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Portucale Restaurant

129 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105-1305
+1 973-344-4407
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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Seafood, European, Portuguese
$$ - $$$
129 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105-1305
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Before attending an NJPAC show, we had dinner at Portucale in the Ironbound section of Newark. My husband had a special, Sea Bass while I had their specialty, codfish. Both were fresh & delicious. Also had red sangria, also very tasty. Service was great. Will...More

Thank joskiNewJersey
Reviewed March 26, 2018

I was looking forward to a well prepared meal of clams and Octopus but found over cooked clam and dry tough Octopus. Preparing and serving sea food is some of the most challenging dishes. The ratings led me to believe this place could deliver. I...More

Thank Ken J
Reviewed March 9, 2018

Groupon dinner for two included one appetizer, half pitcher of sangria and two entrees. We chose the calamari and it was fried to perfection. It was breaded lightly and not oily! The portions were huge, the staff was very friendly and helpful and one of...More

Thank Cubanita C
Reviewed February 26, 2018

The food here is good. The service was very good. But considering all the options Down Neck (and I've eaten in many over the years) I was a little disappointed in the meals. 6 of us ordered 6 different items. Only one in our group...More

Thank Gary G
Reviewed February 20, 2018

went here as a recommendation of a friend with a Groupon . It was mediocre food for high price. My expectations were high because of the hipe . Nothing to write home about, We won't be returning . So many other places in the area...More

Thank nucdude
Reviewed January 20, 2018

I have come many times. Food quality/consistency is down a little from a few years ago, but prices are reasonable, selection is great, and I can suggest some things to try. It is still a good value and food is generally good and portions are...More

Thank barry m
Reviewed November 12, 2017

Two couples went here for dinner today and we were very satisfied with the food and the service. The appetizers were large and tasty. The shrimp and garlic were good but needed a little more flavor. The mussels were the largest and most tender I...More

1  Thank Harry S
Reviewed November 9, 2017

Excellent food, high portions and great service. They need to improve on the parking. The lot is too small.

1  Thank dolorest322
Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

Have been here twice for dinner. Outstanding food and service both times. Everything we had was very tasty. Filet wrapped with bacon was huge and prepared perfectly. Sangria was sweet and strong. Service friendly and attentive. I have been to several Ironbound establishments. This one...More

1  Thank tfinchler
Reviewed September 20, 2017

Your reviews and a Groupon prompted me to take my boyfriend there for his birthday dinner. Lobster the way you like it...was the calling card. They had only 1 1/4lb lobsters which isn't worth the bother. The Shrimp in Garlic Sauce appetizer was tasteless. My...More

2  Thank cheflady50
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Nelson T
January 22, 2017|
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Response from Teofilo d | Reviewed this property |
I not sure but I know you can order over phone to pick up
December 24, 2014|
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Response from Penhadafranca | Reviewed this property |
Beirao. But if you really would like to try a real Portuguese brandy, try CRF it's 40 proof.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 3:00 AM
9:00 AM - 3:00 AM
9:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 129 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105-1305
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Newark
  • Phone Number: +1 973-344-4407
  • E-mail
Greetings,PortuCale Restaurant is a family owned and run restaurant serving authentic regional Portuguese food. We believe in using the highest quality products, fresh, local and seasonal. We serve great wines, and coffee. Our food is made with love, just like you would have experienced at Grandma's house. We hope that you will have an incredible dining experience. Come join our family for dinner! Thank you.
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