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Stage Left Steak

5 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1903
+1 732-828-4444
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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5 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1903
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Francis and his partner have led the food scene in New Brunswick before it was popular. They and the Frog and Peach were about the only real high end restaurants in town. In addition, they have traveled the globe and have sourced outstanding wines (Wine...More

Thank William S
Byrne A, Public Relations Manager at Stage Left Steak, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Hi William -- Thank you for your kind recognition of our history in town, and our wine expertise. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming special event. Cheers, Byrne

Reviewed 1 February 2018

I have been to Stage Left for Lunch and it is wonderful. We went with friends for dinner. The staff was wonderful and accommodating My wife because she's a pain has to be gluten free. The chef was able to accommodate her for almost the...More

Thank John P
Byrne A, Public Relations Manager at Stage Left Steak, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2018

Hi John -- So glad you enjoyed your dinner with us, and your wife was able to eat well gluten-free! We appreciate your kind comments. The fried chicken will be here waiting for you on your next visit! Cheers, Byrne

Reviewed 28 October 2017

What a delightful and delicious treat to dine at Stage Left, especially after not having eaten at this New Brunswick gem for many years. Although it is now known as Stage Left Steak and there’s construction for a new performing arts center next door, you...More

Thank susan6NewJersey
Byrne A, Public Relations Manager at Stage Left Steak, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review of your experience! So glad you enjoyed your visit (and yes, you're welcome to come back to the bar and order dessert...). Be sure to say hello to owners Mark and/or...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Nice little restaurant, with good food and nice people who take care of you, I was not so happy about ceasar salad but no big deal, good place to go

Thank silpro
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Steakhouses are a dime a dozen (sadly, their steaks are not) but if you are looking for the real thing, you must give Stage Left a try. Dry aged steaks, beautifully prepared, in an atmosphere that is cool and comfortable. Service is always professional and...More

Thank John H
Byrne A, Public Relations Manager at Stage Left Steak, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thanks for your kind review. We appreciate being your "go-to" choice!

Reviewed 8 August 2017

Had dinner there with some friends. Small restaurant with friendly staff. Nice outside dining area. We sat at the bar for a drink before we sat at our table. Bartender was very friendly and mixed a good drink. We sat in the bar area for...More

Thank Dorothy G
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Came here on a last minute night. Glad we stopped in. Good Food, Great Staff, Great wine selection!!!

Thank JPatte201
Byrne A, Public Relations Manager at Stage Left Steak, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

So glad you enjoyed your experience! Thanks for letting us know. Be sure to say hello to owners Francis and Mark next time you visit.

Reviewed 21 June 2017

I'm really serious. I've been to both. SH85 has good food and a terrible experience (see my review .... despite the $100 a person tab, they'll shove you out the door like Mickey-D's. Stage Left, on the other hand, is beautiful, caring and a great...More

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Byrne A, Public Relations Manager at Stage Left Steak, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Belated thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your experience. We appreciate your business. Please be sure to stay hello to owners Mark and Francis next time you're in.

Reviewed 6 June 2017

We came here yesterday to celebrate my son's graduation from college. We were a party of 20 so they gave us a private room called the Wine Library. Where do I start... The room was beautiful, the service was impeccable and the food was fantastic....More

1  Thank MGCBloomfield_NJ
Byrne A, Public Relations Manager at Stage Left Steak, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

On behalf of owners Francis and Mark, thank you for entrusting your special celebration with us. We're glad you and your guests enjoyed it all. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Have been here a number of times, since visiting new family at St Peters. Service is exceptional and food is as well. Steaks and Lamb Chops are great but don't forget the appetizers....All Good Paige, the bartender , is extremely helpful and capable.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1903
    (George Street)
  • Public Transportation: The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  New Brunswick
  • Phone Number: +1 732-828-4444
  • E-mail
Restaurateurs Francis Schott and Mark Pascal operate two of New Jersey's most storied restaurants. Stage Left Steak -- celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017 -- is famous for its wood-grilled steaks, award-winning wine list and pioneering cocktail program, and has been an incubator for many of the NY region's top chefs and mixologists. Serving Brooklyn-Italian style fare, Catherine Lombardi opened in 2005, paying homage to the cooking of Mark's grandmother. Executive Chef James (J.R.) Belt presides over both kitchens. Ricky Stevens is Chef de Cuisine of Stage Left Steak. Schott + Pascal bonded over their shared love of food and drink upon meeting at Rutgers. For more than 8 years, the duo hosted the podcast, The Restaurant Guys, chatting with esteemed culinary guests from Gael Greene and John Mariani to Ruth Reichl and Chefs Eric Ripert and Grant Achatz.
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