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“Still Very Good”

De Novo European Pub
Ranked #3 of 233 Restaurants in Montclair
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, European
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Came back to De Novo last night. It’s very hard to get a weekend reservation without calling a week or two in advance. The place was hopping.

Our server was was outstanding from start to finish- so attentive and genuinely caring....and fun!

Drinks were excellent. A special cheese and meat plate was just not good, which was surprising as everything else we had was very good to excellent. The cheeses were too cold to taste any flavors, and the three meats were unimpressive. The owner, who checks on every table saw we weren’t eating it instantly replaced it with their signature grilled octopus which is great. We followed that with their version of tuna tartare- this is one of my favorite tuna tartares anywhere.

For our main we split the special bouillabaisse. The portions were huge and this was a very delicious dish. We ended our dinner with the homemade profiteroles which are filled with house made ice cream- So good!

All in all we had a terrific time and will definitely return!

Thank Sockster
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

We tried this place for the first time on my husband's birthday. The food was very good. My margarita was watery. The owner is incredibly rude and the waitstaff is mediocre at best. My husband's order was taken incorrectly so we were eating at different times. No recompense was made or even offered. Also obnoxiously noisy. That, along with table set up, makes it like eating in a cafeteria. Good food not worth the bad environment, hostility or price. Will not be back.

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4  Thank gabriella66245
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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Went for the first time last night and absolutely will be recommending it to friends. Parking lot is big which isn't common for Montclair. Drinks were fantastic, "Fig in the City" was the martini for the wife and she loved all 3...
The octopus app with chorizo and potatoes was out of this world. We both had phenomenal dinners that were specials. Our waitress was super friendly and knowledgeable of everything on the menu and specials. The owner was hands on all night and came to check on us twice. The prices were very reasonable and we can't wait to go back!

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

We first went to DeNovo with friends for lunch and were very happy that we did so. The menu has many varied food and beverage selections. The wait staff is really excellent: responsive, attentive and courteous without being intrusive. We dined there again two days later with family and again everything about the menu and service was the same: excellent. I would note that what is also true, as stated in other reviews, is that the noise level varies depending on how crowded the restaurant is. If you are looking for friendly conversation, go for lunch during the week. For a more “lively” atmosphere, shall we say, expect that went it’s busy.

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Thank BobVirginiaUSA
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Superb euro-style food from bouillabaisse as good as Marseille, gnocchi with seafood as good as Liguria and salmon as good as Portland. Also great service and reasonably priced wine, beer and drinks. Highly recommended.

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1  Thank rock1230
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