Laboratorio Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Laboratorio Kitchen offers guests a modern atmosphere paired with seasonal food and tender service. We are a BYOB restaurant. Chef/Owner James DeSisto has a seasonal a la carte menu featuring fresh seafood, pasta, steaks, and appetizers. In addition there is a small plates menu available (Tuesday thru Thursday) and daily specials every night. Chef DeSisto also has gluten free and vegan options for guests as well. Keep in mind we are a BYOB restaurant so don't forget the wine.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Fresh, hot, appropriate portion sizes. Have already recommended to friends.

WW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the hands down the best restaurant in Montclair. 2nd to none. James and is staff are outstanding and the food and service is 5 star or better.

MR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall the experience was very good. Noise level was very high would not recommend a foursome if they wanted to talk a bit. Rainbow Trout was excellent however had some bones. Pasta with seafood dish had too much pasta not enough fish sauce was not to my liking. Service was excellent and ambiance was lovely. Would return

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The appetizers were delicious and 3 of the 4 entrees were fabulous - one of the steaks was a little fibrous. Our server Alex was superb.

t
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. I would recommend reciting the prices of the special .
The fish dish(dover sole) was very expensive compared to other items on the menu.
we will definitely come back

BS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Entrees were phenomenal.
Scallops and NY Strip perfectly cooked.

Appetizer of crostini with Gorgonzola and Fig was underwhelming..

SERVICE WAS AWESOME. Alex was fantastic...made the experience worth the visit.

BYOB is a huge plus. Great selection of wine not even 100 feet away.

SM
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner, My husbands meatball appetizer was not only amazing in size, but taste and the tomato sauce was perfect, I had the Burrata salad, very nice balance of flavors, My Risotto was not only picture perfect but was cooked perfectly and tasted fabulous, My husband had the Homemade pasta with seafood. It gave a whole new meaning to al dente' it was amazing and the seafood was perfectly cooked.
Total attention to service detail...wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food and service were very good but the noise level was unbearable. It unfortunately detracted from the overall experience.

DF
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very delicious - I would immediately go back to try another dish. FYI very fish-heavy entree dishes for those who aren't a fan of fish to keep in mind

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner and service was good until the waiter told us they were closing and we had to leave. There were still three tables of people in the restaurant and it was before 10:00 pm. Yes we were there for almost three hours so maybe it's not that unreasonable but we've never been asked to leave a restaurant before.

R
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! Great food, great service. Diverse menu. Seasonal and always fresh. You can't go wrong attached Laboratorio! James b is the best!

MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Went to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. He had never been and was always curious about it. Staff was very cordial and professional. Personally, I was not a fan of the decor. Of course everyone has different taste and it’s all a matter of opinion. I found the material of the banquets (silvery plastic) rather cheap looking especially for a restaurant with these price points. Also, art is hung too high. Looks strange. Again, personal opinion.
The food was ok, not great. Definitely fresh and nice size portions. The kitchen was very accommodating to my dietary restrictions which I really appreciated. Overall, the food was cooked well but under seasoned. Just didn’t wow us.
Glad to see they were busy during the week and wish them well.

m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time we ate there. Food was delicious. It was quiet. I had mentioned on Open Table form that it was our anniversary but made no other request.
Our waiter said Happy Anniversary before we left but otherwise did not mention it.

I am not sure what I expected them to do. I guess I hoped they would do something.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious dinner and will recommend to friends. Can’t wait to go back!

VD
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We have been to Laboratorio multiple times and the food is consistently good. This past Saturday, they must have been understaffed. It seemed like our water glasses were getting refilled constantly; but after our plates were cleared, we waited about 40 minutes for the waiter to come back. We asked for the check and he asked if we wanted coffee and dessert. Then he acknowledged he knew we'd been waiting a long time. We'll probably go back, but it was definitely an off night for them. Apologies to our waiter for the crack I made about the long wait (again). I apologized in person. We tipped 20% as per usual. I don't think it was intentional.

SG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I always have a great experience every time we good.

DL
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, excellent service, and wine store nearby for BYOB.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing, service was superb!

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Quiet and cozy place perfect for a date night. Menu was not overly complicated and the items were all fresh and tasty. We had the homemade ravioli and meatball appetizer which was great. The Risotto was excellent. Would definitely recommend

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience was awesome and the staff is extremely friendly and nice.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Excellent food, service and ambiance.

W
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the ambiance was great and the waiter was amazing.

F
Philadelphia
174 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Softshell crabs were more fried than crab.
Server needs to speak better English at least enough to be understood.
Ravioli and large meatball were excellent.
Pasta with seafood was awesome. Pasta was homemade and perfection

MP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The decor is clean and modern; it compliments the menu.

MF
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were terrific as usual!
Only complaint is poor acoustics! Just very noisy, nothing to absorb the noise.
I know some restaurants do this on purpose to add to the energy level, but we do not appreciate it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious.. I would definitely go back and try more of their menu items. The ravioli appetizer was amazing and their risotto was great.. the atmosphere is trendy and very professional service!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

J
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome place, great food, amazing ambience, everything about the restaurant is outstanding will definitely be back in the future.

d
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times, never disappoints- I am vegetarian, and they will make me something without the meat or fish if I ask. The arugala salad was so fresh and yummy- homemade pasta with shrimp, risotto, all of our meals for table of 4 were delicious.

RF
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I asked for no salt on my food & my side spinach was loaded with it.

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All the food was fantastic and service was great. Our favorite starter was the soft shell crab starter. The pasta with meatball was amazing. We had a great experience and will come back.

K
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My nice an I eat at Laboratorio every few weeks. It is always a delightful experience!

DD
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laboratorio is one of the Most Incredible restaurants montclair has to offer it's a byob that doesnt break the bank in order for you to enjoy delecious and captivating meals.

EQ
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of our favorite places always great never fails us consistent

H
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Went to celebrate an anniversary. Housemade ravioli appetizer was fantastic and the scallops entre was amazing. The arugula salad wa just okay. Steak frites special was a disaster. I asked for medium, but the steak was well done. They were nice enough to re-do, but the second was super rare. Seems like getting the cook right on the steak is cooking 101, especially for a $35 plate. The chocolate lava cake wa s overbaked and dense; not much lava. Disappointing.

F
Philadelphia
174 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Ordered the meatball app and the ravioli app. Both delicious and plenty of food. Also had the peppercorn steak which was delicious but upset my stomach later.
Been here many times and always had impeccable service. This was an exception. Waiter was clueless: “named” the specials but gave no info about them, brought me a steak knife AFTER my steak was already served, and was never available when we needed.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had in a long time.. food and service amazing...
Michelin star quality.. a must go

VP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have lived in Montclair for 10+ years and just "stumbled upon" Laboratorio Kitchen. Located a block west of the big cluster of restaurants, we had overlooked it for years. Four diners included one person who was gluten free, but a carnivore, two who were pescatarians and me--with a very eclectic palette but a small appetite. Our server, Alex, was attentive, knowledgable and eager to please. As the dishes are all prepared individually, almost all special requests could be honored. We love to share, and enjoy ordering varied dishes so we can enjoy many of the menu selections. Our waiter happily provided us with individual small plates and silverware for each course so we could have a taste fest! Each and every dish we choose was perfectly prepared and delicious. Small plate fries w. truffle oil, Buffalo mozzarella with mini greens and balsamic reduction, scallops, risotto with shrimp and crab, trout....all were outstanding. We were literally swooning. The decor is pleasant. My adult daughters found the bench seating a bit uncomfortable, so table seating may be preferred. We will be back...and are spreading the word!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Excellent service.

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