Fornos of Spain
Fornos of Spain

Fornos of Spain

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fornosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9735894767
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Fornos of Spain reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (55)special occasion (42)neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (31)great for lunch (20)romantic (17)notable wine list (12)kid-friendly (9)great for outdoor dining (9)hot spot (7)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Great food and fun
    LeefromVA
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food as always. Fun atmosphere. I like that everything "comes with the meal" and you are not hit up for sides, salad, etc. A must if visiting Newark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place to celebrate anniv.
    CharyLexx
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food was great, the service was great! My husband and I will highly recommend to family and friends..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fornos of Spain
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I have been to Fornos 3 times and still I am impressed by the service and of course the food. I still cannot finish the Paella Valenciana; I will continue trying. Thank you for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than I expected
    Kaileen
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I've eaten here before and wasn't blown away. But I was meeting a friend for lunch who only eats fish and vegetables so I figured this was a good choice. This time the food was really good and the service was good, too. I was pleasantly surprised.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meet and Greet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I would just like to say that Fornos of Spain was an excellent restaurant for our law firms meet and greet. The food and service were outstanding. It has already been recommended for other special occasions. This was a great experience and will be done again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre food
    goldie1209
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    very disappointing. Used to be a favorite of mine but the food was tired and somewhat bland
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  • Worth the trip
    ElaineT
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our party traveled over an hour to get to Forno's. It was so worth it!!! We we never rushed, Escobar, our waiter was so helpful and attentive, and the meal was outstanding! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paulie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food is superb and the service is in the tradition of excellent European restaurants and it starts with the private and monitored parking lot. The staff is superbly trained and you want for nothing and they anticpate your needs. A huge menu with lots of seafood and dishes like octopus boiled in olive oil with paprika that Fornos does so well with a welcome extra of boiled potatoes. Wine list is excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Post Prudential Paella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I have been to Fornos plenty of times over the years, but only recently started taking my kids there. We hit Fornos after a couple events at the Prudential center and it was great. I made my reservations on Open Table from my seat during the show and when we got to Fornos, they were waiting for us. This last time we were there with a group of 7 and they were very accommodating. The Food is always great! Menu is big, so put in some time online before you go to speed things up. They have off-street parking which is tough to find in that neighborhood, so that makes things even easier.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Classic Spanish Restaurant
    OTFan
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    As always, the service was excellent and attentive. Our waiter, a veteran at the restaurant, recommended three dishes for sharing. The food was excellent and well presented. Extras that the restaurant provides such salad, bread, and an aperitif were much appreciated by my guests. A good place for a business dinner where one can speak and be heard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have never seen so much food!
    KellyIVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I visited this restaurant on the recommendation of my hotel when staying in Newark recently. The food was great and they are very generous with their wine pours! But make sure you are hungry. They start you off with a large house salad and then when your dinner comes, they bring lots of extra sides. I have never seen so much food for one person!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    Nema
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I have eaten there about three times in a month. Lunch and dinner, Food was delicious and plenty. Service was phenomenal. Drinks are kind the pricey for lunch hours. Coffee was really bad. It tasted bitter and it was old. Everything else was fantastic. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the time and money
    Momof2
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ontheroad
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed
    SueS
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Felt a little rushed. We were late due to bad storm and traffic on highway.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old World Charm
    Tony
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Staff were great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Went here before a concert at Prudential Center. Had only been here one other time with a large group. We ordered a pitcher of sangria and three appetizers to share. Didn't realize you couldn't just order appetizers in the dining room, but waiter was gracious and let us stay anyway. Food was just as good as we remembered and portions were HUGE - tons were put back in the car and brought home. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Client Dinner
    JeffJ
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Appetizer was fabulous. Portions were huge. Neither of us was impressed with our entrees
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the experience
    impressed
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happysb
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dm2633VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely go back!
    luvfood
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belle
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Go Wrong!
    BoomerVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This is one of my favorites in Newark - and great for groups. The food and service us simply great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice alternative
    Skip
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A good evening
    travelingman1
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    Fatso
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Magnificent food and great service in a Spanish setting..........Like being in Spain
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gmoney
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Always very consistent when it comes to my favorite dish Veal Siciliana.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We were a group of 8 gentleman for lunch. Food great, service great, experience great. Every one was happy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Great Food
    Bull
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it!
    BoomerVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tremendous
    GBE1978
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good As Usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dy no mite
    FineWineDine
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Newark Gem
    Muff
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 157 reviews are from the Fornos of Spain reviews archive.
  • First visit to Fornos of Spain
    Johnnydiner
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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..
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WastingfoodisasinVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic