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ESCAPE Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.escapemontclair.com
  • Phone: (973) 744-0712
  • Hours of Operation: Daily Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Bryan Gregg
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Willow Street
  • Parking: No
A word from ESCAPE
Escape is a innovative locally sourcing restaurant that specializes in "southern fine cuisine"
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Diner Reviews
  • "Haven't a perfect night of service and food quality in a ling time, it was quite the escape! :) Oh and if you forget the wine, there's an actual wine list provided by the local liquor store that delivers in about 2 1/2 minutes after you place your order, how great is that? !"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "BYOB in Montclair! Delightful neighborhood restaurant. Great service. Feels like a Greenwich village hideaway. Food portions small but interesting. Definitely worth a try."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great menu of seasonally inspired dishes sourced from local farms. Very refined cooking technique and great flavor balanced with good acidity and freshness. Elegant food."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Parking in downtown Montclair on Saturday night is awful so be prepared to drive around for a while or pay top dollar for a lot. We brought our own wine. The table near us had wine delivered to them which is nice if you forget. We ordered the cured meats for 2 which was ok.The meats were more fatty than I usually like.Then for dinner I got the halibut with peas and potatoes and my husband got the steak we ordered one side the Brussels sprouts with bacon. Our dinner was excellent and very tasty. The service was outstanding and the ambience was romantic Love the idea of farm fresh local ingredients and the menu and website has a list of the farms they use. Only downfalls were the parking and pricing. With no drinks or desert our bill was $100"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I am thrilled to have a local restaurant that focuses on local and organic food in their delicious cuisine. Their menu has a nice variety; something for everyone. The service is attentive. Escape is one of my favorite restaurants in town."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Really good choice of local suppliers, menu changes every three days. Food was excellent and creative. Nice portions. Being a BYO - made it even more enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "But wasn't crazy about menu:(. Also portions were very small. Small cute restaurant. Had meat and cheese tray as apps...I didn't really like. Had the seabass for dinner and it was okay."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "the food was excellent, very eclectic and it had a SOHO type ambiance - will recommend to anyone,"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "This system won't let me enter my entire review. Too bad. We had the $15 prix-fixe 3-course lunch on a weekday. My partner summed it up very well: "The portions aren't over-large, but getting this quality of food for this price is incredible". Overall a highly positive experience. And there are enough other attractive things on the menu that we're going back, with friends. My only gripe, which is getting to be a constant theme with Montclair, was parking. We parked across the street on Bloomfield Avenue, and the meters only take one hour's worth of coins (75 cents an hour, too), so I had to scoot across 4 lanes of traffic a couple of times. There may be a lot somewhere nearby, and I'll have to check that out before we go again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Truly delicious farm to table fare with authentic southern flavors."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A lovely farm-to-table restaurant. Love that it's BYO, too! Good for couples or small group of friends as space is pretty small."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My first dining experience at Escape was fantastic. The food was incredible and the service was outstanding. My book club girlfriends and I were so happy we listened to the reviews and had our first gathering there. Because of this wonderful experience, I instantly thought of Escape to celebrate Valentine's Day with my husband. I'd raved to him about the incredible food and how much I thought he'd like it. For one of the busiest nights of the year, they were understaffed. We waited at least 20 minutes before the host (who was playing waiter that night) decided to take our order. Great place but don't go on a holiday."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The cornbread and honey butter were the best part of dinner. Our entrees were fine (scallops and steak), but uninspired and lacking flavor to make them exceptional- especially for the price. Not bad, but not great"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Love the concept of farm to table. However, this meal left me unsatisfied. I was surprised by the size of the appetizers. They were tiny ! Meal was expensive"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food is really overpriced, the menu is very limited and the service is slow. No reason to go back."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The farm-to-table movement only works at $50 per person when the food is great and the service matches. They are a mess."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "There aren't a lot of places in Montclair I go repeatedly - mainly because there are so many restaurants. My husband and I keep going back. The menu's always fresh, as is the food, and the fact it's local is an added bonus. The owner always stops by to make sure the food is beyond expectation."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The food and the service was excellent. Cooked to perfection. We will definitely be back !"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Service was friendly attentive but not overboard. Great farm to table (not enough of this around). I'm not one to complain about portion size if the food rocks my world, however for the price and size and taste, it was a bit pricey ($38 entree). As far as going back, I could take it or leave it."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Attended the January 15 charity wine dinner at Escape where Chef Anthony Bucco of Ryland Inn was co-hosting and was blown away by the food, the wines and the service. The dinner was a 5-course meal with wines for each course. The focus of the food was around jersey seafood and fish and I was pleasantly surprised to see oysters, skate and tuna from NJ on the menu. Everything from the basket with warm corn madelaines to the various courses were creative and delicious. The chef will be having these wine dinners every month and I'm looking forward to signing up for more. Great BYOB in Montclair."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I really wanted to love this place. Sadly, I'm pretty sure the "roasted beets" were from a can. Macaroni and cheese was suspect as well - it bore a remarkable resemblance to a box of Annie's dressed up with extra cheese and bread crumbs. Fish was cooked nicely, although somewhat under-seasoned. Service was good, and it wasn't the worst meal we ever had, but it wasn't anything special or particularly delicious, especially considering the prices."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed everything. The service was great. Really appreciate that she offered to change out our wine glasses each time. I had the pork for my entree and it was cooked to perfection. Probably the best I have ever had. It was a very special meal. It reminds me of the fresh ingredients you get at restaurants in Europe. We will be back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "A fabulous farm to table .dining experience . Starting with their corn bread madeleines to their biscuits and home made pickles , the foie gras with apricot bread pudding apps , and on to the main course of halibut and venison , to the chocolate fondant ...an exemplary meal !!!! Venison was the best I've ever tasted....cooked exactly right , it melted in your mouth. Can't wait to go back !!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We went to Escape for a NYE dinner. From the beginning, the service was a bit off. The maître d' acted as the waiter for every table, as well as the host. There were bussers, but their responsibilities were mainly just to run food and fill water cups. The space isn't huge, but this bottleneck of responsibility slowed things down for everyone. Beyond the service, we really enjoyed the food. The farm to table concept was showcased with simple cuisine executed pretty well. The creamed spinach lacked a bit of seasoning, but the roasted chicken that sat atop it was delicious. Overall a pleasurable experience and worth the trip."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My husband and I recently dined at Escape and were half-pleased. The food from start to finish was superb, the only blemish was my main dish (pork belly) which was overcooked. We started with two appetizers, then shared a cheese plate, shared one entrée, then splurged on two desserts. While the menu is limited (only 6 entrée choices), we were pleased with all of our selections. The service, on the other hand, was not up to snuff. Cramped seating, slow service (we didn't have the maitre'd, we had a younger person and he always came at the wrong time, like just as the food was being served, to ask how we liked it - before we took a bite! And they never cleared our appetizers. And he never came to take our dessert order! Needs help!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "They pride themselves on using all local ingredients & it comes through in the way they respect the food. We did the $45 prix fixe which is a perfect amount of food. The menu is not very extensive but because they use local it nothing too exotic so everyone should be able to find something they'll like. Some of the flavor combinations were a bit off for my taste (sliced apples with cobia & lobster), however others were surprisingly good (arugula puree with bass). Overall, I give them credit for trying some interesting combinations, especially since they must work with limited ingredients. The service was excellent and they really kept the pace relaxed. Their corn bread medallions were incredible and the other breads were excellent as well."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Outstanding food by a talented chef. Ingridient are all from local farms. Great service and reasonably priced. One of Montclair's best restaurants. BYOB"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The use of local purveyors was a real plus in my book. It means fresh as can be and support for your local economy. The use of the ingredients was perfect. It is difficult at this time of year to use a lot of local ingredients because there are so few however the combinations and prep was outstanding. The foie gras was prepared PERFECTLY. In fact it was better than what I had in France over the summer! Same with the magret appetizer. It had the perfect accompaniments.The Scallops were cooked to exactly the right texture and combined with roots and squash and trumpet mushrooms with a touch of sprouts. This was a wonderful melange of flavors and texture."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We very much enjoyed every course served by this restaurant, which has an outstanding chef. If the service had continued at the high level at which it started, I would give 5 stars and a rave review. But our waitress became MIA. We were given dessert menus and then waited 15 minutes for her to return for our order. Finally, we asked another waitress to find ours. We were brought coffee and then waited another 15 minutes with no dessert. We again had to bring this to her attention. This lapse in attentiveness marred an otherwise excellent evening. Also note - the portions are very small: $32 for about 3 oz. of bass with little accompaniment. A bit too nouvelle."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I was expecting small portions after reading many reviews but was pleasantly surprised- The appetizers and main course were a perfect size! I had the french onion soup and scallops and both were excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The desserts were the only downfall. The food was fresh and amazing.!!!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "My husband and I went there and there is nothing bad about this place. Farm to table at its best and a reasonable for this type of cuisine. Also the cornbread is beyond amazing!!!"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "We had left a party of 6 couple's and we're very excited. But once arriving there was no one at the desk to greet you. That should have been a sign. Service was an embarrassment, waited a half hour for a menu, waited another 15 minutes before the bread was served. Ordered the Opah $29 very small sliver of fish but that was a good thing, had a very fishy taste only ate two pieces one that I tried and a piece for my wife. My wife ordered the catch of bass with lobster and cauliflower $32 maybe one piece of bass and lobster. Very disappointed with the restaurant would never recommend."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I really had high hopes for this restaurant, but we were pretty disappointed over all. The idea of fresh ingredients with a Southern flair was great...but it's yet another new restaurant to think they can get away with tiny portions for a big price. My husband's side dish of brussel sprouts was about three times the size of my vegetarian "entree." And the chef "forgot" a key ingredient to my dish, which the owner/manager remedied 15 minutes later by bringing a tablespoon of sauted pumpkin to the table. Left it in a litte dish on the side of the table. Can't make this stuff up. Not saying that the food was bad, but the experience was awful. The service was weird and awkward... Don't waste your time or money on this place."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Pricey with small portions in a rather unattractive ambience, I think this restaurant rather a disappointment in view of its high pretensions. Good enough with a helpful wait staff it does not begin to compare to nearby Fascino or some of Montclair's better restaurants."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Two lunches and now two dinners - love the creative menu here and that it changes frequently - the prix fixe is a great deal!"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "The waiter and manager were great, explained the farm to table concept. The food was good, the decor nice, and we were not rushed."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Escape has a noble goal. Keep the food chain as short as possible. As with most noble goals getting there is not always easy. Escape has a limited but adventurous menu. I hope that the offerings will not suffer from the northeat farming season. The waitstaff is still trying to get it together. Presentations were attractive but somewhat confused. It's BYOB but not inexpensive. It's worth a another visit."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Escape has only been open for 6 months. Its menu and brick walls feel like they have been there, just right, for a long time. Our server knew the menu well and was happy to make sensible recommendations. He explained "I'm the manager. The chef is the owner." That explains a lot. Excellent chef, caring about quality and detail. The "manager" was not a charmer, but was helpful without being overbearing. We were there for lunch. The choices were fully appropriate and nicely varied . We chose the 3 course lunch option, of appetizer, entree, and dessert for a very fair $15. The portion of the carrot cake was smallish but felt just right for lunch. And was delicious. As my young guest proclaimed, "We'll be back!""
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The food was very good, all else was not. Appetizers were very SMALL and overpriced. The beets with fennel was $14 and we could not believe the small portion. Truffle soup was tiny and served in a huge bowl! The fried chicken was the highlight, crispy and delicious, however the maitre de would not allow us to sub a vegetable for the fries. "I can leave them off but cannot sub." Who are you serving and WHO is paying the pill? Yes, the customer!! Lobster cobb salad as an entree was portioned as an appetizer. Simply too expensive and too little food to return. It's a shame, the farm to table concept is a good one. Lastly, the I think maitre de was a mumbler and was uncomfortably in our faces. Sad to say, no wonder we were the only diners."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Visited Escape for the homage dinner it had to commemorate the passing of Chef Charlie Trotter. Had the 3-course dinner featuring three dishes from Trotter's first cookbook and it was super. Lamb tartare was fresh and flavorful, the poached salmon over lobster mashed potatoes was delicious and the Meyer lemon pudding cake was light and dreamy. Had a bowl of the best grits I've ever had topped with lobster - a must try dish. BYOB afforded me the opportunity to uncork a couple bottles I'd been wanting to try."
    Dined on 11/11/2013