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: (973) 539-6666
  • 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
116 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (80)romantic (46)good for groups (44)notable wine list (42)fit for foodies (41)great for brunch (25)vibrant bar scene (23)neighborhood gem (22)great for lunch (19)hot spot (9)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great food and ambiance, unprofessional service.
    vetfoodie
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Rod's is a lovely, venerable restaurant with excellent food and a great Early Bird menu. It is a wonderful place to meet old friends for a quiet meal. The piano music from the bar is also a plus. My only gripe? Usually Rod's has topnotch servers. This visit and last (both on a Thursday) our waitress (same woman both times) seemed to rush us through the meal. She was also pretty lackluster. This time, she took our dessert order with our main course order. This was really tacky. I've been to many topnotch, high-end restaurants, and I've never experienced anything like this even with price fix orders. So, it was apparent to me that she wanted to get us in and out fast since we were interested in the Early Bird. In short, she made us feel like we were second class citizens. This is inexcusable as this is and has always been a high-end restaurant where one goes for a special occasion. Our bus boy also seemed not to understand English. At the end of our meal, I asked him to wrap a few leftover slices of Rod's signature delicious brown bread that remained, and he brought us a whole new basket of breads and crackers. We had just finished our dessert and coffee! So, to sum up, great food, surprisingly unprofessional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rod's very very good dinner and experience
    MikeD
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We have been to Rod's previously and enjoyed the meals and ambiance. This time we decided to try the "early evening prix fix" menu. We were very pleasently surprised. We expected the food to be good (and were not disappointed) but didn't expect nice portion sizes (we were surprised - very good portions). The meal (appetizer, entrée and desert) was very reasonably priced and very high quality. The ambiance was great. Drinks (cocktails and wine) were very good and reasonably priced for the quality and size. We highly recommend Rod's and if you don't mind eating a bit early - try the Early Evening Menu (before 5:30pm - except Saturday when it's 5pm).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific lunch place!
    Evelyn
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Rod's offers a refined setting, great for meeting colleagues, business associates, or old friends. The quality of the food / wine is consistently high, the service is considerate and thoughtful. The staff allows one to pace the lunch or dinner as one chooses. This is a good place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Biz lunch
    Guest1978
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Asked for table conducive to quiet business meeting and was readily provided with one. Service attentive, not cloying and gave us time for discussion with client. Burger was properly cooked but meat was too dry. Fat content too low. All other food was good. Many lunch dishes seemed more like dinner items. Would like to see more selection of true lunch items.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my first time at Rod's
    AnnieO
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Not my first dinner at Rod's which is one of my consistent favorites in the area. However, on this busy Saturday night, the service was filled with non personality and abrupt attitude. We informed our server that we were headed to see a show with almost two hours to spare. She was abrupt, unfriendly and hard to find at times. Thankfully, alternate staff stepped in to assist and they were wonderful. The flow of our meal was rushed while our server kept informing us that we were in a hurry and had a show to catch. The Ceasar salads were impressive bearing the right blend of flavors presenting with an almost tableside preparation flavor. The escargot were barely passable. And, unfortunately the scallops clearly undercooked. The steaks were fabulous as was the lobster. A delicious complimentary birthday cake finished out the meal. It is, however, a shame when a gold standard restaurant suffers from a busy night and the staff is not up to the task which creates a dining experience that is simply not up to snuff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back again and solid as usual
    FoodNDrinks
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We came to Rod's a couple of months ago and didn't have luck with the service and wanted to give them another try. I have been coming here for 15+ years and the food is amazing and I'm happy to report things were much better this time. As always the food was solid and we just love the atmosphere there. We were seating in the upstairs dining area and had a team of folks taking care of us. The staff was attentive and took good care of us. We had an excellent experience and look forward to our next meal at Rod's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great brunch!
    Patricia
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was our 5th time having Sunday brunch at Rod's and once again it was a wonderful experience. All 4 of us enjoyed various dishes. Standouts were the omelets, shrimp, smoked salmon, carving station and the desserts. I had the bread pudding for dessert and it was wonderful with the hard sauce. The bloody marys were a wonderful start. The wait staff was very attentive. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Always Works
    KearnyGirl
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Rod's is a classic steak house: fine beef, fine wine, excellent service, the bartender who remembers you even if you only come to the area once a year on business. I choose to eat in the bar when I'm alone, and in the restaurant when entertaining guests. Ambiance different of course, but a great filet mignon and rich cabernet are the same. The service is on par with a private club, and I really do make it there only once a year or so. Nice to be remembered.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PRepenn
    PRepenn
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    As always, we were treated like royalty, service was impeccable, dining was spot on, and we were not rushed. Rod's is our "go to" for special occasions - this one being a birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great
    tjd24
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Pre-Theatre matinee luncheon - food was served hot & tasty. My wife's Bisque was superb as was my French Onion Soup. Her Lobster Mac n Cheese side was generously oversized and a meal itself though some of the lobster pieces were chewy. Service was attentive. We enjoyed our lunch - thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor quality control
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We were served bad Lobster and Steak. The Lobster was partially black and smelled. The sliced steak was covered with a brown sauce that could not cover up the poor quality of the beef. The servers were very apologetic and agreed that the food we were serve should have been allowed to leave the kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Francoise
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great for a special treat or if you enjoy steak theirs are is very good! Pleased To see the Delmonico steak on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    msdona
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was EXCELLENT. It was a bit pricey, so better for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bobst
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The atmosphere was excellent. The food was correct but nothing extraordinary, they need to improve the way of cooking meat, my "medium rear" was overcooked, the other sirloin was perfect, but only 50% of success. I am willing to pay dearly, if the food is outstanding. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give it a 6
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great apps good entrees
    br549
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    French onion soup is great, scallop and shrimp crostini app was excellent, crab cake entree was good, scallop entree was uninspiring. Scallops were tasteless.
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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
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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.