Samba - Montclair

4.6
156 Reviews
$30 and under
Brazilian
Homestyle Brazilian fare served in a stylish, rustic space with antique pots & vintage tableware.

Samba is now the only restaurant certified as a gluten-free restaurant in New Jersey from the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG). @glutendotorg . We are not conforming to a trend. Due to personal experience, gluten
sensitivity is a very serious matter. For the safety of others who are gluten-free, no outside food or cakes will be allowed in the restaurant.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 156 people are saying
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Juli
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great spot for a later dinner, very cozy like you’re in the jungle with all the plants there. Great atmosphere very friendly and attentive staff. I would highly recommend

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vipangelicab
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have been to in Montclair!! Amazing atmosphere, great service and absolutely delicious food! My husband and I had a table in a private little corner and it was a very romantic perfect evening. I will be back!!!!

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FoodTraveller
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was superb as usual. Our party had a wonderful time. Can’t wait to come back.

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vipAnnA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We’ve been wanting to try Samba and we were not disappointed! The food was delicious and we absolutely loved the ambiance. We will definitely be back. Perfect for date night.

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ChristieM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, incredibly beautiful ambiance, and great service. My favorite restaurant in Montclair!

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RyanH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing menu and food. Is BOYD, but there is a wine shop right around the corner. Service was exceptional, highly recommend.

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vipRichardJ
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find! My friend and I absolutely loved it. Looking forward to coming back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute ambiance. There was a musician playing that night and it was very romantic. The food is good and decent price. Great date spot. Do bring your own wine.

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Delak
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Me and my friend were so excited to try this restaurant. However, we ended up being disappointed. The service was poor. We asked to take the food home and the waitress gave us the boxes and let us do it. I think this is unacceptable at any restaurant, also I had ordered gnocchi so it had liquid and I could have made a mess because there is not much room. We had to ask twice for the dessert menu because none would bring it to us. The waitresses started to clean the restaurant while we were eating (it was 9:20pm) and made us seem they wanted to kick us out. The guy was literally waiting with the broom right behind my friend. Overall, I do not think we are coming back. I am sad because I have seen all the nice reviews and we did not have a good experience. The food was good.

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Gary
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been frequenting samba for almost a decade since they opened.

I can honestly say I have never had a bad dish and never had bad service.

This is genuinely one of my favorite restaurants.

Plus the BYOB is a nice perk.

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takemeaway
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Somewhere that feels like you went somewhere with eye-catching decor and Brazilian food menu appealing to all. Custom-made fruit drinks (that, if desired, you can BYOB to add to) were delicious and felt bright and exotic on a cold and rainy day. Food was also delicious! -- We only wish that we had known about the dessert menu ahead of time so we could have saved some room for it. We were able to talk and hear one another but still feel energy of other diners. Felt COVID-safe re: space between tables and kind, friendly, mask-wearing and professional servers. Will definitely return and would recommend to others.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful dinner with the one I love, thank you.

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vipTina
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday

The food and service were excellent!

First time and we will definitely go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The food was at best. Average. Service was average and the quality of the food certainly did not warrant such high prices. When we go out for dinner, we are looking to escape the stresses of living in a divided world. Therefore we do not want to see peoples beliefs displayed on the back of the employees tee shirts.
We will not be returning!

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Richard
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Gluten free restaurant I’ve found in NY metro NJ. Not sure if “holiday” menu prices will persist into new year but generally higher than expected

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KanhuCP
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was an awesome experience, at the restaurant. Food that we ate was really great and the drink was sub par. could have been better. Only surprise was they add 20% service charge which I was not aware of and food was bit on pricey side.

Thank you!

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RogerQ
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and I highly recommend this for a date night.

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Gino
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food, very cool atmosphere and a friendly and attentive owner/staff. Love this place!

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SophieM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food is ok but not amazing. Atmosphere is very nice though. And service is efficient.

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vipMark
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service. Will come back again

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CarynR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the staff was very nice. Will definitely be coming back.

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food is good, but overpriced.
Also, portion of vegetables on plate was terribly small. Ambience & service is good. But overall, a poor value. We would not go again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for NYE. All safety precautions made us feel comfortable. I am pregnant and the coconut lemonade was delicious and made me feel like I had a cocktail :). Food was amazing and I highly recommend getting dessert!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Samba was amazing! The food was incredible, restaurant is beautiful, and the service was absolutely amazing!! Can’t thank Bruno and Ilson enough!

JM
vipJoseM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! We will be back!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Food was good but service was poor. We sat down and when our party arrived we were ignored for a long while and then felt rushed as soon as our waiter came to the table. We were not greeted or anything, he just came up and said “do we all know what we want?”. We did, so we ordered and from that moment on we were rushed. They gave us our check before we even all got our dessert and coffee and they awkwardly stood there while we enjoyed our dessert and coffee. When we got up and left I turned around and saw them just stare at us with their hands on their hips. Felt very unwelcoming.

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vipojs3
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience ace and all around good time!
Waiter Bruno was amazing and attentive.
Will be retuning.

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louiserf
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was not good. Shrimp were not cooked in broth. Salmon was a tiny portion for the price.

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VanessaO
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service, Bruno was my waiter and he was so nice and attentive

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Denise
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Samba. The ethics are warm and inviting. The food was delicious. It is our favorite restaurant to celebrate all of our special moments, or to have an evening out to dinner. We always look forward to coming back.

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vipStefL
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went to Samba to have my parents experience Brazilian food since my husband is from Brazil. Overall it was ok. Appetizers were dry, entrees were very salty and some lacked flavor. Desserts were both very good. Ambiance is nice, the live music was great. Service was attentive as well, minus the constant reminder that we only have the table for two hours, which we only stayed for 1.5 hours. It was just awkward since we already agreed to 2 hours before making the reservation, as well as reminded again when we first sat down.

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vipTNDA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for my birthday with my family. The food was delicious. The wait staff were very knowledgeable and made great suggestions. The ambience was lovely! Would definitely be dining here again.

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CarolinaR
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. Would definitely come back, and recommend it to all.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner! So nice to go out to dinner and not having to worry about gluten contamination. Service was very good too.
They should add the caprese salad special to the menu. It was so good!

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elizabethr
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. The food was just awesome. We tried so many different things on the menu and not one single dish disappointed. I would highly recommend. We can’t wait to return!

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went for a much deserved evening escape and it seems we could not have chosen a better spot than Samba.
The decor is very creative and quaint, the staff was friendly (to us) and the food and the presentation was spectacular.
We started with the bolinho de feijoada which were delightful. My wife had the skirt steak which was just right and I had the pork chops which were amazingly juicy and tasteful and included the side of fried bananas with a powdery topping, which gave them a unique flavor. For dessert we shared the bolo de mandioca which was heavenly.
The only unfortunate incident was a waiter which was terribly rude to the two gentlemen in the adjoining table. All they did was request a menu and this triggered a completely uncalled for response where the waiter was beyond rude telling them they had to use the QR code (although printed menus were readily available). Despite the rudeness, the customers kept their composure and left the restaurant. Although it upset an otherwise perfect experience, Samba is a true gem and we look forward to returning with friends.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Nice ambiance. Food good but not amazing.

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vipChristine
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal and great experience. Food is delicious - from apps to dessert - and the service is great.

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kerrien
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were wonderful, we can't wait to go back!

JA
vipJoAnnP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect luncheon.
Cannot wait to go back.

FAQs

Samba - Montclair offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 744-6764.

Samba - Montclair is rated 4.6 stars by 156 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.