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Montclair Bistro
Montclair Bistro

Montclair Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.montclairbistro.com
  • Phone: (510) 482-8282
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:

    Sundays: 5:30pm,- 9:00pm

    Monday - Thursday: 6:00 - 9:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Comfort Food, Contemporary French / American
  • Executive Chef: Henry Vortriede
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Available for onsite & offsite catering. Montclair Bistro offers an array of prix fixe, buffet, banquet, and hors d'oeuvres menu options. We can customize a menu that will accommodate your special needs.
  • Entertainment: We can arrange for entertainment with any banquet scheduled.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We have monthly winemaker dinners the last Monday of each month, unless it falls on a holiday, which will then move the dinner to the preceeding Monday.

    Free corkage is offered every Wednesday!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Moraga
  • Public Transit: yes-bus
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking and a nearby garage open till 8:30pm
A word from Montclair Bistro
A California Bistro
Brilliant steaks-seafood-culinary creations
From fresh caught fish to our Western ranches and farms producing premium live stock and produce, we are in a position to offer marvelous meats, seafood and locally grown vegetables.
***all natural, antibiotic-free, hormone-free, American west to Midwest***Continued
Diner Reviews
  • "Each time we go to Montclair Bistro we ask ourselves why we don't go there more often. With a vibrant dining scene in Oakland we are often looking for the next great dining spot and yet there is Henry with such consistently great food just a short drive away. One of the things I particularly appreciate is that many of his entrees come with a small plate option. This allows me to have a cup of soup and an entree. Thank's Henry."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Terrible lobster dinners -- hers was flavorless, mine was mushy and filled with a black tarry substance that the chef tried to tell me was normal tomalley (it was not). Wouldn't accept the coupon they sent for the lobster "special" because it was too cheap -- I agree, too cheap. We've had good meals there in the past, but this was way sub-par."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Service was professional and friendly. Food was very good. The option of large or small portions was unique."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "What happened to this restaurant? We dine here regularly and this meal was a disaster, start to finish. The drink order was incorrect. The pasta undercooked and clumped together like styrofoam; we sent it back and it returned to the table worse! One entree sauce was too sour, the other tasted like beef stock from a can. The chef came over and when we began to comment about our food and experience, he abruptly grabbed both plates and said we wouldn't be charged. He didn't listen, didn't seem to care and didn't explain or apologize. We asked for the check and left and we will not return again. As an aside, the service staff was, and always is, very professional."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Again and again and again, always great, love the restaurant"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Truffle eggs were great. Good flavor. Kitchen seemed slow. Only two tables occupied but we had to wait a long time before the food was served."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Close to the worse meal I've ever had! Tough,small,chewy filet mignon with limp and overcooked veges."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The Montclair Bistro is a nice, clean, low key place to have dinner close to our home. Our server was friendly and very attentive. Our meals were delicious and attractively garnished."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "A group of five of us dined here as part of our bi-monthly "girls night out". The food and service were fantastic! The duck quesadillas were excellent!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Local restaurant for me. I go there for excellent food, quiet and aesthetic dining environment, and consistently fine service."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The service here was outstanding!! The entree suggestions were very good and I was able to make a substitution without any problem. Nice wine list."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Pleasant venue, attentive service, well prepared food, good choices on menu. Entrée portions rather small"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The Eggs-Prosciutto Benedict was delicious, although the Proscuitto was too salty. Guest didn't know why the Scrambled Eggs arrived without the bread -- thought it was included with the order; apparently not, because a charge of $3 for the 4 sm. pieces that finally came."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Menu reads very well and enticing. Taste of 6 different dishes were all bland. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "A neighbor and I enjoyed dinner at the Bistro. What a lovely experience. The waitstaff were attentive, prompt, and courteous. There was no sense of hurry. The presentation of the food superb, including the soup, which was poured at the table from ceramic tea pots. Getting down to the food itself, what more can I say? Perfectly seasoned steak, prepared to an exacting doneness. My friend's sand dabs were delicately flavored and the chef avoided the over/under preparation of cooking. Vegetables, such as sauteed spinach, could not have been cooked more perfectly. I plan on coming back and savoring other dishes. There are just a few restaurants that remain on my favorites list. Montclair Bistro has joined that place of honor. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Montclair Bistro has consistently good food. My friend loved their Tuscan Benedict. Their pancakes were good too. My only slight "issue" is that I wish they had told us that the bacon is Canadian. Not a fan. I like real bacon! Service was just right and so was the atmosphere. We will certainly return."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I've enjoyed "Montclair Bistro" each time that I've come. Always excellent service, well prepared and delicious food and great place to enjoy a meal with friends. Quiet and elegant ambiance."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We have a very nice dinner on Mother's Day. We had the fixed price menu and the food was very good. Our table was right next to the door way to the kitchen and so the ambience was not very good. The use of multiple servers was not very effective as the second server kept getting confused as to who was supposed to get which plate."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "No advertisement that brunch was a BUFFET which we usually avoid b/c of my daughter's phobia about eating off others' plates/utensils. Food was mediocre at best and EXPENSIVE...they did not assure that the dishes were replenished and a lot of mothers were waiting in the buffet line for more of the half-way decent items. Plates and serving utensils were were not available as needed. We had to constantly ask for more of the "bottomless" mimosas and dirty plates to be removed. They started clearing the food service tables at least 1 1/2 hours before the 2:00 p.m. end of "brunch"! It was like they just wanted your $44/ person and could care less about your holiday experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "As always, greeted with a smile and hello. and for once we were couple minutes early and had to wait two minutes to be seated. my guest and I were notably greeted by the head waiter (maybe, because we go there for almost every special day) New Years Eve most notable in my book. The visual garnish display was fabulous and of course had to pick at each and everyone, the food was nothing other than expected good and plentiful. As always I start at the carver station for the ham, work my way backward. And don't forget the mouse at the other end of the room. some had to have seconds, but I pride myself in chefs chocolate heaven three times. thank you "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Dined at the Montclair Bistro for the first time and had a very nice meal. The braised lamb shank was really delicious as was the tiramisu that I had for dessert. I would definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "With their small portion options, this is a great place for a casual dinner. Needs some updating with the interior, but the food is really well prepared."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was my first visit to this restaurant. I met two friends for an early dinner on a Friday night. My warm roasted brussel sprout salad was excellent and the gnocchi was very tasty but a little heavy on the texture. Very friendly wait staff and an overall fun evening. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Ambience was nice--quiet. Food was pretty good (brunch). I give it four stars out of five."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Great brunch selections including various types of Eggs Benedict. I chose filet mignon Benedict, my friend chose lobster cake Benedict and my other friend had grilled salmon with eggs. All served with great breakfast potatoes and fruit. Service was very attentive and friendly but they gave us lots of space to have a leisurely brunch. For dessert we tried tiramisu which was very unique and absolutely delicious, and coconut panna cotta that was light and perfectly set off by a mango sauce. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We went on a Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. The restaurant had few customers. We were surprised as the food was delicious and the service timely. The same as when we had been there before."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We've been here several times since it's in the neighborhood. The service is really good; the food has been subpar. For one of our recent entrees, the shrimp was so undercooked it was in edible. It was taken off the bill, but otherwise we received no real acknowledgement of the problem from either the manager or the chef."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Not sure what is happening at the Bistro. We've eaten there many times over the years. The menu has more main dishes which can be problematic. The server failed to alert us about the abundant share- ability of the "abalone" appetizer. We've had abalone , not sure what ersatz meat that was, but it wasn't as billed. Biggest hint was the price-as the amount would have cost a fortune and it was moderately priced . All downhill from there, except the salad special with grapes nuts from Cal. My wife's pork had pure globs of fat on her plate, I had sand dabs overly smothered in a heavy gravy. Couldn't finish those plates"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at Montclair Bistro on Tuesday Special Steak and Fish Nite. Two of us had the t-bone steaks, which were adequarely sized and cooked just right. My wife had the salmon-halibut special. Wine was great. Chef Henri came out and did speak to a patron or two. But once again, he slighted our table. Whether intentional or not, if he speaks with one patron, he needs to speak to us all."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "...both good and not so good moments were had on this visit. We took my mother for birthday dinner with our new born baby. They were accommodating with the seating and very pleasant. It took them an extended period of time to take our order and check on us during the evening. I had to get up three times to locate a service person. The meals were mostly good, but some items left a bit to be desired, in particular the super hard bread pudding. It averaged out to a decent meal in a really nice setting. All in all, the staff was kind, but not terribly attentive (and it wasn't busy) and the food was slightly above average over all. I think it's worth a go because it's not too pricey, but just don't have high expectations."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The service was really disappointing. We made a point to make an effort with our waitress, Melissa, but it clearly didn't matter. The occasion was for my boyfriend's birthday, and the restaurant was not slammed when we were there, we thought maybe she was new, but the experience was overall a bad one. She forgot drinks, sides, then she didn't come back for a long time. We ended up asking a a different waitress and a busser for additional items and the check. They were helpful."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Service and food were both very good. Had the mushroom bisque which was divine and the New York Steak special along with the grand marnier souflee. All of the food items were lovely."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We went to the Chateau Montelena wine dinner and it was outstanding. The food was superbly paired with the wines-Chef Henry outdid himself. We plan to go to more wine dinners in the future. Great place for a nice quiet dinner any night."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Loved the salad, loved the champagne pumpkin soup. Well done on those. We loved the specialty cocktails. Wine recommendations were excellent. Had surf and turf. Something was off about the filet. Perhaps the sauce? The char on the steak? I don't know, but I would not order it again. My husband loved his lamb shank, however. The service was attentive and well-paced. All in all, we will be back. A good special occasion dinner -- I am perhaps too picky."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I had a Living Social coupon - admittedly I tend to go out more with a coupon than without. Food was great. Friends were impressed. Who knew that a restaurant in Montclair can serve up such good food? Great presentation. Restaurant was busy, so locals must know about it. Great value, too."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Everytime we go to the Montclair Bistro I'm reminded how good it is! The service was stellar, the bread was great as I expect in this area and everything we ordered was excellent and properly prepared. I do wish they had a little larger selection of entrees. The same goes for their wine by the glass selection which is pretty slim and I specifically wish they had a rose selection (not sparkling)."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Took my mom for Valentine Dinner and absolutely perfect. The food was tasty and the service was great. Very cute place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I'm usually easy going but was really upset and disappointed. My main complaint is the service. Our waiter made us feel like we were beneath him. Won't be going back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My companion and I were quite pleased with the food: it was very tasty and nicely presented. The hosts and ambience were very nice. I need to couch my opinions on the fact that the occasion was St. Valentine's Day, and I was seriously distracted by my lovely date. Since it was a special day, the restaurant had specific seatings, so the time pressure on the wait staff and kitchen was greater than one might expect on an ordinary day. We intentionally shared our dishes (filet mignon and lamb shank entrees, salads and desserts) as neither of us had dined here before, but suffice it to say that we enjoyed the Montclair Bistro enough to plan on returning soon. BTW, there is a small bar in which to relax a bit if there is a wait to be seated."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent. Bartender was not to knowledgeable on making drinks and much to slow, on an busy day like Valentine Day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014