Where to Eat in Sterling: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Chanda Heide

Sterling, Virginia is a census-designated place (CDP) in Loudoun County, Virginia. The population as of the 2010 United States Census was 27,822. It is located northwest of Herndon, east of Ashburn, and west of Great Falls, and includes part of Washington Dulles International Airport and the former AOL corporate headquarters. Sterling is also home to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office LWX (serving the Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area), as well as the Sterling Field Support Center, the National Weather Service test, research, and evaluation center for weather instruments.
Things to do in Sterling

1. Mokomandy

20789 Great Falls Plz, Unit 176, Sterling, VA 20165-2496 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Korean, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night +1 571-313-0505
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 268 reviews

Mokomandy

Modern. Korean. Cajun.

Reviewed By Kritter_foster - Potomac Falls, Virginia

We always have a great experience at Mokomandy. The food is creative, well-prepared, and excellent. The drink selection is fantastic. The staff is friendly and attentive. In addition, they support our local schools with donations, which is really amazing! Be sure to make a reservation -- this place is HOT!

2. Ford's Fish Shack

44620 Ice Rink Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 33 +1 571-918-4092
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 833 reviews

Ford's Fish Shack

Reviewed By hoosiermomma76 - Columbia, Maryland

Although located in a busy strip shopping center at a busy intersection the atmosphere inside this restaurant is appealing. We both ordered the bass special. They ran out and offered us rockfish as an alternative, It came out hot and delicious. The mini corn muffins were a nice touch. There are several local brews on tap.

3. Sweetwater Tavern

45980 Waterview Plz, Sterling, VA 20166-6556 Takeout, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 46 +1 571-434-6500
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 688 reviews

Sweetwater Tavern

American casual restaurant with a micro brewery serving a western inspired menu.

Reviewed By NikJ - Ascot, United Kingdom

Great selection of beer to try, and with flight of beer had a good choice.

Had a couple of starters which were ok, salad was also nice, and then had the drunken ribeye steak...certainly one to try, though would potentially try from elsewhere on the menu... nice, though not a favourite.

Staff friendly and attentive, and would return.

4. Wegmans Market Cafe

45131 Columbia Pl, Dulles, VA 20166-2501 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating American, Sushi, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 703-421-2400
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

Wegmans Market Cafe

Reviewed By csserious - Chantilly, Virginia

Wegmans offer varieties of cafeteria food including Mexican, Chinese, salmon and salads, something for everyone. The food is sold by pounds, $10 a pound in case you want to know. However, it can add up quickly if you are hungry and your plastic box is full with heavier items. Once you pay up, the seating arrangement is upstairs and you can take the stairs with food in hand or an elevator. It has a large window to enjoy the blue skies and clouds while eating. I would say they have good cooks for the cafeteria, unlike what we always get to encounter at run of the mill joints.

5. The Cheesecake Factory

21076 Dulles Town Cir, Dulles, VA 20166-2416 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 20 - SGD 33 +1 703-444-9002
Excellent
37%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 266 reviews

The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory offers something for everyone featuring a wide variety of over 200 menu items prepared fresh to order each day, plus over 30 legendary varieties of the Finest Cheesecake.

Reviewed By jehenson81

So I was at Dulles Town Center for an early movie on Sunday and wanted to grab some food on the way home. As Cheesecake Factory was on the way back to my car it seemed like a good idea. I wanted to order to go food, but there was no obvious place inside to order it so I went to the hostess desk. She directed me to the bakery area, where the ONE person taking orders had just walked away. No one to cover the line or anything she just left. So after about 5-7 minutes, a young lady that seemed like a manager took pity on my and took my order. I got the white chili (no rice) and the low carb cheesecake with strawberries. This cost me $24 dollars. I was told it would be about 15 minutes and it was. I got the food it two separate bags and the little bag with the cheesecake in it was useless. When I got home, I discovered that the chili was not in a bowl or soup container but in a container that was shallow and wide (seemed like it was made for salads). I had to pour it in to a bowl to eat. It was not chili in consistency or style. It was more like a stew with huge pieces of chicken which I had to break apart to even be able to fit in my mouth. Several pieces had gristle and fat in them (even a bit of skin). Also I think I found a piece of plastic in it. Also there were so many green chilies in the mix that I didn't taste anything else and my mouth was on fire. The cheesecake was better, though the crust on it was a little odd (made with nuts). I will not be going back.

Also there were so many people in the very small lobby waiting for a table for Sunday brunch it was almost impossible to breathe.

6. The Bungalow Lakehouse

46116 Lake Center Plz, Sterling, VA 20165-5846 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 703-430-7625
Excellent
38%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 226 reviews

The Bungalow Lakehouse

Reviewed By elimar2 - Virginia

Excellent food, nice presentation, classy environment, large venue, good service. Only 4 stars vs 5 as it didn't wow me, but no issues at all.

7. Don Corleone's Brick Oven Pizza

21018 Southbank St, Sterling, VA 20165-7227 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 703-444-4959
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 148 reviews

Don Corleone's Brick Oven Pizza

Reviewed By Wano16 - Herndon, Virginia

Great "old time" Italian atmosphere. In a shopping center but easy to get to. Very large variety of types of pizzas and toppings. Order off the menu or build your own. Great crust. I have never been disappointed. Friendly staff with good service. Order by the slice or whole pie. (I usually get a large for take home leftovers!) Outdoor dining area is on the street but virtually no traffic where its located so very pleasant. No alcohol.

8. A Taste of Burma

126 Edds Ln, Sterling, VA 20165-5683 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Burmese, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 703-444-8510
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

A Taste of Burma

Reviewed By EliteTravellers - Ashburn, Virginia

Celebrating "sister & brother day" we went to our favorite Burmese restaurant run by husband and wife (and sometimes their kids)

We noticed really slow service on tables etc until the owners mentioned they were recovering from a really busy Saturday night.

We had golden finger tempura and ginger salad for appetizers. Wonderful start.

Golden Mountain Noodles (ask the chef to mix it for you), chlli shrimp, green curry shrimp were excellent main courses and of course take home semolna cake to have with tea.

The owners came out to talk with us which is always awesome of them.

A favorite of ours.

9. O'Faolain's Irish Pub

20921 Davenport Dr, Ste 134, Sterling, VA 20165-6156 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 703-444-9796
Excellent
46%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 125 reviews

O'Faolain's Irish Pub

Our menu naturally features many favorite traditional dishes but also reflects contemporary Ireland with its strong European culinary influences. However what the Irish value most in their hospitality is its friendliness.

Reviewed By Ron M - Menasha, Wisconsin

Full service bar/restaurant inside the Holiday Inn. Several beers on tap including a couple local brews. Very large menu with a wide variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salad and full sized meals. Adequate seating around bar and at tables. Fish and chips was pretty good.Thank you Ron for the detailed review. We are so glad to hear it.

10. Cafesano

21305 Windmill Parc Dr, Dulles, VA 20166-7040 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Serves Alcohol Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Italian, Greek, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 21 +1 571-732-2330
Excellent
64%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Cafesano

Not too rich and not too spicy, our menu items are full of freshness with bold flavor profiles from Italy and the Mediterranean. The diet enjoyed by the people of the Mediterranean is considered by many to be the healthiest diet in the world and includes lots of olive oil – “nature’s own elixir”. At Cafesano only olive oil is used in all our recipes. We don’t use hydrogenated oils (trans fats) or preservatives in any of our homemade recipes. We pull together an abundance of fresh vegetables, select meats and dairy products, and fresh Mediterranean herbs and spices to produce a menu full of light and flavorful selections that prove that “great taste” and “good for you”” can describe the same dining experience! Vegetarian Options; Gluten Free Options

Reviewed By csserious - Chantilly, Virginia

Cafesano stands out for its high ceiling, glass, large space and beautiful decor from others offering Mediterranean menu in the area. It is a great place to spend some time and relax on a stressful day. I ordered a shawarma which was very lightly salted and spiced, good for health. But it tasted like across between gyro and shawarma. However, my family did not have any complains, they seemed to like the food. Although you order at the counter, they bring the food to the table. Seating is comfortable as well. The mall is located a minute from the cafe. The place deserves a five star.

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