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J&K Steakhouse of Montclair
J&K Steakhouse of Montclair

J&K Steakhouse of Montclair Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jandksteakhouse.com
  • Phone: (973) 746-7800
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private room seats 50 people
  • Private Party Contact: Jarod (973) 746-7800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church Street
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Free Parking
A word from J&K Steakhouse of Montclair
J and K Steakhouse was named after the owners, Jarod and Kathy Zelaya. Both Jarod and Kathy had always dreamt of opening up their own restaurant. And in May of 2008 their dream came true...! They launched their first restaurant in Dover, New Jersey and quickly won the admiration of many satisfied customers. From day one, J and K's philosophy was to only serve the best and freshest food available and many took notice...

Jarod, a studied Chef at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and an accomplished restaurant supplier executive had the vision of bringing a New York Style Steakhouse to Dover, New Jersey. " I wanted to bring to Dover, a taste of New York City", Jarod explains. "

We only use the freshest and highest quality products in our restaurant", Kathy added. The chef and kitchen staff are also very experienced and have worked at some of the top steakhouses in NYC.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Second time here. Very disappointed this time. Again restaurant was empty except for one other couple on a Friday night. Steaks were tough and unflavored. Complained to waiter after my ordered medium rare steak was served very well done. It was sent back then another one was brought back raw then they reheated it. Not a good experience."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Still undiscovered and a pleasure compared to over-rated, over-crowded other Montclair restaurants. The service was excellent, the food really well done, delicious and fairly priced. It is BYOB but if you forget your wine. there is a list and a local wine store delivers in five minutes! It is essentially a steak restaurant but there are lots of other choices on the menu: fish, vegetarian, great salads. They do "sides" like the Palm or Morton's. From the outside, it looks dark, empty and uninviting, but it is really lovely inside and you can actually have a conversation as you dine! Give it a try - it is worth it!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We made a late reservation to J&K. When we arrived, we were the only people inside and that remained the case for about 40 minutes. Service was solid, food was good. Had to send back the steak once as it was under cooked. Found that the steak tasted good but the temperature of it was luke warm. Would we go back, maybe...."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Wanted to so like a new steakhouse in Montclair. Outside the restaurant, the Church Street crowd was happening and happy. Inside J&K, it was just noisy, very noisy. Basically, and sorry to say, the service was awful. Courteous, yes; disorganized, yes; but only two people were running the floor. After several hours, one just wants to finish the meal. But we could never actually finish it. We had ordered prix fixe for four courses. The dessert however never came; actually, the dessert menu came after 45 minutes of asking for it. No one actually ever came to take our desert menu; by now the restaurant was 1/4 full. The steaks were good; but not as good as elsewhere, in our opinion. We are sorry to say this. But we will try again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The two criticism I had was that it was VERY noisy and they don't take AMEX"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I was a bit reluctant to celebrate my Father's birthday here with the mixed reviews. However, I decided to try for myself since everyone has different taste. This is a BYOB establishment which is rare for a Steakhouse. Our waiter/busboy and hostess were very attentive and made the birthday celebration very special for us. We had two porterhouses for 4 people and about 3 sides which included the Asparagus, Baked Potato and Mashed Potato. We had two appetizers which were the Calamari and the Chorizo Flambe. I am looking forward to my next visit! Plus there was a parking lot very nearby where the restaurant will validate your parking...Win Win!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had brought back an excellent bottle of wine from Napa and were looking for a BYOB steakhouse in NJ. After reading the reviews, we decided to take our chances and we were not disappointed. The food was absolutely delicious from the delicious chorizo to the perfect filet mignon. The service was excellent all around. We will be back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were bidding farewell to a long time friend the other day, and went to J&K, conveniently located downtown in Montclair (we could walk there). The food and service were impressive, and we would gladly go there again."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "This is our favorite Montclair restaurant. Anytime we have relatives or friends come in and we want to impress them with Montclair we always go to J&K's."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Food and service were great. We enjoyed our dinner."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great local steakhouse.Very quiet during the week.Hope they survive .Nice to see a little of Manhattan style in New Jersey."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The service was great and the food was even better. The steak was cooked to perfection. Even dessert was incredible."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "You don't have to travel to New York City to have a great steak."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "J&K please keep up the great work as your quality in steak has made me a regular at your Montclair location!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I must say that the last 2 times I've eaten at this establishment, the food has been consistently good. The server was attentive & the atmosphere is very nice. I have had steak each time, as this is a steakhouse & "when in Rome"......... My meal was delicious from the appetizers-on. I am a "foodie" & have already recommended this restaurant to friends."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Four of us ate at J&K Steakhouse last Sunday. Our reservation was for 5:45pm so it was relatively empty and quiet while we dined. The food was great. The service was excellent. And covering the cost of parking in a nearby lot is a very nice touch since it is so difficult to find on-street parking in Montclair. This place definitely requires a return trip."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The service was very good. The steaks were prepared well. Pre-fixe menu is the way to go"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Everything from the appetizer to dessert was delicious. The shrimp in garlic sauce and chocolate molten cake is a must! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "It needs better atmosphere including music...the food is great"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "This was our first time to J&K Steakhouse and it was a wonderful. We had previously heard mixed reviews from some of our friends and having been to several prominent steakhouses in Manhattan, we were not expecting too much. However, it turned out to be an exceptional meal. Especially the steak. We are definitely coming back. Great job to the chef."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I understand it was valentines day but it was a fixed dinner of appetizer main course and desert so there was no excuse everything was late. If we didnt call our waiter we would still be there. We got there at 8 and left at 930 without desert. The food was amazing."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our entire meal was terrific on Valentine's Day. Steaks were great. Loved the creamed spinach and the tuna tartare appetizer was wonderful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was mine and my husband's first time there. It was incredible. Looks like a NY restaurant without the NY prices. The filet mignon was like butter. We ordered al la carte but there's a great prix fixe menu for 3 and 4 courses which was so reasonable. Booked our next dinner reservation in March with our friends the very next day and sooooo looking forward to it. Alice the greeter when you walk in and the wait staff were very nice and personable. Finally a great steakhouse so close to our home."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Impeccable decor and professional staff. Food was excellent. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Fantastic steaks that rival any of the top "big-name" steakhouses. As a bonus, their sides, appetizers etc are outstanding as well. J&K really takes pride in their quality and delivers a great dining experience."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Took a business associate for a late dinner (it was a Wednesday). The restaurant was empty...I mean no one was at any table. We were treated well from a service point of view, food was just "Ok". I had steak (aged rib-eye)...yes aged is what the menu stated...but to me it was not. I eat out a lot and steakhouses are my most frequent stops. I can't say this was a memorable experience and would not recommend to other lovers of meat. If you are going to charge $150+ for 2 people...you had better be on your mark...BTW the best was their credit card machine was down and could not process our bill."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "In a town known for its restaurants, this steakhouse is a perfect choice. The service was top notch & the food was quite good."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food, service and decor very nice but made reservations to celebrate Christmas Eve and disappointed restaurant was not decorated, AT ALL, for the holiday season. Lacked the festive atmosphere we were looking for!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Took a risk on a new restaurant and it was well worth it. Excellent meal."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Two dinners came out underdone. Service was courteous but slow. In general unorganized."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Good steaks - NY prices and style. Family style sides Were average. Just not impressed with presentation- no sauces offered - fileti mignon cooked perfectly but boring. Others had porterhouse and NY strip. Each about $50. Restaurant was formal feeling. Not our thing. No bar which is strange in a steakhouse atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We love J&K in Morristown and have been many times - decided to try new J&K in Montclair with a group of friends. Such a special place given that it is the only steak place which is BYOB that I have ever seen and makes it lots of fun for a wine person such as myself. Similar to Motown, steak is great but sides are very average (and small size sides). The price fixe is an outstanding deal and they allow substitutions here and there which is nice. Service, as it is at Morristown location, was average; although servers are nice they just don't have it completely together and they seem to be understaffed. Still - fun to go to a BYOB steak place - and this keeps us coming back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Never disappointed with food when we done there. Steak is always perfection and the portions are plentiful. The wait staff is always courteous, although hard worked. Seeing them buzzing around makes me think they should have more help. I would highly recommend J&K, and park in the garage, they will validate ticket. That amenity is not advertised as it should be."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The appetizers were decent though some bites of the tartar was a bit too fishy. The steaks were ok however we waited over 45 minutes for 2 steaks asked to be cooked rare. They came to us on the medium/medium rare side but after waiting so long to eat we just ate them at the wrong temperature. One nice thing is that it is a byob. No need to pay for expensive wine."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Celebrated my husband's b day with friends. We all felt it was the most tender and savory steak ever! We will be back very soon. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Everything was great, food, service, and the ambiance. A wonderful addition to the Montclair restaurants."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "I went with 3 other friends for a bday dinner. The decor is very nice. Unfortunately, I have to agree with other reviewers, the service was slow. And the food, for the price, was not great. The prixe fixe meal includes a plate of fries for the table. Very skimpy, I could have eaten them by myself, not enough for 4 people. Should give a choice of at least 3 other sides with the prixe fixe meal. My steak was fair but the 4 of us asked for different types of donenes and our steaks came out the same, medium rare. The bread was very good, warm & tasty. I want this place to succeed, the satff was nice but our server seemd to be moving in slow motion. I would like give it another chance but for the price, I am not sure that I will."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "If you are looking for a great steak, look no further. You don't need to go to a hotel restaurant. Local restaurant. Pretty decor. Quiet enough to hear a conversation. But the real focus is on the food. Tasty. Go for the pix fix. Large portions. Worth every penny !!!!!!!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "3rd time here. Saturday was the worst in terms of service although the food was good just like the prior 2 times. I can't eat dairy. Told the waiter no blue cheese and BC dressing on salad. Blue Cheese still came on it. Asked for balsamic and oil. Got Balsamic, no oil. He was never around our table. The one time we saw him after we ordered was when he came over and filled our wine. Problem was I was drinking different wine than what he poured so he mixed 2 wines which basically ruined it. The food is good. Rare in Little Falls is better though. And NYC steakhouses even better. This place always seems like it is almost good but never quite hits it. Trendy spot yet they play adult contemporary music. Something just feels off."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "I've been here five times and it hasn't disappointed yet. Great food, service, and prices. Plus byob. Fantastic place."
    Dined on 7/27/2013