Bistro 18 has received several good reviews, including a three star rating from the Star Ledger. During HFTK’s quest to find the best restaurants in northern New Jersey, I thought Bistro 18 would be a safe bet. Contrary to praising reviews, Bistro 18 was a disappointment.
The dining experience began well. We were graciously greeted upon entry, and seated in the glass enclosed anteroom that runs along the South Fullerton sidewalk, which also houses the entries to other businesses. I’ve walked passed Bistro 18 on many evenings and observed the glass room lined with diners. The room is functional: it’s all-season, all weather, and allows for people watching without street noise and exhaust. Aesthetically, however, I found the room to be an awkward, business-minded afterthought that compromised aesthetics.