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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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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E
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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
2 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
151 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.

M
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stage Left is always excellent, we are never disappointed.

m
London
53 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We had 2 hours to eat before going to a play The food was pricey the service inattentive to the point that we missed coffee and dessert as the staff paid no attention to the time .
The quality of the food was excellent .

JG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was very slow. Took 20 min for order to be taken Had to ask for our drinks twice. Steak was raw in thicker part of steak. Ordered medium.

C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Stage Left! It’s always crazy busy before a show but they do their very best to meet your expectation. We were seated next to an extremely loud group, would have been kinda nice if someone had asked them to be sensitive to the others who were dining. Sometimes we couldn’t even talk because it was 6 people all yelling and guffawing at the same time. All said though - will go back over and over again because I can trust them to always be great!!

A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with a great menu everyone will be able to find what they prefer
Outstanding wine listing
Hard to believe one restaurant could offer such an outstanding selection
The Service, definitely on par with upscale service found in Manhattan
I particularly like the attention the hosts give to every table, more than one visit, to be absolutely certain everyone is enjoying their dining experience
New Brunswick and central Jersey are fortunate to have such a great restaurant close by

B
Atlantic City
26 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

This was our Anniversary dinner before seeing a show at the State theatre

The bartender was excellent and went out of his way to give first class service.

Even though we allowed an hour and 45 minutes to dine before the show we ended up leaving without getting our entree so as not to miss opening curtain.

Our waiter was very inattentive. The manager? Did apologize profusely and told us the appetizer we had eaten and drinks we had were on him .

Would definitely not recommend going before a show because they are so slow.

I ate a bag of skittles in the theatre as my main course Anniversary dinner 😐

j
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

we were there for a pre theater dinner. we were upfront about the fact that we had a show to get to, which was on the same street. they said it was absolutely no problem. we had a 5 pm reservation and the show was at 7 pm. our food was served to us at 6:45 pm. hardly enough time to enjoy a meal. we were only able to quickly consume our food without time for coffee or dessert. they said we could come back after the show and they would heat up our food. when we asked what time they were open until, they told us 9 pm. the show ended around 9 pm. therefore it was not possible for us to return. this was absolutely poor planning timewise with the restaurant. a restaurant catering to showgoers should have this absolutely planned out.
the people at the table behind us got up and left at 6:45 as they still did not have their food and stormed out of the restaurant. there were several disgruntled customers and by 7 pm when we left the restaurant was basically empty as apparently everyone was going to the show.

SL
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience2

We were there to celebrate my daughter and husband's birthday. Bad choice. Services were good. Foods were bad. Too overly priced but tasted bad. Too salty. lobster tempura too salty. Fried chicken was not fried. Was like baked but very dried. Grilled cheese was a joke. $17.95 for 2 slices of bread and cheese.

Were were seated by the bar. I requested another table before we were seated but was told that they are fully booked.

Overall was experience was bad to the point that we didn't dare to give it a try on the desserts.

It was a waste of our $265 dinner.

LM
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

I just selected "Yes" in response to Open Table's question, "Would you recommend Stage Left Steak to a friend?", but honestly, only to friends eating out on expense accounts. The food here was very good, but not good enough to merit the absolutely ridiculous prices. The service was lovely however.

LS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

KM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and friendly service, nice ambience, delicious food, will definitely return.

SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely first experience at Stage Left Steak. The food was awesome! We tried pretty much all of the appetizers and they were all spectacular but the lobster tempura was my favorite. The main course was great as well (the fried chicken) and so was dessert (the sundae for two). I would definitely go back for the food alone, but the staff was excellent as well. They were super knowledgable, and when they noticed I was cold sitting outside they brought me a wrap. Awesome service! I will be going back.

CD
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stage Left was an amazing experience. The service was excellent and the food was fantastic. One of the best meals we ever had.

JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A half dozen times each fall/winter we take our grown children out for very expensive delicious exquisite steaks at Stage Left and then to The State Theater for a show. Thank you for a great evening.

KD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Hamburger bun was burnt. I have had better tasting steaks at less expensive restaurants. Definitely left knowing I will not be returning. For the cost of the food, I expect much higher standards.

DO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We were disappointed in both steak entrees that we ordered. My husbands 24oz bone in filet mignon was more bone than meat and my filet mignon was ordered medium and served rare. They took my meat back and refired the same piece which resulted in a dry piece of filet mignon. The side vegetables were terrific. I doubt we will ever return to Stage Left. We will stick to the Frog and Peach or Nicholas.

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Make the trip every year for my birthday. The best steak place around, with the best service!!! Love you guys and don’t mind the price at all! I am OK in paying for good food...thanks much

BB
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best steakhouse I’ve dined at in a long time. Wonderful drinks and meal.

EL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Had strip steak which wasn't the best. Pricey restaurant for quality of food. Don't mind spending those prices but expect food to be much better than it was.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We went to for restaurant week so prices were a bit lower than usual, for the price portions were small, none of the less it was good but not the best I ever had. Meaning that if the prices were lower that week. Ifw they're serving the same quality of food when the prices are higher it wouldn't make sense for me to spend that amount of money on okay tasting food.

L
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Great meal and environment to catch up with friends. It was also amazing to meet the owner, who was incredibly welcoming. Will definitely be back!

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari and the Stage Left Burger were delicious!!

m
Salt Lake City
21 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Restaurant week deak - very good food. Service was a little sluggish at the beginning but vey good afterwards. Mistake on the final check was quickly corrected. I had the calamari, the flank steak and coconut desert. Food was very good.