Costanera Restaurant
Costanera Restaurant

Costanera Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.costaneranj.com/
  • Phone: 9733378289x
  • Hours of Operation:
    SUMMER HOURS

    All Inclusive Lunch Hours
    Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00PM - 3:30PM

    Dinner (Served all Day):
    Wednesday & Thursday: 3:30PM - 10:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 3:30PM - 10:30PM
    Sunday: 3:30PM - 10:00PM

    CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Peruvian, South American
  • Executive Chef: Juan Andres Placencia
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Costanera Restaurant offers on and off premise catering. Please contact Tatiana Macias or Jeffrey Devine at the restaurant directly for further information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Street
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit Train

    Walnut Street Station on the Montclair-Boonton line.

    From station walk north on Walnut Street to N. Fullerton Ave.

    Turn left on N. Fullerton Ave. and walk to Bloomfield Ave.

    Make a right turn on Bloomfield Ave., and end on 511 Bloomfield Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A three story parking deck is conveniently located behind our restaurant. Enter on Park Street or North Fullerton Avenue.
A word from Costanera Restaurant
Costanera, Montclair's hip restaurant, offers authentic and bold Peruvian Cuisine in a warm, casual atmosphere. The restaurant's owner and executive chef, Juan Andres Placencia, creates dishes with only the freshest, high-quality ingredients prepared with refined, elevated cooking techniques. Located in the heart of Montclair, Costanera is open for lunch and dinner six days a week.
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Costanera Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)fit for foodies (44)good for groups (16)special occasion (13)romantic (12)hot spot (6)great for lunch (5)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • The menu was interesting
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    But we had the duck breast special. The perfectly cooked slices were served on a bed of rice mixed with veggies. We shared A side of canary beans that made the dinner complete.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy, yum, yum!!
    bboop
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A culinary experience... We loved everything we tried and definitely over ate. The grilled octopus salad with arugula, potatoes, beans and radishes was amazing... a party in my mouth.. The sauce on it was scrumptious.. Wish that was offered as a main course. I had the Ribeye with the tacu tacu and maduros with a fried egg and was very content.. The steak was cooked PERFECTLY... My husband had the cod in a red sauce with other seafood and quinoa and it was so yummy... very fresh and filling.. Topped off with TRES LECHES for dessert that put me over the top but I could not stop eating it.. Service WAS EXCELLENT.. Willy was a pleasure and we will definitely be going back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    Gotiso
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Costanera is a terrific Peruvian restaurant! The food is delicious and the service is attentive and friendly. We particularly recommend the ceviche,mussels, and octopus salad as appetizers. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful experience!
    BlkNinja
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The host was charming, funny, and very passionate about the menu items. It's been a couple of years since my last visit. I'm sorry I waited so long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10/5/14 Dinner
    yumyum
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had the octopus appetizer which was grilled to perfection and simply outstanding, the best that I ever had. I had the Escabeche de Pescado. the sauce was a too thin and had a spice that I particularly did not favor, that I could not identify, I would have preferred if the onions had been pickled more and were more tender, on the side I had steamed yucca, it was a bit too mushy and was not flavorful. The desserts were OK, we had the Combinado Clasico which for my palet had a strange consistence and was not that flavorful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Njchef
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    There are a lot of restaurants in the area however this place is the best. The food and service were great. Our group went there because it was recommended to us. We are glad they did. Crab cake appetizer was amazing. The whole fish was cooked to perfection. The Tres Leches was the best I have has in years. I would highly recommend this place to anyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso
    Delicioso
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The chori-papa and antichuchos were delicious. The chicken was crispy on the outside yet succulent within, the sausage was tender and tasty and both blended well, and in contrast to, the respective sauces. The choclos were also a great partner to the chicken kebob. Lovely experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time.
    Brother
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food. The oyster sliders were amazing. Good energetic atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Awesome place. Food is amazing. The waiters are very friendly and professional. Really enjoy this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    diana156VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Sat near the door, I was not pleased about that ! Food was flavorful , I recommend the ceviche..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience.
    Honey
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food and great service. Bring a bottle of Pisco and they will make the best pisco sours for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful surprise
    Shakesberry
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    When Costanera took over the space that used to be a wonderful vegetarian Indian restaurant, I just assumed its menu would be mainly meat-driven and so I never bothered to check. When a friend suggested it, I checked the web site and was pleasantly surprised to see lots of fish and seafood options, all wonderful: beautiful fresh oysters, mussels (a meal-size portion served as an appetizer), grilled branzino (perfect); platanos (oh my!)--even the ice cream was excellent. This was my first visit here, but it certainly won't be my last. This place is wonderful. Suggestion: make a reservation. We went mid-week and on the early side (6:30), and before we were halfway through our meal, the place was packed. Now I know why.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a nice surprise!
    getreal
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were a party of six, eating here for the first time. What a nice surprise! We all enjoyed what we ordered, and the flavors were a treat to the palate. Would definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful in Every Way!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My husband and I had an AMAZING anniversary dinner at Costanera last week. We could not have asked for a better experience from start to finish. At night, it's a lovely candlelit space that is both casual and romantic. The servers and manger were fantastic. It was our first Peruvian food experience and they were patient and informative. The food was incredible from start to finish. The Lomo Saltado an Peruvian Bouillabaisse cannot be missed. Don't forget to end with a scoop of their Peruvian Lucuma ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Totally Tasty Peruvian
    kandjVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Best potatoes bravas I've had in over 5 different locations, from NYC to Santa Fe. Super friendly service and help choosing from the menu. Do try the ceviche (fresh!) and something I often would pass over for something more exotic, their strip steak -- the marinade is amazing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good find
    MaelinVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Just decided t try this restaurant. We were not at all disappointed. The food and services were great. Would go back again soon. Highly recommended. Found parking just around the corner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Costanera = Food Made with Love!
    RedFlowerDiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Costanera offers delicious Peruvian cuisine! I have dined there for lunch and dinner. Each experience has been exceptional -- delicious, flavorful food and outstanding service. I highly recommend the all-inclusive lunch special, too -- soup, entree, side, and beverage for $12 or $15 (depending on the option chosen). Go there soon! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a visit
    Zazu
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went to dinner with another couple and had a great meal. The service and food were both great. Parking in Montclair is a pain in the neck on a Saturday night, but that was the only negative to our night out. We'll be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Pamela
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I went for late dinner to Costanera. The food was delicious and the customer service was outstanding. I will definitely come back. And it's BYOB
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food and ambience was amazing. The service was also above standard. The waiters know the food and they interact with the patrons in a very casual yet respectful manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best. Meal. Ever.
    artlover23
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    WOW! We were 2 couples looking for good fish or veggie options as well as non-veggie choices, that wouldn't break the bank. Read several menus on Open Table and Costanera looked great - but was even better than expected! Everyone loved their appetizers (my huge salad was amazing). For entrees, 2 got the fish of the night, Bronzino, prepared with Peruvian flavors in your choice of style. One friend loved her steak and I got the Quinoia-coated fish fritters, a delicious appetizer big enough for a main dish - and gluten-free! Couldn't get a 7:00 res so grabbed the 6:15. It wasn't packed, easy to talk. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, kept our glasses full (BYO wine, like most of Montclair) and made our evening special. Will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    euros
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our first visit to Costanera after walking by many times. We tried it out for a "date night" with my wife and thoroughly enjoyed the food and service. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food-great service
    Michael0219
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Feeling welcome in a restaurant is a great way to begin an experience. The manager showed up after the appetizer ( cerviche & oysters) to check in. Our waiter, Byron, explained the dished and offered suggestions. He was professional & knowledgable. The main course, bouillabaisse Peruvian style was fantastic. Our meal was nicely paced and we never felt rushed. We couldn't decide on dessert, so we were treated to a dessert-sized taste to help us decide. Looking forward to our next meal there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    lemonlimeVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I loved the ambience, service, and most importantly the food. Instead of getting main entrees, we got several ceviches and the raw bar special with a quinoa salad. It was fantastic and would be a cute date spot, catch-up with girlfriends, place to visit with guests, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great mid-week break!
    Jillybean
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I absolutely love Costanera, particularly on Thursdays when they have their $1 clam/$1.50 oyster raw bar special. The food is different and moderately priced but the best part is the service which is top notch and the care and commitment that the owner puts into interacting with his clients. He makes you feel like you are the most important person in the room. Crowded and noisy on Saturdays but a great mid-week respite from cooking after work. Try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Costanera's A Winner
    DoctorPeter
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went there on a Saturday night in the summer and got reservations for four at a reasonable hour (8:00) the previous night. Third time that I tried this Peruvian restaurant never disappoints. The appetizers are innovative and excellent -- definitely try the fish tacos, and I also enjoyed the octopus dish. The mussels were fresh and if anything there were too many, since we ordered three appetizers for the table. The fish special that I had (grilled branzino) was fresh and perfectly cooked. Everyone else in the party also rated their dinners highly. Price is moderate and it is a BYOB place, which I prefer. It is a small and unassuming place, nicely decorated on the inside, perfect for groups of two or four. I recommend it highly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We usually love our experience at Costanera, but this past visit was notably disappointing. It took over an hour to get our food and as a result, we had complications with the parking garage ticket and fee. We are not sure what the back up was, but for not even ordering an appetizer or dessert- it was just water and two entrees, we will think twice about returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep going back!
    njeater987VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great food, fabulous staff, the owner is gracious and welcoming - it has been a great experience every time we have gone. And we will be back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great again. Does not disappoint
    candysVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Took real foodie friends here - produced food shows for FoodTV and each of our meals was fantastic. Two ceviches - mussels- hangar steak - fish stew - branzino - sorry I don't have the Peruvian names ,but no leftovers! We will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    PMontclair
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Lots of great tastes to explore! Will come again. Service was very good on a holiday night. Good for vegetarians as well as meat eaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Peruvian fix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We love Costanera.....we go there everytime we need a peruvian fix...we have introduced many of our friends too, who now go there regularly. This time though, they had a new waiter, who needs training obviously...screwed up our order and the Ceviche came with peppered tuna...never heard of it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tiradito!!
    GreenyNJVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Tried the tuna tiradito and it was amazing! If you like seared or raw tuna, it is a must! The mixto ceviche was awesome too. Had the chicken which was good, and a steak chimichurri which was a little fatty but excellent. The dipping sauces were fabulous and the yucca was the best I have had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Awesome Place!
    ShortyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Me and my husband love this restaurant. We loved it so much that we had our Rehearsal Dinner there and everyone enjoyed the location, food and ambience. The services was great and so was the manager. I would highly recommend this place!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We won a free dinner to the restaurant from a neighborhood auction and the staff could not have been nicer. The chef prepared us a special three course meal which was absolutely wonderful. The steak and chicken, in particular, were cooked and marinated perfectly and the desserts were to die for. We were a a little reluctant to go since we don't like spicy food, but we had a great dining experience. This is a true gem of a neighborhood restaurant to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 436 reviews are from the Costanera Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A stand-out!
    archer5852VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The four of us really enjoyed our meal at Costanera's. The food was delicious, portions were a good size. The wait staff was really friendly. We would go back next time we find ourselves in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but loud
    Tetsdinesout
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The restaurant is small with tables pretty close together. Service was good and waiters were attentive. I started with a salad which was OK but not great. I wished they would have tossed it instead of placing the various components on the plate separately. I then chose seafood with yellow rice. My seafood included two large shrimp, two or three mussels and one or two oysters but was mostly calamari (which could have been good if that is your favorite seafood) and tons of rice. My husband and friend both chose the lamb shank which they both loved. The prices were reasonable for entrees most were in the mid twenties. We did not choose any desserts but the selection looked interesting. I would go back and order a different entree.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - again!
    justokaug2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great selection, really fresh, amazing taste, great preparation - impressed again on our second visit. Loud but -- so is every place. Service was fantastic. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The best Lomo I've had that's not homemade. The food does take a good amount of time to reach the table, but in the ends it's always worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food !
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Our experience here was great ! Service was great. I had the special of the night, Branzino fish with a side quinoa, it was all sooooo delicious ! My husband had a steak dinner which was also good. We finished with a tries leches desert because people raved about it . WELL it was amazing! We will absolutely be back and recommend our friends and family.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Dinner
    srw164
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I had been meaning to try Costanera for some time and finally got around to it. Now that I have, I'm not sure why it took me so long. The service was excellent, the food was quite good and our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and helpful in making recommendations for dishes. Please, for the love of everything, if you go there get the mussels, you will not regret it! I had the lomo, which was good, but not great. My dining companion had the fresh fish of the day and enjoyed it immensely. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area or visiting the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet