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Don Pepe Restaurant & Caterers

Certificate of Excellence
Newark Central Business District
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844 McCarter Hwy, Newark, NJ 07102-5209
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Fort Worth, Texas
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

i lived in NJ, i've relocated down south but i visit often which includes a visit to Don Pepe. Food has always been consistent, delicious.. altho portions have gotten smaller with time. Sangria is great, place isnt cheap but worth it.

Thank Rob C
New Jersey
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have frequented this restaurant over the years, and when we learned our daughter was getting married at the Newark Museum, we knew we had to have a rehearsal dinner here. We selected their private room that holds 40 guests. There are different options. Well lit with attractive decor, one feels comfortable upon entering the room. But it's the amazing... More 

Thank NewJerseyWanderlust
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Most horrible paella and garlic shrimps.if anyone say it is ok you must not be spanish.they made it with uncle ben rice who does that.No wonder it was empty the restaurant.I spended $100 on garbage rice I should have went to Joe's crab shack atleast the garlic butter give it a taste I would never ever go there i donate... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been coming here, on and off, for many years. It is a main stay in Newark and the food is fine. Not great, not bad. I see reviews complaining about service, I didn't find that a problem. We came with 2 small children and they were very accommodating with booster seats. I ordered a broiled lobster and requested that they... More 

Thank Neil K
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26 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We stopped for a bite on Sunday before a matinee performance at NJPAC (it is an easy walk). We were seated in the nice bright dining room with relatively few other diners and picked a nice selection of appetizers so we could try several different things and have a fairly light repast before the show. We were told that we... More 

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Morristown, New Jersey
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

They under cooked my friends $60 lobster and then nuked it.......then they did no take it off the bill. Better of at Red Lobster!

Thank Deborah668
Brooklyn, New York
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

I have been to Don Pepe's a total of 4 times so far and I have to tell you, they delivered a perfect score every time. Prices for entrees start in the teens up to the 20s and beyond and it's worth every penny. I was part of a medium to large group 3 or the 4 times I went... More 

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Long Beach, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

This Cash only Italian Restaurant near JFK Airport is the real thing. The Baked Clams and Linguine with Clam sauce are out of this world. The Veal dishes are also superb. Bring CASH and lots of it as a dinner for 2 without drinks and desert will cost you about $100.

Thank Jgoldchain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Sorry - but this was the worse restaurant that we ate at during our trip. It is by Hilton Newark Penn - but really disliked the food and mostly spanish rice, little veggie on top; steak, chicken, lobster - too much red tomatoes - yuk - was not worth the price. I am sure individuals, personal choice, but not mine.... More 

Thank brutus10Cincinnati
Newark, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Don Pepe's was one of the Original Spanish restaurants open since 1981. It is across the street from NJPAC and a 5 or 5 block walk to the Prudential Center. Large portions, great service they have maintained the quality over all these years

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Spanish, Seafood, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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: 973-623-4662

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?