Samba - Montclair

4.6
109 reviews
$30 and under
Brazilian
Homestyle Brazilian fare served in a stylish, rustic space with antique pots & vintage tableware.

Samba is now the only restaurant certified as a gluten-free restaurant in New Jersey from the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG). @glutendotorg . We are not conforming to a trend. Due to personal experience, gluten
sensitivity is a very serious matter. For the safety of others who are gluten-free, no outside food or cakes will be allowed in the restaurant.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 109 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Ashley
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Overall a very nice experience, not to mention the food was very good. Would definitely recommend!

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JoannaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing time here. The food was fantastic! The service was excellent! And the ambience was great, not to mention it makes for beautiful pictures with all your friends. Don’t be afraid to try their yucca based desserts. Amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

We were running behind 20 min to our reservation and the restaurant had a 2 hour dining policy limit. Waiter kept on insisting and reminding us we have to by a certain time. This prevented us from having an awesome experience. It was rushed and we couldn’t get over how it was the focus of our dining experience. It was a special day for my group as we were celebrating career ad life events. The restaurant is nice and food is good but I most likely will not be returning.

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SamJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Amazing food as always. Their new expanded space is great since it's separated so it doesn't get loud.

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MatthewH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Our first time dining at Samba and we were thrilled! Food was outstanding and the presentation was beautiful. The restaurant ambiance was so cool. We also felt that the restaurant and staff took many steps to ensure the safety of the guests. Samba is a great spot for a date, special occasion, or a night out with friends. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Unfortunately felt rushed to leave within 2 hours. I got a phone call to confirm my res and they let me know we have a 2 hour max at the table. Then as each of us walked into the restaurant, everyone in my party was told we have 2 hours from the start of our res. I understand the need to get more customers in due to the pandemic, however the last thing I want when I go out to dinner is to be rushed and on a time schedule

Other than that, the restaurant is beautiful- nice cozy ambience. Food was delicious. Waiters were very attentive. Just don’t like to be rushed!

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FeliciaL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Food could be better, it was hit or miss. Overall, each dish needed more salt. The pastries (cheese, beef, chicken) needed more seasoning but were decent.The Fish with Shrimps was overcooked and chewy, despite swimming in sauce. The Stroganoff was good: beef was tender and melting in your mouth. The fried sausage with Yuka was delicious.

Ambiance was great, the restaurant has super cozy decor, and there were COVID screens between the tables.

Service was minimal (server came after 15 minutes of waiting, and didnt really show up again until we asked for the bill. This was outside of rush hour, when the restaurant was only half full.

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UweK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was outstanding! Family lunch for five, incl 3 kids. All empty plates, what else do you ask for! Everybody happy.
Surprising was that once the check came, there was a 3% credit card charge added and as well, it was asked for an additional tip on top of the already included 20% service charge. Really?
Overall, we would go again. The food was worth it!

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Long wait time for the food to come but the restaurant was super busy! Staff was amazing and food was incredible! Staff goes above and beyond for their customers to feel special

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have celiac and love that I can eat everything there without worry of cross contamination. The food is always excellent and staff friendly. It was a little chilly every time the door opened but it was a cold evening.

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MaggieZ
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Beautiful decor. Service was excellent. Food was creative and presented well. The only concern...although tables had plastic shield between them...felt a bit too close to my neighbors,

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AngelinaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Samba! Very welcoming staff and atmosphere. Food is delicious.

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GreatLifeShow
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Back after one year. Food is tasty. Portions are ample. Told them it was our anniversary they offered nothing special. Dining room was very busy. Staff was attentive.

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AndrewM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, had a pre-concert meal here with friends. Food was great. Service was first rate. And it’s rally just a cool place. Enjoy.

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Summer22
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Samba was a great place for lunch. I've never eaten there before, but the atmosphere is fun, the staff were friendly and efficient, and the food was delicious!

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AmandaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance and the live vocalist was perfect!

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Monica
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious, staff very attentive. Really nice restaurant. The atmosphere was great even on a Monday night.

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Priscila
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to have a good time! Strong recommend it!

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TableTalk
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Cool vibe in a cool town. Food very good. Lot of energy and fun.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So amazing! Was so excited for a restaurant that I could have my choice of anything on the menu! It was a beautiful restaurant, service was good and the food was amazing!

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vipRich
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Dinner was ok, but nothing special and over-priced. Service was good and ambiance was nice, but very loud. Overall, it was ok, but I don't think it is worth the money. Probably wouldn't go back.

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suzette
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good place to dine for customers who can only eat gluten-free and vegan. The appetizer bacalau fish cake and sweet potato soup are very good! I tasted several of their main dish and they were very good except the gf gnocchi. Service and Ambience both are excellent!... the food is pretty expensive though.. Overall, Samba is a very good restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch at Samba was the greatest gift we could have given ourselves! From the waitstaff to the environment to the meal, everything was excellent! Desserts cooked from scratch are to die for. The opportunity to interact in your native tongue brings the experience full circle.

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PeterS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could not ask for a better evening out. Very attentive staff in a funky little space, GF was the major draw here and they didn’t disappoint. From apps to desert great all around. Will definitely be back.

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MatthewW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful meal! We loved Samba and highly recommend!

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RaeD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing service. Wished the table time was longer than 2 hours but I get it. Definitely recommend for any occasion. I will be back. 🙌🏿🙌🏿

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vipHungryh
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Big plus is that nearly everything is gluten free!

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LinaJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance! Came here a couple of times already and the food and service is spectacular

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, tasty food

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DebraM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great lunch even though we were tight on time

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BarbaraAnn
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best!! Great value, byob, very small so make a reservation. Excellent service too.

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HollyF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was phenomenal, service great and overall experience exceptional. The only drawback, my chair was pretty much on top of a heat vent, besides that, we will definitely visit the next time we are in New Jersey.

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Porcelainpotter1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is delicious and owner is very aware of safety protocols. This was my first experience dining inside a restaurant since 2019 and the owner was sensitive to my concerns, seating us in a window alcove away from other tables (it was too cold to eat outside).

I had the kale salad with grilled salmon (amazing) and a very rich chocolate mouse for desert. For us celiacs, they are a certified gluten free restaurant. Wish I lived closer so I could do take out!

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Coolpablo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic food as always!! Still missing a Cod dish…

Service was good except one guy… The simpatico!

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Datenight2021
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Service was average… we had to flag down servers more than them coming on their own. Food was really good though and we enjoyed the ambiance.

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LilianaL
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cute little restaurant with great food and excellent service! Loved the inclusive messages throughout the restaurant, definitely a place my family would love to continue supporting.

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IVGP
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Food is good. Read Menu at home to know what to order.

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WesleyP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice place staff excellently,
this is was our fist time to be in the place to take our 21 anniversary.

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GeoffR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food, the environment and the service at Samba so far exceeded our expectations...It's not only a great restaurant which we could not stop talking about but it is also restaurant that has a stated work culture is progressive and forward thinking. I think culture translates to enthusiasm and knowledge of the servers, the thoughtfulness of the host (on a cold rainy night, he moved us to a table away from door without being asked) the food and environment. You must have a meal there to understand. Two of us had the Feijoada: a pork, beef and bean stew served with rice and shredded collards. Chicken in a butternut squash was amazing.

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VeronikaB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place - food and drinks are absolutely delicious and the ambiance is magical.

FAQs

Samba - Montclair offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 744-6764.

Samba - Montclair is rated 4.6 stars by 109 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.