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“wow!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Spanish Tavern

Spanish Tavern
103 Mcwhorter St, Ste A, Newark, NJ 07105-1359 (North Ironbound)
973-589-4959
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Ranked #1 of 450 restaurants in Newark
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: North Ironbound
Morris County, NJ
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“wow!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

The Spanish Tavern is, simply, incredibly good, in every way. The dining room was decorated beautifully for the holidays, and the staff was polished. Unlike other restaurants in the Iron Bound District, the tables are well spaced, and not on top of each other to cram in as many diners as possible. It was very comfortable and relaxed.

The service was impeccable. For example, an empty dish never remained on a table for more than a few seconds. Water glasses and glasses with sangria were always replenished. Once a bowl was filled with lobster shells, it was whisked away and replaced with a clean bowl, in one fell swoop. Top notch.

The food was delicious and satisfying. A tasty, hearty vegetable was served before our appetizers and it hit the spot on a frigid December night. My friend and I shared a chirozo appetizer, which was large enough to share, and we had about 1/4 left over. I ordered the crab-stuffed lobster and it was delicious. The stuffing was predominantly succulent crab chunks, and not filler/stuffing. I requested a small lobster (1-1/4 lb) and the size was perfect. The lobster meat was tender and juicy. The chips and rice that accompanied our meals were yummy too. My friend ordered the shrimp in lemon sauce and said it was excellent. It was beautifully presented and, again, the portion was large enough to take some home. Unfortunately, we were meeting people after dinner, and ran too short on time to have dessert, but the platter they presented the adjacent table looked really, really good. Wish we could have ordered because I'm sure they would have been delicious. The white Sangria was sweet and delicious and made with a good balance of liquor and juices -- not watered down like you may find in other restaurants. If I had one "complaint," and, admittedly, it can hardly be justified as a valid complaint, it would have been nice if the Portuguese rolls were served warm and the butter was soft. But, other than that minor detail, every aspect of our meal was extraordinary.

The prices on the Specials menu were a little steep but don't be put off by that because there are reasonably-priced (relatively speaking for Iron Bound restaurants) dishes on the regular menu.

In short, The Spanish Tavern was great. Now my only fear is that we will not be able to get a table the next time we visit! Although, a restaurant this good could never remain a best-kept secret!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Long Valley, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A Newark Treasure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Great place to go before a show or event at the Prudential Center. The menu choices are sure to please everyone, the portions are generous, the prices are reasonable, and the staff are professional and friendly! John, the maitre'd was especially nice! We had a delightful evening - will definitely return.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Skillman, NJ
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Good (but not great) Spanish food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Spanish Tavern has lots to recommend it. The service is good, the chips are excellent, and the ambiance is pleasant enough. There is free parking (a big convenience in the Ironbound). We had a paella valenciana, which was big enough to serve 2-3 people. It was good, but not overly inspiring. The sangria was good and the price was reasonable. Two things I did not like: the tables were really jammed together. We were with two tall guys and it was a tight fit. Also, some roving troubadors came into the restaurant, sang a few songs I did not want to hear, and then walked around asking for money. Ugh. So overall, I think I would try a few other places in the Ironbound before I came back here.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great party room on the lower level”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Staff is very attentive; food wonderful. They couldn't have been more welcoming. We had a graduation party here and we were coming from out of state. Very flexible and willing to change the count on a daily basis.

Visited September 2012
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Stewartsville, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent and authentic cuisine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This has always been one of my favorite restaurants in Newark, NJ. Excellent food and service. You don't have to go to Spain to taste authentic spanish food. This restaurant is one not to be missed in the local area.

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