Fascino

4.6
1472 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Fascino, the brainchild of celebrity Chef Ryan DePersio and his family, is a study in modern Italian food, coined "Italian without borders." Ryan's unique approach is apparent, showcasing his years with world renowned chefs Jean Georges Vongrichten and David Bouley. Achieving a Zagat food rating of 26, it states, a "consistent" "favorite" for its "elegant", "innovative" interpretations of "traditional" dishes (and his mom's "alluring" desserts). Fourteen years and going strong, Fascino has been renovated, completely redecorated with a fresh new look, and has a newly expanded menu.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Continental
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday Afternoons - Private Events
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Phone number
(973) 233-0350
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan DePersio
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grove Street
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Parking details
Public lot within 100 yards of restaurant.
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Public transit
Lackawanna Train Station
Additional
Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1472 People Are Saying
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CS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I had high expectations for this experience based on all the positive reviews but sadly, my experience was subpar. There were 4 of us in our party so we all shared our meal so we could taste a variety of items. Nothing really stood out. The squash soup was watery, the sea bass had green sauce on top which masked the flavor of the fish and the bread pudding was hard like a rock. The food was delivered tepid from the kitchen and there was an incredible lag between the appetizers and the entrees. The wait staff needs better training as the waiter would reach across a guest to hand them a utensil rather than take the time to walk around. In addition, the waiter argued over whether or not there was a piece of debris in our water glass. This was tap water and not bottled water so why the argument rather than just changing the glass? Even the centerpiece of a single rose on the table had fingerprints all over the glass. For such a pricey restaurant that considers itself to be upscale I would not expect these lapses in food, service and decor. There are many other restaurants I would recommend but Fascino is not one of them.

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FY
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great meal at Fascino. We go regularly for special occasions because we appreciate the consistency of the food and service. Love that the menu has old favorites and a constant flow of innovation as well. Bonus that it's BYO so you can break out that special bottle without paying an arm and a leg. Really love this place.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food and service were good but the steak was cold and it took a little long

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t
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous place for a delicious, celebratory meal in a refined, quiet setting. Stellar, attentive and knowledgeable wait staff made for a smooth, seamless meal. Table was fully cleared after main courses were finished, and relaid for dessert. You don't see that everyday; I greatly appreciate the attention to detail and flawless service.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

While I did love the food, the service was not good. We waited over an hour for our entrees, which were four pasta dishes. The papadella with lamb was luscious, as well as the gnocchi dish. What both of the guys didn't like was how uncomfortable the booth was. These guys are slim but tall and they were kicking each other under the table because of lack of room...the main room squeezes too many people into the space and hanging large mirrors to give the illusion of space does not actually create more space.

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t
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we go to this restaurant often and we love it. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Delicious food. We were never disappointed. Highly recommend.

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m
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Service could not have been better. Pasta dishes were incredible. Deserts were delicious. Only bad thing to say was that one of the party ordered steak medium and it came much closer to well done, but was still tasty and not dry so we did not send it back. All in all an excellent experience and we will be back.

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FM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Accommodating (we needed a time change and added another couple) and outstanding as usual. All that abs we bring our own wine. Who could ask for more?

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N
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fascino offers an extraordinary gastronomic experience. The first course menu items were fantastic. The polenta fries with a Gorgonzola fundue, the Spanish octopus, the superb fig bruschetta, and the mussels were carefully prepared embracing an array of cuisines that were balanced in flavor. The yellowtail special appetizer appeared out of synch with the rest of the menu. However, it was impeccably aligned with the other cuisines with a rice chip and fresh squeezed lime juice. Our entrees, all in the regular menu, were consistent with the first course cuisines-creative, well balanced, and bursting in flavor. We had the porkchop, the chicken, the lamb sugo, and the gnocchi. All highly recommended. Our server, Ed, was impeccable in his art. He was informative, entertaining, and provided careful attention to detail. Great.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Wonderful service. A very enjoyable dining experience.

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I've been dining at Fascino since they opened. Unfortunately tonight was not one of my best experiences. The food was ok and the service took forever. When I asked why it took so long the only explanation was there was a big party in the back. Funny, I was still slapped with a 20% gratuity at the end of our meal due to 6 persons in my party. Rude.

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Was not impressed with the food at all .. had gone for a bithday dinner was excited to go as getting a babysitter and having time is a challenge these days. The bread they bring in the beginning was the best part.. got the cheese platter and the ravoli and definitely was not worth the $ imho

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Only outdone by the service. Owner and Chef, Ryan, stopped at our table to say "hello" and see how we were doing. Excellent experience. Will be one of our faves.

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RR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined on a very quiet Monday night. Restaurant was not crowded so it was probably quieter than normal and the waitstaff and kitchen were not stressed. Food and service were both excellent. We definitely recommend Fascino and we will return to enjoy it again.

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j
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic restaurant and great experience! Amazing service!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant evening with delicious food and we could all hear one another - which is nice in this town. Fascino is one of my favorite restaurants. Emer F.

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A
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent. Took long time to find Parking.

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! We always enjoy Fascino and can’t say enough about how great the food and service is. Love it!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, staff and ambiance.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delectable and service was great. While they're BYOB, they also offer wine bottle delivery from a nearby liquor store for very reasonable prices. We'll definitely be back!

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the service and food,especially the oysters

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. And ambiance!!

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JO
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Fascino many times -- the food is always good and the evening enjoyable. Most recently, we had the fig bruschetta and the mussels for appetizers and the scallops and the chicken for entrees. All were great. The entrees are our favorites of all the Montclair restaurants. The staff is always friendly and professional. (We brought our own wine -- and we liked that too.)

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AN
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my wife’s birthday dinner and it was impressive. Food was amazing, service was great and they even had a bottle service deliver wine to our table. It was overall a great place to celebrate. We will return soon!

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s
Miami
127 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good and service were excellent. Parking always an issue. A special place to fine for a special occasion

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GS
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, good variety of menu options. Table was small. Would have liked a booth.

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n
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and worth the price, which we felt was worth the money.
Leisurely, not rushed by staff.
Definetly return

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CC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. The price for the food is reasonable.

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KB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great from the service to the food the. I will recommend to family and friends.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary! Very nice, we had fun. Food was so good!

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our first time at Fascino. We went due to its high ratings. We found the service and the food to both be exceptional. Our waiter, Danny, was super helpful in guiding us to things we loved and met our dietary needs. He even had the kitchen make some adjustments to certain dishes so that they'd work for us. Danny was also super personable and a joy to work with overall. The food was also exceptional. They are particular about where they source things from and it really shows. The seafood, in particular was super fresh and tastier than pretty much anything we've ever had. If you love food and great service, put this place on your list. We will definitely go back. The ambiance is OK to decent, and it can get a little loud due to the acoustics (very little sound damping in the rooms). Also, this is a BYOB restaurant, so be sure to bring your own wine or beer.

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f
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Servers/ she was awesome!!!

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WM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and optional tasting menus with all regular menu items available. Restaurant was accommodating to food restrictions as well. One set back is we did not get a special item that we ordered and it was never mentioned to us again. I enjoyed my meal tremendously. Daily foie gras app was amazing!

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so delicious from the fig appetizer to the veal entre. Outstanding!!

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SI
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fascino is a wonderful byob that concentrates on their delicious food. The tasting menu is a great value with wonderful selections. Staff is attentive and friendly.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had not been to Fascino for several years, and wondered if it would still be as good as I remembered it. I was not disappointed. It was a fairly quiet Tuesday evening, though most of the tables in our room were filled at one time or another. I opted for the tasting menu, my husband ordered A la Carte and the pacing of the meal was excellent. Plenty of time to dine and talk and rest a minute before the next course arrived, neither too fast nor too slow and we appreciated that professionalism. I particularly loved the filet mignon carpaccio, my husband loved his papardelle with lamb sugo. He received an enormous and delicious hanger steak. My scallops, while totally delicious, were only 2 and I had paid an upcharge for them. I was told they were done by weight, which is proper, but still was a little sad to see just 2 of them for an entree. While the plate looked a little forlorn, with a 5-course tasting menu I truly had plenty of food and by the time I had dessert went home happy and satisfied. Definitely a place to go- for a bowl of pasta or the whole 5 courses.

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You cannot go wrong eating at Fascino. Excellent across the board.

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Second time to Fascino, food is good, service better, a real find, highly recommended

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D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. From the grilled octopus to the soft gnocchi to the delicious homemade bucatini with Little Neck Clams to the vegetarian menu to the gelato, it was all way above average. Fine service. Highly recommended.

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RA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took some family from out of town and they absolutely loved it. I recommended the bucatini and it was a HUGE hit. I changed it up and had the squid ink rigatoni. It was so good. Fascino is a really solid choice if you want great food from an accomplished chef.

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