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 dont forget the wine.
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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The apps and steak were good, seafood not great. One small room, pretty loud but not a great atmosphere. I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat there again.

ER
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was mostly outstanding!
Service = excellent
The only thing that wasn’t awesome was the arugula salad ... which wasn’t bad but nothing to write home about.
Giant meatball? Amazing!!!
We both had fish entrees (Salmon from menu and halibut special) and loved them both.
Coffee was hot and good!!
We didn’t order dessert.
We’re definitely coming back!!!

GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent; service very good; been there many times and will return.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I always liked Laboratorio, but I have to tell you this time, I was a little bit disappointed
my steak was good but very salty.
The waiter was had a little bit of a smug ness about him.
Lorenzo is the best waiter there if he still works there.
I would go back though because I do like the resturant and tell them to hold the salt
and hope next time to get another waiter.

VJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, atmosphere and cordial but attentive service. Highly recommend.

m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was wonderful and our server was the best server ever. So professional. Will be back for sure

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful Valentine celebration with a wonderful meal and absolutely impeccable service. The patrons were all definitely enjoying the evening!

DA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little noisy but it was Valentine’s Day so it was a full house other than that everything else was great! The food was amazing along with the service. I didn’t feel rushed and I felt attended to which is was awesome. Th restaurant itself has a great feel and look to it. Overall a great experience and I would go back again.

EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Valentines date

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place, service was excellent!

L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Fantastic food. Love the place Always professional staff every time we visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here on Valentine's Day 3 years in a row, and they never disappoint! The food as always superb, great service, and reasonably priced. Looking forward to next time...

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful early Valentine’s Day dinner. Food and service were excellent and price was very reasonable for what you’re getting in terms of quantity and quality.

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is the third time I’ve been there. The waiter was adequate. Didn’t seem particularly happy to be there.
I was disappointed in the entrees. They were very average, nothing special.
There were no desser offerings but for vanilla gelato.
What happened?????

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great. The steak was very chewy.

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a delicious meal at Laboratorio Kitchen. The special salad appetizer, scallops entree, and special pasta and shrimp entree were all exquisite. We also very much enjoyed the pot d' creme dessert.
Our main complaint would be that it was extremely noisy in the dining room, making it a bit hard to converse with the rest of our party of four. The staff was competent, but a bit too busy so that it took a while to get anyone's attention when we needed something. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves very much.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! nothing more needs to be said!

SC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I found Laboratorio through Yelp and was pleasantly surprised. The other surprise was they do not serve alcohol. However, they do have the option to have wine delivered from a local store and do not charge a corking fee which was great (arrived within 5 minutes). The food was excellent and portions were large. I had the burratta which was amazing and the pasta with the meatball (literally the size of a softball). I couldn't finish it, but enjoyed everything thoroughly. The only thing that tough is when travelening to the area by yourself, there is no place (like a bar) to sit so i would probably only go if i was with someone else. But, its the best I've had in the area by far.

F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good. Good quality steak that was cooked well. Salmon prepared well. Only downside that would prevent me from recommending this to my friends is that we felt constantly harassed to move thru our meal which ruined the dining experience. It was more than attentive service; it was overbearing. On open table it says you have the reservation for 1.5 hrs. 45-50 min into our dinner we were already being told that they needed the table and we needed to order our dessert. Dining should be an experience and while I appreciate their quick service, I did not appreciate feeling rushed. Plus the diners next to us, who arrived before us were not being rushed along.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and value! Loved that it was BYOB.

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten dinner at Laboratorio five times and it has been consistently excellent. Food is delicious—- try the scallops if you’re a fish eater— and the ambiance is perfect for a romantic dinner. We also know friends who have hosted group dinners there and they we’re very happy with their choice.

AF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good!!

MF
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite Montclair restaurants!

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SG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My family always enjoys our outings to this restaurant. The only issue we had this time it was hard to understand the waiter we had.

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here a few times and have not been disappointed. The food selection is unique, the service is excellent, everything was perfectly prepared, and the prices are very reasonable for the menu. Steak and frites amazing, trout expertly done and delicious. 100 feet from a wine shop complete the ease of dining at this great BYOB spot. Highly recommend!

MC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Required vegan options & the Chef accommodated us with 3 outstanding courses.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've dined at Laboratorio Kitchen several times, and each time is consistently outstanding. The service excellent, the staff friendly and welcoming, and the food preparation and presentation exceed expectations. We've recommended Laboratorio Kitchen several times and always get great feedback.

s
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Should have come here a long time ago. Excellent service, Delicious food. Great presentation

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Don’t know why it took us so long to get here. Great food; great service; byob. Nice to have another upscale option here in Montclair.

TF
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had party of 5, shared 6 small plates (truffle fries, arugula salad, chicken, chorizo), giant meatballs, trout, mushroom risotto, scallops caouucino/latte. Quiet weeknight.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food was fantastic, portions were reasonable and service was quick! Definitely recommend.

B
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was the first time I have ever been asked to vacate our table for the next diner. Very disappointing!

PE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was Very Good, ambiance was very pleasant, and the food was fantastic with excellent portions. My wife and I split an Appy & Entree - the Meatballs were great, as were the shrimp. We'll definitely be back - with friends.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Service and Great food!The lovely gentleman serving us was very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive! Great ambiance and the food was delicious!!!! I would return and recommend to others!

g
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very nice venue with a nice menu and excellent food
I particularly liked the small plates option Also great value

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious. They got my order wrong, but corrected it immediately within 5 minutes. Ambiance is very nice. Food presentation was very good. Prices fair

SD
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Put this one in the books. Caviar, lamb and beef meatballs, it was all delicious. Don't forget to BYOB, no corkage fees.

S
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been a fan of LK for many years and this last experience did not disappoint! From the PEI Muscle special which was soooo delicious that we could have used the spoon to sip the sauce to our expertly executed entrees, it was outstanding. I had the seared scallops over puréed cauliflower which was perfectly cooked & seasoned. My boyfriend had the Steak Au Proive medium rare. There was not a morsel left on his plate. I highly recommend LK. It’s in our top 3 of great Montclair restaurants!!

SM
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful family holiday celebration, food and service A-1 as usual.

GT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with family for Christmas Eve and it felt like home. Amazing food... mushroom risotto was off the hook! Staff was warm and friendly and the manager made us feel like part of his family! Cannot wait to go back. Like tomorrow! Oh by the way, the tres leches was the best ever!!!