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About Stage Left Steak
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 $30-$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 For reservations in the bar area of Stage Left Steak, please note this in your reservation notes. There is limited seating in that area so we may reach out to you if we do not have availability.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Open for lunch December 4-22! Monday-Friday 12:00pm - 2.30pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please inquire contact our Catering Manager for details.
Valet parking is available $10-15 per vehicle located at The Heldrich Hotel. There is some on street parking (some metered till 7 pm). There are also city parking lots and garages.
The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.
Private Party Facilities:
Stage Left has several rooms available for private events. We can accommodate groups from 15 to 130. We offer a variety of party menus. We also offer wine dinners and wine classes ideal for that a special celebration or a corporate mixer.
Private Party Contact:
Alex Hall: (732) 828-4444
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Stage Left Steak Ratings and Reviews
Was very disappointed after having had good experiences here years ago. Took 1 hour for meal to arrive. Couldn’t eat dessert bc of time taken to bring out food and with 45 minutes to a show the wait staff gave us a limited options that might be ready in enough time. Gentleman that poured wine wasn’t sure what it was. Wine suggestion not good. Service lacking huge drop off from before. Very quick to run away from you. Food was disappointing especially compared to what we experienced before. Way overpriced overall. Even took long to bring out check. New we were not happy so brought us a free dessert when we already had our coats on. Oh and the icing on the cake is that the meal left me with an upset stomach.
I had not gone to an upscale restaurant before, and it felt great to have water always be filled up, to have excellent food and cheery music playing in the background. The restaurant was a little quirky in its own way, because I expected instrumental rather than older pop music that was playing and there were a lot of cute decorations that I did not expect.
Apps, drinks and entrees were great...
We both got the Wagyu tasting. It was delicious! I just wish I knew exactly what we were eating.
It was a "tasting" so we expected the server to point out the meat and explain like any restaurant would do with any type of "tasting menu". The real disappointment came with dessert. They had a "special" which was apple crumb cake. It tasted stale. I've had better Entenmann's. Because it was considered a "special", I guess I had high expectations. The other dessert we had at the table was not good either. We will be back, we just won't be ordering dessert.
Went to dinner there last night and was totally disappointed with the food. I had a Caesar salad and the lettuce came out with brown spots all over back of the leaves. The dinner bread was hard as a rock. For dinner I had a bone in Filet that had absolutely no taste at all. Even drenched in the garlic butter it was very bland. We also had the salmon dinner which also had no flavor and blah. For the bill being over $250.00, the food was a total disappointment. With this said, if you are looking for a great tasting dinner, I wouldn’t recommend eating here. You would get a better tasting dinner at a Texas Road House or local steak house for a more reasonable price.
I took a friend of mine to dinner at Stage Left before seeing the Nutcracker at the State Theater. What a little gem - good cocktails (the bartender even made her own concoction for a non-alcoholic drink for my friend), great steaks and sides, and terrific service in elegant surroundings.
Besides the comfortable atmosphere and great food, this restaurant is conveniently located next door to the State Theater which makes it perfect for pre-show dinner or post show cocktails. Besides having some of the best steaks, the famous Stage Left Burger is fantastic. Service was friendly and attentive. The owner visited the table twice to check on us. Highly recommended.
The Tomahawk Steak was perhabs the best steak I have had. Excellent. The wine very good, and the Madeira desert wine from 1907 was superb!
A bit noisy, but friendly service, good wine recommendations, very good food. We drove from Princeton to eat there and it was worth it.
Had a great dinner at Stage Left Steak. I was sure going in that I was going to have steak, but they always have good specials, and this was not an exception. I could not say no to seared venison with a really interesting dark beer based sauce. Also had a side dish special of roasted blue potatoes with truffle.
One friend had never had the burger, which everyone should, so he did. The third person liked the brook trout so much the last time that she had to order it again.
We had lots to eat, so we shared one dessert - the ice cream and sorbet sampler. So good ... I can't believe how grape-fruity the grapefruit sorbet is.
There are a few dozen wines by the glass/quartino and an amazing by-the-bottle list.
I have been going to stage left for about 11 years and it has gone under some changes over the last few years. Although I don't believe ownership has changed I do see there are differences. I waited 20 minutes before getting my drink order taken and that's only because one of the owners passed by to check on us . After that it took about 10 minutes for a glass of wine and a beer to be delivered. Mind you it was not very busy in the restaurant. And then it took about 15 more minutes before I could put my food in. That being said, the food was incredible I have always loved stage lefts famous Burger it was cooked to a beautiful medium rare with perfectly melted asiago cheese. My friend had the chicken sandwich which was seasoned to perfection and everything was mouth wateringly good. Now I would also like to be clear that this is the first time I have ever had service this slow here but it is what happened. I do love the staff they are friendly and polite. I just wish there was better timing.
Everything we ate was delicious, and my husband called the lamb chops "an experience". The scallops and crawfish were perfect, and the truffle fries were a treat. It took a bit of time to get through our meal and it seemed like other tables were having a similar experience, but its possible they try to get the theater goers out the door first so plan accordingly or avoid saturday evenings if you don't have a ton of time to spend. The food is worth the wait though, and I hope they get a little more creative with their food because I'm sure we will be back.
As always Stage Left impressed us once again. My wife and I went out on a rare date night and we very satisfied with the food and service. The Tomahawk Steak was as delicious as it was beautiful. When you have a restaurant as consistently good as Stage Left you will never be let down. The service from our waiter Matt was great. Thank you again to all your staff.
Sincerely Mr. & Mrs. Weinmiller
P.S. See again you soon.
Food was very good, as usual. We were a little disappointed with the dinner rolls and the bun used for the burger. Could have been fresher or perhaps it was the type of roll used. Not as good as one would expect. Service was excellent as usual. Overall we love this place.
Now known as Stage Left Steak, you will find the same quality, service and dining experience as the formerly named Stage Left.
We started with crab cake, escargot bone marrow with garlic and brioche, jamon and Ibérico de Bellota ribs which were exceptional and we could have left after this course as well satiated customers. But who would ever leave after having read the interesting and eclectic list of entrees? Although fairly modest in size, the menu covered the full range of seafood, pasta, chicken, and beef with a variety of price points from modest to expensive that would make any diner comfortable. My husband took full advantage of the many beef selections choosing a bone in filet which was a new cut for him as he had never had a ‘bone-in’ filet. Apparently, as it cooks, the bone contributes to the subtly sweet taste and delicate texture that filet lovers prefer and this lived up to its reputation of exquisite taste with the added flavor that can only come from meat cooked on the bone. My brook trout was equally delicious (assuming you can even compare seafood to a medium rare bone in filet!) and was served with polenta and pistachio brown butter which I am trying to duplicate at home and serve on everything. There’s a nice selection of sauces, vegetables and sides and since we were trying to keep our choices light, we ordered the cauliflower-creamed spinach (because it was made with surprisingly minimal cream) and the roasted mushrooms.
Our favorite desserts were the pumpkin seed milk shake, a delightfully light and refreshing dessert with a subtle nutty flavor from the pumpkin seed oil and the sticky toffee pudding.
The Stage Left owners and managers closely monitored the satisfaction of the customers, adding to the warmth and intimacy of the experience. Additional tip: Although we didn’t take advantage of it, the menu mentions a 5% discount if you show your Uber or Lyft receipt, an added bonus when no one in your group wants to be the designated driver!
This was our first time at the restaurant. We were celebrating our anniversary, so we thought we would splurge, as this is an expensive establishment. The atmosphere was excellent. The wait staff was very attentive, and provided very good explanations of the menu, etc. Our food was good as eaten, but an hour or two later we both had abdominal issues. You can not judge a book by the cover.
The food was amazing. We were greeted by a very nice young lady who also bar tended and kept coming to our table to be sure all was Ok. she was super nice! I do not know her name though. It was our 30th wedding anniversary and Francis Schott sent us an email for 2 complimentary glasses of champagne and the chef sent us a special dessert with Happy Anniversary written on it! The initial waiter was very nice and gave us a good wine recommendation.so were the servers during the meal. Unfortunately though we were one if not the last table left-our reservations were for 8pm on a Saturday night which isn't that late-and we had to ask for our check 3 different times and it took close to 15 minutes before we got it. No staff were visible to us for quite a while. That was disappointing but the overall experience was wonderful!
my husband had dinner prior to the show at State Theater. We were seated in the Wine Library, which was quaint and just very lovely. The food and the service are always fabulous, good wine and a perfect night. Highly recommend Stage Left, it's on of our favorite restaurants in New Brunswick.
Outstanding food, drink, and service! Great and diverse menu options with very knowledgeable Staff to describe details of each! Wonderful ambience! Beautiful dining room, intimate lighting, sophisticated feel - with very professional and attentive Staff! Owner and Staff truly made us feel special and important! The best overall dining experience that we have had in quite some time! We now count Stage Left amongst our all-time favorite local restaurants and look forward to returning, very soon!
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