About Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille

1 Convent Road
Convent Station, NJ 07961
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Welcome to New Jersey's Legendary Steak House

Rod's Steak & Seafood Grille, an area landmark and winner of New Jersey Monthly's 'Best Steakhouse' award, offers lunch and dinner daily as well as the finest Sunday Brunch in New Jersey.

The restaurant's new design, rich wood paneling and highly polished brass, lends a classic elegance to the sophisticated atmosphere. For an intimate and unique experience, dinner aboard the private Parlour Cars is sure to be remembered. Formerly the private domain of the rich and famous, these beautifully refurbished, turn of the century railway cars are exquisitely complimented by the haute cuisine of Rod's esteemed Executive Chef.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast 7:00am - 10:00am Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Madison Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 539-6666

Website:
http://www.rodssteak.com/

Entertainment:
Check with restaurant or website for the entertainment schedule

Catering:
With over 60 years experience, The Madison Hotel sets the standard for personalized service, creating flawless events with attention to the smallest detail. From gala weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs to perfectly orchestrated corporate events, our team of catering professionals expertly produce memorable occasions worthy of a New Jersey landmark. Whether it's 100 for cocktails or 500 for dinner and dancing, The Madison Hotel provides the ideal setting for your event….warm, welcoming, and unfailingly gracious. Our innovative chefs will design a menu tailored to your tastes, offering extraordinary

Public Transit:
New Jersey Transit Trains and Bus at our doorstep.
Convent Station New Jersey

Private Party Facilities:
For memorable private dining and parties from 10 to 60 guests, you'll rave about Rod's Steak & Seafood Grille's perfect atmosphere while your guests will appreciate a most unique venue and culinary experience not found anywhere else in the region.

Birthdays, anniversaries, small weddings, corporate functions or any special occasion can be custom designed by our experienced staff with extra personal attention to every detail.

Private Party Contact:
Caitlin Keller: 9735396666x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We will be serving a special price fixed menu of $85 per person plus tax and gratuity on Valentine's Day.

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Promotions

1,000-Point Tables

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Details
Sun 7:00PM - 9:30PM

Mon - Sat 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

special occasion (72)
romantic (45)
notable wine list (38)
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good for groups (35)
fit for foodies (28)
great for brunch (27)
great for lunch (21)
vibrant bar scene (20)
neighborhood gem (19)
hot spot (8)
kid-friendly (7)
late-night find (5)
scenic view (4)
great for outdoor dining (1)
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Stylish for a business meeting

vip
Dined 4 days ago

What a great place for a business meeting! Reserving a spot in the dining car made for a very effective setting to impress as well as providing a suitable atmosphere for getting work done as well. Highly recommend this spot.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Abe is the best!!

Dined 6 days ago

Abe is the best!!

food5
ambience5
service5

The atmosphere was excellent as well as ...

Dined on April 23, 2016

The atmosphere was excellent as well as the staff made my anniversary special, the steak and lamb was excellent as well as the escargot

food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Another Great Dinnet

vip
Dined on April 19, 2016

Had to have dinner to interview a candidate for a position in our organization. Asked for a quiet table and got one. As usual the food was excellent. I partularly enjoyed the sliced sirloin dinner. It was cooked rare as I requested and was very tender.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

At a moment's notice

Dined on April 17, 2016

Rod's is always on point! They were able to accommodate a last minute request for my husband's birthday.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great Surf and turf

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

Perfectly cooked filet with shrimp! Enjoyed the asparagus and crab bisque! Cool atmosphere, quiet dining. Bar area was very interesting and looked to be a fun hangout. I will try again!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience3
service3
value2

Sunday Brunch

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

It had been many years since my wife and I went to Rods for their Sunday brunch. I remember it being very good with a variety of choice dishes. We went there last Sunday, April 9th and were disappointed with the food. It seams the number of dishes has decreased, and many of the hot dishes were cold or just warm. With the price that they charge, they do not even offer a complimentary brunch drink like a mimosa. While we like going to Rods for dinner, we will not go back for their Sunday brunch, opting instead to go to other restaurants that are less expensive.

food5
ambience5
service5

Brunch at Rods is alway a favorite with ...

Dined on April 3, 2016

Brunch at Rods is alway a favorite with my family.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Birthday Dinner

Dined on April 2, 2016

Came here for a birthday dinner with 3 couples. Everyone enjoyed their dinner. Food, Drinks and service were great!!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Always have a good experience.

Dined on April 1, 2016

Always have a good experience.

food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Best part of a star in Morristown

Dined on March 24, 2016

Our stay at The Madison Hotel was a midway stopover on a trip up to New England. Although the hotel was clean and our room was nicely sized and comfortable, it was no different from any other mid-priced hotel we have stayed at previously. The marked difference was the dining experience at Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille. The food was exceptional and service was extraordinary. My husband ordered an Irish Coffee which was prepared before us with the whiskey flambe and the cream poured slowly into the coffee to rise to a frothy texture making for a very delicious drink and a pleasant surprise performance. I would highly recommend a dinner at Rod's for anyone traveling in the area who appreciates fine dining and great service.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4

Our group meets here every six months fo ...

Dined on March 20, 2016

Our group meets here every six months for a ladies brunch and we always have a wonderful time. The assortment of food is very nice and I love the cold seafood and antipasto spread. Also the carving board selections were very nice. We will be back!

food2
ambience4
service2
value1

Ok at best

Dined on March 19, 2016

Went to Rods for lunch after an event and although the atmosphere was very nice the food was not very good. Burgers were dry, tuna was unpleasant and our servers barely spoke English. Probably would not have wrote a review but with Rods prices I expected much better food and service.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Please refer to my review of this excell ...

Dined on March 13, 2016

Please refer to my review of this excellent restaurant on Trip Advisor that soon to be publish. Thanks again for making my Mom Birthday celebration a memorable one.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Good food and service

Dined on March 12, 2016

Rod's has consistently good food and an experienced, more than capable waitstaff. The steaks are amazing, although a meal can be a bit pricey, as it is ala carte.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Love this place. Whenever I am Madison h ...

Dined on March 8, 2016

Love this place. Whenever I am Madison have to go .

food3
ambience3
service3
value3

First time at Rod's

Dined on March 6, 2016

It was our first visit to Rod's after passing by many times over the years. My husband and I took my parents for Sunday Brunch. Reminds me of the kinds of restaurants my grandmother liked - I knew that going in, so it wasn't a shock that it wasn't quite my style. Went for brunch. It was overall okay. I can't see myself going back though. Buffet looked great, but actually I didn't care for some of the selections I made in the end. Coffee wasn't hot and didn't taste good, OJ was too sweet. Just ...meh.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food2
ambience1
service1
value1

Dated...

Dined on March 6, 2016

Place has a very dated decor however they had a great band playing that evening. The food was just eh....but the service here was very poor.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Rod's on a weeknight

Dined on March 2, 2016

I must say , this was not my first time dining at Rod's, and still each time I'm there , it continues to feel like a special occasion. I met a few colleagues for dinner on a weeknight , and between the staff, the food and the overall ambience it was another wonderful evening ! This was the first time I didn't order one of Rod's terrific steaks , I had the pork chops , and yet again it was a true steak house experience. I cant wait to my next chance to go again !

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Great Steak!!

Dined on February 27, 2016

Hands down one of the best and most consistent steaks in NJ

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service4

Delicious expensive steaks. Main room a ...

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

Delicious expensive steaks. Main room a bit dated. Hold on to your plate if you're not done. Busboys are quick!

food3
ambience5
service5
value3

Bill O

Dined on February 20, 2016

The rail car motif is great, the folks who took care of us were there when we wanted something but not in our way for nice dinner. The steak was fantastic. But the lobster, I had a tail and my wife had a hole, were over cooked taking much of the flavor away. The wine list was great. Desert was nice. This is a place we will come back too, but may not order the lobster.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

excellent service

Dined on February 17, 2016

our server was Lewis he was awesome as was the food as usual

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food1
ambience4
service2

This place is for NJers who have no idea ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

This place is for NJers who have no idea what good food should taste like. Steak was smothered in sauce, and overcooked, soup was cold etc.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent

Dined on February 15, 2016

Steak was great and my girlfriend loved the salmon. Seafood for an appetizer was great as well. Definitely will be back eventually for a nice romantic night out

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service3
value4

Valentine’s Day at Rod’s Steakhouse

Dined on February 14, 2016

We have never been disappointed at Rod’s. The quality of the food is excellent. The ambiance of the parlor cars is romantic. The menu was special and limited for the day; we asked for an extra course, was told it could be done, and it was ultimately forgotten. Otherwise a perfect dinner. We will return.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Great as always

Dined on February 14, 2016

This was my first brunch but 3rd time there. Each time has been better than the first perfect time. Amazing really. Price the Sam as any high end restraunt. This really is a gem.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

Gotta love Rods

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

I can remember going to Rod's on very special occasions when I was a child and I'm going to guess it was 45-50 years ago. Now, my wife and I go to Rods for dinner. We decided to go to brunch on Valentine's Day which was a first for us. So many things to choose from, so little room in our stomachs to enjoy it all. As usual, we were not disappointed.

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious food, the coffee is great,love ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Delicious food, the coffee is great,love the orange juice.

food4
ambience4
service3
value3

This is a very good place for Sunday bru ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

This is a very good place for Sunday brunch. Outstanding selections. - The only negative was the fact that despite an explicit request not to be seated in a side room, the staff wasted no time trying to seat us in what was at the time a room without guests. - This they did not handle well at all, but after our insistence, they did seat us in the main restaurant.

Tags: great for brunch
food5
ambience4
service5

Food and service was great! One of the w ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

Food and service was great! One of the workers, Cesar, just had a lovely disposition.

food1
ambience4
service4
value1

Very disappointed in the meal for the ex ...

Dined on February 12, 2016

Very disappointed in the meal for the expense. The asparagus was sent back as it was under cooked. The manager did remove it from the bill. The steak was nothing special and for the price I had expected something better. I hate to say this but I had a better, more flavorable, steak at longhorns a few weeks back. The building is beautiful but the value just wasn't there and sadly we won't be returning

Tags: scenic view
food3
ambience4
service2
value3

Good food, service just OK

Dined on February 8, 2016

I have been to Rod's three times and each time has been consistent with food quality, which has been good. Unfortunately, the other consistent occurrence at Rod's is the lackluster service. This particular time we were the very first people seated for lunch and the server (Carlos, who apparently was new) was no where to be found for over five minutes until I had to ask another server for assistance. While the water refills were plentiful, the beverage of choice refills were virtually non-existent. Not what this establishment should accept as the norm but perhaps it actually is so. The best part of the lunch was the crab bisque. I ordered the Turkey open face and the turkey was cut so thin it lost its taste and presentation. I asked for gravy for the mashed potatoes but it never came. We asked for additional bread and butter, never came. There are far too many alternatives in the area, either Madison or Morristown, to settle for Rod's. It may be good at night for dinner but lunch left me wishing for more, again.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I surprised my husband with a 30th birth ...

Dined on February 6, 2016

I surprised my husband with a 30th birthday dinner at Rods, and it was perfect!! From the food selection, to the romantic setting, to the complimentary birthday cake at the end; everything was nothing short of fabulous! I would highly recommend this restaurant to friends and family! I just wish we figured out what a great place Rod's was sooner!!! We will absolutely be back.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience5
service4
value2

I LOVE THIS PLACE

vip
Dined on February 6, 2016

The food was very good - thick cut juicy steak, mashed potatoes, cream of spinach, sauteed mushrooms, walnut date bread (for which I learned they are known). We enjoyed a lovely Rioja with our meal. The service was extremely attentive and the staff very nice. The star of the night though was the restaurant itself. I would go back just for the setting. We dined in a private railroad car. It was fun and pretty, and I think I would've enjoyed also sitting in one of the larger cars. I will come back with my children. I want to host a party there. Absolutely LOVE this place and seriously have not stopped thinking about it since we had dinner there Saturday night. I hear they have a fabulous brunch, too.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

Great Food...if only service was as good

Dined on February 4, 2016

The steaks were outstanding. Great taste and cooked to perfection. BLT Salad what could be better, never have had nearly as good. Service was adequate, but really not what is expected at this price point.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

It's ok, but could use a facellift

vip
Dined on February 1, 2016

We asked to be seated in the old train car because that is the unique feature. It is charming, but was a bit musty smelling and could use a refurbish. The bar area is really lovely, although we didn't spend any time in there, and it could be that the other restaurant and pub areas are more updated, but we did not eat in there. The food was good - not great, but good, and the service was pleasant and attentive. The martini was excellent! I had not been to Rod's in many years, so gave it a try because I had out of town customers in wanted to take them somewhere in NJ that was a bit out of the ordinary. Not sure I would go back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

You will NOT be disappointed. What a GEM!!

Dined on February 1, 2016

Found the restaurant on OpenTable and decided to go there for a special occasion, a retirement celebration. It was perfect. The ambiance, the food, our server, everything was just right. We'll definitely be going back soon.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Ambiance, Ambiance, Ambiance

Dined on January 28, 2016

Hadn't been to Rod's in few years, but was not disappointed. Walking into the dining area reminded me of one of the reasons I love this place. AMBIANCE. The retro turn of the century feel, the piano gently rolling out tunes & the welcoming staff made this night perfect. Oh & by the way, my steak was great!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience4
service3
value3

NICE AMBIANCE AND EXTENSIVE WINE LIST

vip
Dined on January 27, 2016

Food was fresh and tasty (we had tomato and mozzarella and French onion soup) which were both good. We both had the filet minon which was decent but the outside was too well done for our tastes (our only complaint really) that gives the restaurant a good from very good. Will try again and probably a different steak or entrée. The lobster mac and cheese was Yummy!!

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