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Date
Wed, 6/20
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9:30 PM
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Bistro 18

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443 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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 443 People Are Saying
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food
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3.8
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3.8
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent rack of lamb and huge desertd

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Waiter made three errors serving appetizers to party of four. Two parties' appetizers were switched, and a third party was given the wrong (non vegetable)'spring rolls.

Watermelon salad had a large number of unripe pieces, with no follow-up by stafd

One party's napkin was improperly moved and could not be located

All management did by way of compensation was to call one $9 dessert on the house.

We will not return there

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Food was great, but restaurant seemed under staffed as it took way to long for our food to come.

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We have eaten here several times. The food was good but the vegetables were not warm. When we told the waiter, he made no attempt to rectify this. We came here for the convenience of meeting friends and may have to rethink coming here again.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We had a wonderful meal. We decided to sit in the atrium with full windows on the street. The space was a bit noisy upon arrival, but as the evening wore on the noise level subsided. My friend had the rack of lamb. It was perfectly prepared with a beautiful presentation. I had the sesame crusted tuna. Again perfectly prepared. We ordered the mushroom risotto for an appetizer. It was very tasty but they did not use risotto but a standard rice. I would highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Fantastic food! Especially the seafood dishes!

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Ladies night out - food was inventive and delicious, and the service was excellent. Poached pear salad with walnuts and goat cheese was different than the usual, though the pear might have been ripened another day. Sesame tuna special was great with a quinoa salad under the fish. Healthy and delicious.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This was my second time eating at Bistro 18 and again I was disappointed. The area we dined in smelled strongly of cooking odors which were pretty strong. I always am turned off by poor ventilation. The bread was not particularly tasty and did not pair well with the hummus that was served with it. I ordered the lobster ravioli with orange roughy and was so disappointed to discover that the fish was breaded and fried. The fish was a bit tough and chewy. The ravioli seemed store-bought rather than freshly made but maybe that's the way every restaurant does it. My husband had the seafood linguini and it was fine if not memorable. He didn't find many crab pieces or scallops in it. He also tried the charred bosc pear salad which came right from the refrigerator rather than being freshly made. The service was very good even if the food wasn't.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Excellent service, mediocre ambiance, respectable food.

Date night for my husband and I. We arrived early, at 5:30, and were seated immediately. Very attentive service overall and they kept the service paced well. The ambiance is a bit odd - the exterior "porch" is actually a glassed in enclosure with business storefront. The adjacent dining rooms were a bit sparse and dark vs. moody. Food was respectable - my husband had the salmon, it was excellent. I had a steak, it was a bit fatty, but well prepared. The overall experience was not memorable enough to drive me back again.

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2.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Food is mediocre. From reading the menu you expect more. Nothing tasted interesting or satisfying.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Soon as I walked in I already felt that I encounter a great restaurant. The staff was very courteous, handling us with proper service in a mindful manner. They had 3 separate rooms for seating depending on your occasion. I was dealing with a friendly special occasion which seating wasn’t a big deal as long as we were able to chit-chat we enjoyed the night. The food was delicious just as expected , served warm and fresh .

Next time I need to step out and catch a meal with somebody Bistro 18 will be one of my go to spots ..

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had a Mother’s Day dinner at Bistro 18. We were seated promptly and they offered to open our wine immediately. The escargot was very good, the shrimp/shiitake appetizer was good.

Unfortunately, they were out of the hanger steaks so we could not get that. We did get the NY sirloin special, but it was not the
best (arrived on the medium side of medium rare when we both ordered rare and the meat was plated on top of the fries making them inaccessible and then soggy).

My sister enjoyed the duck and my niece enjoyed the seafood linguini (it was just the right amount of spicy). Most applauded were the sesame salmon and the potato crusted snapper, we recommend those highly. I wish I could have tried the risotto and pappardelle and hope to come back and try them.

The seating after the shops close is quite neat, as you sit inside the glass storefront, but outside several shops. Apparently, when the shops close, more tables are available for bistro18. It makes a long walk for waiters, but it puts each table single file for a very quiet and private feeling. Sometime shop owners did go through, but it was not instructive. Overall, we would definitely come again as the service, food, quiet, and price made for a very enjoyable evening. Thank you!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food not hot when served, duck over cooked and returned , no flavor on veggies served

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great local BYOB place. I’ve been here numerous times and have never been disappointed. Good food and service. Highly recommend

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

There are so many good restaurants in Montclair, but sadly this is not one of them. Food was mediocre and poorly executed. Tuna tartar was tasteless but the worst offense was that the seafood pasta tasted like it was prepared with jarred sauce. Will not return.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The service was sub par. Waiter seemed to have trouble processing what was said. Had to repeat our requests several times. Two of us out of four did not like our dishes . Duck breast was undercooked and had to be sent back, pasta with seafood was bland. Had to call waiter over several times . Coffee was served lukewarm. — not once but second time also. Dessert never appeared until we told manager who did bring it out and didn’t charge us. Our friends whom we brought said they would never return .

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Five of us dined here on a Sat. night. I was a little concerned/happy because we were able to get a reservation when all else was booked in Mtc. However, I really don't understand why it wouldn't have been booked up!

The food was very good. Our entrees ranged from two different tuna options, rack of lamb, and snapper. Everyone said their dish was excellent. I had the snapper, which was potato encrusted and very moist. Served over a bed of spinach with mushrooms and garlic. Excellent! ( Snapper is sometimes a thin fillet, and can be dry - this was a thicker piece and well prepared) One tuna was served Asian style with bok choy and noodles, the other was a sesame encrusted tuna over mashed potatoes. Lamb chops were cooked as ordered and very good. Everyone either completely finished their entree or took home what was left. Portions were generous. Service wasn't fast, but not overly slow. None of us had dessert, but salads were good - a good size without being so big you cannot enjoy your entree.

I guess the only thing missing here is ambiance. We sat in the outside, glass enclosed section. Pleasant, but we were looking into the lit up storefront of a dress shop. It would be nicer if they could get the stores to turn off their lights inside! It was raining outside, but it was comfortable, temperature wise, and you couldn't hear the rain. So no complaints on that front.

We dine a lot in Mtc. and while this wouldn't be a top restaurant there, it was quite good and worth returning. Prices were average for Montclair. We were not rushed, despite the fact that the place was full when we left.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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 on April 21, 2018

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 on April 18, 2018

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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