Corso 98

4.4
19 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Located near the Walnut Street Station in Montclair, NJ, Corso 98 is your neighborhood BYOB Italian restaurant bringing you comforting yet fresh dishes inspired by recipes passed down. As a Pioneer on Walnut Street and in the Montclair dining scene for 22 years, we look forward to continuing to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Our Bakery, Cafe, and Specialty goods shop located next door, Cucina 98, is filled with many favored confections as well as artisanal breads and pastries, and brings you right back to Italy with our specialty goods offerings. On Saturdays after the Montclair Farmer’s Market, pop into the bakery where you can find Mama Lucia making fresh ravioli all day with a variety of fillings. You won’t find anywhere else in New Jersey that has “Mama” making you fresh pasta on display for you to take home.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to welcoming you back into our dining room!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
What 19 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEdfrmnj
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent
exceptional Italian meal
nice space—great for conversation

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vipAmaki50
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never would have found this spot except I was seeking a midway restaurant between Westchester NY and southern NJ. Well, it proved to be fantastic. We sat inside where it was quiet. Considering the quality of the food, it should have been packed every night.
We shared an arugula salad which was very fresh and the fresh mozzarella, also very good. My partner had the pesto pasta which he enjoyed and I had the scallops which were fantastic. Our other guests loved the bolognese pasta and the shrimp risotto. The service was spot on and we will definitely put it on our dining list as a destination restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough nice things about my dinner here. My guests and I have never been somewhere that every single dish was a knockout. Amazing, cannot wait to go back

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vipMichaelW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere was all outstanding.

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viprgd18
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice to see that Corso 98 has re-opened. My wife is a vegan (I am not) and there are good vegan options on the menu. The food and service were excellent. We ate outside which was comfortable.

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vipNJresident
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Bread was the best bread I have ever had. Salmon and pasta dishes were very good, but not outstanding. Meatballs and mozzarella were very good.

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josephg
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Impressed with the quality of the food! A bit disappointed that one of the evening specials on the menu was not available.

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vipKimB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delish!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites! Excellent experience every time.

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Diana
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We have visited this restaurant in the past when it was run by a different chef and a group of people it does not live up to the standards of the prior owner and Chef. The food is not as good the menu options are lessened and things such as a half portion of pasta and gelato is no longer available. This is not a matter of G you used to what was there before this is a matter of graciousness and choices that make a restaurant outstanding rather than okay. The restaurant in the past was outstanding from every single level. I certainly would give it another try covid certainly has made it more difficult for restaurants to do their best and he's this is a new chef and perhaps is still finding her way. The room is lovely a little bit noisy this time staff was fine we will try it again.

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Teacher0109
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service, great ambience, patrons were not talking loud (which ruins it for me in a restaurant). BYOB is always a plus.
Beet salad (?) was delicious and listed as a salad but not really a salad. 6 chunks of beets placed on a plate with a few pieces of arugula underneath and a few sprinkles of ricotta salata. Could have been beefed up a little more.
P.E.I. muscles were presented in a tasty broth with sausage but the muscles tasted as if they have been sitting around a while. Not causing us to send them but they were not the freshest. The Sicilian orange cheesecake was very good.
Overall a very good experience. Would definitely go back.

SM
StevenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

So great to see Corso 98 return to the Montclair restaurant scene. Food was excellent and service was solid. We chose to dine outside on a beautiful evening - the only problem was we werent fans of the music coming from Montclair Brewery across the street...but that is more our problem than anything. It was just great to see Montclair back to normal post pandemic.
We do think the food is a bit on the pricey side

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, attentive staff, lovely indoor space. I’m glad this was my first time, and definitely will not be my last time at Corso 98.

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vipPMontclair
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was nothing special. The waiter seemed too busy to really serve us. We had to ask for things several times. Also the website says they have "elegant outside seating." Tables on a sidewalk near parked cars is not elegant seating. That was entirely misleading. The pasta was tough. It was a disappointment overall--outside of the baked oyster appetizer which was very good.

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peterc
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Our waiterChris, seemed to be on his own. Our food was dropped in front of us by the bus person without a word. Everything needed seasoning, and my chop was severely undercooked. Dessert was very good, but by that time we were very disappointed that we had wasted a night out.

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GWHS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Starters were great, but mains/pastas left a little to be desired

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vipLive2eat
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five star food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Glad it reopened!

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vipNASN
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff was amazing ! Can’t wait to go back 🍉

Corso 98
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for your very positive review! We appreciate you dining with us and also can't wait to have you back!

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FAQs

Corso 98 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 746-0789.

Corso 98 is rated 4.4 stars by 19 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.