The new decor is lovely. The food overall was good, however, my portion of king salmon was very small. While the waiter was very nice he did not know the menu or how the food was prepared.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fascino delivers consistent
Fascino delivers consistent and unique dishes, expertely prepared by Chef Ryan. The tasting menu is a great value as it affords the diner to sample a little bit of everything when you want to order everything on the menu!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The "New" Fascino
The updated look suits the restaurant perfectly. It has a more sophisticated look and the revised menu has some great features such as the items that can be shared.
The new dishes that we tried all were up to our expectations. Can't wait to return!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
It delivers a first class dining experience without pretense. The difference between good and outstanding, in all categories, is obvious. It is no coincidence that New Jersey Monthly has designated among the top restaurants in the State year after year.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a nice experience at
Always a nice experience at Fascino, entrees a little overpriced for size of portions.
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Back and better than ever!
Just went to Fascino post recent renovation and new menu - it was fantastic!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
this was the firs time to eat at Fascino with their new menu and renovation. Everything was exquisite from the service and decor to the food. Portions were perfect as most of the entrees could be half. Flavors melded perfected in each dish, pasta cooked to perfection. We will difinately return.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent restaurant ; good quality food, well prepared and presented. Convenient location.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Flavorful, Fabulous Fascino!!
Updated decor and new menu are wonderful additions to a great dining experience! First rate hospitality and service always makes us feel welcomed and appreciated. The new tasting menu has many delectable and inviting options so you can always change it up and try something innovative and exciting! We will be back again soon as we thoroughly enjoy Fascino time and time again!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good, service attentive. Nice decor. I will go back.
Reasonable prices given high quality.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a First Rate Experience!
The diner here can count on excellent,imaginative food being well-served in a pleasant ambience at reasonable prices,an excellent dining experience.
8/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
NO better food in the Northeast
NO better food in the Northeast US than found right here. ALWAYS a fine dining experience enhanced by the BYO feature. Do the Tasting Menu and be entertained and wowed by Chef Ryan's creations. The worst thing about the place is choosing which of the offerings you want. Go with a group and plan a lot of tasting.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been living in Montclair for many years and never had dined at Fascino until last Saturday. I'm certainly glad that I did because Fascino is an elegant, dining gem! The food is fantastic, service is courteous, and the overall ambience is respectful. My family and I loved the experience! We felt relaxed and really could enjoy our meal without being rushed. I particularly enjoyed the Octopus Salad as an appetizer - that was a meal in itself! We will definitely return again in the future!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time we visited after years of hearing about it. Our experience couldn't have been better. 4 of us for dinner we tried 5 appetizers, four different dinners and 3 desserts. We all shared and there was nothing left. We were told that they had just redecorated after many years and it showed. A very comfortable, warm atmosphere. The service was perfect. Can't wait to go back.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
everything we ordered was fantastic; unfortunately we didn't have room for dessert... maybe next time!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasting Menus worth every morsel
]We had the delightful tasting menu the other evening. Two of us had the full corse tasting menu & one of us had the vegetarian tasting menu which has fewer courses, but a great choice for both vegetarian an non-veggies. Some highlights- a fresh pea soup served cold, a shrimp stuffed zucchini flower, razor thin scallops crudo with duck proscuitto, veal ravioli, grilled octopus, and the desserts were equally varied and amazing.
the service was impeccable without being the least bit pretentious.
Cant' wait to go back !
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fascino is one of my favorite
Fascino is one of my favorite restaurants, and hands down one of the best in Northern NJ. The veal ravioli is probably the best ravioli I have ever had (so glad it's a menu staple now), and the scallops were also probably the best I've ever had. The bone marrow crusted flat iron steak was phenomenal as well. You really just can't go wrong here.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed our first visit
Really enjoyed our first visit - we will be back! Friendly staff and management and very tasty food.
9/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Glad we finally went!
Outstanding food that made our palates tingle. We will be back again and again.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
a wonbderful anniversary dinner
Fascino is always wonderful but celebrating our anniversary at such a special place was just perfect. Ryan and his staff treated us to a meal and an experience we will cherish. We had the tasting menu and enjoyed each course thoroughly. Words cannot do justice. Highly recommended for special occasions, although it's a treat for just a night out with friends. Fascino never disappoints.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is amazing at Fascino and the service is caring without being intrusive. Great place to go as a couple or with another couple. Love it!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant. Newly re-decorated - the place looks modern and chic. The food never disappoints. The tasting menu is awesome. Can't wait to go back.
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Long delay for main course
Long delay for main course to arrive. Mgr offered free dessert during our next visit.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had the tasting menu. Food was excellent. Cooked to perfection. Service was excellent. They didn't rush you. Everything spaced out just right.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere and exciting food choices. Very elegant food presentation and tasty. Great new cuisine restaurant.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent, ambience
Food was excellent, ambience was nice, and noise level was very low.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Except for the time the waiter
Except for the time the waiter asked me if I wanted more wine, I said yes and he withdrew without pouring me any, service was good. We got a smile out of that mixup. Steak was a little chewy, but otherwise food was grand. Pleasant and yummy evening.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fascino Lives Up to the Hype
There's much to like here. The cool, relaxed, and adult feeling all around. The first rate food, and the caring service. We both had the tasting menu. Definitely the way to go. We look forward to a return visit.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food selection was creative and delicious. The service was excellent. My wife and I went out to dinner here together and were very happy with our dinner. I don't understand why there are any poor reviews for this restaurant. Fascino came highly recommended to us from friends and family- whom all take pride in being foodies themselves. This was one of the best dinners we had and we will return.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food,Nicely Served
This fine restaurant is truly a treat in which the customer is well fed,beautifully served in a very pleasant room.
10/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was the highlight of our celebratory evening. All of the dishes that we ordered were the best we had ever tasted anywhere. I think that anyone who has not yet tried Fascino must put it on their list.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptional Food for a BYOB
Chef Ryan DePersio is getting it right. !
Great dinner with attentive service. The food was outstanding. Per La Tavola was a special Salmon Tartare antipasti, very flavorful and just enough for two. Followed by a pasta course of tuffle scented rigatoni, forest mushroom ragu, with castelmagno cheese, delicious.
My entrée was “tuscan cacciucco”,, caramelized fennel, in a spicy tomato broth and my dinner companion had marsala glazed duck breast, swiss chard, cippolini & sweet potato fingerlings. We accompanied with Gattinara from the Travaglini Vineyard which complemented the meal nicely with 100% Nebbiolo grape from Piedmont, Italy
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Culinary Delight
Just go an enjoy. There isn't a restaurant/chef around who can balance his ingredients with an Italian nouveau twist.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly fine dining
Our absolute favorite not only in Montclair but also in NJ. This was out first visit with the new menu. We shared a squid ink bucatini with crab in a light tomato broth to start- excellent with clear flavors shining through. I had the cod on a bed of white beans. It was one of the best cod dishes I've had. My husband had the prosciutto wrapped Bronzino on a black couscous? It was tasty but the prosciutto overwhelmed the flavor of the fish. For dessert we shared an apple crostata and a few of the gelatos. I loved the pumpkin for its delicacy and the crostata was perfect. We will be back soon!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
OMG..believe the hype!
We were impressed from the moment the salad hit the table. So fresh! Pastas delicious and short rib ravioli especially tasty. We will be back sooner than later.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice Dining Experience
Visited Fascino with 4 colleagues for a business dinner. Reserved a table solely on the number of reviews and recommendations from numerous diners. Certainly my group was not disappointed and I would agree with the majority and confirm it is clearly a Top establishment. We each had a variety of items from the entire menu. I personally started with the truffle scented rigatoni as an appetizer and then the salmon as the main course. Both were prepared with excellence as well as a fine presentation. The parmigiano spaetzle and sautéed broccoli rabe also added a nice compliment to our meals. The preparation was really on point and the service friendly and attentive. Will definitely re-visit with my wife and friends very soon.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have driven by this restaurant a number of times but never noticed it because the sign is easy to miss. Found the restaurant on Open Table while searching for a venue to dine with work colleagues in the area from Vancouver. Throughout the evening we kept saying it was no wonder Fascino has 2 Open Table accolades of 'Best Overall restaurant' and 'Best Food'. There were a variety of dishes, each infused with incredible flavor. The restaurant is BYO which I didn't mind. Had a bottle of Apothic Red with the chicken, one colleague had it with duck and he is still emailing that his meal was #BDE (best duck ever). And our waiter Mike was amazing! Very attentive & knowledgeable about the menu which came in handy when asked for menu suggestions.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for special event
I take my wife here when I want to give her a special night out. She is mostly vegetarian and lives their vegetarian tasting menue.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food at Fascino was delicious. All four of us thought all the appetizers and meals were fantastic.
The staff was nice, attentive and knowledgable. Simple but elegant decor makes for a nice ambiance.
The short ribs and panchetta fries are out of this world. I highly recommend it.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Liked the restaurant a lot.
Liked the restaurant a lot. Food was delicious. My only reason for not giving 5 stars was an issue with an appetizer. A sushi type roll that was not prepared correctly. They did not trim the sinew tissue on the fish which made it stringy. Not a health issue but a quality issue. However all other appetizers and mains were awesome and service was excellent.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went to the Italian restaurant Fascino on saturday for a Birthday Dinner. I came with my GF, but more of my party came later. The staff was very accommodating to the awkward arrival times of my party. The ambiance was very intimate, somewhat upscale, but still causal.
The menu was lean, but had enough choices for conservative & adventurous diners. My GF and I got the tasting options for all the courses. This allowed us to get a lot of what the menu had to offer. Food came out a little slow, however all the food came out HOT and GOOD. From the tuna tartar to the bread pudding, every course was cooked and seasoned perfectly.
Several owners came around, and met with their guests. Overall a really good dining experience. I would recommend it.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sampled it, Loved it
My friend and I had dinner at Fascino and loved it. We ordered five different items from the appetizer menu so we had a nice sampling. I highly recommend the ricotta gnocchi which were so light and delicious, I was tempted to place another order. Also be sure to try the crab cake which was amazing, and the very fresh oysters. Very friendly staff. Plus it's BYOB! Parking can be tough in Montclair but when all else fails there is a (pricey) lot in the back.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Warm & inviting with amazing food!
We went to Fascino to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food was outstanding! I couldn't make up my mind and was delighted to see the option of a tasting menu that could be custom tailored. I was able to get small sized portions of everything that I wanted - oysters, squash soup, braised short rib ravioli and pignoli crusted cod - and enjoyed every bite! My husband had the crab cake and same ravioli as me, and loved it. The waiter knew it was his birthday, so they served his gelato dessert with a candle, but didn't sing which was perfect. They even gave him a birthday card!
We love this place and come here to celebrate special occasions. You won't be disappointed!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
great care in presentation
Fascino is best described as a high end Italian style restaurant. Montclair has a vibrant restaurant scene so there's a lot of competition but I must say that Fascino's hold its own. The restaurant staff is very proprofessional and they take their time to explain all of the dishes clearly it is a little bit pricey, but you save in that you can bring your own wine. Overall this restaurant is to be considered a treat
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Buzz worthy for sure, "new" italian
Food was delicious. Mussels were perfectly prepared.
Homemade pastas were on point as well.
Duck breast cooked to a perfect R to MR.
BYO, but if you forget, a local spot can connect you quickly with a bottle.
Nice "occasion" spot - took the wife for a b-day, which I mentioned in my Open Table reservation prior.
They brought her out a small complimentary dessert with a candle, which was very nice, service wise.
The waiter was well informed and knew the menu. Because he handles quite a few tables in the general area, guests overhear the "menu spiel" a few bonus times.
Overall a very nice time, we will be back.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lived up to reviews I read
I was looking for a place to have dinner with two business colleagues who were staying in the area. I had previously read very good reviews of Fascino and decided to try it. We were not disappointed. The sweet potato gnocchi appetizer was fantastic - light and fluffy. No belly bombers here. All of us loved our entrees. The staff were very friendly and attentive without being annoying. I will definitely be back with my husband.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Visited the rest. After its
Visited the rest. After its renovation and find the ambiance warm cozy and modern. Nice job. Food well thought out and menu offered variety and portion sizes. Food was well presented and tasting menu allowed us to try the kitchens hand at 8 different dishes all were very tasty. Could have been a bit well paced, a bit long in between cours
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent new Italian
You have to go. An Italian place that doesn't stick to the classics, with great execution and flavors. A few interesting appetizers, very good mains.... and then the pasta. Oh, the pasta. Had 2 of them and there were maybe 4 more I want to come back and try. Squid-ink bucatini and blue crab amatriciana fantastic. Papardelle with braised duck sugo also wonderful. And then dessert, which I don't often get to. Had the special banana cake and it was amazing. Service was also excellent, very relaxed, but attentive. Highly, highly recommend.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Food -a BYOB restaurant
We were seated right away upon our arrival on Thursday evening. Overall good food, slow service , slightly pricey for this type of upscale Italian restaurant. We had Squash soup and a seafood based soup. For our main courses, had Bronzini fish and short rib filled ravioli. All. Dishes were well prepared and well seasoned with good plating. Our desert Molten chocolate cake with Hazelnut gelato were to die for!
Will definitely return and highly recommend.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM