Montclair Bistro

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Chefs top english muffins with grilled salmon and top gnocchi with brown butter, organic vegetables, and prosciutto

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Promotional value expires Dec 6, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid toward brunch prix fixe. Dine-in only. Must purchase a food item. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

One of the great simple pleasures of traveling abroad is stumbling upon a restaurant frequented by locals, followed closely by bathing in gelato and loudly explaining why everything in America is better. Replicate that feeling with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $18 for $36 worth of French bistro fare for dinner
  • $10 for $20 worth of French bistro fare for brunch

The dinner menu includes grilled eggplant steaks with roasted teriyaki tomato ($17) and boneless double-cut pork chops with sweet-potato-apple pancakes ($22), and truffled scrambled eggs ($14) and grilled salmon benedict ($15) appear on the brunch menu. See both menus here.

Montclair Bistro

A single weathervane squeaks as it sways in the breeze atop a peaked roof. Below it, a building dating back to 1948 houses Montclair Bistro amid fieldstone and brick pathways created in french provincial style. At 7 years old, future chef and owner Henry Vortriede began his cooking career by thumbing through culinary magazines and preparing meals for his family of eight. After going on to earn diplomas in food and wine at Le Cordon Bleu and L'Académie du Vin in Paris, France, he honed his skills as a chef in several French restaurants and created chocolate art showpieces at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.

Today, as owner and chef at Montclair Bistro, Vortriede draws on his culinary background to create a rotating menu that includes organic chicken scaloppini sourced from Petaluma Farms, duck-and-wild-mushroom quesadillas with brown-butter chestnuts, and thick, double-cut pork chops with sweet-potato-apple pancakes. Another menu of brunch fare combines traditional favorites such as scrambled eggs with black truffle and eggs benedict with lobster cake.

Vortriede's taste is on display not only on plates but also on the restaurant’s walls, where elegant painted canvases hang. Two hundred bottles of wine stand nearby on storage racks inside walk-in glass covered with the pressed noses of oenophiles. The decor, which includes dark carpeting and dark chairs, white-linen-covered tables, and flickering candles, helped earn the restaurant OpenTable's 2012 Diners' Choice award for romantic restaurant in East Bay.

Customer Reviews

Thanks Mario and Chef Henry, we'll be back soon!
Michael L. · August 15, 2013
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Hello, Thank you for you patronage Mario Hernandez
Merchant replied · August 19, 2013
I'll be back to enjoy more of the menu ~ thank you. I appreciated the menu which had different and creative offerings without being exotic. Very appealing and I want to go back and try more of the dishes. Service was attentive, ambiance was nice, dressy-casual or better. Very appreciated is the option to order the "small plate" - I am enthusiastic about this as it leaves opportunity for appetizer and/or dessert. The food was tasty and I enjoyed everything we had. I will return for sure as this is going to be one of my favorite restaurants from now on.
Barbara S. · January 9, 2013
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thank you
Merchant replied · April 9, 2013
we love you guys and did my son...I gifted him a Groupon... we'll all return
Kathleen S. · January 9, 2013

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