menu will make me come back, as will the fries. Thin staffed at lunch though the two staff were friendly and tried their best.

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vipRobyn
Raleigh
79 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice birthday dinner. Thank you for being so accommodating :-)

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Zoolander
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good, low key dinner place. I recommend. The prices are fair.

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience4

Sterling's looks like a fancy restaurant, more upscale than we usually go for out team lunches. The food turned out to be mediocre for most of the dishes - cold waffles that didn't seem fresh in the Chicken and Waffles, and a burger that was small, a little burnt on the outside. Basically the quality you'd expect from a much less fancy and less expensive place. The person who got soup and a Cobb salad said that was good.

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