Laboratorio Kitchen

4.7
1315 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 1315 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
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.

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vipTikibarBill
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service are outstanding. My wife is very picky about her food, but even she very much enjoyed our visit here. Our only criticism is with the noise level. There was a large party and another party of 4 which were loud. This was our first time here, so maybe it's not noisy all the time.

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vipsilkcity
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our first visit after several attempts at weekend reservations. First, the staff was on top of our reservation, called about an hour before to alert us that they were running late due to unexpected rain. We dined late (9 pm) and the place was still full. The waitstaff was reasonable, if not a bit gruff...maybe a long day. Appetizers were exceptional, creative, and delicious. Entrees were spotty..Salamon was phenomenal, steak, a bit tough. Overall a positive experience and a definite return is in order.

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vipRichochez
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in Montclair!

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GinaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as well as the service. Had a great meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant decor, good lighting not too bright not too low. Food was really good. Loves the summer menu with locally sourced products.

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Laps
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

the shrimp appetizer was spicy and delicious. The sauce was ripe for dunking bread in to sop up the last drop. The scallops were juicy and complimented with a cauliflower puree. Outstanding!

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vipavidtraveler
Atlantic City
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laboratorio does not disappoint and tonight was no exception. Fantastic everything including the steak au poivre which is excellent.

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cabriog
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Slow service. 2nd time here and it wasn’t as great as I remembered. Appetizer was great but pasta was dry and tasteless. I was able to replace it with delicious scallops. Made up for it. They were very accommodating with the change which was appreciated. Too long to bring dessert. Sadly may be a while before I return.

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vipAlf46
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect dining experience! Our waiter (Sam) was terrific - knowledgeable, friendly, professional and attentive without hovering. The food was amazing! My husband and I shared the mussels appetizer - full of flavor and tender and the peach salad with fresh ricotta (light as air) - a delicious combo - both were wonderful. I had the homemade spaghetti with duck confit - the best pasta dish I’ve ever had! My husband had the homemade linguine with seafood - also excellent. Portions are hearty so we are going to enjoy this again! We ended dinner with a decadent chocolate tort. A new favorite restaurant and we will be back!

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MonaW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and food. I would definitely recommend this place. Will be going back soon.

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vipslyons
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food service
One of my favorite all time restaurants

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Christopher
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

EXCELLENT MENU AND VERY GOOD SERVICE.
A GREAT PLACE FOR DATE NIGHT

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!! Never disappoints!!

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Firsttimediner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We needed a night out after the storm!

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vipGailT
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best restaurant in Montclair-a standout for food, service and ambiance-

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Julian
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Little noisy, but the service and food was excellent! Indoor and outdoor dining. Definitely go back again!

KB
KathleenB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, great service, and food was quite good. Meal was excellent. Only criticism would be that I would have liked a few more salad selections. Will definitely return.

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MichaelC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Montclair and this was our first time here. Food was great and the staff was excellent. BYOB like most places there. Highly recommend this place we will for sure be back!

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vipPeterT
Naples
45 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was 6’ apart inside, all wait staff had mask, Mario our waiter was terrific and food was outstanding.

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vipPalAl44
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is wonderful. The tomato appetizer was superb.

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JodiL
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent! Everything was delicious - would definitely recommend!

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vipNJdiner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was terrific and food was delicious. We shared the manila clams as an appetizer and salmon and trout for dinner. Food was cooked to perfection and very tasty. A bit noisy for me. Overall, a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

can’t say enough about this spot! my absolute favorite restaurant in jersey! food is to die for and everyone is so friendly!

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AlR23
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu of creative and very fresh dishes, both traditional ones and new creations. Definitely worth a visit.

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JoeC
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice food at the restaurant. Was pretty quiet which was nice.

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DavidT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was outstanding, service attentive. We out outside which was fine and less noisy than inside. You are eating on tables set up on bumpy asphalt that was part of the parking lot, but it worked out fine. We had shrimp appy (a meal in itself) wonderful fig salad, special haddock dish (huge portion, but well prepared) and the seafood risotto. BYO keeps it very affordable. Would definitely do this again.

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SpiceyMomma1
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I ordered steak. It tasted good, nicely seasoned but was tough to chew. I had to keep spitting out the unchewable pieces. I told the waiter who should have either offered something else, offered a dessert or taken the steak off the bill. I won't go back and won't recommend.

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BehrouzK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good but the service was a bit disappointing.

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BrettG
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The pace of the service was excellent & the food was super. We did not have dessert- next time!!

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vipSteveS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spot-on understanding of how to create an outstanding outdoor dining space and a kitchen that’s at the top of its game. BYOB adds to your wine pairing options with a menu that’s spot-on in terms of its diversity, creativity, and deliciousness.

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vipdisappointed
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Second time there. Ate outside this time for less noise. Food still good but a few items needed improvement: salad had almost no goat cheese or almonds, peach appy proportions were off and it also needed seasoning. Service spotty. Entrees very good. Will give it a 3rd try.

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vipaudreyw
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, except that both my husband and I order decaf cappuccino and we both work up in middle of nite. Seemed like it had caffeine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
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 on July 31, 2021
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 on July 29, 2021
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!!

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 1315 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.