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CulinAriane

33 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ
973-744-0533
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Ranked #1 of 171 restaurants in Montclair
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Description: This tiny hidden neighborhood JEM is nestled in the middle of a residential area of Montclair, N.J. With its Modern American menu of insane flavors CulinAriane offers those who are fortunate enough to snag a reservation an evening of quality Food, and Service. I've only dined hear three times, but Soooo look forward to getting back in.
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: This tiny hidden neighborhood JEM is nestled in the middle of a residential area of Montclair, N.J. With its Modern American menu of insane flavors CulinAriane offers those who are fortunate enough to snag a reservation an evening of quality Food, and Service. I've only dined hear three times, but Soooo look forward to getting back in.
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English first
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Quaint, open space with a fantastic menu. Gracious staff and outstanding food! Lived up to the hype!

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New Jersey, USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My husband and I had not been to CulinAriane for several years and decided to go there for my birthday. They served fresh , luscious ingredients with the utmost care. Each course was a beautiful work of art. I especially loved the corn crusted oysters as an appetizer and the scallops as my entree and my husband loved his grilled... More

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USAFret
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The restaurant is small and very popular so it can be a challenge to get a reservation but stick with it as you will be very happy you did. From start to finish everything was superb. There is a nice seasonal menu with something for every taste. The steak was prepared a perfect medium well not the usual just north... More

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Montclair, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants in town! Everything is incredible. I can't even say enough about it. We like to order three entrees for two of us and have them in three courses so that we can enjoy an extra one because they are all so delicious.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

Arian is an absolute wonder in the chef community! She relies on the true flavor of food to create amazing combinations of taste, display, texture, variety and most of all quality in her dishes... I was floored by the chef's tasting menu! I will return again and again! Best oysters, tuna, venison, filet mignon etc. that I have EVER had...... More

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Montclair, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

It can be difficult to get reservations on short notice, but book ahead and treat yourself! Menu changes seasonally, and all dishes are well and creatively prepared. Seafood and game dishes (venison this winter) are favorite entrees. Lovely atmosphere, knowledgeable and attentive (but not overbearing!) staff, along with a BYOB option makes each meal here special.

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USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Off the beaten path and tucked in a mostly residential setting in Montclair, away from the busy drag, sits a "hidden gem" as the owners themselves define it. And I cannot but agree. This is a perfect place to bring special people or celebrate a special occasion. Among many delicious items on the tasting menu, I have to single out... More

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West Orange, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

We have dined with ariane and mike many times. In any season they are always on their game. Local ingredients and imaginative preparations never fail to surprise. The best appetizer is the oysters. Don't miss them. Fish is the best and most consistent category on the entree menu. We will make no more recommendations since the menu changes with each... More

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Short Hills, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Not a sour note on the night. Everything we ordered was wonderful...expected flavors done to perfection mingled with unexpected but delightful flavors in the sauces and sides. I had the sweet potato empanandas to start with a wonderful almond and fruit sauce. I wanted the bronzini but we had a late reservation and they were out. Had the venison instead... More

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Glen Ridge, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

CulinAriane is a small gem of a restaurant in Montclair NJ. You'd never stop in just by passing by. But then, you can't just stop in...it takes weeks to get a reservation. Small, but well appointed, the food is amazing. We returned with friends who wanted to revisit this place. The decor is cozy, but upscale and inviting. The menu... More

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