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Samba - Montclair, Montclair, NJ

Samba - Montclair

4.6
4.6
302 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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Booked 48 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

Menu

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What 302 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - North

    Healthy

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  1. MW

    MessiahWalks

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, beautiful environment, friendly staff.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing!!!! My mother was born and raised in Brazil I didn’t think it would be like moms but then I take the first bite and it was so close to my mothers cooking it really felt good and I knew my wife and I found the prefect place. We will most definitely return.

  3. j

    jamecho

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Food and ambience were great. Our server Gabrielle was attentive and celebrated our daughter's birthday and graduation with us. He was also gracious to extend the celebration to my wife and I who also celebrated birthdays in the week. That was unexpected and very kind of him and the establishment.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food was delicious but after dinner/once our plates were cleared it took about 20-25 minutes for someone to come to offer us a dessert menu. Overall really enjoyed this restaurant and would visit again, just slow service.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Food was decent, place was really nice but the service was not that great.

  6. JM

    JoshuaM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Took 45-60 minutes for someone to ask us our order. The food came out quickly, though. Only a 20 minute wait. And the servers were nice. But the food was mostly salad options, which in the end could be bought anywhere at a cheaper cost. My date and I could barely hear each other, and we were inside. I won’t go again. Not worth it

  7. KC

    KatrinaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Menu was perfect for people who are gluten free and Vegan/vegetarian. Loved it.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place never disappoints!!! We shared the yuca and sausage app and then we each had the stuffed acorn squash with shrimp and it was literally one of the best things I’ve eaten in my life! Beyond delicious!!!

  9. M

    Marcy

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food! Everything is super fresh. I have been here a couple of times and they will be seeing me again!

  10. KC

    KevinC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I loved it here it was our first time there with our parents. The food was delicious on the monday afternoon their service is excellent they really make you feel at home their coffee tastes great reminded me of being back in my country. Yuca bacalao was so tasty I will come back on a date with my partner!!! Staff has excellent service and good portion of beef and salmon well seasoned!

  11. WP

    WayneP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a joy to order anything on the menu GF like a normal person! And it was absolutely delicious. Best French toast and bacon I ever had. Waiters were helpful and on top of everything. I will definitely be back.

  12. YL

    YajairaL

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excelente food and service. My husband and I love this place.

  13. r

    rhonnienyc

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Took my mom for a belated Mothers Day dinner. Everything was wonderful, food was delicious and the service was great.

  14. LD

    LindaD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    Food was delicious however the service was horrible. Waiter was rude and want attentive at all. Our first time there we did not know that you had to order appetizers and entrees at the same time and were basically scolded for not knowing.

  15. RW

    RobertW

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic ! We had a really great time here. The food was delicious and the service and staff excellent. It's a BYOB, but the liquor store is right around the corner. We sat inside - nice, interesting decor. We didn't feel on top of our fellow diners and the pace was very comfortable. Overall a really good night - Samba deserves to be tried and supported.

  16. F

    Francis

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    We hadn't been to Samba in several years and decided to try it again. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive and we found a nice table outside on a beautiful evening. The cheese-bread they serve was very good and the chicken-pastry appetizer was interesting and tasty. My companion said her shrimp dish was "good" but she did not rave over it. But my strip steak was a bit tough and chewy. The rice and plantains were ok but overall, it was a disappointing dish. Would we go back? Never say never but probably not for a while.

  17. I

    Italianmoma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This was my first visit and I will definitely return. The table is small so it was a bit cramped - food, wine, glasses made it tight. Also the placemat, while attractive, compromised the flat surface. Most importantly my meal was delicious.

  18. JL

    JocelynL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Samba is one of my absolute favorite restaurants. The service, the food and ambience are always perfectly on point. The staff is incredible, warm, inviting and thoughtful. My husband and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary and will be back in a few weeks for my birthday!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    3 generations for Mother’s Day. Food is always excellent, service is wonderful and the decor is funky and inviting.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  21. A

    Andrew

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Came for Mother’s Day. Prices were on the high side but service and food were great. Will return.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Samba is the best Brazilian food restaurant in the area. Being gluten free is a plus! The food is delicious, the staff is impeccable.

  23. JB

    JoseB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The overall experience was unique. The waiters, hostess and servers where very sweet, professional and kind

  24. H

    Hungryh

    New York Area

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always good and perfect if You are gluten free!

  25. A

    Aazen

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate here for lunch on a Thursday. Everything was A++!

  26. JS

    JaclynS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely loved my first trip to Samba! As a NJ-based celiac it has been on my list for a while. Drove about an hour to get here, and came with 4 non-gluten free people. We all really loved the atmosphere, we thought the staff was very attentive, and most importantly, the food was great. For a Wednesday night, we were surprised there was live music too! Everything was top-notch, I look forward to coming back again to try other things.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    The food was ok, not at that price. Then they hit you with a service fee. First and last coming here.

  28. MB

    MicheleB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Everything overall was great! My husband and I both ordered the skirt steak special and it wasn't until we finished our starter were we told they were out of the special. Better communication from the kitchen to the wait staff could be better. aside from that it was delicious. Also love that they are certified Gluten free, soy free and corn free!!

  29. K

    Karen

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We went for brunch. We had the chicken panini and avocado toast. Both were very good. The staff was very nice and service good. Overall it was a nice meal

  30. BH

    BarryH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great host. Very good food And an amazing ambience

  31. SP

    SaeedP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5

    I'm so sorry to have to post thos but there was a mouse scurrying around our table and the table next us while dinner was coming to an end

  32. A

    Annie

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    It was nice to try something different and the food was very flavorfulbut portions are small for the price. Yuca bread for the table is $10. With 4 entrees we received one moderate bowl of rice and separately black beans to share. my shrimp and mahi meal was almost appetizer size for $32. It came with a side dish that looked very similar but upon stirring it, I realized there was a layer of powder under the sauce?? No idea what the powder was?? Could have been me ans I was supposed to know and missed it but it was wierd to see a lump of powder u der the sacce?? It was fun to try but once was enough. The service was excellwnt. Very attentive staff.

  33. MW

    MarvinW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply Great

  34. AG

    AmyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing evening all around. The food, the service, the ambiance all was perfect. We celebrated a birthday and we felt very well cared for and the staff seemed just as excited to celebrate with us.

  35. s

    stevenf

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent food … Great Ambiance Good service despite short staff Highly recommend this restaurant…

  36. KD

    KennethD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great food and good prices . I would definitely go back.

  37. MW

    MessiahWalks

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Beautiful venue. Amazing food. Everything was great.

  38. YL

    YajairaL

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    excellent service and great food, my husband and I loved it.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a gem of a find!! I am a primary care provider and I find many of my patients have gluten sensitivities. To find a restaurant that is totally gluten-free is a dream. There are so many incredible dishes to pick from. The awesome food, service, and many special touches makes this one of our favorite all time restaurants. We do not live close but that doesn’t matter, we will definitely be back💫💕

  40. R

    Rowni

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    We ordered two dishes, one was a thin steak and the other was pork.  Both were so tough that it was difficult to eat.  The pork dish had to be returned as it wasn't edible.  The replacement dish, however, wasn't much better. For $100 for a shared salad and two entrees, this restaurant was a major disappointment.  We had been looking forward to dining here because of the wonderful reviews, but we will never go back.  We left two thirds of our meals and nobody even asked if everything was okay.  Additionally, this restaurant charges extra for using a credit card and, even though we told them we were paying cash, they didn't remove the surcharge.  One positive is that the water was very good.

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 302 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 48 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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