Great Montclair restaurantOur first visit to this restaurant, and first experience with Peruvian food. Both exceeded our expectations. We were seated promptly at the time of our reservation. The service was attentive, but not overbearing, our server was knowledgeable about the menu and took the time to help us understand the dishes. The food was GREAT. Look forward to going back6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMInteresting Peruvian menuOur waiter was knowledgeable & friendly which is a big plus when most dishes on menu are unfamiliar. Unfamiliar but delicious! A pleasant change ...restaurant was also very gracious about accommodating our "special request" for dessert for one in our party. The rest of us shared the Tres Leches dessert which was truly yummy. .6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFreshThe food was great! It was fresh and very tasty. I highly recommend. I made a reservation for 2 at 9pm. The restaurant was packed. There was a 4 top open, but we had to wait until a 2 became available. Wasn't seated until 9:20. I understand that you need to hold out, but it was a little strange. They eventually sat 2 people at the 4, which made me laugh. Great food, friendly staff, would go back again.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMCostanera is a treat!Our first time at Costanera was wonderful. Food is excellent, servers are extremely well informed and friendly. Chef came out to answer a request for a special preparation and he did a menus modification for one of our entrees. We will be going back!!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat little spot!!The food here is amazing!! Excellent ceviche and tiraditos. My husband and I had the cod, one with spicy seafood sauce and one with pickled onions. Both dishes were outstanding. Wait staff was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Courses were time perfectly. BYOB is always a plus and keeps the tab reasonable. We can't wait to go back!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMExquisite diningConsistently fresh sea food, always well prepared and great raw bar! Everything from the fish to the steak is outstanding!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMPretty goodOverall dining experience was nice and food was yummy. It was a nice change from loud/hectic scene from Cuban Pete's across the street. My boyfriend and I went there on Thursday night with reservations. I did not like our seating so much since it was at the back right next to the server door entry. There was a huge group party the night we went - maybe this was the reason. There was 1 open table for 4 people, yet we were put at the back. Yet, 15 minutes later a couple sat on that table.
We will most likely go back for the food...but we hope that the seating is better the next time.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAfter four visits to CostaneraAfter four visits to Costanera I am now hooked. The food is fantastic and definitely reminds me of my trip to Peru because some of the same dishes are on the menu (so pretty authentic). The atmosphere is dim, comfortable and a bit creative with the wood logs cut cross width on the wall. The vibe could go either romantic or friendly. Service has always been good for me and when the host stops by to take your order you know there is no pretentiousness here.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMFriendly service and delicious foodLoved the food! Ordered the clams and oysters Thursday $1 special and mussels with chorizo and it was smoky yumminess with the bread to soak up the tasty broth. Claudia, our server, was super-nice, knowledgeable and attentive. One of our favorite places in town.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service, food at CostaneraDespite being pretty busy in a small place, the staff at Costanera held our reservation when we ended up unavoidably running close to 45 minutes late. The service was very good and the food was great. Highly recommended!5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellentThis is our second time dining at Costanera and the experience was great. Food is delicious and the service excellent.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful tasty food, fullWonderful tasty food, full of lots of flavor. Nice staff. Great byob. Peruvian food is now one of my top foods especially at Costanera.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAn interesting menu, lookingAn interesting menu, looking forward to going back to sample more items. The service was very good which always adds to the experience.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMSurprisingly good Peruvian foodPleasantly surprised with the food - authentic Peruvian dishes, well made in some cases the variations are better (in my opinion) than the more traditional recipe - this was the case with the pan roasted Pescado a lo Macho. The Quinoa Crusted Oyster Po boy Sliders were great as was the humble Salchipapa that our kids ate with gusto.
Outstanding service and attention, highly recommend it.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMTop Dining ExperienceAte with my husband and another couple for the first time at Costanera this past Saturday night. Everything was delicious and the wait staff was helpful, efficient and very professional. Looking forward to a return soon!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI love this restaurant. ItI love this restaurant. It is consistently excellent. We have never had a bad meal or anything but perfect service. Definitely a favorite!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThat was my 4th visit to CostaneraThat was my 4th visit to Costanera and the excellent food, service and atmosphere never fails. I will keep bringing guests to savor the delicious Peruvian plates4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMFavorite for seafood!This is quickly becoming our favorite restaurant in Montclair. We've been four times now and it's even more delicious each time. Especially excellent seafood dishes! Very attentive but not overbearing service. Great for a date night or a group.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good food, large portions,Very good food, large portions, reasonably priced.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Find on Bloomfield Ave Mtc!Had Costanera Ceviche with crab, Arctic char and shrimp, Yum!! Would like spicier but wad delicious. Had fresh WellPoint oysters and Arroz con Mariscos--for lunch with my mother. Very much enjoyed the food and atmosphere, though it is pretty expensive. they do have a Lunch Special but nothing appealed to us so we ordered from the Regular/Dinner menu. finished lunch with Perfectly creamy flan and caramel sauce. Bonus was finding out Thursdays are $1 Oysters & $0.75 Clams on half shell! Will be back for that!! And it's BYOB!!!4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding - a fantastic findHad such a great experience here. Had never had Peruvian food before. Was very much like Cuban food. Everything we tried was outstanding - including desserts! Our waiter helped guide us on ordering and he was fantastic. He was fantastic and present as we needed him theough the night. This despite the restaurant being packed to the brim. We understand why. Not enough places arpund like this. Authentic fresh food. Can't wait to return!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat find!Super find! Peruvian food is a great change of pace. Terrific service and servers. Nice selection of fresh fish entrees and specials. Tip: If you bring your own pisco, they will whip you up a fantastic pisco sour! Otherwise BYOB.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall a really great andOverall a really great and unique find. Very interesting decor and food choices, and -- even though this was my second visit and I came because of the great food -- we found the food unexpectedly exceptional.
Service was the only unimpressive aspect. Seemed like they were running short-staffed. It took too long to get attention, then they were abrupt when taking orders, and then it took too long for the food to start arriving. Although the food turned-out to be worth the wait.
Despite how good it is, though, prices are high. $200 before tip for 4 appetizers, 4 entrees, 3 desserts, and 2 coffees (BYOB). Because of that I will not be visiting them as often as I would like.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent chicken empanadasExcellent chicken empanadas with a very light spice. The Osso Bucco fell off the bone and the spinach mashed potatoes were delicious.
I would go back.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food - consistently!Great food - consistently! Reservations are a must! This place is so popular (and rightfully so) that if you want a table without the wait, do yourself a favor and make reservations.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the tree walls, serviceLoved the tree walls, service was outstanding! As a BYOB dinner and drinks become affordable.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AM