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Sweet T's Southern Eatery, Montclair, NJ

Sweet T's Southern Eatery

4.4
4.4
444 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southern
Authentic, Transparent, Pork-free Soul food. We're known for our Cornbread and signature strawberry butter, Fried Chicken, Catfish, Short Rib and Mac and Cheese. We look forward to seeing you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (973) 500-3452

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Carlos Swepson

  • Catering

    Please email sweettssoutherneatery@gmail.com

  • Neighborhood

    Montclair

  • Parking details

    Please leave time to find parking. We don't have onsite parking. There is a garage on N. Willow St.

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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What 444 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. P

    Pkbg

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Unfortunately my desired appetizer was not available, my wife’s chosen appetizer was also not available. Three times our server attempted to find out how they might accommodate her. We finally just settled on the corn bread. While it was good, running out of menu items doesn’t make a good 1st impression. The shrimp and grits was very good and my wife had the turkey wings and indicated that it was enjoyable as well. I don’t know what time the establishment closes but sweeping floors while patrons are present I would suggest is a no no. Finally the peach tea was refreshing and I didn’t find it too sweet.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food2service2ambience5
    The sides were cold and horrible. The collards were too spice but the catfish was delicious. It was overpriced and not worth it. I do t like preset entrees I. Which you can’t change your sides. The best thing was the okra, catfish and deviled eggs(over priced)
  3. DL

    DanielleL

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    I was greeted and seated almost immediately. The waitress was not that friendly and I had to keep stopping her when she was in the vicinity to get her attention. I ordered the cornbread appetizer and salmon cakes with grits. The corn bread was amazing. The grits were too creamy and cheesy and the salmon cakes were significantly undercooked on the sides and interior. I decided not to ask for the manager because the waitress seemed like she didn’t want to be bothered with me. I decided to take the food to go and attempt to cook the salmon cakes at home which turned out perfect. The salmon cakes had amazing potential and they were seasoned to perfection. I decided to make my own grits as well and it made out to be a great breakfast. I will attempt to go back when I’m in the area as I’m taking my experience as a one off.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Graduation Celebration
  5. SF

    ShawikaF

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    First time visiting the establishment after hearing the great reviews. Brought My Mr Here For Father's Day Dinner. Service was not great at all. We actually felt bad for the waitress. They not only ran out of certain food. But we waiting almost 2 hrs for tasteless food cornbread was hard, turkey wings no seasonings, yams dry, macaroniwas runny, greens bland, just a very bad experience. And it was others there waiting before us oy to be told they could not have what was ordered. Another couple the same thing. They left. For it to be Father's Day this should have been a better experience. I'm very upset and unfortunately will not be visiting this establishment again. The hookah lady set up everything just to be told there closing. My advice is next time over prepare and have enough staff especially on holidays smh. Oh we also asked to speak to management that never happened either sad
  6. BH

    BrennH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service will return. Enjoyed the smothered chicken.
  7. J

    Jetta

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I simply love this place! This was my second time here. There will definitely be a third.
  8. ER

    EvaR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I arrived for my 5:15 reservation we were seated within 15mins. It took a server 35-40 mins to take our order. It took us over an hour to get our appetizers and after I had to go find a server to asked for our appetizers. Its now 7:30pm and I am noticing that there were customers who arrives way after we did and they received their food first. Upon that time we didn’t receive our order which we got up and left the back patio. Upon leaving I spoke to the owner which she gave us the food to take however when we got home and notice it wasn’t exactly what we ordered. I was very disappointed with the service especially since it was our first time dining at the restaurant. I’m not sure if I’ll be back
  9. TD

    TanyaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you enjoy southern food, this is the spot. The food was really good. Nice size portions and the Strawberry butter was amazing
  10. J

    Juanita

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Took my Dad for Fathers Day. Everything was delicious and prepared correctly. We are orginially from the south and were skeptical if a posh neighborhood like Montclair could really deliver traditional soul food. We had Kale Salad & Cornbread Appetizer. Entrees Salmon with blackeye peas and Collards & Fried Catfish Mac & Cheese and Black Eyed Peas. The decor was really nice (we dined inside) and included a jazz band. The audio during jazz band breaks was very nice. Clean bathrooms with no wait. No area to really wait if you arrive early for your reservation (we arrived early) you have to wait outside. That won't be ideal for the winter or rainy days. Only sour taste was the automatic tip on the bill. A lot of restaurants do this when patrons skip out without leaving a tip. It looks poor taste but I understand why they do it. Our server was polite and professional. All around 4 star visit. I would go again.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fathers Day
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Before you go, please make sure you have at least 3 hours to spare. I’ve been to Sweet T’s twice before and the food was absolutely amazing. Service time was SUPER slow but the food made it worth the wait. NOT TODAY, Fathers Day, JUNETEENTH. Today I wanted to take my 10 year old son there and I was really disappointed. It was 40 min before we got our appetizer, 5 fried shrimp. Then another 40 minutes before we got our entrees. One of the entrees came out wrong, and my food, a short rib hash, was dreadful. I’m so disappointed as I was a big fan of this place. My son was hyped to eat and so was I. Sweet T’s we gotta do better. So bad.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The worst service I have ever had. Food was moderate to poor. We sat for 15 minutes before someone came over to ask about drinks. We ordered a shrimp appetizer. It came out in 15 minutes. One shrimp out of five had no coating. They proceeded to bring us out two more orders of shrimp that were sent to the wrong table. The table next to us got the cornbread appetizer twice and ate it twice even though they ordered it once. They never cleared the appetizer plates even after bringing out the entrees until I asked them to clear them. They never checked on our drinks once while waiting for the entrees. It took over 50 minutes for the entrees to come out. Two out of three dinner came out together followed by another 5 minutes of waiting for the last entree. My $35 beef short rib was not warm, one side of cornbread with turkey sausage was garbage and the Mac and cheese was ok. The BBQ chicken looked boiled with sauce slapped on it and was not eaten. The fried chicken dinner was not bad. The sad thing is I have eaten here before and had a very good meal. Overall the kitchen sucked, wait staff sucked and the place is a disaster. I would be shocked if this place is open in a year.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was lovely as always. Good food. Cool atmosphere. Good service.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The service was too slow. The food was good but the fried chicken portion was small. We sat outside in the back under a tent which was comfortable.
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    ojs3

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  17. N

    Nicki

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    It’s a nice restaurant from the look,,but the service was horrible. We waited over a hour for our food,and when we received it,,it wasn’t hot. We had to keep asking for condiments that I feel if we’re already outside,,should be outside. Not you having to run inside to get everything,and in the process forgetting what I asked you for. The only thing that they bought fast was the check! This was my second time visiting this establishment. Never again
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I’ve been here before and the food was great! But this time around, not so much. Still tasty but just the presentation was off. The cornbread took over 20 min to come out and when it came, it was not warm at all. Room temperature at best, and if that’s the case, then why did it take so long to come out? It’s listed as an appetizer. When my meal came, there were barely enough grits. When I had this order before, definitely had more grits to go around. The grits barely covered the bottom of my plate. And then my eggs came after I finished my grits and salmon cakes. So it just wasn’t the same experience I had before and I was disappointed. For the long wait times, I wouldn’t have been so upset if the food would’ve been worth it. The strawberry butter was fire though!
  19. AB

    AsiaB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I took my boyfriend here for Father's Day. We waited an hour to get our food. Once the food came out it was not hot.We had to ask our waitress numerous times for utensils and condiments. Our waitress never checked on us at all. Our overall experience was not good.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good, but our food took a long time to come out, and when it did, one of our entrees was wrong. Our server did her best, but didn’t communicate enough, and rushed us out with placing takeout boxes soon after my husband’s food came out. Also, a 3% credit card fee makes no sense. We may come back, who knows.
  21. NC

    NicoleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent vibe, beautiful decor, and great service. Wonderful place to dine as a couple or with a group. Fantastic and eclectic southern cuisine choices. I will be coming back!
  22. RL

    RhondaL

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good fried chicken , corn bread and shrimps and grits.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sweet T’s Southern Eatery did not disappoint. Quaint, casual atmosphere. Great service and tasty food.
  24. LC

    LydeashaC

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Alice was super awesome! Our girls group enjoyed her the most! Definitely better than my first experience with this restaurant! The food service is slow but overall Alice made it a better experience!!! Thank you!!!
  25. C

    Chey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Went here for no special occasion, this was our first time and was excited to support black owned business! The food was pretty good, the appetizers were the best part unfortunately so it made the actual entrées seem subpar… the bbq chicken was alright but the sauce recipe can use some tweaking. The Mac and cheese wasn’t as creamy throughout. Plus I think the fried chicken should automatically have some hot sauce with it but the fried chicken was good. Nothing was out of this world but the biscuits and gravy, the fried shrimp, and the corn bread were pretty amazing with the strawberry butter on the side to compliment the corn bread. Overall, great experience but as a new business there is always room for improvement.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome great food
  27. R

    Reeta

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The food was good but pack your patience if you are a large group. We were a party of 9 with reservations. We were seated on time but that’s about the only thing that happened in a timely manner. We ordered cornbread which was delicious but it was suppose to be an appetizer but came out an hour later with half of our guest food. Then the other half of us received our food about 20 minutes after that. I understand there may be a staff shortage as a lot of businesses are but communication is key. Our waitress failed to communicate the delay in our cornbread and the delay in our main course. It almost felt like she was avoiding us because she did not want us to ask where was our food. I would say it appeared smaller parties of two were receiving their meals in timely manner. The female owner and two other staff members were friendly and smiling but that’s about it. If I would make one recommendation it would be to communicate with your guests. With all that waiting and having the feeling of being avoided by our waitress I can say at least the food was delicious. Great job chef.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff, great food and great energy!
  29. AD

    AshleyD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, came out in a reasonable time. Staff was super friendly and the live music was a great touch too. It was my first time here and I will DEFINITELY be back!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a great experience. Food was delicious and the service was great!
  31. YP

    YvonneP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Food was tastey the service was poor. Our Server ignored us and Didn't check to ask if we Needed anything. First time at sweets made No suggestion asked a Question on food suggestion very dry. Big turn off!!
  32. n

    najahh

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Very nice dining experience. I plan on visiting again.
  33. EH

    EricH

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my mother for her birthday and she loved it. As a southern woman to get her approval takes a lot so I know this place is good.
  34. M

    Meesh

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owners were very attentive and this level of service was reflected in their staff's dedication to service as well. Employees actually seemed happy to work there. At the risk of it getting too crowded for me to get a reservation in the future- I must say it definitely gives Bk brunch vibes without the travel costs. If you know, you know!
  35. DK

    DK0412

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sweet T’s is a GEM! The ambiance, the art, the decor, the music, the food… it’s all top notch. Not only did I enjoy the scrumptious, Southern food, the people who work there are so kind and accommodating in every way. I’d you haven’t tried Sweet T’s, it’s a MUST! PS… I’ll be dreaming of that cornbread until I have it again.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our dinner at Sweet T! Cornbread, fried chicken, bbq chicken sandwich, and Mac and cheese were delicious! We saved some room for the lemon Bundt cake with berries and it was terrific; looking forward to trying the triple berry cobbler next time. Service from Stacy and the whole team was attentive and very good. Highly recommend!
  37. RD

    RaynaudD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good time. A great go to place when I want to have some good one on one time with the wife. Good talk and great food.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Th e food was great and so was our waitress! I wasn’t a fan of the Mac & cheese, but the collard greens and sweet potatoes were yummy sides
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time and food is excellent. Looking forward to going back.
  40. JS

    JeniS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    My aunt and I decided to go to Sweet T's Southern Eatery for lunch. The restaurant is decor is comfortable and pretty. We made a reservation so we were seated quickly, which was great. The menu had great options, but for the most part your sides are chosen for you and you cannot change the sides. There were a bunch of issues we had but I’m going to just give the major ones due to limited space. My aunt ordered the bbq beef short rib grilled cheese that came with potato wedges. She said the sandwich was delicious, but she did not eat the potato wedges because she didn’t want them and could not change her side. I ordered the smothered turkey wings that came with stuffing and collard greens. I told the server I am highly allergic to bell peppers and wanted to make sure I did not order anything with them in it. She said what I ordered was safe. My food comes out and it looks delicious and smells delicious. I look at the collard greens and I can see red peppers in it. We call the server over and ask her if they were peppers and she says “no it’s tomatoes. I double checked and it is fine.” She then says, “wait let me check again just to make sure.” She comes back and says,”it is bell peppers. Do you want something else?” I ask her again what are my options and she tells me only other option I have is the black eye peas or the potato salad. I ordered the black eye peas and she comes back to tell me I can’t have the black eye peas because it has peppers as well. So I get the potato salad. Now, I am annoyed and I do not trust anything that is served to me because I made sure I asked before I ordered if anything had peppers and she assured me that my choices were safe. Other issues were the server walked passed several times did not check to see if we needed anything. My water glass never got refilled and I had to keep asking for enough to go boxes for the leftovers. On the bright side, my father enjoyed the food I did not trust to eat so I guess it wasn’t a waste.

FAQs

Sweet T's Southern Eatery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 500-3452.

Sweet T's Southern Eatery is rated 4.4 stars by 444 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 16 times today
Google Map for Sweet T's Southern Eatery

387 Bloomfield Ave Montclair, NJ 07042-3741

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Montclair

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Please leave time to find parking. We don't have onsite parking. There is a garage on N. Willow St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Carlos Swepson

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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