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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

Stage Left Steak Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (20)
Special Occasion (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
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Fit for Foodies (18)
Romantic (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Business Meals (13)
Cozy (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Fun (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Casual (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food and service was phenomenal!

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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful experience!

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 (New York Area)·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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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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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 (New York Area)·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 December 31, 2017

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 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Sacramento)·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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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New York Area)·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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 (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 9, 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 5, 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 25, 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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vip
 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 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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