Stephen's on State
Stephen's on State

Stephen's on State

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stephensonstate.com/
  • Phone: 6108918900
  • 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
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Steak, American
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Stephen's on State reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (32)neighborhood gem (27)vibrant bar scene (24)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (13)romantic (12)great for outdoor dining (10)hot spot (7)late-night find (7)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food, loud atmosphere
    Satisfied
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    When we first walked in, the restaurant was very loud and noisy as many people were enjoying happy hour at the bar. We were not so pleasantly greeted (no, "hi, how are you"- just- "how many" without even a smile) by a male host which gave us an initial bad impression. Our waiter was very friendly and we were very pleased with the food. The only downfall (besides initially not being greeted very nicely) was the noise level, it was very hard to hear each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; terrible hostess
    1hat3b1lls
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Overall, the food was excellent. The waiter and the busboy were great. The hostess sucked! We were there on a Sunday when they had a band playing till 7pm. There was a bar on 1 side and the dining area on the other. When we walked in, we waited a few minutes to be greeted by the waiter. Out of nowhere, the hostess comes from outside, dismisses the waiter and seats us on one of the side booths. Our lovely hostess drops our menu on the table and tramples away going back outside to converse with her friends. No greeting, no water, nothing! I was a bit content when the busyboy brought out our water and the bread basket few minutes later. The waiter took good care of us and made sure my husband's meal was cooked right.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service and food excellent
    Gailsailor
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We will return on another evening but definitely avoid Friday as we like to talk to each other. Friday bar scene was jumping and the bands are great. Love Fair Trade .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, good beers
    Meg720
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The meal was really quick-we were there for an hour...tops. The prices are up-charged on "Dining under the stars" nights. But the food is still good and they give you a decent amount.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining under stars
    FoodieParents
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We went on a Wednesday in the summer to dining under the stars. We went with two young kids and so outdoor dining was great. They offered small kids menu. Adult food was very good but service was slow, took over 2 hours.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night
    datenight
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We really enjoyed our evening at the restaurant. This was our first time and we will definitely be back. The food was delicious, we loved the music, and the atmosphere was fun. I had a great night with my husband, but would also enjoy coming with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    edeneski
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was really good...above my expectations and I ate it all! I had the Chilean Sea Bass special. We were a group of 3 ladies and we all enjoyed our meals. Our waitress was really good but super busy. She answered our questions about the food really well and knew the menu. The rest of the staff could have been a little nicer. The folks who greeted us and seated us were efficient but not super friendly. I had to get out of the way of a waiter or two that was hustling. It was good they were hustling but they could have let me pass through instead. So you probably get the idea. I don't dine out much so when I do, I like to be treated nicely. Overall, a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family gathering
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I called for a reservation and when we got there they put us in a private room. It was great - we could have a wonderful conversation and hear each other. The waitress couldn't have been more attentive. We all thoroughly enjoyed our drinks and dinner. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good steakhouse in Media
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Took my Mom to Stephen's on State for her Birthday. She loves a good steak! The steaks were good. Not the best filet I've ever had. It was a little burnt on the outside which messed with the taste of the steak. I read a number of reviews saying that the restaurant can get loud beacause of the band so I asked to be seated far away from the band and we were. However, our table was right across from the entrance to the kitchen and seemed to be the place where the wait staff congregated so this spot was less than ideal. We still had a good time celebrating, but the experience could have been better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A and J
    7ofus
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We did Dining Under the Stars in Media and it was wonderful. This was our first time eating at Stephen's but it will not be our last. The food was the best I have ever had. The service was OK but was understood because of how crowded it was for Dining Under the Stars. The whole block was crowded and loud. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what we have come to expect
    CookieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We come to Media area twice a year and Stephens is always a place we go for dinner. This was first time we've been disappointed. Main server seemed to be going through the motions with very little interest. My steak arrived and was cooked perfectly (medium) but was not hot. In fact, it was barely warm. I told our server and rather than cook a new steak, I received my steak reheated, well done and dry. Our server didn't come by to see if everything was fine for a while so rather than hold up our evening I stuck with the reheated steak. And, I received incorrect sides but at this point it was what it was. I'll chalk it up to an off night and based on our prior good experiences here, we will be back and try again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food. AWFUL Ambience
    ChrisM
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was excellent as usual. But, they had a Jazz Band start playing at 7 PM RUINING THE ENTIRE DINING EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE. We choose Stephens for a relaxing dinner with conversation and excellent food. Awful evening. Restaurant too small for a band. You could tell the other patrons were upset cause no one clapped or acknowledged the band. It was in no way background music. We were a party of 5 all the way in the back and could barely hear each other. Stephen's needs to figure out what they're going to be, an upscale restaurant or a nightclub. If the latter we won't go again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Loud
    PBV1VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our host was pretty indifferent when we arrived. The food was pretty good but the dining area is lacking in interesting or warm decor. The bar area was very loud and it filtered into the dining area. IF I go again it will be either for lunch or on an off night. However, there are lots of other much better restaurants in Media. If you like a noisy bar scene this seems to be a place to go.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Enjoyable Evening
    Marion
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I took my parents to Stephen's on State for their 59th wedding anniversary and we had a great time. The food was excellent and the service was great. The State Salad was excellent and so were the tuna and calamari appetizers. I had the creme brulee for dessert which was also delicious. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Very noisy, could not hear each other or waiter. Service very slow. Food the biggest letdown- stuffed chicken not stuffed, just a pile of ingredients, veal extremely tough. Could not recommend.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Morepastaplease
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was delicious!!! Just need for my platter to come out piping hot!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    CRooVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Tom the server was great and made it a nice dinner!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad experience
    Confused
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had a drink and left due to an unexpected extremely loud inside band. We could not talk to each other. We have had great meals at Stephens in the past but this time we could not even stay.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • very good dinner
    btom
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Hadn't been here for years; much improved and we'll be back. Good food and service, diverse menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CRooVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Kelly is a rude person and should not be a manger at McDonalds much less this restaurant- ruined what could have been a positive first experience at a new restaurant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good not great
    lesm610
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Having dined here more than a few times, this trip was a slight disappointment. While our shrimp appetizers & soup were very good, my husbands rib eye steak was very under cooked and not the quality we became used to at Stephens previously. My scallop dinner which I get most of the time was a bit off not sure if it was the risotto or scallops. While I won't count them out just yet, since prices tend to be high if we have this same experience next time , we will look elsewhere for a good steak dinner. On a side note, I always thought the entertainment started too early in dinner hour but this particular evening a guy named Joe Watkins was a solo act & he was fabulous! Very diverse music choices & all sang well!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic, Yet Hip
    Diningat50
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband took me here for my birthday and it was very nice. The staff was very accommodating and the food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Dinner
    ChrisM
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner June 21, 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always
    Linda
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great dinner - Kelly is wonderful and always provides exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stephens is great
    Food
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Excellent service. Attentive yet doesn't ruin the flow of the meal. Food was exquisite. Price was right.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stephen's on State
    sk8r28
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Easy To Please
    retiredbuddiesVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 231 reviews are from the Stephen's on State reviews archive.
  • Delicious meal, loud atmosphere
    vpbetho
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food and service were excellent, but, frankly, the restaurant is a little crowded - meaning tables are simply too close together and it is LOUD.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Popular place
    EOSp
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BearVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The bar killed the mood
    Ehhhhh9
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 45th wedding anniversary
    vikkipew8
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    Bluesky
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good meal
    FordVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    good meal service good food good would recommend to all media is a Quaint little town Good dining experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Very nice restaurant and good food. It can get very noisy.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but LOUD
    Beadfox
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Outtodine
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.