Fascino

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1747 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). 16 years and going strong, Fascino was renovated in 2010, completely redecorated with a fresh new look, and has an expanded menu.
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CharlesG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The food was rated very highly in NJ Magazine but we all found otherwise the salmon did not seem fresh or tasty fishy smell. Two of us ordered scallops no taste at all. The last person ordered Lamb and received short ribs however we did not complain.

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Elainem
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

First time trying this restaurant after living in Montclair for over 20 years. The food was tasty and different form other Italian restaurants I’ve eaten at. Great ambience and great service

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viprobb
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal overall. We had a few items off each section of the menu and a few of the specials. Needless to say we were not disappointed.The DePersio family does not mess around!! Desserts were excellent!

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viphappytoshare
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Always a fabulous meal at this long time favorite with the best family that runs a professional establishment.

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vipNJFoodie
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter and her husband were visiting and we decided to go to Fascino. What amazed me is that we each had three courses plus dessert and every single item was outstandingly delicious. Two of us had the vegetarian tasting and one had several small plates and a half order of pasta. The pasta is fantastic and all home made. The desserts are terrific and the tasting came with a dessert sampler that was yummy and a lot of fun. Plus the service was outstanding. We loved this restaurant.

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abis
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

service was very slow. Between pasta and dinner was an excessively long time. We appreciate not being rushed but I am sure something went array in the kitchen. I had turbot over, I think quinoi, that was like eating sand. I dont think it was cooked. other meals were also just ok. nothing exceptional for the price and expectation.

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vipBluefish
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as usual. Octopus dish was the highlight but gnocchi was also light with the perfect texture. Coconut-raspberry sorbet was the most interesting we've had, maybe ever.

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vipedwardr
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Horrible. Bland food and awful service.

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alfind186
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our part of six had a delightful evening at Fascino. The food was excellent, as was the variety of selections on the menu. The service was attentive. Hard to imagine a more pleasant way to spend a Saturday night.

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SalD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, convenient to Wellmont theater. Highly recommended BYOB

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VinM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service4Ambience4

Food while modestly priced was wildly underwhelming. Bland flavors and one dish we ordered was listed to come with an item that wasn’t on the plate. Save your money, eat elsewhere

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BridgetW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service! I would definitely recommend and plan on returning

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Alchemy88
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Wanted to treat an out of town guest to a reliable excellent meal in Montclair love the byob because it allowed us to enjoy and compare a 20 year old Bordeaux and a 10 year old Washington Syrah. Hangar steak was a touch tough

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ArtieBfromDanvers
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual Food and Service were Great!!

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EgorJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Tasty, homie, relatively quiet with a pampering service. Are you looking for something else? It's on an expensive side and well worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First Date
Valentines dinner

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vipIbraheemJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The whole experience was fantastic. My food was delicious, nice ambiance and good service. My only complaint is the service was a little slow but otherwise everything was great.

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FrankF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not our first time there nor will it be our last. Every time we’ve had a wonderful experience. Great service great food great ambience great everything. We are tough to please and they have always really nailed it.

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vipInnovativeCuisine
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fascino is one of the finer Italian restaurants in Essex County. The restaurant offers comfortable surroundings, helpful staff and outstanding cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter, Chris, went above and beyond—our glasses of wine were never empty! The restaurant ensured that my fiancé’s birthday dinner was super special with a taste of their homemade gelato, lit candle to make a wish, and personalized card from the owners. Such a great experience - we will definitely be returning! Thank you, Fascino!

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vipGRtraveler
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always delicious and the service is perfect.

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vipStevenR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Service was EXTREMELY slow and disappointing. Food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best restaurant experience with service and food being top notch. Highly recommend the tasting menu to experience all the menu has to offer. We look forward to our next visit.

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TonyG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience2

Food was good. But pricey. Need attention to presentation and food plating. Restaurant itself is not very memorable.Wait staff very friendly. They should consider better signage in outside of building. I have been on this block many times and never noticed that they were there.We will probably not choose them again .

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viprocky
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

wow, what a difference from the last two times we dined here. things are definitely so much better! the service was excellent and the food was very good. this is the fascino's i remember from years ago. thank you for returning to a montclair favorite of ours.

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vipBobR
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to Fascino many times since they have opened. We have never been disappointed. Six of our party had appetizers, entrees and desserts and everything was outstanding. This is a restaurant that is not to be missed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance was pleasant and the food creative, We had the tasting menu which was a good value. The oysters were delicious although would have enjoyed more traditional sauces with them. The chili sauce was still very good as was the cucumber sauce. The scallops were excellent but the best part was the dessert. It was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, ambiance and experience. We loved the chef and staff, very attentive to people with allergies! The appetizers and pasta were very good, the pork chop was amazing too, though the salmon and steak did not impress. Excellent desserts and coffee to close the night.

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Pres2005
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Place for any ocassion, always great service, menu is so consisteent, never a flaw or mistake.

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AdamW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic experience. The food was comparable to the best meals that we've experienced, and the decor, staff and service were exceptional. It was a pleasure to meet the chef's father, who came to our table to introduce himself. Knowing that a restaurant of this caliber, run by such nice people, is in my neighborhood brings me tremendous joy. I will be back soon!

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LindaE
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love eating here - usually as a special occasion. The food is always phenomenal

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

My boyfriend and I dined here this past Saturday night for our anniversary and opted for the tasting menu. We’ve done several tasting menus in the past, and usually the whole concept of a tasting menu is to have specific dishes with robust flavors complement each other in a unique way. What we had at Fascino was more of a standard prix fixe menu than anything else. With that said, this restaurant had both pros and cons, I would go back a second time to get a better gage on this place and see if our dining experience will be consistent with our first visit.

Pros:
The octopus is absolutely delicious, cooked very well and the gnocchi was amazing. I opted for the lava cake to replace my dessert sampler and it did not disappoint. While the service was slow, the waiters were extremely nice and accommodating. They apologized for the mix up with the food and gave us biscotti to take home. Ambiance was nice and a BYOB establishment is also always a plus.

Cons:
My pasta dish came out cold and they forgot the second course so ended up bringing it out before the main dish. I had the chicken with polenta as a main course and wasn’t a fan, it was just okay. The service was extremely slow, we waited about 35 min for each course to come out and they ended up forgetting the second course and brought it out towards the end. I understand tasting menus take a bit longer to execute, but as mentioned above, this was more of a prix fixe as you don’t get the same experience you would get in a traditional tasting menu. Even then, the wait time between each course is roughly around 15-20 min each.

I would recommend individuals to try this restaurant but to lower expectations a bit as Fascino should not be on the pedestal it currently sits upon.

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vippatty
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always consistently wonderful dining! Salomon was perfection.
Waitstaff and host were attentive and professional. The polenta fries are always a special way to begin the dining experience!

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vipJMaz
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Almost 5 stars in every category, what else can I say

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mjgchef
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience5

Took way to long between 1st and second course 45 minutes. Almost 3 hours for a dinner for 2 is not acceptable. Pasta course was bland and lacked pizzaz. Not a Fascino like dish. We missed New Years Eve celebration and were very upset. By the way we enjoyed the other courses but took dessert home at 12:30 Sorry Ryan

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best restaurant in the area, one of the best in New Jersey. I have been going to Fascino’s for at least 15 years and it never disappoints

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vipEssexCountyEats
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The special white truffle entree on homemade cavatelli with a caccio e pepe sauce was out of this world. And it was sized perfectly (given the richness of the dish) bigger than an appetizer but smaller than a regular pasta entree. It was outstanding!!

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vipJoeW
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fascino never disappoints! Superb food, tremendous staff and an overall great culinary experience. You will not be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic!!

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vipBarryF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

How nice to dine early on the day AFTER Christmas. It was so quiet and we had very attentive service. The food was superb. I think the $79 Tasting Menu was perfect. Perfectly sized smaller portions. I enjoyed all the amazing tastes and the variety of dishes. Fascino is definitely on our "Repeat visit" list.

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