Halcyon Brasserie
Halcyon Brasserie

Halcyon Brasserie

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.halcyonbrasserie.com/
  • Phone: 9737444450
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:30PM Dinner: Sunday - 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM Bar: Friday and Saturday - 2 AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary French / American, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please Visit our Website for all Private Party Inquiries & a View of our Private Event Menu Packages. Visit Halcyonbrasserie.com
  • Entertainment: Live DJ every Friday and Saturday Night in our Lounge

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Forest Street
  • Public Transit: Walnut Street NJ Transit Station
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Lot in The Rear of the Restaurant on Label Street. ( Egan & Sons)
A word from Halcyon Brasserie
Halcyon is a fine seafood brasserie, specializing in the freshest local catches, boasting a full service raw bar, upstairs lounge, and tranquil atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Halcyon Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (48)neighborhood gem (41)special occasion (38)romantic (33)vibrant bar scene (32)hot spot (26)good for groups (15)notable wine list (15)late-night find (11)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Deafening atmosphere
    louiserf
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is not a relaxing place for dining. The noise level is such that one can't have a conversation without shouting. The bar scene is where it's at, and this nothing other than a local watering hole. The food was just fair, and the wait staff seemed overwhelmed with serving.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    SBRenie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It is always such a treat to go to Halcyon with my family, including my young son. We always have an amazing meal, great service and an enjoyable night out. The shellfish is always soooo good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful time!
    SabbyandJohnVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food, great service, great ambiance… Can't go wrong with Halcyon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best in NJ
    Firsttimeacharm
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It was our first time here. Went there for my husband's 40th birthday and we really enjoyed the food. They have a large selection of food. I just wished they also have a few selection for kids. But overall, food is great. Would want to come again and try something else on their menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    Peter375
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our Waitress was wonderful and very very friendly and helpful! The salmon was the best I ever tasted and the black rice and vegetables were out of this world! This was our first visit and will not be our last! Try it...You will love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FIND
    mikep
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Raw bar is AMAZING.. Apps where even better..Seafood was on the money... We both finished everything.. 100% going back. Not cheap but the price equals the value of the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bveg
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    food was excellent however it was extremely LouD !! and service was so so didn't check back in at all wasn't able to order another drink again food was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fisholicious
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Excellent choice for fish lovers. Nice sized portions, with flavorful preparations done to perfection. Wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive. Great place to dine leisurely or to celebrate a special event.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would go back again....
    Noisy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I liked the restaurant very much - the food was delicious and the wait staff very friendly. A few drawbacks though. 1.My boyfriend ordered a whole fish and they did not fillet it. They said they will fillet the fish during the week but it's too busy on the weekends. 2. After we had our dessert it seemed to take a long time for our waitress to come over to the table and ask if we were ready for the check, which we were. 3. The noise level is way too loud. We arrived at 6:30p and by about 8pm it was so loud it was difficult to hear each other speak.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure!
    SabbyandJohnVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food, great staff, great experience... Will do over and over!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing tacos
    Steph
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The fish tacos are worth the trip every time! They are amazing- the double shell is the best part! Can't wait to have them again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    SabbyandJohnVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, great staff, can't go wrong with Halcyon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SsnissimVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Had a wonderful meal here this weekend. Everything we ordered was delicious; we especially loved the tuna tartare!! The restaurant was loud but since we sat in the front it wasn't as crowded or noisy as the main dining room. Had a great atmosphere. We'll definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy, smiling people...
    ebw5
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Halcyon is inviting from the moment you walk in. Staff is super friendly and the food consistently good. The only thing missing is the sand between your toes and the smell of the salt air!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KosherchefVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was sorely disappointed. The restaurant was highly recommended. The hostess was pleasant, but not welcoming. The waiter was pleasant enough, but not extremely helpful. The bread service was two small pieces and a half piece of bread with a Amal plate with oil, a splash of balsamic vinegar and three small olives. Paltry! We had both ordered the Caesar salad. The presentation on both was different: one was piled high and the other flat. My cod was well cooked, but the herb topping was slightly bitter and had much too much garlic for the cod. My husband's shrimp and clams dish did not live up to its description. The pasta was gummy, there were 3 clams and 4 shrimp,both cooked separately and overdone. A total disappointment.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite place in Montclair!
    artlover23
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I've been to Halcyon several times and it's always amazing. Beautiful space with a fresh, yet retro feel. U-shaped booths, marble walls and tables, lots of chrome and organza curtains between booths for a little privacy. Creative, fresh menu as well as an extensive raw bar. I love the vegetable quinoa side dish - I'd go back just for that. This time I had the yummy paella. Big enough to take half home, but not embarrassing to have in front of you while everyone else eats salad. Friends loved the lemon kale, swordfish and crispy duck salad. Lovely service, always. There's a nice bar downstairs - a rarity in Montclair. It was quiet on Sunday night, but loud when it's crowded. Stunning upstairs lounge, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fish tacos
    Suziabnyc
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great oysters and love the fish tacos! Reliable seafood with a trendy feel. One of my favorite spots in Montclair!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect 10!
    COOLPHORICS
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Halcyon is as a top level restaurant should be. We were treated as though we'd been there many times, even though it was our first. The person who greeted us, our Server, and Busboy, were all superb. We were seated at the exact location requested. The Octopus, Swordfish, and Cherry Pie were all presented and prepared beyond compare. The Campari, soda, with a slice of orange, were made as requested. So much so that I had to get another. I will return and recommend without equivocation. Halcyon takes and honors Reservations. Go there!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food is outstanding! My husband and I split the crabcake as an appetizer and loved it! My husband had the swordfish and I had the scallops which again were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • FINALLY GOT IN!
    NNJFoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I have been trying to get into this restaurant for months with no luck. I was FINALLY able to get in by making a rezervation on Opentable.com. I was so glad to not be disappointed. The food was fabulous as was the ambiance and wait staff. I would HIGHLY recommend this slighly pricey but awesome restaurant. I will be sure to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome new menu!
    SabbyandJohnVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great new summer menu, a must try! Lovely ambiance, nice staff, a great place all-around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BDay celebration with the Parents
    Ninej
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Celebrated girlfriend bday with her parents ..Good food and wine celebrated with good company .. Introduced her parents to this gem in Montclair, was a little nervous at first . Soccer game was on and the bar crowd was a little overly excited about US chances of advancing in tournament. Which is to be expected. Parents expected a lower noise level. However, the game ended soon after appetizers arrived , so parents enjoyed their meals and wine. GREAT BDAY Celebration once again ..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh - not worth it
    Gregg
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Appetizers were great but entrees were just ok. Server took our appetizer order then disappeared. When we asked if we could order dinner she seemed surprised???
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful meal
    NicoleEGVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I was in the mood for seafood and we found this lovely place off the main drag in Montclair. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the service was outstanding - very professional. My husband and I shared a calamari salad that was delicious. I had the simply seared scallops, lemon kale and parmesan fries - yummy! My husband had the paella, which he said was fine, but a little dry. Even with that, we will definitely go back for another try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Down Hill
    gldmanVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Halcyon used to be my favorite fish place in NJ. Maybe it was just Saturday Night, but I will not go back. The fish was over cooked. The waiter was nasty and unhappy and the food delivery people had no idea which table to deliver the food. The bar scene is active and noisy. Oh well, I think management needs to train the staff and have there chef(s) focus on the food. Management it is time to manage while business is still good. Best of luck, but get focused.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure!
    SabbyandJohnVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great menu, great wine list, beautiful ambiance, energetic, great staff and awesome food… what else could you ask for! S&J
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, but loud !!
    RRrr
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Wonderful food, great ambiance. Especially loved the appetizer dumplings and the "simply grilled" section, but everything was delicious. A pretty place, but don't plan on having a quiet romantic dinner here. This is a noisy, noisy restaurant, due to the loud bar scene, which is not really separated from the dining area, except by a low partition. We would go back, but maybe not on a Saturday night when the bar is rockin'.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love it!
    TommyG
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Not much more to say, I love Halcyon. Service, food and location are solid. There is a vibrant bar upstairs for after dinner....give it a try, you wont be sorry
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful new specials...
    SabbyandJohnVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    As regulars, you can get use to the menu after a while, however, the specials are always fresh and new… Beautifully prepared, great flavors, always a pleasure. In addition, soon the summer menu will come out and will have an array of wonderful new dishes. Halcyon is a MUST TRY!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expensive, and just ok.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food, service. Everything was good, not great, and not cheap. Without getting not-picky, my wife and I we're out for a special occasion and both left feeling disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great find
    Ronnie207
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    great restaurant. worked around our garlic sensitivity. perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Kimbelsp
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food and the service was wonderful. Problems - be prepared for a quite a noisy restaurant as the tables are pretty close to each other and be prepared to spend money as its pricey. They ran out of the one dessert we wanted (which is a shame since we didn't eat that late.) Definitely would recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Halcyon
    tjespo88
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I've eaten here numerous times, the apps are amazing, the food overall is great. It can get a little pricey if you have dinner and drinks, but well worth it for a great night. We sat in the upstairs lounge, perfect for a date and more of a NYC lounge feel. One of my favorite places to go in Montclair hands down
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's The Noise, Stupid
    speakthetruthguy
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Everything about our evening was lovely--except that the members of my family gathered in a booth and as far from the bar as possible were literally shouting at each other to be heard. It was comical at first, but quickly became wearisome. it's just too large ( and successful) a bar scene to share the dining space with seated guests. And the meal is too expensive to shout through.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hacker2VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Nice place. Clam chowder was good. Ceaser salad not very good. Tried the salmon it just OK not great. Very pricey. Won't be back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful!
    SabbyandJohnVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Always a pleasure... Wonderful food, mice staff, lovely ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Grown Up Dining Experience
    YumYum161
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Meeting friends for dinner here - one with a food allergy. The restaurant took good care of us. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and not overly attentive (which I like, am not a fan of overly chatty wait staff). The ambiance of Halcyon Brasserie felt comfortably elegant. Though some of the items seemed overpriced, it was a nice dinner-out and we were able to linger over our meal (a Tuesday night) and not feel rushed. Everything we had was delicious (a couple of specials and the pan seared scallops)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sasafoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Been here since we discovered it 4 years ago and has since been a regular. Never disappoints the food is always great . Went here for Mother's Day had the Prince Edward mussels for appetizer it is a must try and overall we all enjoyed the food ! Overall a wonderful experience. Always .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for an early dinner on Mother's day and we enjoyed the meal very much. Food was excellent. Service was good, but not great - had to ask for more water a few times... Wine was very good, but potentially a bit pricey. Overall, it was a great special night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant dining in Montclair
    Cathy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took mom for dinner on Mother's Day. The service was friendly and food very good. Cozy and elegant atmosphere ask of a boot if you have 5 or more. Crab cakes were among the best ever. Snapper with finger lug potatoes thumbs up. Tuna a bit dry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate