Laboratorio Kitchen

4.7
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1061 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Laboratorio Kitchen offers guests a modern atmosphere paired with seasonal food and tender service. We are a BYOB restaurant. Chef/Owner James DeSisto has a seasonal a la carte menu featuring fresh seafood, pasta, steaks, and appetizers. In addition there is a small plates menu available (Tuesday thru Thursday) and daily specials every night. Chef DeSisto also has gluten free and vegan options for guests as well. Keep in mind we are a BYOB restaurant so dont forget the wine.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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CaylinZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The only reason I would say less than 5 stars in service is because we asked multiple times for the heater to be moved closer to us (Very cold night). We were on the end and they moved two heaters towards the middle to small groups, we were a group of 6. They seemed to laugh at us and say it was a cold night which we understood but one of the heaters near us would have been nice when every other table had two.

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Mercedes
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Service was good, love that is a BYOB restaurant. Food was excellent.

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NJfoodie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Montclair. Food is always excellent and they did a great job with the ambiance in an outdoor parking lot. Heat lamps worked great.

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BerB
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food- we had the rainbow trout and prime rib for 2. Best restaurant I can think of outside of manhattan. Laid back and consistently great dishes with attentive service , never left unhappy. Good value as well. Will be coming back and recommending to friends/family.

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rubertn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time visiting laboratorio and I will say it was fantastic. Everything from the interaction at Host stand to the end when we left was great.

Our server Lorenzo was fantastic!!

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vipMarSH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We ate outside in the parking lot so it was hard to review the ambience. The food was good overall, but the timing of when the plates arrived was a little off.

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vipNicole
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pleasantly surprised! After reading the reviews for some time we decided to give this place a try. They have plenty of outdoor seating- reservations a must. Peach/marscapone appetizer with balsamic reduction and watermelon salad delicious. Main courses did not disappoint- Salmon, tortellini, pappardelle with a meat sauce and gigantic meatball satisfied every taste bud. Dessert- molten chocolate cake and espressos - perfection! Can't wait to go back for another dinner soon! O and we had a female server who was excellent ( can't remember her name). BYOB.

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FirstTimer
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The seasonal fig crostini app not to be missed. The shrimp app needed salt and maybe heat (and acid). The fries with the steak frites not so crispy. The steak was beyond delicious, tho and the scallop entree was amazing. Next time will try the pastas.

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vipAlgie
London
15 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

First time out for dinner post Lockdown . Good / spaced seating outside. Service attentive and safe. Food was excellent both in presentation and taste. Will definitely be back. Great job !

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BlueDolphins
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Overall the food was good but the salmon felt slightly simple (salmon with a charred watermelon and very strands of arugula). In addition, we were seated in a not so desirable area (when asked about an alternative seating arrangement the hostess said all the other empty tables were taken).

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vipBalann
Munich
42 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Laboratorio did a nice job in setting up the outside patio.
Social distancing was adhered you. Food was excellent.
Seasonal specials as well as regular offerings. Highly recommend.

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DinaO
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The appetizer special, Caramelized peaches with marscapone, balsalmic, ham and a little basil... soooo good.
Mushroom risotto with crab... my husband loved.
The cavatelli in pink sauce was excellent as well.
They did a nice job with the outdoor ambiance ... cafe lights and stick up lights, considering it's in a parking lot.
Overall, is was a nice date night.... we will return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening during a difficult time- felt like was on a holiday!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place!

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AndrewL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

The peach appetizer was excellent. Choice of entrees was more limited than we would have liked. The two pasta dishes we had were average. The lemon eclair was good, although a bit dry cake.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

COVID outdoor dining was surprisingly atmospheric and delightful. The food was outstanding. It leans to the pricey side but the servings are generous and it’s BYOB so it all balances out. Great gluten free options for one of my diners. Service was friendly.

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vipnormS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great to see Jeremy. Food was delicious, service was very good. We will be returning as soon as we can.

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DanielleS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing staff were amazing!!! Will def be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is fantastic always as well as e service. Have only had wonderful experiences eating here.

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Vinny
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I can’t say enough about the food. Everything we ordered was delicious. I love the outside seating during this time of pandemic. It was nicely done. My service was also excellent. I hope they continue to have outdoor seating in the future.

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vipNoelleS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipGailT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They have done an amazing job in the most challenging of circumstances
Food was excellent
Very highly recommend

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JohannaR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

I love the giant meatball however this trip it was on the dry side. Perhaps they are made prior to service and the just reheated. But would order it again

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vipAjax1
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Laboratorio is fantastic! The food is delicious and seasonal. Staff is wonderful and we have come to consider it a favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious dinner! Can’t wait to go back!

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EdE58
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

It must be tough to serve patrons in a back parking lot with cars driving 10 feet away from your table but Laboratorio Kitchen pulled it off better than most. The waitstaff was attentive and accurate. The NY Prime Steak was excellent (especially the sauce) and the risotto was OK. This was our second time at the restaurant, first since COVID, and I am glad they are open. I would definitely recommend it.

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EkramA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Birthday. I would have given them 2 stars because the food wasn’t all that except the steak meal. That was amazing but the Rosoto/ appetizers and the basil stuffed cheese pasta as well as the deserts were less than average for the price.

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LisaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location in downtown Montclair, outstanding food, phenomenal service, THANK YOU!

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BrendaC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My parents and I stumbled upon this gem of a restaurant about a month ago - and have made the drive from Long Island to return every week since. If you are a foodie, this is your place. Everything on their expertly-crafted menu is delicious, in particular Chef James' signature steak au poivre. But their nightly specials are the true star. Lobster with hand-cut fries - mind-blowing! Seafood salad - we ordered 3 for our table of 4. With this pandemic overshadowing the summer, our beautiful meals enjoyed outdoors at Laboratorio gives us a delicious silver lining.

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vipeatalot
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Mussels were excellent and the scallops were terrific, the duck confit pasta was solid

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vipJeanineB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So delicious and beautifully presented every time

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vipRichochez
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best as always. Glad we could get there again!

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Alyson
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Montclair. Food is outstanding, as well as presentation. Pricy, but typical for the quality you are getting. Adorable patio set up our back with string lights and decorated so nicely for diners. Top notch experience!

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Makeshift patio / dining area behind restaurant to accommodate outdoor dining during pandemic. Did a great job of creating a nice atmosphere.

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vipfoodier
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Even in a pandemic Laboratorio Kitchen serves creative and delicious food. The outdoor ambience is nice, with ample spacing between tables. As always the warm rolls and slab of salted butter are simply delicious. The watermelon salad on a warm night was refreshing. The fluffy giant meatball appetizer can easily be for 2 - 4 people. I had the scallop entree, which was very tasty and filling. We topped off dinner with cheesecake and cappuccinos. Looking forward to dining al fresco there again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food!

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vipstefran
London
13 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Superior food. Beautiful presentation. Creative menu. Attentive service. Couldn't ask for more.

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vipSteveM
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dined al fresco , service was impeccable and the Foie gras and Dover Sole were fabulous. Can't wait to go back!!!

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vipMadelineC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was great as usual. Nice patio ambiance. Waiter could have been more friendly.

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vipPrettymama
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience at Laboratorio Kitchen is always exceptional. We went this time for their outdoor dinning due to COVID-19. The service was fast and accurate. The food was delicious and the menu choices and specials were amazing. I had the lobster tail stuffed with crab meat and my husband had the steak. Both delicious!! I strongly recommend this place.

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