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Permanently Closed - Backstage

4.1
583 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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
Additional
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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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
3.8
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4.0
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

We were seated promptly, and our waitress came right away for our beverage order. We had small plates....one 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.

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3.0Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Best hamburgers and sweet potato fries to die for.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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)

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2017

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

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