Palazzo Restaurant
Palazzo Restaurant

Palazzo Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.palazzonj.com/
  • Phone: 9737466778
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm,

    Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 1:30pm - 9:00pm,

    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: John Giglio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: On and off-site catering is available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Palazzo offers a fresh take on skillfully prepared Italian & world cuisine. The atmosphere is stylish and sophisticated yet warm and relaxed. Whether it be graduation, birthday party, family gathering or office function, Palazzo specializes in private parties both on and off premises.
  • Private Party Contact: John or Nick 9737466778
  • Entertainment: Live jazz on Friday & Saturday evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bloomfield Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available, as is a public parking garage across the street.
A word from Palazzo Restaurant
Palazzo is an upscale Italian restaurant, using Mediterranean and carefully sourced ingredients such as octopus, whole Branzino, Ahi-tuna, Atlantic Salmon Angus beef, milk fed veal, homemade pastas and ravioli. Our delicious desserts stray from traditional Italian, but for good reason as the crème brûlée, bread pudding and tiramisu are outstanding. We also have live jazz on Fridays & Saturdays. Private parties can be accommodated on or off site.
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Palazzo Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)special occasion (19)romantic (19)fit for foodies (18)good for groups (6)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • First Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It took me a few days to find a great place to take my girlfriend on our first date. I ended up finding this restaurant and saw good reviews on it. I was looking for a romantic place, with classy music, but also live music. There are very few restaurants that take their time to hire a live musician for their restaurant. When we got there from the start one could already tell you were going to have a great night. Everybody was so friendly and welcoming, which surprised me since my date and I are both 18 so I automatically thought before that they might think we were immature to be coming to a restaurant like their's. The night was perfect, food was really good, and my date loved the whole night so overall I would say this place deserves an A
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Melv
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This truly was a pleasant experience! They had an elderly gentleman playing classic piano, live! It was a great setting and me and my girlfriend enjoyed it very much. The food was great, and our waiter, Humberto, was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldtimer
    oldtimerVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We have dined at this restaurant numerous times. The food is always very good (though the menu is limited), and the service is usually very good and professional. This time the service was extremely slow - it took 45 minutes longer than usual for our dinner. Because of our previous experiences, we will return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently very good.
    michaelVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Have been here a number of times and the menu/food is diverse and a bit varied. Would like to see more seasonal food varieties with the menu. Overall, we enjoy our meals and will continue to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing--what has changed?
    Edw123VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our latest of multiple visits to Palazzo. Previously, we always loved the food. Somehow, something has changed. The food (all of it, unfortunately) just failed to hit the mark. The appetizers and entrees failed to taste the way they "sounded" on the menu. We will probably try it again but it was sad to be so disappointed by what used to be one of our favorite restaurants.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great find
    localfoodie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The place is wonderful. Jeff our server was amazing. We had tickets to a show and he was great at helping us keep our time without it feeling rushed. The food was outstanding. Perfection. I had the feal c chop special and it was incredible. My husband had the pumpkin ravioli and my stepson had the ahi tuna. All were amazing. The entire staff were wonderful. We will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beanie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food and dining experience including the service were fine until dessert. We decided to skip dessert and coffee because of the extended delay in taking our dessert order.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before the Show
    Lanky
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went for an early dinner (before 6) the service was vey good. And, the food was delicious. My husband had the tilapia and said it was great. He even ate the mashed potatoes, which he would never eat at home. I had the pasta bolanese, which was also very good. The desserts were outstanding. Tiramisu and bread pudding. Yes, bread pudding in an Italian restaurant and it was a huge serving ( enough for 2 ). Would definitely go back and highly recommend. Worth every the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good good but service not good.
    Luv2eat45VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Booked reservations and was seated promptly. Our food was very good but the service was awful. The waiter asked if we wanted oil with our bread and never brought it, I had to get up and get my wine to refill our glasses since they were behind us due to the tables being so close together. Rather than ask if we wanted desert the menu was quickly put in front of us. I never experienced that before but know doubt the staff was told to push the desert. Also the air conditioning wasn't working and it was very uncomfortable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is our family go to restaurant. We always know that the meal and service will be excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    criticalcriticVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food quality and variety was good. Their Pollo Mattone (chicken under a brick) is great, I have it every time we go there....service is timely and unobtrusive. They have jazz piano on weekends which is a nice touch. It can be a bit crowded, tables are close, but it does not have negative effect on experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the piano
    MarksVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Live piano while you dine creates a great atmosphere and the food is good. One of my favorites in Montclair.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not great
    DanS
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    In most towns, Palazzo would be a stand out, but given the quality of the competition in Montclair it's not high on my list. Had a great salad but the entree (Veal Palazzo) was a bit tough. Service was good, and the piano on a Sat night is a nice touch.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very attractive and a pleasant surprise. The food was on par with previous reviews I had read. My Tuna was excellent, prepared in the manner I enjoy. Other than uncomfortable chairs, I would highly recommend this as a pleasant dinning experience. The hostess couldn't have been nicer and the wait staff pleasant. I would definitely look forward to coming, again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stand out in Montclair
    DK1362
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    There are numerous wonderful restaurants in Montclair. Palazzo was recommended by a local resident, so I decided to try on a recent Sunday night with friends. Loved the ambiance, comfortable and relaxed. Food is prepared fresh when you order, so some dishes take a few minutes to arrive at the table. Service was well done and the prices are reasonable given the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • When you have it
    Bill
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Second time at Palazzo. The service was excellent and most courteous Little debate about the website vs. the price fix deal no problem though. The mussels were ok but small and pricey and not PEI. The salmon was so perfect so congrates! and the risotto was perfect too. The carrot cake as good and fresh as Ivie had. This is top tier rest. that has a nice music piano background.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Lunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Awesome lunch! Food was delicious. Service was great! My sandwich was great. Grilled vegetables with goat cheese.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • gotogeezers
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food and service was excellent. The crispy duck was done just about right, and although I usually dislike the sauces that usually accompany duck because they are too sweet, the sauce was superb. It was perfectly balanced and tasted fresh, bright and citrusy. My husband enjoyed his spicey chicken dish which was flavorful and generus in portion. Wait staff was friendly, professional and attentive, enhancing the whole experience..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CindyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have been coming to this restaurant for many years. It's always been very good and the extra special thing is that they have a piano player on Saturday nights!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our second visit was just as nice
    zebra207
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had lunch at Palazzo on Saturday, July 5, 2014. This was our second visit to this restaurant, and it was every bit as enjoyable as the first. There were four people in our party, and everyone was completely happy and satisfied with our lunches. Service was efficient and very friendly. I look forward to our next visit here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    RegularsVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Palazzo continues to be our favorite Montclair restaurant. Never an off note.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 203 reviews are from the Palazzo Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Excellent food and service
    Diner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was delicious and service very attentive. The only negative was the noise but the restaurant emptied as the evening went on and the noise abated.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    happydiner
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We dine here often - always delicious. Service was off slightly this trip - our waitress seemed a little overwhelmed. Looked like an entire new wait staff, which is too bad since we had been so comfortable with the staff over the last year. Otherwise, still a great local restaurant in Montclair center.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a Special Event
    Ricardo
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    bCelebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary based only on their website and a recommendation from a reviewer of a disappointed patron of another local restaurant. Would not change anything. Palazzo's has a nice wine list, and our waiter told us next time we could bring our own if we preferred. I'm sure there will be a next time soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had a delicious dinner at Palazzo. The service and atmosphere were excellent. There was a pianist playing lovely dinner music which could have been just a little quieter for conversation purposes, but non the less very enjoyable. It was our first time there however we were treated like regular customers. It was my observation that all guests were treated that way. We will certainly be going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SimonSays
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Good food, good music and we could even enjoy conversation at the table. We will surely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Italian Fare
    ShudainVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This was a relatively decent place to dine. They were very good at accommodating and providing a much longer list of menu to choose from since we had dietary restrictions (1 person gluten free and other vegetarian). The wild mushroom risotto was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • oldtimer
    oldtimerVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Very nice menu and always specials for the day. Service is very attentive and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Palazzo has always been one of our favorite restaurants in Montclair. John is a fabulous chef who will make just about anything (and make it great!). You can't go wrong at Palazzo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    susan
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Went here with two other couples. We were seated immediately. Service was great and the food was wonderful. The night we were there, surprised to find music provided by two older gentlemen, one on the piano accompanied by another on clarinet. The decor reminded us of a throwback to our parents generation and this music solidified it. It was charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Emthefoodie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great food! Delicious bolognese sauce with rigatoni.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A regular visit
    RegularsVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Having been going to Palazzo for years. Never disappointed. Even with a Mother's Day crowd everything went flawlessly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magnificent Mother's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The team at Palazzo made our Mother's Day memorable in every way. The staff was attentive, flexible and fantastic. The food was excellent. The veal chop that was succulent and beautifully presented. The pasta dishes were prepared al dente with the perfect covering of sauce to pasta ratio. The chef even prepared a special pasta dish that was not on the menu to accommodate a food preference. This neighborhood beauty is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Delight
    SATISFIEDCUSTOMER
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We booked reservations for dinner with my daughter and family for the 1st time at Palazzo, but it will definitely not be our last!!!! The service, and food was excellent. Very friendly staff and owner....Would highly recommend!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite in montclair
    SeafoodguyVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    After many visits offer the years, the food and service never disappoint. The duck sausage appetizer is a must. For entrees, don't even ope the menu, just pick a special. Can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dont bother
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Second time there (wanted to give it a chance) mistake. We joked upon arrival that the kitchen shouldn't be backed up tonite because that is what we weere told the first time and the place was half empty this night. You guessed it, was told the same thing and waited forever to be served average food. Go elsewhere
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible Service
    Ny217
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food is average but the service made the whole experience horrible. It took over 15 minutes to get water which we had to ask for twice. The server never told us the specials. Everything was so slow. After our dinner plates were taken it took abou 30 minutes plus we had to ask for the dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Disappointing
    janetbVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This used to be one of our go-to restaurants, and we realized we hadn't been in a while so were excited to take our friends there. The restaurant was packed. We were seated promptly, our wine opened, then our waitress didn't approach us again for 30 minutes. Got bread after 45 minutes, salads after more than an hour. Two orders came out wrong, although we kept them b/c again, the waitress was nowhere in sight. They really pack in the tables here and there just was not enough staff. As we were leaving, the manager came to our table and handed us gift certificates for a future visit. "For our inconvenience" was all he said, and walked away. Seems like they have those cards printed for just this reason. Would have liked him to come by earlier.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    LetseatVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    My husband and I have eaten at this restaurant many times. It's always consistently good. Perfect dinner before going to Montclair Film Festival.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first visit here was fabulous!
    zebra207
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I went here for the first time on April 29, 2014, for a birthday celebration lunch attended by four people. I can't say enough nice things about Palazzo. Everyone was very helpful and accommodating. The menu has something for everyone, and every one of the dishes that we ordered was exceptional. For dessert, we shared the bread pudding (with whipped cream); my goodness, how decadent and not overly sweet. This restaurant has been in Montclair for awhile. I can't believe it's taken me years to finally get around to trying it. I shouldn't have waited so long.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.