Laboratorio Kitchen

4.5
872 reviews
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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing, service was superb!

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
173 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
1 review
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
173 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.

CD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The mussels were cooked perfectly. The rainbow trout was amazing. The beef/veal meatball was so large and very moist. We cannot wait to go back.

LR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite places to go in Montclair! We visited Laboratorio with friends who had not been there and were very happy with the food and the service. We were impressed with the specials for the evening - including a summer gazpacho. The scallops with pureed cauliflower was also delicious!
Excellent service - shout out to Alex!
A bit more energetic than usual - although it was good energy with everyone enjoying the evening.
BYOB

EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was wonderful but I would not go back or recommend this restaurant due to our experience with our waiter. He was rude for no reason and made it very clear that he was rushing us out of the restaurant. It was unacceptable.

R
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laboratorio is by far the best restaurant in the area. Chef James is constantly updating his menu with the freshest ingredients as they come to market. You can always count on a perfect dish from the Scallops to the Steak Frite. The Shrimp appetizer is outstanding. You will never be disappointed!

C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Nicely decorated and good amount of room at table. We were promptly seated, which is always a plus. Since we were there on a Tuesday we had the option to order small plates. This was a very good deal. Loved the arugula salad with Meyer lemon dressing, truffle fries and shrimp creole. Portions were perfect for us! Also tried the special, cucumber gazpacho with lump crab meat- delicious.

The only real negative for me was the noise level. We were 4 women and had a difficult time having a conversation because the noise was so loud. Too bad because I really liked the food-probably would have second thoughts on returning.

r
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding! We expected a solid meal but we were blown away. The pesto ravioli appetizer was the best I’ve ever had. Shrimp arrabiata was amazing, too. Portions were huge. The ribeye steak was very good. Cooked perfectly. We will be back soon!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

B’day occasion with great food and service. Price point was very reasonable. Would definitely go back again.

R
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife order the mussels appetizer, I went for the shrimp. She immediately wanted to switch when they arrived. After reading, neither of us was disappointed. For the main course, she had the scallops and I went for the steak au poivre. Again excellent choices and a very good value. Desserts didn't live up to the first two courses. But weren't bad. Probably not worth the calories. Overall we were extremely satisfied and will be bsck.

DC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu and attractive and delicious entrees. The service was outstanding. I will visit again to try the small plates, which are Tuesday thru Thursday.

MG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location is a BYOB. tasteful menu Food was delicious. Prices reasonable

AY
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here many times it gets better and better. The food is amazing! Made to order and fresh. The staff is wonderful. They make the experience even better.

KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good portions, flavors exceeded our expectations.

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

Service from beginning to end was excellent. Food was delicious. Waiter was wonderful. I don't recall his name but I do recall he wants to visit the Galapagos Islands. Please thank him for an enjoyable evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and professional service from the entire staff. Very accommodating and made the dining experience a great one.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great

MJ
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and excellent service. We had the goat cheese and fig appetizer was amazing. Wife had the pasta dish with the huge veal meatball; it was incredibly delicious. I had the steak, fries and greens special; perfect! We shared the peach turnover with coffee ice cream - yum! Recommend 100%. We'll be back again soon.

N
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent experience. I was late due to traffic and they were so accommodating. We informed our server that we were going to a show and the food was quick to the table. Meals are outstanding and so was the attention of the staff.
I highly recommend this restaurant!

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