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“OK but there are better restaurants in the area” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Iberia Tavern & Restaraunt

Iberia Tavern & Restaraunt
80-84 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105 (North Ironbound)
(973) 344-7603
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Ranked #99 of 471 Restaurants in Newark
Cuisines: European, Pub, Portuguese
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: North Ironbound
Bridgewater, New Jersey
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“OK but there are better restaurants in the area”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

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??

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
South Amboy, New Jersey
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The best Portuguese in NJ!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

My husband has been coming here since he was a child. After trying many we feel this is the best portuguese food around. It looks like a real old school family restaurant w old world decor, definetely not for you if you need a modern and chic establishment.
Its just food prepared very well. We love seafood and any dish is amazing. We normally get the garlic shrimp appetizer which is bursting w delicious garlic flavor w plenty of sauce to soak up with their amazing bread. We usually get the double stuffed lobster. Which is 2 whole lobsters stuffed with succulent crabmeat stuffing for $34. You can't beat that. With a pitcher of red sangria its a perfect meal.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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lodi, nj
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great food and drink!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Iberia has authentic paella with great sangria. This is one of the must stop at restaurants in Newark. The area is not that bad and parking on the weekend can take a few minutes.

Visited March 2012
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London
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92 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Massive seafood platter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

We arrived back very late and were worried whether anywhere would be open, but this place was still buzzing at 9.30 pm. We ordered the parrillada de mariscos and got a huge helping of fish, mussels, shrimp, lobster, calamari and clams for $44 for the two of us. We did our best, but couldn't quite finish it! There was a Portuguese festival going on in the streets, which probably accounted for the liveliness of this bar/restaurant. It was great fun.

Visited June 2012
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Wayne, New Jersey
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Do not recommend”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

I waited 1 hour it's a long time waiting, service is very slow. Food is ok but not worth it.

Visited June 2012
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