Sayola Montclair Restaurant

4.3
170 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
After many names were considered, only one truly represented our mission. We are driven to provide an authentic spanish dining experience, pleasurable ambience, and outstanding service from our staff. The name had to stand for a future legacy. Therefore SAYOLA comes from the names of the proprietors children: SAndra, YOrett, and LAzaro. Visit us for a unique fine dinning experience.
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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic experience. Loved it

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is good, the place looks beautiful and the food is not the best but it’s ok for an special night

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was amazing! Will go again soon. I can’t wait

GW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with a current slant on Spanish food. My only complaint was the $8 sharing charge regardless of the # of appetizers and large dishes that were ordered for a table of 4. (It seemed like a petty add- on). Otherwise it was a lovely and enjoyable dinner!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved it , the staff was amazing, Ana the receptionist and Francisco our waiter were super professional , sweet , kind and nice . Loved the food !! An amazing night out with my husband .

d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely terrible. The seafood did not taste fresh. This was the worst restaurant experience I have ever had in Montclair.

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Quiet lunch, the restaurant was not busy at all. We were the only ones reserved, and a deuce walk-in at the end of our meal; around 1:30pm. Tiny tables, advertised tapas but couldn't fit very many dishes to share. The decor and table settings took too much of the table real estate. No alcohol, BYO. Food didn't taste too fresh. Paella was mediocre at best; rice had very little flavor. Calamari didn't feature the whole squid--no tentacles. Seems a bit wasteful. Oxtail entree was chewy, almost dried out, not calling off the bone as a good braised oxtail dish should be.There are things that need refining; it felt more of a themed restaurant than what an authentic Spaniard cuisine restaurant would be. Though what redeemed the restaurant were the smiles and welcoming attitude of the staff.

JR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the brunch. Would like to see the food be a bit more warm (temperature) wise. Offer additional sweet items (danish)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

All of our food was delicious and generous portions. Our waitress was excellent. When we walked out, I forgot my sunglasses and someone came running out after me to make sure I didn’t leave them behind. I am very grateful for that! I wouldn’t definitely return here!

c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Its a nice place in a great neighborhood. We thought it was overpriced. We would rather have smaller reasonable sized portions for reasonable prices. Octopus appetizer was perfectly cooked and had decent favors. The main dishes could have had more seasoning so they fell a little flat and didn’t have much complexity. Service was very good. Don’t forget it is a BYOB.

MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing place! From the minute we walked in, people were greeting us, folding our napkins, addressing our sangria, just totally amazing! The food was outstanding, the service was over the top, and the owner was extremely friendly! Can’t wait to go back!

LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Prompt attentive service! Delicious food! Beautifully appointed restaurant

OL
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for a date night in Montclair. Service was attentive; food is not your conventional Spanish-restaurant staples. Sashimi appetizer and pistachio tartufo dessert were shared; my swordfish and my date's sea bass were both excellent. Noise level was low enough for conversation. A bit on the expensive side, but very pleasant experience.

C
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were the only ones there for lunch. The service was professional and attentive. The menu was a bit misleading as in Spain a "tapa" is seldom more than two mouthfuls. Here the portions were meals unto themselves. So we over ordered and ended up taking food home with us.

Fortunately, the food was perfectly prepared. 😂

JD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a superb evening at Sayola on Saturday night. The interior is a hybrid of old world charm mixed with a modern European aesthetic that beautifully hits just the right balance. Our appetizers, salads and main courses were absolutely delicious - creatively prepared and presented. The service was attentive but not intrusive, and our water glasses were never empty. That it's a BYOB is a plus! Highly recommend this restaurant!

l
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was excellent The decor and ambience were also very good. Will definitely be going back.

SW
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick reservations for 9 with exceptional service from the moment we walked in. Our waiter and all staff provided us with a wonderful experience. The food and sangria (byo alcohol) was fresh and outstanding. Our 2md time there and will return.

FG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing. It took a little longer than usual to get our main course, but it wasn't too long, and, more important, it was worth the wait!

c
Poconos
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Sayola Restaurant and it was one of the best romantic restaurants in New Jersey. We came for our anniversary and could not have chosen a better venue. The food was wonderful, service top-notch, ambiance and decor wonderful and you can tell they care!!!! We already booked a brunch and a dinner reservation. Prasanni was our server and she was wonderful!!! Definitely now one our our favorite spots in NJ!!!

E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!! The food is awesome and the service is fantastic. Can't wait to go back.

JT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I ordered shrimp stuffed with crab with sweet potato mash and the taste was very good, but the shrimp was over cooked. My husband enjoyed his oxtail. For dessert i had the brownie with ice cream but the brownie was very dry and I did not enjoy it. Overall, the place and service is very good and I think little minor improvements would make it a 5 star for me.

P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third trip in 3 months and Sayola is always consistent.

Great food, great service, Francisco is the best waiter. Very friendly and knowledgeable.

Can’t wait to go back.

AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Food and service were good but the noise level was very loud. It was very, very noisy. Certainly not conducive to conversation.

D
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and selection of food on the menu. The only thing is everything we had was very very salty. Hope the kitchen can reduce the amount they use.

MP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambiance is very good at this Spanish designed restaurant. One look, though, at the menu prices was discouraging. Appetizers, entrees and desserts, although nicely prepared but small portioned, the prices are much higher than comparable establishments.

P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was bland, we ordered the shrimp with garlic and it was tasteless, over cooked!
Then the special mahi mahi was dry, the risotto was flavorless.
Very disappointing. I would definitely not recommend this place as the food is terrible and the price point is almost as New York!!!

LN
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food wasn’t great for the price. Atmosphere was excellent, though a tad noisy. A good date restaurant. But at $25-$40 a plate the food needs to be better than one step above a takeout joint. I got a veal plate, my wife a chicken dish, honestly I couldn’t tell them apart taste wise. As if the exact same base was being used on all dishes, with the sides and garnish providing the only difference.

a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

When you serve an entree incorrectly twice that’s a major mistake . Poor judgement by kitchen and management . Owner & management need to get more involved during the process as opposed to afterwards by saying sorry and giving free dessert . The cost of dessert does not carry enough weight to compensate for poor decisions by mgt.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent service.

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!! Great customer service!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful anniversary the paella is excellent. The food was very tasty and the service was superb. They were very attentive to all our needs even taking excellent anniversary pictures for us. I went for my birthday before so this was my second visit. Definitely will be a repeat dinner. Dont miss this gem!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Try the croquettes, empanadas, and steak off the lunch menu.

KD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous location, great food and wonderful service. I was taken to dinner here and truly enjoyed myself. I look forward to their brunch!

l
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant in Montclair! Food and service were amazing! Highly recommend it! A fun place to go with a group..

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food a bit pricey but very big portions but noise level way too high couldn’t hear person sitting next to me

JW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding, i had the churassco, with the garlic shrimp, my steak was cooked to perfection, my wife had the salmon which she loved, my son had the vegetarian pialla, and he loved it! Our waiter was not very attentive but it was ok, we also ordered the spanish fries and the were not so good, we replaced them with the french fries and they were perfect! I would definitely recommend and i will be returning!

C
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and atmosphere in this restaurant is excellent. The server was overwhelmed and had trouble dealing with all the tables he had to cover. The prices are very high and to charge an extra $8.00 to share an entree is outrageous!

CK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Spanish cuisine, nice atmosphere, efficient service.

a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every aspect !

JH
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! Thank you Fabio for take such a good care of our table that afternoon! The music was wonderful, the only thing about that is that it was too loud and we couldn’t talk. Maybe you can just fix the volume because the singer is great!

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