Steakhouse 85
Steakhouse 85

Steakhouse 85

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.steakhouse85.com/
  • Phone: 7322478585
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday, Tuesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef/Owner Brian Karluk
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us for your off-site catering needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have private dining rooms to accommodate parties from 8-85 people. Our menus are filled with fantastic lunch and dinner options to suit your special needs and tastes.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeff Potter 7322478585

Getting there

  • Cross Street: George Street
  • Public Transit: The restaurant is just a one minute walk from the New Brunswick stop on the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor line.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located directly across the street from the Church Street Parking Deck. There is also metered parking surrounding the restaurant.
A word from Steakhouse 85
Steakhouse 85 is a 21st century rendition of the classic American Steakhouse. The menu at Steakhouse 85 is comprised of fresh and inspiring modern day interpretations of classic American cuisine, served alongside the traditional steakhouse classics we all know and love. The back bone of our menu is without a doubt our beef. Our mouth watering dry aged steaks are rubbed with a simple yet luscious combination of sea salt, black pepper and fresh herbs. They are seared on a 1200 degree cast iron grill and then broiled to your liking. Paired with a large classically designed bar, complete with savvy cocktails and a Wine Spectator award winning wine list, this steakhouse is sure to please.

3 1/2 Stars - Star Ledger
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
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Steakhouse 85 reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (85)good for groups (54)romantic (51)fit for foodies (47)notable wine list (45)neighborhood gem (37)vibrant bar scene (27)hot spot (20)great for lunch (16)late-night find (8)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A good experience!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I went her for date night after catching a comedy show near by. We had reservations and were seated promptly the restaurant was moderately busy. Our server was very nice he answered all of our question regarding the menu. My husband enjoyed his delmonico and I enjoyed my filet mignon. The sides were equally as delicious. I recommend the truffle tata tots they were surprisingly delicious. I didn't have dessert I had no room left. Definitely a good choice and I will return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GO!
    Askier69VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    One of the best restaurants in New Brunswick. The owner is personally invested in making sure his guests are treated supremely well. Both the steaks and the seafood are fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Scott
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Took my wife here for her birthday the other night. Service was very attentive, food was great. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was Exceptional
    tristeandlawrenceVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Highs - exceptional service - the cabernet from Washington was excellent! Great steaks and lobster. My wife said the soft shell crab was the best she has had - cilantro shrimp was enjoyable - bacon also tasty - the truffle tater tots are a must have! Lows - tables are fairly close together and can get loud - especially once the band starts - food wise the bread was the only disappointment - a bit pricey but overall an enjoyable experience will definitely return again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Jen3
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Their Friday Date Night menu is an awesome idea. Live music after 7pm. Park and Pay conveniently located across the street. Steak and seafood was amazing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for meat lovers!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    It's all in the title. Great short rib sandwich and angus burger.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    BBrown82014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food and great service! The Hyatt across the street highly suggested Restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Losing interest
    TommyG
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Its a shame, I always want to go to 85. I love the Jazz band and the dark wood in the restaurant along with the "New Brunswick college feel" it portrays but the food is just average. We went as 2 couples. I ordered a $40 Delmonico as I normally get a strip or a filet and it was just boring. The seasoning was non existent and the quality of cut was lacking. Sides or shoestring fries where Mcdonalds size. Those are not shoe string fries. Maybe they ran out and hit up McD's down the road. The other sides were undercooked and just bland. I think we may be done with 85
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best steak house in Middlesex.
    BUGSY
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have dined in just about every steak house in the country. This one is right up there with the best of the best. This steak house would do great in NYC. Look forward to dining there again. Only thing missing on menu is potato lyonnaise as a side dish. Also they have the best steak sauce of any other steakhouse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Date Night!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My boyfriend and I had a really nice time at Steakhouse 85. We were going to a comedy show across the street & wanted to have a nice romantic meal in walking distance. I remembered having a Date night pre-fix menu at a steak house a few months back and wanted to try again. I made the reservation on OpenTable. Real easy to do. We got there and they had our table. Service was surperb from sitting to the end. A lot of staff on had and our server was very thoughtful and made our dinning experience nice. He gave us recomendations on which pre-fix meal was good and what side would be just tasty for the meal. We both went for the Filet Migeon dinner. It was so tender and tasty. Melted in our melt. I would definatley try this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Overall, en excellent dinner. Great NY Strip steak. No flaws.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York steakhouse in NJ
    Kikikelly
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food here is consistent and delicious and makes me feel as if I am having dinner in a New York City steakhouse without having to travel as far. They do charge NYC prices though, but worth it now and then for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Steak Restaurant in NJ
    Foodie79
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was our fourth time eating at Steakhouse 85 and it's always consistently wonderful! Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, the food is always delicious. And each time we've been there, the owner has been there going around to each table, making sure the diners are doing well. Great experience. Looking forward to going again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was awful
    Notagain
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Haven't had a steak that bad in a very long time. Truly bad. No taste. Annoying intrusive "service" that was exhausting.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good as it gets.
    jpnmc
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I am always amazed by the well trained and professional staff here. Always welcoming, always obliging yet never obtrusive. The steaks are what you come for and they are satisfying. But it's your loss if you don't try the seafood, either as an appetizer or entree, it's impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT
    RalphVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Have eaten here many times but the $99 Restaurant Week Special for Two just couldn't be beat. Lobster bisque and French Onion soup, filet and pork chop, crème brulee and hot apple tart with ice cream. Everything was prepared to perfection. Almost forgot to mention the great bottle of wine included. I'm am ready to return :)
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  • Friday Night Date Night
    foodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    They have a great prefix Friday special. $99 for two apps, two dinners (with one side), two desserts and a bottle of wine. We had calamari and an apple salad which was delish. Main course filet mignon cooked perfectly and grouper topped with crab, one of the best fish dishes I've had. Creme brulee which is hard to mess up and and apple tart with ice cream equally as yummy. We are mistakely charged with the bottlw of wine but the waiter took it off when we showed it to him. Will definitely go back for this great deal :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Ratlak
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Just another great experience for a nice romantic dinner. I have been to steakhouse 85 several times and have never had a bad experience. Food is great, service is great and great atmosphere. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Laxking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food was very good as usual but service was poor. Wait for main course was too long, due to a large group. Not my issue as a customer waiting for a lengthy period of time. Waiter lacked personality, follow up and the ability to sooth errors like the delay in food delivery and Expresso not properly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So tasty
    PrincesaApacible
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I had the scallops...I know who goes to a steakhouse and order scallops. I do and they were amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Special
    NJfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had the Friday night Date Night Special which was a 3 course Price fix menu with a bottle of wine. The food was superb and the service was excellent . We will definitelt return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Different Steak House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Enjoyed the food immensely. The portions are good sized and the sides are larger than the chain steakhouses (and less money too). They have a special Date Night Menu which is nicely priced and includes a bottle of wine. Two of our party had lobster and they were cooked just right. I had the large filet and it was cooked just as ordered and the steak sauce that went with it was great. The last person had wonderful salmon. Desserts came with the special dinner and the Apple Tart and Creme Brule were both good. Wine prices are reasonable by the bottle. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pete
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Server was excellent. Patiently explained the menu and described the thinking behind all of the steaks. Ideal for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impersonal
    SGINZVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A bit noisy waiter nice impersonal didn't mention the restaurant week discount which I heard about the next day. Didn't mention the steak sauces. Which you pay for anyway. The vegetables, if they are meant for one person they should be smaller and cheaper. The warm coffee and cappuccino came 10 minutes prior to dessert so that ruined the evening for me. They should come together. One of the servers asked who got which dish. I expect that from mcdonalds not a high class steak house
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unbelievable
    luv2dinepier
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    the food was unbelievable the steaks just melt in your mouth most of all the sides are the best .will Def be here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steakhouse
    Rnewtonjr
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My wife and I went to Steakhouse 85 during New Brunswick's Restaurant Week. The food was excellent and our server, Dan, provided outstanding service. We would highly recommend this restaurant for couples or groups craving an outstanding steak or similar fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dining Experience
    SteveGoesOut
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Truly enjoyed my dinner here. Started by looking at the Friday Special but expanded the meal to include the lobster. Filet Mignon was perfect and some of the best I've had. Lobster was also exceptional. Staff was great ! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a NYC Steakhouse
    bbyfce
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Disappointing steak. Ordered the signature Delmonico. Overcooked and not a great piece of meat. Everything else - appetizers, sides and service great - but left disappointed.
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  • Special birthday
    Wildcat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Always enjoy an early dinner we like to sit side by side at the table for two.so we can both watch the bar scene and tv. I wish you had chicken franchise and Honey Jack Daniels.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We dined at this restaurant on two occasions this week, and both experiences were fantastic. They worked with us to make site our large parties were accommodated, and the foodand drinks recommendations were spot on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had hoped for more...
    Qreview
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I made reservations well in advance, but we were seated at the worst table--right by the kitchen. My scallops were OK, but they were served on a bed of tasteless onions, so it really wasn't that appealing. My husband's steak was very good. Our waitress was very nice and efficient, but the bus service kept trying to "rush" us and clear our plates before we were finished. I had a better experience when I had lunch there a few months ago.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My bf and I went for lunch. We had calamari as an appetizer and He ordered the steak and fries and I had the angus burger. I was really disappointed with my food, the burger was so salty, and the calamari was so bland and rubbery. On a positive note, the place looks really nice and the employees are very attentive. Lastly, you have to pay for parking across the street , restaurant does not validate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Delightful Experience
    MarsMom
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a great experience at Steakhouse 85. Service was great, the meal well spaced between appetizers, entrée and desert. The food was delicious and steaks were well prepared according to everyone's preference. This was our second visit to this restaurant and once again we had a delightful experience. It is a bit on the pricey side but to be expected in a steakhouse.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food
    Rowdical1928
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have been to Steakhouse 85 on numerous occasions for business. I decided to take my wife there got our anniversary. Everything was great from the food to the service .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steakhouse 85
    LizL
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went for the Friday date night special $99 and we certainly got our money's worth. Great food, excellent service and a wonderful ambiance. NYC style dining w/o the tolls and traffic! Will go back again and bring our friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steakhouse 85 superb
    Elizabet34
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Always enjoy an exceptional meal at Steakhouse 85! We were a group of 6, steaks cooked to each person's exact desire. Sides of broccoli au gratin (my favorite) creamed spinach, and potatoes delicious. Friday Date night is such a bargain, we keep returning. Lobster fest has begun addwe will return to feast!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Superb Hot Spot
    Scarlet
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Steakhouse 85 is consistently superior, in ambience, food choice and quality, and service. It's one of my favorite places!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great Steakhouse
    OpenTableDiner2013VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This was my second time dining at Steakhouse 85 and I enjoyed it both times. I enjoy to upscale atmosphere, decor and service. I had the petite filet which was excellently seasoned and very tender. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves steak.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Nice place; very good food
    VinoVeritasZZVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Great place for a good meal before a show at the State Theatre. Steak house fare is done well, and seafood dishes are solid.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Was really looking forward to a great steak dinner.My wife and I shared a 16oz ribeye it was like an ordinary choice pice of meat.The sides laked flavor and the drinks were short pours not expected in a expensive steakhouse.No parking available except at a public garage with a hourly rate.overall disappointed ..
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