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
95 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (72)romantic (50)notable wine list (36)good for groups (29)fit for foodies (27)great for brunch (21)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (16)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Nice atmosphere good steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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......
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
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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
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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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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
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    • 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
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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
    • Food
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Ambiance Food & Service
    Starman
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We celebrated our 30th anniversary at Rod's this evening the restaurant of our first date in 1984. The service was excellent, not overbearing but very attentive. My main course was a Porterhouse Steak to be cooked black and blue. The steak arrived medium rare. The waiter noticed and insisted he bring me another steak. The second steak was served as ordered. When the meal ended the waiter brought two empty plates one for my wife and the other for myself. He returned with a delicious assortment of desserts; a chocolate mouse served in a large chocolate shell, two slices of a creamy cheese cake and two slices of a multi-layered chocolate cake "compliments of Rod's". They more than made up for the cooking error. Overall a great evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything was great except the price. The price makes this a one time event.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place.
    sopranojm
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I were married at this hotel in 2009 and occasionally return for a romantic dinner and weekend together. The food is great, especially anything with seafood. It's not cheap, but so worth it. Service is very pleasant and the ambiance is lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    appreciatefinedining
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The ambience and service in Rod's main restaurant was good to outstanding. The food and libations however were disappointing. My Mojito tasted like straight lime juice, my pear salad dressing was overly acidic. My encrusted salmon was not encrusted and served on a bed of cold potatoes. The cappuccino saved the day be being the best I have ever had. The cost of this meal was high end and I expected to really enjoy my dinner. My family and I will not return nor would I recommend Rods for an elegant dinner.
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  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Rod's is our "go to" restaurant for all of our family occasions, or if we are just in the mood for a really good mood. The Kellers are a wonderful family, and they know how to run a restaurant. Food is delicious, portions are huge and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Outstanding
    GGBShortHillsVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Another unbelievable experience at Rod's! This time, the Keller Family Special NY Sirloin and a blackened Delmonico Steak with the Truffled Risotto! Simply fantastic! Do not miss what is arguably one of the best steakhouses in the Tri-State region.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, Avg Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Old oak panelling, carved wood and stained glass give this white linen restaurant a classy, old school feel and atmosphere. Food quality is acceptable but does not match the atmosphere or price. Our appetizers were of average quality. Main course was a bit better than that. Service is very good and accomodating.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeps Getting Better
    GGBShortHillsVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Rod's is perhaps the best steakhouse in NJ. They are consistently delivering an outstanding dining experience. Try the Kansas City Steak or the Cowboy Steak done the Keller way. It doesn't get better than that!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak plus
    FlightygirlVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    With the new chef on board now for almost a year or maybe more, you can see and taste his influence. Everything has a fresh new approach and just tastes great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • special birthday
    Ron1
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I made reservations on Open Table, requesting a quiet place for special birthday for my spouse. We were placed a a nice table-for-two upstairs, and were presented with a surprise candle-topped cake at the end of the meal. I was glad the staff did not gather to sing as we really appreciated the quiet time together.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hill Family
    cdhillnjjul13
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We always have family brunch events at Rod's. Excellent menu choices. Staff is very professional, friendly and accommodating. Venue is relaxing and beautiful. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great deal
    Luvagoodfind
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Fixed price menu was great! we had more than enough food, and were able to fit in all our plans with going early to dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant
    JetsboyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We found this place through Open Table on a day trip to Morristown. We were really surprised by the extraordinary setting. The food was very good, creatively presented with some wonderful homey touches. Service could have been a bit more attentive but was solid. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappointed
    Gimmegreatfood
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I've dined at Rods many times and have never been disappointed. The food and service were excellent as always. The only problem I have is choosing what delectable meal to order! Had the filet mignon with lobster tail- both were prepared to perfection! They had a vegetable dish on their menu which was perfect for my vegan daughter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Birthday!
    Jersey
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Rod's is always the restaurant that my husband wants to dine at for his birthday! As usual, the food was prepared perfectly. The staff is very attentive. And the waiter even presented my husband with a mini birthday cake!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent.
    MikeandMary
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Service and food were outstanding. Wine menu is excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • StillHopeful
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My wife, daughter and I have been attending ROD's for quite some time; to include brunches and dinners. Most of the time, the service is good and the food is always very good. At our last visit, the food was very good, but the service was very slow. The waiter seemed overwhelmed. In addition, the air condition went out, but no one said anything. We heard the manager announce the situation to the people at the table next to us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. White wine warm!
    DinerDanVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My only negative comment was serving warm white wine which we had to leave in opened in the ice bucket for 30 mins to chill off! Otherwise great food. Sides could feed a family of four!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive brunch
    RoseOO
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    had brunch here; whoa! $30 for brunch? There is so much food laid out, no one could possibly eat it all, and the omelet and fruit I had was not worth paying this much for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dry steak
    edwin
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    steak interior was cooked correctly but was dry. Outside was too well done. next table had to return their steak -cooked well done when a medium rare was requested
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Place. . .
    Concetta
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Rod's is a very special place. Service, food and ambiance was awesome. I took my boyfriend for his birthday. Worth every penny. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.