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Backstage Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.BackstageEatDrinkLive.com
  • Phone: (860) 489-8900
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch/Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Keith Richard Bisciotti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Upstairs Loge accommodates up to 40 guests for private events, social gatherings, bridal rehearsals, and business meetings. Full presentation audio-video technology is offered at no charge.
  • Private Party Contact: Margaret Madden (860) 489-8900
  • Entertainment: Our sister company, Premier Concerts, Connecticut's largest independent concert promoter, presents Backstage Live! performances on an ever-growing schedule. Backstage Live! events are presented in the Warner's intimate Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, with access directly from our main dining room.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: City Hall Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot directly behind the restaurant, as well as ample on-street parking.
A word from Backstage
Backstage, located next to the Warner Theatre in downtown Torrington, serves casual American food from its full "all-day" menu, prepared fresh from scratch. Service begins daily at 11:30am, and the kitchen stays open late on performance evenings for after-theatre dining. Select from crisp salads and hot soups, creative Small Plates, Perfect Burgers of hand formed Angus patties on house-baked rolls, popular sandwiches, and Big Plate comfort favorites. House-made desserts are a specialty. The antique mahogany bar soars 14 feet above the trendy zinc counter, and presides over northwest Connecticut's largest offering of craft-brewed beers. 24 brands are available on tap, with the bottle selection at more than 70. The well-rounded wine list is popularly priced, with several wines offered by the glass. Customer service is a passion at Backstage. Servers and bartenders serve up our unique "Awesome Customer Service," and management is visibly present during all meals.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "40 beers on tap with constantly rotating selections. Menu is great, very good food. Service had always been friendly."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We go to Backstage regularly and find the food and service to be some of the best in Connecticut. A lot of the food is locally sourced from area farms and producers like Nodines's and Arethusa Farms. Everything is made from scratch in the kitchen. The menu is so creative and diverse and the staff cannot be any friendlier. I especially love the frenched chicken breast, cavatelli with pomodoro sauce and lobster, the incredible burgers, French fries as good as they are made in France, and there are a remarkable 40 beers on draft and nearly 100 in bottles. For desser, having a root beer float made with Abita root beer from New Orleans and Litchfield's own Arethusa Farms ice cream does not get any better, anywhere at any price."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Not too many places to grab a bite late in Torrington so this is a welcome addition. Great menu with tons of good options to try. Amazing tuna burger; great brisket, nice flite of beers. Loved everything. Plus they give you a free burger on your birthday! How great is that!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Took way too long for apps and out drinks were empty for a good 10 minutes before we were acknowledged"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great caesar salad, BUT calamari was rubbery and soggy. Wait staff forgot about us till we asked twice for help. We were part of a tour that specifically said we would receive a discount if we showed our tour map. Wait staff said they knew nothing about it although we showed them the map with the statement, she ignored pur request. Will not return. Old building high ceilings very very loud could hear conversations in next room."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We've been to Backstage on several occasions Food is always Great and Service is exceptional. Great place to go even on Show nights at the Warner. No matter how busy Service is Wonderful, Food is Hot and the Beer is Cold."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Dinner was excellent, large variety menu with locally acquired meats and cheeses. Service was grest and they were very accommodating when we arrived early for our reservation. Located conveniently next to the Warner Theaer when you have tickets to an event. The only negative is that it is loud."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Hands Down...THE WORST, MOST AWFUL RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD. Had 6:15 reservation. Arrived on time. At 7:50, we left the restaurant and never got our meals. The waitress was horrible and the manager could care less. I expressed my frustration to the waitress before leaving and her response was " everyone else in the restaurant is experincing the same thing"."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This is a perfect place to go before going to the Warner Theater. The food was good. I had a beef filet special. The waiter wasn't sure what kind of beef it was! The meat was a little tough. The mashed potatoes were good. The asparagus were a little overdone but tasty. The service was good. It was very noisy. I imagine it's a little quieter when there isn't a show at the Warner."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I've dined at Backstage several times and the food and service never disappoints. Thanks again!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Good all around place for Lunch or dinner. Great on show nights."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Top notch food and drink! The best staff! Outgoing and friendly! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Torrington doesn't offer much by way of "awesome" places - like places in larger cities. Backstage offers (I believe) 80 bottle beer varities & 40 taps. Great speciality cocktails too (try the Lavender Pillow) crisp & refreshing. Our table of 6 had a variety of items - from pork dumplings to a steak. Every one enjoyed their food, greatly. The mac & cheese is awesome, the Cobb salad is enough for 2 diners (fresh & delish). Also, not to be missed - the ON TAP Root Beer!! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I can't say enough about the food. The brunch choices were excellent as was dessert. Due to Mother's Day, it was very busy. It took quite awhile for our food to arrive. However it was worth the wait, and the service was very good. I will definitely go back, and definitely recommend it. It was a nice touch to recieve a complimentary Mother's Day plant with a $10.00 off coupon for a future meal."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great place to eat before going to theater. Nice to see that use locally produced food."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A group of 4 of us went there before the show at the Warner. Service was OK until we asked to order first course and we would order 2nd course in a while then our server got surly and service turned poor. One drink order did not arrive, one meal ordered was not even given to kitchen. Two requests for a couple of extra napkins were totally ignored. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Usually go to the Backstage prior to a Warner performance. On this occasion it was for lunch before the opera. The waitstaff was very accommodating in making sure we were served in plenty of time to enjoy our meals without worrying about being late for the performance. The portions were more than adequate and we also enjoyed a flight of beers from the extensive on-tap list. An overall enjoyable experience. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Whenever we are in the Torrington area, we dine at Backstage. Everything we ordered there is always great. Friendly, quick, and attentive service. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food and Atmosphere were great. Brought a group of friends there for the first time. They raved all night!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Easy to make reservations on line. Courteous and prompt greeting. Knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly service. Table by the front window offered a scenic view of the old building across main street and the trees in the window provided privacy and a feeling of being in nature. Excellent, tasty food! Great beer selections!! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Very much worth a stop, should you be on your way up Rte 8 (as we were). The food was entirely proper & the service was excellent! "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We went from a party of 10 booking a last minute reservation at 7:15 to a party of 14 by 8:00! The staff added tables and we had a great time. Our server was awesome and just rolled with our growing party. It was Good Friday and we looked like the Last Supper."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I haven't been at Backstage for dinner for at least a year. I think the quality of the food has improved as well as the service. Previously we were either rushed or waiting too long. A bit disappointed they were out of the risotto, but substitutions OK. Great and convenient before or after show dining experience. Comfortable spacing between tables. Our whole party had a great experience!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "All four in our party enjoyed our meals and the service was accommodating with order modifications."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Second visit to this restaurant. Both were very good experiences. Both times we were seeing shows at the Warner. This restaurant definitely is the ideal location for dinner prior to the show. But I wouldn't wait until you're going to see a show - its a great any night of the week place to get a bite to eat or just sit at the bar."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Service and ambience was great, they were out of my entree so I tried the mac n cheese; very tasty but for $17 overpriced. Excellent beer selections."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "A good choice before the theater. Burgers and salad. I don't think I would go there for a weekend dinner."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised by the very interesting menu and the beauty of the plating of the food. I had a roasted salmon with broccoli rabe and basmati rice...it was delicious! The host and server were both very energetic and professional. The offer a nice selection of locally procured products and are very reasonably priced. I will definitely be going back. Kudos to them for offering such a nice spot in Torrington."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Good food. Great service. Comfortable and lively atmosphere. Awesome selection of CRAFT BEER on tap and in bottles. Dined before a show at the Warner Theater. Nice dining experience."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "While we all had great dinners. There were 4 of us. Our waitress started out great and as she was given more tables she seemed to lose it. She disappeared and others had to help out. Finally the GM came up to our table at our request. We had him take care of the couple who were still waiting for their drinks. He did comp us for our desserts which was very nice of him. The other waiters and waitresses really stepped up to help all the diners in our section."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food/wine selection and quality was good. Service was incredibly slow for such a light section. I would go back but not when I have another event to attend."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food was excellent. We drove an hour to see a show at the Warner theatre and decided to have brunch. All of the people in our party thoroughly enjoyed it.. We will definitely drive an hour just to eat at the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The Backstage is conveniently located in downton Torrington and is connected to the Warner Theater. The bar scene is nice but the food is average. Ive only been there two times, each time my main destination was the theater."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "A friend and I were immediately greeted and seated in a section near the window with a few tables. It's a quieter area-definitely quieter than the bar. The waitress was extremely friendly and got our drinks, wine and a white chocolate raspberry martini (absolutely delicious despite the fact that they ran out of the truffles that they give you with it (which I've had before and are luscious! The waitress offered ame a different martini when I asked where the truffle was but I declined!). We got 2 apps- a flatbread (yummy) and the pan seared mozzarella (amazing!) & split an entree of a pork sandwich & sweet potato fries (with a sweet and tasty dip) which they would put on separate plates. Prices are very reasonable. Love this place!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We went to Backstage for the first time in a party of six. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food and great atmosphere. We have already recommended it to friends and family and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We arrived late due to traffic, with a curtain to make. I've never had a place go so all-out to make sure we not only made our curtain, but had plenty of time to enjoy our meal as well. After the concert, we stopped back for another beer and the joint was jumping', with lively music and a great crowd. This is definitely a place to visit again any time I'm near Torrington!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Who would think of going anywhere else? Backstage is the only place to eat before a jazz concert!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our server -- Todd, was excellent, helping us navigate the extensive beer list and menu. Friendly atmosphere. Attentive staff. Terrific beer. Food came fast but we never felt rushed. We shared many items (so much to try!) -- they double-plated for us without being asked. The menu would please foodies and traditional bar clientele, alike. Everything was fresh and delicious, from a complex burger with brie and apple butter, right down to a simply perfect cup of coffee. Customers from 21-65; everyone seemed happy.We had a booth; it wasn't quiet (it's a bar), but we had no problem enjoying private conversation. Good vibe. Plan to return with or without a show to attend! Very reasonable, too."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Overall our experience was good. We arrived a few minutes early with 2 extra people and they took us right to a table. Our order was placed in a timely manner and we even explained to the waiter that we were going to the 8:00pm show next door. He said it wouldn't be a problem, we had plenty of time. Unfortunately, the food took forever to arrive! We ordered at 7:00 but the food didn't arrive until 7:45. That gave us 15 minutes to literally inhale our dinner. It wasn't the waiters fault, he was very apologetic about the backup in the kitchen. He even brought the manager over. Next time we will be sure to reserve even earlier."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "They were informed via the reservation and we mentioned it more than once...They did not say or do anything special for the birthday occasion"
    Dined on 2/7/2014