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Bistro 18
Bistro 18

Bistro 18 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro18nj.com
  • Phone: (973) 233-0800
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10pm. Sunday: 4pm-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Gustavo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout
  • Private Party Facilities: Bistro 18 welcomes your private events. Whether hosting a business meeting of 10 people or a special party up to 60 people, Bistro 18 offers special menus and a trendy environment.

    Seating is available in the main dining room and in the atrium. You can book the entire restaurant, using both the areas for a sit down dinner or use the atrium for walk around appetizers with a full sit down dinner in the main dinning room.
  • Private Party Contact: George (973) 233-0800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bloomfield Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: City parking lot across the street from Bistro 18 & next to Bangz, City parking garage located behind Bistro 18, Street parking available.
A word from Bistro 18
Driven by our passion for food …

Found in the heart of Montclair, Bistro 18 offers extraordinary food (organic meat, wild fish and house-made pasta) with fresh seasonal flavors, remarkable taste & interesting textures as we adapt classic recipes for contemporary times and create new exciting ones.

Offering a neighborhood bistro atmosphere …

We seek to provide you with an unique experience of a charming and friendly restaurant with old world service and knowledgeable staff.

Please join us in our atrium or two main dining rooms.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Fish was too dry and definitely not worth the price."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Food was prepared well, and the service was very prompt and attentive."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We love going to Bistro 18. The owner is always there to greet you and to be sure that you are comfortable . We were there with friends and the music speaker was right over our heads, our friend asked to lower the music . When that didn't work the owner offered to change our table. We did and it was perfect. We all enjoyed our meals. The salads are delicious and fresh. We had lamb dishes and fish dishes, all were prepared and presented beautifully. Tasted perfect. This is a very accommodating restaurant. You feel at home."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great dinner, food was served hot and very fresh! Tables were spacious and free parking! Round table for six was comfortable. Menu has a fabulous variety, plenty of desirable options."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Always enjoy Bistro 18. The food is very fresh and nicely prepared. Service very attentive. This is definitely a go to place!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "There are many great restaurants in Montclair this is one of them. My husband and I eat in Montclair often and Bistro 18 is one of our favorites. The food and service is always top notch."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Love this place - great food, atmosphere, and professional waitstaff. My new neighborhood favorite!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great place, excellent food, nice menu. Free parking right across the street on Saturday nights. The Host, Tim makes you feel welcome and like an old friend, right from the start. My second time there, my new Montclair favorite."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Consistently good food and attentive service. Free parking on Saturday nights is a bonus and greatly appreciated."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This was our first time at Bistro 18 and we really enjoyed our overall experience. The service was excellent. Food excellent.. we will be back. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We went on a double date and it was a great time. The food was all organic which I love because you feel free to choose whatever you'd like."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Big eye tuna was delicious! Everyone enjoyed their dinners and would probably go back again but we did think it was a little pricey since it is a BYOB and we didn't all order appetizers and no one ordered dessert."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Always reliable service and delicious food at Bistro 18!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Can't miss at this great find in Montclair. Have eaten here numerous times and the food just keeps getting better."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My wife and I have dined here on a number of occasions. The specials are always excellent, and the standards are just as good. I highly recommend if you have never been."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "To be honest. Place was small and waiters were rude. Dont go. Spend money somwhere else. Food over priced"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was excellent. The service was okay. The waiter did his job minus the personable touch."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Appetizers left a lot to be desired. Beef spring rolls were cold. Stuffed clams were fishy. Beet salad was "meh". Service was okay, most staff seemed nice but our waiter seemed like he was having a long night and was over it. Entrees were good we had the veal oso buco and someone in our group ordered lamb chops. Dinner salvaged the night before that it was really pretty bad. Was not expensive so overall just ok and a decent value but unlikely we'd go back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Went on Super Bowl Sunday because it's hard to get a reservation. Can't speak to noise level as we were alone in the restaurant. Food was wonderful. Save room for dessert!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Very nice place. Second time back. Food is excellent! Service is great Rack of Lamb was so tender and tasty"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We had another wonderful meal at Bistro on Friday night. The special salad of endive, apples, fennel and blueberry goat cheese was outstanding. All the flavors meshed perfectly. My wife had rack of lamb which was terrific and I had the Tuna which was a new presentation for me since I had not ordered it in a while. It was great. I finished every morsel. As always the service was very attentive without getting in the way. I highly recomend Bistro 18."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This was one of our favorite restaurants but there was a major difference in the demeanor and attitude of the servers since the last time we visited which was when George was managing. We were disappointed with the service."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Nice atmosphere, host Tim was accommodation and charming. Dinner was very good-a very nice evening out."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Good for large parties, separate room for privacy. Byob always a bonus"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "It was one of our favorite spots. Since the change of management, no more George, it has gone dramatically downhill! Maybe he took the chef. Same menu with completely inferior food. Even the bread is bad!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We were looking for a casual yet good restaurant near the BYO painting studio we were attending (Pinot's Palette) on Bloomfield Ave. and we lucked out when we found Bistro 18. It is conveniently located near a parking garage so parking was not an issue and after dinner we could walk a couple of blocks to our painting studio. We loved the fact that you can sit in this "hallway" that has floor to ceiling windows that make you feel like you're outside. My friend ordered the lamb chops and said it was the best she's ever had, the appetizers were delicious too. I would definitely go back. The restaurant uses organic food and it's also a BYO, which I liked."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I had heard really great things about Bistro 18 and they were right. We sat in an enclosed outdoor area that was adjacent to the street and was lovely. Our table shared a lot of the dishes and everything we had was delicious. Plus the fact it was BYOB made it a very reasonable meal. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "If you care about eating good healthy food when you eat out this is the place. Everything is organic, grass fed, wild caught and delicious! Try the peanut butter tortufo for dessert, its amazing! I will definitely be back"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "this is my third visit to Cafe 18 and i need to say that the the lobster and crab quesadilla is the best appetizer I think I have ever eaten!!! lots and lots of yummy(not overcooked) lobster! I normally have quite a healthy appetizer, but could only finish half of my very tender and tasty lamb shank. with the risotto, it made a delicious lunch the next day. you gotta try this place!!!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Bistro 18 has become our "Go To" restaurant. this time we took friends who are now fans as much as we are! Do not miss the Crab and Lobster Quesadilla or the Snapper wrapped in Potato!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "With all the hype around Church Street, this place right around the corner has better food, serves organic, and at a great price. Service was phenomenal!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Service and food was fantastic. Hanger steak was great! I'd been here only for lunch before, and was equally impressed with the dinner menu. Note, it's a BYOB."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We were two couples looking for a good spot to meet between our respective homes, so Montclair is always a good option. Of course there are many great choices in Montclair, but for some reason, while I was searching through availabilities on Open Table, Bistro 18 caught my eye. We were all glad it did. It was a great casual dining experience."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Our dining experience was better than we expected. The food and presentation were excellent. The service could not have been better. We were made to feel at home from the time we arrived. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Food is always great. We had the snapper wrapped in potato. Outstanding."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "The staff was very nice and accommodating. The appetizers were outstanding!!! But the main course was a bit bland. Even the items on the specials menu. I wouldn't run back here but it is worth giving a second try."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "We typically love Bistro 18! However, we are starting to find it a bit inconsistent. We went there Saturday night and the food was just OK. My plate was so hot that I had to wait to eat it. It looked like fajitas when they served it. I think they may have microwaved the potatoes and forgot to take it out before it got too hot. Even blowing on the forkfull did not help. This may set us back awhile before coming back. This is the 2nd time we were disappointed, however, George, the host, is always great!"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "I had a lovely dinner here with my parents last weekend. The owner is a very nice host and the service was excellent. I recommend the caeser salad and the seafood capellini."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "George is the ultimate host and the food is divine. I have been here many times and this time ordered a chicken special with chipolte sauce and bok choy. It was amazing. This is truly a neighborhood gem that I find myself returning to time after time. You can't go wrong here."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "The blackened mahi mahi special was creative and delicious! The special salad and stuffed gelato were great accompaniments for the main dish."
    Dined on 8/24/2013