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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.
Lunch, Dinner
Seafood, European, Portuguese, Mediterranean
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been twice in the past month. Both times--different servers--the experience was terrific. The food--hot. Well, not the salad which was cold. I had stuffed salmon which had real crabmeat in it, not the crap the supermarket sells as crab. The large plate was...well arranged and full with tasty sides (vegetables and potatoes) and my main dish. The salads were big--not dinner size, but big for a "side" salad. The food tastes great, is authentic, and arrived at the table at the right pace. They serve a bread basket with pre-packaged butter. The bread is not warmed. However, on request, they will heat it up. They have both indoor and outdoor seating available. Outdoor heaters keep the patio warmed. Most of the staff seems bilingual There is a small parking lot, and street parking. Note--like so many restaurants of this style in Newark, the neighborhood is NOT gentrified. This neighborhood has a gritty feel to it, but I have never heard sirens or seen police cars racing down the street (either with or without flashing lights). Therefore, I felt safe in a neighborhood I was visiting.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been wanting to go to this place for the longest and finally did. We were very pleased with the overall experience. The food, service and ambiance were superb.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed October 10, 2020 via mobile

I’m from Newark and have eaten at lots of Iberian restaurants in town. The food here stands up to the best of them. It’s also reasonably priced. What really distinguishes this place is the cordial and professional staff. Each person who served us was very...customer oriented, which is not always the case in Ironbound restaurants. I will definitely return and highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed August 15, 2020

Had enough of being home. Go Down Neck and this is the escape place. Easy parking, Constantine is as great food guide. Try the BACALHAU NA TELHA COM GRELOS--Grilled Codfish on a Clay Tile Topped with Peppers, Onions & Homemade Mayonnaise. My favorite! Portucale Restaurant.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed March 15, 2020 via mobile

Friends and I used a Groupon deal to enjoy a meal prior to a concert close by.  The food is flavorful and the portions are a lot for one person.  You will most likely go home feeling very full or end up taking a doggie bag!  The service...is friendly but can be rather slow, especially on busy night like Friday or Saturday.  We felt very pressed for time given we had a concert to attend.  That said,  although the service is slow, it is provided by some really nice people.  With regards to food, we used a Groupon and as such, we were limited to 2 appetizers per table and entrees under $20 per person.  Although the selection is limited given that constraint, we did enjoy 2 amazing appetizers:  the Lulas fritas (fried calamari) and the Chistorra (sautéed Chistorra sausage with shrimp and mushrooms in beef broth).  My entree was also quite good but very large portion:  the Peito de frango Estoril, which is sautéed chicken breast with shrimp in white whine and garlic sauce served with Spanish potatoes and rice.   Specify tap water or they will hand you a bottle water.   And try to get seating away from the bar in one of their rooms as the bar area is quite noisy.  Overall pricier than what I'd like, given the quality of service but adequate enough that I’d return for the menu selection and decent food.  The major plus with this restaurant is their free  but albeit tight parking in 2 of their lots....free parking is a rarity for most restaurants in Newark and if you are pressed for time it is nice to know you don’t have to search for parking.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed February 15, 2020

Stopped by this unassuming place on a weekday night last week while on a biz trip to NJ. Love eating in the Ironbound section of Newark and had never tried this place. Sat at the bar with all locals. Bartender, who doubled as the waitress,...was really friendly and helpful. She recommended several specials of the day to me. I chose an appetizer of the Garlic Shrimp which were amazing. For my meal I had the Codfish cheeks which came with broccoli and mashed potatoes. The bread, always good in Newark, was amazing. The special also included a glass of white wine. I will be back.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020

Great restaurant in the ironboun district, went there for a birthday celebration. Th food and the service is excellent with onsite parking

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed February 11, 2020

A little gem tucked away in the Ironbound, with fare beyond expectations. Keep in mind the Fish dishes are better than meats, in my opinion, but worthy of the visit in any event. Expect service to be a little harried during peak times, with some...slight disorganization, but everyone is friendly and eager to please. Very nice people! Several dishes came out to wrong tables, exemplifying the service issues, but were rapidly fixed. Two parking lots for convenience make the visit here practical and easy. I would heartily recommend Portucale for a seafood feast!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed September 29, 2019

We ate the Rack of Lamb six good size chops. Excellent grade. The potatoes were to die for. They were roasted and the flavors were throughout the potatoes. The veggies tasted like they were fresh picked. I have been to a lot of restaurant and...never have I had service so professional and friendly. You have to check this place out. Their Tres Leches was nothing to write home about. it was dry and flavorless. Besides that thumbs up.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed September 23, 2019

Went here twice on a visit to family who live locally. We had two littleys with us aged 5 and 2 (They are impeccably behaved and eat anything). We ordered a selection of food which was truly excellent. Whole fish sold as fresh (it was),...beautifully fried calamari (lovely and crispy), Veal chops (that a dinosaur would wink at you for!), local Portuguese stews traditionally with sausage chicken and Pork and delicious! The staff are very friendly and smiling. The kitchen seldom get direct praise but the smiles from the waiters as they deliver the food says it all. They know they are bringing top food!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Yes, Portucale Restaurant offers takeout services.

Portucale Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4