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“The place is packed for a reason.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Iberia Peninsula Restaurant

Iberia Peninsula Restaurant
63 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105-1805 (North Ironbound)
(973) 344-5611
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Ranked #28 of 488 Restaurants in Newark
Cuisines: Portuguese, Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: North Ironbound
Brooklyn, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“The place is packed for a reason.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Iberia has two restaurants facing each other on Ferry Street. One very large and the other somewhat smaller. They are both very crowded and extremely noisy. But who cares. The food is plentiful and very good. Service is good for such a large crowd but not particularly attentive. The wait can be up to two hours during holiday season and just getting to a table is an accomplishment. Twin whole lobsters in garlic sauce for $30 or a monstrous and wonderful T-bone for about the same reward the wait. Classic Portuguese dishes like pork with clams and many others are all done very nicely. It's not the Algarve but as I said, it's well worth the wait.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Food Was Not Great”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The restaurant was not busy, and our waiter barely visited our table. He had regular friends at another table, and spent the whole evening talking to them. When we asked another waiter for desert menues, our original waiter came back with an attitude, and was surly the rest of the meal. Also, I asked for 2 crabs to go. They have a special for crabs. I got them home and tried to eat them that night. They were OLD AND DRY!! They are selling food that is dated and trying to pass it on to the customer. There are so many restaurants in the Ironbound section, we won't go back.

Visited December 2012
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New Jersey
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“This was the worst!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We were 6 people on a Sunday. The service was inadequate, the staff was aloof, but you can get past that if the food, which was highly rated by review, is good. The appetizers , included fried calamari, terrible, were not good. But the entrees were so overly salty , especially the rice, we barely ate it. The fish entrees had a strong smell of fish.

Such a disappointment, and expensive . Not worth a trip in my opinion. Maybe at one time in life this restaurant may have been good, not now.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Yum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is a great place for a big gathering or intimate date. The food is delicious with many choices. The rodizio(sp) is great as well as the paella. Sangria to die for! I recommend a reservation as it gets packed on the weekend!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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East Orange, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Fresh seafood and good service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I have visited Iberia Peninsula a few times and I am never disappointed. I can never finish my meal because the portions are large but worth the money. The seafood is always fresh and seasoned well. The wait staff is prompt and attentive. I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great food and a lovely atmosphere. It's great for couples and groups.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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