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12 West
12 West

12 West Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://12westmontclair.com
  • Phone: (973) 337-5813
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 12:00PM to 10:00PM
    Friday-Saturday 12:00PM to 11:00PM
    Sunday 11:00AM to 10:00PM
    Bar Open Late Daily
    Cocktail Hour (Sunday-Thursday) 10:00- Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Book your next party with us! We have Prix Fixe Menus and a Semi Private Room for your special event's needs. Contact us directly and we can provide you with all the information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bellevue Avenue and N. Mountain Avenue
  • Public Transit: Upper Montclair Train Station
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from 12 West
12 West which is 12 miles west of New York City is an upscale local restaurant in Upper Montclair. 12 West's cuisine deliciously reflects both New Millennium American and Asian influences. A lively bar crowd enhances the social experience.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The gazpacho was great as and would have been even better if the kitchen didn't feel compelled to toss in a slice of an unripe avocado. Also, while the bread served was very good, the 4 thin slices for 4 people was a pretty meager portion. Nits aside, all 4 diners enjoyed each of the three courses."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "As always, a reliable local find. Location is perfect and the service is always good."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "If you want great food and excellent service this is the place. It's tucked away right along side of the train station so it's kinda out of view and not too many people know about this place yet but it's defenatly a cool place if you want to get away."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The menu is nice, the pricing is great! And the staff is very accomodating for those with children, offering kiddie cups, and smaller portions. All food is presented nicely and the staff is quite attentive. Portions are generous and it is great to see the children gravitate toward the window to watch the people walking their pets or the once hourly train go by..."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Was at 12 West a year ago and had a much better experience. We had the tartar appetizer and it was tasteless - definitely needed a sauce or better quality tuna. My BF had the duck and the portion was SO small and overcooked. I ordered the seafood quesadilla and it was mostly green peppers, barely any seafood. Will not be returning."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "$12drinks & can't stock sweet vermouth?! Veal Milanese tough, greasy, stale breadcrumbs. Out of springrolls. Big disappointment!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "There was only one server and I had made a reservation for brunch for 12 people. You think think they would have had this covered. The only good things about 12 West is that it has ample parking (always a plus for Montclair and a liquor license)."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Went there with my Mom and a friend. Service was horrible and had an inexperienced server. Restaraunt was completely dead (go figure). Ordered a lobster pizza and was told no dough left yet pizzas were steadily walking out of the kitchen. They totally lied to our face by two different servers. Food is overpriced and nothing to write home about. Do not suggest going there for any reason. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is one of the loudest restaurants I have ever been in. The biggest plus is the parking. In Montclair parking is at a premium and this is sufficiently out-of-the-way, with a train station parking lot little used on a Saturday night. The food was professional, well executed. Our group of four ordered different items; all were fine, none were memorable. Only criticism was luke-warm coffee. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Pleassant staff. Service very good. Pulledpork sliders were a great starter. Lemon-thyme roasted chicken was delicious. Fantastic desserts."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We went here to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and had a nice time. We like to share things, so we shared the charred pear salad, grilled Bronzino, and a chocolate lava cake. They were all delicious! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We arrived at 7. We ordered drinks and apps. Our drinks came, and we waited for our apps. And waited. At 7:35, we saw that a number of people who had arrived after us had been served. We called our waitress, who should have noticed. Sure enough,our ticket had been 'misfiled.' She told us, with minimal concern, that our apps would be out in another 5 to 10 minutes. 10 minutes later, our waitress came over to bring my wife's app and to tell us that somehow, she dropped my app. She somehow thought it was ok not to get the manager involved at this point to defuse an ugly situation. My wife, normally the patient one, had enough. We left and had a good meal at another nearby restaurant. This place has obvious kitchen issues. We won't be back. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Slow service, loud room, cold atmosphere, mediocre food. Maybe it was an off night for them. "
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The restaurant is lovely, and it's kind of fun to see the trains arrive. But the food was quite disappointing. Flavors "off", in soured attempts to make it "interesting". It's expensive too, which would be fine if the food was great, but it is not."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Nice place for traditional American food. The food was good not spectacular. Atmosphere was very lively/loud but my party of four was still able to hear each other at normal speaking voices. Our server was lovely and very patient with us."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The restaurant was selected by my friend as a convenient place to meet. I had never heard of it. What a pleasant surprise, I wanted at least 50% of the menu choices. Each of us ordered something different and no one was disappointed. The Brussels Sprouts and Kale salad was amazing. I cannot wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "While the food was very good and the menu interesting, the noise level just was so disappointing. We were trying to have a combo birthday/anniversary dinner but couldn't hear each other all evening. Won't be back again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "12 West was a great spot for a 10 person family luncheon in celebration of a 2nd baby shower. The staff was attentive and professional. The food was excellent. Favorites included the lobster pizza, calamari dish, chef's salad and lobster roll. The food is inventive and fresh. The staff let us stay as long as we liked, we enjoyed the great cocktails and an afternoon together. I would definitely go back and encourage others to put 12 west on the top of your list for dining in Upper Montclair."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I had never been to this place before but I actually found it on Open Table... it had decent reviews and it was in my neighborhood so I went there for dinner with a friend visiting from out of town. We loved our food, the atmosphere was fantastic and the service was good too. Its one of the few Montclair restaurants that also has a bar. The place was pretty busy on a Wed night... so that's always a positive sign. I definitely plan to go back!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Although the place can get loud, I have had nothing but positive experiences since this location opened up under the current name/owners. I've been here for business lunches, after dinner drinks and for dinner and the food and service are consistently excellent. It's best to have a reservation if you're heading out on the weekend during the evening."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Menu was unique and everything we had was amazing. Service was phenomenal & enjoyed the atmosphere. A must go!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Wonderful set up with bar, booth, and table seating options. Very nice menu selection and delightfully tasty food. Relaxing yet energetic atmosphere. Prices a little on the high side but great for a date night."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Went to 12 West for the 5th time this year...Food is very very good... Cosmo at the bar was perfect and the salad with the Grana Padano was huge and had great flavor. I had the sea bass in broth and I loved it. Everyone enjoyed all their meals. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We came here based on a suggestion from a friend who lives nearby and had been wanting to try 12 west out. Reading the reviews online left us worried about the restaurant. The weather was terrible and there wasn't a soul in sight. Our waiter was excellent and very friendly. I had the beet salad and a four cheese white bar pie. The food was good, but for the price and setting I was expecting a little more."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I brought my date for Valentine's Day and we both had a very good time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our party of four enjoyed both appetizers and mains. My pasta Bolognese was exactly the hearty rib sticker I was looking for during a winter storm. Unusual for Montclair in its liquor license."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Given bad weather conditions, we decided to eat locally and, therefore, ended up at 12 West. The bar was hopping and noise level was high. Tables were largely full though it was relatively early in the evening. Service was egregious. Having been ignored for 15 minutes after being seated, our waiter seemed angry that we didn't want to order drinks and dinner at the same time. He proceeded to largely ignore us for the remainder of the evening and we had to flag him down whenever we wanted something, such as silverware or water while our food cooled. Note that waiters only take orders and servers deliver the food. Salads and appetizers fine, main courses skimpy and not as described on menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "12 West has had it's ups and downs since opening. The last 3 times I have been for dinner, the food has been very good, service can always be better, my drink should never become empty and have me waiting to get the attention of the waiter. Hope they keep up the great food, Blackened Swordfish with sweet potato and lump crabmeat, delish. The bar pies are always great too."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Good cocktails and wine list, great service, nice decor, really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "way too loud….even if the food was amazing , it would not compensate for the noise level….i will never go back and will not recommend"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "12 West is the Upper Montclair Train Station - I almost rode right past it -- But I am glad that I didn't. The room is lovely. A window seat puts you right by the train tracks (but you cannot hear anything from outside). The food was very good with a broad range of choices. Upscale casual with good service"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The man at the front was extremely rude right off the bat. My boyfriend was finishing his Starbuck's coffee and the host greeted us by saying "Am I going to throw that away or are you, this is a restaurant". He then looked at me and said "I will have to see if I can fit you in" when we had a reservation. It was a horrible first impression and it made us not want to stay. He didn't make us feel welcome and I would not recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was a little slow. We were promised a table in the back away from the music and when we arrived, the only place they could seat us was right at the entrance, next to the musicians. Wasn't happy about that. Despite the seating, the food was good, drinks were fun and bread pudding dessert was A+."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Such a difference. The menu's spruced up, the staff is more energetic--"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Super convenience for commuters coming back from the city An urban vibe, sleek decor and a buzz feel. A bit loud, needs some fabrication to take the edge off Inventive menu, chef s take on the popular items in demand. kale, ribs, branzino, etc. Our selections were pleasing. We will go back."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere and friendly service. The food was tasty and vegetarian friendly. All round good experience Will go back"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Great food - probably the best salmon I've had in years. Service friendly but a bit erratic - but it was super busy on a Saturday night. Noise level moderate to noisy - but a very fun, energetic place."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great flavors and inventive dishes with a convenient location for commuters and a buzzing bar for locals"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Stay away. The service and food were both below average. The apple strudel was good, that's it."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Yes this rest is a find for several reasons. The food is differenent as you get tired of the Italian food that we often eat a lot of and this place jhas different selections and the food is very good. There's something for everyone. For example they have a plate of roasted vegetables that is excellent when your looking for a real healthy dish. The service was good we had to wait a little bit for our first drinnk but they recovered nicely. It has a nice ambience and the parking is a wonderful asset given the Monthclair street parking scene."
    Dined on 1/10/2014