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!
Great place ! Will definitely return with friends
Party of 9 celebrated Easter there. Lunchtime, but used the dinner menu because it was Easter. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent!!
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 ^.^
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.
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????
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. 😊
Consistently excellent food and service! Potato-crusted red snapper a must!
Some of our group was happy with their experience and some were not as happy with their food selections.
Very nice experience
Good food and service
We will be back
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.
First time here. Food was excellent. Service and staff friendly and attentive. Will be going baxk
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.
Loved the selection. Everything was great. Can’t wait to go back
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
awesome as always! Bistro 18 has become a staple for us!
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.
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.
Food was fabulous, but we had to keep searching for the waiter.
Great location, delicious food, amazing service!
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.
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.
Risotto was wonderful. Salads shy of ingredient. Service right to the point.
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.
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.
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.
Out which very good friends had a wonderful time,
Dinner was wonderful, service was great as usual
Fantastic service and food. A definite favorite.
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.
The host was very pleasant and accommodating. The meals were all delicious. I would definitely go back.
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.
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.
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!
Wonderful food & service always!
Very interesting mixture of recipes and food.
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.
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.
Perfect-o excellent each and every time I cut.
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!
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.
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.