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Stephen's on State
Stephen's on State

Stephen's on State Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stephensonstate.com
  • Phone: (610) 891-8900
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Cuisine: American, Steak
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: No
A word from Stephen's on State
Stephen's on State originally opened their doors in June of 2003 under the name Stephen's Prime. Primarily a steak house, the restaurant operated for three years before the owners felt a change was necessary. They wanted to create a more casual setting and in August 2008 renovations began. The entire face of the restaurant was demolished and replaced with sliding french doors that open out to the street. Opening under the name Stephen's on State, the restaurant now offers outside cafe dining in addition to the ala carte lunch and dinner menu. Responding to the high volume of bar business, Stephen's once again renovated in August of 2008 and expanded into the adjacent building doubling the bar capacity and adding a new dance floor. With live entertainment Monday through Saturday, many people are coming to Stephen's to enjoy a full dining experience, dance, or maybe simply to enjoy an appetizer and cocktail from their extensive martini and wine list while listening to music.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Lovely dinner for our anniversary. This was our third visit and each time the food has been excellent, from hor d'oeuvres to desserts. Servers are attentive and on target with their recommendations. We look forward to trying something new each visit."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "First time here, waiter very nice and personable tells us the service sucks but the food is great.Little did he know, we would wait over an hour for our meals with no explanation.When food was finally served, our party was so hungry we didnt really notice that the food was not so great. Two people ordered the special which was new york strip which they found not cooked to their preference and was quite fatty. Another person had stephen chicken which was to be served with shrimp and crabmeat.There was no crabmeat and two tiny little shrimp and the last person ordered a veal dish which was to be served with proscuitto which it wasn't. After whopping 240.00 bill, not sure if we will return or not. Maybe will give another try for lunch."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great dinner - Kelly is wonderful and always provides exceptional service."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food was good, very noisy though. Went out for a "date night" with the hubby, not really a romantic type place or a place where you can sit and talk due to the noise level. A little small, felt crammed in. Food was very good. It had more of a Happy Hour feel."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Excellent service. Attentive yet doesn't ruin the flow of the meal. Food was exquisite. Price was right."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We went to Stephen's with friends on Saturday. This was their first time. We go a few times a year. The food was excellent. There was a mix of entrees from meat to chicken to seafood/ fish. Each person loved their meal. Only complaint is that the dining area can get loud especially when they have live music. I definitely recommend Stephen's to anyone. Can't remember ever having anything less than a great meal."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We go about once a month. The food and drinks are especially grand, and the service is good without exception. All in all, it's well worth the price."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I believe an eating out experience should have great food, service and atmosphere. My family and I celebrated my birthday starting with a crab flatbread and an artichoke with pesto - both excellent. The salads are large enough to share and were very fresh. There's nothing worse than limp lettuce. Our meals were short rib Bolognese, stuffed chicken, seafood Alfredo and the special sea bass w/rice. Everyone was thrilled with their meal with my husband and son commenting on the rice. I loved the short rib dish. The wait staff was attentive without be annoying. I hate it when they ask how do you like it when I haven't had one mouthful yet. Low lighting was an issue for me. I'm not easy to please, this was one of the best meals I've had out."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent, but, frankly, the restaurant is a little crowded - meaning tables are simply too close together and it is LOUD."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Popular and noisy. The food was good but sometimes with excessive touches ( eg melted cheese). The wine list is somewhat limited and expensive - three or four times retail. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was great -- everything from the salmon and tilapia to pasta and filet mignon. Our server was fantastic. He was very accommodating and attentive. The menu is relatively expensive, not for the quality and presentation of the food, but the with respect to the setting. The parallel bar area just does not enhavce the dining area. One enters with the bar area on the left -- after passing by a bar patron with a cigarette on the sidewalk at the entrance. Also for the prices they could do a better job replacing the used silverware and the like. All in all, a positive experience. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Not sure why you would do a quiz thing in this type of restaurant. Completely killed the mood and is the reason we left. Dim lighting then have to hear a guy screaming into a microphone? No thank you. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "For a special occasion, Stephens is terrific. I would not go there often because of the prices. The after dinner bar scene is great. Both my husband and I like music, with him being a former DJ, so for a Saturday night it was a fun place to be. Though I would wish there was more space to dance. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We went for my son's 12th birthday because he wanted to try a real restaurant instead of a chain. Food was fabulous, service was outstanding, and we had a very nice time. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant and good food. It can get very noisy."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We were participating in Main Line Restaurant Week, and this was a restaurant we hadn't tried before. The food was delicious and the service excellent - attentive and efficient. We were with another couple that we don't see often, so we were trying to chat and catch up. This was difficult because of the noise level. A happening place, evidently!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant with great food and service. The food was fantastic and the drink selection was impressive. Will continue to go here! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My husband and I tried this restaurant for the first time on Saturday night for our anniversary. It was great. We would go back again. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food was excellent and the ambience is very romantic. Mondays is bring your own bottle of wine which made it that much better....definately will be making this a bi-weekly tradition. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "The food was delicious and arrived timely. I ordered the house cabernet and it was good. They did not have a kids portion but accommodated my son's request for pasta. I had the teriyaki filet which was cooked to perfection just as I ordered, medium rare. The service was fabulous and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. We will be back"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food at Stephen's is excellent, especially their steaks. Service is very good. The only negative we would offer is the noise level. Stephen's has a large, very active bar area and the noise level from the bar makes quiet conversation in the restaurant area very difficult. Topping that off is the fact they have live music in the bar which, while nice, increases the decibel level. That said, Stephen's is well worth a visit."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I have no real negatives to say about this place, just that nothing blew us away. Some may be taken aback by the prices as they are on the higher end. With such prices I would have expected the food to have a bit more character....fresher ingredients (everything seemed to be heavily doused in creamy sauces), and higher end service. For example, I would expect new silverware after our appetizers. Again, nothing terrible...just for the price I would expect more. I think this is an example of a restaurant taking advantage of the "steakhouse" image so they can up-charge just because they're a steakhouse. The nice part of the evening was we came during the Roots Ramble, and were able to hear some good live music!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was very good. I had gotten the teryaki filet mignon with wsabi mashed potatoes, it was incredible! Very nice place and ambience. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Brought a friend who hadn't been to Media. I love Stephen's for their wine, their music, their food....Although service was a bit slow, we had nothing else to do and we didn't get our bread (but we could do without), the rest was really good. We were going to go somewhere else after dinner, but the music was so good and we ended up with 2 other couples just chatting and dancing and just stayed until it was time to go home. Needless to say, my friend definitely wants to come here again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "In my opinion, Stephen's is trying to be too many things to too many people. It can't be a quiet, high end restaurant and a vibrant happy hour spot at the same time. The layout makes it very loud and noisy in the once-quiet dining room. For hanging out at the bar, the menu choices are good, and the vibrancy is nice. However, the dining room is loud, making it difficult to hear others at your table, when there is a singer at the bar next door. Service was slow for a night when the dining room was not full."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great food, great service, probably the best steak I have ever had. Once the live music starts it is hard to hear if you are near the front of the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It felt like a dinner in the city of Philadelphia but made better with the Media location! Excellent service, good food and a nice night out."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A little too noisy! Hard to have a conversation. Food and service was very good!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "$160 per couple (with very moderate drinking) is fine when it brings you at least decent to good food and a reasonable atmosphere... alas, tis is not the case in this place. Suffice it to say that the best attribute here is an energetic bar and music scene apparently targeted with much success at the 65+ crowd. The food itself aspires, but fails, to achieve NJ diner level mediocrity at price levels of a top city steakhouse -$5 per dish. Media has much to offer, so stop in for a drink or two and have some laughs at the expense of the lounge lizard regulars, but order the meal somewhere else!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My manager was in town from Charlotte, NC. I am from Philadelphia and visit Media PA often. We had eaten for 2 nights in Philadelphia and wanted something different so headed to Stephen's. Food & service were very good. We were a party of 3 and each of us had something different (chicken, fish, steak) and all were pleased."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Went here on a "date" with my husband and totally pigged out. The food was delicious, from appetizer to dessert. We ordered the bacon wrapped scallops as an app., but were a little disappointed that there were only 3 on the plate. The French onion soup was wonderful, and the mango cosmo was perfectly sweet, but could have used a bit more alcohol. I had the crab cakes for my main course and was pleased with the portion size as well as the taste of the sides that came along with it. The crab was generous and perfectly cooked. Overall, it was a good experience, but the seating was a little tight as the dining room was crowded and the tables were a bit too close together. The waiter was attentive and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Mussels and calamari delicious. Steaks juicy and cooked perfectly. Service slow and impersonal. Busy, noisy."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I ordered Veal and Not only could I not chew it I also could not cut it witha knife I had to send it back for something else. By the time I finally got my meal my Husband had finished his. All and All I probably would not return. Every meal is served atop mashed potatoes to make it look like a lot of food. It is very deceavieing!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great food & atmosphere. Would've been even better if they had live music, which I know they often do (but didn't the night we visited)."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Like the place but the noise level is too much. Had to shout to give our order and speak to each other. Food is very good, service is excellent but the noise."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We've been meaning to try Stephen's, but it's a little out of our price range. So Media's first Restaurant Week was the perfect opportunity. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and service. Will keep on the list for future returns."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We went during Restaurant Week so were anticipating maybe a rushed atmosphere and it was anything but - great service. We also thought the food not be up to everyday dining standards and it was! The options were plentiful, the portions were great, and all four courses were exceptional."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We were there on a Friday night. We had a wonderful experience. There was a band playing and it served as a nice background music. The food was excellent and service was great. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great food and service. Had a 7:30 pm reservation so the band did not start until 8:30. It was great to listen to the band when we finished our meal and were enjoying our drinks."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "A great place for a late Sun lunch as they open at 2PM. The food was prepared well and the server was courteous and efficient. I will return in the future."
    Dined on 2/23/2014