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The Cecil Steakhouse, New York, NY

The Cecil Steakhouse

4.3
4.3
1552 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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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 866-1262

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Elpidio Escamilla

  • Neighborhood

    Harlem

  • Cross street

    Corner of St. Nicholas

  • Parking details

    There are multiple parking garages in the area.Park 117th LLC: 118th Street between St Nicholas and 8th Ave.

  • Public transit

    B/C to 116th street or 2/3 to 116th street

  • Entertainment

    Come sing with us at the Piano Bar in the lounge Sunday & Monday 6:00 pm and Tues, Wednesday & Thursday 7:00 pm ! Join us for jazz brunch for Sundays as well. Visit our sister restaurant next door, Minton's, for live jazz 7 nights a week.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,552 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. O

    Ohgee

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food is very good but the service is not. Took 20 minutes for a waiter to come to the table. Took 15 minutes to get our drinks. When I asked the food runner for some grated cheese for my pasta dish he looked annoyed. At
  2. L

    Ladieyo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really nice upscale restaurant in the heart of Harlem with great food and drinks. The art and ambiance of the restaurant is also a beautiful added touch.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    We had to wait 2 hrs for our food and they completely forgot about us we had to constantly get up and ask about being serviced and it was hectic that day. Personally I would not be coming back to this restaurant. The food was cold.
  4. S

    Syd88

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    New waiter. Not attentive. Food was cold. Management was very responsive and apologized and took appropriate action.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Love the food! It’s a vibe and great for any type of group gathering. Will definitely eat there again!
  6. TM

    TraceyM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The food was bland. It needed some seasoning. The service could be better if they understood how to communicate better. I doubt it if I would visit there again.
  7. PH

    PedroH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and wonderfully prepared food!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a very good experience everything about it was perfect and the staff really made it memorable for me and my lady for her birthday dinner
  9. DD

    DaisyDai

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 2nd time going. LOVE IT ALL OVER AGAIN! The food is good, but the drinks... YASSSS, you can taste the alcohol, not watered down at all and very very FLAVORFUL
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fashion week event
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Not the Cecil I remember. The overall quality of my experience could have been better. The food wasn’t that great. My order was a little cold and the chicken wasn’t that flavorful. It was way too loud in the restaurant and the furniture was shabby (mismatch chairs throughout the entire dining area). I was hoping for a more relaxing and classy brunch setting. I’m not sure if they’ve changed ownership, but I won’t be returning.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and great vibes the staff is just excellent
  13. SI

    SIfoodie44

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were seeing the flamenco dancers next door. The venue promised us "tapas ". We were happy that we chose Cecil steakhouse for dinner. Excellent food and service. We will be back!
  14. l

    len126

    New York Area

    201 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    201 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time dining at The Cecil's and it was terrific. Great service, the specialty cocktails were excellent, and the food, especially the ribs and the branzino were superb. Recommend the Cecil's highly.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing time for my Birthday 9/4 to 🥰 so much fun, good food the host and DJ was so dope.💃🏽
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Birthday dinner - I had a good experience! I’ll go back to hang out.
  17. AG

    AnitaG

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly good and healthy food. I ate outside. Inside is more of a party atmosphere
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely love this place. The food is always great but what makes the place even more appealing is the staff. Everyone is great and attentive. The manager is the absolute best. Every time and I mean every time that I have came, you will always see him being great with each and every customer. Makes an appearance at every table just to check up on you. He makes coming a pleasure and those crab cakes and Lamb chops are to die for!!!!!
  19. DD

    DaisyDai

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 1st time there! I loved it! I'm coming back again.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun dining experience. Service was excellent, from the host to the busser. Steaks were large & delicious. Cocktails didn't disappoint. Big screen seemed odd at first but when Serena came on it was a welcome feature.
  21. TG

    TakishaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience and food wad amazing..drinks awesome
  22. N

    Nico

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awesome ! Drinks were on point. Our server was very attentive! I will definitely go back again!!
  23. KK

    KKelly

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service and food.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Waited sometime to be seated instead of being told one minute. The waiter was all over the place. My last experience my waitress was superb attentive. Don’t get me wrong I know Cecil is super busy, but it does feel good when the staff checks in to see if all is okay instead of customers having to flag them down. I will visit again!
  25. AO

    AlveraO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was wonderful, and my husband enjoyed his birthday dinner
  26. CB

    CBreeze

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The place was good and the food was very good but the service was a little spotty because the was only one waiter for a whole room of people. overall though this was a god experience.
  27. EG

    EduardoG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my birthday there, and the drag queen definitely made me feel welcomed. I will come back, and invite more people! (I did notice the decline in attendance, which is sad considering how nice this place was).
  28. MH

    MaryH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a relaxing and enjoyable dining experience. Definitely on my to NY return list
  29. Y

    Yolanda

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    Celebrating my husband’s birthday.
  30. NS

    NicS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun vibe. The DJ at brunch was sensational. Had a large group from out of town. They all had an amazing time! Highly recommend.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food and service were top notch. The rum punch and the wings were delicious.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The experience here was okay. We were seated right away. The restaurant is very nice beautiful paintings, good music. It took a while for us to be seen by a server. We were not given a happy hour menu, I told them it was my birthday and they did nothing. Then they messed up my bill. The meals were very small and the pasta was dry. Overall this is more of a place to grab a drink.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it me and my partner enjoyed the entire please
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    It was my birthday. Although indicated in the reservation, the server never acknowledged it until told and seemed to forget because he didn’t offer the dessert menu. We were given our check and my friends paid before realizing that they didn’t sing happy birthday to me. Honestly, I had forgotten too. I asked him for a candle and he literally brought over one candle and lit it by my hair. My gf grabbed it because that could have been a disaster. Overall, that server should NEVER be entrusted with a special occasion party. He’s a horrible server and quite frankly, a vibe killer. I wish I could redo him but otherwise the food was amazing.
  36. S

    Seshmoney

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant used to be a much better quality, fine/higher end dining. The ambiance now is cheesy and cheap, the prices on the menu do not reflect the setting. We left before ordering any food.
  37. l

    len126

    New York Area

    201 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    201 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The Cecil was quite excellent. The menu was varied and the food was terrific. I may have had the best branzino I have ever had and the mussels were terrific as well. The sauces were perfect. They were out of my wife's first choice of baby back ribs but her substitute choice of mac and cheese with an addition of steak pieces and mushrooms was a hit. Great service, too, by Bree. The only negative for us was that the recorded music was a little loud as was the preparations for the later musical performance.
  38. BS

    BettyS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    We had 8:45 reservations we were seated promptly but no one came to take our orders abt 20minutes passed I had to wave someone for attention to get our drinks order in. It was a long wait to get drinks, our order in and food. The food was good, music was a lil loud, they had a belly dancing performance which we enjoyed.
  39. HG

    HarrisonG

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Father's Day brunch was good! It was a beautiful day in New York and we were able to eat outdoors. I recognize due to staffing issues in businesses all over that the service was not the best. Not enough staff to handle food requests adequately. Once we were served our food, it was excellent! I had avacado toast served with skirt steak that was tender and seasoned. Others in my group had lamb, fish and chicken & waffles....all good! Price not too bad either. Whenever I return to New York I would come back to Cecil's Restaurant in Harlem!
  40. C

    Curtis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    The atmosphere was nice and the service was acceptable. We enjoyed the belly dancer. Unfortunately, the food was not great. The lobster ravioli tasted a lot like canned ravioli and my guest has the panned seared branzino and she said it tasted extremely fishy. We didn’t complain because the people were so nice.

FAQs

The Cecil Steakhouse does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. The Cecil Steakhouse also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 866-1262.

The Cecil Steakhouse is rated 4.3 stars by 1552 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The Cecil Steakhouse

210 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corner of St. Nicholas

  • Neighborhood

    Harlem

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are multiple parking garages in the area.Park 117th LLC: 118th Street between St Nicholas and 8th Ave.

  • Public transit

    B/C to 116th street or 2/3 to 116th street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Elpidio Escamilla

  • Entertainment

    Come sing with us at the Piano Bar in the lounge Sunday & Monday 6:00 pm and Tues, Wednesday & Thursday 7:00 pm ! Join us for jazz brunch for Sundays as well. Visit our sister restaurant next door, Minton's, for live jazz 7 nights a week.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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