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“Room for improvement”
Review of Halcyon

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Ranked #36 of 204 Restaurants in Montclair
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Forest Street
Transit: Walnut Street NJ Transit Station
New York City, New York
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743 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
“Room for improvement”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Pros:
Spacious room,portions are quite large,
Tables are far apart
Cons:
Food is more quantity than quality.
There is a bar occupying half of the space and detracting from the dining athmosphere
Corking fee is $25 a bottle which is a shame in a town where BYO is common and much appreciated.
Our waiter was aggressive and seemed to have an attitude issue.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank MILOUW
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  • English first
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English first
Montvale, New Jersey
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101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A great find”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

I was late making reservations for Valantines Day, and came across this gem of a restaurant in Montclair NJ. WE were both equally surprised that a restaurant of this quality still had availability on short notice. The food, which is mostly seafood, was cooked perfectly. Being it was a holiday, I didn't hold out much hope for good service, I was wrong. The server was attentive to our needs and was very effecient and professional. We definaletly will try Halcyon again.

  • Visited February 2013
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West Orange, NJ
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Turned out to be a bummer.”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

It's sad that this kind of place can get away with being considered a 'good' restaurant since it is one of only a few with a liquor license in the area. The atmosphere is certainly nicer however overall I was quite dismayed. Starter of the Halcyon taco- completely lacking. Ordered the cod version. Ended up being 1/4" chunks of super dry fish. The 'sauce' that came with was just some sort of bland mayo that did nothing to enhance. Butternut squash ravioli was overly fussed with mushroom and candied nuts leaving the actual butternut flavor hidden behind. The side of brussel sprouts w/ lardon were okay but paying for a bowl full of not so freshly roasted (by the time it got to our table they were mushy & cold) sprouts just doesn't add up. The best part is they completely take advantage on the wine markup - expected but really? A bottle of Pinot Noir costs $48 there but $13.99 at total wine. Save your money & go to a BYO. The food was not worth the fact that they can serve alcohol!

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Thank Betty212
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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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149 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great seafood”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Not quite as good as Fin, and of course its Licensed so a little more expensive. Food is very good. Atmosphere is a little formal.

Visited July 2012
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Thank Geoffrey S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice night out.”
Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

We went for our sixth anniversary. As many of know, it's hatd to make six special. Nonetheless, the food was solid, service was very pleasant and attentive. We were there on a quiet Sunday evening and sat at a cozy booth... No doubt more busy nights may be louder.

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Thank Mikegmeyer
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