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Fornos of Spain
Fornos of Spain

Fornos of Spain Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fornosrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (973) 589-4767
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30,
    Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cigar Room, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have private rooms available for a minimum of 20 people and a maximum of 86 people. Also, we have party luncheon menus from Monday through Fridays until 3 pm and dinner party menus from Monday through Sundays. Saturdays we only do parties from 12 noon to 5:00 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union Street
  • Public Transit: We are located a two blocks away from Newark Penn Station and New Jersey Transit, which is walking distance.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private self parking lot on premises, behind the restaurant.
A word from Fornos of Spain
Welcome to Fornos of Spain Restaurant located on the Iron Bound in Newark, NJ. Fornos of Spain has been bestowed numerous awards and proclaimed by various national magazines as a "must" when dining out in New Jersey. Our award winning Spanish cuisine is prepared with the freshest seafood of Spain. Our extensive wine cellars offer over 450 aged and vintage wines and has the rarest collections of Spanish wines in the United States. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Diner Reviews
  • "Tonight was our first experience at Forno's. We have been to several Ironbound Spanish Restaurants and I would have to say that this is one of the best. Our waiters were awesome and the food was top notch. We sat and ordered a pitcher of red Sangria and it had a dry and tasty finish. It wasn't sweet like I was used to but I thoroughly enjoyed their recipe. For dinner, I had Mariscada al Forno, which was a paella with a slightly spicy tomato sauce. It was full of flavor and was super good. My wife had the Enchilado which was shrimp in a roasted tomato sauce. That had such a great taste, that I hate half of her dinner after I ate mine. I would definately recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Don't plan on eating and running. Give yourself time to be spoiled and to enjoy your meal. We went to a concert right after eating. We took our teenage daughters for a special night and they all enjoyed the service and the food. Although I wouldn't recommend it for repeat kid visits - its nice for that special occasion. We always look for opportunities to make a dinner trip to the restuarant...it's so convenient from the train station there is no reason not to go!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant to dine with group of friends, co-workers or with a loved one. I have been to this restaurant many times and I'm never disappointed. The food is excellent and generous portions. The after dinner liquor on the house tops it all! Visit Fornos of Spain and you'll not be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Felt a little rushed. We were late due to bad storm and traffic on highway."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "From the beautiful entrance to the friendly greeting, you know this place is special. Warm atmosphere, attentive and friendly staff coupled with a mix of people and cultures with a relaxed vibe, makes Fornos a place to be. Food that makes you savor it, staff that want you to enjoy and top-notch wines add up to an experience, right in Ironbound."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "As a salesperson, I enjoy getting to know a client over a meal. My challenge earlier this week was to find suitable place to entertain in Newark. Thank goodness for Fornos. It's a little old school, but that's part of its charm. The food was better than solid and the wait staff was professional and attentive with just the right amount of warmth. The offer of a complimentary glass of port at the end of the meal was nice touch. For a business meal or a family function, I recommend it."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • " Appetizer was fabulous. Portions were huge. Neither of us was impressed with our entrees"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The meal was fantastic, but the whole night was made by our excellent waiter, who not only made recommendations but gave us stories from Spain that just made everything cool."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "first time customers, our group selected Forno's based on reputation and found excellent food, a good wine selection, attentive service and a friendly atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the service, food and ambience at Fornos, where I went on Friday for a late lunch with a friend that I don't see often. The red sangria was great, as was our salad, and garlic shrimp appetizer, and my lemom sole in a butter sause (Franchise). The rice wnd chips were more than we could eat and everything was great! Fornos is pricey, so I would only do it for special occassions, but well worth the experience!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "while the service is fantastic, and the rest of my party loved their food (especially the sausage), forno's vegetarian selection is really poor. The vegetarian paella is awful. I've had great veg paella in Barcelona and at various restaurants in NYC. It can be done, the chefs just need to make an effort to learn how to make it better. It also wouldn't hurt to have one or two more vegetarian selections in the starters (not just salad)."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Although there was a very large motorcycle rally in town that evening which made the restaurant a bit chaotic and very crowded the service and food was still great. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We chose Fornos of Spain for its proximity to Newark Airport and Newark Penn Station because we were meeting someone on their way to NYC. The restaurant was a find! As soon as we were seated, we were served with a basket of rolls and a large salad. When our dinners came, we were also given rice, green beans and chips served family style. Our entree portions were huge and were soooo good! The servers were attentive but did not rush us. This was our first time at Fornos and we were a little apprehensive about the $$$ in the review. It is a little pricey but the quality and quantity of the food is worth it! We only wish the restaurant was closer to home as we travelled an hour to get there."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This is one of my favorites in Newark - and great for groups. The food and service us simply great!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Fornos is a different dining experience, typically used for a special occasion, date, or prior to attending an event in the immediate area. I would say that the parking, although valet can become a problem [wait times for getting your vehicle] but a nice place for a special evening and dining experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is the 3rd/4th time I've been to Fornos sometimes for lunch and sometimes for dinner. This particular visit was for dinner. I would say, compared to previous meals, this was a competent presentation, but not as outstanding as previous occasions. There was a special avocado appetizer that was delicious. The grilled chorizo was good, but I probably wouldn't choose again. The paella was similarly good, but not as good as I have had elsewhere. They have a Portuguese version that is better than this Spanish version. The wine list is comprehensive, although a bit challenging in terms of the categorization of the wines, so if you can't find what you want, you need to ask. Portuguese or Spanish improves the ordering experience."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Magnificent food and great service in a Spanish setting..........Like being in Spain"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Always very consistent when it comes to my favorite dish Veal Siciliana."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were a group of 8 gentleman for lunch. Food great, service great, experience great. Every one was happy."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "First time but will not be the last. Great dining experience with a client. We had seven in our party, appetizers were great and everyone's food came out together. Drinks never were empty!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Great location, great selection and attentive staff, I could not have been happier the other night. And the portions are generous and so much is included as part of the overall menu, like salad, olives, bread, befor you even order. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Moved out of state a few years ago so this was first time back to Forno's in at least 5 years. Was always one of my favorite restaurants and was excited to get back. Rarely does a restaurant stay great for that long of time...It was better than ever. Friend and I ordered multiple appetizers and they were all fantastic. The shrimp in garlic was tremendous, the clams in marinara sauce were excellent as well as the salad prior to the appetizers. My veal in wine sauce was excellent as was my friends lobster dish. Service was fantastic as Santoro and David made the evening even better...Can't wait to get back!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I haven't been to Fornos in a number of years. It was a little more pricey than I remember but the portions were still the same: gigantic! The service was a little slow but they had an excellent attention to detail to every aspect of the fine dining experience. I probably ate on more plates in this one experience than I have in my last 5 dining experiences. Everything had to be cleaned between courses. The menu had a lot more options than I remember but they probably have to compete with the restaurants in the area who I know have many options as well. This place is great for a special occasion or a business meeting."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Apps were 5 star. Chorizo, garlic shrimp and pulpo off the charts 7 out of 8 dinners were excellent. Only bad dish was the ny strip. Very chewy and tough. We didnt eat it and they tool it off the bill Great sangria too and have their own parking lot. Def going back"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "First I got a great parking space across the street, then was taken to a wonderful table. I had to make a show at NJPAC and was running late so had to ask for expedient service which the maitre d made sure occurred. The martini's were made perfectly in a very unique glass and the the meal was wonderful. The tuna was cooked perfectly as were the crab stuffed scallops. The salad, broccoli and green beans were fresh, crunchy and NOT smothered in balsamic vinaigrette or butter which is what I prefer. Portions were large which some folks like and some don't but you don't have to eat it all:) It was an overall very good experience. I will go back again!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Fornos of Spain for lunch with clients. I have eaten at other Spanish restaurants located in the Iron Bound area of Newark, NJ but I decided to try Fornos on the recommendation of a friend. Fornos has a nice bar, great atmosphere, attentive service and a wide variety of entree's to select. Fornos has now become my favorite when in the area.. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We shared a paella, steak, seafood mix, calamari, 4 kind tastes of soft shell crab. It was incredibly unfortunate that the kitchen could not have handled the crowds. The 2008 vintage of pine ridge merlot was phenomenon. We had ended up to open 2 bottles. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Paella is a family favorite. This was not up to par. The rice was mushy and seafood chewy and not enjoyable"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Real Gem.. Terrific food at a terrific price. Excellent service as well!!!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I am never disappointed when I dine at Fornos. The food is always good. "
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This wasn't the usual rushed meal that I had become accustomed to at Forno's. Service was attentive but not rushed. While bread and salad were placed on the table before we were even comfortably seated, the remainder of the meal was paced very well. A special appetizer of Avocado & crabmeat was delicious & the chorizo was some of the best I've had. Among the 6 diners we had several different shellfish & fish entrees. All were ample portions and served hot and seasoned well. The only complaint was that when the waiter was asked to describe the Stuffed Shrimp entree he neglected to mention it shrimp & crabmeat would be smothered in a cheese sauce. With the rice, potatoes and vegetables we were all too full to try any of the desserts offered."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere, very lively, but fun. Service overall seemed to be a problem, plenty of help wandering around but took forever for everything. Drink orders, menus, food and getting anyones attention at all. Appetizers were ordered and our meals, but even after 3 requests, my sons soup was bought along with our dinners and then he didn't get his dinner till he finished his soup. A big pet peeve of mine is when you order a $35.00 dinner and then to charge you for a second glass of iced tea, in a glass that is filled with ice and 3 sips later its empty to me is ridiculous. How much does that cost 3cents. Still loved the place, we had a fun time and I would go back again, Food was good, large portions but nothing over the top."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Had dined there before and was extremely pleased. This last occasion, however, did not live up to expectation. Extremely slow and forgetful service, multiple servers who did not communicate with one another. Appetizer came out together with entrée, those apps that actually made it to table, one ran out of shrimp, another was refused. Food was plentiful, and for the most part very good, two servings however, came out cold. We understand that there was a nearby hockey game that evening (which we wound up late for), but the place was not as crowded as I have seen it before when service was spot on. Am a bit guarded about returning, in particular on a hockey night."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I worked in Newark for 33 years so have been going to Fornos since it was a little hole in the wall. Tried and true. But haven't been there in about 5 years since I retired. Was shocked at the prices. Potatoes weren't as good as they used to be (consensus of the table). Still it's a keeper. And still draws a crowd--even on a weekday night!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "This was our second time to Fornos. The first was lunch on a weekday and it was a quiet meal. This time was for dinner on a Saturday night and it was packed and noisy. The food was great and portions were adbundant. My only complaint was that even with a reservation we had to wait 45 minutes for our table."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "When it comes to Fornos of Spain, I am a repeat customer. Having worked in Newark for almost 20 years, I've been to most of the restaurants in Newark, both in and out of the Ironbound section, and I can say unequivocally that Fornos is my favorite. The food is consistently top notch. I've been there many times and have never been disappointed. In fact, I no longer work in Newark and live about 45 minutes away and still go to Fornos. On our last trip they made my father's birthday very special. Every bite is like a concert in your mouth, from the delicious complimentary salad that greets you soon after you sit down, to the mouth watering appetizers, entrees and desserts. The service is impeccable and the ambience just perfect. GO NOW!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Attended a sales gathering and was tasked to select an eatery for the Team. Immediate thought was Fornos. The Team was impressed...the variety accommodated a wide range of plates. the food was superb. Thanks"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Immediately we were seated. Once at the table we were served yummy bread and salad. We were a party of 6 (2kids) and the staff was very accommodating to the children. Definitely will return! Thanks!!!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant many times and the Spanish cuisine at Fornos can always be counted on to be plentiful and good. We were a party of 9 and Fornos graciously accommodated my Open Table request for a large round table. Our dinner started very successfully with drinks (excellent Sangria!)and the complimentary bread and salad, but then the wait staff became scarce and it took quite a while for the waiter to come back to get our dinner orders. For whatever reason, it took almost another hour for our dinners to be delivered....very unusual since service is usually very quick and efficient at Fornos. Despite the slow dinner service, we enjoyed our food very much and will most probably go back again."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The restaurant was very accommodating, when I had to delay my reservation. The food was delicious. The service was perfect. The food they immediately bring you, before you even order (olives, salad, delicious regular and garlic rolls) was a really nice touch. The restaurant, although a bit cavernous, actually suited me snd my party of 9. The ambiance was perfectly suited to our moods and gathering."
    Dined on 1/11/2014