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About Backstage

Backstage, located next to the Warner Theatre in downtown Torrington, serves casual American food from Chef Stephen Sarlo's full "all-day" menu, prepared fresh from scratch. Service begins daily at 11:30am, and the kitchen stays open late on Warner Theatre performance evenings for after-theatre dining.



Select from crisp salads and hot soups, creative Small Plates, Famous Burgers of Certified Angus patties on house-baked rolls, popular Sandwiches, and Big Plate comfort favorites. House-made desserts are a specialty.



The antique mahogany bar soars 14 feet above the trendy zinc counter, and presides over northwest Connecticut's largest offering of craft-brewed beers. 40 brands are available on tap, with the bottle selection at more than 80. The well-rounded wine list is popularly priced, with several wines offered by the glass. Craft Cocktails are also a specialty.

84 Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Gastro Pub, Burgers

Hours of Operation:
All Day Menu Service: Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm. Bar later.

Cross Street:
City Hall Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 489-8900

Website:
http://www.backstageeatdrinklive.com/

Parking Details:
Parking lot directly behind the restaurant, as well as ample on-street and public parking.

Executive Chef:
Stephen Sarlo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Thursday Tap Takeover each week presenting America's best craft brewed draft beers

Backstage Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (17)
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Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
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Great for Lunch (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fun (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Authentic (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Live Sports (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

The waitress was very friendly. The service was slow it took forever to get waters for the table. They had plenty of help. Our wine was warm. Our food was room temperature, expensive. We received our bill before we we got our second glass of wine. I would never go back again and I would never recommend it to a friend. We disappointed!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I've eaten here with friends many times and the food is very good, but not exceptional. The only criticism I have is that I generally attend right before an afternoon opera and even though I have gone to the trouble of making a reservation, I still have to stand in line and wait. There should be a separate person to take care of those with reservations.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

my wife & I have been going to backstage for a long time & enjoy it very much -the only problem we had ( including this past Saturday) was the length it took to get our food -this is not a reflection of our server in any way; I think his name is mike -he was great -but it took 45 minute's from the time we ordered our food until we got it - I realize it is busy on Saturday's, but this is not the first time that this has happened -but rest assured ;this will in no way affect our dining at backstage -we will most definitely continue dine & recommend your facility to friend's regard's Michael emery

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

1st visit before a show at the Warner. Great appetizers and dinner. Noted GF options so definitely will return with GF Household member.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food cooked to order
Good portions. Manager came to table to make sure everything was okay.

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Casual, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

We enjoyed our dining experience at Back Stage prior to seeing a show. The menu has many unusual and interesting selections at various price levels, so no complaints there. The food presentation was excellent. We even ordered a dessert....couldn't resist. The food was excellent, and the drinks, too. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a laid back atmosphere with good food and drink. And if you are attending a show at the Warner or Nancy Marine Studio, the choice for a pre-or post show dinner/drink is a no brainer!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Service was awesome , Cynthia was very attentive and friendly, food was great,we had a great time!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We made a reservation on Open Table, and we’re seated at a booth as requested.
The appetizers and the main courses were as good as expected. Portions or large, especially for the salads

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Casual
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

A very pleasant dining experience. Excellent value for the seasonal special menu for CT restaurant week.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Although the food was excellent the restaurant was unable to handle the crowd that came in that night, most of them for a Judy Collins/Stephen Stills Concert at the next door Warner Theater. The manager took $20 off a bottle of wine to soften the mess of the night but the service was ill organized and extremely slow. I can recommend Back Stage for the food but stay away if there is an event at the Warner.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was subpar, veggie burger was mushy and tasteless, cavatelli was overcooked. Fried mozzerella was very good but overpriced. Not a good night.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were traveling and found this restaurant on Open Table. If going that way again, I would return. The appetizer was great, local tomato with mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinegar. This is an app we really love and have often at many restaurants, this was one of the best. For dinner we had the chicken cordon bleu and the roast chicken. By far the roast chicken was better. The chicken cordon bleu had an unfamiliar taste which wasn't appealing and unlike any we had experienced in the past. The potatoes and veggies on each of the plates were good.
For dessert we had the apple crisp with ice cream and coffee, both were great as was the friendly service we experienced with all the staff we came into contact with.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very enjoyable!
We had a great meal
The service was great!
We sat outside as the weather was beautiful
The inside dining was a little over air conditioned
We had tickets to a play so it was the perfect spot!
All in all a wonderful evening

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great place with great food, but it was so noisy that for a party of 6, we had to shout in order for everyone to hear.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

The stars in my review should add up to a better experience, but the whole is LESS than the sum of its parts.
We arrived at 6:15 for a pre-theater dinner reservation. We were seated right away. The restaurant was not terribly full. We ordered drinks, and eventually they were brought to the table. All was well until we had to wait a very long time for our dinners to come out from the kitchen. Although our waitress was race-walking, it rook my flagging her down three times for us to get a refill of a drink and our dinners. It was 7:30 before they arrived, and we had an 8:00 curtain.
I think the food was pretty good, but we had to eat it so fast there was hardly time to taste it.
When I go out for a rather expensive meal, I expect it to be relaxing, not the adventure in clock-watching it turned out to be.
I would only recommend Backstage with the caveat that one must leave at least twice as much time as one normally would.
Finally, although we were there for 1.5 hours, there were only two songs playing in the background! They seemed to be on a continuous repeat. The second was "Alice's Restaurant" 4 or 5 times! Too much of a good thing!
Good management of the kitchen could probably fix the problems that are downstage center here.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The only thing was that it took 45 minutes for our food to arrive after we ordered it- this in no way should reflect on our server ( mike ) ; he was excellent- I know it was busy, & fortunately i had made the reservation for 5:30 so we had enough time, but next time might be different . But my wife & i have been going to backstage for a long time, and this will not change that- we love backstage.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

AWSOME TIME PRE AND POST SHOW AT THE WARNER, GREAT FOOD, EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

I really enjoy going to Backstage. It's a nice neighborhood place offering great food and a comfortable atmosphere at the same time. This is one of my regular go to restaurants.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Absolutely love the fun, artsy vibe. Delicious food, great beer and cocktail selection. Excellent service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

A great place to have dinner before or after a show at the Warner!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating, Fun, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Best hamburgers and sweet potato fries to die for.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

First time ever going here, not the last! Food was flavorful, fresh and cooked to perfection. Cocktails were delicious. Service was fast and wait staff was friendly and attentive. I will definitely be coming back for sure! The quality of service and menu make this place worth the higher prices.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent, kind service. Delicious food. Fun atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food, long wait. Had a 6:30 reservation, waited an hour for our burgers. The waitress was good, the kitchen didn't seem able to keep pace with the amount of tables

Tags: Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I found the manager and wait staff very helpful, particularly as we had theater tickets following dinner and had to leave by a specific time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We visited Torrington for the weekend & ate dinner here before our show at the Warner theater. The staff was PERFECTION!! Friendly, fast, attentive!! Just the kind of service my husband & I like. But it wasn't pushy or overbearing!! The food was delicious & also served quickly! If we ever head back to Torrington, we would eat here again!! (We live near Philadelphia, it's not around the corner)

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Was there for a lunch meeting, options were good but a little pricey.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Service was over the top...Food Fantastic...A must stop when in the area

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great choice! We were unfamiliar with the area and we were very happy with the location, atmosphere and food!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The food is always good, the beer list is outstanding, the service and staff are great. Highly recommend Backstage for a great night out with friends.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Tori was great, recommended drinks that were yummy but not too sweet, very energetic & fun. We LOVE the lentil burger & sweet potato fries, oh yeah..you must try the chipotle and/or wasabi sauces, delicious!! Never disappointed!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Great food, nice variety to choose from and a great reclamation of downtown shopping space.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Service was a bit slow, but the great food was worth the wait.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

A new Hot spot for us, for sure . We wished we had discovered this place sooner. Loved our first experience here and WE WILL DEFINATELY be coming back !!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montreal)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Wonderful! We had the chicken wings, the beef quesadillas and the calamari and all was perfect! The beers are incredible too...very nice place!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Excellent food as always & fairly loud, but manageable to still have a conversation. Dessert was excellent (panna cotta)!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Always a good meal and great service. Great burgers - Hugh beer list

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Good food. An enjoyable evening. Very noisy and sometimes hard to hear the waiter, but otherwise very good.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Food was excellent, service very slow, missed part of show at the Warner

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Great food, great service, easy seating, will def. go again :-)

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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