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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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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
  • "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
  • "The food was great as well as the service but it was very loud. The dining room is next to their bar and the noise travels easily. If you don't mind the background noise then it's dine, but if you want a quiet not out this may not be the place. Loved everything we ordered though and drinks were great!"
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "All around great restaurant in the heart of Media, PA. Great service, great food. Will be going back soon."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Bad experience from the start. Two minutes after we received our menus the waitress asked if we were ready to order, upon ordering she didn't seem very knowledgable of the dishes on the menu or the specials. Our waitress rushed our meal then the time came to pay the check and she was no where to be found. After waiting for a half hour our check finally came. The food was nothing special and way over priced for what it was. Won't be dining here again."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This was our second time at Stephens and it was pretty good. Service was a little slow; we were there for an hour and a half. But over all it was good. The bread and oil they give you are amazing. I ordered the seafood alfredo and it was a nice size portion. There was a lot of crab meat in my meal, but only 4 pieces of shrimp and two scallops. My boyfriend ordered the special which was a stuffed pork chop with broccoli rabe and mozzarella which he enjoyed. Over all nice experience and we will be going back again."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We were there on a thurs, night in jan. So its kind of difficult to rate some of the services. only because i's was a slow night so the service was good the food was very good . But thats why i went when i did. To avoid the crowds, but over all I would give it a 4 1/2 stars out of 5"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Great meal and wonderful service. The live music is a real nice touch but could/should be toned down a notch or two. Although the musician was great, at times the music was so loud even almost screaming we couldn't hear each other. I would, however, definitely return and so would the others in my party."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Our visit to Stephens was enjoyable. The waitress was knowledgeable of the wine menu and made great recommendations for dinner. Plenty of attention to refilling water glasses and offers of additional bread. Table was kept clean of crumbs and dirty dishes were promptly removed. Food was served hot. Glad we chose to dine here after a long hard work day. We had a relaxing meal. This was our third visit to Stephens. Food and drinks are consistently good."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Stephen's has been consistently a great place to dine. The food is cooked to your wishes and delicious! Service is very friendly."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. Each of us had the specials, my wife had a new York strip steak which was perfectly prepared and I had the fish special a sea bass over a very tasty risotto."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The price I paid for a lobster tail was almost $50 and it was tough and gummy. My friend who tasted it felt the same. ROne would expect a better meal at this price."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This was by far one of the best meals I can remember. Our server Kelly was awesome and super helpful. The food was absolutely amazing. Prices are reasonable to a little high but totally worth the money. If you're going out for a night in Media, make sure you visit Stephen's on State."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I was born and raised in South Media but have not actually live in Media in almost 30 years. Recently I visited friends and relatives and discovered Stephen's on State. All I can say is my friend and I had a fantastic dining experience! The food and service were above our expectations. I highly recommend Steven's on State."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Ron was an excellent server. Very attentive, honest and very familiar with the menu and suggestions. Chicken parm was a tad over done but the chef was quick in producing another generous portion of tender juicy chicken. Gnocci excellent. Must have the spinach salad with fruit and champagne dsg. Over all good experience. Radio a bit loud, just a tad too dark and I wasn't really happy sitting practically in the same room as Quizzo night. Perhaps with wings and beer, not so much with $36 steak! Good food-good service-good location , our timing was off. Oh my friend said the Cream of asparagus soup was the best she had ever had."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Fun, energetic place. The food was awesome! Three of us had the crab dish and we loved it. Another had the strip steak and it was juicy and tender. They honored my request for a booth. Since the noice level was loud, it was difficult to have a conversation. - the reason for the 4-star rating instead of 5. Otherwise everything else was great including the service. I would return again."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal here. They take that extra special step to make sure you have an enjoyable time. Slightly pricey, not a weekly establishment."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Had a nice Monday night dinner @ Stephen's this week. They are primarily a steakhouse, but have chicken veal and seafood on the menu as we.. I enjoyed the Stuffed Chicken Breast entree (chicken, roasted red peppers, italian sausage and cheese) with a salad, while my husband opted for Shrimp Lejon and Veal Saltimbocca. All was very good. Especially good were the deserts--we each had coffee and gelato, Salted Caramel gelato is awesome if you've never given it a try!"
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Service was the weak point. Live guitar player great"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Wonderful choice of entrees and all members of family were delighted with their choice. Eager to return and try other items.The four of us had a wonderful dinner. Everyone was delighted with their choice of appetizer and entre. The only recommendation we have is the selection of music did not complement an upscale dinner atmosphere. It was also too loud and too raucous. Our wAitress did turn it down after we asked. A diner shouldn't come away talking about the music as their first note to others. It should always be background and really go unnoticed. You have a great selection of entrées, wines too, and we are eager to return."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We booked a reservation for 4 the Saturday evening after Christmas. Due to a scheduling conflict I tried to change the time but was told they were completely booked so we kept our original reservation time. The restaurant was only 50 percent full the entire time we were there. Our server, Mary, was pleasant enough but not much help with the menu. However our selections were tasty. Of note we chose the crab dip, onion soup, steaks that were done to our request, crab cakes and a signature entree Stephen's chicken. Once the band started it was too noisy to have much conversation but we had been warned about the noise level. Overall I would recommend Stephen's."
    Dined on 12/28/2013