Fare: New American
Price: Very - Expensive
Food Quality: 3 Stars
Service: 3 Stars
Decor: 2 1/2 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from
1/2 Star = poor to
Four stars = Best in Class
Uses fresh "farm to table" local ingredients and sustainable produce
Serves one of the best burgers in Central New Jersey.
Street parking is limited. Try parking across the street at the Heldrich Hotel valet parking service.
Noise Level: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared American food with "fresh farm to table ingredients" and fine dining amenities
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who enjoy casual family dining.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Stage Left Burger; Steaks with grass-fed and dry-aged beef from the wood burning grill; and the Wild Copper River Salmon.
Liquor: Full service bar service with an exceptional wine list --- Bar scene is vibrant
Stage Left, located in the heart of the New Brunswick theatre district, is one of New Brunswick's top restaurants.
The restaurant is owned and managed by Lou Riveiro, Mark Pascal, and Francis Schott.
The kitchen is run by Executive Chef JR Belt, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, presiding over well prepared food using fresh "farm to table" local ingredients and sustainable produce.
Stage left makes the best burger in Central New Jersey. Their 11-ounce Angus beef " Stage Left Burger" is cooked with apple-wood over a wood burning grill. It's juicy with a slight hint of a "smokiness".
The restaurant has a romantic atmosphere. The dining rooms are attractive and softly lit, although the tables are too closely spaced for intimate conversation.
They offer a full bar and an extensive international wine list, and a wine cellar that is ideal for private parties.
The service is professional, well trained, though a bit pretentious.
They offer several private rooms ideal for parties from 15 to 80. For a larger private function, the whole restaurant can be booked for parties up to 125.
Stage Left is open seven days a week.
For dinner: at 5:30 p.m. from Monday through Saturday. At 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. Open for lunch from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. on Friday only
They are open on Thanksgiving serving an ala carte menu and a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Feast.
(updated October, 2018)
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