Halcyon Brasserie

4.6
1561 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Halcyon is a fine seafood brasserie, specializing in the freshest local catches, boasting a full service raw bar, upstairs lounge, and tranquil atmosphere. At this time we are offering indoor dining and take-out Tuesday-Sunday. Days of operation for outdoor dining is TBD while we increase our staff to ensure the best possible experience. In order to ensure proper sanitation between reservations, we have a strict time limit per table. Thank you for your understanding as we adapt to these challenging times.

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
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1561 people are saying
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vipRonnie
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous restaurant with amazing food. Great place for special occasion or for casual dining.

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KarenD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! First visit and will definitely return!

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BenG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a great atmosphere. The paella is excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We booked and requested outdoor. Halcyon called morning of and stated would not be doing outdoors seating and would we like indoors. I tentatively agreed, checked with my friends. We went, got seated literally in a spot everyone needed to pass by our table to enter dining area. Also seated us next to another party, despite areas with no one seated. It’s a narrow space. At the end of our meal, friends went to bathroom in rear. Discovered they were seating people outdoors! Furious, my first experience with this restaurant and won’t be going back. The food was fine, pricier than any other option we had- given only doing indoors. And, fwiw all restaurants in area around them were seating outdoors.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for date night. Food was delicious and ambiance was romantic.

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Dalmiry
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good the food was amazing! Our server made sure to check on us which was nice considering it was busy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time in this place and we had the same waiter! Mark if you see this you’re an absolute gem!!! Excellent service and excellent food! Pretty sure I’ve finally found my favorite restaurant in jersey!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on a Thursday night and as requested we had outside seating. The service was pretty good and the outside ambiance was fun and great! The noise level was manageable considering it is outdoor. We ordered different dishes and they were all equally delicious! Will definitely be back when we are back in town.

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vipTerynC
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mackenzie, our server, was absolutely amazing. Outdoor ambience is a nice touch. Food was absolutely delicious - had the grilled oysters, beau soleil oysters, caesar salad [LOVED], sushi special of the day & paella. Their wines by the glass selection is pretty good. Overall great first experience, definitely coming back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Seated outdoor. First, it took 5 to 8 mins for the hostess to come to the table to seat us. Then the waiter was very slow, the soda we asked for first was flat so we asked for another soda and the waiter never came back to the table with the drink. So my husband had to go to the bar to get our drinks. The bartender felt so bad that he gave us the soda on the house. After the waiter saw us drinking he never apologized or asked even once if we were good. The service needs improvement. Also, the the paella dish we bought didn’t have lobster. It had 3 shrimp, one scallop and lots of chicken. Not worth the money spent.

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vipBKLNMAMA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa our waitress, was fantastic, she knew the menu and made dining an experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Service was excellent. Drinks were delish.

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vipKenD
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sophisticated dining in an out-of- the-way part of Montclair. The food was fantastic, although the portion on my main course was a little skimpy. Service was friendly but a little slow and disorganized. My wine came well after our appetizers. Firsts - duck salad and thai-style mussels, superb. Mains: a swordfish special with sweet potato- wonderful. My main was billed and scallops with English-pea gnocchi and vegetables - only 3 scallops and 2 gnocchi hiding somewhere on the plate of mostly veggies. Good but for $38 I expected more. Flourless chocolate cake for dessert was excellent. Lovely decor, a bit on the noisy side.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was fresh and fast and very flavorful!

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foodies
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were quite surprised to be charged $3.00 for a second cup off coffee in addition to the $3.00 for the first cup.

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BIGBLUIZ
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant good food great service hard to park. Have quarters ready for meters . Expensive for what they give. Portions small. But fresh and delicious. . Noisey but was a fun place that has a huge bar. I will go again but not anytime soon. Will wait till the winter bc parking is hard to find a space.

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vipSALLYGEE
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have been to Halcyon many times. We sat outside under the tent. It is a great structure and we felt very comfortable.
The food is always good but this time, my husband ordered simply grilled salmon. Although it was tasty, the size of the portion was about 4x3, definitely NOT a portion size for anyone. It came w/ broccoli rabe and potato but he was still very hungry. My simply grilled shrimp were good, also with a side of potato and brussel sprouts. The portion was 5 small-medium shrimp.
The apple crumble was delish.
They should work on portion size.
Next time, I will approach the manager.

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vipavidtraveler
Atlantic City
47 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come here often because ofcthe great food and staff. One of our Montclair favorites

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ChrisW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu, cocktails, and service are all stellar!!

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KellyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute restaurant! The food and drinks were really good.

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Maria
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about Halcyon! Food, staff, outdoor - all amazing !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

We ordered the lobster flatbread special, the lemon zest over whelmed our palates. Cornish hen entree was bland, skin was not crisp, and polenta watery. Scallop entree the protein was cooked properly but the accompaniments were inedible. On the upside the mussels were delicious as usually and the services was excellent. I’ve been to Halcyon many other times and will give benefit of the doubt that this was a one time experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional restaurant with amazing vibes ! Really cool menu. The place is filled With happy folks ! Fresh fish and cool cocktails in a beautiful ambiance. You won’t regret dining here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was very good, I particularly loved the Grilled Oysters. My cocktail was just okay, I had the Laid Back. Our server Mark was delightful! I will definitely be back!

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vipMekaLu
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love!!!!! The char grilled oysters. Never had them before coming here and I’ll only take them this way ☺️

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led260
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Halcyon is a sophisticated eatery with excellent service and a warm atmosphere. Seafood is their specialty and it did not disappoint. We all enjoyed our appetizers and entrees. As a bonus, the cocktails and desserts were delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Huge thank you to Mark he made our dining experience even more awesome!

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KimberlyS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was bland and just okay for the price. Brunch there was not worth $113 for 3 people, not worth the price at all and no need to go back especially when there are much better places to go to in Montclair.

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Crystal
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The appetizers were very good, we had the grilled oysters and the calamari. However the main dishes, the colossal crab cake entree and the cheeseburger were not worth it. The crab cakes were breaded and deep fried and tasted heavily of mayonnaise, not something you’d expect to be done with such fresh crab. The salad was also warm and coated in a rich dressing. The dish was not enjoyable. The cheeseburger was over cooked and the pomme frites were greasy. We also had another patron repeatedly turning to stare at myself and my husband, which is to no fault of Halcyon, but did make the experience uncomfortable. It was louder than expected as well, but not unbearable. The cocktail Paloma was also very good. We won’t be returning however.

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Carol
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was lovely, but a bit noisy. Tables were too close for the pandemic. Food was very good and the service was efficient.

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AngelinaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent!!! we went for brunch and definitely will go for dinner as well.

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vipBren
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We ordered all of our dishes from the specials menu. Beet salad needed a bit more seasoning and fresh pepper wasn’t offered. The special flat bread had chunks of sausage and would have been better with crumbled sausage. The pork chop was juicy and well cooked. The Bronzino with the eggplant topping was flavorful but the chunks of sausage on the side were unappetizing. They were the same sausage chunks from the flatbread.
The service was excellent and very professional. The cocktails were great and well made.
My only real down fall of our experience was the 3-4 black flies above and next to our table. They were on the wicker light fixture and on the blinds in the window during our whole meal. That’s why I gave 4 stars. Hopefully they will remedy this situation and make the tables near the windows a more pleasant dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I had told the restaurant it was my moms birthday but there was no acknowledgment. I used to regular Halcyon and both the food and drinks have declined in quality. And of the raw fish items are still very good (sushi, raw bar, etc) but the cooked food was over cooked and though oversalted, bland. Drinks have become very weak. Service was okay a bit slow at times to get cocktail refills and not the precision service I’m used to. I know that places are understaffed so my review is much more concerned in the decline of the quality of food and drink

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MontclairFoodie
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Menu choices, food and service were all great!
But very loud, very expensive!

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fredc
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the cocktails are so thoughtfully created and delicious.The upstairs space is beautiful. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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DickR
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had mixed feelings about the food. I had the scallops, and both the scallops and the English pea accompaniment were outstanding and the best I have ever had. My wife had the Paella and I thought it was great. I thought it was dry. I also didn't like the coffee nor the apple crisp. It had the absolutely way too much topping (which was hard jn spots) and the apples were way too soft (precooked?). My wife enjoyed the coffee and the mousse.

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beverlyw
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Appetizers were good. Drinks were eh. Ordered a cosmopolitan and had to send it back. Switched to vodka and tonic. No faith in bartender. Had scallops they were quite good. My husband ordered the cheeseburger (after the waiter was unable to give an adequate description of the fish of the day) medium rare with unsalted fries. Burger was well done, fries were extraordinarily salty.
Noise level was at times unbearable.

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vipMaya
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never had a bad meal at Halcyon Brasserie! Last night was especially busy, so I didn't love our corner seating arrangement, but the food came out quickly and service was great. We got the crab avocado sushi roll, PEI mussels, blackened fish tacos and a lobster flatbread (special) - everything was EXCELLENT!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch and there were so many Great things to choose from. Raw bar options as well as classic eggs Benedict and French toast. Everything was wonderful

FAQs

Halcyon Brasserie offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 744-4450.

Halcyon Brasserie is rated 4.6 stars by 1561 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.