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Fascino

4.7
1387 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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). Fourteen years and going strong, Fascino has been renovated, completely redecorated with a fresh new look, and has a newly expanded menu.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Continental
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday Afternoons - Private Events
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Phone number
(973) 233-0350
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan DePersio
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grove Street
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Parking details
Public lot within 100 yards of restaurant.
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Public transit
Lackawanna Train Station
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Additional
Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1387 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 2 days ago

What an overrated restaurant with mediocre food ( tasteless sauce with polenta fries, gritty clam pasta, overcooked buttermilk chicken), poorly presented dishes, a lack of the upscale ingredients described on the menu , and a pretentious greeter at the desk who made his segregation of front room guests ( mostly caucasian and young) from back room guests ( old, African American, Latin) obscenely obvious. Only high point was good service from our waiter (Mike?) . We all were unimpressed and none want to ever return.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food and attentive service. Warmly greeted and looked after. Tasting menu delicious and a great value.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Hadnt been there in over 10 years.... everything was DELICIOUS!

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Outstanding! We had shrimp scampi and the pork chop - awfully good and highly recommended. The pasta appetizer was really good! I would not hesitate to go back again and again!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Always delicious. My gnocchi melted in my mouth. Service always fantastic.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Fabulous experience. Our waiter, Danny, was phenomenal, and everyone in our party of five loved their meals. Easily one of the top 3 restaurants in Montclair. Looking forward to returning soon.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We went to Fascino for a birthday celebration and had a fantastic time! Everything from the service to the atmosphere was top notch. The highlight of course was the food!! Rhubarb is in season, which I happen to love and it was part of the menu especially well executed as part of the Foie gras of the evening. We were all extremely satisfied with our meals. We had dessert too and wow was it delicious. I had the special Pistachio Shortbread with Rhubarb, so yummy and my sister had the Molten Chocolate which was perfect. My sister loves chocolate and has eaten many of these over the years, she thought it may have been the best one yet.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Took a chance on recommendations on Trip advisor and it PAYED OFF. What an amazing time. Celebrating a girlfriends birthday and headed to the Wellmont Theatre after wanted to find a close place to dine. The service was Impeccable! The food creative, and delicious. And the personal touch of presenting my girlfriend with a birthday card and candle with her dessert without being asked..... True Attention to detail. Will visit again Very Soon.
Thank you for a lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We drive from afar to meet with our friends from Madison Nj we always select Fascino for many reasons notwothdtanding the great food. Today we dine at fine restaurants with untrained help. The waiters are trained well and that always enhances the experience.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

As always, excellent service and food. Great menu and Pasquilina always is a terrific serving person. If I lived in that area would be there all the time, but totally enjoy it when I meet friends there!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Excellent, have dined at Fascinos ‘s since it opened fifteen years ago and never fails to present anything but the best

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

we were given a gift certificate and didn't know what to expect - will definitely be back, great food, service, ambiance. Love it!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Birthday for friend.
Great meal. Very competent and pleasant staff.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a 6 PM reservation and we were not seated until 630. The service was incredibly slow and we did not even get our appetizer until 730 7:45. We asked the manager what was going on and complained and he said that they were backed up in the kitchen. Our entrées also took a really long time to come out as did the dessert, which in hindsight we shouldn’t have ordered. We complained several times without much response. At the end of the evening, not only was there no response, and not even a dessert offered as compensation, but they also included the tip as we were a large party. Very disappointing.
We didn’t get out of there until after 9pm and even getting our check was difficult. For a $500+ check this is unacceptable.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fascino is one of our "go to" places for great meals in northern New Jersey. We are always made to feel very welcome there, and the food is always terrific. The menu is a manageable size, creative and carefully chosen, with excellent vegetarian options. The food is lovingly and carefully prepared and presented, and the service is impeccable and friendly. This was our family's Mother's Day dinner, and everyone -- especially my wife and mother-in-law, the honorees of the day -- was extremely pleased with the experience. I personally had the appetizer special, a steelhead sea trout crudo with a calabrian chili mignonette, which was brilliant: fresh and buttery like a good quality salmon sashimi, with just enough tartness and spiciness to get one's attention without detracting from the flavor and texture of the fish. That was followed by extremely flavorful and perfectly al dente spinach casarecce with wild mushrooms, cacio e pepe and asiago cheese. (I love that dish and am always tempted to get a full order of it, but usually limit myself to the half portion as a substantial and excellent primo piatto. In general the pasta dishes here are outstanding. My wife had agnolotti with wild mushrooms and robiola in a basil pesto -- rich, but worth it! My son had the pappardelle with lamb ragu, and I am sure that if he could have licked the plate he would have!) My main course was a beautifully prepared magret duck breast, perfectly cooked medium rare as requested, with parsnips, cipollini, a ribbon of pickled rhubarb, and pickled mustard seeds, all in perfect balance. Mother's Day is not always considered the best day to eat at a restaurant, but you wouldn't have known that at Fascino. We had a very fine dining experience and Mother's Day celebration!!!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was excellent. The octopus was very flavorful and I liked the firm consistency. The lamb papardelle was tasty. The clam pasta was unique and good but probably not something I would get again. The fish was perfectly cooked but could have used a touch of salt. The skin was nice and crispy. Overall great experience and I would go again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Had a great experience ! Food was spectacular and service was stellar . Only negative comment is servers were always at our table so it’s hard to be alone if on a date.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great as always

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

My husband and I had a great evening with a delicious dinner, and attentive service.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

My wife needs to eat gluten free, since she has severe Celiac Disease. Fascino does a great job in providing options that are gluten free. The service is very good and the food is even better! We have visited several times with consistent results. If there is one drawback, it is that the restaurant is loud....but that hasn't stopped us from returning.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

One of my favorite places

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Wonderful food and service. Always a delicious and memorable experience!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

My friend and I went for dinner prior to a concert at the Wellmont theatre. The food was excellent and the service professional, prompt, and courteous. it was a bit pricey but with BYOB the price was right.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

As usual, delicious. Was looking forward to Bronzino but they were out. Had the black bass and it was absolutely delicious. Round table for 5, perfect. Just disappointed that Chef Ryan was traveling. Definitely going back ASAP.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

As always, this restaurant never fails to impress. The food was creative, beautifully plated and delicious. Service was professional- very attentive but, never interrupted our conversation. My only wish is that there was a parking lot for the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

This has to be my favorite restaurant. The food is always delicious. They know their stuff!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Server was attentive and food was great! Really liked the intimate ambiance of the restaurant. Great value and BYOB which is always nice!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This is without a doubt the best restaurant in Montclair for fine dining, so you have to be ready to pay the price. No matter what we order it is always fantastic!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We were so impressed with Fascinos! We loved the food and the service - everything was amazing! Don't miss this wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Wonderful food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our dinner as usual was delicious. But my brother’s birthday was not recognized until after our bill was paid. Even though it was noted on the reservation; we ordered 2 deserts and wait staff was asked earlier to take away wrapping paper from a present.
As we were getting ready to leave the waiter belatedly brought over a scoop of ice cream with a candle.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Everything was amazing, from the maitre'D tothe food, presentation, ambiance. Everyone was super courteous including the other guests. Definitely food to spark conversation

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was truly excellent. Only thing that was a bit off putting was the music. Pop radio music didn't fit and took away from the experience of eating wonderful food.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Fist let me make a correction the address is actually 331 Bloomfield Ave not 33 as list d by OT
We were celebrating our friends anniversary!
This place is perfect for any occasion!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Two couples went to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Service was great and the food was fabulous. Will definitely be back

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We wanted a special dinner to celebrate a 50th birthday. This was the BEST possible choice.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

last meal was very good, but it can be a bit spotty. Service is always excellent. We eat there fairly often and like it a lot. Best restaurant in Montclair, NJ. Being able to bring your own wine is a plus.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Chef Ryan came out and greeted us with a smile. Pasta was fantastic and you could tell was homemade. Great atmosphere and you can order wine to be delivered if you have forgotten it was BYOB.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Deliciously elegant with excellent food and service.

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