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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

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Stage Left Steak Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Business Meals (15)
Romantic (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Cozy (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Local Ingredients (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Casual (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Healthy (7)
Fun (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Seasonal (6)
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Quick Bite (4)
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Great Beer (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was top notch. The service was excellent. We will definitely come back.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

New decor enhanced an already wonderful dining experience. The outstanding food, service, and atmosphere makes our "special place" still very special.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Went for our Anniversary. They stamped menu’s with wax seals for the occasion. That is just the kind of touch they take with every aspect of their dining experience. Steak was excellent. Sides were exceptional. Menu was unique. A must go for any and all occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Simply superb. There are a lot of steakhouses throughout NJ but Stage Left is atop all of them.
Service, ambiance, and food preparation are always top flight (and so are the prices) and the entire team just "get it".

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Head waiter was friendly and asked if we were seeing the 8pm show next store at the theatre, which we were. Said he'd get us out on time. It took 15 minutes to bring out our wine, which he apologized for. We werent presented with the specials, which was caught by another waiter while taking our order.

The food was very good and timely once the order was placed but we had to chase down the waiter for our check and an item was missing from our take home. Seemed like the wait staff had poor communication with one another. We missed the first 10 minutes of our show, which was frustrating.

Seating was tight, as its always been, but we expected much better service at this price point.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The Wagyu Flatiron steak on a salt block is amazing! Perhaps the best beef I have ever tasted. Their creamed spinach is light and fresh tasting. And we washed it down with a lovely, dry Cote Rotie. Wow!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great service and the best burger I've had in years.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great steak and super wine list. Really liked the atmosphere. Knowledgeable severs.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We specifically went for the lobster weekend event. It was very good. Always an excellent dinner and service.

We had to move our table!! Along with another table.

There was a table of 8 who thought it was McDonald's and have never been out to a nice restaurant. They were extremely loud. It was awful! Fortunately we were able to move our table. Another table choose to move also.

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

Stage Left is always the place to go for any occasion. The food, cocktails, wine and atmosphere fit any occasion. The owners (Francis and Mark) make you feel welcome as friends whether it is your first time or 20th.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Best darn burger & potato wedges!!! #1 in NJ and done perfectly to order. ❤️👌🏻

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Organic, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Vegan, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The food and the service are always top notch. Never disappointed, class act.

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We had tickets for Buddy Guy, and reservations for Stage left Planned for about a month. was not sure we would be able to attend the show or the dinner reservations, due to emergency surgery a week prior surprising and happily we where able to make it ....... CAUSE DINNER WAS AWESOME and the Show WAS AWESOME....JUST an AWESOME night ... we will definitely be back...LOVED IT...:)

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Had an early dinner with a friend after work and was so delighted by everything at Stage Left. This was my second visit to the restaurant after coming a few years ago. I will absolutely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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