About Sterling Restaurant
Sterling Restaurant is located in a charming heritage building by the Gatineau River. From within its walls, guests can feel the history of Gatineau.
Gatineau, QC J8T 2W3
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
CAN$51 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Friday & Saturday
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Sterling Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
First off, we love Sterling. My husband loves their steak tartar and we wanted to go somewhere special for our third wedding anniversary tonight. We booked a month and a half in advance and had been excited and looking forward to a classy dinner.
We were seated at a table in the middle of a big Christmas party. There were tables full of gifts, everyone was standing, milling around, and being incredibly loud. (As they should, they were having a party.) It was unbearably loud and uncomfortable, so we requested to be moved, but there were no other tables for two. We were simply told that “It’s Christmas”. Having to literally shout across the table to each other and having people bumping into our chairs was not the atmosphere we signed up for, so we left.
Sterling made no attempt to rectify the situation and they ruined what had been until that point a wonderful anniversary. We tried two other restaurants, but given the time on a Friday night, both were full. So we ended up at home ordering Chinese, having egg rolls and resentment for our anniversary dinner.
Had not been to Sterling for many years. I recently happened upon it when I was in the neighborhood and decided to make a reservation for a dinner with friends. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening; service and food were excellent and the ambience and location give the place a somewhat unique quality. Not cheap but good value in my opinion.
First time at Sterling and I can understand why it is well liked. The appetizers (clam soup and mushroom) were delicious. The steak (12oz NY strip) was perfectly cooked and Smokey flavoured. Not as tender and juicy as Sous-vide but great nonetheless. Potatoes and sides well seasoned and flavour full. The lobster tail was hands down the winner of the evening. Cooked on the BBQ, I assume, until just set and basted with season butter... amazing. 10x better than boiled lobster. Poached pear with chantilly cream for dessert was also very delicious.
Nous avons été désappointé par la qualité de la viande et de la nourriture en général. Dommage car c'était une de nos places favorites mais nos 2 derniers souper à cet endroit nous ont déçus. Pour le prix, on s'attend à beaucoup mieux. Le service était très bien et l'endroit est très agréable.
Although it was unfortunate that a group of tourists arrived and treated their entire meal like a photo shoot and were not respectable of the other customers trying to have a nice quiet and (in our case) romantic dinner, the food was absolutely phenomenal. Our server could've been a little faster in the beginning but he got much better once we'd ordered our first item. Also very helpful with the choices of meat and even gave us some desert liquor on the house (it was my husbands birthday). Would definitely recommend this as it was recommended to me.
Very loud. My date was the same distance from me than the stranger sitting with his date beside me, so he would hear everything I was saying. It really felt like we were sitting in a row of dates, like sardines, and did not feel intimate at all. For best value for your buck, the Keg beats Sterling hands down. The only thing better at Sterling was the meat and even then the price difference is not justified.
I was there a few weeks ago and it was great. Our steaks were done perfectly and everything was good except the over cooked $9 asperagus. The frites are great!!!! The double baked potato not so much.
I decided suggest to my family that we go there for my dad's 84th. bday on October 14th... I am not sure who was cooking the steaks but he screwed it up big time. I walked in and it was a youngster by the grill. For some reason I had a bad feeling but you can't judge based on age. I ordered my steak medium well and the steak came back very well done. I told my waiter and agreed and quickly fired up another filet. It came back rare. I got a little angry and told him to just take it away and don't bring me another one. I was very disappointed compared to the first time we were there. The other steaks at our table were a touch off as well on the more rarer side. The service was not as great as my previous experience. Maybe this is due to the fact that it was Saturday and the first time I was there was on a Friday. Either way, it shouldn't make a difference. Our food took over an hour to come to our table. Steaks take no longer than 12 minutes total so I am not sure what the hold up was.
On the bright side, our waiter was MIA for about 30 minutes but did buy us an extra bottle of wine to compensate for the steak screw up. That was nice.
I am not sure if I would go back only because of the cook. Pretty sad because the first experience was great. I hope the cook got a talking to because he wasted about $40 worth of filet and left a bad impression on the restaurant.
My husband and I loved the food. We had the Table d'hote with our main entree being the 12% New York Sterling steak. Best steak I have ever had. In retrospect, I would order the 8% Filet Mignon instead as I found the 12% too filling. The service is impeccable without being pretentious. It is quite expensive for us so this restaurant would be for special occasion only and not more than once a year on our budget.
Table d'hôte was good. We had the surf n turf plus the salmon. Soup and appetizers were good. Beef minestrone soup. Appetizers were mushroom and beef tartar.
Main meal was salmon, great flavours. Surf n turf was 12oz NY strip. No flavour at all. Lobster tail was excellent. All sides were great. Only the steak was flavourless. It's really too bad as this is supposed to be a great steak house.
We were a family party of 10 celebrating a "significant" birthday. Everything was perfect. We were seated in a mezzanine area overlooking the main dining room which was a perfect location, which felt more private than the main room as it had a smaller number of tables. Although the table d'hote menu offered some excellent selections, we all opted for selections from the a la carte menu. The meals of lobster tails, steaks and salmon, were all very generous portions and perfectly prepared. The service was excellent - our waiter was very professional, helpful and efficient. Our 10 meals arriving together and exactly as ordered. This was a perfect venue for our celebration, and well worth the extra drive to get there.
Comme d'habitude, la qualité de la nourriture et du service est toujours haut de gamme. La spécialité de la maison est le boeuf. Toujours tendre et cuit comme demandé. Les huîtres comme entrée, mmmmm........ Belle carte de vins.
Marc le serveur est un as. Un simple regard et il comprend ce que vous voulez.
La table 53.
AWESOME! A truly wonderful evening... Celebrating my husband's retirement and they couldn't have made us feel more special or pampered. Come hungry! The servings are generous and you will want to finish every last bite! While some have complained about prices, you certainly get your money's worth. We were thrilled to have made this choice and will definitely be back next time we are in the region... in fact, we make a detour just to be able to dine here again!
Sterling upholds it's reputation for fine dining, the setting has old world / turn of the century charm with very profetional service that is engaging and friendly not stuffy . The meals are well paced which promotes conversation. We attend because of the approach with the beef. The wine menu is very impressive but within reach of most budgets . We had a very nice soiree soon to return on our next visit to Ottawa.
We heard from friends about this restaurant but we were very disappointed by the food, especially the main course. The steak was nothing special, the sauce was ordinary and there was way too much garlic on the steak. Not everyboy like garlic. The entrées were great though. As for the wine, unless you buy a bottle of wine, the selection by the glass is allright. I will not be back. Value for money, not worth it!
Repas et service excellent, belle vue de la terrasse, seul point négatif facile à rectifier, le propriétaire et serveurs s'installe sur le côté de la terrasse pour fumer, ceci rend l'atmosphère désagréable... Notre serveuse était fantastique, merci Dominique !
We took our son here for his 18th birthday and it was absolutely perfect - the staff couldn't have been nicer. The service was perfect and the food was divine. The manager brought my son and his older brother for a tour of the wine rooms. The meal was beautiful, which was followed by a special birthday dessert and complimentary aperitifs! They made us, and particularly my son, to feel very, very special. We could not have chosen a better restaurant for his birthday dinner.
Fillet mignon was excellent and cooked exactly to order. Waiters were attentive, pleasant, informative, and unobtrusive. We dined outdoors with a splendid view of the confluence of the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers. We would return for the meat, even without the view.
Environnement sombre, accueil parfait, service correct mais notre serveur semblait peu familier avec le menu. Menu classique d'un Steak House. Pas de prix à la table d'hôte, pas de liste d'apéro, apéro à prix fort ! Très bon repas, entrées plantureuses, viande parfaitement cuite et savoureuse, fruits de mer excellents. Option foie gras insatisfaisante tant par sa cuisson que son aspect ! Desserts classiques.
Maybe I was expecting to much from this restaurant. I don't mind paying $600 for a good lunch and wine with my familly but the cooks were not at their best that night. Everything tasted good but my wife's carré d'agneau was hard to chew and all our steaks(3) were over cooked. This restaurant is supposed to be known for their meats. Sorry. that evening there was a big group there for an anniversary making the place very noisy. Kids were running around our table like they were at home.