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All 497 Newark Restaurants

Don Pepe Restaurant & Caterers

844 Mccarter Hwy, Newark, NJ 07102-5209 (Newark Central Business District)
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Ranked #12 of 497 Restaurants in Newark
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Cuisines: Portuguese, Spanish
Neighborhood: Newark Central Business District
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Having wonderful memories of their paella and sangria, I suggested my friends from St. Louis meet us there for dinner. It's an easy walk from Newark's Penn Station. We ordered the two popular paella dishes, one with seafood, and one with seafood and sausage. Although the menu described different herbs and sauces, they tasted the same. We would have rather... More 

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Piscataway, New Jersey
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Just spent the New Year at Don Pepe. Have been doing it for many years. The food, the drinks, the service is impeccable, but this time, they had the worst live band ever! We were actually looking forward to the pre-recorded music! They mostly played merengues, which is my favorite type of dancing style, but even this, they couldn't play!... More 

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Blue Springs, Missouri
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

We were on our way to Newark to catch our plane and we had a little extra time and love to find good local places. The menu is diverse I decided on the Gazpacho soup and the lunch strip steak and was totally blown away. The Gazpacho was amazing and the steak was awesome. I think the steak was $17-18... More 

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New Jersey, USA
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My wife and I have been enjoying Don Pepe's for more than 20 years. The service is always great and the food is some of the best in Newark.

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Riverview, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We ate at this restaurant twice! The mussels are amazing! Before you order steak, make sure to ask how big it is. My husband's steak could have fed the two of us. A lot of food is served. The staff is friendly, and very attentive!!

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Clinton, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

My Friend wanted to treat me to a fabulous lobster at Don Pepe for my birthday. The waited said he had one large lobster left, so we decided to share it. It was large but extremely tough. The waiter never came back because he knew the lobster was not good. I did not want to complain because I was a... More 

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Rochester, New York
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1,587 reviews 1,587 reviews
1,044 restaurant reviews
489 helpful votes 489 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I used to eat here many years ago (in the 1980s), so it was fun to return to see how the place had changed. First of all, there area around the restaurant (which used to be a bit scary) has gotten MUCH nicer. The city of Newark has really cleaned up its act...very nice! The restaurant itself is still very... More 

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Warwick, New York
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132 reviews 132 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We went here after a show at the NJPAC. Amazing! Hands down the best paella ever (and I lived in Spain for a summer). The portions are huge so expect to take home left overs. The service is attentive without being overbearing.

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Succasunna, New Jersey
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199 reviews 199 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This is a long time institution in Newark, across from the NJPAC. The grilled Shell fish special was outstanding. It was an enormous amount of lobster, scallops, shrimp and muscles. They were all delicious and served with fantastic Spanish crispy potatos. A bargain at $33. I wish the server had pointed out for $5 more, I could have shared with... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The food here is good not great, the service is EXCELLENT, but overall it is very spendy. It was $175, excluding tip, for two of us to have dinner and drinks. And skip the octopus. It is slathered in olive oil and gummy when you chew it. Yuk. The veal was tasty though.

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Additional Information about Don Pepe Restaurant & Caterers

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

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