Catas
Catas

Catas

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.precatas.com/
  • Phone: (973) 491-5400
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 12:00PM - 4:00PM
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Da Roche
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: Please email us at Ruben@precatas.com for more details.
  • Entertainment: Every other Wednesday we have a live band and half price bottles of wine. Thursday-Saturday we have live dj.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Right next to Newark Penn station and Harrison station.
A word from Catas
Resume editing Catas is the perfect place to come to dine and wine. The architecture of the building is inspired by the famous architect Guadi. Our cuisine is Iberian influence with modern cooking styles and touches. We also offer an extensive wine and cocktail menu.
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Catas reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (5)neighborhood gem (4)special occasion (4)vibrant bar scene (4)fit for foodies (3)great for outdoor dining (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Barcelona comes to Newark
    LowSaltReqd
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This restaurant is a unique find in the Iron Bound Newark NJ area. The decor is a wonderful reminder of the architecture from Gaudi in Barcelona. More importantly the food was excellent. A perfect place to share dishes with healthy portions of tasty food. We had octopus appetizer and salads and this got our taste buds going ready for more. Sangria to add to the fun. My dish was the Paella which was rich with flavors from lots of shell fish, chicken, chorizo and rice. Flan finished off the meal. I highly recommend this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool, sophisticated bar/lounge rest
    Reenieb03
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Cool, sophisticated, bar lounge restaurant with architect reminiscent of Spain. Great tapas! Had meatballs, empanadas and fried calamari. My favorite had to be the octopus entree. Nice size portion with delicious sautéed onions, but the potatoes that accompanied were lackluster, straight out of boiled water! The side of rice was also disappointing, definitely needed seasoning. But the ending to our meal was exquisite! Loved, loved the flan. Would definitely come back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 39 reviews are from the Catas reviews archive.
  • Great find on a Newark layover
    KodiakFoodie
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Hotel staff recommended and truly enjoyed everything. Order the baby squid and oysters escargot with the white sangria. Yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud, Sports Bar!!
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    This restaurant came highly recommended by two friends. When we arrived this past Sunday at 6pm, we found a packed bar full of Soccer fans watching the game. As we made our way through the sea of loud fans to what we thought was the dining room, we found many more Soccer fans just sitting around drinking and watching the game. Don't get me wrong. That's all well and good if that's what you are going for but based in the recommendation and their website we were expecting a very nice sit down dinner. I've checked with two people to make sure that I went to the right place in case Catas had two locations but I've been assured that was it. We ha to leave and ended up at Fernandes Steak which is fantastic.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Catas for Tapas
    MikeLeung
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    very good value; an inexpensive tapas experience and yet food is served with artistic flair and is very tasty
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Spanish Food
    Luna4X0
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The location doesn't do the restaurant any justice. The food selection was excellent and I was impressed with the variety available. The wine list was good as well and reasonably priced. I went to Catas with a date, and out of all the tapas we ordered there was perhaps one I didn't like, the meatballs. They were a little bit too greasy for my taste, but every else was good. The service was EXCELLENT. The staff is extremely attentive and courteous. I didn't get a chance to explore the bar area, but it looked vibrant. The decor is also quite nice. Classy, trendy, but not over the top. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking to try some well made spanish food without breaking the bank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    Luis
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Throughly enjoyed my experience at Catas from a staff that attentive to a beautiful environment and not to mention the delicious food. Ordered 3 tapas appetizers and had enough to take home for lunch the next day. The price was extremely reasonable. Perfect locale if you are going to NYPAC or Prudential center for a show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good tapas / fulfilling portions
    NewarkDiner2013
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    I went for lunch with a group of 6 people and they sat us in the back of the restaurant, I felt like we had our own private dining room. The decor was very nice, reminded me of Park Guell in Barcelona with the replica of the mosaic bench. The ambience was very nice and the noise level was perfect. The service was attentive but the food took awhile to arrive but it was well worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a surprise!
    Couple2
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    This place is beautiful. The Antoni Gaudi inspired theme rocks!. I have never seen so much quality workmanship in any restaurant that closely resembles anything from Antoni Gaudi. You have to see it to believe it. The dining room the exterior of the building the bar and even the railing to the second floor party room is reminiscent of Gaudi. And that's not all, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the plentiful menu of Tapas, and wine brought to us by our very accommodating server, Miguel. Our favorites that evening included baby squid, and my wife's favorite blue-cheese dates wrapped in bacon. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone and I'm already planning to head back there again, soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is edible not remarkable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Food is edible not remarkable. The place is really hoping. Do not recommend for any one over 40 years old.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ok
    MiamangiaVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Not what the pictures portrayed Seemed to be more of a bar scene for game day Only one table in the back was eating so we ate in the front And had the bartender take care of us She was pleasant and genuine The food was ok, mostly fried (queso) peppers were tasty Choirizo plentiful beer and wine better, as far as selection and taste
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Miguel is the best waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Miguel is the best waiter in Catas. His services is excellent. He checks on you frequent enough, but don't bother you. We went one when he is not there and the food and service was not at par. We now know to go when he is working.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off the beaten path
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    On Market Street a few blocks in from Ferry Street. A whole in the wall that you can easily blink and miss and you shouldn't. AMAZING combination of tradition and modern Tapas. Love coming here for drinks, dinner, or both. I have come here in groups with a reservation and the staff was very good to us. The manager even made a point to come to each table and make sure all of our needs were met- something you don't see too often anymore. Also great for the sports fan as the bar area is covered in TVs so you can keep up with all of the games.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When I arrived I was a bit
    GoadadVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    When I arrived I was a bit put off by the design of the restaurant...big bar area in front with high tables and multiple big screen tvs and a quiet not too interesting seating area in back. It was early evening and not too busy so we sat in the bar and were surrounded by a Spanish soccer game on the tvs. Fortunately the attentive staff and good food overcame our initial reaction that this was more a bar than a restaurant. Tapas was very good and I highly recommend the Pompano when available. A good spot to dine before a show or event at the Rock or NJPAC.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was one of the strangest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/14/2012
    This was one of the strangest experiences we have had in a while. Reading the reviews does not paint a clear picture of this restaurant... We walked in on a Sunday to an empty dining room but full bar. We decided to sit in the bar, but had to listen to the game that was on (super loud). The food was great and the bartender was attentive but all-in-all, not what we expected.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tried various tapas and each
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Tried various tapas and each was fantastic. Want to go back and try entrees. Given the variety of the dishes, all the flavors were spot on, not one tapas dish was under or over seasoned. Helpful staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Looking forward to going back soon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2012
    Everything I ate was very delectable. Looking forward to another visit soon. I really enjoyed the lobster macaroni and cheese appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Catas Tapas....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2012
    this was a great find, reasonable prices. LOVE THE Tapas!! I also loved the ceiling architecture/ lighting ( I was seated in dining area). My only complaint was that my chair was a little wobbly:/ Catas, thank you for introducing me to Van Gogh Vodka:)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food at a not so great
    vivicat
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    Great food at a not so great location in Newark. This restaurant is a find, but the area is not desirable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love Catas. The Tapas are
    Rosa
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    I love Catas. The Tapas are great, the service is outstanding and the vibe is fun and energetic. Sit at one of the tables by the bar for a full experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love eating here and eating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    I love eating here and eating several different tapas and wine. It is always absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had tapas and entrees. The
    TheInsider
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    Had tapas and entrees. The tapas were small but at the same time inexpensive, so there was good value to trying them. You can split many among your table, not filling you up but giving you many tastes. That was fun. I had the pork entree and my guest the steak and both were quite good. Both took some home and enjoyed a second time. Good food, good value and a nice looking interior. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The decor,modeled after the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/5/2012
    The decor,modeled after the style of Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudi,was very cool. The service was prompt & attentive. We tried the shrimp,chorizo & clam chowder which was rich but delicious. We enjoyed sampling the tapas, all wonderful. My least favorite was the lamb meatballs. We will definitely return. Great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting and varied tapas
    PhillyPhoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    Interesting and varied tapas with a few unusual items. Nice Spanish wine list. Empty on this visit. I understand it's a pretty hot and bustling dance club on weekends. Very friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went on a Sunday, around 8pm,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/3/2012
    Went on a Sunday, around 8pm, and the bar was full but the restaurant had one couple. Sat down with a small group of friends, and were promptly forgotten about by the waitstaff. Service was slow throughout the dinner, but the food arrived hot and was extremely delicious. I love Catas for the flavors, but the two times I've come, the back seating area seems to be in a service ghetto. I had to hunt someone down to give us the check after we'd sat there for 10 minutes with the plates already taken. That lack of service is also probably why there isn't a lot of diners, and the back seating ends up oddly quiet feeling.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very solid spot with innovative
    EatlingerVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2012
    A very solid spot with innovative food, pleasant staff and a good vibe
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sangria and the whole
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    Great Sangria and the whole fish was outstanding. Sample some of the hot and cold tapas, they are worth the trip. Great for pre-NJPAC performances.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All apps were good an entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/30/2012
    All apps were good an entrees had wonderful presentation. We were told the chicken entree would take over 25 mins after apps came out but we were fine with that. We did not want to be rushed! They have huge HD tv's great for all sports. Very nice place! Glad we found this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been to this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/11/2012
    I have been to this place a few times for drinks. It is near the NY RedBulls stadium and very crowded before games. Never went for dinner but I had always heard the food was good. Decided to try it finally and boy was it good! Pretty big portions but the quality was also very good, and dishes are nicely presented. The service was also notably good, waiter was very attentive but not overbearing.. and anticipated everything, exactly what you want!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful time; place is new
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2012
    Wonderful time; place is new and clean and service was warm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great sangria.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    Great food, great sangria. Was realy shocked that it was almost completely empty on a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced for such small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    Overpriced for such small serving, Bigger tapas options in other locations in Newark. On a very busy street luckily there is small parking lot adjacent. Vibe was nice and drinks looked great. Overall too pricey and food wasn't anything special.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent; however,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    The food was excellent; however, the atmosphere was not. It reminded me of a dance club, with incredibly loud 80s/90s music playing the entire time we were dining. I could understand this later in the evening, but not at 8pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch was delicious. Our
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2012
    Brunch was delicious. Our waiter was extremely attentive and informative. An enjoyable brunch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    Catas was very disappointing. When we arrived we stopped at the bar for a drink since we arrived about a half hour before our reservation. The bartenders were great and the drinks were fine. We were seated as soon as we finished our drinks and the waiter was really great about answering our questions about the menu. My wife and I decided to go with the tapas and when they arrived, there was not one that could be called hot. All were warm and none of them were really anything special. The food was very bland and the fact that it wasn't served hot just made it worse. I would not recommend this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our
    brighteyestoo
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    We thoroughly enjoyed our tapas dinner at Catas. All of the selections were delicious! I particularly enjoyed the shrimp with garlic sauce, the chorizo and the patatas bravas! They make excellent sangria too!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was told about this place,
    PaulaP
    Dined on 12/22/2011
    I was told about this place, by a friend. I did like this place food was good, service was excellent and the red sangria was delicious. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood gem. Unusual
    LALOVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    Great neighborhood gem. Unusual architecture and interior. Excellent food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Food was outstanding and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/28/2011
    The Food was outstanding and the service was impeccable! Thank you all for a wonderful evening, before the show at the Prudential Center. It set the mood and the tone for the evening. You are all amazing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real find!! Unique Gaudi/modern
    EatlingerVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2011
    A real find!! Unique Gaudi/modern look, run by pros and chef is dedicated to every dish. Plus great service. Odd location, unless you are a Red Bulls fan, but don't pass by...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate