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Bistro 18

4.3
426 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(973) 233-0800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
JOEL
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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.
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Private party contact
Oscar : (973) 233-0800
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bloomfield Ave.
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Parking details
City parking lot across the street from Bistro 18 & next to Bangz, City parking garage located behind Bistro 18, Street parking available.
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 426 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.0
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4.1
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food is always good. Service is good and everyone is friendly and helpful.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Good, not great. Duck breast over cooked. Osso bucco very good but pasta over cooked. Lamb very good. Quesadilla excellent.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Enjoyed a long late lunch with a large group. A couple people arrived late, and we lingered for some time, but we never felt rushed. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Food was very good. Reasonably priced. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The glass enclosed outer dining area was lovely. We shared a delicious charred pear salad, which was just right for two. Our salmon was cooked to perfection, and our waiter was the ideal balance of attentiveness and graciousness.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First time here. Sat in the glassed-in area in the front of the restaurant and watched the many people out and about on a lovely Saturday evening in Montclair. Had the Chicken Gumbo soup special, very fresh and flavorful. Homemade pasta with seafood in a spicy red sauce was excellent, as was my husband's fish dish. Managed to save room to share the flourless chocolate cake with fresh fruit and vanilla ice cream. Could have licked the plate!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great place ! Will definitely return with friends

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Party of 9 celebrated Easter there. Lunchtime, but used the dinner menu because it was Easter. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent!!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

A shame they were empty. Very much worth the visit. Enjoyable staff nice food and comfy. Well worth it. My girlfriend loves to chat so they were more than happy to indulge it was great. Happy birthday to her ^.^

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

What a terrible experience. Granted, it was a very loud and crowded evening. The wait staff could not keep up with the service. Once we got our food, one and a half hours late, it was bland and tasted like we were on a cruise ship.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Not our best experience at Bistro 18. Food and especially the service were not what we experienced in the past there. Had to ask twice for both butter and pepper for example. Might have been because of where they seated us, in a far, far, away corner of the restaurant.
They need better hands on management! Servers are always the same, usually quite efficient but not very friendly/personable, but host/hostess/mgm't different every time there. Where is the owner????

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The six of us had a great time and great food at Bistro 18. Saturday night we sat on the porch. I only have one problem with it.... it was soooo noisy.
We all loved our food and we had excellent service but we were screaming by 7:30. We went at 6:15 and it was so nice until it filled in with people. Go on a weekday. It’s not so loud. 😊

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Consistently excellent food and service! Potato-crusted red snapper a must!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Some of our group was happy with their experience and some were not as happy with their food selections.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Very nice experience
Good food and service
We will be back

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was good not spectacular. Service was okay. Room very noisy. Practical prices. Best was appetizer- seafood enchilada, and mussels. Steak and red snapper was good but not very tasty. BYOB.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

First time here. Food was excellent. Service and staff friendly and attentive. Will be going baxk

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Bistro 18 was a very nice place to meet up with our small group (6) of friends for a date night away from our kiddos. Reservation was obviously easy through OpenTable, and we were seated immediately, which isn't always the case even with a reservation. Service was good, waiter had a great wit and cracked a few jokes while we were being indecisive, nice to have someone like that! Food was good, while a bit unspectacular, but everything was prepared as ordered, and deserts were excellent. Would certainly go there again.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Loved the selection. Everything was great. Can’t wait to go back

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

A snowy night and an 8:45pm post-movie reservation. Overall food was prepared well. The escargot fra diablo could have been hotter (temperature; the spice was spot on), so I was concerned for future dishes. The pumpkin squash ravioli was perfectly portioned and caramelized walnuts a perfect complement. Hanger steak entree adequate, and seafood medley perfect and well presented. For a slow night due to weather, i think the staff was anxious to leave, but ambience and overall experience pleasant

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

awesome as always! Bistro 18 has become a staple for us!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

It was our first time here and overall we enjoyed the evening and the food was very good. The atmosphere was just OK, and we ended up with an acceptable table after I rejected the first two--one right by the door on a very cold night; the second right outside the bathroom bathed in fluorescents, despite the fact the the restaurant was practically empty. The waiter was efficient but not overly friendly, which was OK, but didn't enhance the experience at all. Overall, a good meal for an everyday night.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fish meals are usually the best. We sat at the window seating which we always find a pleasing experience. Service was attentive and easy going. We’ve been there several times. It’s our go to place when we want a reasonable seafood dinner while enjoying a nice bottle of wine. The restaurant is BYOB.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Food was fabulous, but we had to keep searching for the waiter.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great location, delicious food, amazing service!

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The cocaine train kept running to the bathroom. Also when I reserved o didn't expect to then get the worst table near the front door. So I asked for a better table and was obliged. That said table choice from the host was the one all the way in the back next to the restroom. When a guest says they don't want to sit near the door typically should give you the insight that the table in the bathroom is also not ideal.

We would've been fine sitting there, honestly. It's just that we had a group having g some fun that kept going in pairs or triples to the bathroom to do a little tootsky. They kept knocking on the door as if the coke fairy would only answer with a particular knock. That knock was something like, "Hey Tina open the f-ing door". Good for them for real but horrible for my quiet evening on my wife's birthday.

Food was solid and our waiter great.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was very good, but was a little expensive for what it was. Ambience was a little too quiet and lack the energy I was hoping for.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Risotto was wonderful. Salads shy of ingredient. Service right to the point.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great menu with a variety of items. Good service and ambiance although not sure I would want to sit outside in the atrium in the middle of winter. BYOB keeps the cost down which is good. We were happy with our dinners but absolutely LOVED the tres leches cake. Would recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

My family, friends and I have never been disappointed at Bistro 18. On this particular evening, our guests enjoyed it as well and they have dined and entertained in some of the finest restaurants in New Jersey.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great neighborhood restaurant. Good food and with a nice selection on their menu. Great service and atmosphere. It is also BYO! This was not my first visit and it won’t be my last.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Out which very good friends had a wonderful time,
Dinner was wonderful, service was great as usual

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic service and food. A definite favorite.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Overall, we had a very pleasant experience. I had made a reservation via Open Table and I did not realize that I made it for the wrong night. In spite of the situation, the maitre d was very polite, friendly and accommodating and we were quickly seated. We ordered the vegetarian dumpling appetizer special that came with hoisin sauce and a spicy aioli dipping sauce. The dumplings were tender, crispy and very flavorful with the sauces. I ordered the perch special which was served with guacamole and a black bean puree over jasmine rice. The fish was tender and the entree was very tastey. My husband ordered the short ribs over mashed potatoes and thought they were wonderful. For dessert we ordered the apple strudel with vanilla ice cream which was perfect for sharing as it came in two pieces. We thought the prices were a little steep given the ambiance was a bit more casual than formal.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

The host was very pleasant and accommodating. The meals were all delicious. I would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Four of us were "taste testing" for an upcoming event, and had never been to Bistro 18 before. We were seated in the outside, glass enclosed section. Despite it being a very cold night, the enclosed area was warm and comfortable. The only complaint would be that waiting customers were standing in the same are, which made it feel crowded and sometimes noisy.

The food was very good. Entrees ranged from salmon to rack of lamb. We only had salads for appetizers, which were good, but nothing out of the ordinary. One diner had the steak special - unfortunately I cannot remember the cut - but he said it was excellent. Overall, all entrees were excellent. My salmon was perfectly prepared. None of us left anything on the plate!

I'm not sure why we'd never eaten here before, but the service was good for a Montclair Sat. night, the food was good, and we would definitely return. The restaurant doesn't get much play in the area, considering the word -of- mouth recommendations for other noteworthy Montclair restaurants, but it is deserving of more. Prices were about average, or maybe even a little lower, than the usual in Montclair. Like many Montclair places, it is BYO.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Year's Eve. It was busy, but service was quick and food was a slightly reduced set of their normal menu. A good meal.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

In a trendy restaurant town like Montclair where competition is fierce, Bistro 18 maintains itself as a consistently good restaurant. I have never been disappointed in dining there. There are no throwaway entrees. Everything is freshly prepared with care. The service is great with a very friendly and accomodating staff. Cutting edge? No but every time we dine there, we are reminded what a good restaurant this is!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful food & service always!
Very interesting mixture of recipes and food.

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2.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We were seated in a glass enclosed area outside of the restaurant itself. This is an area reserved for access to other shops in the strip mall. The restaurant was not full at this time so i'm not sure why they would seat people here. If the restaurant wants reviews of "ambience" they should seat their guests inside of the restaurant. Patrons of the other business came in while we were dining and were loud and disruptive. Other guests dining made similar comments. The host was friendly and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

We enjoyed our meals and the service was attentive but not intrusive. I loved being able to order wine (from a large selection) from a local wine shop and have it delivered within minutes. We live 60 miles away but would consider coming again when we’re in the area.

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