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“Great food with no conversation!”

Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen
Ranked #24 of 207 Restaurants in Montclair
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Northern New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Great food with no conversation!”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

Like many of the reviewers below, I can comment -- after three dining experiences -- that the food is wonderful. The raw bar offerings are invariably fresh, briny and luscious. And grating of fresh horseradish over top is just a wonderful added bit! The waitstaff varies -- some are conscientious and personable and some seem inexperienced and overwhelmed.

But the volume is unbearable and frankly, ruins the experience! How can you enjoy a lovely meal with a partner or friends if you can't hear yourself think, let alone what someone else is saying? And it's not just Friday or Saturday night -- I was there on Wednesday and it was equally loud even though the place was only about 2/3 full. The owners have got to do something about the sound level or I'm afraid this wonderful restaurant will star to turn people off.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank NJGIRL
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English first
Cedar Grove, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great food,too noisy!”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

We had a wonderful dinner again at Finn.The lobster sliders were excellent as was the crispy skin salmon.We sat outside on a beautiful night but the dining room is so noisy we could barely hear each other out on the street!They should consider addessing the acoustics problem.
Also the hostess that handles both Fin and Salute down the street should dress more appropriately at a family restaurant.She looks ready to go clubbing rather than seating people for dinner.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Michelle W
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Montclair, New Jersey
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Bush league service, food; other fish in the sea.”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

Incredibly disappointing and pricey, noisy and very poor service. Our waitress was either so overwhelmed or distracted, she didn't even look at us when she rattled off the specials. It took over an hour to get our salads. When I asked what was going on, the waitress volunteered to get the manager, which I accepted. No show. This happened two more times over the course of the meal, including when my $29 "shrimp and lobster on a bed of spinach" turned out to be severely overcooked and on a giant bed of haystack potatoes, not mentioned in the menu (no good for low carb guy). We will never go to this restaurant again--too many other good places in Montclair.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank toddunger
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New York, NY
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing food, difficult acoustics”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

I would have definitely given this restaurant top marks (as the food was excellent and the service was great) except for a note on the acoustics. The atmosphere is nice, but the way it was decorated or the layout generates a cavernous loud atmosphere that makes it difficult to hear company across the table. I would recommend going as a couple or with one other couple, but not a large group.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank smarcus
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Montclair, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Expensive but a fun night out”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

Huge restaurant, great selection of very tasty food. Expensive but a fun night out for groups who like fish. Great decor too.

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank beva12
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