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About Permanently Closed - ESCAPE

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Escape is a well-kept Mont Clair secret, serving locally sourced fine Southern fare on a continually rotating menu. Guests can enjoy dinner or weekend brunch at Escape, where the focus is to bring attention to farm-to-table ingredients in gourmet preparation. The chef and owner utilizes innovative cooking techniques to create the prix fixe and a la carte menus.

Diners at Escape love the prix fixe menu, which includes small plate options like roasted beets with goat cheese and sorrel or scallops with zucchini blossoms. Try the swordfish with tomato fennel crudo or the strip steak, followed by the wild blueberry spiced cake. There is also an all-vegetarian menu available at Escape upon request.

345 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Southern, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Daily Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Sunday: 11:30pm - 8:00pm

Cross Street:
Willow Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 744-0712

Website:
http://www.escapemontclair.com/

Catering:
From backyard gatherings to intimate dinner parties to special milestone events to private chef hire, Escape offers on and offsite catering services to fit any party.

Parking Details:
Ample street parking is available.

Executive Chef:
Bryan Gregg

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
Escape hosts a variety of special events such as wine and beer-pairing dinners to charity-driven functions. Access the restaurant's events page on its website for the latest happenings.

ESCAPE - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

3.7

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (405)
Neighborhood Gem (300)
Special Occasion (121)
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Good for Groups (78)
Romantic (71)
Great for Lunch (66)
Great for Brunch (55)
Hot Spot (48)
Kid-friendly (20)
Late-night Find (8)
Good for a Date (6)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Authentic (3)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2016

I'm wondering if we went on an off night. It was very unusual for there to be no one at the front acting as the hostess / greeter. The waitress had to stop serving to help get us seated and that was a true misstep considering she couldn't find our reservation and then proceeded to walk away. All was worked out when my husband peeked around a corner to find our friends already seated. Our dinner was very good - everyone enjoyed - the stand out appeared to be the fried chicken , but the portion sizes were very small so just be prepared for that. And don't order the crab grits. Literally a bowl of grits with a few pieces of crab for $26.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Everything was very good,. The poertions were small, but very tasty. Just a little pricey for the size of the portions

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 23, 2016

We love Escape for locally sourced, well prepared meals. Always several solid starters and at least a couple of entrees well paired with innovative sides that appeal to the selective eaters (picky, maybe) with dietary limitations. A nice, tranquil space and really friendly, competent staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Another great meal. We've been coming here semi-regularly since they opened & have literally never had a bad meal. Fresh, locally sourced & delicious. I think it's because the food is locally sourced and very fresh.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Authentic, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2016

i've been to this place a number of times already and i like it every time. Good, tasty food.
Pleasant ambiance, not noisy. Neighborhood jem.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2016

We have been to Escape many times. Food is always good, but always smallish portions. Service on our last visit was very indifferent, not really bad, just totally dis-interested and we could both tell that our server really did not want to be there.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Great overall experience. Delicious food. Good service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2016

Excellent food and menu, but understaffed. Perfect place to go with a bottle of wine and lots of time!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2016

very nice neighborhood restaurant. Simple and clean design, nice country store decor.
Food is good, not Micheline stars kind of food, but very tasty. Portions are smallish, but that's fine with my husband and me.
Overall it was a good experience and we'll go back again for sure

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2016

The $35 prix fixe 3 course dinner is a steal. The food was sophisticated, delicious and beautifully presented. We will be sure to return.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2016

We were going to a concert at the Wellmont and Escape is close by. The dinner was really tasty. The menu was interesting. It is BYOB which was great. Our server was terrific. Also liked the they the choices were mainly local and organic .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2016

Escape was a random choice that we will be frequenting regularly going forward. The food was outstanding and the service was equally as good. Looking forward to my next time to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2016

The best beet salad I have had. Although they advertise "brunch" I would consider this lunch- it's great to bring your own champagne or bottle, but they did not have any juices to offer- just sodas. Can taste the fresh! Will be back to try them for dinner.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Food was very good, we both loved grits with blue crab. Lovely place, nice service but could be a little more attentive. It's BYOB and that makes the cost of dining out reasonable. We will go back again to try more dishes on the menu.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2016

It was terrible and overpriced. My food was overcooked and my vegetables were gray. I spent almost one hundred dollars on terrible food when I was supposed to be celebrating my new job with my girlfriend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2016

This was our third visit to Escape. My wife and I dinned here before seeing a show at the local Wellmont Theater. The service, food, and ambience was wonderful. I would highly recommend visiting during the week and getting the Prix Fixe which comes with a small plate, large plate, and dessert.

One of the highlights for me was when the chef sent over an extra plate of scallops to our table. He had made too many apparently so we were treated to extra. Very thoughtful and I nice bonus to the experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2016

Although the portions are on the smaller side, you do feel well fed when leaving. Everything is delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2016

Very nice dinner. I have been before. Consistently good every time.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2016

They were out of the fried chicken. Our dinners were not cooked and we had to send them back. The pork and burger

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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2016

The food always feels like it needs a little bit more salt. The biscuits that are complimentary are nice, perhaps too small. The biscuits and cornbread come with a butterknife but we were not given silverware so we had to share the butterknife. I only bring this up because they were very weird about the silverware. My father had gotten a dish of grits and crab and was only given a spoon. So if he felt more comfortable with a fork, he didn't have one. The food was well prepared but again, very lightly salted and small plats overall. A place that I recommend an appetizer and a main.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 10, 2016

An absolutely delightful find. Great food. Just a small disappointment that no wine is sold. But that was challenge since the Wine Guys were a phone call away with immediate delivery to my table.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2016

Excellent food and atmosphere! Will definitely be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2016

Delisheous dishes, well combined, Unique

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2016

The food was good -- what little of it was available. We arrived for a Saturday night 8:15 reservation. The restaurant was not particularly crowded. There were seven entrees on the menu (no specials). We were immediately informed that the restaurant had sold-out of three of the entrees. No big deal. So we placed our orders. (Two members of our party having been persuaded to order the EM Burger by our server). A few minutes later we were informed that the restaurant had sold out of everything but the hanger steak and one of the fish courses. (So...it is a little after 8:00 on Saturday night...you are not particularly crowded, but not empty either...and in a Town known for having a variety of good restaurant choices...you are not able to make five of the seven dishes on your menu...one of which is a hamburger). So we ordered. Again, the few bites of food that were brought out were good. In retrospect, I would guess that they only had enough to food for two fish entrees and one hangar steak -- so in order to accommodate our party of six, they cut the entrees in half. In short, we paid for a relatively expensive meal, had a few decent bites of food, and after leaving, had to figure out what we were going to eat for dinner. We won't be back. My guess, the restaurant is in some type of trouble (maybe financial) and is going under.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2016

The food was excellent and the server was very pleasant. We also went during restaurant week and so we got a great deal for a 3-course meal. It was a wonderful place to chat and just have a good time. Will definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Great meal. One of our regular places for dinner. Chef specializes in seafood. Relatively small portions and somewhat limited menu, but food never disappoints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2016

This BYOB farm to table restaurant is one of our favorites. My 13 year old foodie son loves it. Never a disappointment

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2016

All was wonderful. Decor unremarkable;only offense were tacky fabric flowers on the tables.
Food on par with top restaurants.
Dessert selection problematic: two fruit based desserts (both good) but out of only chocolate dessert and this was an early(6:30) reservation

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2016

I was a bit skeptical about some of the flavor combinations on the menu. And Escape simply blew my mind. The folks at Escape appear to have figured out how to make food that sets off all the pleasure centers in one's brain. Impeccable service, and six flawless dishes - I'm really impressed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Escape uses the freshest in-season ingredients. Eclectic cuisine with beautiful presentation. Very helpful, friendly wait staff. Should be on everyone's list of favorites. BYOB is always a plus.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Escape was a poor experience. The menu is very limited and expensive for the quality of food and experience we had. The foie gras appetizer was passable, though too dry. The Scallop entree was too salty and the Duck entree was also very salty, chewy and almost raw. Given a food allergy, I asked that the Cheddar grits be substituted with a vegetable and was told there would be an upcharge. The music playing was 1960's classic rock, either good or terrible depending on whether you were looking for a concert experience or a quiet dinner. The server was friendly and attentive enough, but management's view of a good customer experience is seriously lacking. We won't be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2016

The food was OUTSTANDING. The $35 prix fixe is a great deal with many choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 11, 2016

Loved the prix fixe menu. Really good food. Nice three-course meal. Amazing chocolate dessert.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2016

As always, perfectly prepared portions - prix fix is a must- even if you think u won't like something, u will end up loving it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2016

Usually one of my favorite local places, very disappointing this time

It was such a hot night, thought it would be nice to get out for dinner with my son and his friend. We arrived place was empty. The host/server took our order nothing significant to remember, neither overly friendly or rude.

bread appetizers and meal took longer than expected considering we were the only ones in the place. During appetizers we noticed it was getting quite warm. In fact my guests and I were all perspiring, thinking it may have been the wine. We tell our server and ask if she can correct it.

When the main course came I had ordered a side of squash for the table, she brought zucchini. When I told her I thought there was a mistake, she got a little defensive and said that's what I ordered. She went so far to get the menu to prove me wrong and it read squash! Her reply was zucchini is "summer Squash". By that time I was dripping in sweat because the air was not adjusted. My son and his friend inhaled their meals anyway, so I had mine wrapped to go!

I was one of the first patrons when Escape opened, met the chef/owner several times. Have truly enjoyed it on several occasions. After this experience I will second guess if I should return with so many other choices

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2016

Expensive. Food was bleh at best. No ambience. Overrated.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2016

Tasty food, but very small portions. Not really worth the money. Hardly anybody there on a Wednesday night, it was my birthday and the restaurant was notified ahead of time, but no freebies of any kind, just a single candle placed in the dessert that I ordered. All in all, a bit disappointing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 5, 2016

I was under the impression that we were going for brunch $19 for two courses. Deal no longer existed. Old online deal. Food was really good but the portion size small. I would go again on a coupon deal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2016

A wonderfully crafted menu that is full of win! Im quite sure that no matter what dishes were chosen, I would certainly have delighted in the presentation, aroma, and taste!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2016

Always a pleasure, particularly on a weeknight when the venue is quiet. Great food beautifully presented.

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