Our Favorite Brunch Spots in Montclair

Montclair has a vibrant dining scene, which draws people from all over northern New Jersey.  With four distinct business districts, there is lots of variety.  Most establishments are BYOB, no corking fees.


Downtown

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Raymonds – 28 Church Street
The quintessential Montclair insiders spot, on Church Street, the Tribecca of Montclair.  Raymonds is open all day and the food is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but brunch is something special, make sure to try the French toast.  Lines can be long, but they’ll text you when your table is ready and in the meantime you can shop and stroll this beloved block.

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Plum on Park – 14 Park Street
From Shrimp and Grits to Moroccan Scramble, Classic Breakfast to Baked Bread Pudding French Toast and Jelly Donut Fritters, Plum on Park, located in an old railroad car diner, with counter, stools and arched, stained glass windows that probably look like the originals from 1929.  Located across from the Y, this is a cozy spot for excellent food.

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MishMish Café – 215 Glenridge Avenue
We love MishMish for dinner, with their focus on seasonally and locally sourced Mediterranean-inspired dishes, on Glenridge Avenue -- the newest restaurant row in town, but they also have an amazing brunch menu.  Check out Chef Meny Vaknin’s new café in Upper Montclair, Marcel Bakery and Kitchen.

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Toast – 700 Bloomfield Avenue
When the owner opened Toast in 2007, her mantra was “Peace, Love, Pancakes.”  This breakfast and lunch spot, just a quick stroll away from the Montclair Art Museum, has been bustling ever since.


Walnut Street

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Red Eye Café – 94 Walnut Street
Red Eye Café has been named as one of the best cafes in New Jersey, as well as the critic’s choice for brunch.  A local favorite since the day it opened, Red Eye provides local organic product whenever possible.

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The Corner – 115 Grove Street
The Corner opened for breakfast and lunch in April 2015 and has been crazy ever since for good reason.  This gourmet cafe serves the finest coffee grounds, tea leaves and fresh-pressed juices alongside delicious pastries baked in house and breakfast and lunch choices.

 

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Le Salbuen -- 97 Walnut Street
This tiny restaurant, decorated to reflect the shabby chic of the neighborhood, features farm to table food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Uptown

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Uptown596  - 596 Valley Road
American fare in the heart of Upper Montclair village, using fresh seasonal ingredients. There is outdoor seating in a lovely courtyard.

 

 

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Marcel Bakery and Kitchen – 631 ½ Valley Road
Marcel is a kitchen and bakery shop that offers healthy cuisine made with seasonal and locally sourced food and prepared with Mediterranean focus.


Watchung Plaza

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Blue Stone Coffee Company—123 Watchung Avenue
Coffee roasted in house, challah French toast, fresh local ingredients, gluten-free options, and a cozy neighborhood vibe.

 

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iny Elephant Café – 54 Fairfield Street
Connected to the beloved Watchung Booksellers, this cozy café is family owned and run and offers wonderful pastries and other fresh fare.  Enjoy a book while you eat.