Samba - Montclair
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.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
Overall a very nice experience, not to mention the food was very good. Would definitely recommend!
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!!!
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.
Amazing food as always. Their new expanded space is great since it's separated so it doesn't get loud.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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,
We love Samba! Very welcoming staff and atmosphere. Food is delicious.
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.
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.
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!
Great ambiance and the live vocalist was perfect!
Food was delicious, staff very attentive. Really nice restaurant. The atmosphere was great even on a Monday night.
Great place to have a good time! Strong recommend it!
Cool vibe in a cool town. Food very good. Lot of energy and fun.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
We had a wonderful meal! We loved Samba and highly recommend!
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. 🙌🏿🙌🏿
Great food and ambiance. Big plus is that nearly everything is gluten free!
Amazing food and ambiance! Came here a couple of times already and the food and service is spectacular
Fantastic service, tasty food
Great lunch even though we were tight on time
The best!! Great value, byob, very small so make a reservation. Excellent service too.
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.
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!
Fantastic food as always!! Still missing a Cod dish…
Service was good except one guy… The simpatico!
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.
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.
Food is good. Read Menu at home to know what to order.
Very nice place staff excellently,
this is was our fist time to be in the place to take our 21 anniversary.
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.
Amazing place - food and drinks are absolutely delicious and the ambiance is magical.
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.