Stephen's on State

4.1
756 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Stephen's on State originally opened their doors in June of 2003 under the name Stephen's Prime. Primarily a steak house, the restaurant operated for three years before the owners felt a change was necessary. They wanted to create a more casual setting and in August 2008 renovations began. The entire face of the restaurant was demolished and replaced with sliding french doors that open out to the street. Opening under the name Stephen's on State, the restaurant now offers outside cafe dining in addition to the ala carte lunch and dinner menu. Responding to the high volume of bar business, Stephen's once again renovated in August of 2008 and expanded into the adjacent building doubling the bar capacity and adding a new dance floor. With live entertainment Monday through Saturday, many people are coming to Stephen's to enjoy a full dining experience, dance, or maybe simply to enjoy an appetizer and cocktail from their extensive martini and wine list while listening to music.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(610) 891-8900
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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3.9
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AJ
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

3 times here not one bad time I’ll be back again . Makes this Survey easier only thing I can complain about.

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k
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

First visit. Nice to see live act playing. Food was good, Service was good. Pricing would keep me from coming back frequently.

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D
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I went to this restaurant for the first time on a weeknight. There is a decent wine list and the menu is acceptable. My dining companion enjoyed his stuffed chicken. The wedge salad was very good but shrimp lejon was disappointing, since it was deep fried, rather than broiled. The wait staff were pleasant and seemed eager to please. For the prices of the entrees, the atmosphere and ambiance did not really seem to match. It seemed more like a sports bar with a loud television from the bar heard in the dining room. I might try this place again for a quick cocktail at the bar.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and excellent service. Will definitely return.

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BC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent during a busy night. Food was delicious.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, relaxed atmosphere, what more can you ask?

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F
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was fantastic and we got a reservation for 4 on a Saturday night with no problem. Around 8:30 a band started playing and it got LOUD. Thankfully we were done our meal, but it would be have been very difficult to have a conversation once they got going.

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OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiends and I got together for a pre-thanksgiving party. All of us really enjoyed the food.
Service and atmosphere was also excellent.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place, nice menu, great service, nice people

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TM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Everything was great. Service, attention and quality of the food was excellent. The only negative was the Cesear salad-lacking in flavor.

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VI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

For maybe ten minutes they didnt realize we were seated. After i asked someone for a server they apologized and gave us 2 free glasses of wine. Loud place but very good food.

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SM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service. Nice portions and quality for the price. We'll definitely come back again!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good spot, the steaks were done just right and the service was very good. Good oysters, and the fried cheesecake dessert thing was on point.

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome in every way! Tom was an amazing server! The food was delicious!

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p
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

food was very good but the noise level was off the charts. Very difficult to even carry on a conversation

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TC
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good but the sound level was off the charts! So loud we were getting a headache on a busy Friday night.

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WR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there during Restaurant Week and found the choices all to be top end and delicious!

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious meal!

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B
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Our first trip here was very good over 1 year ago. However our last 2 trips have been very disappointing. Last night the service was poor, food was expensive and we decided not to come again.

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MN
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My meal was Delicious!!!!! I highly recommend your restaurant

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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AJ
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner was great at Stephen's - the steak was cooked perfectly and our waiter could not have been more attentive. Definitely be back!

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B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

You would think when you have to pay 51.00 for a steak you wouldn’t have to pick the toilet paper off the floor

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C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and service was even better. Nice find in Media

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P
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Live music and a ribeye with mashed potatoes & spinach made for a perfect Thursday evening.

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PF
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Crab flatbread...something is missing. Mushrooms, crab, jack, chipotle sauce.... something isnt mixing. Quite disappointed. The fries with our sandwiches were just sad. Skin on potatoes were very starchy, dry looking with no flavor. Neither one of us are more than 2 fries off our plate. Last time for dinner was better.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

HORRIBLE SERVICE. Took my mother in law for her 60 birthday. We were in town from Florida just to take her out for her birthday and chose this restaurant based on pretty good reviews. The service was horrible. It took 10 minutes for some one to even take our drink order then another 30 minutes to actually get the drinks after I asked about them twice. We also never got straws or sweeteners for coffee. I had to keep asking for obvious things we needed. When the waitress did finally come over she would give us dirty looks and huff and puff as if she was annoyed by us. She never offered to do anything for the birthday or the fact she knew we were unhappy with the service. The bill was about $250 and we still tipped 20% because we don't tip below that but we will never ever be back.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We walked in and it was very noisy. Asked to be seated in the back and the hostess was accommodating. Our waitress was very friendly and efficient but the food was subpar. I got the Veal And it was over cooked and very salty. Others in our party enjoyed their meal but felt it was over priced.

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p
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A real disappointment. The mashed potatoes accompanying the crab cakes were ice cold. The waitress took them back to the kitchen, so they came back piping hot, but the bottoms of the crab cakes were burned. Two of us had pasta dishes, and the pasta was spongy -- probably overcooked? Two of us has chicken parmigiano, and the chicken was also burned on the bottom. The food was otherwise uninspired. The best thing was my husband's filet mignon, which was cooked just right. Another plus was the waitress, Kelly, who tried really hard and who was very pleasant. This restaurant is fairly expensive, so I think the food should at least be cooked properly.

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d
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was excellent. However one of our guest has major food allergies. The server and the kitchen staff did not take our request serious. Our guest was extremely nervous to eat her dinner as she thought her throat might close

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BN
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was fantastic , service was a tad slow not sure if it was on purpose or the server. But they didn’t rush us at all.

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DA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always frequent Stephens Prime on State street for the "Dining Under the Star". It is an annual theme.
Also they have great bands.

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JD
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was pricey and just ok, not up to par compared to other restaurants with same type of food.

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SG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal in every way. I had the chicken stuffed with Italian sausage and aged provolone and my wife had the Maryland crab cakes. Tasty. Well prepared and presented.

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JK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

It is hard to evaluate because the services were very slow. Always had to track
down our waitress. However, it turned out to be dining under the stars
And
It was
Very busy.
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CD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place.Celebrate Valentine’s Day and by husband for 10 years

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b
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food and great service. However, since it was Dining under the Stars and outdoor seating, the tables were really crowded together and the ambience was very noisy (though also lively and festive). Also, this evening they had no live music which was disappointing. I would still recommend it to friends to try out at a different time.

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AM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Overall, I was disappointed by our dinner at Stephen's on State. The food was decent but not outstanding. The buffalo chicken pierogi appetizer was very good. My husband liked his Veal Saltimbocca, and it was a very generous portion. I had the salmon, and it was good but not great. I like that they serve bread, and the bread was good. My wine was almost tasteless- I got a glass of Pinot Noir and I've never had a wine with less taste. My husband's Malbec was better. For the prices, I would have expected a nicer set up- our table had marks all over it, more like a bar table than a nicer restaurant. One table in the dining room had a tablecloth- it was very odd. The service was ok- our waitress did her job but was rather ambivalent. Overall, it wasn't terrible, but wasn't worth the cost in my opinion.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Ordered two side dishes and did not get them.
Not sure why I was not allowed to box my own food to take home..... if your staff has to booked the food it should be done at the table.

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