Steakhouse 85
Steakhouse 85

Steakhouse 85

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.steakhouse85.com/
  • Phone: (732) 247-8585
  • 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
100 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (70)fit for foodies (44)good for groups (43)romantic (42)notable wine list (37)neighborhood gem (26)vibrant bar scene (23)hot spot (21)great for lunch (10)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Steak was not great.
    Tinique
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Joined a few college friends for dinner after work. I was looking forward to a great meal yet at Steakhouse 58 given the rival of the downtown restaurant scene in New Brunswick. Unfortunately, I found the food to be at best-ok. I ordered calamari as an appetizer. It was average. For dinner, I ordered a filet mignon and asparagus . The filet was very bland- completely lacked flavor. I am a foodie and can appreciate a great steak- especially when it's priced like a double eagle steakhouse like Del Frisco's. The food quality was like Applebee's and priced like a highend steakhouse. If it were not for an evening with great friends- I would have been completely disappointed in my evening. The location and atmosphere was good. I would not recommend at this time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite Place
    Ratlak
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    This is the favorite date night restaurant for my girlfriend and I. We love the atmosphere, love the food and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Purplepassion
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Everything was excellent. One of the best steakhouses around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Steakhouse
    OpenTableDiner2013VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Steakhouse 85 is a very nice place with superb service. I have never had a meal here yhat I did not enjoy. I would recommend it and return often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steaks
    Cire55
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    1st time here but it was recommended and we are thrilled we tried it out. Finally found a great steak house in NJ and right near my Alma Matter - Rutgers! The place has a great ambiance adorned with some Rutgers "swag"! Matthew, the owner is hands on, visible and welcoming. He introduced himself and made a few recommendations while we were awaiting our table at the bar! The appetizers and steaks were fantastic! Loved the sides but felt the Lobster Mac & Cheese was a bit drier than we like! Overall; great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a NICE luncheon
    ENJOY
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Attended a farewell lunch for some coworkers and was very pleased with the service and food. The crab cakes were amazing from the luncheon menu. Pricing was above average but so was the food. Great place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband & I were celebrating
    reginafalangie53
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    his 61st birthday so we decided to have a special dinner. Our server, Eddy was excellent, the restaurant was elegant but there was a dinner party 2 tables away that were having a wonderful time, and extremely loud. My husband and i had to shout to be able to hear each other. it was not quite the romantic dinner i was hoping for. The food was excellent except for the steak. It was tasty but not as tender as he expected a $45 steak should be. We did not mention this to Eddy until the end of our meal. Eddy sincerely felt bad and offered us each an after dinner drink which was very thoughtful. Overall we enjoyed our meal but not sure if we will return. The noise level was just too much for our taste.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A classical experience
    blackjack
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We had just attended a memorable performance by the NJ Symphony Orchestra. It was our first visit to Steakhouse 85 and it too was memorable. Our table was waiting for us as we requested. The service was friendly and knowledgeable. The wine list was impressive. Of course we all had steak which was cooked beautifully to our specifications. We also had seafood (scallops) starters which were creatively done in an orange reduction. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant surprise
    FrankOK
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Found your restaurant via maps.google.com. Was pleasantly surprised by the business (and surrounding) location - felt the ambiance as soon as we walked in. Not too loud and were seated right away. Hector our waiter was a charm, very professional and polite - couldn't have asked anything more with regards to his service. Definitely will return
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great steakhouse!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great for special occasions and a date night. Pricey but worth it!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steakhouse 85 - Yes!
    farcryliz
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We went as 2 couples. enjoyed the $99 Prix Fixed dinner. Excellent deal and every selection was outstanding. Filet Mignon was large and perfectly cooked. Crème Brulee was fantastic. Included bottle of wine was nice touch. Service excellent without being hovering. We enjoyed a lengthy and relaxing Friday night date night without being rushed. Would definitely eat there again. Great place to celebrate a special event.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First visit to steakhouse 85. Exceeded all expectations. Food, services and ambiance incredible.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Go To
    NoraVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    So glad I found this restaurant on Open Table! It was a real treat and look forward to going back the next time I am in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic date night
    Likes2Eat
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I've worked in New Brunswick for years and finally went to dinner at Steakhouse 85 this past Friday. We had the BEST seat; the little booth in the far corner of the restaurant. Our server (Paul?) was fantastic: he was knowledgeable and funny, observant but not smothering. The oysters were divine and the steaks could not have been more perfect. The two of us would not shut up about how mush we loved the seasoning! We originally planned to do the "Date Night" menu, but branched off in a few places. It was a wonderful evening; we weren't rushed and we were able to chat and sip between courses. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We came here for our one year anniversary and it was perfect! I have been here many times before but my boyfriend had not. He is still raving about the food and he said multiple times that this was the perfect night. Thank you for making it special for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    m1chael57
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Been going here for a while. Service has always been excellent. Jose was our server and kep that streak alive. Food was always good but has been off the charts amazing the last few times I've visited. Medium rare fillet was freaking amazing, and served from a "date night" menu at $100 per couple. I repeat - amazing! Lastly and certainly not least in my book, Steakhouse 85 always has live music. The Jazz trio is by the entrance and music is non-intrusive for those who want to talk to background music, but just loud enough for you to hear the bass runs if you listen attentively. I luv this place for keeping live jazz alive. I'll be back real soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Booking with Opentable
    JustSayin
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The booking was great. The meal went well. One disappointment. Booked thru OpenTable with comment "27th Anniversary". Restaurant appeared to have no knowledge of this as I thought comments get passed along. Recommendation -- DON'T trust Opentable to inform the Restaurant of any of your special comments. Talk to Restaurant by phone as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Solid Performance
    Larry
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant is a perfect combination of a world class steakhouse and a neighborhood standout. We traveled to go here and are jealous of those who live closer as we would be weekly customers if we did. Great manager/owner who is on top of every customer, and great steaks and seafood. Prices are right on for the quality! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect
    ines
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I loved it! The fact that they have a jazz group playing is simply perfect! The food is exquisite and there was nothing to criticize!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so memorable
    FineFoods
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Hello. We went to this restaurant for our anniversary and the dinner was so so. The steak was just ok and the service was fine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chica
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Memorable experience. Great food. Great wine selections.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steakhouse 85
    Restaraunt2Review
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Very pleasantly surprised....excellent food, very friendly atmosphere, good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    rxlmd
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food and service were excellent! Would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find for college town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Our waiter, whose name I unfortunately can't remember, was a delight. He was friendly and knowledgeable. The food and ambiance were typical for this type of restaurant and pricing. However, my husband ordered his steak au poivre but without the sauce. They didn't seem to understand this request and just added extra pepper not crushed peppercorns. I, on the other hand, ordered my steak medium rare plus and it was done to perfection. I would recommend and will definitely visit again. Great find for a college town.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • always a wonderful lunch
    Michelle612VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    12 of us celebrated a 25 year service anniversary for an associate on Thursday. Lunch was wonderful, the food is always good. Sheakhouse 85 is a favorite!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luvgdfood
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    As always food excellent and service was great. Best steakhouse in New Jersey !!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great dinner
    kenny
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Never are we displeased with this restaurant. Have been here many times for different occasions and it's ALWAYS the same GREAT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a great steak - overdone
    StitchLady
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We visited because of the brilliant reviews. I don't know where those people ate, but it wasn't here. My steak was over cooked - I asked for Rare. Nothing to write home about. If a "Steakhouse" can't figure out how to cook a rare stake, well, you decide.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good experience!!!
    Lovinglife
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stand Out In The Neighborhood!
    JuliaBVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Coming from New York we were very impressed with the fine food, service and handsome setting! The steaks were sumptuous and cooked to perfection!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Losing interest
    TommyGVIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.