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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.

5 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse

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

Cross Street:
George Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

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

Phone Number:
(732) 828-4444

Website:
http://www.stageleft.com/

Catering:
Please inquire contact our Catering Manager for details.

Parking 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.

Public Transit:
The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.

Executive Chef:
J.R. Belt

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Mon 8:00PM - 9:00PM

Fri 8:00PM - 11:00PM

Stage Left Steak Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
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Good for Anniversaries (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Cozy (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Business Meals (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Casual (6)
Fun (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Authentic (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Everything was absolutely wonderful, we really had a great time, the food was great and the staff was great very friendly and always cane by to make sure everything was fine. Great service will def recommend this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

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.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

First time at Stage Left. Very impressed with menu, service and quality.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service and outstanding food. The wait staff was knowledgeable and very helpful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and service was outstanding however pricey. Need to have more affordable wine choices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Overall good experience! nice touch to have our own private room!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The service was outstanding very attentive, food was good. We always wanted to try this restaurant. The Pinot Noir they suggested was good. Wild Boar was good as was the stage left Burger. Wild Berry Bread pudding was very good.

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

We enjoyed a thoroughly amazing dinner. From our experience at the bar to the amazing quality of the meal everything tonight was flawless. Our waiter was conversational but formal and professional. Stage Steak may be the best steakhouse in New Jersey.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was good but not outstanding. For the price I'm not sure I would go back. However the molten chocolate cake was outstanding.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Awesome food and good service....the meat is a good as any restaurant I have ever been anywhere in world.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Tapas, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Casual, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always enjoy this restaurant. Went with cousins and had a superb meal and great wine. The steak is always superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was delicious. We loved the flatiron steak on the salt block. The cauliflower creamed spinach was outstanding!!’ Thank you for the receipe.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Quick Bite, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

food was generally good, but I like tasting 7 course meal better. I would like to have more seafood menu.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent dinner, took a graduate student who just finished her PhD as a special celebration, seh was impressed.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was great, service was slow to take an order but then caught up. The owner is present and helped improve seating and flow and genuinely checks up on customers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great service. Wait staff was excellent and very friendly. Food came out perfectly cooked and timely.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Always a well orchestrated evening. One of the few places I can go and know all of my needs will be met without having to ask. Cheers to the entire staff!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Groups, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Seasonal, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fun, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was very good, but very over priced and the portions were very small. The service was very slow and inattentive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Haven't been there for years, but was pleased to find that the burgers are as excellent as ever!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food, drinks & service were very good ! I would return again

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Appetizers and Dessert done great. Staff well versed in menu. Sample ALL the cheeses if it's your thing! For a show night, they seemed to be a bit disorganized and multiple entrees came out not to expectation. Others had commented the same.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great food beautiful, warm ambiance and wonderful service.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

As a regular at Stage Left the service ,food and attentiveness of the staff was up to par Commendations to Julie ,Ryan. And Paige for making my birthday celebration dinner a great one.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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