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About Stephen's on State
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.
Media, PA 19063
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
$30 and under
Stephen's on State Ratings and Reviews
I really wanted to love this place. The service was great, loved the atmosphere but the food was just ok. The calamari was soggy, not crispy. The wedge salad had very little bacon and tomato and was just thrown together. The special that I received was drowning in sauce. The chicken Parm that my husband ate was just ok. The banana dessert however was outstanding!!!!
I was very pleased with the service and the food, however, I asked for a dessert with a candle when I booked the reservation under “Special Instructions” and my son did not receive it. I didn’t mention it because I wanted it to be a surprised. Also, the host was annoyed when I asked to have a different table since he sat us right near the kitchen.
Food was great, Debbie, our waitress was very attentive and personable but the NOISE was intrusive to conversation. The band was SO LOUD! It was unnecessary to blast the music as they did. Stephen's is not a large facility so turning the volume way down would still allow people to hear them without having to shout or repeat themselves in conversation.
This was our first visit to this restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed the food. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. A little disappointed in our service. The young man was knowledgeable of the specials and explained them from memory. As the evening went on he was less attentive and out of sight. The venue is certainly on the noisy side. We were not in the main bar area but in the dining room. I would not recommend this venue if you are looking for a quiet dinner. Overall we did enjoy it and would likely return in the future.
Several reasons to not recommend:
1. No bread offered (all other tables had bread)
2. My wife didn't like her cosmo
3. Asked for asparagus as substitute on my steak order, which was accepted; still received green beans
4. Bus staff didn't clear appetizer plates until after main course
5. Wife's short ribs were fatty
I had heard great things, so was excited to have anniversary dinner here but was VERY disappointed. I would not recommend this to friends.
FOOD: The food all sounded good, but nothing came out correctly (except my Caesar salad). The salmon was overcooked and the waiter even admitted he thought it looked that way when it came out! My "medium rare" steak was medium in 1 small section but black/well everywhere else. It is a shame, because the spice/flavor was good. I would have re-ordered, but it took 30-40 minutes to get them in the first place, so wasn't going to wait longer . The pierogies appetizer was really oily. We were given dessert on the house because of the overcooked entrees... neither dessert came out hot. If you were wondering, lukewarm lava cake is not good.
SERVICE: Our server was very nice, but extremely slow. He had only 1 other table, and they were not understaffed, so this surprised me. It took 20 minutes before we ordered appetizers, and it took nearly 40 after we ordered entrees to get them. He didn't come by our table again for nearly 15 minutes to check how the food was... obviously I couldn't send it back and wait another 30 minutes. He also admitted things did not come out correctly, but didn't offer to bring them back or make a new prep. He also didn't seemed surprised that we were not happy (2 other tables had to send food back too while we were there).
AMBIANCE: I don't care much about decor - but we walked in and it reminded me of McKenzie's (West Chester area), not a steakhouse. It was not noisy or anything, but just not what I expected from a highly recommended restaurant.
OVERALL: I don't know if it was the sunday night kitchen crew, or the server, or what... but I won't be coming back.
Have eaten here a number of times. The dressing in the ice berg wedge was not good. Watery with no flavor. Crumpled blue cheese...nope. Perogie appetizer also lacked flavor. Not good at all.
Rib Eye steak was excellent. Had the special that evening with garlic butter on top. Very good!
But one star off for the poor beginnings.
Stephens on State has become an unlimited Groupon discount restaurant. Which is all the better because the food is fabulous so getting it at Half Price plus some always makes for a good day. Can't go wrong at this restaurant and make sure you look up Groupon to save yourself some significant money!
The ambience was great. The waiter we had was friendly and very quick to notice if we needed more drink in our glasses. He made sure to ask us a couple a times how everything was and if he needed anything else. It was a very pleasant visit. I will be referring friends to come here.
We used to frequent this restaurant monthly. This time, noticed significant reduction in amount of food. New dishes were pretty but smaller. $8.00 salad was half the size it used to be, as was the Chicken Stephen. Too many other options for a return visit. Sorry.
We arrived at Stephen's on Sunday 9/3 to celebrate our anniversary. Despite reservations and arriving on time our table was not ready. The hostess was friendly and immediately got us a table in a corner of their back room past the main dining area and told us Tom would be right over. The table was uncovered; no table cloth or table lighting (candle or votive) and it was beat up--like it was used by servers to wrap silverware.
There was a table of two directly behind us and a table for 4 seated as well. We saw a young man come in to fill water glasses for the 2 other tables but he chose not to come to our table. There were plenty of servers hustling around that evening--just not Tom.
After very patiently waiting 15-20 minutes still with no sighting of Tom, I looked at my wife and said--what do you want to do? She sensed in my tone--it was time to leave. (On a side note--despite knowing it was our anniversary and having requested a quiet table, the hostess graciously sate a table of 6 with 3 young children directly next to us.)
We walked up front to the exit and I waited to advise the hostess we were leaving. She implored us to stay but at that point it was too late. Besides the absence of Tom the Invisible server, the table full of kids right next to us killed the evening. We ended up at the FirePoint in Newtown Square where the hostess and server were amazed at our experience at Stephen's. They assured us they would make up for it--they did.
Of the four entrees order, the best was the filet. The chicken with crab meat was fair and no detectable crab meat. The Tilapia, also, just fair. We ordered the baked clams and they were the best of all we ordered. The variety special appetizer was burned...I thought my husband should send it back, but he didn't want to bother. Our waitress was decent. For the price will go other places.
Overall impression was overrated. The calamari was soggy. The Alfredo was almost as good as Olive Garden. The salmon was dry but had a lot of sauce to make up for it.
I almost think it's wrong that a place like this is so busy when there are a lot of other great places to eat and more reasonably priced. FYI it wasn't even that busy when we got there but had to wait about an hour before we got our entrees.
Great meal, a tad high$, a good balance of options on the menu, waitress was excellent along with the other service helpers, clearing dishes, filling water glasses, etc. All pleasant. Atmosphere of the restaurant set-up is ok, nothing special. A few large booths on one side, tables for 4 in the middle, and tables for 2 against the wall. When full there's very little privacy and if a table is loud which I've encountered there before it can really ruin the dinner as you can't even converse with your dinner partner because tables are so close. Must give credit to the food - have never had a bad meal.
We were disappointed with our Veal Saltimbocca dish considering it was pressed veal patty and not worth the price. This dish should be given another name since it is not the traditional veal dish that one would expect. At the price of $26. an entrée one would expect the good cut of veal.
Excellent food. Best 10 oz filet mignon I've ever had. Others had periogies, new york strip, seafood alfredo. ALL were satisfied and enjoyed their dinner. Trio playing. Noise level high, lots of close tables-don't expect a quiet dinner. Worth the trip and money. Reservations were done through their website from Open Table. Loved that option-easy, fast. Recommended.
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