Fascino

4.6
1943 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Fascino, the brainchild of celebrity Chef Ryan DePersio and his family, is a study in modern Italian food, coined "Italian without borders." Ryan's unique approach is apparent, showcasing his years with world renowned chefs Jean Georges Vongrichten and David Bouley. Achieving a Zagat food rating of 26, it states, a "consistent" "favorite" for its "elegant", "innovative" interpretations of "traditional" dishes (and his mom's "alluring" desserts). 16 years and going strong, Fascino was renovated in 2010, completely redecorated with a fresh new look, and has an expanded menu.
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MikeL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The service was outstanding. It Seemed like we always had 2 or 3 people attentively waiting on us. The waitress Meg was phenomenal and gave great advice on the menu choices. And the pumpkin truffle dessert was out of this world ! We're definitely coming back there again ! And If we could give it 6 stars out of 5 we would !!!

RJ
RomeoJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fascino was a great place to eat. The menu was amazing and our server was excellent and very knowledgable. Great experience and dinner was extremely tasty. The dessert items were to die for.

NJ
vipfoodiesinNJ
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been coming to Fascino for many years and they NEVER fail to deliver the best, most innovative meals around. Just the anticipation of what surprises the menu might include when one makes a reservation is part of the joy of going there. There are certainly some great chefs in and around Northern NJ, but Chef Ryan is truly at the head of the class. EXCELLENT!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great ideas for the entrees, but execution lacking. Octopus had a gamey smell- possibly boiled without being grilled. Pasta with lemon-pecorino needed more of the latter. Scallops were very nice. Desserts were redeeming of the meal. Nice atmosphere.

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MarkB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef was on his game last night for sure! And our server, Michael, was, as usual, amazing!

JK
JoannaK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

3 of us had dinner at Fascino and it was our first time. We tried a lot of dishes. From appetizers, octopus, focaccia and hiramasa crudo were excellent but polenta fries were dry and tasteless. Tagliatelle with lamb ragu was good but there was too much sauce and it seemed too watery. We ordered halibut and cioppino special for our main courses. Halibut was overcooked and too dry and cioppino was not seasoned properly and a bit tasteless. Overall, food was ok but we will likely not be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is such a gem. Impeccable service. Delicious food and a beautiful ambience!

JR
JoeR
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always. Chef Ryan came out and greeted us. He inquired about our appetizers. Our server was a real pro and dinner was top notch. Our favorite in Montclair.

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chaseats
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

All entrees were wonderful. One of our party raved about the pistachio bread pudding dessert as one of the best he's ever had. BYOB only.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience!!
Javier our waiter is simple fantastic!

JP
JannetteP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

This is my 3rd time going to Fascino. This time the food tasted old and it was cold. The service was not welcoming. Will not go again.

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vipanthonya
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have not been here in many many years, food just as delicious now as it was then!

DH
DavidH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our wedding anniversary here and everything was excellent. The food was delicious and the staff was friendly. Can't wait to eat here again.

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pandagirl
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice dinner. Not exceptional. Limited choices.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night, great food, one of the best spots for pasta

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Bettehan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Wish they’d serve bread with a meal and a couple of green salads to choose from.

DJ
vipDukeJr
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Made a last minute reservation, enjoyed the oysters and pasta appetizers and our thee main dishes, a chicken, fish and beef were all delicious. The Apple dessert was spectacular and the service staff were exceptional. Truly made the night an enjoyable experience.

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Joannev
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out to dinner with 2 of my best girlfriends. Everything was perfect. Loved it and would go back again.
ThAnk you to your staff.
Joanne

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vipInsuranceman
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is outstanding

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vipAmeliaA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We were Celebrating our 10 year Anniversary. Food was amazing. Service was good however, they forgot to enter an appetizer and when my husband ordered a double espresso; he received a single.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food was just not good. Poor quality for the price that was paid.

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Judy
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would suggest Fascino for all the occasions listed above. The food is delicious and the menu options are different than your run of the mill restaurant. Attention to detail and use of local ingredients make this restaurant stand out above most places. The service is equally excellent. There were 4 of us and we shared 4 appetizers - 1/2 portion of duck rigatoni, octopus, hiramasa and a gorgeous badger flame beet salad. For entrees we had halibut, pork flat iron, duck breast and hangar steak. Everyone loved all the choices. Then I for dessert we shared flourless chocolate torte and apple crostata. The restaurant was quiet enough for easy conversation but not too quiet.

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JackieO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Staff was professional and welcoming. Our waitress was great - helpful, very pleasant and personable. The food was very good. Melon appetizer was excellent. Desserts were delicious.

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AlB0
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Their tag line is "Italian Without Borders" and that definitely comes through in the creativity shown in putting together these dishes. Do not go there expecting Italian food as you know it. If you lean towards being adventurous with food, this is the place for you. Ambiance was enjoyable and the service was professional and attentive without being intrusive. Enjoy!

JM
JimM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck was as good as it gets. We started with the polenta fries, which, in our opinion, are Must whenever we go. They might not sound so good, but try them and you'll understand. The service is always stellar. It's just a great restaurant and the fact that it's BYO makes it every better, since we all brought Huge wines!

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harrS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very good. Unfortunately several items were not available to be offered do to large party. Serving sizes a little small and no side dishes offered to accompany entree.

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StevenT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan’s food plus Mike’s service equals a homerun every time!

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Frequentdiners
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Fascino is always exquisite! So nice to be back inside to enjoy a birthday celebration.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was great. Even though I had a reservation for a high top we were seated at counter seating facing the wall in front of the busy kitchen. Hostess was rude and when confronted with seating stated that there was nothing available. Meanwhile, a high top next to us was vacant for the duration of our dinner.

Food was good but will not return for principle of the service and not being accommodating.

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MichaelZ
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

had romaine wedge which only provided one small wedge for $16 which was disappointing. Charred octopus was average, was flavorful but portions were rubbery. Braised duck rigatoni was very good. Our overall experience is that it was too expensive for the quality provided. No reason to return since there are so many other options that provide better quality food for the price. The service was very good and attentive.

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vipMeaty1972
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The chicken was outrageous. I will be back

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Fascino was one of our favorites in Montclair but very disappointed in my last visit.
service was not the same at all food was ok but not as good as it has been in the past. Very bright very loud which again was ot normal for Fascino. No bread now you must puchase breat as a appetizer and it was cold. Will not be returning anytime soon.

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RoasmarietD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the experience was excellent. We were seated quickly, our server was amazing, and the food was outstanding. We never felt rushed. The spaces between the tables was comfortable. Light music in the background. Our server made the night! Highly recommend.

KB
vipKBNJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

My husband and I have been customers since Fasci;no opened. This was the second time in ,10-15 years that we were truly disappointed enough to say that we will not be going back anytime in the near future. We understand that help and provisions are expensive and hard to get. The food was somewhat tasty, not excellent, as in the past, and the portions were terribly tiny. We ordered the sea bass and the size of the piece of fish we each received, was only one side of a less than a pound fish. The potatoes were supposed to be crispy, and were just cooked. Our friends' dishes were also super small. A tiny piece of chicken breast with a whole lot of mashed potatoes. The price was $36 for the sea bass, the dish was not even worth $24! We are used to spending a lot on food, and don't mind it. What we don't like is to pay for food and walk away still very hungry (we did have appetizers). We were just very shocked, and wondering what went wrong in the kitchen and what are they thinking about?

MC
MikeC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was great. It's a BYO. I would recommend Fascino.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food was delicious as always

PD
vipPamD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

While the food is always excellent, the service was awful. We were seated outside, had to constantly ask for basics like utensils, wine glasses, water, opening wine, remove plates and glasses from the table and the icing on the proverbial cake was when the heater crashed down on our table, breaking 4 glasses and the servers did nothing to clean up the broken glass and we were left there in the mess. At the very least, they should have moved us to another table. Unacceptable.

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AndrewF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

One of our main course didn’t come out like we normally get it even after sending it back.

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thor
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Was really surprised when the check arrived and I was charged $8.00 for bread/oil that I didn't even order.

Food was decent.

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Fascino is rated 4.6 stars by 1943 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.