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About Bistro 18

Driven by our passion for food …

Found in the heart of Montclair, Bistro 18 offers extraordinary food (organic meat, wild fish and house-made pasta) with fresh seasonal flavors, remarkable taste & interesting textures as we adapt classic recipes for contemporary times and create new exciting ones.

Offering a neighborhood bistro atmosphere …

We seek to provide you with an unique experience of a charming and friendly restaurant with old world service and knowledgeable staff.

Please join us in our atrium or two main dining rooms.

18 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10pm. Sunday: 4pm-9pm

Cross Street:
Bloomfield Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 233-0800

Website:
http://www.bistro18nj.com/

Parking Details:
City parking lot across the street from Bistro 18 & next to Bangz, City parking garage located behind Bistro 18, Street parking available.

Executive Chef:
JOEL

Private Party Facilities:
Bistro 18 welcomes your private events. Whether hosting a business meeting of 10 people or a special party up to 60 people, Bistro 18 offers special menus and a trendy environment.

Seating is available in the main dining room and in the atrium. You can book the entire restaurant, using both the areas for a sit down dinner or use the atrium for walk around appetizers with a full sit down dinner in the main dinning room.

Private Party Contact:
Oscar : (973) 233-0800

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bistro 18 Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Cozy (8)
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Good for Birthdays (7)
Casual (7)
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Fit for Foodies (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Business Meals (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Entree and dessert were good, but the appetizer was not and was hugely over-priced in the bargain. Though the service was very attentive on first being seated, the place is so understaffed that everything - from receiving water and bread, to having our orders taken, to delivery of all 3 portions, to paying the check - took forever. A simple before-the-movie meal that could have been accomplished in an hour or so, took nearly two hours and almost got us to our show late. That might have been understandable had they been crowded, but there were several open tables in our room.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Great, interesting options. Flexible in letting us order starters and salads. Special requests were not a problem. Choices run the gamut from fish, pasta, chicken, vegetarian, everything. And the desserts were fabulous.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 2 days ago

The food was very good however the service was uneven. We waited a long time to receive appetizers and the soup was served after we received our entrées

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Great dinner with friends. Sat on the heated porch. Food and service very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good food ! The service was a little slow . But the staff was very nice .

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had been there before but this was terrible. Had to ask waiter after 15 min to take our order, then we were told they ran out of the appetizer. After about 40 minutes waiter said entrees would be right out. Waiter disappeared, 15 more minutes and had to ask manager about food. Eventually it came and it was just ok. Kitchen was backed up all night. I get having an off night, but this was inexcusable.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great pear salad and loved the shrimp with mushroom appetizer. Waiter was especially helpful-can't wait to go back!

Tags: Casual, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Total disappointment We got there early. Waiter was kind of rushing even though there was nobody. Definitely Would not recommend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

One of our 3-4 favorites in Montclair. Went Sat night for 7:30 reservation and it was the busiest we have ever seen it, but service was still very good and professional! Always great menu choices and consistent quality !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always an enjoyable experience

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This is an excellent restaurant with great service. The food was delicious and the dessert was beautiful and delicious. The fish was perfectly prepared and plated. The eggplant napoleon even when sent back was still not sufficiently cooked for the eggplant and cheese to be soft. We would still very happily go to this restaurant regulary.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

WE were four guests and the table we were given, though lovely, was in a very noisy spot. We asked to be moved to a less noisy table. Both wait staff and manager could not have been more gracious or accommodating. It made a huge difference in our enjoyment of the evening. The food is always reliable, wait service always very good, same waiters for many years who take the measure of the table and act accordingly, not a feeling of being rushed. The young manager is very gracious and eager to please.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Friendly service and very tasty food. interesting menu choices. Specials were printed out rather then being verbaly presented by server

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Always reliable ...never had a bad meal here always delicious

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Always a great meal. We have vegetarians, pescatarians and gluten-free diners in our group and always find excellent choices for all. Delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

great service, delicious food, right price. Very friendly

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

LOVE Bistro 18. Hold such a special place on our hearts. The site of our first date. Such an amazing restaurant. We love it!

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·Dined on August 15, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food and service. This is the place that I will certainly visit again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food and service were excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Attentive, friendly service from the moment I walked in...delicious appetizers and entrees coupled with comfortable atmosphere. Had the special chilled avocado soup with lump crab meat -- would have had seconds if they offered it! Mushroom risotto was perfectly cooked and the tuna tartare was fresh and abundant. Arugula salad was fresh and tasty. Generous portions. BYOB or order from the local wine shop (they deliver)! Maitre' D was very attentive. Will return!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Nice people. The stuffed flounder was undercooked and I had to send it back. They charged me full price for it until I expressed my concern and then they discounted it. It was absolutely delicious and the presentation was extraordinary. I will go back. No one's perfect and, like I said, they really are nice people.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Service was attentive & friendly. The appetizer, tuna tartare with avocado & cucumber was ample, fresh & delicious. I had the Berkshire pork chops, which were perfectly cooked. My wife had the mixed seafood which she asked to be put over Bok Choy rather than pasta. They were happy to modify to our requests.
We haven't been here in awhile & are really glad to be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Right around from the parking deck ( $1 per hour !) this is a convenient spot and we really enjoyed the food. Service was attentive but it was also quiet ( Friday).

Surprised it's not busy given the food quality

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

One of our regular places for dinner. Food/menu never disappoints. Just wish the staff was more personable/friendly! Always so dour/serious.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Very creative eclectic food. Attentive service. Remains a standard in Montclair.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Interesting and inventive menu

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Food and service are always outstanding. Menu always has daily specials.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We were there for mother's day so this is not the norm probably, but the wait staff was in a little over their heads. We waited quite a while for our food. Some people really liked their dishes, mine was ok - pasta seafood, a little overcooked. But again, not a normal day so I would go back. The ambiance is very nice and festive!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was excellent, prices were fair. Service was a bit slow but it was Mother's Day, so that's understood. We sat in the patio area which was lovely.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I've been here on multiple occasions and will definitely return. The food is high quality and well prepared. The service is excellent with a very attentive staff. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, People Watching, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Consistently good food, nice staff and comfortable setting. Always happy to recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great Spot! Great Food! Always has nice specials to choose from.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

A nice quiet dinner with friends on a slow night (a stormy Tuesday night) - we had one of the rooms to ourselves and it was easy to talk and relax. The service was not rushed at all. The only issue was that the bill was hand tallied and added up incorrectly (by $30 or 20% of the correct bill amount). Thankfully, my friend checked the bill and we got it corrected. It might have been an innocent mistake (and we did leave a generous tip on the correct amount), but that should not happen - the bill should have been computer generated.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

I liked Bistro 18. I wasn't hugely impressed but it was all very good. It was a very quiet night so we were one of only 3 tables there but the service was spot on, the food was nice and it was an enjoyable evening. Did it knock my socks off? No, but it was a good place. I had the tuna tartare appetizer which was well done, nice fresh tuna with avocado. Very refreshing. I also had the duck breast which was a little overdone for me since I ordered it rare, it was more medium but it tasted good. Veg that came with it was boring and the brussel sprouts were overcooked but again, it all tasted good. My husband had the pasta dish which he enjoyed. He said the pasta was very fresh and well cooked. It was a very nice evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Nice atmosphere, quiet enough to converse, good, attentive service, a bit pricey for what it was, but altogether a nice experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2017

All the food was excellent but the service was too fast. The main course was served immediately after the appetizers were cleared. We needed some time in between the courses!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Visiting NJ and met friends there for dinner! Had such a wonderful time there that when another group of friends suggested dinner, we suggested Bistro 18!! Had another very tasty meal and good time with friends!
Wait staff is friendly and very efficient!! Will definitely go there again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2017

I have been a frequent customer at this restaurant for years. The absolute best service and attentiveness has been frequently on point. I'm an ultimate fan.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 20, 2017

This is truly a neighborhood gem and worth the drive too. The standard menu has a good variety of choices for the meat eater as well as vegetarian and the daily specials offer good options. The salads are creative as are the main courses. My husband and fellow diner at our table both had the sesame crusted salmon served with bok choy. I chose duck served with brussel sprouts and sweet potato.
The service is attentive, but not intrusive.
This is a go to favorite for us in Montclair.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great place to dine with friends. Great ambiance and good for conversation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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