Allegory

3.7
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
An exciting addition to Montclair’s culinary scene, Allegory is The MC's signature restaurant with a shared-plate, multi-course format. Lead by Chef Daniel Kill, Allegory emphasizes community dining through a small plate, multi-course, coastal Mediterranean influenced menu. Cocktails and wine are at the forefront of Allegory’s beverage program, which also taps local brew brands. Meanwhile, the private dining room offers an “off-the-menu” family-style dining experience. Located in the ground floor of The MC Hotel, Allegory is the welcoming flagship of downtown Montclair.

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas with an assortment of culinary delights accompanied by live music. Buffet selections include, roasted duck, braised short ribs, monkfish and traditional accoutrements. Decadent dessert table. Seating: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Price: $59 per guest, $35 per child 12 years & under.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

SEATING 1 6:00pm |4 Four Course Dinner ($65) Vegetarian option available SEATING 2 9:00pm| 5 course Dinner ($95) Champagne Toast Vegetarian option available

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 47 People Are Saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
3.7
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3.8
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4.0
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3.5
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server approached us to offer two different seating options for our party of 7, which was very thoughtful & we appreciated because one of the 7 was a toddler. The food was delicious & service was with a smile! We dined for brunch.

JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was not worth the money. It was low quality food masquerading as high-end food. Ambiance was nice and drinks were good. Service was great. Food was the main issue.

c
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Went for dinner on a Tuesday night. There was a live jazz band. The dining room was so empty that we actually chose to eat by the bar instead. Menu is limited, which is OK, but definitely check ahead if you're picky. I had the salmon entree and it came out room temp. My friend had the steak, which looked good, but also room temp. Portions are on the smaller side, so we did end up having to go grab another bite after. Overall, not bad, but I won't be back on a weeknight.

ER
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Thanksgiving dinner at the buffet,and it was very well attended to by staff. We thought the food was very good, and service nearly impeccable.

c
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was beautifully presented excellent choices

RF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very cool ambiance-our waiter was very good knowledgeable. Appetizers really good. My steak cooked to my liking. Wine list not great. Want to go back and sit at the bar.

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

The food was fine, nothing special. Tiny menu, very bland ambiance and continuous loop of not pleasant background music. A hotel restaurant and nothing more.

F
Philadelphia
183 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Many people wrote about slow service. Kevin, our sever, was excellent! Great recommendations and timing was not an issue.
It was a Sunday night and it was fairly empty.
Portions are really small but tasty! And, as others have written, alcohol prices are over the top!!

B
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When a new restaurant opens it is usually chaos for the first month or so so we usually wait and hope they work the kinks out. It seems to have paid off at Allegory as our first visit was just great. It was a Monday so it was fairly slow. Kevin was our waiter and he was very friendly and courteous. We shared the eggplant to start and then had the potato crusted cod and the Bolognese for our mains. All of the food was very good. Instead of dessert we headed up to the rooftop bar and it did not disappoint. We sat outside and the views are spectacular. Advice if you want to sit outside - dress warmly because the heaters while quite nice to look at provide little heat. We enjoyed everything about our experience at Allegory and will certainly return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was definitely good. Service needs some improvement. Not as slow as some previous diners’ experience, but still not a well oiled, polished experience. Think there are some major disconnects between bar, kitchen and dining room service. Not sure what kind of management and rather training exists. But, the place was not full, saw several staff lurking in corners at times and borderline hiding and our main courses came out cold.
Very open space. But, needs some warmth or continuity. Bar was full. but pretty vibeless. No regrets. But one and done.

f
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The experience was marred by the surprise cost of the cocktails. When we ordered a simple margarita we did not expect a price of $19 when their craft cocktails advertised on the menu are lower.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVED dining at Allegory . The ambiance was so lovely and interesting. Beautiful decor A NY kind of restaurant in NJ
The food is light and delicious and healthy I had a fluffy soufflé /the salad was so fresh with a delightfully light dressing
Had a tough time choosing since I liked a lot of the choices on the menu We had a party of ten and everyone was pleased
The service was also superb and valet parking is a wonderful amenity
I think it will be a new favorite of mine Highly recommend!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing. This place became my favorite restaurant in town. Definitely will be back.

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely bright space in the MC Hotel. Had brunch. Food was fresh, light and well prepared. Service was great. The space is beautiful. Have to try the lounge on the top floor! They even validate parking so don’t have the Montclair parking headache. Would definitely go back and try dinner.

A
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Worst service I’ve experienced. Waited 2 hours for our entrees.

DS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was an extremely unpleasant experience. Although we enjoyed our time with friends, we didn’t get any food for 2 hours, had to BEG for water refills, could not get our waitress to come to our table, and the noise level was outrageous. The bathrooms were FILTHY - as in highway rest stop filthy. The food was terrible. Needless to say, we will NOT be returning.

G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice. Restaurant is very new. I hope people discover it soon. Montclair needed a place like this.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The restaurant looks very nice. There was a large party that was having a great time, and you could hear it from across the restaurant. The service was good but not extraordinary. Waitstaff looks a bit inexperienced. The food was good portions were small for the price. I’ll be back in a few months. Will defend hit the bar again sooner.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was not that flavorful and overpriced

m
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were seated right away with our reservation time. They did not have grey goose vodka, nor did they have pineapple juice as a standard mixer. Cocktails were very strong, especially considering it was Sunday at 1pm. Waiter was slow and seem unfamiliar with fare on menu. My cousin's hot pasta dish came to the table cold and had to be reheated. With that said, my crab salad was divine, my sister's lobster dish was also highly rated and delicious. I like that the menu was small, because the food was quality. My coffee was warm not hot. They need some work, but I think I will give a second try in another month or so to see if things improve.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The service was a bit slow and the food was only so so. I had the porchetta with charred marinated lettuce--both were very oily. My husband wasn't overwhelming impressed with his strip steak dish. We're looking forward to visiting the rooftop which was not open when we visited.

SS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was delicious and it was not expensive for what we got. However, the space is so big and impersonal and—because there's no buzz yet, or because it's a bit out of the way—there were not many other people there. Overall, the lights were a little too bright and it was a little too quiet.

f
New York Area
377 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great addition to Montclair. Good room, vibe and service. Food waa amazing.

GD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance! Feels like being in a NYC hotel. A piece of city life in Montclair.

a
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

This was our first experience at Allegory. We were seated early for our reservation, which we appreciated and the table/booth was very comfortable. We weren't starving so we decided to just order two pastas as our entrees. The waitress tried to get us to order an app (on her), but we declined. It took over 40 minutes for our pastas to arrive and when they did, they were served in over-sized tall bowls that really did not fit the dish. The pasta was fine (bolognese and spatzle) but nothing special. They both needed salt. The manager came over to apologize and asked if we wanted wine (again, on them), but we declined.

Very disappointed in the service and food. Yes, they are new and probably working out the kinks but the restaurant wasn't that crowded and it should not have taken 40 minutes to cook pasta.

AC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Service was non existent. You could see the chaos on the floor with staff with headphones doing nothing.
Bread was served after asking waiter and then calling over house manager. It was was finally served without plates, butter or oil.
The level of frustration was high.
They need to get their act together.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner here before going to a concert for a friend’s birthday celebration. The service was fantastic and the food delicious!! Especially being a vegetarian there were many great choices...had a difficult time deciding. Will definitely come back.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was top notch but the food- though pretty- was sparse and very slow to come out. I hope they work out the kinks and I look forward to trying the roof bar in October.

HS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Really disappointed in the food.

VF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fabulous food and so reasonably priced. We had the fries with the dipping sauce, delicious. The beef tartar was seasoned perfectly, the yellow fin crude was fresh and a wonderful burst of flavors. The chef knows what he is doing. Portion size was perfect. There was four of us and we ate 3 different entrees, Spaghetti, Grilled Octopus and The Porchetta. We loved every dish. This is a must dining experience. And what is shocking it is in a hotel. We will be back soon

DC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a terrific brunch at Allegory, and I'm happy to report that there were some excellent dishes at not-unreasonable prices. The mezze platter -- and especially the labneh yogurt -- was quite good as a shared appetizer. The lobster salad sandwich was fresh and tasty, and the MC burger packed a good flavor. The MC chipwich was also very good, though not everyone in our party loved the mint ice cream. Still, we're looking forward to returning, and sampling more dishes.

TB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Welcome addition to the new wave of mega hip restaurants popping up in Montclair, however not "ready for prime time"!!
While the staff clearly has been trained to please, the kitchen cannot keep up! Waited over an hour for apps. After waiting another 45 minutes for the mains I asked for the check. It was just ridiculous!
Manager comped our last round of drinks and apologized.
Other than that, the place boasts a beautiful bar and lounge area with TV's everywhere. They could figure out a better door to the kitchen so you don't have to see the line up of staff waiting for their orders to come out.
Will definitely return in a year when the get the "kinks" out.

SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience4

It was extremely noisy, extremely slow service, very overpriced given the quality of food: some dishes were mediocre, some just plainly not edible. There was nothing enjoyable about our experience.
The restroom space is limited - there was a line all the time!

AC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The drinks and appetizers were great here. The entrees, not so much. First the entrees were the same size as the appetizers and there was no indication that we would need we would need more than one plate to have a filling meal (for example, the salmon was literally a piece of salmon with nothing else with it). Second, considering how small the entrees were, I thought they were waaaaay overpriced. Third of all, there were four of us with four different entrees, and we all thought the entrees didn't taste that great. Not bad necessarily but not good and definitely not worth the price. In conclusion, I think Allegory is fine for drinks and appetizers, but not for a full dinner.

SC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful new restaurant in Montclair that feels like it's NOT in Montclair, in a good way! Overalll feeling is like being in a W hotel--very nice, sophisticated decor, very good service, (a major rarity in Montclair where crappy service is the norm). Expensive, but fun for a treat or a date night. Food was very good, excellent drinks, very pricey though.

SH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

You can tell that the staff wanted to make a good impression. The cocktail and wine program is great! Kudos to the sommelier. The appetizers are good. We wish they had more hot vegetable sides. We will definitely go back.

WN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Some dishes were excellent (the Cod) and others, like the chicken tagine and the Spatzle (way too rich and funky)missed the mark. The service was fair (it took forever to order and get our appetizers). The space would be much. Nicer if they covered up the windows. Bloomfield Avenue views really take away from what would otherwise be a lovely space.
I would go back but probably wait awhile.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience. We had my wife’s surprise 50th birthday party and everything was perfect. The owner and staff took care and pride in ensuring everything was perfect for us. We returned after and received even better service for dinner.

F
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great drinks, super food and a wonderful time I this new restaurant! I suggest more vegetarian entrees for the menu

ME
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They’re still working on the speed of the service but everyone was really nice/trying hard! Creative cocktails, good food, very pretty presentation, nice upscale vibe would definitely go back