Allegory

3.6
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53 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
An exciting addition to Montclair’s culinary scene, Allegory is The MC's signature restaurant with a shared-plate, multi-course format.

Lead by Chef Daniel Kill, Allegory emphasizes community dining through a small plate, multi-course, coastal Mediterranean influenced menu. Cocktails and wine are at the forefront of Allegory’s beverage program, which also taps local brew brands. Meanwhile, the private dining room offers an “off-the-menu” family-style dining experience.

Located in the ground floor of The MC Hotel, Allegory is the welcoming flagship of downtown Montclair.

*For parties larger than 12 please contact allegoryevents@themchotel.com

Special Offers

Live Music Takeover at ALTO Rooftop Bar

Join us on Thursdays as Danielle Illario takes over ALTO Rooftop Bar! Music starts at 7PM. Drinks and light bites are available, and the outside will be open weather permitting.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 23 January 2020

Ends: 24 January 2119

Availability: Thu 19:00-23:30

Jazz + Wine Night at The MC Hotel

Join us every Tuesday from 7PM - 10PM for some cool jazz & specials on wine by the glass at Allegory! #cooljazztuesday

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 23 January 2020

Ends: 24 January 2119

Availability: Tue 19:00-22:00

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Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM

What 53 People Are Saying
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3.6based on recent ratings
3.7
Food
3.8
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.4
Value
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62% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Live string trio with amplified speakers was way too loud for conversation at brunch.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there but it won’t be our last.

LJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

No, anytime you mess up breakfast twice it is not good. I am talking eggs , asked for soft scramble got hard, my friend asked for Over Easy got Very Hard sent both back the second time kind of sort of got it right! So called hash fries were simple whole roasted fingerling potatoes.. absolutely no flavor. The pancakes were not fluffy more like crepes and very doughy sent them back.!!! I heard dinner is not much better, but if you CanNot make a decent breakfast I would not go back for dinner. And the bill was $52.50, I know we split a Bloody Mary... but if you are going to charge $15-$18 for eggs and one slice of toast it had better be GREAT!
Restaurant makes good crisp bacon and great Bloody Mary.

SD
9 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

New Year’s Eve dinner menu. 5 courses with 2 options each. Our seating was to be at 9:00pm. We waited until 930 and asked if we would be seated soon. The hostess said the table wasn’t ready. There were more than 8 tables open. Manager came over and sat us at a table. We Ordered our 5 course choices and drinks. Half hour later the drinks came, then the salad/soup. Then half hour later the first course arrived, cold, and we ordered another drink. 35 minutes later we got our next course and no drink. Asked the waiter about our drinks he says oh i guess they forgot them at the bar. He goes to get them. 25 minutes later he comes back with one of our drinks. We tell him we have to be upstairs for the New Year’s Eve party we paid extra for by 1115. It is now 1050 and no dinner. Manager comes over, as well as the overly dry, due to being under a heat lamp dinner. We say forget it and don’t finish dinner or dessert. Manager says he’s sorry and would like to give us free
Champagne for our poor service. Never, ever going back again. It wasn’t even crowded.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The food was mediocre - We ordered the beef tartare, lamb ribs, the grilled octopus, and the slow cooked salmon, plus a Moscow mule and a goodfella. The tartare was severely under seasoned, as were the lamb ribs. The grilled octopus was 95% beans and 5% octopus. The salmon was fine, but the buttermilk sauce that came with it was essentially straight buttermilk and the salad had clearly spent too long in the fridge before serving, as it was very wilted. The Moscow Mule was served with flat ginger beer, although the goodfella was nice. There are many other better restaurants nearby, so I'd pass on this one and walk a block or two.

LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Delicious and upscale food, gorgeous NYC quality ambiance, service felt casual for the setting, but was still very good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server approached us to offer two different seating options for our party of 7, which was very thoughtful & we appreciated because one of the 7 was a toddler. The food was delicious & service was with a smile! We dined for brunch.

JB
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Food was not worth the money. It was low quality food masquerading as high-end food. Ambiance was nice and drinks were good. Service was great. Food was the main issue.

c
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Went for dinner on a Tuesday night. There was a live jazz band. The dining room was so empty that we actually chose to eat by the bar instead. Menu is limited, which is OK, but definitely check ahead if you're picky. I had the salmon entree and it came out room temp. My friend had the steak, which looked good, but also room temp. Portions are on the smaller side, so we did end up having to go grab another bite after. Overall, not bad, but I won't be back on a weeknight.

ER
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had Thanksgiving dinner at the buffet,and it was very well attended to by staff. We thought the food was very good, and service nearly impeccable.

c
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

food was beautifully presented excellent choices

RF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Very cool ambiance-our waiter was very good knowledgeable. Appetizers really good. My steak cooked to my liking. Wine list not great. Want to go back and sit at the bar.

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience1

The food was fine, nothing special. Tiny menu, very bland ambiance and continuous loop of not pleasant background music. A hotel restaurant and nothing more.

F
Philadelphia
185 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Many people wrote about slow service. Kevin, our sever, was excellent! Great recommendations and timing was not an issue.
It was a Sunday night and it was fairly empty.
Portions are really small but tasty! And, as others have written, alcohol prices are over the top!!

B
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

When a new restaurant opens it is usually chaos for the first month or so so we usually wait and hope they work the kinks out. It seems to have paid off at Allegory as our first visit was just great. It was a Monday so it was fairly slow. Kevin was our waiter and he was very friendly and courteous. We shared the eggplant to start and then had the potato crusted cod and the Bolognese for our mains. All of the food was very good. Instead of dessert we headed up to the rooftop bar and it did not disappoint. We sat outside and the views are spectacular. Advice if you want to sit outside - dress warmly because the heaters while quite nice to look at provide little heat. We enjoyed everything about our experience at Allegory and will certainly return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Food was definitely good. Service needs some improvement. Not as slow as some previous diners’ experience, but still not a well oiled, polished experience. Think there are some major disconnects between bar, kitchen and dining room service. Not sure what kind of management and rather training exists. But, the place was not full, saw several staff lurking in corners at times and borderline hiding and our main courses came out cold.
Very open space. But, needs some warmth or continuity. Bar was full. but pretty vibeless. No regrets. But one and done.

f
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The experience was marred by the surprise cost of the cocktails. When we ordered a simple margarita we did not expect a price of $19 when their craft cocktails advertised on the menu are lower.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I LOVED dining at Allegory . The ambiance was so lovely and interesting. Beautiful decor A NY kind of restaurant in NJ
The food is light and delicious and healthy I had a fluffy soufflé /the salad was so fresh with a delightfully light dressing
Had a tough time choosing since I liked a lot of the choices on the menu We had a party of ten and everyone was pleased
The service was also superb and valet parking is a wonderful amenity
I think it will be a new favorite of mine Highly recommend!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was amazing. This place became my favorite restaurant in town. Definitely will be back.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely bright space in the MC Hotel. Had brunch. Food was fresh, light and well prepared. Service was great. The space is beautiful. Have to try the lounge on the top floor! They even validate parking so don’t have the Montclair parking headache. Would definitely go back and try dinner.

A
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Worst service I’ve experienced. Waited 2 hours for our entrees.

DS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

This was an extremely unpleasant experience. Although we enjoyed our time with friends, we didn’t get any food for 2 hours, had to BEG for water refills, could not get our waitress to come to our table, and the noise level was outrageous. The bathrooms were FILTHY - as in highway rest stop filthy. The food was terrible. Needless to say, we will NOT be returning.

G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice. Restaurant is very new. I hope people discover it soon. Montclair needed a place like this.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The restaurant looks very nice. There was a large party that was having a great time, and you could hear it from across the restaurant. The service was good but not extraordinary. Waitstaff looks a bit inexperienced. The food was good portions were small for the price. I’ll be back in a few months. Will defend hit the bar again sooner.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

The food was not that flavorful and overpriced

m
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

We were seated right away with our reservation time. They did not have grey goose vodka, nor did they have pineapple juice as a standard mixer. Cocktails were very strong, especially considering it was Sunday at 1pm. Waiter was slow and seem unfamiliar with fare on menu. My cousin's hot pasta dish came to the table cold and had to be reheated. With that said, my crab salad was divine, my sister's lobster dish was also highly rated and delicious. I like that the menu was small, because the food was quality. My coffee was warm not hot. They need some work, but I think I will give a second try in another month or so to see if things improve.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

The service was a bit slow and the food was only so so. I had the porchetta with charred marinated lettuce--both were very oily. My husband wasn't overwhelming impressed with his strip steak dish. We're looking forward to visiting the rooftop which was not open when we visited.

SS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

The food was delicious and it was not expensive for what we got. However, the space is so big and impersonal and—because there's no buzz yet, or because it's a bit out of the way—there were not many other people there. Overall, the lights were a little too bright and it was a little too quiet.

f
New York Area
385 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great addition to Montclair. Good room, vibe and service. Food waa amazing.

GD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance! Feels like being in a NYC hotel. A piece of city life in Montclair.

a
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

This was our first experience at Allegory. We were seated early for our reservation, which we appreciated and the table/booth was very comfortable. We weren't starving so we decided to just order two pastas as our entrees. The waitress tried to get us to order an app (on her), but we declined. It took over 40 minutes for our pastas to arrive and when they did, they were served in over-sized tall bowls that really did not fit the dish. The pasta was fine (bolognese and spatzle) but nothing special. They both needed salt. The manager came over to apologize and asked if we wanted wine (again, on them), but we declined.

Very disappointed in the service and food. Yes, they are new and probably working out the kinks but the restaurant wasn't that crowded and it should not have taken 40 minutes to cook pasta.

AC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience4

Service was non existent. You could see the chaos on the floor with staff with headphones doing nothing.
Bread was served after asking waiter and then calling over house manager. It was was finally served without plates, butter or oil.
The level of frustration was high.
They need to get their act together.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had dinner here before going to a concert for a friend’s birthday celebration. The service was fantastic and the food delicious!! Especially being a vegetarian there were many great choices...had a difficult time deciding. Will definitely come back.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The service was top notch but the food- though pretty- was sparse and very slow to come out. I hope they work out the kinks and I look forward to trying the roof bar in October.

HS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience4

Really disappointed in the food.

VF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fabulous food and so reasonably priced. We had the fries with the dipping sauce, delicious. The beef tartar was seasoned perfectly, the yellow fin crude was fresh and a wonderful burst of flavors. The chef knows what he is doing. Portion size was perfect. There was four of us and we ate 3 different entrees, Spaghetti, Grilled Octopus and The Porchetta. We loved every dish. This is a must dining experience. And what is shocking it is in a hotel. We will be back soon

DC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a terrific brunch at Allegory, and I'm happy to report that there were some excellent dishes at not-unreasonable prices. The mezze platter -- and especially the labneh yogurt -- was quite good as a shared appetizer. The lobster salad sandwich was fresh and tasty, and the MC burger packed a good flavor. The MC chipwich was also very good, though not everyone in our party loved the mint ice cream. Still, we're looking forward to returning, and sampling more dishes.

TB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Welcome addition to the new wave of mega hip restaurants popping up in Montclair, however not "ready for prime time"!!
While the staff clearly has been trained to please, the kitchen cannot keep up! Waited over an hour for apps. After waiting another 45 minutes for the mains I asked for the check. It was just ridiculous!
Manager comped our last round of drinks and apologized.
Other than that, the place boasts a beautiful bar and lounge area with TV's everywhere. They could figure out a better door to the kitchen so you don't have to see the line up of staff waiting for their orders to come out.
Will definitely return in a year when the get the "kinks" out.

SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience4

It was extremely noisy, extremely slow service, very overpriced given the quality of food: some dishes were mediocre, some just plainly not edible. There was nothing enjoyable about our experience.
The restroom space is limited - there was a line all the time!

AC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

The drinks and appetizers were great here. The entrees, not so much. First the entrees were the same size as the appetizers and there was no indication that we would need we would need more than one plate to have a filling meal (for example, the salmon was literally a piece of salmon with nothing else with it). Second, considering how small the entrees were, I thought they were waaaaay overpriced. Third of all, there were four of us with four different entrees, and we all thought the entrees didn't taste that great. Not bad necessarily but not good and definitely not worth the price. In conclusion, I think Allegory is fine for drinks and appetizers, but not for a full dinner.