Stage Left Steak

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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 $36-$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.

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4.4
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Peter
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is just outstanding. Fantastic steak and other options, attentive service, and great atmosphere.

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vipAtlantaAH
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable service and excellent meal. Highly recommend. The server asked about our theater plans and ensured a comfortable departure.

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AngS
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food is a bit overpriced. Two crab cakes the size of a small biscuit with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE but micro greens and dill sauce .... $36 !!!! Should at least have had a vegetable. However they were delicious. Probably won’t go back for another 10 years.

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vipJohnH
New York Area
157 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply superb. The service, food prep, quality, and culture are all top notch. Bartender knew how to make the perfect Sazarac, Caesar salad very fresh (and white anchovies!) and steaks were amazing. Mark and John really know wine and respond well to challenging requests. Don’t miss onion rings or creamed spinach. Pricey, yes, but we all deserve a splurge now and then.

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vipElizabeth
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and meal are consistently served with correct table etiquette and the meal delicious . I, and guests, receive a warm welcome.

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HeatherK
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious. Perfect for date night. Next door to theater which also makes it so convenient.

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vipCeCeM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wait service was fantastic and very attentive. Wine and food was great!

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vipJeffBabey
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Often, with a great friend, sometimes you forget to tell them you love them and you just hope they know...

So too is my relationship with Stage Left Steak and Catherine Lombardi’s..

After so many years of world class service and a dining experience that stars don’t do justice, I forget to say thank you and tell them I love them.

Why?

1. It’s home... if you’re there once a month or once a year, everyone is treated like a VIP
2. No matter how much I think I’ve memorized the menus they change and I’m torn between too many fantastic choices.
3. I don’t know a Cabernet from a Compari? ... the staff takes the time to make sure I have the perfect cocktail without the “upsell” to make a few extra dollars.
4. When the staff, mangers and owners are still excited and passionate about sharing their hospitality and commitment to excellence every day... I’m as excited to let them.
5. And finally ... Because they care ... about quality, experience, food, service and most of all their guests.

Ok.. I may be a bit too partial.

But I have to tell you a secret. I thought I was special.

I’ve found out that if you’re a 27 year customer or a walk in the door... you’re family.

So hello relative! Welcome... you’ve found a home ... actually two homes.

Stage Left Steak and Catherine Lombardi’s... we love you.

Stage Left Steak
Responded on 5 March 2020

Thank you, After 28 years here I still love what I do, in large part because of all the wonderful people who have made these restaurants part of their lives and therefore become part of mine.

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MikeC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Ambience was ok. Food was salty and portions were small. Very expensive for what you get!

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vipChristineD
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was unbelievable and on top of everything. The food was amazing as always .

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BruceN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It truly could not have been a nicer experience! If you go make sure you get the burger.

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vipG1313
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Service was good salad was delicious, but steak was horrible asked for medium it came out burnt and hard line a hockey puck on the outside and raw gooey and red on the insideSent it back they said that’s how their oven cooks to medium? What? Then they brought us a skirt steak because apparently they can’t cook a filet to medium... and brought us a salt slab so we can cook it ourselves the right way I guess?? Condescending manager then came over and pretty much told me that I don’t know anything about steaks and that’s how they’ve been cooking medium for 27 years!!! So we paid and left.. Horrible!! Never again and 65 dollars for a filet and 50 for a strip?? And 14 dollar 6 ounce martinis?? No way!!! Over priced! Now I know why they had so many open reservations on the Saturday Of Valentine’s Day . Go to steak house 85 or Wolfgang’s in Somerville!! They are awesome and actually less expensive!!! It’s a shame I’ve been to stake left many times and Catherine L. Upstairs. Never again!!!!

Stage Left Steak
Responded on 20 February 2020

After comping your first steak and sending you a second (not a skirt) steak, which you also didn't like, I approached your table and your first words to me were, "Apparently, you're not competent enough to cook a steak." Now THAT's condescending and rude. I responded "I'm sorry you don't like our steaks or the way we cook them." I was sincere. I did not say "You don't know anything..." I did say "That's the way we've been doing it for 27 years. I'm sorry you don't like it." It is, and I am.

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JenniferF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We started at the beautiful bar and were gently moved to our table, where we enjoyed amazing fois gras, a flat iron steak - aged 45 glorious days - and the best burger I’ve ever eaten. The wine was excellent, the service friendly and attentive - everything about the evening was wonderful!

Stage Left Steak
Responded on 22 February 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.

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LJS44
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Although this Restaurant could be a nice place to take your time and dine, we were trying to squeeze in diner between work and a show next door. The staff was great. They made sure to take our order right away and get us to the theatre on time. The food was outstanding!

Stage Left Steak
Responded on 22 February 2020

Thanks for your kind words. Please do come back some evening when you have more time.

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viprutgers1982
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

Very disappointing. For a “steak house”, the filets were grossly undercooked. The grilled asparagus was burnt with the taste of charcoal. The burger was cooked to order, and the lobster tempura was excellent.

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vipmellowman
London
58 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent , the wine list extensive , the service attentive and the atmosphere clubby

We enjoyed the experience and shall return

Stage Left Steak
Responded on 22 February 2020

We look forward to your return.

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RichardG
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Poor service, drinks not full, 1 piece of bread no butter. Seemed like they were skimping on everything, even the tomahawk steak that was all bone! Very bad experience would not go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spending time with my son. Dinner and a show.

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KevinC
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was very good food and the service was excellent. Definitely pricey though

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MelanieM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

My steak was very dry. At this price, very disappointing

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SusanS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have had many dinners with family and friends and recommended to business associates. The experiences have always been extremely awesome with the atmosphere, food and service which is always over the top! Make sure that you also experience the outside dining when available! It will take dining to the next level!

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ArthurS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were excellent. The escargot were scrumptious. Their drinks could have been a little better. Their website states that they are $$$ as far as price is concerned.., We had two drinks .....one salad...... one escargot. (12)..... two steaks.... steak fries..... Tea and black forest cake....... Tax & tips...$225.00... if you aren't $$$$ or $$$$$ (if that even exists)... Then I don't know who is... All in all, a wonderful experience ..

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vipRuby
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Wedding anniversary

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scottf
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

The wait was over 20 min to be after being seated before anyone even approached us .Then 20 min to get a drink. We had reservations . Food was over priced for that it was. Suggest steak85 anyday. I chose this only for the fireworks show foe mew years

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The lobster tempura was just breaded deep fried lobster chunks. Not light at all. Both steaks were charred so much they were so black and tasted like charcoal. They did the same thing to the grilled asparagus they charred it as well. The worse creme brûlée I have ever tried. The top was carmelized way too much and the custard was so dry not creamy at all. I didn’t say anything to the waiter because it was New Year’s Eve and I didn’t want to have a problem with anyone We just enjoyed our wine.

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MarvinC
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere, food and service were beyond great.

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vipStaceyS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience. Matt, our waiter and all the wait staff are knowledgeable and extremely attentive. The butternut squash soup was the best I have ever had. The tomahawk steak and filet with bone were incredible. All of the desserts were melt in your mouth great especially the sticky toffee pudding. It is a beautiful restaurant and we had a truly enjoyable family meal. We will be back!

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PeterD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience5

We have frequented this restaurant many times in the recent past and it was excellent. However, as per a Holiday Post-Broadway Show dinner, we were extremely disappointed. We may try it again in the future, as a response to our complaints were appropriately addressed.

Stage Left Steak
Responded on 13 January 2020

Peter, While I was happy to hear you felt your issue was well-handled, I was saddened to see your review. You are long term patrons and old friends. I know I was in the building and spoke with you while you were here. Please never be trepidatious about asking for me. It is always my priority that we get things right especially for people who have been coming so long. I hope to see you again soon. All the Best, Mark

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VIKTORYIAM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good and attentive service. Food is also good, which is expected for this price point.

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vipMarkR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meal and service were exceptional. I always enjoy my meal at Stage Left. Not inexpensive but still a very good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Disappointed.... Service was very slow and the owner never stopped by to apologize for being understaffed or that our steaks were not cooked correctly. I will say the Bibb salad was excellent as were the potatoes gratin. Strip steak was good not great. Filet was very good cut and ok on flavor. Have to say with other "steak house choices" not likely to go back.

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MimiJo
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

I really do not like to write negative reviews but I was completely disappointed with my entire experience here. I was taking my 91 year old mother to see a show at the State Theatre and Stage Left is very conveniently located. The tables were too close together and the noise level was too much. Unfortunately we were seated next to someone that complained about everything from her wine being watered down to why were two items served at the same time to her steak is not cooked right. The staff spent so much time falling all over her that we were basically ignored. By the end of our meal they did not even remember to serve me the tea I ordered. I spent my entire time there listening to staff and who I thought was an owner talk (very loudly) with this unhappy patron. I guess they were trying the cheer her up but in the process they lost me as a customer. Not sure what was going on but everything on my plate tasted the same, service and atmosphere was terrible. I will not be returning or recommending

Stage Left Steak
Responded on 13 December 2019

I'm sorry you didn't have a pleasant time with us. The tables are spaced the same as they've been for last 27 years and the noise level varies some. Pre-theater it's certainly not completely quiet. Yes that woman was complaining about everything she could think of (including patently nutty things like her wine being 'watered-down'). Yes we were doing our best to placate her and the owner himself spent a lot of time at that table. I'm sorry our efforts to make her happy made you unhappy?!?!

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Emanuele
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience1

The food was delicious however the portions were very small! Was seated in a side area with a ton of foot traffic! Overall enjoyed my meal!

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Frank
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Although the food was tasty, we found it overpriced for the location (midtown Manhattan prices in New Brunswick). My wife's steak was undercooked. We mention it to the waiter, but he seemed indifferent to it. We didn't ask to send it back because we were heading to a show, but for the price, we'd expect the steak to come out correctly the first time.

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vipRANDAL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had a party of 4, my wife and two kids joined me, and we had a fabulous time. Service was attentive, mood and ambiance was lively and classy, seats and lighting very comfortable. Food was amazing, better than our other 1-2 visits over the past year!! Seems like the owners and operators have NOT lost their passion and still enjoy running a top notch restaurant in the heart of NB across from the revived Monument Sq. Great night out and worth every penny.

Stage Left Steak
Responded on 11 December 2019

Thanks for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again.

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HannahD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food. Love the cheese board. The wagyu on the hot salt block was divine. I've been eating at Stage Left since they opened and they just keep getting better! Thank you Mark and Francis!

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HappyRG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It was my first time there but based on this visit, I thought the food was just Ok based on what we paid. I I plan on dining here again very soon and afterwards can hopefully provide a more comprehensive review.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience2

We had a great experience here two weeks ago: great food, perfect ambience (lighting, music selection, music level) service and hospitality. This visit the lighting was too high, music selection was really poor and way to loud for the room and some woman was drunk and shreiking in tbe back room and staff made no effort to addresss it. We and other diners were looking at each other thinking “I’ll have what she’s having” a la When Harry Met Sally, but it really was inappropriate for a restaurant like this to allow that behavior. And while we ordered a $75 bottle of wine, apparently that was too inexpensive and the “welcome” feeling disappeared from service. I was embarrassed because I had told our guests how great the place was. Stage Left is very expensive and while the food was excellent both times, at $600 for four people, you’ve got to get it all right: food, ambience, service and hospitality. (And Francis, while I haven’t seen you in probably 20 years, I’m pretty sure you were at the bar while we were there all evening on 11/26/19)

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Orthochow
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Matt at the bar (and the entire staff) was fantastic - what a great place! Food, ambiance and service were all top notch.

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StellaLulu
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Both our meals were very under-cooked, and no staff checked in with us to rectify the situation. The food is expensive and for that price, I would expect better food and much better service