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Don Pepe Restaurant & Caterers

Certificate of Excellence
Newark Central Business District
Spanish, European, Portuguese
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844 Mccarter Hwy, Newark, NJ 07102-5209
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Going back Soon

It's been about 18 years since we ate here. We had good memories and were in the neighborhood so we decided to try it again. Great bread! Wonderful food. Good service. Shrimp was sourced for us and the quality was terrific.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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127 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's been about 18 years since we ate here. We had good memories and were in the neighborhood so we decided to try it again. Great bread! Wonderful food. Good service. Shrimp was sourced for us and the quality was terrific.

Thank SassySandi049
Ocean County, NJ
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79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Before I give my overall rating of Don Pepe's Restaurant in Newark as poor, I will first provide some positives. I recently visited Don Pepe's restaurant in Newark on an early Sunday evening with my GF and two other couples for dinner prior to a going to a 7:30 concert at the Rock. Don Pepe's is located on McCarter Highway... More 

Thank GSP67
Oakhurst, New Jersey
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the best Paella ever at Don Pepe's. The service was off the charts and portion size was hugh. If you go don't eat all day before

Thank Madeline816
North Plainfield, New Jersey
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband has always loved this restaurant, but we have not had a chance to go there in a few years. I recently received theater tickets to an NJPAC performance and the first thing he said was "Let's go to dinner at Don Pepe's before the show". We had the most delicious dining experience. We decided to have the evening's... More 

Thank Kim V
United States
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4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

After a long day in NYC, we walked over to Don Pepe's for dinner, as it was the closest to our hotel, and the weather was cold and sleeting. I wish we would have walked another quarter of a mile and eaten at the Iberia Restaurant, where I've always had good meals. I thought this was a Portuguese restaurant, but... More 

Thank Bret W
New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Newark is known for it's many different ethnic choices and Don Pepe is the original. This is a large place with on site parking and a busy atmosphere. We shared a paella and some appitizers and had a great time. The food is very good and the service is top notch.

Thank RIVI49
Belo Horizonte, MG
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

sympathetic waiter. nice wine house with pricey and cheap options. in that night there wasn't cod to serve (!!!!) but they have several options like a gigantic T-bone.

Thank FLTV
Irving, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

I stop at Don Pepe's any chance I get. It's in downtown Newark. The garlic shrimp appetizer will feed 3 people. A 2 Lb + lobster was $29.00! I come here from Manhattan when in the City. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Howard L
United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

I just went there for a my friend,s daughter wedding.A small hall but great food.Everything was delicious the food the appetizers and the service was fast.I never been there before so i don,t know how i the restaurant but i been told by a friend that their lobster dinners they are the best.I will go back when i am at... More 

Thank Chrischris111
Rochester, New York
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2,171 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 696 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We went to Don Pepe's on Saturday night, which is always a wonderful place to dine. The food there (ANYTHING) is always spectacular, and the portions are such that no one could possibly finish the entire dish. I had a seafood dish with clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops in a red sauce with peppers and onions. IT's all fantastic. For... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 844 Mccarter Hwy, Newark, NJ 07102-5209
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Newark>  > Newark Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Newark Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 973-623-4662

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Spanish, European, Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?