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About Our Wine Dinners

Our guest speakers all have a direct hand in the wine-making process. We only invite the owner, winemaker, or general manager to speak to us, never a salesman or the regional sales manager of a wholesale company etc., etc.

Not that there aren't some great people in that end of the business. We just like to use our long-standing relationships to bring you some insight right from the source. We are honored that these folks think so much of us as to make us a premier venue for this sort of thing.

Wine is about people. Wine is about dining. Wine is food.

Wine is about a common experience.

We hope that you can join us for some of these uncommon common experiences.

Get the most up-to-date information on our upcoming events by joining the Stage Left/Old Vines mailing list.

And don't forget--there are more great events scheduled at our other restaurant, Catherine Lombardi.

Upcoming Events

[Except where noted, prices are per person and do not include tax or service.]

Tha Stage Left Wine Dinner Club: Get 20% off all wine purchases in both restaurants for the entire next calendar year! Just come to six wine dinners in a calendar year and you're automatically a member.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pre-Theater Menu at Stage Left (Quite the Bargain!)

  • Beginning Friday, March 13
  • Offered Every Night Until 6 PM Sharp
  • Just Show Your Tickets

It's been a while since we offered a specific pre-theater menu, so we thought it time to reintroduce one. This menu will be available to theater-goers alongside our regular menu until 6 PM. We would encourage you to check out the schedules at the George Street Playhouse and The State Theater for a whole slew of great shows heading to town.

View the menu

Call 732-828-4444. $39.00

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Strawberry Tasting Menu

Strawberry-01The Best Strawberries in Four Years

I know I reported last week that I thought the rains were going to end our strawberry season. I was sorely mistaken. I have egg on my face. I am a human Carbonara. Not only did the rains not do the damage we expected; but we are now in the midst of the most flavorful and diverse crop of strawberries we've seen since in five years!!! For the first time since 2011, we're offering a strawberry tasting menu at Stage Left. This menu starts tomorrow night and will go as long as we're able to get the great fruit!


Tasting Menu

Shooter of Chilled Strawberry Bacon Soup

Linguine with Tomato, Strawberry and Balsamic

Strawberries, Black Pepper, Aged Balsamic and Goat Cheese

Lamb Loin with Jamon Iberico and Strawberries, Polenta and Rhubarb

Strawberry Trifle

Call 732-828-4444 or reserve online. $59.00

Saturday, July 04, 2015

The British are Coming... the British are Coming... and There Will Be Gin!


Our Sponsor for Both July 4 and July 5 is Hendrick's Gin.

So yes, it's British, but after 239 years, don't you think we can let bygones be bygones, especially because it's a really really delicious gin AND they let Mark and me ride on the flying cucumber! Sure they were on the wrong side back in 1776, but they did lose...and nobody likes a sore winner. So come drink gin with us and toast our Anglo-American friendship.

Punches were all the rage in 1778, so we'll be mixing up bowls of Garrick Club Punch (Thank you David Wondrich). Individual Hendrick's cocktails will be Gin and Q-Tonic, Avaition Cocktails, Bee's Knees and A Celery Snap all for $9. We'll also have some great treats for all guests over 21. See picture below:

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You know you want one of these!

Call 732-828-4444. Price varies by selections.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Independence Day at Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi

Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi will celebrate with Lobster. In addition to our regular menu in both restaurants, both Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi will be going a little lobster crazy.

In Stage Left, we'll be offering 1.25 lb Lobster for $25. If you're feeling very lobstery, you can get Two 1.25 lb Lobsters for $39. We will also be offering our Stage Left Lobster Rolls for $19 and our very popular Lobster Lasagna!

In Catherine Lombardi, we'll offer a 1.25 lb lobster over angel hair pasta with an herbed cream sauce for $25.

Reserve for Stage Left here; Catherine Lombardi here.

Call 732-828-4444 or reserve online. Price varies by selections.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

The Annual Stage Left Cookout

At Stage Left, we will celebrate on the sidewalk with the annual Stage Left Cookout: Our Famous Burger, Lobster Rolls, Soft Shell Crab Sandwiches, Stage Left Burgers, Wild King Salmon, Grilled Giant Prawns, Dogs with Wild Boar Chili, St. Louis Ribs, our entire Steak Menu, and a Mixed-Grill for those who can't decide!

It won't be exclusively a meat-fest, as our compressed watermelon and summer vegetables and wood-grilled pineapple will round out the menu nicely.

Patrick Clifford will return with his trio for some lively sidewalk entertainment.

The dress is casual and the day is fun. Rain or shine! We will be on the sidewalk from 2 - 10 PM. Music starts at 4.

Make a reservation here or at 732-828-4444.

Check out this video, where our burger looks like the clear winner that it is.

Call 732-828-4444. Price varies by selections.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Cocktails for Millionaires


Friday, July 10

You see, most Spirits Project bottles are entirely consumed by the end of the night, some in a couple of hours. But of the 52 bottles a year that we open, several have some left over. So every once in a while, we make all of these extraordinary spirits (which retail for between $150 and $1,000 per bottle) available in cocktails at cost.

We will have a list of the various spirits and will make them into whatever cocktail you like at cost. We will have suggestions of course. Have you ever had a daiquiri made with a $350 bottle of rum? If you think you can't tell the difference, come in and prove yourself wrong.

This is a really fun exercise and the height of decadence. It will be first-come first-served until we run out.

Call 732-828-4444. Price varies by selections.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Piggy-Pirate Sunday

Pig-pirateSunday, July 12

While Pig Roasts are fun, one of the exceptional things about the porcine is its versatility, which borders on the magical.

There is a parallel with rum, equally versatile and equally delicious. So with a collection of dishes including, belly, bacon, hams, roasts, and the like, we'll be offering a mix of cocktails with and a tasting of Flor de Caña Rum. More details and the menu next week.

Rum: It's not just for Pirates anymore


Call 732-828-4444. Price varies by selections.

Get the most up-to-date information on our upcoming events by joining the Stage Left/Old Vines mailing list.

And don't forget--there are more great events scheduled at our other restaurant, Catherine Lombardi.

Dinner-Theater Package

Enjoy a night on the town with a great performance at The State Theater and a fabulous dinner at one of your favorite restaurants. Park once. We’ll pick up the tickets and have them waiting for you here. Dine before or after the show and it’s all for one very reasonable price.

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View the Catherine Lombardi Menu

Prices are per person plus tax, service and beverage. Please visit the State Theater's website for performance details.

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