Sterling's Seafood Steakhouse

Casino:Silver Legacy Reno
Type:Fine Dining
Cost:$$$$, Pricey. Many entrees over $25.
Menu:Steak and Seafood
Last Visit:November, 2010

Summary

Sterling's Steakhouse at the Legacy delivers a very good meal with great service in a modern environment. It's impossible to review Sterling's without comparing it to Harrah's Steakhouse. Both deliver with great food and service, and though prices are expensive, both are a fine dining experience. Where Harrah's is a small dining room with traditional cherry and leather furniture served by men in tuxedos, Sterling's is an open environment with better lighting, higher ceilings, and an exposed kitchen. Perhaps the only miss at Sterling's is a wine list that doesn't have many value choices. Summary Review: A

Food

Unlike many high-end restaurants, soup or salad was included with the meal, and the clam chowder was thick and yummy. We ordered was a petit filet (medium well), and a filet (medium) and tiger prawn combo. The garlic mashed potatoes were good, but not outstanding. The creamed spinach, however, was one of the best we've had. Both cuts of meat were correctly cooked, with just the right color inside. There was an extensive wine list, and our waiter suggested wines which were both excellent. Because we were on the full side already, we opted for the "lighter" meringue dessert, which came out exactly as described. We also ordered wine with the meal. Incidentally, all the house wines are Ferrari-Carano. Food Review: A

Atmosphere

With just a small entrance off a main walkway, the hostess walked us into a surprisingly much larger room. Sterling's feels very separate from the casino, and you might not guess that walking by. The high ceilings and spacious floor plan make the area feel very comfortable. We were seated in a large comfy booth, and the tables had plenty of space around them, too. The kitchen area was open along then entire back wall, which let some kitchen noises float through the dining area. That's neither good nor bad in our opinion, just an aspect of the space. But if you dislike the "open kitchen" dining experience, this may not be the place for you. Atmosphere Review: A

Service

The attentiveness, accuracy, and helpfulness of the staff was top-notch. Nobody missed a beat as we were smoothly taken care of during the course of the meal. Our main waiter had several food and wine recommendations, and all were accurate and excellent. A manager or two stopped by during the course of our meal to make sure everything was satisfactory. The timing and pace of delivery was without problem. Service Review: A+

Value

The entire bill of two entrees (which included the soup/salad and 2 sides each), an additional side of spinach, dessert, and two glasses of wine with tip came to $160. However, the wine alone was $31 of that, which is more than we usually spend on wine, but there were only a few house wines at lower price points to choose from. They were not particularly generous pours either. So excluding the alcohol, the rest of the meal was still expensive, but also very good. The included appetizers and sides defrayed the high cost of a traditional steakhouse meal. All we can suggest here is to enjoy the food, but look very carefully at the wine list. Unfortunately, great steak is best paired with great wine. Value Review: B+