Montclair places to eat.

Restaurants In and Around Montclair


De Novo is “a European styled pub in the heart of Upper Montclair." It would be a good place to gather for lunch or anytime during the afternoon or evening in case of rain. De Novo can handle a large group, no reservations required, and there is plenty of parking. It is open continuously on Friday and Saturday from 12 noon through 1:30 am. and Sunday from 4 pm through 1:30 am, inside and outside, rain or shine. If you are looking for a place to simply hang out and chat or enjoy the bar, De Novo might be just the place.

Upper Montclair Train Station, 275 Bellevue Avenue. 973-893-5008

Here are De Novo's hours for the kitchen and bar:

Friday and Saturday: Kitchen:  12 noon-3 pm AND 5 pm-11 pm. Bar: 12 noon - 1:30 am

Sunday:Kitchen: 4pm - 9pm. Bar: 4pm - 1:30 am

You can visit de Novo's website at  or click HERE.


Toast is a “brunchie place” on Bloomfield Avenue, not far from the Montclair Art Museum.  It serves “creative & classic American comfort food prepared for breakfast, brunch & lunch in homey digs.”   It opens early at 7:30 a.m.  and would be a great place to gather for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning. It closes at 3 pm.

700 Bloomfield Avenue, 973-509-8099;

Osteria Giotto – Montclair’s Best Italian Restaurant

$$ · Italian · 21 Midland Avenue

Popular Montclair BYOB spot with sidewalk tables serves modern Italian cuisine in rustic environs. Zagat rated 

Corso 98 Restaurant – Montclair’s Other Best Italian Restaurant – Very Good Food from Abruzzo

$$ · Italian · 98 Walnut Street

A simple storefront conceals the upscale Northern Italian cooking at this family-run BYOB eatery.

Raymond's – American Restaurant – Highly Rated for Breakfast & Lunch - Busy

$$ · American · 28 Church St

Stylish diner serves homestyle American fare & a popular brunch in retro surroundings.

Toast – Great Breakfast & Lunch – No Dinner

$$ · American · 700 Bloomfield Ave   -

Creative & classic American comfort food prepared for breakfast, brunch & lunch in homey digs.

Fascino - Fancy, expensive Nuovo Italian Restaurant – Highly rated – May need Reservation

$$$ · Italian · Bloomfield Ave

This simple, elegant restaurant offers elevated takes on traditional Italian cuisine.

Zagat - New Jersey's Best Italian Restaurants

Highlawn Pavilion - Expensive American Restaurant on top of Eagle Rock – Great View – Nice Bar

$$$ · American · Crest Drive

Upscale West Orange destination for New American cuisine with an outdoor bar & Manhattan views.  Zagat - New Jersey's Best Restaurant Decor

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant - Interesting Ethnic Restaurant – Long time in Montclair – Good Food

$$ · Ethiopian · Bloomfield Ave

Casual BYOB fixture serves traditional Ethiopian fare in exposed-brick & colorful folk art environs.  Zagat rated

Thai Chef – Very Good Thai (French style) Food – Reasonable – Decent Size

$$ · Thai · Bloomfield Ave

BYOB eatery with Asian decor serves classic curries & Thai cuisine, plus grilled meats & seafo

Fin Raw Bar & Kitchen – Excellent Reviews -

$$$ · Seafood · Glenridge Ave

Carefully sourced fish & fresh oysters daily draw locals to this American spot with seafaring decor.

Cuban Pete's – One of Montclair’s Busiest Restaurants – Late into the night – Good Food & Fun

$$ · Cuban · Bloomfield Ave

Cuban joint with hearty classics, nonalcoholic sangrias, a BYO-alcohol policy & an island vibe.

Salute Brick Oven Bistro – Good Food – Small Room - Loud

$$ · Italian · Glenridge Ave

Open-kitchen, Italian BYOB bistro with classic & modern small bites along with pastas & entrees.

Costanera Restaurant – Very Good Peruvian Food – Not too Large – Excellent Food

$$ · Peruvian · Bloomfield Ave

Sophisticated takes on Peruvian specialties such as grilled seafood & ceviche at this BYOB eatery. Zagat rated

Upstairs Restaurant and Bar – Avant Garde, Expensive Restaurant – Upper Montclair Bar

$$$ · American · Valley Rd.

Upscale New American spot in a sleek space atop a sushi bar offering creative plates & cocktails.

Leone's – Reasonable Italian Restaurant & Pizza near Bloomfield Ave

$$ · Italian · South Park St.

Family-friendly institution doling out traditional Italian favorites & brick-oven pizza.

Ah' Pizz – Montclair – Very Good Neapolitan Pizza & Good Italian Menu

Pizza · North Willow St.

Pizzeria cooking thin-crust pies from a brick oven plus Italian entrees in a casual setting. BYOB.

Nauna's Bella Casa Ristorante – Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant – Next to Tierney’s – Decent Food

            $$ · Italian · Valley Rd. 

            Casual eatery serving Italian food & pizza

Egan & Sons – Montclair’s Most Popular Upscale Irish Bar – Very Good Food

$$ · Irish · Walnut St

Irish art adorns the walls of this pub serving fish 'n' chips, pizzas & a range of tap beers.

Halcyon – Upscale Seafood Restaurant & Bar Attached to Egan & Sons – Upstairs Party Room

$$$ · Seafood · Walnut St

Modern, upscale-casual restaurant with a seasonal seafood-focused menu & an upstairs lounge.

T S Ma Chinese Cuisine – Small, very good Chinese Food

Bellevue Ave

This upscale Shanghai-style venue is known for its fresh ingredients & vegetarian choices.

Saveur Creole – Good reviews – Nice little restaurant

$$ · Haitian Restaurant · Grove St

Haitian eatery serving classic Creole faves like gumbo, jambalaya & more with varied spice levels.

Fresco – Popular Busy Italian Restaurant in Clairidge Theater Arcade

Italian · Church St

Lively eatery offering up classic Italian favorites in sleek, loft-like surrounds.

Bistro 18 – Small eclectic restaurant

American · S Fullerton Ave

Sleek BYOB bistro plating eclectic fish, housemade pasta & more, with Asian & European accents.

Palazzo Restaurant – Very Good, Popular Italian Restaurant

$$ · Seafood · S Fullerton Ave

Updated renditions of Italian classics & weekly live jazz in an old-school setting with piano.

Nori – Popular Sushi Restaurant

$$ · Japanese · Bloomfield Ave

BYOB Japanese outfit preparing sushi & cooked entrees amid Asian decor with bamboo-stick booths. 

Fricassee French Bistro  - Pretty Good

French · Park St

Pig & Prince Restaurant and Gastro-Lounge

            Great Space in Old Lackawanna Train Station – Good eclectic American Food - Popular

$$ · American · Lackawanna Plaza.  Zagat rated

Elevated, thoughtfully sourced New American cooking in a lavishly restored old train station.

La Couronne Restaurant – Very Good Italian Restaurant – Open many years in Watchung Plaza -

$$ · Italian · Watchung Plaza

This modest BYOB standby turns out traditional Italian standards, including thin-crust pizzas.

Scala Del Nonna – Montclair’s Newest Italian Restaurant – Very Highly Rated – Italian

             Church St.  Zagat rated

The Office Beer Bar & Grill – Good Pub & Pub Food on Bloomfield Ave (formerly Suburban Bar)

$$ · Grill · Bloomfield Ave

Local chain with weekday specials offering a large selection of craft beers & American eats.

Tierney's Tavern - Montclair’s Original Irish Bar – Still the Same – Good Bar Food – Best Hamburger around

Grill · Valley Rd

Irish bar with 2 floors features burger & bar menu, darts, live music & comedy, plus a jukebox.

Just Jake's – Bar - Popular with young people – Good Food & Bands

$$ · Bar · Park St

Popular restaurant offering American pub grub & a hopping bar scene, live music on weekends.

The Manor – One of the State’s Best Restaurants – Expensive American Food

$$$ · American · Prospect Ave, West Orange

Stately manor offering à la carte American dining, a lobster buffet & wine amid old-world elegance.  Zagat - New Jersey's Most Popular

Pilgrim Diner Restaurant

            $$ · Restaurant · Pompton Ave

Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant

$ · Italian · Depot Square

Jazz club serving American & Italian cuisine for dinner plus a Sunday brunch.

Greek Taverna – Good Greek Food

$$ · Greek · Bloomfield Ave

Popular Greek BYOB restaurant with large portions of traditional cuisine like moussaka & souvlaki.

Red Eye Café

$ · Cafe · Walnut St

Stylish, vintage cafe & coffee shop serving weekend brunch & creative, eclectic eats.

Closes at 11:00 pm

Noches De Colombia - Interesting Colombian Food  – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – a Favorite

Restaurant · Elm St

Luxuriously decorated yet comfy Colombian eatery with a large menu of traditional cuisine.

Ani Ramen – New Very Popular Ramen House – Small Dining Room

Ramen · Bloomfield Ave

This Japanese noodle house known for its ramen has modern, stylish decor & a BYOB policy.

MishMish Cafe | Mediterranean Food Montclair NJ

New Popular Café.

The Cozy End

Old Time Montclair (same as the 1950s – Tummels) – American Diner type food - Popular

Restaurant · Valley Rd

Montclair Char-Broil – Good, Popular Diner (formerly Louvis)

             Diner – Valley Rd, Upper Montclair