The RPT is not what it once was, at either their Fairlawn or Edgewater locations. I can’t speak on the Mahwah location as I’ve never been. Here is the breakdown for Fairlawn:
1. Parking is valet, so there is no problem there. Though getting in and out onto Route 4 is a little harrowing.
2. Service is still top notch. The staff knows what they are doing and what they are talking about. The bus staff might be a bit overbearing, but I would rather have too much service as opposed to not enough.
3. Appetizers continue to dazzle. Scallops wrapped in bacon, Enormous Shrimp cocktail, Mozz and Tomato, all were great.
4. Salad is salad, you are in a steakhouse afterall.
5. Steaks at the RPT used to be lights out fantastic. Lately, they are not. The Tomahawk chop ribeye was fatty (poorly trimmed) and gristly (poorly trimmed). The flavor was good, but I’d expect more from a $80 steak. The Porterhouse for two underwhelms in taste and size. Another let down.
6. Sides were passable as the luster of the meal died when sub par steaks came out.
7. Dessert is good, but were a bright spot on a disappointing dinner.
So, the moral of the story is? Lower expectation and you’ll be fine. Where the RPT used to rival NYC steakhouses while being local to Bergen County, it now stands head and shoulders above Outback, Longhorn and other chains. For the amount you pay at RPT, you deserve better.
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