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Samba - Montclair, Montclair, NJ

Samba - Montclair

4.6
4.6
526 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Brazilian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm

  • Phone number

    (973) 744-6764

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ilson Goncalves

  • Neighborhood

    Montclair

  • Cross street

    Bloomfield Ave.

  • Parking details

    Fullerton Deck

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

What 526 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Brazilian

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  1. AM

    AngelaM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love it! The food is amazing and the service is excellent. Every time I want to have dinner with someone special I take them there.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The food was exceptional, however the service was horrific. From the beginning the server was condescending and just not inviting whatsoever. His name was joan or joão — maybe he was having a bad day idk but the vibes were off. Food and ambiance 10/10 though.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food. Warm and cozy atmosphere.
  4. SM

    StanleyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything! Was a special time for . My 50th birthday 🎂🎂I loved the service ❤️👏👏👏👍
  5. JG

    JoanG

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A little crowded , even on a Tuesday .
  6. ES

    ElizabethS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so good will be back this week. Everything is a must try
  7. B

    Birthday

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was delicious but I was a little disappointed with the pork chops. The pork chops were very thin. I would prefer 1 thicker chop than 2 thin. I was surprised at the 3% credit card charge. The mandatory 20% service charge was fine but when the check arrived they wanted to know if I wanted to add another tip of 15-25%. Also a little overkill on confirming our reservation. The sent me a voicemail and several texts. I called to confirm and they still asked me to text when I was on the way. Exhausting!
  8. R

    Rano1952

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Very disappointing
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is such a gem for gluten free, but even without that it’s the best place!! So good.
  10. C

    Claudia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I surprised my best friend here for her 22nd birthday and we had a blast. The food was so fresh and the service was exceptional! The restaurant was so clean and it had a beautiful ambiance while we were dining. I highly recommend this restaurant and I will most definitely come back again!
  11. CK

    CherylK

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall3food1service1ambience4
    I was looking forward to trying this spot for the first time. The menu & atmosphere look nice & it was a byob so I could bring my fav bottle. The food was bad. I could barely communicate to anyone in English & at the end of the evening—with ZERO warning—they turned the lights literate told the 3 different tables of people to GET OUT! GOTTA GO NOW! I was in shock. Was literally in mid sip of my wine. Never experienced such UNPROFESSIONALISM! We scrambled to finish our wine & gather our belongings as everyone in the restaurant was literally kicked out! Horrendous.
  12. d

    davidp

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Appetizers were great. Entrees were hit and miss for our group. Several felt they were under seasoned which seemed surprising for a Brazilian place.
  13. B

    Brzbrenon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Brazilian food of new Jersey,Cozy place and very tasty food
  14. TG

    ThomasG

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment you enter, you know this place is special. Vibrant, very chic, rustic, tropical interior. Wait staff is very attentive and well trained. Ilson, the owner, very engaging and proud of this amazing restaurant- offering very inventive and delicious Brazilian inspired cuisine. I have been here several times and have always loved what I had. Highly recommended, always busy for these reasons.
  15. J

    Jonze

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good, Service and ambiance was great. The one caveat was the entrance. The dining tables were near to doors and every time they opened freezing air blew in. Restaurant should invest in a entrance vestibule during winter months.
  16. d

    danc

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food was good, service excellent but have a problem with 23% add on to bill for service and card use. Then below signature they have a breakdown of tips 18, 20, 25% as if they didn't already include that. Seems shady and if you've had too many you could easily double tip.
  17. CM

    ChristianM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing and the service was also great, however the staff started cleaning up with a cleaner that smelled very strong - there were still other diners including us. They could wait until people leave or close earlier to have time to clean up after diners leave.
  19. LC

    LuisC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Ok but won't return. Over priced for the food they offer.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Dined out here earlier this month with a friend and they had us standing outside (it was cold and rainy) for 5 minutes even though we had a reservation. Once we were let inside, I could have sworn I heard the waiter say something snarky under his breath. We then were barely catered to once we sat down and they even forgot our drinks. The food was pricey and not even tasty. They also included 20% auto-gratuity which I wouldn’t have mind if the service was good but it was very poor. Maybe the waiter already receiving auto-gratuity is why we were treated as if we were not wanted there. I do not recommend this
  21. JR

    JRW23

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service and staff are incredibly attentive, thoughtful and helpful. Food was very good, just be ready to take a to go bag with you because entree portion sizes are large. My wife had the Brazilian national dish and it was easily two meals worth of food that we were able to share. Dessert was extremely delicious as we had one of the vegan tarts. Only downside to the place is that it is on the small side, and as a bigger person over six feet tall and athletic build I felt like a bull in a china shop at times at the table for two. But would definitely recommend if you are in the mood for delicious Brazilian cuisine.
  22. RA

    RoseA

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We had a horrible experience at Samba this evening and will not be returning...EVER!!! I've been to Samba many times and was looking forward to my favorite dish, acorn sqush filled with vegetables, not the regular Shrimp, as I'm highly allergic. When I ordered the dish requesting vegetables instead of Shrimp and advise the waiter I was allergic, he quickly told me he couldn't do it. I told him I had this way every time I dine with them and he told me no. After I presisted again, he went and asked the kitchen, who told him they do make with vegetables. The service was horrible and our waiter was then accommodating...but I guess when 20% gratuity is already included on bill they do not have to provide good service. We also had an issue with the manager who seemed not to understand our issue or how to correct it. There are many restaurants in Montclair who appreciate your business, unlike Samba!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    New Years Eve. I have a gluten allergy and often very timid to eat out. Samba allowed me to enjoy a meal, without worry.
  24. DN

    DocNJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    BEWARE! When you get their bill, you see that they charge 20% for 'service', and on top of that they have nerve to seek gratuity! It is when we got to the table that we find a slip of paper stating that their prices on internet are not in effect-- prices are higher. I guess Samba enjoys the benefits of wealthy patrons who do not mind supporting businesses that play their customers like that
  25. MP

    MPaulJC

    New York Area

    193 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    193 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Attentive, friendly staff. Incredibly delicious food. Perfect location.
  26. JS

    JudiS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner-- food was amazing and hot, great vibe...and best of all, gluten free for our diner with celiac...Great night!
  27. T

    Tasty

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    As always, delicious food and friendly, attentive service.
  28. j

    jjnn

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried Samba for the first time on Tuesday. It was nice to be able to get a reservation made late at night. We had a good meal. It is a nice place for small plates and cozy conversation.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is wonderful! It was our first time and we will go back for sure.
  30. K

    Kristine

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Samba for brunch and now dinner. My meal was excellent and my friend enjoyed his meal as well. the waitstaff was really sweet and gave great service, I also loved the ambiance. It's a place I have recommended and I will still be recommending.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice cozy restaurant . This was my third time visiting and I always enjoy!
  32. SM

    SusanM

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Christmas Eve dinner!! Samba has been a favorite for a long time!
  33. ML

    MichelleL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all had a delicious meal. Everyone’s meal came out hot just the way we love it!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, food, ambiance, lighting. Also public parking right next door👍
  35. TL

    TomL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is AMAZING here! The service is great too! I will definitely be returning and recommending to my friends.
  36. HB

    HellenaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place will go again so glad to have found it
  37. GH

    GlennH

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best of Montclair! Awesome food, welcoming and warm atmosphere and great service!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good. Got the brazil’s national dish. Good and interesting. Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about the food. Luv it.
  39. DG

    DeniseG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and flavor! Nice not to worry about what is or isn’t gluten free.
  40. OS

    OrangeSquared

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The flavors! Tropical, savory, pungent…complex. Textures from creamy to crunchy. And every dish made with consummate integrity with whole, authentic ingredients. There is something on this menu for everyone with familiar entrees like stroganoffs reimagined with Brazilian flair, stuffed acorn squash, and creative vegan choices. Freshly made fruit and vegetable juices are delightful accompaniments. Service is attentive and gracious without being omnipresent. The fact that the entire menu is gluten free is a bonus for most, but a comforting reassurance for anyone allergic to it. With a large and varied menu of delicious choices, this is a place to return to again and again.

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

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 526 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Google Map for Samba - Montclair

7 Park St, Montclair, NJ 07042

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bloomfield Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Montclair

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Brazilian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Fullerton Deck

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ilson Goncalves

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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