First, the food was fine/OK. The ambience: excellent. The service: offensive! Set-up: There were four women in our party - all of us (very) successful professionals in our late 20's. This is an important detail because we would not have received this service if we were a table of men... Waiter comes around. I ask about the vegetarian options. I picked the restaurant and (oops) didn't realize there was a vegetarian among us. ""Can you recommend a hearty salad?"" Waiter notes the veggie sides and says the cook might prepare a veggie entree but ""that's gonna cost extra"". We think to ourselves, hmm, that's tacky of him, but we brush it off and carry on. We look down at our menus and before we have a moment to ponder options, the waiter calls our attention back - ""Ehem, ladies, just to let you know, there's a $25 minimum per person."" Oh, I get it. We ask about the vegetarian entrees and we're cheap. Really folks, our plan was to eat the bread and split a salad amongst the four. Darn, we're caught! Wink, wink. Really, wed planned to drink at least two glasses of wine (each, just to be clear), which puts us above his tacky ""$25 minimum"". I know LA waiters sometimes live off their tips but, come on, Sterling is supposed to offer a fine dining experience. Unacceptable! The meal arrives. Stuffed, we split a dessert. Meanwhile, our waiter is concerned with getting us out of here so he can serve another party at his table. He indelicately hovers over us and says, ""Are you just gonna to sit there?"" Our expressions read, ""He did not just say that?"" I ask him to bring the check. We ponder the tip amount (given the service). He wanders back, ""Is there a math problem here?"" We've had it!! We send a rep to speak to the owner. He apologizes but still no offer to comp any part of the meal. Note: we each spent more than twice the waiter's stated minimum and we still gave the waiter 15% tip.
Cons: Offensive service, parking