I love the location of this
I love the location of this restaurant in the old train station! The food was excellent (especially the hanger steak) and our waitress was very nice and attentive. We went on a saturday night and as it got busier the waitress seemed a little overwhelmed. They're also still working out the kinks as they've only been open a month. The only negatives were that it did get quite noisy and there are 4 tables for 2 really close to the entrance. We were seated at one and it's kind of chilly over there and also secluded from the main restaurant area
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were glad we were there
We were glad we were there early, because it got very noisy. Our dinners were excellent, our waitress (Ashley) was wonderful. The change of reservation was graciously handled, and we were warmly greeted. We thought the place was beautiful and we would definitely recommend it and would go again.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
I live 15 miles away and went
I live 15 miles away and went to check out the new place for dinner. It's fun, friendly and lively-- without being overwhelming. The service is great-- attentive and knowledgeable. We had a dinner of four appetizers because it was too hard to choose just two-- and we weren't disappointed ! Going back again next week... worth the drive. Wish it were in my neighborhood...
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
12 West - Fantastic!
I must admit, I was overwhelmed by how loud it was when we walked in - however, once we got to our table, the noise level seemed less. The service was attentive, albeit a little slow (think they are still working out some kinks). I had the risotto when was delicious, and the portion size was generous. Definitely will be back
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Too Noisy for Good Food
The restaurant is beautiful...all earth tones done in a very contemporary look and feel. The recommended seafood quesadilla was a disappointment. Greasy, undercooked on 2 of the 4 pieces and over crisp on the other 2. The Caesar Salad was terrific with very crisp, fresh Romaine, lightly dressed yet flavorful and the most delicious roasted cherry tomatoes. Highly recommend this salad. It was medium-sized so we shared it and each had our own personal pizza. The special pizza was clam with sausage and those delicious tomatoes again. The Quatre Frommagio had cartelized onions that were deep brown, soft and sweet. They were a great addition to the pizza. The only reason 12 West didn't get 5 stars was the noise level.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Place is pretty noisy and
Place is pretty noisy and service is erratic. Food is good and ambiance is pleasant.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
great restaurant but they
great restaurant but they need to do something about parking - I got ticket for parking in the train lot
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
This new restaurant is a welcome
This new restaurant is a welcome addition to Montclair's food scene. This is the best restaurant ever to open at this train station. I had the duck that was delicious. My friends ordered the salmon, the tuna and the pasta bolognese, everyone cleaned their plates. The place was pretty full for a Thursday night.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
It just keeps getting better!
We have been to 12 West 6-7 times since it opened and the food is consistently excellent. We have tried many of the entree's on the menu and so far the Ginger-Soy Lacquered Chilean Sea Bass, grilled hanger steak and the Diver Scallops and Prawns are our favorites. The nightly specials are quite good too. The restaurant is always busy so be sure to make a reservation early. That said the managers do an excellent job of managing the flow so you don't have to wait for your table since they don't seem to overbook reservations. 12 West has a full bar that seems to be the new in place to be. The decor is trendy and they even have a communal table set up in the middle near the bar for those who would like to dine with new friends. Wonderful!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great menu, great food, portions
Great menu, great food, portions just right. great addition to the Montclair eating scene.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
From any direction, 12 West is a go
I had one of the very best fish dishes I've ever had in my whole entire life! It was a special - snapper seasoned and cooked to perfection. It was on a bed of risotto with calamari and crawfish. While the sauce had a nip to it, it was spot on - not too spicy, but with lots of personality and flavor. The beet and goat cheese salad was delicious. Our server was professional and personable; just the right combination of attentive, friendly.
My only issue was the noise. It does get very loud.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent restaurant for lunch...qu
Excellent restaurant for lunch...quiet....good service...nice ambiance
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
food and service was very
food and service was very good. interesting watching trains arrive and depart next to restaurant.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Restaurant, Great Spot
12 West has excellent food and great service, at an interesting location--just off the park, off of Park St. in a converted train station, with a cool vibe--good bar, nice aesthetics. A destination location. A great place for friends or family.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went on a Saturday night. Very loud, but we still had a nice time. Food was really good and they have a very good and very fair priced wine list. I guess my only complaint about the food was the bread. It seems like the just took store bought potato rolls and cut them in half. But...the olive oil dip served with the rolls was really tasty. I had the skillet seared duck breast...nice.
Would definitely go back , but not on a Saturday
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
So happy to see a restaurant
So happy to see a restaurant of tis calibur in Upper Montclair !.... and by a native....I think it will be even more successful.
THe Bloody "Jerry" was excellent!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good choice for brunch/lunch
We went to 12 West on the recommendation of a friend who lives in the area. It was definitely a good recommendation. We both enjoyed our meals, the wine list by-the-glass has some decent choices and the Bloody Mary my date had was very good --- and very horseradishy!! The noise level can be a little uncomfortable - there's nothing but wood and metal in the restaurant, so there's nothing to absorb sound. Other than that we enjoyed the lunch and will definitely consider returning to 12 West for another meal the next time we're in the Montclair area.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very enjoyable & delicious
Very enjoyable & delicious food! Drinks good !! Nice ambiance,.,nice size portions too.
We will definitely be back !
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Change for the better
My husband and I had a great dinner at 12 West. The food was excellent, the service was friendly, attentive and not rushed. It is a bit noisy. Overall a big improvement from the restaurant that was in this location prior to 12 West.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Service
Went to 12 West for the first time for girls nite out. We usually gather once a month for dinner and drinks. Had an amazing time. The place was very trendy and modern without being too stuffy. The food was unique without being too froufrou. Our waiter, Anthony was very helpful and courteous. Very happy and will def return!
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Appetizers were great, drinks
Appetizers were great, drinks were strong, dessert a little too sweet.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food great time.
We met friends who drove down from Bergan County. The food was great we were able to talk and ordered a nice bottle of wine. All in all it was a great place to meet and a nice time. The soft shell crab and short ribs were the hit appetizers. I would deffinately recommend them.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at 12 West ... always good
I have lost count of the number of times we have dined at 12 West. It is especially good at dinner. The wait staff is attentive, the menu varied and the food is very good. I enjoy the malbec on their wine list. The prices are reasonable and the noise level quite manageable. We've been for lunch and it was good as well, though the brunch menu was light on selection and disappointing. Service for brunch was not up to par. Go for dinner. You won't regret it.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for night out w/friends
Picked this restaurant for a girls night out with 3 girlfriends who had never been. Had a great time. Staff was attentive but not rushing at all. Food and drinks were great.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service was excellent! The only reason I have it 4 stars is because the drinks were pricey. I don't expect to pay $12 and up for a drink unless I'm in Manhattan.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the Duck and it was
I had the Duck and it was perfect ! The staff was very accommodating.
It's fun watching the trains go by too . The space has really been transformed since
the last restaurant -nice bar area too.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Train Station Eats
The food was amazing. Everyone at the table enjoyed it. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. I suggest the lamb.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best casual neighborhood spot
Nicest waiter - best service - love my beet salad - get it everytime- and great salmon!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid menu with friendly service
We tried 12 West based on a review in New Jersey monthly. We were not disappointed. The main dishes were very good and desserts were spectacular. Make a reservation and enjoy.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was exquisite. I am quoting my wife who is picky, fussy and stingy with food praise because she is a gourmet cook. The food was cooked perfectly including my scallops which were correctly seared on the outside and translucent within. There were pairings of flavors that were unexpected but wonderful (cilantro rice, lemongrass with lime panna-cotta). Prices were moderate with appetizers around $12 and entrees at $25. The service was pleasant, knowledgeable and efficient.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been to 12West before and the food keeps getting better. Noise level is still an issue, but if you get there early enough it's not so bad. Will definitely go back.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
FINALLY A NICE RESTAURANT AT THE UPPER MONTCLAIR TRAIN STATION - FOOD EXCELLENT FROM REASONABLY PRICED WINE SELECTION TO DIVERSE AMERICAN CUISINE MENU WITH NICE SIZE PORTIONS.
WOULD DEFINTIELY RECOMMEND AND GO BACK
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
a little bit of awesome
Very happy with my dinner here. The place is lively and busy, but my reservation for 7 pm was quickly honored. Both service and food was very good. Having been disappointed at a "premium" restaurant in Ogunquit Maine recently, it is reaffirming to know that good quality and timely service can be found at a restaurant which isn't trying to be pretentious. Good job, 12 West.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my husband's and I first time at this restaurant and we decided to try it with our friends. It was a great dinner. Our friends and I could not say enough positive things. The atmosphere is cozy, the staff are very friendly and helpful, the bar is great along with the bartenders, seating is comfortable and the food is absolutely delicious.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
keeps getting better
This place is continually improving. My dinner this last visit was simply outstanding. Kudos to the chef and manager. Really imaginative preparation topped by great service.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice morning brunch
We had 14 people descend on 12 West for brunch and they managed the order quite well. Only disappointment was that the coffee wasn't hot enough. Food was very good and they certainly did their best for such a large group!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good but Too loud
Food is amazing but the noise level was too much to really enjoy the experience. Will have to seriously think about the noise level before coming back.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
By the Tracks
Not very busy for lunch but should be. I assume most of their business is after work since that are located literally by the commuter train tracks. Still we didn't find the trains annoying. Food good. Service accommodating
Would go back
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
A neighborhood gem
it was very pleasant there on a quiet Monday night - the menu is creative, the food was excellent and the servers very competent. With a very convenient location for us we will be back!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pricey, but nice Montclair spot
Food is really good, and service is decent. For the price ($180 for two people for dinner with 2 drinks each), I won't go very often. A similarly priced dinner in NYC comes with more.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Greatly appreciated a wonderful meal on a cold cold night. Special thanks to Christopher who sets a standard for great attentive service.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM