Halcyon Brasserie

4.7
1513 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 1513 people are saying
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4.5
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4.7
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ariday
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Very good restaurant if you’re just starting to eat at sleek restaurants. They have a variety of different ways to eat seafood like a raw bar, rolls, fried, etc. Food servings (entrees) are great. Some appetizers are super small. Beware of the service however as you may be looked down upon if you're in your early 20’s. (Waitress didn’t think we could afford the food)

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vipMichaelW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good!

Food, service and atmosphere was fantastic!

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vipFinerDe
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sit outside under the tent and you can pretend you are away on vacation. Tropical plants and curtains swaying in the breeze! Everything was great! We’ll be back a lot!

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vipNotEasyToPlease
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

What a wonderful meal! We've dined here in the past and this is such a pleasant upgrade. And then I noticed that they have a new chef -- Shawn Dalziel. Of course! I've always loved our meals at Laurel & Sage, his previous restaurant. The blackened swordfish was truly memorable. The scallops melted in your mouth. One of our guests said the crab cakes were the best crab cakes he'd ever eaten. The crispy calamari, while still giving you that crispy fried guilty pleasure was light and tasty. The service was very friendly, without being chummy and professional. I've always liked this restaurant but now I love it. I will definitely be back! Compliments to the chef!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!!! We had the oysters and tuna tacos to start. My husband had the paella and I had the swordfish special. So delicious, so much flavor.

Our server was very nice and attentive.

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vipRajT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very flavorful, healthy, and creative food entrees included lots of vegetables Excellent and unobtrusive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food Fresh atmosphere very nice

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!! Great service wonderful food and beautiful atmosphere.

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vipRedhand
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server McKenzie was GREAT. Thank you!!! Very attentive, explained specials in detail.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! Service was great as well...We will be back the next time we visit New Jersey!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food love the ambiance

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vipReggie
St. Louis
34 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Excellent food & drinks. Great wine selection. Outstanding service. Little noisy downstairs for conversation but much better upstairs. However while the downstairs is well lit (just right) the upstairs has a loungey ambience with less lighting.
Importantly, the seafood is very fresh and the menu has something for everyone. We will be going back.

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ElizabethB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal at Halcyon. The fish is fresh and perfectly cooked. Drinks are delicious! The ambiance of the place can't be beat. Looks no further, its a wonderful place to have a meal!

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ElizabethD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went out to celebrate a graduation. We were greeted promptly by a friendly greeter and brought to our lovely table. Our server was extremely friendly and professional. He explained the specials and was patient with us. Food came quickly and was delicious. The timing between the appetizer and entree was a bit fast, almost felt like the plates were instantly swapped out. Not a big deal but not my preference for a celebration meal. Food was fabulous. We ordered a bottle of wine and our server was a pro at pouring and keeping an eye on when We needed refills. We enjoyed everything and all of us ordered dessert. The server was so sweet to put a candle in our graduates dessert! The overall experience was great. I did find it surprising how loud the restaurant was at five pm. We were glad we didn’t have our elderly parents with us as they would have been uncomfortable with the noise level.
We look forward to returning for another dinner soon.

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OuraniaZ
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from start to finish. The drinks were delicious and unique. The food was divine.

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JT1027
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Very noisy. Service was slow. One of our appetizers didn’t get to the table until everyone else was done. We waited 20 minutes before a waiter came over to our table to ask if we wanted drinks.

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MorningstarTravels
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The restaurant has gone down in terms of cuisine. They have the wrong folks in this kitchen now. This used to be one of my favorite spots in Montclair but now it’s like being in a celebrated chain restaurant.

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Penguin
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We made our reservation on open table and requested outdoor dining. When we arrived, we were escorted to a table inside. The bar was packed the restaurant was crowded and very noisy. The air conditioning was blaring. I went back to the hostess and confirmed that I had requested outdoor seating. She went outside to check if seating was available for us and it was. We had a choice of tables outside and chose a table near a quieter group that was dining. They were very accommodating because the speakers to the radio were directly behind our table and they quickly lowered the music upon the request. Our drinks were ordered and quickly delivered our food came out and was all very tasty. We didn’t feel rushed we felt very relaxed. We were all full from the delicious food so we were not interested in dessert. They gave us ample time to sit and finish our wine, enjoy our conversation with friends, and we never felt pushed out the door. We will definitely be back.

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vipAjmich
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Can’t wait to go back!

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vipDavidR
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great menu. Well executed food. Servers are on point.
Everything we ordered was excellent....and great drinks.
I will be back. Small criticism they seemed slammed and some parts of service became choppy but I really enjoyed dinner.

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KikiG
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience - everything was delicious from the cocktails, to the appetizers and entrees. Our waiter was fantastic and there was no pressure to hurry and leave. We actually ended up closing the place! Looking forward to returning soon!

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Timetoexplore
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent outdoor atmosphere and ambience! Unbeknownst to me, the outdoor area is joined with Egan’s which adds that much more flare and energy. It was great to be outdoors with everyone whether simply drinks or a full dinner. Friendly hostesses, wait staff, etc. A much needed reprieve from the pandemic, and very, very well done in every way. Food presentation and taste is superb. Highly recommended, and the vibe literally transports you away as if you are near the water, and not in NJ.

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Cindy
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Especially exceptional last evening. We came on the early side for my birthday dinner. Everything - service, music, food, vibe, even the sunlight shadow across the marbled wall was just perfect. Fantastic cocktails. The creole risotto, diver scallops and the seasonal vegetables it was served with were mouth watering... talk about delicious sauces to give just the right added flavor kick without dominating the dish. Ditto for the fried cauliflower. Flourless chocolate dessert to die for. My bf - who had never been to Halycon before (and frankly is a tough customer on many levels) couldn’t have been more complimentary and delighted with the entire experience. And as a lifelong tequila drinker he found a new tequila he likes even more than his regular thanks to our server.
Thrilled that Halycon has maintained its reputation as a great dining establishment, despite a tough year. And special thanks to Iliana for the window table suggestion 🙏. Cindy and Al

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and drinks. We had to flag down our waitress several times, but still good service.

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vipChris
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Been going to Halcyon for a few years now, but the food from yesterday's brunch was not good--I was tempted to send some if back. Also, the waiter said he would bring out the food in stages, but after oysters, we just got 4 plates of food at once (for 2 people!). What happened to serving appetizers first?! I hope this place doesn't go downhill.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Good food and ambiance but service was extremely poor. Not so much the waiter but more so the manager Chris who came across very rude and condescending. Our party of five asked for separate checks so that we wouldn’t have to waste time at the table calculating who ordered what. The manager Chris rudely shared that he could not provide an accommodation even after I shared with him that I had been there several times before and never had an issue with getting separate checks!

I grew up in Montclair and have been to Halcyon multiple times, and each time that I’ve gone in the past with a large party the waitress or waiter has given us all separate checks without any issue. Not sure how they did it but it was done nonetheless.


The manager Chris basically called me a liar and didn’t offer any apology or any alternative solution. He has zero customer service skills and someone should explain to him that it’s not so much what you say but the way you talk to people that makes all the difference in their experience. The Halcyon owners should really consider re-training him. Additionally my friend looked up reviews on other platforms and found out there have been other complaints about him as well. Unacceptable behavior. I will not be returning again. And furthermore I will be sharing my experience with my multiple networks so that they are aware as well. There are simply too many amazing eating options available in Montclair for this establishment to think they can get away with treating people like this. Shameful.

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KellyS
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I had high expectations and Halcyon did not meet them. At a restaurant of that caliber, I expect to drink out of a real glass, not plastic, even if outside. Service was very slow. It was loud. Food was ok, not great. A disappointment overall.

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WendyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch! Beautiful interior and great staff.

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Diana
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always really great drinks and dishes. Was perfect for Mother's Day!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is located in an easily accessed location. Overall the food and service are always amazing.

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lisal
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends. This is one of my favorite restaurants and always a great experience.

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vipV2018
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Generally enjoy this restaurant a lot, as it’s very professional and the seafood is great. However, the blackened fish tacos I ordered last night were literally too salty to finish. Disappointed :(

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

Fantastic brunch!

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LPTRO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome quality and ambience as usual. Table service a bit slow but overall all very good. Will return and return

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Fishmonger
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always excellent here. You won’t be disappointed!

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yolanda
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing! food was amazing..., can't wait to go back..omg the truffle fries..out of this world. 😍

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ElizabethH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place, very good food, great service, relatively quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

A long awaited brunch date with my husband turned out to be lackluster at best. All the staff seemed like they couldn’t be