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Don Pepe Restaurant & Caterers

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844 McCarter Hwy, Newark, NJ 07102-5209
+1 973-623-4662
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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“lobster” (39 reviews)
“paella” (47 reviews)
“rice” (23 reviews)
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Seafood, European, Spanish, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
844 McCarter Hwy, Newark, NJ 07102-5209
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Dinner before a concert at the pru center. Walkable during nice weather and day light savings time. Food was good. Typical Portuguese faire. Minus one star for having to place our entire order at once. I like to order apps first and then the meal....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place used to be good. But now...not so much. The waiters and servers don't smile. The waiter just dropped our check on the table as he was walking past. And the restaurant was practically empty. I thought it was because it was a weeknight....More

1  Thank 2travel10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

been going to this restaurant for many years for group get togethers. some of us are big eaters, and Don's does not disappoint. paella is always a favorite and the sangria is authentic. a little crowded most nights and the seating is a bit tight,...More

1  Thank chris v
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After some debate among friends as to where to drive for lunch in the Ironbound, we settle on Don Pepe. Few restaurant survive the test of time and remain iconic and Don Pepe is one of them. Still a favorite of many and with parking...More

1  Thank robertoaW5250TA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had the seafood platter at this place and was awesome. Price was very good and the service too. Highly recommended if you're near Newark airport or Penn Station

1  Thank Omar A
Reviewed August 5, 2018

My husband and I were invited by wonderful friends for dinner last Aug 3. This venue is explicitly warm and vibrant. It is bustling with activity and happy people. I like that if you want your mind off things. Our dish: the seafood platter, branzino,...More

Reviewed July 22, 2018

The Octopus Appetizer, The Paella & Parillada was excellent! Great Service, Huge Portions, Had to bring left overs home.

1  Thank mpdr0704
Reviewed July 7, 2018

This was a really good place to eat. I’d agree with some other reviewers that the staff weren’t especially forthcoming, though this may have been because some of them are Hispanic and didn’t speak English very much. But the business end of the service was...More

1  Thank John J
Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

8 of us went out for a team dinner and had a cool round table that allowed all of us to have conversation. The food was decent and the portions were HUGE. I recommend sharing. The desserts were excellent.

1  Thank Tara M
Reviewed June 30, 2018

Went with friends, two of which hight recommended it through their prior experiences there. 3 of us ordered medium rare steaks and a filet mignon. All come burned, mine was burned black outside. I called the waiter and returned it, just so that he would...More

1  Thank PinaT520
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Paul I
March 11, 2017|
Response from TravelSueP | Reviewed this property |
If you haven't already looked, check out the lunch and dinner menus on their website. You'll find their menus along the ribbon at the top of the page. They have fantastic steaks and Spanish Rice always comes with my meal... More
April 28, 2016|
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Response from Chrischris111 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do but you have to ask them because it depends on the meal that you are going to order.
July 5, 2015|
Response from meema69 | Reviewed this property |
I would say that attire can vary, but nice casual is definitely fine.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 844 McCarter Hwy, Newark, NJ 07102-5209
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Newark>  > Newark Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Newark Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 973-623-4662
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