The Cecil Steakhouse

4.4
1478 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Welcome to Cecil Steakhouse!
The Cecil Steakhouse is a modern, upscale haven in Harlem. It is about fully engaging the five senses. You will be in our warm dining room that houses a modern décor of paintings and sculptures.
After dinner and upon reservation you can be brought over to Minton’s Playhouse in a fashion that can only be described as a Goodfellas Moment straight out of the Martin Scorsese movie. To get to Minton’s from The Cecil Steakhouse, you never have to step a foot outside. You will be going through our kitchen, through a privileged area, reserved for those who want the full Cecil and Minton’s experience. As you are guided through the bustle of the kitchen, you will be transported to the most iconic and oldest jazz club in the United States.
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LuLu
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The music was perfect. Best day ever and the performance was awesome. I had a great time on stage :). My booty did all of the shaking lol. Thank you all.

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Teffie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a lively place to socialize with your friends and/or family. Upbeat, welcoming and fun. The DJ is excellent - the volume of the music is a bit high - not a place to eat if you need to have a quiet conversation. Enjoyed immensely. We had a table of 8 people and each individual is a food critic and really enjoyed the seafood, steak, lamb, chicken and other dishes. We will definitely return!

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MsBrown
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood gem. I enjoy the live entertainment and the good food!

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TLudd
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great staff, food music and crowd. My favorite go to restaurant

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Lebf
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

I was there for brunch and was surprised with the type of background music that was played. I like Hip Hop but for a business establishment I would expect the music to not have explicit language.

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BAUSTIN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

They made my day so special unexpectedly. Waiter was a little on the rush side, but service what impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gave The Cecil another chance and they delivered! Great time with friends celebrating a promotion! Good food, music and drinks.

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KeithW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Variety of food options. Friendly staff. Great music provided by DJ. Convenient safe location

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We arrived on time for our reservation and there were NO tables. The hostess literally walked out on us instead of getting the manager for us. We asked several people for manager and the manager never came to see us. The service was extremely poor.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful birthday dinner for me, and we really enjoyed how close it was to the train station and Minton’s Playhouse. The steak was AMAZING, would recommend.

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LiamM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I def overpaid, but the ambience was nice, so maybe not haha. Service was perfect. If I needed something only took one minute to get it and very easy to get waiter's attention.

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SherillaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent 👌 service great love this place i would come back again.

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FreddieW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was great. The food was very tasty. Thevstaff was professional. The only thing or things that may be a negative was, for the prices, some type if bread should have been included and during reservation, it was asked of the occasion. It was my wife's birthday and our anniversary. I thought it would be mentioned. Also, on the final bill, 20% gratuity was placed on bill and then another gratuity request was requested on receipt. I understand automatic gratuity on bill if large crowds. But there was only two of us. We arrived at 6 and was done by 7. I normally tip by performance of my wait staff. And its normally at least 20%. But to sneak is questionable.

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MarkH
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

They didn't accept my Groupon despite the fact that it stated the value of the Groupon at their restaurant and that it had no expiration date. If you eat here, do not expect them to accept your Groupon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! Excellent staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

It’s a fun place for brunch but unfortunately, the food was a huge miss. I ordered the Steak and Eggs with a side of Mac&Cheese. Steak came out cold, mac&cheese actually had NO seasoning (just milk, cheese and noodles). One of my friend’s ordered the Chicken & Waffles, which looked and tasted like chicken from a TV dinner and my other friend ordered the Shrimp and Grits….wasn’t good at all. Sigh, maybe brunch isn’t The Cecil’s thing.

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Georgette
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Pre-pandemic, I enjoyed going to the Cecil. The ownership must’ve changed because it was a completely different vibe in there. Did a solo dinner and it took 15 minutes for someone to be assigned to me. I had to ask multiple times. To see 20% gratuity already attached to bill was annoying because the experience wasn’t worth it. Plus their menu items are overpriced for subpar food. I’m good on going back, which is unfortunate.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an absolutely wonderful birthday dinner. Food was delicious and Bri our server was very good!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food service and overall ambiance excellent made a night to remember

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Andrea
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great environment, neat, clean, upbeat energy, good music (live & DJ) as well respectful spacing among patrons. Nice dance floor & hospitality

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KKelly
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a fun place! Great music and entertainment!

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Firemouth
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 3rd visit to the Cecil Steakhouse and I have enjoyed every one of my visits. Each time I've gone with a group of six to eight people and each and every one had a great time.

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Rick
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent, dessert was disappointing. We were forced to eat outside because the music was extremely loud which would now allow a couple to have a conversation. We would have preferred to eat inside. Everyone was very polite, but the music was more for a club setting than a date setting.

I can't recommend if its for a date or anniversary. I can recommend for a birthday or a hang out.

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Alta
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my niece 18th birthday and we had a great night. Especially loved the salsa band, they were great.

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TiffanyT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Our waiter Shawn was the BEST!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday. It was amazing. That crab cake my God

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vipDanielleM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the drinks were strong but still tasty

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MoJo
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Music to loud for the inside need options for vegans

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom&daughter brunch! Great times

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TimaF
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

actually not too bad of a experience until I checked my credit card . I was charged twice $175 for my dinner then an additional $275 for no reason . I’m livid Do better Cecil. Be careful using your cards in there. Best experience will be a cash only experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s DEFINITELY a lit brunch spot! I think ppl are starting to frequent here like the do Angel of Harlem and to me, The Cecil is so much better! There’s a lot more space to dance around and watch ppl dance around. The food is good but the time spent there is so much better. Never had a bad time with the staff either . If you come between 12-2, it’s more laid back but any time after that, it’s LIT!

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vipJonathanM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

We have been to Cecil's several times. Great service, food and menu. This time much too loud. My wife and I couldn't hear each other speak.

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BrookeS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful hospitality and food, has a real neighbourhood feel. Will go back again soon especially if we can hit up a show at Minton’s next-door.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I was really looking forward to my date there. (I chose this place). I'm not sure if it was the time we were there, but let's just say, its nothing to talk about. The food in my opinion was way overpriced for the amount you. And it tasted just alright. Nothing to brag about. My drink however, was really good. I was very disappointed in the whole experience. I'm not in a hurry to visit there any time soon. P.S. my waiter, cant remember his name, was pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

THE BEST MUSIC!!! It’s honestly a great brunch spot!

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MaritereA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food was poor and expensive. I paid $40 for about 6 ounces of skirtsteak over microgreens. The dressing was a disgusting watery mix with feta cheese. It had what appeared to be canned peaches that were patently stale. I found a hair on my salad so had to return it. We didn't order any drinks nor apps yet the bill came out to $40 per preson. The service was sloooow even as they were really nice. This is truly not worth it. We couldn't carry a conversation and don't even think about bringing your kids. Mine was screaming asking to get out of there.

This brunch scene is more like a club. It's really loud and people are dancing. There were a lot of birthday celebrations and that seems like a good fit for what they offer. I say have breakfast at home and go have some mimosas with friends for a loud Saturday morning party. Don't bother with the food it's not good and it's really expensive for what you get.

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KimB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, ambiance, and music was amazing. My husband and I are definitely going back for another date night soon.

KH
KristinaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The appetizer options were limited and entre wasn't anything special. Pork chops a little dry. Cocktail and dessert was delicious. Received a lot of attention from the staff... great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is awesome! The server I had is amazing. The food is good. The atmosphere is so energetic and fun. They definitely gained a new client!

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AngieNJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was a great date with my Husband. The ambiance and food was fabulous.

FAQs

The Cecil Steakhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 866-1262.

The Cecil Steakhouse is rated 4.4 stars by 1478 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.