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Permanently Closed - Backstage

583 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Gastro Pub, Burgers
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Hours of operation
All Day Menu Service: Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm. Bar later.
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Phone number
(860) 489-8900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Stephen Sarlo
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Cross street
City Hall Avenue
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Parking details
Parking lot directly behind the restaurant, as well as ample on-street and public parking.
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Special events & promotions
Thursday Tap Takeover each week presenting America's best craft brewed draft beers
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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vipTimberlake (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Just found out that they are going out of business next week!!!!!

Cathy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

The restaurant was very accommodating. The weather was terrible so the entire party was late, but the hostess kept our seats available. Food selection was great and beer selection, of course, was fantastic. We were a party of 7 and able to hear our conversation, but the restaurant wasn’t exactly quiet which was great. Enjoyable atmosphere and good parking options. Definitely recommend.

TRdiningout (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Very enjoyable
Great food!
Perfect before a show at the warner theater

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

The venue is loud but that is the typical type bar atmosphere. I liked it.

Rostaman (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

After many visits to Backstage over a period of time it is good to see that many of the features that keep me returning haven't changed, except for the better. The menu includes many unique food choices and much of the ingredients are locally sourced. Although I do not drink Backstage's selection of beers and wines constantly changes so you can never tire of trying something new. The wait staff is attentive and friendly and looks after you as if you were family. Highly recommend that you try Backstage whether before a show at the Warner Theater next door or when you are just out for a good dinner.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

We were seated promptly, and our waitress came right away for our beverage order. We had small had mussels, one had a steak quesadilla, and we shared a plate of Brussels sprouts.....everything was delicious, and the "small plates" were generous servings. Our waitress was attentive. An enjoyable pre-concert meal. Not my first time at Backstage, and it won't be the last.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Waiter was rushing us quite a bit. Food was excellent. Service could’ve been much better

DBL117 (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

mikevnv (New York Area)
3.0  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

Jenn (New York Area)
4.0  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.

robbie (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

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

vipSteve706WHL (New York Area)
4.0  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