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About Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille

Welcome to New Jersey's Legendary Steak House

Rod's Steak & Seafood Grille, an area landmark and winner of New Jersey Monthly's 'Best Steakhouse' award, offers lunch and dinner daily as well as the finest Sunday Brunch in New Jersey.

The restaurant's new design, rich wood paneling and highly polished brass, lends a classic elegance to the sophisticated atmosphere. For an intimate and unique experience, dinner aboard the private Parlour Cars is sure to be remembered. Formerly the private domain of the rich and famous, these beautifully refurbished, turn of the century railway cars are exquisitely complimented by the haute cuisine of Rod's esteemed Executive Chef.

1 Convent Road
Convent Station, NJ 07961
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast 7:00am - 10:00am Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Madison Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 539-6666

Website:
http://www.rodssteak.com/

Entertainment:
Check with restaurant or website for the entertainment schedule

Catering:
With over 60 years experience, The Madison Hotel sets the standard for personalized service, creating flawless events with attention to the smallest detail. From gala weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs to perfectly orchestrated corporate events, our team of catering professionals expertly produce memorable occasions worthy of a New Jersey landmark. Whether it's 100 for cocktails or 500 for dinner and dancing, The Madison Hotel provides the ideal setting for your event….warm, welcoming, and unfailingly gracious. Our innovative chefs will design a menu tailored to your tastes, offering extraordinary

Public Transit:
New Jersey Transit Trains and Bus at our doorstep.
Convent Station New Jersey

Private Party Facilities:
For memorable private dining and parties from 10 to 60 guests, you'll rave about Rod's Steak & Seafood Grille's perfect atmosphere while your guests will appreciate a most unique venue and culinary experience not found anywhere else in the region.

Birthdays, anniversaries, small weddings, corporate functions or any special occasion can be custom designed by our experienced staff with extra personal attention to every detail.

Private Party Contact:
Caitlin Keller: (973) 539-6666

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We will be serving a special price fixed menu of $85 per person plus tax and gratuity on Valentine's Day.

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Details
Sun 7:00PM - 9:30PM

Mon - Sat 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (32)
Good for a Date (29)
Romantic (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Business Meals (23)
Notable Wine List (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Cozy (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Live Music (11)
Fun (10)
Authentic (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Casual (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Fabulous attentive service and great food. Peter Keller s a wonderful host.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Years Eve. Food was excellent. Service was on point. Table was awesome. We were a party of 6 and everyone was 100% satisfied. Well done !! Thanks for a great night

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Live Music, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Birthday celebration

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Still the employees favorite for our Christmas party (I let then pick the venue). The service was a bit slower than normal this time, but everyone understands during holiday season. A great experience yet again. Highly recommended...again!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Superb food, great classic club ambiance, excellent service. Perfect place for romantic dinner.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

One of the worst meals in recent memory. Terrible steak, terrible salads, terrible soup, terrible service. And terribly overpriced for the quality of food served. Skimpy cocktails too. Oh brother!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food and portions is what would bring us back. The overall service was not good. Our party of 8 was disappointed in the lack of personal attention and simple happiness given to us by our server. When making the reservation for 8 on 12/28/17, I even asked for a fun, happy server because we are a fun group. We absolutely did not receive that. When we entered, we were ignored by the
1st set of female workers that were seating individuals in the front bar area. We had never been to Rods before so, we had to figure on our own where to go check in our reservation for the main dining room.
Overall, food good ~ service poor, unenthusiastic & unappreciative.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Really didn't like the change in the potato gratin. Way too soupy and heavy. Should be layered and very thin potato

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Steak was ordered medium and came well done. Sent back politely and then came out totally rare. Third time was ok but rest of meal was over. Waiter took it off the check but was not a great experience for a steakhouse. Enjoyed drinks and apps at the bar before dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Rod's was an excellent venue for our get together. The seating lived up to its billing and the food and service was great. Great menu options. The ambiance and historical setting inside the train car offered a special element to the gathering. Enjoyed it thoroughly

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a very lovely Christmas season dinner, the decor was beautiful as was the restaurant itself. We then went down to hear the live music, with Brynn Stanley performing. It was Christmas time at its finest.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Service was poor, food was OK my lobster was dry, will never go back. We ordered for 2children from the adult menu to split a steak even though they have a kids menu and they charged a plate sharing charge?! We had several other nice experiences there with children, superb service and were never charged a plate split fee— it wasn’t the $5 just the point of it!! We will never go again for a dinner there are so many better options for the price....

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Fabulous tasting food and the service was excellent in a nice environment

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Rod's is a long standing New Jersey tradition. It stands with some of the greatest steakhouses in NYC and elsewhere around the US. As a bit of a conisour of grand steak houses, I say Rod's is New Jersey's Berns, and for anyone who has been to Berns in Tampa Florida you will understand how special Rod's is. Rod Geller's vision from 80 years ago still stands strong with the excellent services, amazing ambiance, and the understanding that neither of those matter without outstanding food. Get the onion strings no matter what you do and sit in the train car if you can.

Tags: Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food, attention from the staff and service was top notch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Amazing! Great service, great food! Never disappoints

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Interesting historic building & dining room. Menu is traditional & uninspired. Dishes were meh & served with huge swaths of bland mashed potatoes - no other option. We had the fried calimari appetizer, which was pretty good. All other dishes really lacked style & finesse in preparation, taste, & presentation. Service was adequate.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Dusty... old fashioned and not in a good way, not particularly charming - could be. Very pricey -
not worth it. A shame.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We went to celebrate a birthday and have a romantic dinner. The service was great and the presentation of each dish was lovely. The steaks were cooked perfectly and we had plenty for leftovers. There was some live music downstairs which was fun to enjoy after dinner. We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Went here with my husband, brother, and sister-in-law for my brother's birthday. What a disappointment! The service was a complete disaster. Our waiter managed to be intrusive and ineffectual at the same time. He forgot dishes with every course and/or brought the wrong thing. He repeatedly spilled wine all over my sister-in-law. My brother actually thought the guy might be drunk or high. The food was fine, but nothing special. Not worth the price at all. Am shocked this is considered a top place in that area. Avoid.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Kitchen has a problem over cooking food last two visits. Baked potato was cold. Management very responsive to problems and gracious. Manager offered a complimentary glass of wine while waiting. The people are so nice at rods. Waiter duo system doesn’t seem to be working last two visits either. They each think the other guy is taking care of the table. But I love rods and will be back soon. Btw second go around on filet was perfection. Music was sweet as usual.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

My second time at Rod‘s. This time I sat upstairs. Ambience and food were great again, paired with some nice glasses of wine. I will be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent menu, consistent food, always good. Always a good choice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

One of the best steaks I ever had! Great ambience!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Not at the level expected, meats were not at level expected

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything from the waiters, waitresses, train parlour car and food was perfect!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our waitress and her associates were excellent. she knew just when to bring in my husband's birthday cake without me asking. She was also VERY patient with one of the guests special food needs which we all appreciated. It was a great venue for my husband's 70th birthday. Thank you

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

My wife and I each ordered a steak and side. Steaks were good, though they had much more fat than similar steaks that we have eaten in NYC. Sides we good. Service was wanting. Water glasses were left empty for extended periods of time. Had to ask for the check, then wait for a while to get it.

At NYC steakhouse prices, I expect the same qualite food and service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food and experience were a delight. I will make it a point to visit again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 2017

It is good. We always enjoy it. It is a Manhattan restaurant in the suburbs.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great steaks, and good selection of spirits and wines. The big disappointment, and rather appalling, was the dessert.

Our group asked whether chocolate cake was available. Waiter replied yes, and even stated they could warm our slices. The three slices of ‘cake’ we received was not what we expected. Instead of a warm chocolate cake, we were served three chilled cream filled Tastykakes. Very similar to the hostess hohos but only bigger. And certainly much more pricier! No integrity.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I think Rod’s is way better than Roots (I’ve been to both multiple times). This was the first time that I brought the entire family to Rod’s.

The food and service were excellent! The waitstaff were very attentive and courteous. The calamari appetizer was huge and delicious as was the crab cake. My wife and son enjoyed the poached peach salad and beet salad. The Berlinger’s cabernet wine, while being the least expensive bet the glass was very enjoyable. My wife and I each had the Filet mignon which were perfectly done as was the Prime Rib that one of my son’s had (Rod’s cut was also huge). My other son enjoyed the braised short ribs special.

Our only disappointment food wise was with the desserts. The selections were uninteresting. My wife and I shared the pumpkin cheesecake which was dry and lacked flavor. The noise level was a little high, but we understand that’s hard to control especially with live music.

We will definitely be going back again.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great place. 2 small problems. The older bartender was in a rage when we were trying to relax and enjoy our drinks. He was huffing and puffing, visibly angry, and then slammed the exit to the bar when he left. totally uncalled for.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 16, 2017

It has been a few years since dining at Rods restaurant versus the Red Dog pub. we dined in the elegant upstairs area overlooking the bar, there was a high degree of noise from below. Conversation among our party of 4 was difficult. Service was very spotty, felt abandoned at times. Prime rib and scallop menu items were ordered but found to be sold out ... at 7pm. Entree's we ended up ordering were very good. The pub is a better value for the money.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We had a wonderful time and everyone enjoyed their meals.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The ambiance and energy of this place keep us coming back. The steaks (and pork chop) are excellent, the service friendly and selection accommodating to different palates. We celebrated a birthday here and the cake they delivered was delightful. Only issue we had is they featured a 2014 vintage wine (with a very high published Wine Spectator rating on the menu) and served us the 2015 bottle instead. When we asked for the one featured on the menu, we were told they didn't have any more, but different offer it for an adjusted price. Keep an eye on the drink menu to make sure you get what you ask for. This place also has two great bar areas with live music - truly enjoyed the experience overall and will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food in a comfortable, pleasant setting. Crowded and a bit noisy but it was a Saturday evening. Not very happy with waitress who gave us more time when we asked but seemed anxious to present the bill and get us out of there.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food is 5 stars, service is atrocious..............k

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great experience! We are getting married at The Madison in 6 weeks and went to dinner at Rod’s for our dating anniversary. The food was so good I’m confident it’s going to be outstanding at the wedding too. They accommodated us in the train car and it was nice and quiet. It can get a bit chilly back there. We had calamari and ceasar salad to start. A Delmonico steak, lobster Mac and cheese with huge lobster chunks and the scallops. Everything was excellent and huge portions! They even surprised us with a small anniversary cake! It was very sweet and I can’t wait to keep coming back each year to celebrate here!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

All was fine and as expected, we did get two plates that were dirty and had to be sent back but nothing crazy they remedied it in short order. Food was very good and service fine. No home runs and no strike outs

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