Sayola Montclair Restaurant

4.5
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228 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
After many names were considered, only one truly represented our mission. We are driven to provide an authentic spanish dining experience, pleasurable ambience, and outstanding service from our staff. The name had to stand for a future legacy. Therefore SAYOLA comes from the names of the proprietors children: SAndra, YOrett, and LAzaro. Visit us for a unique fine dinning experience.
What 228 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.1
Value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place always meets or exceeds expectations. The amazing food is only outshined by the wonderful service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and great food

OT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was attentive. It is BYO but doesn’t take away from the experience. I enjoyed everything. Grill cook knows what they’re doing, A+ churrasco.

LO
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I loved our meals and the atmosphere. The owners are so nice, going to each table to insure everyone has a great experience.

RL
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent!!! Great place to eat!!! The service was great!!

KP
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant never fails to impress. The service is top notch. The food is incredible. The ambience is just spectacular.

KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

delicious food and excellent service! a little hard to hold a conversation though!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

Got sick after eating seafood paella. Shellfish and lobster were not fresh.

P
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The food was delicious, but very much overpriced (so much so that we won't return). Service was pleasant but inexperienced.

BS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Pretty space, but the food wasn't that tasty and sort of felt like it was stuck in the 1980's in terms of appearance. Also, an item on the menu that appeared vegetarian contained bacon that was not disclosed.

MF
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Love the Menu choices and food quality!
A bit pricey, even for Montclair, but just might be worth it !!

ES
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Too noisy at times and many interruptions from the waiters every few minutes (did not allow conversation) and felt he was rushing us. Will give it a second chance because food was excellent.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Sayola
Our favorite spot in Montclair
Bronzino in sea salt is amazing
The veal and paella was also excellent
A place not to b missed

g
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dining experience! Service was great, food was delicious. And the place is beautiful

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

quality from start to finish. excellent food and preparation.

LS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner with friends to celebrate their birthday. Food was great, delicious. Service very attentive. Got very busy around 8pm and very loud. Good value too

TD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place and the owner is beyond amazing. Similar to most restaurants in Montclair it is BYOD- however they have a list available where you can purchase from the neighboring liquor store and they will have it delivered to your table!

v
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful interior and attentive wait staff. We had the gambas appertizer, salads, and the Valencia Paella. All delicious. Warning, the Paella is enough to feed four !

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service!

NF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and the menu will not disappoint.

M
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is an incredible restaurant from the fantastic service we got from a young server (name something like Pran)to the generous excellent food we ordered
Looking forward to going back, it’s byob and the place while dress is casual , the restaurant is very beautiful

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food..owner is attentive..staff was excellent...superior service. Will be coming here again.

JC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience5

Overall the quality of the food was very good in terms of the pieces octopus was a very nice piece card was a very nice piece.Hey I looked delicious on the surface however the taste of all these fools were very bland overcooked or undercooked so I think it was more the preparation and the chef first of the quality of the food the Paiea had chicken inside of it which was extremely dry the ceviche appetizer we had was delicious overall I would not recommend this restaurant especially for the price value it’s a shame because they do serve nice pieces but clearly the chef needs to be improved.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best for casual and special date nights. Anniversary date night's a success. Love everything.

MF
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Expensive, even for Montclair, but very good menu, food, and service!
The smaller side room is definitely quieter, than the main room.

j
Montreal
19 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Our first time at this restaurant. Overall everything was fine. Food was delicious and fresh. Two people at our table ordered a fish that needed to be deboned , the first fish was done right away and served as were the other dishes. The second fish was left table side for about 10 minutes with no waiter insight to serve it. That was a bit annoying.
Will give the place another try. Hopefully their service will improve.

LC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

I had a very enjoyable dinner at Sayola. The portions are quite large and tasty. The restaurant itself is very well decorated. However, do not let the wine bottle display or the wine bottle chandeliers fool you, it is a BYO so do not forget to bring a bottle if you'd like to have a drink with your meal.

TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Living in a town with so many good restaurants, it’s hard to choose where to go. But now that we’ve been to Sayola, this will always be our ‘go to’ for a night out or special occasion. Better than just good, the food selection and quality, service, and ambience was spectacular. Thoroughly enjoyable evening and can’t wait to come back for music with Paul Baccash at their Sunday brunch!

SG
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. The service excellent.
Don't be discouraged by parking. Parking is available at the hotel next door.
Thank you!

SH
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an 8PM reservation and they seated us at that time. Beautifully decorated and large windows. Very nice ambiance. Will definitely go back. Food was excellent. A little pricey, but for the quality about right.

F
Philadelphia
191 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Service was fair. They didn’t clear plates for quite a long time.
Food took a long time to come out.
Decor was very nice; upscale; not look most dives in montclair.
Food was good but not great for the high prices.

o
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining experience! The food was great, service was fantastic and décor amazing. Can't wait to go back again.

MM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We, my wife and I, absolutely love this place! The service is beyond exceptional! The food is outstanding and the portions are large enough so you can enjoy soMe the next day! 😊

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place was great. We made a reservation for 10 on a busy Saturday night as we walked to the restaurant. They not only had our table set before we arrived, but it looked like they opened an additional room for us, which was soon filled to capacity. Food and service were outstanding and can't wait to go back.

OT
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and the ambience was excellent. We loved this place and will be back!!

MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Not as good as Sayola in Tenafly.

SG
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent everything!
What adds to the great food is the warmth and welcoming staff.
How special is it when the staff knows your names and greets you personally?
Two thumbs up!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience5

Beautiful space but the menu left me uninspired. It’s wasn’t very ‘Spanish’ and the prices were over the top. Mains were $40 -$50 range. I got the chicken and it was no better than diner food. Sauce was over thickened with corn starch so it was gummy. We won’t be back.

SG
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is superb! Furthermore, second visit was just as great and they remembered us.
Food is superior!

AB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is amazing as always, the ambiance is great and the team is professional, attentive and very friendly. We absolutely love Sayola for small and large gatherings.