This is a large restaurant that includes indoor and outdoor dining and a huge parking lot (pay $10 and your waiter will reimburse you). Perhaps too large. I have eaten in many of the Portuguese/Spanish/Brazilian restaurants in Newark's famous "Ironbound," so named because it is surrounded by railroad tracks. Most of these restaurants are well known for good food, large portions, an attentive and friendly wait staff, and interesting decor. Iberia served us some food that was good and some that was not up to par and the staff was particularly unfriendly, abrupt, and rude from the very beginning. The bread was dried out as if it had been sliced and sitting someplace for some time. For appetizers. the calamari was overdone, Portuguese sausage was delicious. My wife's stuffed lobster was good, vegetables were cool and water-logged. My pork and clams were okay although greasy and not worthy of taking home. Our friends were reasonably satisfied with their chicken, paella and salmon in green sauce. The decor is of real interest and the portions were large. However, no one ever checked on us during the entire meal. I watied for 20 minutes just to find someone who would bring us water. It appeared that they were busy, short-staffed, perhaps over-worked, and relatively invisible. There are dozens of regularly outstanding such restaurants in the Ironbound so why go to this place??
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