Laboratorio Kitchen

4.7
1355 Reviews
$30 and under
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 dont forget the wine.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1355 people are saying
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StevenL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent. It is a bit noisy and the tables a bit too close together (unless you want to listen to others conversations).

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vipAndrewK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had not been to Laboratorio in quite some time due to Covid but will be back again very soon. The food, service, and everything was superb.

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SuzH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience, start to finish. Service was friendly and efficient. Menu manages to be classic and creative all at once. Food was perfectly prepared. We enjoyed homemade burrata puttanesca, scallops with butternut squash purée and steak frites. An individual “spoon” of sea salt was quickly brought to the table when asked—much appreciated as we’ve asked and waited elsewhere. We will return as soon as we can.

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JenniferR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario was our server and was so pleasant. Great vibes and good food.

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Alf46
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a wonderful experience once again! The service is fantastic - they really work as a team here but at no time did we feel rushed or pressured. The food was exceptional- I had the mushroom risotto which I would definitely get again. Two of our group had the lamb ragu special which had a ton a wonderful flavors, the 4th in our party got the rigatoni & sausage off the menu - also delicious. We tried the mega meatball appetizer this time - a must! And desserts were decadent. If you haven’t tried here yet you really should! One note - on the weekends it gets quite loud and very busy so if you prefer a quieter vibe go during the week - either way a great experience!

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vipSHRC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food.

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SamBrit
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is here is excellent. Fresh ingredients, simple and delicious. Restaurant is BYOB which is a plus. Will definitely be coming back.

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Alex
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent!

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DarioV
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario was an excellent server and recommended an excellent pasta dish as well as appetizer. The food was just fantastic.

JM
vipJamesM
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall outstanding meal. Best appetizer (clams) I’ve had in years. Entrees of trout and mushroom
Risotto were excellent. Easily one of Montclair’s top dining spots.

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viplslaw
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laboratorio Kitchen is our favorite place for fine dining in Montclair, which is well known for many fine dining restaurants. The service and food are first class, and the atmosphere is inviting without being formal.

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DeborahB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. It has become our "go-to" place for special occasions as well as our monthly dinner out. Excellent staff/service. Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance

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suzie71
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Our dinner reservation was for 6:30....on the early side for a Saturday night. Service was wonderful. Atmosphere was lovely. Food was good enough, not fantastic. My husband ordered the meatball for an appetizer. It was so large he had no interest in the pasta entree. The restaurant might want to consider portion size and food waste in this appetizer.
What I will remember about the meal was the noise level in the restaurant. It was off the chart. Absolutely impossible to talk. Our waiter told us there have been many complaints about noise and after checking other reviews I see noise was mentioned many times.
Unfortunately we will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Service was very good but the food was salty

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matthewk
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing culinary experience. There is clearly excellent talent in the kitchen. Each dish was balanced perfectly and a true delight.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a tad early for our reservation, but we’re seated almost immediately. We had the absolute pleasure of being taken care of by Mario, whose energy and knowledge of the menu was fantastic.
He sold me on the Cavatelli, and my girlfriend had the Chilean Sea Bass special, and words could not describe how delicious everything was. We then had the Tres Leches and Banana Cream Pie special for dessert, to finish off a spectacular night at this amazing restaurant.

We will DEFINITELY be coming back frequently. Do yourself a favor, and make a reservation, bring you significant other or the family!!

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JasmineE
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Ordered fresh linguine seafood pasta and it was delicious. Would definitely recomment.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Delicious food and lovely staff!

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MarkS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a very good meal, the service was also very good. I would definitely recommend this place and would come back again....

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vipKerryW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food & service.
Nice variety of selections.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Don’t order the tough, fatty steak au poivre which was barely edible. However every other dish was excellent S was the service.

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KunalJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

For Food: I would have given less than 1 star. Ordered the Shrimp Arrabbiata--shrimp had no flavor and simply tasteless/flavorless sauce on top. My daughter had the Rigatoni pasta. She could not stomach it. My wife had the (overcooked) Salmon on top of grilled watermelon (the restaurant it seems is trying too hard to be "creative"). She just had the accompanying arugula and 1/2 the salmon--the watermelon was left alone. I had the organic chicken--which was edible (nothing more). My family dug into that to satiate their appetite. We are a desert eating family--but simply could not go there considering the awful entree experience (even though, it was my wife's birthday). The staff (on an upside) did put a candle on ice cream for us--this was a nice gesture. Not coming back again.

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GinaS
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! I’ve been here many times. Only one suggestion is to add more seasonal and new items to the menu.

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VioletS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I’m sorry to do this, I have to be honest the food was not at all how people wrote about it. We were disappointed 😘

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MimaFoodie
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went as a group for a birthday celebration. Everything was perfect including the weather (outdoor dining). Will definitely be back!!!

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Traveler
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit to this restaurant but it certainly won't be the last. Our waiter, Mario, was absolutely amazing. He was nice, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. I asked for suggestions and he did not disappoint. The food was amazing. He did not rush us to make choices or to move on to the next course. Dinner was a wonderful, relaxing experience. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was excellent!! I would definitely come back

AM
AprilM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I heard great things about this restaurant and for the most part we had an overall good experience. We got seated immediately and offered water right away. Love that the server saw our wine bottles and opened them with out hesitation!
We ordered two appetizers but should have opted for just one as we got full pretty quickly. We ordered the Pei Mussels & Shrimp Arrabbiata, the mussels were amazing with a delicious broth. The shrimp was tasty but a bit over cooked, the sauce had a good kick to it. For our entrees we ordered the Rainbow Trout & Steak Frites, the steak was well seasoned and cooked exactly how I requested. The trout was well cooked but could have used a bit more flavor, my husband used the horseradish sauce from my steak to add more taste to the fish.
Overall the restaurant is a must try, plenty of options on the menu to choose from. We will be back to try the pasta.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was fresh and delicious, will definitely be coming back :)

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vipAnthonyB923
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and service in North Jersey!

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LindaR
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ample portions - go hungry!
We were very happy with their outdoor dining option - off the main street, quiet, well lit, tables well spaced apart and propane heaters! Service was excellent as well.

SG
SusanG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We dined outdoors, in a converted space. It was not covered but had heaters and tables nicely spaced. Definitely made the most of what they had to work with.
Food was excellent, service was a bit sluggish at certain times during the meal, but all in all a great experience.
It should be noted that I have enjoyed Laboratoria Kitchen many times pre Covid-19. This was my first time post COVID, and will definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall the experience was very good, a little noisy with party on one side of the dining area.

Mussels appetizer was very good, gorgonzola fig crostini was OK. Spaghetti mushroom duck confit (special) and cauliflower scallops was awesome. Server Tony and overall service was on point.

Atmosphere is nice… contrasting interior design, particularly art choices a little confusing, in my opinion.

One of the better restaurants in the area, highly recommended.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

KT
KimberlyT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The restaurant is popular so they rush you through your meal for the next seating. We were 15 minutes late for our reservation so that didn’t make it any better.

The food is tasty but not exceptional, especially for Montclair.

The wait staff are good. Covid is hard and they should be applauded for their work.

Don’t think I will return during a busy time. Maybe when I know it will be a bit slower.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time !!!

JC
JamieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and the service was superb!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time. The food was wonderful. The service was excellent and it’s a lovely atmosphere!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to at least three iterations of restaurants in this location. This one is the best one. Succinctly put, this is very attentive/responsive service (not bothering you every minute though), excellent cuisine with that freshness of ingredients that you know when it hits your tongue, in a nicely decorated space. This is perfect spouse date night or first date fodder for when you want something above the norm in terms of a dining experience, but not pretentious.

FAQs

Laboratorio Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 746-6100.

Laboratorio Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 1355 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.