Sterling Restaurant

4.4
574 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Steak
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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
Reviews from verified diners
574 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
61%
Very Good
26%
Good
6%
Fair
4%
Poor
3%
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything was outstanding! The service was amazing and the food is excellent. My family spend a wonderful time. Food and Wine offering is absolutely wonderful.
We spend a great time and it is a place to come when you are in Ottawa.

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JH
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service. The staff were attentive and helpful.

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RP
1.0Dined 5 days ago

Unfortunately the air conditioning was not working and we had to leave due to the unbearable temperature.

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FD
2.0Dined 5 days ago

Very disappointing. When we got to the restaurant, we were told the AC was not working so we ended up on the terrace with weather in the mid 30s. The maître D should have called the patrons and ask whether we were interested in being seated outside; that is common courtesy. Since this is supposed to be a high-end restaurant, the servers should be dressed accordingly and not as if they worked at Moxie's (very short skirt and midriff showing). We all had the filet mignon and of the three, one was cooked as per requested (mine); the other two were undercooked and overcooked. My steak was very chewy and tasteless; I also ordered a side of mushrooms which I got towards the end of my meal and they were so salty, I had to return them. The Port sauce was cold.

My friends each ordered a glass of House red wine that tasted like vinegar which were returned. The server brought two more glasses that were better but still not perfect.

The server appeared to be very distracted. She forgot to refill our water glasses; she also forgot to ask if we wanted condiments on our food. I told her I had a severe intolerance to peppers and yet she brought me a plate that had a quite a few peppers mixed in with zucchini.... very cheap vegetables for a high-end restaurant and the presentation left a lot to be desired.

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PB
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

First time there ...... won't be the last! Worth every dollar!

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JB
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Our waiter Marc was exceptionally funny and attentive, he made our dining experience amazing! We were celebrating my hubbys birthday and Marc supposed him with a delicious pecan pie which is one of my hubby’s favourite desserts! Overall just really enjoyed ourselves!

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CD
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Le service était 5 diamants et la nourriture aussi. Je le recommande fortement.

Christian D

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HB
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Superb steaks- aged for 20 days- excellent presentation of food, attentive service and delicious choices.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The steaks were excellent. Cooked to perfection and so much flavor! The sides were fine...not outstanding.
We were seated upstairs, as it was sweltering outside and the upstairs had AC.
However something weird was going on....the floor was literally vibrating so hard that the water in our glasses was shaking! It made for a less than relaxing environment!
It was very quiet....some upbeat music would have helped.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

35th Wedding Anniversary

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TK
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

It was a great experience! Thanks. We really enjoyed the meal and service.

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TM
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

A friend recommended we try Sterlings for our wedding anniversary and we are so trilled that they told us about it. The restaurant is in a beautiful location by the river. The staff was very friendly, attentive and fast. The food was superb and just melted in your mouth. I will definitely return and recommend it to my friends and family. Absolutely Loved It!!!!

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MM
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Everything was beautiful, except no air conditioning on a almost 40 degree Celsius day!

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JC
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The restaurant has a great patio view of the river. Wait staff was excellent and very professional. The food took a bit longer to arrive than expected but it was worth the wait. I would recommend this place for late afternoon or evening dining.

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e
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

On se trompe jamais au Sterling c’est toujours excellent

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A
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Nice restaurant situated alongside a river. Menu is fairly limiting but the taste is very good. Great service and atmosphere. A bit pricy but that’s to be expect s for a great dining experience.

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JV
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

60e anniversaire exceptionnel
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Merci pour l'expérience exceptionnelle lors de notre souper chez vous. Nous avions choisi votre restaurant pour célébrer le 60e anniversaire de mariage de mes parents. Nous avons été charmés par votre accueil, l'organisation du service et la place de choix que vous nous avez offerte. Ma mère porte des appareils auditifs et l'endroit est si tranquille qu'elle a pu apprécier son repas et notre conversation. Les steaks et les fruits de mer étaient préparés et cuits à la perfection. Les accompagnements n'étaient pas seulement bien apprêtés, ils étaient bien présentés. En bref, une expérience qui nous donne le goût de revenir vous voir.
Merci ! Johanne V.

Went for the 60th anniversary of my parents. Nice seating inside with a view of the Outaouais river. Excellent service, good food and the personnel was very dedicated. Had a visit of the cellar. We had a nice celebration. Thanks to Sterling !

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EM
2.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We made a Wednesday night reservation for 4. It seemed like a fairly slow night during our visit.

The hostess seated us without menus. Our server greeted us but she did not notice that we did not have them. Water glasses were filled and still no menus. Eventually we stopped a busboy for them.

When we reserved through Open Table, we noted what occasion we were celebrating (belated Father’s Day) and the food allergies to pay attention to. I don’t think our server was not given this information because she was unaware of both.

Wine and food orders were taken. We all ordered from the table d’hôte menu. Soup course had arrived but they still had not brought bread to the table. Again we had to flag down the busboy. 3 ordered Filet Mignon and 1 ordered NY Strip and Lobster tail. 2 mains we properly cooked. 1 Filet ordered medium was served rare and 1 filet ordered medium rare arrived bleu. Needless to say we did not eat our main courses together because the two meals were returned to kitchen to be cooked properly.

After spending $525 for 4 people (including one youth) before tip, one would expect that a fine dining steakhouse should be able cook a proper steak and provide great service.

This is our second to Sterling visit (the first was slightly better) but unfortunately it may also be our last. Attention to detail is lacking. It is just not worth the prices they charge for the food and service we’ve experienced.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

This is our 2nd visit since last August. The food and service as well as environment are just as good as last time! Highly recommended!

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RS
1.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The staff was very friendly and greeted us well. The restaurant is lovely. Unfortunately they make quite a deal about the excellence of their meat. Sadly it was overcookeda and tough. The wait staff were genuinely concerned and the one steak was removed from our bill. We did have a lovely evening otherwise but wouldn’t recommend this as go to steak house particularly at this price point.

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PM
4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Overall dining experience was good. However, I did mention during my online booking that we were celebrating my husband's 40th birthday and so, I was expecting a simple added touch to our experience. For example, the dessert he ordered could have been served with a birthday message or a candle. However the occasion was not acknowledged.

Besides this oversight, the food was good. Large portions, in fact they were too big! Very good wine recommendation as well.

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WY
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We enjoyed our visit overall. The food was excellent and the service was good. The only negative thing was the live music provided was very loud. It was at times difficult to carry on a conversation at the table and even the waiter couldn't hear some of our orders.

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H
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

It’s always good service, excellent food and présentation. Cook to perfection, nice decor and good music for the meal, not too much and just good. We love the Sterling. 10/10

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T
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Je m'attendais a mieux, mais c'était tout de même très bon et le service était super!

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FD
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Le repas et service étaient excellents. Nous avons mangé un filet mignon qui était cuit à notre gout. Ma queue d'homard était succulente. Je recommenderai ce resto à mes amis.

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G
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Excellent food and above all super excellent service. Our waitress was a jewel.
Bravo Dominic.

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LD
3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

This was my second time going to Sterling's . I really enjoyed it the first time in July 2017 but I must say that I was disappointed in the food overall this time. The salad, soup was amazing but my steak and lobster tail lacked flavour.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Not our first time at Sterling. But definitely our first disappointment. The kitchen seemed to miss every mark that night. Wrong temperature on my sirloin, forgot the lobster tail in both our table d’hôte. Then when I sent the the plate back due to temperature (steak was medium, not rare) it came back with garlic potatoes instead of the oven baked because I’m allergic to garlic. And the wrong sauce (missing the peppercorn).
The server was very kind and apologized profusely. He also complimented the wine to make up. A nice gesture and a reflection of a restaurant with high standards. Murphy’s law just prevailed that night. It happens and we’re good nature about this. We will go back. A worthy restaurant.

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P
1.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I was disappointed with the food...the steak had to be returned, and then when a new steak was provided, still was not cooked properly (medium rare was requested). Instead of returning it, I simply took a few bites and left it uneaten. The sides were also cold. That considering it was a $250 meal, it did not meet my expectations. Our server was excellent however!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great as always!! Thank you!!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We came to Sterling to enjoy a patio but it was closed despite of sunny weather. If you want to seat outside, check the patio status in advance.

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JC
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Superb steak, prepared as requested. Good seafood options. Expansive Wine List that covers all price ranges. Good ambiance.

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j
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Amazing food. Steaks are beautifully cooked to your liking and they are delicious! A bit pricy but worth it. Highly recommend for special occaisions.

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SW
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Sterling remains the bar to which I compare all other dining experiences. I've been 5-6 times and every time the food is outstanding. I am actually starting to salivate while writing this, thinking about my last trip. If you love steak then you owe it to yourself to eat here and experience what a top quality steak is cooked like.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Fête conjointr

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OT
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Excellent food and service. We had a great anniversary dinner. Highly recommended.

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RM
4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

will go again. service was great. owner gave us a tour and was most accommodating.

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CS
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Trop tassé serveurs accrochait souvent ma chaise trop tasse contre les autres table aussi

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JP
4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

J’ai beaucoup aimé la nourriture comme à chaque fois que je suis allé. Par contre, j’ai été très malade durant la nuit et le lendemain. Malheureusement je crois que c’était dû à la nourriture (empoisonnement alimentaire). Donc peut être s’assurer que vos fruits de mer soient bien cuits à l’avenir. Merci.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Always a great experience

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