Sterling Restaurant

4.5
632 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Steak
Sterling Restaurant is located in a charming heritage building by the Gatineau River. From within its walls, guests can feel the history of Gatineau.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner
Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(819) 568-8788
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
AndrewVallières
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Neighborhood
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Entertainment
Friday & Saturday
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 632 People Are Saying
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PS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy this restaurant for an excellent steak. My daughter does not eat beef and enjoyed the seafood options.

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PL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just great

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JJ
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. I loved the service the views from outside and I loved the food. Overall experience was great. Thank you for an enjoyable evening. JoJo We will return

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SP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Basic lunch overpriced and waiter had no ideal of wines or pairing. Alone in the restaurant hearing the lady’s beside conversation..... was better before.

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing !! Such a nice spot to celebrate my husband's birthday.

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PT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit on the pricier side, but the food is phenomenal and the service is amazing. They even showed us our steak before making it. Bring your significant other here for a special occasion, because it's definitely worth the price.

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DO
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The parking is too far from the front door for anyone disabled. You cannot drive up to or close to the door. We were seated in a private room but were near to the bar which was extremely loud and we could not hear ourselves speak.
The filet mignon (med-well) was overcooked, tough and gamey.
The service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and the server was excellent!

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch during the week. Not too busy, and we had a private table in the corner (which we had requested, so it was appreciated that they arranged this). It was easily accessible for a handicapped person. All 4 of us had something different from the lunch menu, and everything was delicious. One person commented that "I am a little fussy, and there is usually something that I don't like, but this meal was perfect". The soupe du jour was creamy, the mediterranean salad perfectly seasoned. The duo tartare (salmon, beef) was delicious, the fish of the day perfectly cooked (not dry) and the ragout and pasta dishes were equally appreciated (the ragout served with vegetables and a cone of mashed potatoes on the side, the pasta with just the right amount of sauce). The daily dessert (double chocolate torte with fruit sauce was yummy.

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J
Montreal
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Plat soigné et bien présenté, service moindre si vous ne prenez pas de vin attention si vous prenez eau pétillante il remplisse les verres pour ouvrir d autres bouteilles sans vous le demandez . Ce service de moindre qualité a entaché notre soirée

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M
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Meat was very good but sides were not inspiring. Very good, attentive service. Will come back to try again. Was a bit noisy, difficult to hear conversation amongst guests at the table.

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FO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you get a chance to meet the manager, he’ll be pleased to give you a tour.

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DF
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and very different then rugular higher class restaurants. First time there but will foresure go back a few times a year. Best plates we ever both had .
And special thanks to our waitress Charlie

Merci !

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A
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Steak was awesome they show you your cut before they cook it.

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A
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Onion soup is best I ever had. Steak superb. Serve staff exceptional, attentive and experienced.

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R
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Hard to beat this place at the best of times

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N
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

c'est un bon resto pour bien depenser son argent! car ce n'est pas donne!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a reasonable price! Just the fact that they bring you your meat before you cook it is outstanding great experience.
The only thing that I was a bit upset about is the table d’hôte menu on the website was not the same as the one in the restaurant.

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is the best place to go if you want a very quiet night for your anniversary. We went for 2 year for our anniversary and never a problem the are very kind and helpfull the food is alway very hot and very flavorful and the dessert they brought out for our anniversary was outstanding the waiters and waitresses are very on the ball when u are low on water they are right there thanks for a wonderful time

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d
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

After reading some great reviews, we decided to book here for our anniversary. The restaurant is in a great location with great views, if you get a window seat, which are few and far between. Even if you ask for window seat when you make a reservation it does not mean you will get it. They try to be a high end steak place, bringing a plate to show you all the cuts of beef and even bringing the actual piece that is cooked for you. Unfortunately, even though the cut looked good before cooking, after what looked to be a perfect medium rare grilling, it was very difficult to cut through. My +1 ordered the seafood linguine with lobster, scallops and shrimp. She received 2 very large shrimp, 1 piece of lobster roughly the size of a quarter and what we would describe as mini scallops. Both of us chose from the Table D'Hote. We also felt the waiter was very rushed, almost uncomfortable when serving his guests.

We would go back to try ordering a-la-carte but with much lower expectations.

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DK
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Take your valued guests without hesitation.

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DR
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless food and amazing service!!! Our waiter was very attentive to our demands and we could not have asked for anything better!!

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RW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit to this restaurant, located not too far from Ottawa in Gatineau, Quebec. Ottawa has lost some of its signature steakhouses and I had heard good things about Sterling. I was not disappointed, but as there were only two of us dining, I will await a return (when I can try other dishes) before writing a full review. But the quality of the beef was high and the table service was excellent.

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AM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I made reservations for a special lunch on September 25th. We were reminded via a text message which was helpful but not necessary for this occasion. The building and location was very agreeable. We were met immediately at the door and escorted to a table with a great view of the river. Pascal served us that day and he was attentive to a perfect degree. He gave us time to make an informed decision and explained the menu and wine well. We were impressed by the wine selection even though we are not full connoisseurs. We had table d'hote....my wife salmon and I had a fine ragout. The food was well seasoned, the courses served in a timely fashion and the wine excellent as recommended by Pascal. We live four hours away but hope to return to Sterling when we are in the area.

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GB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal very much. Service was terrific as was our steak - greens beans were the best - loved them. Restaurant was pricey but worth the cost.

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding and the food spectacular. The live music was appropriate and well played.

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CP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, food and service.
Menu was well explained.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had to return food that was meant to be served hot because it was cold. Service was very friendly but it was slow getting our food. We all enjoyed our meal, steak was cooked to perfection. The AC was on full blast so we froze until we finally spoke up about it and it was turned off. I had heard great reviews about this restaurant but I was left a little disappointed. All in all it was a fun evening to celebrate a birthday and we enjoyed ourselves.

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A trip to Sterling is always a wonderful experience.

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PM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We went to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. The service was excellent and so was the meal. Overall a very pleasant experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & Services

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good experience! The 69$ table d'hote is insane huge amount of food. Very worth it!

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m
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, exceptional service! Would be happy to return!

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NC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. We drive in from Montreal once a year to celebrate our birthdays and it's always been worth the drive. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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RP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent and the food was cooked perfectly and all the courses were delicious.

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EV
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Le serveur semblait peu intéressé, j’ai trouvé un morceau de plastique dans mes légumes et on m’a offert les deux consommations alcoolisé que nous avions commander. Le ragoût surlonge sterling n’etait Pas à la hauteur du nom. Vu la réputation du resto je m’attendais à plus.

Les aliments étaient toute fois relevé comme goût donc je donne le crédit à l’an saveur seulement.

Désolé mais aucune référence à faire de l’on coté envers le Sterling

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JL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose to sit on the deck for it was a lovely summer night. We were glad we did even though the traffic going by was noisier than we anticipated. This is why I rated the restaurant as noisy, but it would not have been so inside. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the location.

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BE
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Very sub standard Filet Mignon. this is not the first time there.

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DO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

We were 3 for a special occasion dinner. Seated downstairs in the room beside the grill, with no air conditioning. On a tour after dinner by the owner we discovered the upstairs was nicely air conditioned. We were given a tour of the fridge where they "aged" their beef. Cryovacced in the same bags I get my beef from Sysco foods in. I'm a Chef. Nice story for the uneducated. Overall the view which we could just barely see from our table was the best thing about this place. The food was over seasoned and under cooked. Med rare is not bloody, on all 3 steaks. Mashed potatoes had been around for a few days and the chunks of zucchini, peppers and broccoli is way past trendy or appetizing. Especially since my steak was sitting on top of the broccoli. I haaaaaaaaate broccoli. I hate a steak that has a broccoli aftertaste to it even more. Wouldnt go back. Wouldnt recommend. Sorry. Time to update your menu and not rely on your past fame, if there was any.

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CH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Marc provided the greatest experience I ever had and made a first date the greatest experience I could’ve ever hoped for. He was attentive to our needs and made sure that everything was perfect but gave us time between everything to sit and enjoy one another’s company. He made the perfect suggestion for wine and even bought us a drink at the end of the meal. The food was absolutely amazing and I felt that for the level of service I received and the amazing quality of the food that I received a bargain for the price I paid in the end. I would definitely suggest this restaurant to anyone I know and I will definitely be eating here again!

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