Fascino

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$31 to $50
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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Happy Valentine's Day - Fascino will be offering a 4 Course Prix-Fixe Menu - $99/pp, plus tax and gratuity. This menu will be available for Friday & Saturday - 2/14 & 2/15! No a la carte menu will be offered. Thank you!

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 1725 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant experience with service and food being top notch. Highly recommend the tasting menu to experience all the menu has to offer. We look forward to our next visit.

TG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Food was good. But pricey. Need attention to presentation and food plating. Restaurant itself is not very memorable.Wait staff very friendly. They should consider better signage in outside of building. I have been on this block many times and never noticed that they were there.We will probably not choose them again .

r
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

wow, what a difference from the last two times we dined here. things are definitely so much better! the service was excellent and the food was very good. this is the fascino's i remember from years ago. thank you for returning to a montclair favorite of ours.

BR
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Fascino many times since they have opened. We have never been disappointed. Six of our party had appetizers, entrees and desserts and everything was outstanding. This is a restaurant that is not to be missed.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was pleasant and the food creative, We had the tasting menu which was a good value. The oysters were delicious although would have enjoyed more traditional sauces with them. The chili sauce was still very good as was the cucumber sauce. The scallops were excellent but the best part was the dessert. It was amazing.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service, ambiance and experience. We loved the chef and staff, very attentive to people with allergies! The appetizers and pasta were very good, the pork chop was amazing too, though the salmon and steak did not impress. Excellent desserts and coffee to close the night.

P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place for any ocassion, always great service, menu is so consisteent, never a flaw or mistake.

AW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience. The food was comparable to the best meals that we've experienced, and the decor, staff and service were exceptional. It was a pleasure to meet the chef's father, who came to our table to introduce himself. Knowing that a restaurant of this caliber, run by such nice people, is in my neighborhood brings me tremendous joy. I will be back soon!

LE
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love eating here - usually as a special occasion. The food is always phenomenal

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My boyfriend and I dined here this past Saturday night for our anniversary and opted for the tasting menu. We’ve done several tasting menus in the past, and usually the whole concept of a tasting menu is to have specific dishes with robust flavors complement each other in a unique way. What we had at Fascino was more of a standard prix fixe menu than anything else. With that said, this restaurant had both pros and cons, I would go back a second time to get a better gage on this place and see if our dining experience will be consistent with our first visit.

Pros:
The octopus is absolutely delicious, cooked very well and the gnocchi was amazing. I opted for the lava cake to replace my dessert sampler and it did not disappoint. While the service was slow, the waiters were extremely nice and accommodating. They apologized for the mix up with the food and gave us biscotti to take home. Ambiance was nice and a BYOB establishment is also always a plus.

Cons:
My pasta dish came out cold and they forgot the second course so ended up bringing it out before the main dish. I had the chicken with polenta as a main course and wasn’t a fan, it was just okay. The service was extremely slow, we waited about 35 min for each course to come out and they ended up forgetting the second course and brought it out towards the end. I understand tasting menus take a bit longer to execute, but as mentioned above, this was more of a prix fixe as you don’t get the same experience you would get in a traditional tasting menu. Even then, the wait time between each course is roughly around 15-20 min each.

I would recommend individuals to try this restaurant but to lower expectations a bit as Fascino should not be on the pedestal it currently sits upon.

p
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently wonderful dining! Salomon was perfection.
Waitstaff and host were attentive and professional. The polenta fries are always a special way to begin the dining experience!

JM
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Almost 5 stars in every category, what else can I say

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Took way to long between 1st and second course 45 minutes. Almost 3 hours for a dinner for 2 is not acceptable. Pasta course was bland and lacked pizzaz. Not a Fascino like dish. We missed New Years Eve celebration and were very upset. By the way we enjoyed the other courses but took dessert home at 12:30 Sorry Ryan

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in the area, one of the best in New Jersey. I have been going to Fascino’s for at least 15 years and it never disappoints

EC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special white truffle entree on homemade cavatelli with a caccio e pepe sauce was out of this world. And it was sized perfectly (given the richness of the dish) bigger than an appetizer but smaller than a regular pasta entree. It was outstanding!!

JW
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fascino never disappoints! Superb food, tremendous staff and an overall great culinary experience. You will not be disappointed!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic!!

BF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How nice to dine early on the day AFTER Christmas. It was so quiet and we had very attentive service. The food was superb. I think the $79 Tasting Menu was perfect. Perfectly sized smaller portions. I enjoyed all the amazing tastes and the variety of dishes. Fascino is definitely on our "Repeat visit" list.

LC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant, we were pleasantly suprised and will return.

DI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with wonderful, pleasant staff and service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great, however, the tasting menu takes FOREVER!! I couldn’t believe how long we waited between courses!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu and wait staff

F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Food just not worth the price.. under whelming.

j
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in the area! Never disappoints.

BP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made this reservation for 10 people for an early dinner. We arrived at 5:00 and were seated at a table away from the door with a bit of privacy. All of our party enjoyed the great food and were not rushed or made to feel we were overstaying our visit. We finally departed at 8:30 and will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding from start to finish. Shared the polenta fries w gorgonzola fonduta app, awesome combination. Beet Salad got a good revue & Squash soup was on par with the better soups around. Shared a Pasta course & the gnocchi with sweet sausage was very good. Unfortunately it was too much food to eat more than half of our entrees. My pork chop saltimbocca included one of the most tender & juicy chops I've ever eaten. And the Buttermilk Chicken was another delicious creative dish. The Service was just right & down home friendly. This dining experience met all expectations.

JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambiance and food was fantastic. Wait staff seemed light for this busy restaurant and could have been more attentive. Overall, an outstanding restaurant with incredible food. We were a party of 8 who all had a wonderful time. Would highly recommend and we WILL be back soon!

s
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We've dined at Fascino multiple times over the years, and this latest experience was not an exception to our previous experiences. The main dining area was full, the noise level was moderate and the service was impeccable. Four of our party of six ordered the tasting menu, while the other two ordered a la carte. Our server quite properly suggested all participate and the reasons became apparent quickly. Our initial courses were being served while the other guests waited for their entrees. Notwithstanding, the meals were superb. The short ribs were "to die for". We stayed longer than might have been expected but servers never made us feel rushed.
So before the year ends, I suspect we will be saying "Book it Danno".

OT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have not been there for about 2 years and we will be there again soon. Good service and excellent food.

JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was terrific! Our waiter Sergio was attentive. I wish that the dress code was more upscale. I don't understand why people feel like they need to dress like they're at McDonalds rather than an upscale restaurant.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down THE BEST RESTAURANT in Montclair

VB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Fascino has changed so much. Portions have become bigger but beauty and flavor is gone. Pasta and duck were nothing special, service annoying. Go to Turtle and Wolf or Farbourg instead.

JB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Went to Fascino's with another couple. Dinner was delicious. I wish, however, there were more salads to select from as an appetizer.
It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was very noisy. Our waitress was good, not great. Perhaps she had too many tables to tend to.
It is a BYOB, even though the website does not tell you that. Parking that night in Montclair was just awful, which put a damper on the evening right from the beginning.
But, the meal was worth it all.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I loved the food, wasn’t thrilled with the deserts. But still we do love Fascino.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent !

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great quality, unique food served in a superior manner.

D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and new homes. The food was delicious and the service incredible! Will come again!

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. I highly recommend doing the tasting menu.

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Quiet ambiance where one can enjoy a good conversation and a pleasant meal. There are classic and modern/ unique Italian dishes. The service is top notch.

PP
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

excellent service....my wedge salad with crumbled ricotta on it was pretty much dry...the good news is the ingredients were super fresh--romaine, tomatoes etc.--but it's like they forgot to dress it all! Halibut dish was in a mild broth with lots of fresh veggies under it--a decent meal but I was not blown away by it. In all fairness, I'm not a huge "fish person".