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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

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
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Good for a Date (9)
Cozy (8)
Casual (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Healthy (4)
Romantic (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Business Meals (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Authentic (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great location, delicious food, amazing service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic service and food. A definite favorite.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Perfect-o excellent each and every time I cut.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My mom and I celebrated Thanksgiving at Bistro 18. The host, waitstaff were top notch, very attentive to our desires. Food was good, very tasty. Will be returning!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Both the food and service were excellent. Our server did a great job of explaining the menu options. The chef was very flexible about changes to the preparations. A very reliable choice in Montclair.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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