Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille
Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille

Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rodssteak.com/
  • Phone: 9735396666
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast 7:00am - 10:00am Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Bobby Varua
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With over 60 years experience, The Madison Hotel sets the standard for personalized service, creating flawless events with attention to the smallest detail. From gala weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs to perfectly orchestrated corporate events, our team of catering professionals expertly produce memorable occasions worthy of a New Jersey landmark. Whether it's 100 for cocktails or 500 for dinner and dancing, The Madison Hotel provides the ideal setting for your event….warm, welcoming, and unfailingly gracious. Our innovative chefs will design a menu tailored to your tastes, offering extraordinary
  • Private Party Facilities: For memorable private dining and parties from 10 to 60 guests, you'll rave about Rod's Steak & Seafood Grille's perfect atmosphere while your guests will appreciate a most unique venue and culinary experience not found anywhere else in the region.

    Birthdays, anniversaries, small weddings, corporate functions or any special occasion can be custom designed by our experienced staff with extra personal attention to every detail.
  • Private Party Contact: Tamara Salazar 9735396666
  • Entertainment: Check with restaurant or website for the entertainment schedule

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison Avenue
  • Public Transit: New Jersey Transit Trains and Bus at our doorstep.
    Convent Station New Jersey
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille
Welcome to New Jersey's Legendary Steak House

Rod's Steak & Seafood Grille, an area landmark and winner of New Jersey Monthly's 'Best Steakhouse' award, offers lunch and dinner daily as well as the finest Sunday Brunch in New Jersey.

The restaurant's new design, rich wood paneling and highly polished brass, lends a classic elegance to the sophisticated atmosphere. For an intimate and unique experience, dinner aboard the private Parlour Cars is sure to be remembered. Formerly the private domain of the rich and famous, these beautifully refurbished, turn of the century railway cars are exquisitely complimented by the haute cuisine of Rod's esteemed Executive Chef.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (81)romantic (55)notable wine list (44)fit for foodies (37)good for groups (36)neighborhood gem (26)vibrant bar scene (22)great for brunch (21)great for lunch (18)hot spot (8)late-night find (5)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Shame on me
    JJC1
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I went with two colleagues who wanted steak and seafood. I wasn't in the mood for either and ordered a chicken dish which was less than appetizing, it was more of a stew really. That being said the steak and salmon my colleagues hd looked great and they said as much. I am partially to blame for ordering chicken at a steak house but they could have done better. The ambience is ok but the decor is a bit dated.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bigredVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Delicious food served hot . early prix fix at $ 25.00 pp a great bargain three courses plus coffee will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We really like Rod's.
    Dmac
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have never had a bad meal since moving here in the mid 90's. The au gratin potatoes are fantastic. Great steaks, apps, etc. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food is always great. Drinks are on the pricey side. You need to try their nut bread...delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable
    MOMA
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Steaks were prepared perfectly. The BLT salad was one of the best I have had. You won't be disappointed having dinner at Rods Steak house and seafood grill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent evening
    memorymakers
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We arranged to come on Friday at 5:00 to take advantage of the prix fixe menu. The staff were courteous and helpful, accommodating our request for seating in the Parlor Car. Nicollette was at the desk and took us to our table, she was friendly and helpful and must've noted that I said we enjoy coming yearly for our anniversary, because we were thoroughly surprised and touched to receive a cake with Happy Anniversary on it at the end of our very excellent meal. The waitstaff were friendly and efficient, keeping courses coming in a timely fashion and updating water, bread, drinks, etc. as our meal progressed. The food was excellent, we both enjoyed mini-crabcakes and the seared scallops, followed by creme brulee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nansman
    Nansman
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Entire event was great from start to finish.Every thing requested was granted. Service was way beyond satisfactory.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly surprised!
    acpdVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I had not been to Rod's in ages and I was pleasantly surprised. The dining room had a nice crowd for a Thursday night. We were seated upstairs which was fun with a nice quiet feel. Wine list was excellent, a wide range of notable wines, with a good variety of choices by the glass. The menu was classic steakhouse fare, with nice choices in the chicken and seafood departments. I especially liked that all the salads were available in regular and small. Small was plenty! I saw a few regular sizes go by, and for me they would have been the meal! The service was friendly and very attentive without being overbearing. Porterhouse was top notch, roast chicken delightful. Sided were huge-share the creamed spinach! A lovely dinner, will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfiedcustomer
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everything was top notch and I am planning to return for brunch very soon to celebrate a birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a wonderful evening
    Trickee
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I've been coming here for so many years and it's never disappointed me. I've introduced friends as well as my in-laws to Rod's and they are always in awe of the ambiance, incredible food, and delightful service. Here's to many more years of enjoyment to come.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delivers!
    Jrcritic
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent food, great service in a unique setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food/Elegant Environment
    Datenightdiner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I were married at the Madison. Every anniversary we go back to the restaurant where we had our rehearsal dinner. The food is amazing, and the restaurant is absolutely beautiful. The stunning decorative lighting, stained glass ceiling, and dark leather and wood all add to the elegance of the restaurant. The service is outstanding; everyone is extremely attentive. It's a special place, perfect for a date night or nice dinner with friends or family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence
    Bill1943
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went to Rod's to celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary, and were not disappointed. The atmosphere is old fashioned/opulent, with beautiful woodwork, stained glass and brass.The breads which come out first are excellent, and the food is outstanding. They make mashed potatoes to die for, beef which is tender, with a rich taste and and done just right, and veggies which were just right, al dente and tasty. Desserts were just the thing. My wife had inadvertently ordered risotto with her dinner, when she really wanted the mashed. The waitress made the change happen -no fuss, no charge. We enjoyed the evening and look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't live up to the reviews
    Diningmom
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I always go into a new restaurant with an open mind and I have to say I was not impressed. You can hear the wedding music from the room next door, we had multiple servers who were ok but not overly friendly or helpful like I thought they would be and our food was okay. My husband had the porterhouse and I had the 9 oz filet mignon and I felt like they both lacked flavor. I also wasn't a fan of how the outside of the meat was cooked. It tasted almost burnt. It just seemed as though something was missing from all the dishes. I know there's a lot of history there and you can feel it in the room. Overpriced and needs an update.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice restaurant
    Highclass
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    good steak and bread and food. Service is average or as expected.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious. neat atmosphere !
    cutiepietree
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    rods to celebrate our engagement. perfect spot! great food. now I know why it's morristowns number 1 steakhouse.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old school
    BetsyM
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    An old school steak house. The cushion on my very wobbly chair was lumpy and very low, I was afraid my chair was going to fall apart. Excellent service. Very loud with live music in the bar area. Almost had to yell for my husband to hear me. Food was good, but not the standard I expected for the price. Good for special occasions if you don't mind the noise.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date night!
    Dulcevida
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The meal was exquisite and the atmosphere was great! Great drinks! My Martini was perfect! Good service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Enjoyed dining at Rod's ! The atmosphere is very pleasant, servers friendly and efficient, food is excellent !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food- Service Lackluster
    NJFOODIE
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    From the moment you walk in you feel as if you are in a great steakhouse, wood adorned walls, Oil Paintings, great chandeliers and stain glass ceiling. The ambiance is A+. The food was stellar. Great steak cooked to perfection, coo-does to the Executive chef and staff. The service is where the train fell off the tracks. Initially we were sat with lunch instead of dinner menus. We wanted sparking water instead of tap and did not get that until after the appetizers and asking 3 times. Overall, It wasn't bad service, we just had to ask for things multiple times. Would I go back, definitely
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • second to none.
    BFlats
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I made reservations for my wife's birthday, they had a nice booth ready for us when we got there. The service was great, very fast and extremely accommodating. The escargot and seafood tower are unbeatable as well as the lobster and filet and the lobster mac and cheese. When it came time for dessert the waiter appeared with a small cake and candle for us. Overall, Rod's provided the perfect dinner for two experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere good steak
    Laidbackluke
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I'd definitely perfer this place over Roots in morristown. The steak and sides were good. The wine and beer list was excellent. Service was good. It was a bit pricey but your going to spend this much when you go out for a nice steak. I've had better steaks but as a whole the experience was great, and the interior of the restaurant is very unique. Would go back again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not good this time
    FoodNDrinks
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went to Rod's to celebrate a birthday and picked Rod's because it's usually "can't miss", but they missed plenty this time. Our server (I think his name was Kevin) didn't see very interested in being there. He never brought us bread, we were never offered fresh ground pepper for salads and there was a hair in my salad which he took back without offering to replace AND THEN STILL CHARGED US FOR IT Lastly, he brought our desert and said he would be right back with our forks and never return so we eventually got them from a busboy. Our meal took 2 1/2 hours so no was at the hostess stand when we left, no managers or supervisors checked on us, hence I'm writing this review. Hope this helps the restaurant address their issues.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    friends2dine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was phenomenal and so was the service. Staff was extremely personable. Loved the whole experience. Prices were very acceptable too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK......
    liz1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    THE FOOD WAS GOOD,EXCEPT FOR MY FILET MIGNON STEAK WHICH WAS RAW, I MEAN RAW. I ASKED FOR IT TO BE PREPARED MEDIUM. THE SERVICE WAS NOT VERY GOOD. THE WAITER DID NOT UNDERSTAND ENGLISH AND WAS JUST AGREEING WITH WHAT I WAS SAYING, BUT NOT ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS. I WOULD COME BACK AS LONG AS THEY CAN PROPERLY COOK A STEAK.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • durham56
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We always enjoy Rod's the few times a year we are in the area. Food is reliable, well prepared and meets my expectations. Service is attentive without being pushy. Disappointed that one of our favorite waiters, Walmer, is no longer waiting tables, but happy that he is moving up. It is typically a very soothing place to dine and we were not disappointed. It can be very festive if need be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    Carolyn
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love coming to Rod's for the great good and excellent service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rod's never disappoints.
    PaulaK
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I am never disappointed when I go to Rods. The food is always excellent as is the service. I gave the service 4 out of 5 stars because when we were seated we were given menus, water and butter. No one had come back to our table or had even acknowledged us for about 15 minutes. This is not typical Rods at all! I stopped a bus boy passing buy and told him that we had been sitting for about 15 minutes and no one had taken our order yet. A waiter then came to take our order and was very apologetic. He gave us a round of drinks on the house because of our wait which was a very nice gesture. From that point on, our service was excellent as was our meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing Special
    RitzVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have wanted to try this restaurant for a while. I got a deal on Living Social which was pay $35 for $70 worth of food. Was glad I didn't have to pay full price for it. Crab bisque bland and unseasoned . Had the porterhouse, it was good. It should have been, it's a porterhouse. Sides were mashed potatoes and scalloped potatoes. They were fine. My husband had the creme brûlée which was missing about two layers of the Caramelized sugar topping. All and all it was ok, not worth the money. Tab would have been about $150 plus tip, including three cocktails. They charged us a $5 plate fee for sharing a 18 ounce porterhouse ... Really???
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Dinner
    NDCL60
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Haven't been to Rod's for a number of years for dinner. The food was surprisingly excellent, particularly the Chateaubriand which was cooked to perfection. Even the veggies were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    lolachick
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A friend and I had an excellent dinner at Rod's. We ate early as we had tickets for the nearby Shakespeare Theatre. The food was delicious. We ate off the Early Bird Prix Fixe menu and found the choices, as well as, portions, outstanding! I enjoyed the calamari appetizer, followed by a perfectly cooked and tender beef tenderloin. My friend was very pleased with her selection of Manhattan clam chowder, salmon and creme brûlée. My meal was capped off with a scrumptious chocolate mousse. All of our servers were very accommodating. I highly recommend Rod's for lunch, brunch or dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Evening
    Turkeylurkey
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The overall dining experience was good. I had one issue with placing the order. We were told by the waitress that clam chowder was one of the specials for soup (as a appetizer). Two of us ordered it. When it arrived, we were served split pea soup. When we told them it was the wrong order, they told us that it could not be wrong, ther is no clam chowder as a special. We decided to keep the pea soup. Later, the waitress apologised informing us that the chowder was the special during lunch; not dinner. So, it was obvious that the waitress wrote down "clam chowder", but they did not have it .... so they decided to give us pea soup hoping we would not notice???
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jrcritic
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A great place I have been coming for ears and they always deliver!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 40yrstogether
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have been to Rod's many times in the past with our family and on special occasions. This visit honored our fortieth wedding anniversary. We began toasting with red wine before ordering . I ordered onion soup, salad, and jumbo crab cake. My wife ordered scallops and shrimps as an appetizer and tenderloin, potatoes and onion skins as the main course. It was a epicurean delight!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food!
    JoeFriday
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was terrific and well worth the high prices. Service was a little desultory, but not enough to detract from a terrific meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Less than enjoyable
    hatetocomplain
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    2nd meal with tasteless filet mignon. Sauce has no zip. Disappointingly blah. Crabcakes mushy; too much bread - not enough crab?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High Hopes Dashed
    goodbutnotgreat
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This restaurant was hyped as having better steaks than other steak restaurants I had gone to. We had planned this trip for a week, and I brought 5 people to try out the food. We got there at 8:45 and they had run out of Delmonico steaks. The floor had a constant vibration in it . My party ordered a mix of steaks and seafood with several side items. 1 steak was overcooked, 1 was under-cooked, and 3 were done right. The mashed potatoes were bland, the asparagus was overcooked, and the lobster mac had pieces of shell in it. The seafood was up to standard and we had nothing bad to say about it. The waiters were friendly, and did try their best to accommodate the errors, but not on their A game. We were comped for 1 steak and given free desert.
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  • Terrible service...
    BmoreDiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Took my wife here for her 30th birthday, based on the amazing reviews I read. The steak was fantastic, probably the most tender steak I've ever eaten. However the service was atrocious. The table we sat down at had two very visible food stains from the previous person. That in itself should have been a red flag, but we didn't make a fuss about it. It took a solid 15-20 mins before our orders were taken, and the service was downhill from there. We were never even given bread. It took well over an hour for our food to arrive, with no info from the wait staff as to what the hold up was. For a $200 meal, I would expect a little more attentiveness from the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bday dinner
    mv2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    When I reserved on open table, I noted that the dinner would be to celebrate my husband's birthday and asked for a quiet table. We were seated in the train car in a private little nook, which was excellent. No noise, no one walking back and forth, just us and the server. Food was great and the experience was wonderful. Seafood tower was fresh and tasty. File mignon and porterhouse were delicious and the sides were great. At the end of our dinner, they brought out free dessert plate with 3 different cake samples, cheesecake, chocolate mousse, fresh fruit, topped with a birthday candle.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice upper end place with character
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Go to place for business dinners and special occasion. Kitchen was unusually slow and staff was apologetic several times. However, I we were offered a complimentary item only when we pressed despite several apologies leading up to our inquiry. Seems an exception so I will plan to go back when occasion calls for a nice steak and seafood dinner when near Morristown.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.