Laboratorio Kitchen

4.7
1281 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 1281 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We ordered scallops, ravioli and pasta with a veal/beef meatball - it was all delicious. The restaurant was a little loud, but we had a wonderful time!

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Chris
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the meatball and shrimp as appetizers, and halibut and steak as entrees. All of them came out amazing. Friendly staff and great service as well.

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CatCam
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for mom’s 97th birthday. We had a great meal. Our server was excellent and the tres leches cake was outstanding! It was our first time there but it definitely won’t be our last.

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Figgyprez
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu is always interesting. I find the appys and salads to be difficult to choose between. We had the special tomato/burrata/fig salad, the arugula salad and shrimp arrabiata. We had two pasta entrees (rigatoni and tagliatelle) and a special halibut. Portions are very generous and well prepared. Service is nicely attentive and entire staff is pleasant and professional. Great place

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ChefMJR21
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overall food was very tasty. We had the meatball and ravioli appetizers, both were very good. For entre we had the scallops and the salmon. The scallops were delicious but the salmon wasn't very good. It was overcooked and dry. The arugula and watermelon salad lacked flavor. The service was fine, not great. We felt extremely rushed. Trying to finish 3 courses and a bottle of wine in under an hour was not the best experience. We would have liked to order some espresso with dessert but unfortunately didn't get to because the waiter brought us the check before we got to order it even though we didn't ask for the check.

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LillianR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place with good service, tasty food and pleasant atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous, our waiter (Marco) was great and very attentive, the hostess was so friendly, the food was delicious, it was a great night with great friends!!

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vipWinechick
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal!

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Foodie23
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food and Service! Was SHOCKED at how good the food was... I knew it was going to be good but wow! Those scallops were the best I've ever had!

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IreneM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Genaro was fantastic and just the right amount of attentive! He always made sure our drinks were refilled and checked in regularly to make sure we didn’t need anything. Food was also incredible, especially the mushroom risotto (chorizo added so much flavor, and loved the fried spinach on top), as well as the prime strip steak (perfectly cooked and tender).

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vipFjason
Philadelphia
217 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess was very personable! Food was great; even before our food was served we were enticed by the sights and the aromas of the dishes being served around us.

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vincenzal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Laboratory after a friend recommended it and I was pleasantly surprised. The staff was very attentive, atmosphere was nice and the food was delicious. This is the perfect date spot.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. It never disappoints.

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Brian
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I'll definitely be coming back!
I'll definitely be coming back!
I'll definitely be coming back!

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vipMikey
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic overall. Service was excellent and dinner was delicious. We were seated timely and in a location that was exactly as requested. The entire experience was a 5 out of 5.

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ronB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

very noisy
excellent service
quality food

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vipCapo61
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. A must try is the giant meatball and they mean it. Just fantastic sauces. BYOB a huge plus as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our food was great! One thing that surprised us was the need to put in the entire order (apps and entrees) at the same time…we were hoping to enjoy appetizers while we continued navigating the menu. All in all though, wonderful meal, good service, and a great experience.

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Love2eat
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! The service was fantastic!! The staff really made us feel so well taken care of Atmosphere so relaxing Definitely will return!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and wasn’t overpriced. The service was great and loved the atmosphere. Definitely coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!

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JamesR
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food; creative dishes; friendly, attentive service.

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to this restaurant about three times and were never disappointed. We booked a reservation last week and it’s nice to see this restaurant is still under the same chef/ownership.

The restaurant is located slightly north of the very busy hub of Montclair’s restaurants and easy to miss if you’re driving by. The restaurant itself is well decorated in a modern style and if I had one minor criticism it would be that it can get a little noisy. Somehow, in today’s world noisy has become synonymous with energetic and chic. But then again I could just be showing my age.


The service is friendly, attentive and the food is on the money. It’s easy to fill up on the warm, fresh bread that’s placed on the table before your appetizers. My steak was seasoned well and cooked perfectly. The seafood tortellini was outstanding. The prices are about average for food and service at this level.
I guess the biggest compliment I can give this restaurant is that in the wealth of so many fine Montclair restaurants, this is one of the few I go back to in a heartbeat.

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vipMillieW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 4th time back to Laboratorio Kitchen in the past 2 months. I invited 2 friends and they loved it just as much as I do. I highly recommend the mussels appetizer....the white wine sauce is DELICIOUS!!!! They have a wonderful staff and lively atmosphere. I will definitely be back.

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vipALPS
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding. Creative menu and varied items. Service was great. Nice use of a parking lot for outdoor dining , with an interesting painted wall and festive strung lights. Very accommodative.

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vipAnthonyB923
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and simply incredible food!

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KristenM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, Quick and Generous Service. Salmon was amazing

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vincent
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Food is the BEST! Service is excellent, what a friendly place! I recommend it highly, you will love it!

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vipDrJeff
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had a vey good and enjoyable meal. Starting with a delicious mussel appetizer, followed by perfectly cooked scallops in a very good sauce and finally an excellent carrot cake. I would actually rate LK 4.5 stars

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EJCC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small, reasonably quiet restaurant with excellent food and great service! If you forget to bring your wine, they will give you a list of alcohol that you can purchase from the liquor store next-door, which delivers within a few minutes.

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EbonyD
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance.. food amazing!! It’s noisy and full of life. It’s small and ticking so if your still social distancing may not be for you. We still felt comfortable

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RichardP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice selection of non-meat items on menu. Salad and fish prepared to perfection. Service extremely attentive and very well timed.

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vipDawnS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Loud but in a good way! And BYOB—always an added plus!!!

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vipSharine
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service from the entire team, and Lorenzo (server) was fantastic!

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Regina
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian cuisine, professional service and BYOB. Ambiance is friendly but respectful. A bit noisy as every table was full the night we ate there. Try it!

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GeovanyA
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, waiter was great and very polite.

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8greatdogs
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extremely pleased with out dining experience at Laboratio Kitchen. Salad and berry dessert were fresh and flavorful. Main course (salmon) was delicious, cooked just as ordered. We ate outdoors adjacent to parking lot, so there was a bit of noise, but string lights helped the ambience. Service was exceptional. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was immaculate.The decor was just right.Not too much.The food was exceptional from salads to appetizers to the main course.I had the organic chicken with mashed potatoes and carrots.Just right. Really,very good.My first time in this restaurant but not my last.Tbe cook is the owner and the food shows the prep and quality that only an outstanding chef and owner can give.

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O7040Maple
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The servers were very attentive. My only complaint was that many of the specials and menu items were not available.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great from start to finish. Everything fresh made and delicious.

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 1281 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.