The Cecil Steakhouse

4.3
1344 reviews
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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.

Specials

The Cecil Steakhouse & Apollo: Twisted Melodies

Enjoy The Twisted Melodies Signature Cocktail & 10 % off with purchase of Entree! Special Offer with proof of Apollo Theater ticket stub.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 30, 2019

Ends: June 3, 2019

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-11:00PM
Thu-Sat 5:00PM-11:00PM

Happy Hour Game Night

Enjoy $10 Drink & Appetizer Specials while playing UNO- Domino-Jenga- Never Have I Ever. Endless Fun & Laughs

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 10, 2019

Ends: April 11, 2118

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-10:00PM

Happy Hour

Enjoy $10 Classic Cocktails, $7 Wines, & $5 Beers at The Cecil Lounge. Appetizers also available.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 1, 2019

Ends: April 2, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-8:00PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.2

A fantastic Harlem restaurant serving African/Asian/American fusion food.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1344 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Hostess was not welcoming, asked for water numerous times, received Mussels instead of Clams, entrees were flavorless (Crab cake and Kale Salad were good). We really didn’t expect world class service at the Cecil, but our Wednesday night was very disappointing.

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j
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cecil Steakhouse is one cool and fun place to wine and dine. Excellent service from Miriam the entire time there.
The drinks were excellent. The appetizers were tasty and just enough. Entrees were delicious.
The vibe here is cool and fun.

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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Good food nice happy hour. Service is always wonderful. Music is nice but a bit loud for that time of day 7:30-8p while eating dinner and trying to have a conversation. But overall it's great and I go back all the time.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday here and we had a blast. Great music and drinks.

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TB
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Music, food, ambiance... all great! Will definitely return

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BR
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find in Harlem. Cute walkable neighborhood that had this gem of a restaurant. Right staff was welcoming and delightful. The menu had plenty to choose from which made it hard to decide what we wanted but found several things to eat. Was delicious. Had a band playing as well that added to the ambience. Highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Waitress was extremely rude! She’s in the wrong industry

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ZZ
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambience with a reasonable priced dining menu. The food taste amazing and the service was outstanding. If you’re looking for a nice place to go on a date or to celebrate your birthday, The Cecil Steakhouse is the perfect location.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere & roomy interior with comfortable seating. Great service & cocktails. Food is good not great.

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FS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

When you call yourself a Steakhouse and charge a Steakhouse price. I expect a nice thick piece of steak and not a steak that looks like it came from a corner supermarket. Shame on you Cecil Steakhouse.

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CA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Cecil salad paired with a delicious steak and a brownie a la mode for dessert. Everything was perfect. It was my first time there but I'm returning with more friends. Perfect for first dates.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was mediocre. The value of the food was way off. The band was way too loud. Don’t think I would return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Liked the place. I’m young but the music at 8 pm on a Sunday was extremely clubby load. With the prices don’t expect young people to be coming so regularly. All I saw was middle aged people trying to talk over each other. Including me and my friends. Wasn’t cute. Just annoying
If I wanted to go to an inexpensive restaurant where a younger crowd would be that would be enjoying the clubby music scene there I would not have picked Cecil

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AP
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I love the ambience as Cecil’s the staff is very nice and the drinks are pretty good the only problem I had was that we had booked the room for a private dining and the staff kept using the private dining room as to cut through to the other side of the restaurant while we were having dinner and enjoying our party. Iit was the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen. One employee who saw the look my of horror on my face, stopped to explain that she was actually an employee and she walked through because she didn’t want to walk the other way and interrupt the guest in the main dining room. If it sounds convoluted it’s because it was I can’t even make it sound sensible for this review.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I have two complaints.. I made a reservation for 6:30pm. When we arrived I asked the hostess to push the reservation back to 8pm as we wanted to enjoy happy hour at the bar prior to enjoying dinner. The hostess interrupted us at 7 saying he had to seat us. When we went to the main dining area almost all the tables were empty. I’m was enraged!! To say the least! I complained to the manager who only said, my name is ... and next time you come ask for me. This was unacceptable as we were there to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. Second complaint is in regards to the bar tender. He simply ignored us for most of the time we sat at the bar. When he finally took our order, he forgot one of the drinks, then look forever to bring the other drink. Not good for my first time going there .

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time great service. Party of 10 everyone enjoyed

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P
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was impeccable- the art work on the walls was awesome. The food was good but it was tepid and the calamari was fried too hard. Overall, the experience was good. I would return.

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DL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I can’t write a review because they said they closed early because other reservations cancelled when we got there and the place was empty. So we had to find somewhere else to go.

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was okay, but not worth the price to us. The lamb chops were small, not enough mashed potatoes. The chicken was flat and the pepper helped give it flavor. My mashed potatoes did not look the same, some of my green beans were burned. The waiter was not very responsive, we had to call him instead of him checking on us. Maybe because we are from DC our taste are different than NYC, cuz I know good food!

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EN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing, atmosphere was beautiful. The drinks aren’t strong that’s the only con. Other I will definitely be back again.

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TN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved Cecil’s Steakhouse. The food was delicious, the music was great, and the staff was courteous. I’ll definitely be back.

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S
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant continues to serve excellent food with fabulous service. You can have a conversation without shouting nor do you have to listen to the conversation going on at the next table.

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TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Sadly friends recommended Cecil’s but hadn’t been in a while They felt everything has gone down
Hardly anyone in the place yet we sat without menu drinks or waiter contact for a while til one of us flagged a passerby staff
No return for this one

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was only fair. Not much flavor/seasoning on any of the food. Mashed potatoes were chunky and seemed to have pieces of potatoes not fully cooked.

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SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and energy at Cecil's is amazing! The food was delicious! There were 5 of us and NONE of us were unhappy with their meals! The appetizers and drinks were all great! I can't say enough about Cecil's! It really was a great way to end the week. We'll be back again, SOON!

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HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, great music, great food, great service.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent defintely coming back
Food and drinks were delish

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was there for my sister's birthday and everyone had a great time and loved the restaurant and food. Only thing is our waiter was a little confused and the music could have been better. I was there a few weeks ago and the music was so much better. But overall it was great and I will definitely return.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my huaband here for his Birthday and he couldn't stop thanking me for picking such an amazing place. This restaurant is literally a hidden GEM! Everything from the ambiance, food, service, music and drinks was phenomenal. We've been to nearly every steakhouse but never encountered this type of experience of perfection! They also have a very decent prefixed menu for only $49. I can't wait to return to this place. Cecil, you guys are awesome!!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was decent. Nothing to rave about. Wait time was very short. Service was poor. Drinks were subpar and overpriced. My group enjoyed the ambiance and live music

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QV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated immediately. The jazz band was great and brunch was delicious. Will definitely visit again.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I decided to book a last minute dinner for my husbands birthday in the same area as we had a later commitment. I looked at what was available and came upon this establishment. We checked in for our reservation but still had to wait at the bar which wasn't a problem. Fifteen minutes later we were seated;; the cocktails were delicious.
Lovely patrons were dining and pleasurable even though we were close to one another. Service was ok. I had to inquire frequently about some items as surrounding dinners who arrived and were seated at the same time were attended to immediately.
The food was ok, the music though enjoyable was super loud. The managers or whomever of importance they were checked in frequently with other diners as they did their rounds.
I'm glad Pablo did his best as he was overwhelmed, but I question coming back. It seems unless you are a tourist or a regular diner its not much of a welcoming atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was my second time at this Steakhouse. Its Steaks do not disappoint. The food in general is well seasoned and aesthetically sophisticated.

They tend to have a staffing issue. The first time I went it was quite a disappointing experience, particularly because of the service. This latest visit had the potential of being a similar experience; but the manager stepped in and acted as our waiter for the heart of our visit. There were a handful of customers. Not sure why there was still a staffing issue.

However, I do plan to give it another chance because the food and ambience alone make it a great dining option in Harlem.

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BC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I went to celebrate a friend’s Birthday, Everything was great.... The service, the food....Thank You

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m
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, music was very entertaining and venue was beautiful. Overall great vibe!

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SV
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to our server Manuel for making my celebration such a special evening!

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was the wife's birthday. We went there for the food. Am a visual artist and I posted my picture with one of the paintings by JTLISS on Instagram and through the posting I got connected with him. World is getting smaller. The only problem, on my reservation, I ordered a slice of cake with a candlelight. No one paid attention to that request.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance. Will certainly visit again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

It was a birthday dinner for a friend.. There were three tables only and still could get a better service.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience wonderful service and amazing food. Quick and easy. Only issue is The noisy People. Other people making too much noise cackling loudly. Other than that amazing Restaurant wish it was located somewhere else.

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