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Sterling's

4.1
4.1
161 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 531-8200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    William Cardona

  • Private party facilities

    A sophisticated atmosphere inside with high ceilings and chandeliers created the perfect space for cocktail parties and corporate events. Our beautiful dining room is available for private and semi-private events.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (207) 409-5399

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District

  • Cross street

    Congress Street

  • Parking details

    Many lots within walking distance. Validation and a discount at the 75 State Street Parking garage.

  • Public transit

    Orange Line-State Street Stop<br />Blue Line-State Street Stop<br />Green Line - Government Center Stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 161 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. KV

    KyleV

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Overall it's definitely more bar then restaurant. They have a nice space outside that feel good given the current COVID environment. Food was was mediocre but service was fairly good.
  2. RG

    RachelleG

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious chowder and lobster rolls.... the lobster was plentiful and fresh! And our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable. Wonderful experience. We will definitely go again soon.
  3. DO

    DebO

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Hamburger and chicken sandwich were just okay. There was nothing special about either. Waitress had no personality and seemed like she didn’t want to be there. Will not dine there again.
  4. NJ

    New2Jersey

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Upbeat sports bar feel. Not what we were expecting or looking for. Also they were out of several things on their menu.
  5. GC

    GerardC

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, great food great service ! five stars on everything
  6. D

    Dave

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 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!
  7. a

    anthonyg

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Had a very good time..food was good and service was great as well.
  8. M

    Minnie

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 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.
  9. TA

    TA333

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    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!
  10. KM

    KateM

    New England

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 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.
  11. MM

    MeganM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, extremely clean and cautious, great atmosphere!
  12. k

    kandisc

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service!
  13. E

    Emilm

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time had by all
  15. IB

    IsabelB

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 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.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    GREAT FODO AND GREAT PATIO!! Highly recommend!!
  17. S

    danielS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 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.
  18. AD

    AlliD

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 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!
  19. VC

    ValerieC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    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
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    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.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 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.
  22. KP

    KristaPop

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 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!
  24. DW

    DonW

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 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 !
  26. DH

    DarlaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Not a lot of choices on menu for dinner but food and service were great.
  27. S

    Sharon

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food awful and wait staff informed on menu options
  28. JS

    JoshS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2019

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    There was a very long wait for ultimately overcooked, low-quality food with obviously old ingredients.
  29. CL

    CLCDD

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 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.
  30. SS

    ShannonS

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  31. KT

    KimT

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 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.
  32. KJ

    KenJ

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 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.
  33. CO

    CarrieO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 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!!
  34. RM

    RudysMom

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 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!
  35. LS

    LisaS

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  36. CM

    ChrysM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  37. b

    bennyb

    New England

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 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.
  38. p

    peters

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  39. k

    kaybee

    New England

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 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!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch w/girls

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sterling's is rated 4.1 stars by 161 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Congress Street

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Many lots within walking distance. Validation and a discount at the 75 State Street Parking garage.

  • Public transit

    Orange Line-State Street StopBlue Line-State Street StopGreen Line - Government Center Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    William Cardona

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 531-8200

  • Private party facilities

    A sophisticated atmosphere inside with high ceilings and chandeliers created the perfect space for cocktail parties and corporate events. Our beautiful dining room is available for private and semi-private events.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (207) 409-5399

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