Stage Left Steak

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Stage Left Steak has been ranked among the best restaurants in NJ since its opening in 1992. In 2017 -- our 25th Anniversary year -- we fully embraced our identity as a modern steakhouse, changing our name to reflect that. The focus remains on the best local ingredients in the kitchen and an award-winning wine cellar stocked with wonderful gems from $36-$3000. Service is friendly and knowledgeable. Our elegant private dining rooms and rustic wine cellar are perfect for business or romance. NJ Monthly – Best American Restaurant / NY Times – Excellent / Star Ledger – 4 Stars / Wine Spectator – Best of Award of Excellence.
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BN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It truly could not have been a nicer experience! If you go make sure you get the burger.

G
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Service was good salad was delicious, but steak was horrible asked for medium it came out burnt and hard line a hockey puck on the outside and raw gooey and red on the insideSent it back they said that’s how their oven cooks to medium? What? Then they brought us a skirt steak because apparently they can’t cook a filet to medium... and brought us a salt slab so we can cook it ourselves the right way I guess?? Condescending manager then came over and pretty much told me that I don’t know anything about steaks and that’s how they’ve been cooking medium for 27 years!!! So we paid and left.. Horrible!! Never again and 65 dollars for a filet and 50 for a strip?? And 14 dollar 6 ounce martinis?? No way!!! Over priced! Now I know why they had so many open reservations on the Saturday Of Valentine’s Day . Go to steak house 85 or Wolfgang’s in Somerville!! They are awesome and actually less expensive!!! It’s a shame I’ve been to stake left many times and Catherine L. Upstairs. Never again!!!!

Stage Left Steak
Responded 6 days ago

After comping your first steak and sending you a second (not a skirt) steak, which you also didn't like, I approached your table and your first words to me were, "Apparently, you're not competent enough to cook a steak." Now THAT's condescending and rude. I responded "I'm sorry you don't like our steaks or the way we cook them." I was sincere. I did not say "You don't know anything..." I did say "That's the way we've been doing it for 27 years. I'm sorry you don't like it." It is, and I am.

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started at the beautiful bar and were gently moved to our table, where we enjoyed amazing fois gras, a flat iron steak - aged 45 glorious days - and the best burger I’ve ever eaten. The wine was excellent, the service friendly and attentive - everything about the evening was wonderful!

Stage Left Steak
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.

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LJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although this Restaurant could be a nice place to take your time and dine, we were trying to squeeze in diner between work and a show next door. The staff was great. They made sure to take our order right away and get us to the theatre on time. The food was outstanding!

Stage Left Steak
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for your kind words. Please do come back some evening when you have more time.

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r
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Very disappointing. For a “steak house”, the filets were grossly undercooked. The grilled asparagus was burnt with the taste of charcoal. The burger was cooked to order, and the lobster tempura was excellent.

m
London
58 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent , the wine list extensive , the service attentive and the atmosphere clubby

We enjoyed the experience and shall return

Stage Left Steak
Responded 3 days ago

We look forward to your return.

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RG
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Poor service, drinks not full, 1 piece of bread no butter. Seemed like they were skimping on everything, even the tomahawk steak that was all bone! Very bad experience would not go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spending time with my son. Dinner and a show.

KC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was very good food and the service was excellent. Definitely pricey though

MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

My steak was very dry. At this price, very disappointing

SS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have had many dinners with family and friends and recommended to business associates. The experiences have always been extremely awesome with the atmosphere, food and service which is always over the top! Make sure that you also experience the outside dining when available! It will take dining to the next level!

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. The escargot were scrumptious. Their drinks could have been a little better. Their website states that they are $$$ as far as price is concerned.., We had two drinks .....one salad...... one escargot. (12)..... two steaks.... steak fries..... Tea and black forest cake....... Tax & tips...$225.00... if you aren't $$$$ or $$$$$ (if that even exists)... Then I don't know who is... All in all, a wonderful experience ..

R
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary

s
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The wait was over 20 min to be after being seated before anyone even approached us .Then 20 min to get a drink. We had reservations . Food was over priced for that it was. Suggest steak85 anyday. I chose this only for the fireworks show foe mew years

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The lobster tempura was just breaded deep fried lobster chunks. Not light at all. Both steaks were charred so much they were so black and tasted like charcoal. They did the same thing to the grilled asparagus they charred it as well. The worse creme brûlée I have ever tried. The top was carmelized way too much and the custard was so dry not creamy at all. I didn’t say anything to the waiter because it was New Year’s Eve and I didn’t want to have a problem with anyone We just enjoyed our wine.

MC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, food and service were beyond great.

SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience. Matt, our waiter and all the wait staff are knowledgeable and extremely attentive. The butternut squash soup was the best I have ever had. The tomahawk steak and filet with bone were incredible. All of the desserts were melt in your mouth great especially the sticky toffee pudding. It is a beautiful restaurant and we had a truly enjoyable family meal. We will be back!

PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

We have frequented this restaurant many times in the recent past and it was excellent. However, as per a Holiday Post-Broadway Show dinner, we were extremely disappointed. We may try it again in the future, as a response to our complaints were appropriately addressed.

Stage Left Steak
Responded on January 13, 2020

Peter, While I was happy to hear you felt your issue was well-handled, I was saddened to see your review. You are long term patrons and old friends. I know I was in the building and spoke with you while you were here. Please never be trepidatious about asking for me. It is always my priority that we get things right especially for people who have been coming so long. I hope to see you again soon. All the Best, Mark

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VI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good and attentive service. Food is also good, which is expected for this price point.

MR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal and service were exceptional. I always enjoy my meal at Stage Left. Not inexpensive but still a very good value.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Disappointed.... Service was very slow and the owner never stopped by to apologize for being understaffed or that our steaks were not cooked correctly. I will say the Bibb salad was excellent as were the potatoes gratin. Strip steak was good not great. Filet was very good cut and ok on flavor. Have to say with other "steak house choices" not likely to go back.

MJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I really do not like to write negative reviews but I was completely disappointed with my entire experience here. I was taking my 91 year old mother to see a show at the State Theatre and Stage Left is very conveniently located. The tables were too close together and the noise level was too much. Unfortunately we were seated next to someone that complained about everything from her wine being watered down to why were two items served at the same time to her steak is not cooked right. The staff spent so much time falling all over her that we were basically ignored. By the end of our meal they did not even remember to serve me the tea I ordered. I spent my entire time there listening to staff and who I thought was an owner talk (very loudly) with this unhappy patron. I guess they were trying the cheer her up but in the process they lost me as a customer. Not sure what was going on but everything on my plate tasted the same, service and atmosphere was terrible. I will not be returning or recommending

Stage Left Steak
Responded on December 13, 2019

I'm sorry you didn't have a pleasant time with us. The tables are spaced the same as they've been for last 27 years and the noise level varies some. Pre-theater it's certainly not completely quiet. Yes that woman was complaining about everything she could think of (including patently nutty things like her wine being 'watered-down'). Yes we were doing our best to placate her and the owner himself spent a lot of time at that table. I'm sorry our efforts to make her happy made you unhappy?!?!

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E
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience1

The food was delicious however the portions were very small! Was seated in a side area with a ton of foot traffic! Overall enjoyed my meal!

F
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Although the food was tasty, we found it overpriced for the location (midtown Manhattan prices in New Brunswick). My wife's steak was undercooked. We mention it to the waiter, but he seemed indifferent to it. We didn't ask to send it back because we were heading to a show, but for the price, we'd expect the steak to come out correctly the first time.

RA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a party of 4, my wife and two kids joined me, and we had a fabulous time. Service was attentive, mood and ambiance was lively and classy, seats and lighting very comfortable. Food was amazing, better than our other 1-2 visits over the past year!! Seems like the owners and operators have NOT lost their passion and still enjoy running a top notch restaurant in the heart of NB across from the revived Monument Sq. Great night out and worth every penny.

Stage Left Steak
Responded on December 11, 2019

Thanks for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again.

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HD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food. Love the cheese board. The wagyu on the hot salt block was divine. I've been eating at Stage Left since they opened and they just keep getting better! Thank you Mark and Francis!

HR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was my first time there but based on this visit, I thought the food was just Ok based on what we paid. I I plan on dining here again very soon and afterwards can hopefully provide a more comprehensive review.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

We had a great experience here two weeks ago: great food, perfect ambience (lighting, music selection, music level) service and hospitality. This visit the lighting was too high, music selection was really poor and way to loud for the room and some woman was drunk and shreiking in tbe back room and staff made no effort to addresss it. We and other diners were looking at each other thinking “I’ll have what she’s having” a la When Harry Met Sally, but it really was inappropriate for a restaurant like this to allow that behavior. And while we ordered a $75 bottle of wine, apparently that was too inexpensive and the “welcome” feeling disappeared from service. I was embarrassed because I had told our guests how great the place was. Stage Left is very expensive and while the food was excellent both times, at $600 for four people, you’ve got to get it all right: food, ambience, service and hospitality. (And Francis, while I haven’t seen you in probably 20 years, I’m pretty sure you were at the bar while we were there all evening on 11/26/19)

O
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt at the bar (and the entire staff) was fantastic - what a great place! Food, ambiance and service were all top notch.

SL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Both our meals were very under-cooked, and no staff checked in with us to rectify the situation. The food is expensive and for that price, I would expect better food and much better service

AW
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

This was my third dinner at Stage Left. They had a private party that night which monopolized the restaurant’s resources such that service was terrible. We arrived just after 6:30. We ordered drinks, one of which did not arrive at the table for an hour. A simple salad and a bowl of soup didn’t arrive until 8:15. Dinner was finally served at 9pm, nearly 2 1/2 hours after we sat down. As to the food, the charcuterie was very good. The lamb was done perfectly. I ordered a cheeseburger with bacon medium rare. It was barely cooked, the meat was cool instead of warm, and the cheddar cheese was in a small thick clod in one corner. The experience was very disappointing as the restaurant clearly wasn’t capable of handling the level of business that evening.

CB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Great Food. It's pricey but it's amazing for special occasions.

t
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Place was good but a bit pricey for its location and what it offered. Service was very slow for some reason as it was not particularly crowded when we were there (perhaps there was a large group in a private room?). Overall we might go back someday but on the whole found it a bit underwhelming.

RM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the tomahawk steak for 2 ,one of the best steaks i have ever had. Buttery tender and a good beef flavor not overly spiced.
Service was excellent waitstaff was friendly and attentive.
General atmosphere and music was very good the space fine but as more people were arriving to the ajacent room they had to wait near our table no problem for us we were done as they were getting busy.

H
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had! Service was tremendous! Great date spot!

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to stage left since I was about 14 years old for all of my families special occasions. The owner Marc is almost always there and always makes a table
Visit and the Maître d’ Christian is always a pleasure. I have down Christian for probably 10 years or so and watched him grow from server to bartender to manager of the restaurant and he provides excellent service and always makes sure everything is just right. My waiters all have always been very accommodating and attentive I apologize to the man who was my server tonight as his name slips my mind but i have had him before and he is excellent along with all of the staff I have encountered It was time I wrote a glowing review for this restaurant as it has always been a favorite and special place of mine with excellent food atmosphere but above all excellent service.

JH
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It just doesn't get any better than this. Owners are real pros, staff are superbly trained and engaged, and those steaks! Everything was prepared perfectly, they made a great and unusual wine recommendation, and our guest was sincerely impressed. My wife and I enjoyed the tomahawk (they understand how to get a really good char), creamed spinach, truffle fries, and onion rings (amazing). Caesar salads were fresh and perfectly dressed. Bread pudding for dessert was the ideal way to end such a great meal.

Stage Left Steak may be the finest steakhouse around (certainly as good as those in Manhattan and especially Brooklyn). Pricey, but what good steakhouse isn't?

D
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was excellent. The staff could not have been lovelier or more attentive. We especially appreciated meeting the owner. He was a pure delight and could not have been more gracious.

GB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food and service was very good to excellent. Noise level was very high.

CG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Strip Steak at Stage Left Steak was delicious. It was juicy, tender and grilled to perfection. The Bib Lettuce Salad was refreshing and the side of grilled Asparagus was delightfully crisp. The atmosphere was calm, inviting and the location was a quick one minute walk to the theatre.