Laboratorio Kitchen

4.8
1431 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 1431 people are saying
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AliciaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner very much, along with the very professional service. I would return again without hesitation

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NicholasD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at Laboratorio a few times. It just keeps getting better. My son was very impressed. He had the steak and has been raving about it. Lorenzo, our server recommended the Dover Sole. What an amazing choice. It was outstanding!
Kudos to the chef and the staff. We will be back.

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Alyssa37mua
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our favorite restaurant to go to! The food is amazing every time we go.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, exceptional service. One of the best chef’s, if not the best, in the area!

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AlbericoD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent quality and the service matched it. Great, quaint spot for a date night.

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vipGeeF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service and nice ambiance! Definitely going back very soon!!

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vipFoodie4Life
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t been to LK since before the pandemic and it did not disappoint! Our server, Lorenzo, was on top of things - with an added bonus of his great sense of humor and wonderful support staff. The food was delicious and the portions were filling. We especially loved the shrimp, meatball on steroids and fig crostini apps along with the sole, steak and scallop entrees. We definitely won’t let so much time go by before we try it again and plan to host other friends in a few weeks.

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vipOweyz1
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this was our second visit and once again we thoroughly enjoyed our meals the shrimp in the arrabbiata appetizer were large fresh and perfectly cooked with a flavorful red sauce with fresh basil three of us ordered steaks each one was accurately cooked to the desired level requested the fourth entree was fresh pasta al dente with crab and shrimp in a marinara sauce that completely satisfied the party that ordered it we shared the cheesecake since we were stuffed and left feeling as good as one can after being well fed

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NanciM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my husband here for his birthday, and we had a great time. The ambiance was perfect for a romantic night without being too intimate. The food was amazing, and the service was impeccable. We would most certainly visit again for a special occasion or with guests in town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and presentation.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent! Service could have been better. Did a lot of waiting around. But overall will go back.

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allisonf
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Can’t wait to eat here again. The food was delicious. The presentation impeccable. The servers were attentive but unobtrusive. Still thinking about my meal. YUM

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Sherry
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good as was the presentation

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JzMag
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations 10 fold. Never been before. Service, while
Slightly confused at times was spot on and attentive. Cuisine was over the top. My wife had the fish special and I the seafood pasta. Delicious.
It explained why the restaurant was busy even at 5:15pm.
Wish you would move to Connecticut!!
ThAnks for a great meal. PS. I never write reviews.

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vipSchreibz
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around a five star experience. The staff was in synch and like a well oiled machine. The food was excellent as well. Will return often.

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RodrigoC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!!…..very good service.
Don’t forget your wine……

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Maddie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Delicious food and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Food was outstanding! Loved the meatball.

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WandaL
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Staff is amazing and food is delicious

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vipFoodie1836
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was Excellent
Decor can use help.
Server made grimaces, just his personality but that was a turn off.
Note to ownership: Your food is excellent! Service was quick, but servers lacking etiquette. Everytime we asked for a modification the server made faces as if we were annoying him. Otherwise everything else was great. And I'd get rid of the blue walls, you're not a greek restaurant.

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vipDaveR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and the service. We didn’t realize it was a byob, staff hooked us up by ordering some wine from a local place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service not very crowded which was good with covid we went early to avoid the crowd .

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vipDiegoM
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and very good food. Don't sell wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Also great for date and special occasion - love the menu and always fresh specials.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around !!! Superb service and presentation.

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MarenK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great meal and lovely lovely service. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipSandyB
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delightful meal at Laboratorio. This was our first time back in a while but we were not disappointed. The service was attentive and we appreciated that the servers wore masks. The food was delicious, especially the giant meatball and risottos. We will be back again soon.

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CamillaN
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so good and fresh great service really nice atmosphere 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food delicious, service great. Excellent!

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vipRichochez
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James is a true artist when it comes to his food preparation and menu choices!

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DeborahB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This has become our go to restaurant because of the awesome food and service. The only disappointment was that we were rushed out for the next seating.

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vipJaneK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and presentation were wonderful!

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Jazz
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are my favorite restaurant in Montclair

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was delicious and the ambience was nice. We were 15 minutes late to our 6pm reservation. Our only issue was they rushed our meal so they could accommodate the next guests for our table at 7:30. They were constantly coming by to take our plates and someone even took the clean fork and knives that had just been put out for my main course. They were totally overzealous and it was obvious they were trying to move things quickly. At 7:31, the waiter apologized and told us the next guests were waiting. As a result, we did not feel as relaxed as we could have/should have been. We were literally rushed out the door. Just know that you have an hour an a half window and that’s it.

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NicholasD
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely enjoyed our dining experience last night. We have been there many times before but two of our guests were very impressed as first timers. The food was outstanding and the portions were generous. The entire wait staff was excellent. We certainly will be returning.

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AnaE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Laboratorio and I had a great experience from the salad, main entree (scallops) and dessert.
The presentation and flavors were outstanding. Service was great, timed it very well between courses.
I will definitely be back!

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TJW2NJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recently came across this restaurant while walking in Montclair, and loved the menu and look of the restaurant. We went for an anniversary dinner last night and the restaurant lived up to our expectations. There was a nice selection of specials in addition to the regular menu. We started with a burrata appetizer that had olives, capers, micro greens and a balsamic reduction drizzle. It was just the right mix of salty and sweet. My husband got a jumbo shrimp special with a saffron sauce that was delicious. I had the cavatelli dish on the regular menu. It was good also, but a little more basic than other menu options. Portion size was good. The service was exemplary. The waitstaff regularly refilled and was very attentive. Jazz music was playing in the background giving the atmosphere an upbeat vibe. We loved this restaurant. I think it’s my new favorite, and we will definitely be back.

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Love2eat
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice seasonal menu. Excellent service. Our fish dish was under cooked and sent back to the kitchen. They brought back an entirely new piece which we were no expecting. Very good experience.

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MJWager
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

They rushed us out! Even tried to clear our first course when we were literally eating it.

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KastriotG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere. Food was delicious and very well presented.
Good service. All staff is working together to serve the customers.
I was impressed and I don’t get impressed that easily. I have high expectations as a Chef and Food Service director.

FAQs

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

Laboratorio Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 1431 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.