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5 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Stage Left Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Monday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Please inquire contact our Catering Manager for details.
Private Party Facilities:
Stage Left has several rooms available for private events. We can accommodate groups from 15 to 130. We offer a variety of party menus. We also offer wine dinners and wine classes ideal for that a special celebration or a corporate mixer.
Private Party Contact:
Alex Hall (732) 828-4444
The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.
Valet parking is available $10-15 per vehicle located at The Heldrich Hotel. There is some on street parking (some metered till 7 pm). There are also city parking lots and garages.
A word from Stage Left
Stage Left has been ranked among the best restaurants in NJ since it’s opening in 1992. The focus is on the best local ingredients in the kitchen and an award-winning wine cellar stocked with wonderful gems from $30-$3000. Service is friendly and knowledgeable. Our elegant private dining rooms and
rustic wine cellar are perfect for business or romance. NJ Monthly – Best American Restaurant / NY Times – Excellent / Star Ledger – 4 Stars / Wine Spectator – Best of Award of Excellence For reservations in the bar area of Stage Left, please note this in your reservation notes. There is limited seating in that area so we may reach out to you if we do not have availability.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
Notable Wine List
Enjoyed the food, but will never
go back. 15 mins after being seated, we were finally given menus & water. Our drink orders were taken 10 mins later, but received them after we ordered food, which was 1hr after being seated. We cringed when our waiter asked if we were ready to order. It had been 1hr since we sat, of course we were ready. When drinks came, a waitress leaned over me to pour my sister's red wine rather than take the glass from the table. We ordered a 4-cheese plate; it was tiny & mostly rinds. When we saw a table order the same & receive a large plate, & saw a man take 1 bite that was as large as our entire plate, we were livid. Staff mostly ignored & treated us as if we didn't belong there. We got the msg & won't return."
Dined on 3/8/2014
The dining space is very
attractive and calming, the cocktail offerings superb and the service while sometimes inexperienced, was pleasant and welcoming. However, the food was a shock, and completely out of place. The steak was inedibly overcooked. A lobster and crab mac and cheese side dish was simply penne noodles with butter, an egregious misstatement. A fish entree came out in the sum total of two bites, in no way acceptable unless this were a multicourse tasting, which it was not. Finally, entrees were presented atop salt blocks atop cutting boards, and placed on the table! A disaster waiting to happen. Avoid."
Dined on 3/8/2014
Upon arrival we wanted to have a
drink at the bar before being seated but were told we should go directly to our table and have a cocktail there. We were offered seating 10 inches from our neighbor on either side, even though we were the only customers in the restaurant and there were many open tables. The staff was very pushy. After we ordered a glass of wine at the table, the server came back three times to collect up our order and the wine had not even arrived. We were rushed through dinner by the server and the buss boy practically stole my wife's plate from her on at least three occasions while she was still eating. Overall the food was good but the dining experience was bad. Does not live up to the price range it wants to command."
Dined on 3/7/2014
Found this place on Google as I am
not from the area, and needed to find a place for a business meeting. This was a huge surprise because the menu and specials were very different, perfect for the meeting we were having. The Wagyu served on a salt block not only was unique, but provided the ability to heat each slice of wagyu to your own liking, and providing additional flavor or not only salt, but other minerals. The service was outstanding as well. I thought the meal was very reasonably priced given the caliber of food and service. I drove 30 minutes from Newark Airport and it was absolutely worth it."
Dined on 3/6/2014
When an important client was
staying in New Brunswick, I and one of my colleagues took the opportunity to dine with the client at Stage Left. Maybe, it was a Monday night issue but the overall experience was only average, expensive, but average, with the food being the biggest disappointment. The wait staff was friendly and energetic, but the person taking our order told the client that the sauce was not that hot and, at the client's request, agreed to put the sauce on the side. The dish arrived with the steak drowning in the extremely spicy hot sauce. The client was too polite to send it back although it was mostly inedible for her. Overall, we all agreed that the food was average at best."
Dined on 2/24/2014
This was our second time at Stage
Left and I was very disappointed. We were the only ones dining there on a Tuesday night celebrating 2 birthdays. We were put in a room which was rather boring and of course empty except for the 4 of us. Our waitress was curt and unfriendly putting a further dampener on the evening. The food was good and plentiful but rich and expensive."
Dined on 2/25/2014
We always have a good experience
at Stage Left. The steaks that we cooked ourselves on a hot salt block were delicious. We would definitely have them again."
Dined on 2/16/2014
Made reservations week in advance
seated by the entry door so we had an outdoor dining experience. We chose the tasting menu for two with four courses and wine pairings (only 3) for the advertised price of $249. The portions were small even by french standards. The surf and turf entree was a small flank steak served on a hot ceramic brick served rare. The lobster tail was 3-4 oz cooked, so a couple of bites is all that you had of the surf. The dessert was the highlight of the evening, Our final bill was $350 for three hours of dining pleasure. Only a good from us as this restaurant has performed better in our past experience. Oh did I mention that the wine portions were a bit on the light side for $90 for 6 glasses of wine!"
Dined on 2/16/2014
Very romantic dinner. I loved
everything about this restaurant!!!"
Dined on 2/15/2014
The restaurant was very nice -
staff polished. Food very very good - not cheap however. Because of the prices, I think it's a great place for special occasions - at least for myself , it's not some place I can frequently go"
Dined on 2/15/2014
Have eaten at stage left multiple
times. The portions were normal for a upscale eatery, this time my wife had the loin dish which was embarrassingly small. Mention it to the waiter, who couldn't care less."
Dined on 2/8/2014
Sorry no American cheese, but any
other kind that I might crave, pared with a nice decadent port or sauterne. Not allowed to start with dessert? Their tasting menus rival the best that I have had in Chicago, fun, friendly, great food and close to home."
Dined on 2/7/2014
The mushroom soup, risotto, and
apple crisp were all excellent! Loved the romantic atmosphere! Will be back if traveling in the area again."
Dined on 2/4/2014
I was there for my birthday, and
the restaurant went as far as wishing me happy birthday on my personal menu. the food is incredible, and I had the best burger I've ever Eaten!"
Dined on 1/26/2014
Wasn't thrilled with appetizer
menu. Would have liked a few familiar items to choose from. I tried the duck soup. I wasn't my favorite. However my wife thoroughly enjoy her meal. My rib-eye was perfect."
Dined on 1/25/2014
The food was fantastic! My wife
and I both had the Stage Left Burgers and they were the absolute best burgers we have ever had. The atmosphere was great and our server (Eric) was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. He was also very friendly and professional. We had such a good experience, that we will be coming back next week for my wife's birthday dinner. I will absolutely be recommeding Stage Left to friends and family!"
Dined on 1/24/2014
Menus should have indication of
spiciness or the waiter should tell their customers if the item has spiciness to it. I had ordered a NY strip steak & I didn't realize the sauce was "hot"spicy considering it was a steak & I had never eaten,at least for me, a spicy sauce for a steak. 2nd-the red wine I had ordered which was Cabernet had some sediments in my wine glass.I just thought serving your wine with the "crud in the bottle" is tacky especially for a rated restaurant. I did eat the food & drank the wine but I also mentioned it to our waiter. I'm not the type of person who complains but rather give my suggestions cause I don't want them to think that I looking to get free food. And at the end we still gave our waiter 20% tip."
Dined on 1/17/2014
Felt comfortable as soon as we
walked in. Had a sense of elegance but was also inviting and relaxed (Sunday evening). All four of us thought the food was excellent from appetizer to entree to dessert. Creme brulee was, as the kids say,"to die for". Service was very attentive and helpful. Wine selection was good, but pricey. The wonderful time we had was in part due to the good company we shared, but the restaurant certainly made its contribution very well. Our expectations were high due to the restaurant's reputation...our experience was actually a bit higher."
Dined on 1/12/2014
I really like the food here, their
burger is indeed the best one in NJ. Their menu is definitely not for everyone since they use ingredients not found on your daily diet, so if you want to try something out of the ordinary, this is the place to go...of course you are going to pay for it, but it is worth it. If you cannot not afford it, don't event bother to come here so you complain later about how expensive it is. If you want to make it a special night, go for it. The servers are very knowledgeable and this is not the place for you to leave unhappy, if there is anything you are not satisfied with, say something (tactfully) and they will make it right! If they have it available, try their lobster lasagna with truffles. It is to die for."
Dined on 1/10/2014
Stage Left is an upscale
restaurant that serves high end meats, steaks, and quality meals. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients. Their wine selection is extensive and many vintage wines are available...for a price. The steaks are prime cuts and specials often have high end beef like kobe and wagyu. Steaks are cooked to order and the chef was on target with the degree my wife and I wanted our meat cooked. This restaurant has a reputation for their bacon cheeseburgers which are cheaper than other menu items, but pricey for a cheeseburger. My burger was excellent though. Excellent beef used in the burger, cooked to order, and very juicy without being greasy. The reputation is well earned. Dessert was great too."
Dined on 1/11/2014
Brought my girl friend here for
her birthday, I got the burger, she got the stuffed lamb. I recommend to add the side of fries to the burger. wine list was super extensive, the server seems to be very knowledgeable, giving a speech on the special menu before main course and cheese after. Dessert was good, not a tons of choices, fall a little to heavy on the sweet side. But overall great food, great service, great experience. Expect ~50+ per person, at least."
Dined on 1/10/2014
The food is high quality but not
remarkable. Wine list is incredibly overpriced. Server was pompous and unnecessarily loud."
Dined on 12/20/2013
Like everyone else we went to
dinner after the ballet. We were glad to get there early because I imagine they had 100 orders at the same time. Food and service were great. It is a classic older restaurant but the interior is old for that high of a price."
Dined on 12/21/2013
we've been going to stage left for
years---it's always great----we love it"
Dined on 12/20/2013
Very disappointing. Soup was cold.
Not many food choices. 2 Hours for a steak dinner was not enough time. They told us we wouldn't make the show if we ordered steak."
Dined on 12/17/2013
I ate here before seeing a show at
the theater next door which is very convenient. I have always heard that their burger is one of the best in NJ which is what drew me to this place. However, upon hearing the specials and seeing other items on the menu, you will quickly learn that they are much more than their burger. As a matter of fact, the specials were so good, we didn't even really order from the menu. Because I am a burger guy, I did order it while my wife order a Kobe beef special that is served on a hot salt block from where you can cook pieces of the Kobe beef to your liking. Very clever and unique idea. The burger was really good too but I think you will be more impressed with the other menu items they have to offer!"
Dined on 12/14/2013
The food is outstanding (always
has been), but patrons are treated as if they should be "grateful" for being allowed to eat here. The indifference begins when one walks thru the door and there is no host or hostess to greet arrivals. Is the bartender the host? Will someone appear from the coatroom to welcome? Do I need to travel to another room to be seated? At busy times the delay is annoying. The presentation of menu items and specials is well orchestrated and thorough. Delivery of ordered food is prompt and pleasant. Patience is necessary to obtain any follow on service. On this visit my party left without ordering coffee or desert when no server was available to order. If you have time to linger visit. If not, best to look elsewhere."
Dined on 12/13/2013
Time between appetizer and entre
took to long. They did apologize for the delay."
Dined on 11/30/2013
The burgers were amazing!! Juicy,
tasty, cooked to perfection and big enough for two! The steak fries that complimented my burger were outstanding, crispy on the outside and soft and flavorful on the inside. The server was a delight and very knowledgable about the food and liquor they served. Would definitely go back and take more friends and family!"
Dined on 11/29/2013
We've been celebrating
Thanksgiving here with my Mom for the past 4 years. This year we had to bring her in a wheelchair and the staff were most accommodating and the table was perfect. The food was as good, if not better, than ever--with the exception of the bread pudding. Cold, and otherwise meh--not nearly up to the rest of the meal. Mom's Valrhona chocolate cake, however, was delicious."
Dined on 11/28/2013
Another great meal. The burger was
surprisingly amazing. Best I've ever had. This place is a gem. Gluten free accommodating and our friend had many choices to pick from. Many thanks to our wonderful server."
Dined on 11/24/2013
Stunning, spectacular and stellar!
Stage Left has been voted best in NJ for a reason--they are!"
Dined on 11/28/2013
Food was fantastic. The steak
tasting entree was to wonderful. The wait staff was extremely helpful with food choices. Stage Left also personalized the menus for my parents with 'Happy Anniversary' & their date. This is one of those restaurants where every time we've gone it has been a great experience."
Dined on 11/22/2013
Stage Left came highly
recommended. We left very disappointed. Everything was perfectly average. Not bad, but nowhere near the experience one should expect at those prices. The place seemed tired, like it was living off its reputation from a bygone era. My veal, my wife's burger, the lobster mac 'n cheese, brussel sprouts, rissotto - all merely OK. (The sweet potato soup, however, was pretty tasty, and had the mac 'n cheese had a respectable portion of lobster, but I suspect that one could do much better for much less money in New Brunswick."
Dined on 11/16/2013
Over priced, wine list heavily
populated with ridiculous prices. Won't return."
Dined on 11/12/2013
Fine dining with excellent steaks,
and wine list. Enjoyed the roasted beet appetizer, and teappucino (chai) after the meal."
Dined on 11/2/2013
The food at Stage Left was
artfully prepared. Flavors and textures were balanced and everything we had was delicious. Scallop appetizer; roasted duck breast, brussel sprouts; cheeses and berry gratin. By the way, the cheese board was a bit of a surprise. Mix of wonderful American (Tennessee, Colorado and Vermont) and European (Italy, France, Britain, Scandinavia) cheeses. The accompanying honey/truffle oil was fantastic."
Dined on 10/30/2013
One of the best porter house
steaks I ever had accompanied by crab mac and cheese and grilled asparagus which were also excellent! The only thing I wasn't fond of were their appetizers my boyfriend had the fluke and we didn't care for it, and I had the scallops which were just ok very small as well. We finished with the hot chocolate cake which was simply amazing! I'm definetly going to go back, just I'll go straight for the steak and dessert:-)"
Dined on 10/27/2013
My friends and I went for burgers
here, which we've had before. They are everything a burger should be! Big, juicy, on freshly baked brioche buns with applewood-smoked bacon and 2-year aged Vermont cheddar cheese. Alongside this comes the best darn steak fries that you could ever ask for. However, if that's not your thing, the rest of their menu is equally enticing."
Dined on 10/26/2013
We had tickets to a play and
decided to try this restaurant. the food was delicious with a very eclectic menu. The squid ink risotto was really great and my husband had the special appetizer a spanish ham so thinly sliced it was melt in your mouth delicious. My duck breast was cooked to perfection and the Sticky Toffy Pudding dessert was to die for...."
Dined on 10/26/2013
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