Sterling Restaurant

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Steak
We are temporarily close for renovations. We will be back soon. Please check back with us.

***Due to the current situation with COVID-19, please be advised limited indoor seating at 50% capacity. You can always reach out to us via telephone at 819 568-8788 to see if we have availability.

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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PatriciaC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My apologies for the review- I couldn’t get to the next page without pushing the buttons. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to have our anniversary dinner there because of a fire. We hope not too much damage was done and that they are able to open again soon. Perhaps we can celebrate some other occasion some time soon.

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Nordavs
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant a brûlé et devrait rester fermé jusqu’en octobre ou novembre 😟

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JocelyneB
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

My second visit to Sterling in 5 days. First experience was very good. Brought my sister for her birthday. The soup was very good. However, the bread was dry. The escargot entrée was almost cold. The waitress did not come to ask how it was. We were hungry so we ate it anyway. The filet mignon my sister had was warm closer to cool and the Bearnaise sauce was too strong flavored with tarragon. The veggies were covered with pepper which we returned and they brought us another one after the meal was almost done. My tacos were too salty and very spicy hot, I only ate one of the two served. Dessert was good. Really disappointed at the whole experience. IF we return, we will be sure to let them know if anything is not right.

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is decent. The beef is better than the lamb. The wait staff was attentive, but should be limited to the wearing of soft soled shoes, as the wood floor accentuates the sound of footsteps noticeably. The soup was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The place was very well situated. The reception was slow, we waited for almost 5 minutes at the entrance, some staff passed by and didn’t even acknowledge us, until the host arrived and took us to our table. Once seated, we waited almost 10 minutes with no menu or water. After the waiter and suitor came to great us, all went well. The food was amazing. Definitely coming back.

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MarcL
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was professional. Calamari was great and plentiful, as was the salmon trio. Scallops a la sicilienne was ok but the sauce too "relevée" for our taste for such a delicate meal. The lamb was very good. Great terrasse and wine.

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JocelyneB
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I would have rated the food a 5 star however the potatoes were too salty. However the steak was outstanding, cooked to perfection and very tender. Overall it was a very good experience. Will definitely be going back!

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Kelseyh
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

I went with my husband for a date night as Sterling had been recommended to us by family who gave them rave reviews. We were not let down at all by our experience. The overall atmosphere was quiet, cozy, but also very fancy. Our service was very good, though we waited quite some time for our waiter to give us the bill, but I think he had become quite busy by that time. Our glasses were never empty however, and we were never left wanting more. Our food was incredible. We both had NY sirloin steaks that were perfectly cooked and delicious. Their sides did not disappoint either. Our one complaint was that we had been placed by the windows to a room for gatherings, and there was a family birthday party happening, which was fine; however, kids kept coming to bang on the windows. We asked to move, and our waiter obliged, but some other poor couple was seated where we were after us, and they had it much worse. We had moved two tables down from them and were also bothered. We also noticed they struggled to catch the waiter's eye to have him do something about it. It's not really a restaurant with a family atmosphere, and for a meal that expensive, you go with the hopes of a romantic and delicious meal, but unfortunately, we found that the kids banging on the windows ruined it just a tiny bit for us.

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ManonL
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Excellent service en français, belle présentation des plats, mais dispendieux pour une qualité correcte sans particularité, dommage pour les convives qui ont eu le soleil dans les yeux pendant tout le repas, le parasol ne s'inclinant pas.

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ClaudeH
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great expérience...

Excellent food

Good personal

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JStR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

There is an obvious lack of communication in the wait staff, my reservation was for an outdoor seat, but was seated indoor. They were running at full capacity instead of the recommended 50% during covid times. Simple requests like asking for a paired wine to be served with the entree were ignored. I had to ask for the bill multiple times as well.

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ElOso
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our appetizer of escargots were fantastic! Our steaks were cooked medium rare; exactly as ordered and very tender and tasty thus outstanding. Even the twice baked potato was great! So was the chocolate mouse table d'hote desert real good. Service was a touch slow but worth the wait. Finally a great meal that made our evening memorable.

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Emjeebee
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Un autre bon repas chez Sterling. Le meilleur Steak House en Outaouais québécois et ontarien.

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JosephA
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Très bien.
Excellent repas et service impeccable.
Très recommandable.

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FrancoisG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go there for the beef and the overall experience. High quality food well presented and prepared. A must try,

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Kagw
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and people who work there show a passion for their business. In addition to having a lovely meal, we were treated to a tour of the premises the highlight of which was the wine cellar.
We will certainly return.

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KathiaM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night and really good services. We will come back for sure.

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MARKH
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food.
We will definitely return.

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jmrib
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very good food. Fried calamari were particularly outstanding.
Dinner was disrupted by a storm and waiters were understanbly a bit stressed out.
Otherwise , things were fine, maybe slightly overpriced.

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AnthonyC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, friendly and personal. I went with my wife for our first anniversary around 8pm and had a beautiful dinner watching the sunset overlooking the Ottawa river. It was absolutely magical. Thanks for a great night.

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KarineG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Exceptionnal location. It is very nice to have Jacques Cartier closed!

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DiegoD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

would be nice if there is a sign to get to the parking of the restro if you dont live in the area and you drive would be nice to know the street is closed

Samon needs work

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Services impeccables nourritures très bonne vue magnifique

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DanielB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The steak tartar was amazingly good.
The rest of the meal was disappointing.
But I will return to have only the tartar!

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YvesB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Fries soft greasy undercooked. Burger was mediocre. Prices way too hight for the quality. The location is superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Service beaucoup trop rapide, on se sent pressé. Pour un repas à ce coût, je m’attendais à mieux. Purée de pomme de terre collante avec des mottons.

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Marie
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meat and seafood. Great service. Nice environment

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MarioS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service!!! Expensive but very good food, my wife and I go there regularly and enjoy the service and food ! We would recommend to everyone to swing by and enjoy the finer things!

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MalekB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice for a romantic supper with your bae and/or friends!

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MikaelL
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Très bon restaurant. Qualité de la viande 5 étoiles. Service ok mais je m’attendais à plus pour la qualité du resto

Très bonne carte de vin

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vipBlairC
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent to again get inside and enjoy awesome steak and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ahmed and staff were fantastic! One of the best calamari and steak I’ve ever had. Large wine selection and a beautiful location along the water means i’ll definitely be returning :)

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CynthiaG
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

The steak was excellent.
appetizer was cold. nothing worse than cold escargot.
The lamb was terrible. Encrusted with what looked like pistachio nut crumbs
just barely warm, pink in color and very tough and tasteless.
However, the overall experience was so good, that I will try again,
75.00 for a four course meal was a great value.

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vipMichaelS
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Best riverfront dining in Outaouais! Steaks are a bit tough. Calamari excellent.

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Susan
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

We were expecting more. The quality of the food was fair at best. The tartare was decent, the escargots drown in the diavolo sauce, the Alfredo sauce was overloaded with cream, the seafood in it not too abundant, but the carré d'agneau was decent. The desert was quite good. Next time, I will stick with the grillades.

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vipFingourmet
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Excellent service. We appreciated the ambiance

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SueY
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We found Sterling to be very ordinary. We had expectations of a superior restaurant based on past visits (years ago). It will be a while before we go back. Disappointing service attitude. Good music though.

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MelissaJ
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is the best meal I’ve ever had out at a restaurant! Service was amazing! Highly recommend this restaurant but a forewarning, bring lots of money, very expensive but worth every penny!

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JoanneT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing place to celebrate our anniversary. Succulent steak dinner, courteous staff members and quiet ambiance.. Love this place and highly recommend!

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DynaO
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual our dinner was delicious. The service was excellent. Ahmed and colleagues were solicitous and thought of everything. 5 stars for sure!

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Sterling Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 838 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.