Steel Wheel Tavern

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$30 and under
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A neighborhood bar with an eclectic menu of modern American cuisine, Steel Wheel Tavern is sure to please. Located in Ridgewood’s Historical District, directly across from the train station, Steel Wheel Tavern maintains the charm of its late 19th century origins, with the up-to-date appeals of craft beers, specialty cocktails and a substantial wine menu. It also boasts a delectable variety of popular pasta dishes, locally sourced duck and poultry from Goffle Farms, Angus beef, vegetarian selections, composed seafood plates, sandwiches and burgers. There are also a bevy of appetizers and salads along with an extensive kids menu.
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M
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Another delicious lunch. We have never missed a good meal here and enjoy the great beer selection and good wines.

RD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I can not even begin to explain everything! We waited 15 minutes for our waiter I should have known then to leave. Our waiter was clearly drunk ! He was complaining how all the girls in the back didn’t get along, information you don’t share with a customer, he was pushy when I told him what I wanted to eat apparently what I wanted wasn’t good enough. Next we were there for an hour and a half he was too busy chitchatting with the girls to even check on us, I watched 4 Tables of people get served eat and leave before us, they came after us, they had a different server ! We will not be returning because of the service, the food was eh but service was horrible!

RO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pretty cool place. Sat outside while dining. Great selection of beer and attentive service. If I had to post a negative, it would be that my burger was a but overcooked for my liking (medium rare). My wife's burger was perfect medium rare.

JE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere and excellent food. We sat away from the bar, so there was less noise level.

OT
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch location. Will come back!

ME
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The noise level was high because the 2 women next to our table were just load no sense of what indoor voices are about.

OT
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our First time . The service is average, the atmosphere is good and the food is simple and good.
A place for an informal meal with no pretense.
We will probably come back.

c
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor seating, attentive service and nice menu selection. We were warmly greeted by manager who thanked us for our business and enjoyed the sliders and vegetable spring rolls., along with a round of perfectly prepared dirty Martinis

FH
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Reasonably priced, good food with a nice atmosphere and as a bonus they have Narragansett on tap. I will definitely return.

LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice, casual place with good outdoor seating

MK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Both waiters were obviously hungover. They spoke about it in front of us. Forgot our food and preferences. Didn’t wrap up pur leftovers. Forgot check. Definitely not going back.

DM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was prompt and the food was delicious! I am sorry I I haven’t been there sooner, but there’s plenty more on the menu to try!

BM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Went there for restaurant week for first time. Definitely will go back again to try other food on the menu.

A
New England
30 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding!

a
Naples
79 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Met friends for dinner here. Could hardly hear each other talk because it was no noisy. We all ordered burgers & they were all over cooked. Our server was attentive to taking our order & checking to see if we needed anything, but he & the 2 busboys were negligent in clearing our table. We had to keep asking them to take plates away that were done & glasses that were empty.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and service was great except for the end waiting to pay. Waiter couldn’t have been more personable and more fun to have. Am looking forward to coming back

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

I’m a tough grader. Steel Wheel is good for a local dinner.

SH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Menu changes after 8pm to bar food and burgers did not know that when I made reservation!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious food. A go-to spot.

SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a nice evening outdoors enjoying food and beverages. We chose Steel Wheel Tavern because they were once again participating in the Community Meals fundraiser, Meals that Matter. I had the Grilled Pesto Chicken sandwich and it was fresh, delicious and plentiful. I'm not a fan of sweet or mixed drinks - tend to keep it simple - but the peach margarita was fabulous & fairly priced.
We had a nice evening dining out in Ridgewood while supporting a worthy cause - Community Meals, Inc. (a "meals-on-wheels" organization).

NB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our table of 10 enjoyed the fun vibe of this restaurant. Waiter Henri was friendly and attentive, and made sure we always had a drink in hand. We all enjoyed our entrees including the short ribs, which were delicious, the salmon, duck, and beef brisket. Couldn’t give 5 stars because burgers which were supposed to be medium rare were both well done. The two who ordered them ate them up anyway, not complainers. Look forward to a return visit to listen to the band and order the short ribs again. Great time, nice staff!

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was loud in the first room but the back room was more tolerable. The spring roll appetizer was awful. My burger was ok. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. The kids meals were good. All in all, I would not return.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere is typical “modern cool” gastropub. Unfortunately, the food quality/quantity and drink selections don’t match the vibe and prices. We ordered pulled pork nachos, which were basically ballpark nachos with nacho cheese, canned guacamole and sour cream, and pulled pork poured on top. The beer selection is mostly IPAs and macrobrews. The servers are nice though so that’s a positive. There are tons of other restaurants in the immediate area with a similar feel that I’d probably go before here.

K
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The short ribs were amazing! My kids both got the fish n chips Off the regular menu and they did not care for them, very greasy. I would come back again and again for the short rib dinner though!

PG
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

OUr waitress was great and all the staff were very accomodating.

BB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers day dinner with my daughter was great. .very good food! Will definitely return

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment, we were taken care of very promptly on a holiday. Server was very attentive and drinks were great!

AP
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good. It is a bustling restaurant, so quite noisy. Wouldn’t choose it for a quiet romantic dinner, but we had a really good evening here.

BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. Pleasant atmosphere and the staff was very friendly.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is pretty good but the beers are expensive for the area. Maybe a dollar to dollars less and I would think about going back.

MD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Nice place.

PJ
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined al fresco which was nice. 3 of us shared the pretzel appetizer which was yummy - I like that you can order a drink and not have to BYOB. We all ordered a different salad and we were all pleased with our selection. Our waiter Michael O. was great, very helpful and friendly. The only disappointment was the banana bread pudding - It was tasty, but such a small serving, almost as if they served us the tail end of the pudding that remained in the dish. I think the serving should be a bit bigger for the price.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice crowd. Definitely a great gathering place to meet up with friends. Wait service was efficient and friendly. We had burgers, fish, pastas and salads. Everyone liked their meals.

MR
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to quest fundraiser, crowded event , very professional, food was great along with service

S
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great! Our waitress was wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

CW
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We wanted a reasonable place for 6 of us to hang out and talk and enjoy good food before a concert. The Steel Wheel Tavern did not disappoint. It was reasonable and had something for everyone!

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first visit & we enjoyed our meal. We will be back

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place, food, wait staff

NM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Beautiful night to sit outside !! Our waiter was overwhelmed with his tables and he kept it together!! The hostess took our drink order to help out but never came back with them !! Work as a team especially when it’s busy! Food was fabulous!!!

AA
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The ambiance was great but the portions are very small for the price.