Eating Al Fresco: Local Restaurants Open for Outdoor Dining

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Governor Murphy announced that restaurants, bars, and other food establishments may begin serving in an outdoor setting on June 15 and local restaurants are getting ready for in-person service.

For establishments that have had outdoor dining areas, it means rearranging things to comply with guidelines. For others, who have not had outdoor service in the past but want to get back to business in some form, it means applying for a cafe license through the Township.

That’s what Ryan DePersio, owner and chef of Fascino, has done. For the first time since opening its doors on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair 17 years ago, Fascino applied for a license and will have a sidewalk cafe.

“To be honest, I wish we did this years ago. We’re super excited to put seats outside and people are already calling to make reservations,” says DePersio, who adds, “I think this could be an addition for years to come.”

To comply with the guidelines, restaurants must, among other things:

  • Place tables six feet apart from each other
  • Limit tables to eight customers
  • Require employees to wear face masks and gloves
  • Place signs that say patrons with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 shouldn’t enter.
  • Close off self-service food or drink options such as buffets, salad bars, and drink stations.

Read the complete list of guidelines here.

Some are going beyond the protocols with other safety measures. Demetri Malki, owner of De Novo, will be using contactless menus for added safety measures. 

Sharon Egan, owner of Egan & Sons Irish Pub, will require customers to wear masks when entering the building for restrooms.

Fitzgerald’s 1928 will do non-invasive temperature checks before seatings.

And Risa Magid Boyer, chef and owner of Vanillamore, will require guests to pay in advance when they make a timed reservation to minimize contact.

So make those reservations! Of course, if you’re still unsure about eating out at this time, restaurants will continue to offer take out and delivery.

Local restaurants with outdoor dining:

Montclair’s French brasserie will open its patio for lunch, snacks & drinks, and dinner service following guidelines, plus contactless menus and masks required to use restroom inside. Reservations for a table should be made in advance , however walk-ins will be accommodated based on table availability.

De Novo
The favorite uptown European pub has been doing successful Carhop Dinner & Cocktails in its parking lot, but starting next week, De Novo will open its outside patio, as well as additional seating along the platform and in its parking lot space.

The restaurant that offers Sweet. Savory. Social. will offer al fresco brunch for Father’s Day weekend. Guests are required to make reservations and pay in advance.

Chef Ryan DePersio of Fascino is getting the sidewalk cafe ready.

Fascino will offer its “Italian Without Borders” cuisine outside in its new sidewalk cafe. Chef DePersio is creating an intimate outdoor cafe complete with trellises covered with vines and flowers. They will have 14 outdoor seats starting on June 17 and will offer a more casual menu, including the Chef’s famous RD burger available at his other establishments. (The Fascino version will have truffle cheddar cheese!). Fascino will also introduce a catering menu.

Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza
Ruthie’s will reopen their beloved backyard patio for BBQ and pizza.

Fitzgerald’s 1928
Glen Ridge’s pub is busy expanding their outdoor patio for more table space to start service next week. Seating will be by reservation only, no walk ups, and masks must be worn while coming in to be seated and to use indoor restrooms. In addition, they will do non-invasive temperature checks before seating you.

Bloomfield Steakhouse
This family owned restaurant is excited to get their patio ready for outdoor dining and drinking beginning next week. They will take reservations for timed seatings (3, 5, 7, & 9pm) requiring 1.5 hour time limits per table.

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Egan & Sons deck.

Egan & Sons
Our local Irish Pub will open it’s back deck for outdoor dining and will share their parking lot with Halcyon turning it into a beer garden. They are limiting the tables to 12, will have 3 servers and 2 “sanitizing specialists”, aka bus people on staff, and will require reservations in timed slots (3-5, 5:30 – 7:30 and 8 – closing). They will allow walk-ins, if space is available to the beer garden.

Montclair Diner has expanded table seating outside, with tables in front of the diner and opposite the mural in the walk through alley alongside the building.

Safety guidelines aren’t the only thing Montclair’s Brazilian restaurant is doing beginning on June 15. Samba is now a completely gluten-free restaurant, with all breads made on the premises. Tables for two will be available outside on a first come, first serve basis.

Salute Bistro
The corner Italian spot on Glenridge Ave. will open for full service outdoor dining on its patio. Reservations are required and will be offered in seating time slots.

Zeugma Mediterranean Grill
Enjoy a fine Mediterranean meal at Zeugma who will be serving at outdoor dining with limited seatings available — reservations are required.

Just Jake’s
Live music is still on hold, but you will be able to enjoy some good grub and drinks on Just Jake’s patio. They’ve also added additional seating in their back parking lot.

Toast Montclair
Breakfast and brunch will be served at Toast’s outdoor patio. Reservations are required.
Here are more restaurants offering outdoor dining as well as a list we will update below:

Antika Grill

578 Bloomfield Ave.


480 Bloomfield Ave.


714 Bloomfield Ave.

Beyond Pita

82 Church St.

Broughton House Grill

712 Bloomfield Ave.

Café Giotto

343 Bloomfield Ave.

Casa Piquin

537 Bloomfield Ave.

Cocina Candela

706 Bloomfield Ave.


511 Bloomfield Ave.


193 Glenridge Ave.

Cuban Pete’s

428 Bloomfield Ave.


15 Church St.

Jacks Seafood Shack

718 Bloomfield Ave.

Java Love

49 Church St.

Just Jakes

30 Park St

Le French Dad

10 Church St


19 S Park St.

Let’s Yo!

31 Valley Rd

Laboratorio Kitchen

615 Bloomfield Ave.

La Rocca Osteria

21 Midland Ave.


631 1/2 Valley Road

Montclair Diner

613 Valley Road

Mishmish Café

515 Glenridge Ave.

Montclair Falafel

16 Church St.

Montclair House Grill

12 Church St.

Montclair Vegan

10 Park St.

Noches De Columbia

19 Elm St.

Puebla De Noche

6 Park St.

Playa Bowls

28 S. Park St.

Proven Poke

19 Church St.


28 Church St.


173 Glenridge Ave.


7 Park St.


38 Valley Rd.

Scala Del Nonna

32 Church St.


40 S Park St.

Sweet Kitchen

533 Bloomfield Ave.


700 Bloomfield Ave.


12 B N Willow St.

Uncle Momo

702 Bloomfield Ave.


349 Bloomfield Ave.

Villa Victoria

11 Park St.

Zeugma Grill

44 South Park St.

As more restaurants finalize plans, we will add. Email us at to be included.

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