Locale Cafe & Bar - Closter
Locale Cafe & Bar - Closter

Locale Cafe & Bar - Closter

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.locale208closter.com/
  • Phone: 2017503233x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open 7 days Lunch & Dinner Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00-11:00pm, Sunday Lunch12:00 -3:00 Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00

    3 Course Prix fix menu $35 per person Sunday -Thursday 4:00-700pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Private catering available with full waitstaff and tent rental option.
  • Private Party Facilities: Your table is waiting at Locale, our upscale-casual eclectic modern Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean flair, our charming dining rooms with exposed brick fire places and a great bar area, are perfect for any occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Vinnie 2017503233x
  • Special Events: 3 elegant dining rooms available for private events,special occasions, and corporate parties up to 250 people.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ruckman Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking Thursday-Sunday
A word from Locale Cafe & Bar - Closter
What is Locale? It is the feeling of casual elegance, a relaxed, sophisticated, cool and classic ambiance. Locale is timeless; from the warm atmosphere to the welcoming staff, the eclectic food that is perfectly prepared, its that feeling of anticipation when the cork is pulled from the bottle.
At Locale, we feature prime steaks and chops as well as fresh seafood, pasta, and an extensive wine list served by the glass or our special selection by the bottle, which is sure to impress even the most discriminating oenophile.
Locale's gracious staff and smartly appointed dining rooms help create a truly memorable experience for lunch, dinner, special occasions, or private parties in any of our three dining rooms or beautiful outdoor patio.
Join us today and indulge in all that life has to offer. Because Locale is not just a restaurant, its a state of mind.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Locale Cafe & Bar - Closter reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (35)neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (17)great for lunch (14)romantic (13)good for groups (13)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (3)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Beautiful evening sitting outside. Food was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another magnificent experience
    Paul
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have been to Locale many times for dinner and always enjoyed myself,this time I had a anniversary party there for my husband and we had 40 people. The service was amazing the food was delicious as always....we all had a wonderful time the staff was very helpful and warm. My husband was glad I chose our favorite place in Bergen County to celebrate our 25 years together. I wouldn't choose any other restaurant for me and my family to celebrate any occasion ! I recommend Locale to everyone for great food and fabulous atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good but not much else.
    CJpapendick
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Probably shouldn't have gone out on Labor Day but live and learn. Our waiter, the only waiter, was nice but couldn't keep up with his tables. He said they were short 8 staff that evening. When I'm paying their prices, I expect a certain level of service. We waited almost 45 minutes just to order. We almost walked out. The food was good, the wine was not and the service was very lacking. Maybe the labor took Labor Day off.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    BdimoVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Thanks to Open Table - found a GREAT restaurant! Locale has a terrific menu - great ambiance. Definitely returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The only complaint I had was we were told that before dinner we could sit at bar for happy hour....then they told us they no longer had a happy hour. So we decided to sit for dinner and asked for a drink menu. They no longer have a drink menu. Waitor suggested a pear martini ....which was delicious. The food was excellent. But I think they need to all be on the same page about happy hour and drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    helloVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    food and service is the best explained the menu to us and made us want to try everything
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BarbVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The tuna tartare is to die for. The zuppa de pesce was outstanding. The service was amazing. All this in a lovely setting. Everyone should try Locale. It's the best restaurant in the northern valley region.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Open air delight
    jersey111VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food keeps getting better! We loved the beet salad, lamb chops, soft shell crabs, and the gelato tartuffo
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We came for my daughter's birthday. Both of us ordered the hand made mushroom ravioli with truffle cream sauce. It was awesome. I wish it was a permanent item on the menu. It was the best I ever had. Prices are a bit high.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ugh the music
    Padz
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Pasta, drinks and service were wonderful . Location nice. Music playing was awful!!! I felt like I was at a massage parlor. Please pick another pandora station, it could be enough to drive your diners away. Yummy Food for sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • omato5
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    As always the food was excellent and so was the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pretty good
    ktothez
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    overall we enjoyed this restaurant for dinner on a weekend evening. we made last minute reservations but unfortunately they could not accommodate us on the patio. i think we would have enjoyed eating al fresco much more, but the interior of the restaurant was fine: spacious and warm. there is nothing bad to say about this experience, except for some annoying flies that wouldn't leave us alone. not sure if we will return but would recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food, improve the service
    jenmac86
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food is amazing!! Melt in your mouth amazing. The service is horrible. We have been to Locale more than once and we always need to call someone over. Terrible service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great as usual
    nina315
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I've been a fan for years! This was the first time I was able to dine outside; something I've been wanting to do for months! Terrific as usual, and by that I mean the service is gracious, the food is terrific, and the ambiance is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Descent, not remarkable
    AspyriVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have been twice so far. One evening was outdoors on their lovely patio and one inside their main dining room inside. Both times, we had a pleasant time but nothing memorable in terms of the food or drinks served. The service was friendly and polite but something was missing. Hard to point out what it was. The food was fine, but again, nothing that surprised us or made us remember it as something special. I can't even recall what I had. So, overall, it was a descent dining experience but something was missing. They need a little spark of something that wasn't there both times when I visited. The outdoors dining, however, was by far much more pleasant, so if it's a nice evening and you want to sit outside, why not??
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Locale!
    EASibonyVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great place to eat, always good food, service and atmosphere! My husband and I dine there on a weekly basis.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 225 reviews are from the Locale Cafe & Bar - Closter reviews archive.
  • WeluvXVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We choose to sit inside and there was not adequate service. Many people were being served outside. It took a long time before we had the attention of a waiter. We were very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    suesfavplace
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My husband and I came to our favorite spot Locale on a beautiful Sunday with 4 close friends and our children for an outdoor brunch. From the moment we walked in, until the moment we left we had a wonderful experience. We sat outdoors and the patio was breathtaking. We felt like we were away on vacation. The food was delicious. We ordered a bunch of appetizers, you MUST try the zuccini flowers(which by the way come straight from their garden!!), and the baratta, to name a few. All of our entrees were delicious. The white sangria was so refreshing. We topped off the lunch with iced cappuccinos and their dessert platter. All foodies must give this local gem a try!! you will NOT be disappointed. Service was impeccable...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summertime find
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great for outdoor dining. Go on a beautiful nite with great friends. Food is delicious, service is terrible. Be prepared for a long meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cautiously Optimistic
    JT00VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    After reading the reviews of Mother's Day weekend, I wasn't sure what to expect as far as service goes. It was not as bad as I had feared. But not as good as I had hoped. The service was "there", but not proactive. We had to ask for the menus. We had to ask for ice water. We had to ask for our ice water glasses to be refilled. We had to re-pour our wine glasses (the horror!). We had to ask to have our orders taken. The server only offered grated cheese when we were halfway done with our entrée -- and never asked how the meal was. Food was very good. We did not have a long wait time (start to finish, dinner lasted about 90 minutes). This place is on the verge of greatness -- if they could only get the wait staff better trained.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner with Grandma!
    DEBO
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were a party of eight and every appetizer and every dinner was very well prepared and delicious. The wine list has a very good selection of wines and our melbec was very good and complimented our dinner. The deserts and special coffees were a fine end to a great meal. The service was attentive and efficient. It was a great night for Grandma.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we love the food.
    leighbarkVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This is a great place. The food is terrific. Particularly lovely patio.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Very Pleasant Evening Out
    KimiCakes
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    It was a very rainy night but had it not, the outside dining looked very inviting. The food was very good, service as well. It made for a very pleasant night out to dinner. I do recommend Locale Cafe & Bar
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistent
    TriciaG
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    You can always depend on Locale for a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Locale
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The good was excellent. The restaurant is beautiful. BUT every time I go there's an issue w/ the waiter!!! Once the waiter asked our group for a bigger tip! This time the waiter was soooooo slow & screwed up several things in our order (easy things like 'can the kids have pasta w/butter? Not spaghetti-some sort of noodle?' He replies 'how about penne?' We say 'sure!' Yet he brings all of the kids bowls of spaghetti soaked in butter grease, so when they lift the spaghetti the butter drips all over their nice clothes! That's annoying!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Again!
    larsheljes629
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Here is exactly what took place, on our mother's day eve dinner! You decide for yourselves! We have been here at least 4 times previous. Reservation was 7:30..mushroom barely soup came cold...returned, NUKED and unedible. Main course arrived 11/2 hours after we did...I received the wrong dish! When I complained to owner, his answer was, an hour and a half is not too bad, and we've run out of pappardalle, so what do you want? No heads up? I replied...his answer...STUFF HAPPENS, what do you want? My reply...the check NEVER AGAIN will I return, and will write to as many people I know about this 'wonderful" mother's day weekend dinner. Btw...my daughters filet mignon arrived without a steak knife...which she had to wait for.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sadly disappointing
    Amkiju
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    After 2 previous wonderful experiences, this time left us quite disappointed. The food was good, but the service from beginning to end was fair at best, which we found to be very annoying.
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  • What happened to the service?
    SpankyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Took my family (party of five) out Saturday night for a pre Mother's Day dinner. The waiter gave us our menu's, served the wine and took the orders perfectly but unfornutetly that was the last we saw of him for the rest of the night. The food took a long time to come but being Saturday night that's understandable but no one came back to check up on the table. Took forever (20 minutes plus) to clear the table after we finished eating. Waited another half hour plus then we had to ask two different people to get someone to take our desert order. AFter another half hour waiting for the desert to come out we gave up and asked for our check and skipped desert and left. The food was great but the service was terrible.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Ljfield
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great food. Specials were wonderful. Nice size portions. A little pricey, but worth it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Magnificent
    Paul
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Hands down amazing place, beautiful outdoor patio, great menu selection, food was excellent,well trained staff, can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good But Too Loud
    HART
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The noise level was too high for us to be able to hear our friends across the table. The purpose of going out this night was social so this detracted from our experience. I would not suggest coming for a Saturday night dinner since they book many large parties making it very difficult to hear. The food is good and prices are above average. Our waiter was excellent. I am not sure if I will return if my intention is to speak to the people who I go out with.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Undiscovered quiet gem
    FoodieSKJ
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The staff is friendly, helpful and willing to please. The atmosphere is quiet, clean, lovely making this a great restaurant to sit for a long time with good friends and enjoy the evening without being rushed. The food is fresh, hot and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    ElainaVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. Food was amazing, as was the service. Would recommend for dinner.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a fun and relaxing atmosphere
    rivkah
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    What a fun and relaxing atmosphere in which to dine after a long week of work. food is excellent and the menu is very varied. should you have any special requests, they are most accommodating. when the weather gets nicer, the patio should be a great place to meet friends for a drink or dinner. I would not hesitate to bring my children there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • friendly service great food
    helloVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    we can't say enough about how everyone here is friendly and efficient. the food is always yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WE ate at bar. Very nice and
    rsm1VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    WE ate at bar. Very nice and courteous staff. Food delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magnificent
    Paul
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Everything about the dining experience was top notch,starting from the beautiful entrance to the pleasant dining room with the fire place.The food was incredible, the service was amazing, great wine list,we loved every single thing about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We came here for Valentine's Day and we're very disappointed with our experience. The food was just not worth the price we paid. I couldn't believe the poor quality of the dishes. We've had better food at pubs! We started with the calamari which was terribly battered and very chewy to eat. The goat cheese gnocchi was way too overpowering and not enjoyable. Even the lobster ravioli had a strange texture. Truthfully the best dish of the night was the kids' plain buttered pasta. Our cappuccinos even tasted bitter. For the money we paid it was NOT worth it and we wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for impressing clients
    nora
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Enjoyed a very good meal to take a client group out. Service was impeccable! Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back very soon!
    Flemsgirl13
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Food was amazing from apps to coffee! Service was excellent. We will done there again very soon. Give it a try you won't be disappointed !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.