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Stage Left Steak

4.6
924 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steakhouse
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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 $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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse
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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
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Phone number
(732) 828-4444
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
J.R. Belt
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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.
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Private party contact
Alex Hall: (732) 828-4444
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Catering
Please inquire contact our Catering Manager for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
George Street
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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.
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Public transit
The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 924 People Are Saying
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food
4.6
service
4.4
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4.0
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Everything Was excellent! Steak melted in your mouth. Expensive wine list but it was worth it

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

WE HAD a wonderful dinner ... service was GREAT... we will be back ,,,,

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vipSfcterrier (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines dinner. Great service and nice touch speaking in general personal terms with the owners Mark and Francis.

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vipLuvNobu (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Great food, seriously — cannot beat the food here. Great service and nice overall ambience. Pricey though.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I have not gone out in quite some time since we have a little one at home and boy were we pleasantly surprised. Former New Brunswick residents and Steakhouse 85 enthusiasts, we couldn't get a reservation at 85. We decided to take a chance at Stage Left Steak and I'm super happy we did. Choices were great, even better was that my steak was cooked to absolute perfection and so flavorful. It didnt even need the chipotle lime butter to accompany; however, that was super tasty and happy I tried it. In addition, the sides were awesome! Steak fries were super crisp so if you don't enjoy something more well done I suggest staying away. The parmesan gratin potato side comes in perfectly sliced on the mandolin piles and tasted just as good today when I finished the leftover for lunch. Also tried grilled asparagus and they were yum, yum, yum in my tum. Paired with a nice pinot noir and the other half had a Jameson on the rocks. I was stuffed but when you don't get to go out often any more got the toffee pudding dessert. Super sweet, and amazingly delightful the caramelized nuts and sauce served in for reminiscent of the bread puddings I had down in New Orleans. The only downside was I would have liked it a little darker, more candlelight-esque in there. More like the ambiance in Catherine lombardi's although I'm super happy we weren't seated right by the door as I hate that! Happy that we ended up here in the end. It was super delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I don’t really understand this place. I feel like location is the biggest component it has going for it bc it’s overpriced and disjointed. Paper menus? Burger was flavorless and cooked improperly. Same for the steak. Potatoes too. What’s going on here? I shouldn’t have to season food when I’m paying more than a weeks worth of groceries for it. Server was all over the place and the martinis were on the small side. The server also removed drinks too soon. Really? It was just all a solid “meh” and didn’t meet my standards at all.

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EvonneP (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was excellent, the wine was delicious and the staff was very attentive. I will go back!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a great time at Stage Left. All of us had the burgers and they were delicious! So was the bottle of Pinot Noir that we ordered with the burgers! The restaurant is beautiful, the service was terrific, and the food was great - we will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food and service was phenomenal!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The service and ambiance were very nice...however, $115 for a porterhouse that was not seasoned at ALL was disappointing to say the least !.....the Texas toast with bone marrow was a a disappointment as well...it might as well been buttered toast ...because that's what it tastes like....the bone marrow was almost negligible....I never mind paying $240 for a meal if the food is delicious...stage left food was not in keeping with the price we paid !!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful experience!

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Sandyi (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Definitely better than the last time we were there in June of 2017 this time the food was amazing and the service was excellent we set an a nice quiet corner with beautiful lighting on the table not like in June when we were there with the doors open and ambulances and cars driving by making a ton of noise. That was for anniversary and it was not very romantic sitting in the bar when we requested to be in the formal dining room this time was a great . I definitely recommend stage left

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

The food is great and the service is even better. The staff is knowledgeable about the menu and they are very pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Consistent excellent service. I’ve never dined at Stage Left without being greated by one or both of the owners. Food is consistently excellent. Always something new. Excellent wine and drinks. Super attentive wait staff. Emilio was a “standout”! This is a great special occasion or date night spot. Not stuffy, not formal, more of a sophisticated “foodie” spot. Get on their mailing list, there are always special dining events. Try the wagyu beef on a Himalayan salt brick......then thank me later.

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BigRed (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Wonderful experience. Sat at the bar and received keen attention and wonderful advice on drink and food selections. Great hospitality and respect for the customer experience and a true love for food, fun and drink at Stage Left Steak.

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HS9595 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

As always, the service and food at Stage Left was impeccable. Everything was delicious!

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AlMor (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

This is my fifth time at Stage Left. This time my wife and I brought my parents. What a wonderful meal with great service and ambiance! I recommend Stage Left to anyone who is looking for that special place to go for a special occasion. Ours was a late Christmas present to each other.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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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DateNight (New York Area)
1.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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0251 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 28, 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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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vipGorgeousDecor (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 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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Getdessertandskipdinner (New England)
4.0  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.

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JillR (Philadelphia)
5.0  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.

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