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Spanish Tavern

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1239 Route 22, Mountainside, NJ 07092
+1 908-232-2171
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: The Spanish Tavern is the premier destination in New Jersey for awarding...
The Spanish Tavern is the premier destination in New Jersey for awarding winning traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine. Those who have dined with us at Spanish Tavern have come to know us as restaurant they can rely on for superb food, delicious drinks, exceptional service and a gorgeous environment to turn the every day and most special of occasions into warm memories. New Jersey Monthly Magazine has named Spanish Tavern as Best Spanish Restaurant in Northern New Jersey. Our menu is well rounded, with a large emphasis placed on seafood dishes due to the seaside Spanish regions where the owners are from. Favorites include our Shrimp in Garlic Sauce appetizer, Veal Corunesa, Twin Lobsters, Paella Valencia and Branzino Filet a la Plancha. Our lunch menu is accessible for casual lunch meetups in addition to being a smart choice for a business meeting. A children's menu allows for Spanish Tavern to be a dining option for the whole family. Our private dining room can host up to 75 guests for any event, including christenings, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, reunions and charity events. Spanish Tavern also excels at catering and would be happy to work with you to bring you vision to life. Come by or call for takeout to see why we're New Jersey's favorite Spanish restaurant!
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  • 97
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Home of the Best Stuffed Lobster

The 6 of us always look forward to the Spanish Tavern experience. The service in both the Bar and tableside are and always have been excellent. WE love the Shrimp in garlic and some of the men had the freshest Oysters around as appy's. The Lobster stuffing is the best in class. No other Spanish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
genek15
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The 6 of us always look forward to the Spanish Tavern experience. The service in both the Bar and tableside are and always have been excellent. WE love the Shrimp in garlic and some of the men had the freshest Oysters around as appy's. The Lobster stuffing is the best in class. No other Spanish or Portuguese makes it as... More 

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Tony V, Manager at Spanish Tavern, responded to this review

Wow -- you've absolutely made my day with this glowing review! Glad that you've been loving everything -- from the shrimp, to our oysters, to that lobster! Looking forward to having you back for so much more! Take care, Tony, Owner More 

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169 reviews 169 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Always consistent and delicious. We share the chorizo appetizer and it was hot and tasty. I ordered the T-bone medium rare and it was cooked perfectly. But for goodness sake could they invest in some decent steak knives. cappuccino! Flan for dessert was too good I should've skipped that!

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Tony V, Manager at Spanish Tavern, responded to this review

Consistency is something we work really hard to achieve, so I'm thrilled you've been getting excellent meals each and every time you've stopped by. Apologies, though, if those steak knives didn't make the cut! We'll look into that immediately and see what we can do. Hope to see you back again soon! 'Til then, Tony, Owner More 

Scotch Plains, New Jersey
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I had a baby shower here this weekend. The weather was awful and I was very nervous about how many guests might have to cancel. However, everything worked out beautifully. I appreciated the gentlemen helping me unload my car when I arrived early to decorate the room for the shower. Staff was very accommodating and helpful . Service was excellent.... More 

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Tony V, Manager at Spanish Tavern, responded to this review

I'm thrilled we were able to help you celebrate your baby shower, and thrilled, too, that everyone seemed to enjoy themselves -- that's what matters to us! Thanks for booking your party here. I'm looking forward to having you back in! Take care, Tony, Owner More 

Livingston, New Jersey
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170 reviews 170 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Went here for dinner. Place was packed from the second we arrived till we drove out of the parking lot. Only had valet parking. Immediately welcomed and brought to our table. No wait. Really liked that. Waiter was extremely helpful and nice. He gave us a few seconds to look over menu (which is something I really like) and then... More 

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Tony V, Manager at Spanish Tavern, responded to this review

I hope you saw my reply on Yelp, Robert, but in case you missed it, I've included it here: Sounds like you had a great experience when you stopped by with your family, Robert. Nothing makes us happier than that! Of course, we want to be serving up a 5-star experience each and every time you stop by, and I'm... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Never disappointed when I go to Spanish Tavern. All of the staff are friendly and attentive. Excellent food and great prices! This is my favorite restaurant!

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Tony V, Manager at Spanish Tavern, responded to this review

We really work hard to give you a great experience -- and that means focusing on serving up excellent food alongside friendly, attentive service. Really, I'm thrilled you've been experiencing exactly that -- and even more thrilled to hear that we're your favorite restaurant. That means more than you know! Looking forward to next time, Tony, Owner More 

Belleville, NJ
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Had a pre-holiday lunch here with the family and we all sadly agreed that we would not returning. There is a nice fully stocked bar separate from the dining area on the main entrance floor. Great white sangria! Clean, nice decor, good amount of windows to lots of natural light in the day time. There is also another dining area... More 

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Tony V, Manager at Spanish Tavern, responded to this review

We get a lot of love from the community for both our service and our food, so I'm disappointed that we missed the mark for you. Though feedback like this is atypical, it's also very valuable -- as it serves as a reminder not to rest on our laurels. Perhaps you caught us on an off-night, but regardless, I apologize... More 

Somerset, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Four of us had dinner there during the holidays, none of us had been there in years, but decided to give it a try. We were promptly seated, but the dinning room was way too crowded - hardly any room to get up from the tables, luckily we were seated at the end of the room near a corner. Dinner... More 

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Tony V, Manager at Spanish Tavern, responded to this review

We're disappointed that we sent you away unsatisfied. We certainly want to be serving up delicious food that leaves you full and happy, so I apologize that you didn't experience exactly that. We do offer tapas to both accompany and precede your main course, so I'd invite you back to give those a try. Take care, Tony, Owner More 

Edison, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The food and the service can't be bea!. We have come here for the past few years on New Year's Eve and never been diisappointed. We eat at the Spanish Tavern at least once a month and always enjoy ourselves.

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Tony V, Manager at Spanish Tavern, responded to this review

We love having you each and every time, and just know that you can always count on that unbeatable food and service! Thanks so much for taking the time to sing our praises -- hope your new year is off to a great start. 'Til next time, Tony, Owner More 

Mountainside, New Jersey
Top Contributor
190 reviews 190 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This restaurant is a perennial favorite. It has changed little over the years. Two exceptions are the potatoes - not as crisp as they used to be and the lobster. The twin lobsters @ $28.95 used to be served whole. Now they are cut up into thirds or fourths - a big improvement. Lobsters are fresh and well prepared, not... More 

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Tony V, Manager at Spanish Tavern, responded to this review

Happy to read that you've been getting your money's worth! It's most important to me that we send you away satisfied and feeling as if you got exactly what you paid for, so this is great to hear. Glad you like the change to how we cut those lobsters --can't wait to have you back in! 'Til next time, Tony,... More 

Mountainside, New Jersey, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Excellent service and food !!! Great atmosphere. Will highly recommend !!Best meals the question was, ALL the meals are the best !!

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Tony V, Manager at Spanish Tavern, responded to this review

Excellent food and a great atmosphere is what we're all about, Tom, so I'm glad you experienced exactly that when you were in. Happy, too, that you enjoyed everything -- and don't worry, we won't make you pick a favorite! Hope to see you soon, Tony, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1239 Route 22, Mountainside, NJ 07092
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Mountainside
  • Phone Number: +1 908-232-2171

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Description

The Spanish Tavern is the premier destination in New Jersey for awarding winning traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine. Those who have dined with us at Spanish Tavern have come to know us as restaurant they can rely on for superb food, delicious drinks, exceptional service and a gorgeous environment to turn the every day and most special of occasions into warm memories. New Jersey Monthly Magazine has named Spanish Tavern as Best Spanish Restaurant in Northern New Jersey. Our menu is well rounded, with a large emphasis placed on seafood dishes due to the seaside Spanish regions where the owners are from. Favorites include our Shrimp in Garlic Sauce appetizer, Veal Corunesa, Twin Lobsters, Paella Valencia and Branzino Filet a la Plancha. Our lunch menu is accessible for casual lunch meetups in addition to being a smart choice for a business meeting. A children's menu allows for Spanish Tavern to be a dining option for the whole family. Our private dining room can host up to 75 guests for any event, including christenings, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, reunions and charity events. Spanish Tavern also excels at catering and would be happy to work with you to bring you vision to life. Come by or call for takeout to see why we're New Jersey's favorite Spanish restaurant!
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?