ESCAPE
ESCAPE

ESCAPE

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.escapemontclair.com/
  • Phone: 973-744-0712x
  • 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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ESCAPE reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (47)neighborhood gem (38)special occasion (14)great for lunch (8)romantic (7)great for brunch (6)good for groups (5)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great food, small portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great local organic food restaurant - cheese appetizer is fun and yummy... Main dishes were phenomenal (really!) - while my halibut was no slouch, the pork chops took the crown! The carrot cake dessert was very tasty, but simply too small for the price.... Only overall knock is the small portions (still somewhat hungry when I walked out).... Service is great, food is fit for kings!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Very Enjoyable
    Blockhead
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We all had different dinners and everything was good. The pork chop was a little tough and things could have been hotter. My duck breast was delicious but placed on grains with broccoli rage that wasn't quite hot. I hate sending things back to be warmed up, as it takes the focus off friendship and the evening itself. Ordered the cheese plate for dessert. 3 of the smallest slices I've ever seen for $12. Kind of ridiculous. But, a good meal overall and I would return. The staff is very good and friendly.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Nicely done
    Zebra
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food and service, exceedingly fresh food this past Saturday evening. Looking forward to returning.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Good choice for special occassion
    scotchnSoda
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner here for our anniversary. The food was well prepared and presented. The dishes did not need any seasoning after we tasted the dishes.Wiil try it again.The menu chages daily depending what food items are available locally.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Escape
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food, decor, and front of house. Will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent from start to finish
    AnniebVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have dined many times at Escape and have always had an excellent dinner. From appetizers to dessert, the food is beautifully presented, has fabulous flavors and excellently served. The Mac and Chess is incredible. We will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Delicious food, prepared wonderfully. I love how they focus on local ingredients. I can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • A true escape
    LoveLocalFoods
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is a true escape from the norm..... the menu and that it is sourced almost entirely from NJ and the surrounding area was what drew me in. Once there... the impeccable, friendly, knowledgeable service only added to the experience of the crown jewel.... the food. The quality is simply superb. "Fresh" does not do the quality ingredient justice IMO. We were a party of 4 ... and every single dish, from appetizers to main course were enjoyed by all. I had read a few less than stellar reviews that pointed out the portion size.... If that's what matters to you... then please do us a favor and go elsewhere. However, if quality ingredients, impeccable preparation and fantastic presentation are important to you... This IS a must!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MBH1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love this place! Our 3rd dinner here - and it just keeps getting better
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Escape the Norm
    PaulD
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful dinner! Four of us ordered four completely different meals and every segment of each dish was just delicious. Services was outstanding, waiter and all staff were knowledgeable, service oriented and pleasant. No seasoning needed, just wonderful flavors. Cannot wait to go back
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Delicious!
    Karen
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Savory, mouth satisfying flavors from appetizer to dessert. The scallops were out of this world and 4 just weren't enough (as I had to share!) Even the green salad was perfect. Can't wait to go again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • MY NEW FAVORITE RESTAURANT
    SHOCKEDBYGRADEVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The three of us were blown away by how splendid our dining experience was . The freshness of the food was unbelievable . We dined on mussels, BBQ ribs , local cheeses , fried chicken , BBQ tofu and a creative carrot cake dessert. Everything was simply prepared and delicious . We were first time diners but were treated like we were family or long lost friends . The service is accommodating ,attentive and super friendly. After one fabulous meal this is now our GO TO RESTAURANT. I am nervous about writing such an excellent review because we will not be able to get a resy in the future.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I went with my sisters for my birthday and everything we had was delicious! I had the duck breast, which was perfectly cooked and had seasonal vegetables alongside. The best surprise was the corn brulee, so good! Farm to table has never been better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful discovery
    sherryVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was our first time at this local BYO - recommended by a friend. Although it ws very quiet, we were assured that the lack of customers was atypical, as it should be. The farm - table dishes were excellent - fresh, creative and beautifully presented. Glad we discovered this tiny, neighborhood byob gem
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FARM TO TABLE YUMMY!
    CThies
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went to Escape Saturday night ford was delicious service was great..Portions are NORMAL...the only thing was my husband wanted Fried chicken and they ran out of it...They said they were making more..not sure why he could not wait for it and get what he wanted??? I would return food is very good..I had scallops and they were yummy!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We left hungry & very disappointed
    Cheryl
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The idea of locally sourced food is good, the food itself tastes good, what was lacking was reasonably sized portions. I ordered an appetizer, size was ok, my husband’s was tiny. Main course was miniscule. I've had similar dishes elsewhere that were 2-3x the size and had some kind of vegetable. There were really no vegetables besides garnish. I had a second serving of bread to try to fill myself up. It didn’t work. I usually don’t eat bread or dessert because I am usually full with an appetizer and main course. They tried to make up for it by giving me a free desert. This meal was to celebrate our wedding anniversary and when we couldn’t get into CulinAriane, we decided to come here. Big mistake. I felt terrible for having chosen it.
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  • Excellent meal
    Grump
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I went here for her birthday dinner, and it did not disappoint. The food was outstanding, the service excellent (care of Michael, who ran the front of house), and the experience absolutely pleasant. If not for some knuckleheads behind us, it would have been a flawless dinner out. Bravo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    lrm2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Expected a very good meal, and instead got an excellent one. No need to "grade on the Montclair" curve vs NYC, this is the real deal. The farm-to-table theme is being done everywhere, a little heavy handed here, but the results speak for themselves. BYO like nearly everywhere.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Delectable!
    RedFlowerDiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have had the pleasure of dining at ESCAPE during the lunch hour on two separate occasions. Delicious, fresh food and impeccable service are a winning combination! It will be great to go back for brunch and dinner as well since I hear great feedback about both.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Hitting the sweet spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Escape is now firmly ensconced in the Montclair fine dining scene. The food is excellent, the menu creative as is the plating. The staff is warm and welcoming. It is particularly good on a week night when the crowd is much smaller and service much more consistent and attentive. Really, the bread basket, house made pickles and butter are worth the trip alone. The cheese plate is a must. The Mac and cheese and the grits side dishes are signature. All protein entrees are prepared at the perfect temperature. And given the local farm to table nature, the summer offers a bountiful menu of produce and seafood. The room itself is a bit challenged but does not detract from the overall experience. Great to have Bryan and team in the neighborhood.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    domebdVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food outstanding and creative; starters, entrees and desserts. Request for dairy free striped bass preparation was no problem, staff knew ingredients and management happy to grant requests. Will be back for all important 2nd time.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local food, sooo good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our third time dining at this Restaurant and once again we enjoyed every morsel. Unlike other people, with the exception of the Foie Gras (which we truly think is way too small) the portions are adequate. We love the seasonal changes to the menu, which adds an element of surprise to subsequent visits. My only suggestion to the chef, bring back the awesome duck fat potatoes!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing farm-to-table
    MSinmontclair
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    On rainy summer week-night my husband and I were the only customers. Maybe the intermittent downpours kept people home. Or maybe they knew the food was just OK and prices were outrageously expensive. First cornbread and biscuits appeared warm and delicious, so good we asked for more. Second serving - stale and cold. Trout appetizer (meal) good but side order of cheddar cheese grits with peas was unsatisfying. Husband's steak fatty. Small, muted quilts on brick wall dreary. Previous restaurant had big, bold artwork on wall. Delighted to make reservation five minutes before arrival. After eating uninspiring meal for $64.00 (no drinks, no dessert, not even two main courses), I understand why the restaurant was empty.
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  • Eclectic Southern gourmet
    SouthernDiner
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The grits, asparagus and crab entree goes well with a berry compote for dessert. The host is knowledgeable about the menu, which changes weekly, sometimes daily. It's an aptly named restaurant, since you can escape the regular fare offered in Montclair and feel transported to the South. I'm from NC originally and loved the selections of locally-grown produce, the texture combinations for each dish, and the ingredient combinations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    sigmund80
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our first time here. Almost all the starters and almost all the entrees were weird combinations of ingredients, some very rare and unknown. Our party of 4 dine out a great deal. The fact that we all ordered fried chicken was testimony to the lack of general appeal of the menu. The host refused to substitute anything for my friend's declining her sweet potato. All he could do is to omit the yams entirely. The dish chosen for the chicken was completely unsuited, and the chicken was dried out. Desserts were miniscule. Biscuits and "madeleines" were excellent. Noise level grew to be intolerable as the crowd increased. Service was slipshod. Menu items chosen to suit the chef rather than to appeal to the patrons. Hardly likely to return.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The Great Escape
    TravelJunkieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I decided to try Escape on a whim last week and are exceedingly pleased with our choice. We enjoyed the chic décor, casual atmosphere, excellent food and the friendly, attentive staff. Everything we ate (starter, main, dessert) was delicious, though the seared foie gras deserves a special shout out - it melts in your mouth and the accompaniments are perfect. I greatly enjoyed a tender savory duck breast in a far more ample serving than expected, and my husband was happy with his chicken. It's a BYOB so you can choose your own wine, beer or spirits pairing with the food. Wine service was expertly handled by our waiter. We are planning to return as soon as our overcrowded calendar allows.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Good But Expensive W/Small Portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Food was good but for what we paid( $200 for four people including the tip but NO dessert), the portions were quite small (my husband's scallop dish at $29 contained four scallops!). We were thinking about going out for pizza when we were done....
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  • very small portions for price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    very expensive for the small portions you receive. Perhaps its the farm to table concept. But no big difference in quality.
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  • agoodmeal
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    A couple of outstanding food surprises.Definitely made my palate smile.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farm to table - well executed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Dishes are prepared with local farm ingredients. Tasty and fresh. Nice presentation. Very relaxed atmosphere.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missing the vegetarian menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    One of the reasons I've enjoyed dining at Escape is their attention to vegetables and their vegetarian menu. This has disappeared to be replaced by token vegetarian offerings. Would you serve a steak on a plate on it's own? Why would you serve a piece of tofu without rice or vegetable or any accompaniment? The corn bread madelines are nice, but they are not bread. When you offer soft eggs it is nice to have something to mop up the yolk.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent lunch!
    mikelikesgoodfood
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I had lunch with a friend at Escape this week. It has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants in Montclair. The scallops were fresh and cooked perfectly! Great service as well.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Escape
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We enjoyed this farm to table dining experience. The food was all very good. Clearly it appeals to a younger crowd who started filing in around 8:30.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall but not outstanding
    BriancccVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    First time at Escape and we found everything to be good but not outstanding. The place is well appointed but a bit dark and quite small. We were greeting upon arrival and shown to our table. Our server was polite and well versed on the menu. We took his recommendations and ordered the duck and trout as mains. We also had shared the Crab, Hominy, Tomato, Pea Shoots to start and the carrot cake for dessert. Other than the Crab Hominy Tomato and pea shoots, which we thought was quite bland, the rest of the food was good but not memorable. The carrot cake appeared to be deconstructed and the portion minuscule. That said it was good overall. It could be we just chose the wrong main courses. We will certainly give Escape another try at some point
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  • Memorial Day BBQ
    Fdente19VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Was looking on opentable for a place to have lunch on Memorial Day and decided on Escape. They had a specialized menu for the day so we were excited to try it. For appetizer we had the crab salad which was absolutely amazing.. Next we enjoyed a side of the most delicious corn bread I have ever had. For my entree I chose the BBQ chicken and my friend ordered the pulled pork.. OMG so amazing... We also shared sweet potatoes and collard greens as well... For desert we has the roasted fruit with sponge cake again delicious!! Staff was super friendly... Decor very nice and simple... I will definitely be back to try their regular menu..
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 123 reviews are from the ESCAPE reviews archive.
  • Really really nice place
    Happysmile
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I went there for the first time this Sunday. The prefix menu is less than 20$ per person. The food was delicious and the staff was friendly. Going back for sure!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited Menu
    MontclairScene
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    If you are a vegetarian you may want to steer clear of Escape. There is a vege menu for those who don't eat duck or fish, but they didn't have items available the night I was there. Prices are very high too.
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  • Good food - bad service
    Jdjnj
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We get better service at the diner. For a $50/pp dinner this was absurd. They should train their waitstaff to be accurate and available. We were constantly having to ask for our waiter as he was never in eye-sight. Then they brought out our entrees and served them to the table next to us. The food was good - but the portions were small. Next!
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  • Amazing food
    hhhk
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We enjoyed an outstanding meal here. Everything from bread basket to water choice to main dishes was fabulous. You are clearly in the hands of dyed-in-the wool foodie at this restaurant. Can't wait To go back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapponted
    Beenthere
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food too fussy, all too sweet and creamy( not just desserts) Silly plating. Odd ingredients. Trying too hard and taste less important than presentation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic