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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Fornos of Spain reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (51)special occasion (42)fit for foodies (39)neighborhood gem (32)great for lunch (19)romantic (19)notable wine list (18)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (10)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Shelly
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We were a party of six for an early Sunday dinner. The food was delicious and plentiful . The service was impeccable! The staff was very attentive.....Bravo ! We will be return! A winner every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoy this fine/casual dining spot
    MikeE
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Business traveling for over 30 years, I've been to many restaurants across the country. I had been to Fornos of Spain several times. I flew in to the area from Chicago with this restaurant on my "must take my wife here" list. My wife is a gourmet cook and very finicky. Fornos did not disappoint. From the ambiance to the service, all was as I remembered. All male wait staff. Dining begins with salad, bread/rolls and olives. The menu is still huge and contains things not to be found elsewhere. I had Callos (tripe) and my wife the Mariscada Fornos (lobster and shellfish in spiced tomato sauce). Sides were sauted mixed vegtables, 2 rice dishes and potato chips. Everything was incredible. And an outstanding wine list rounds it out. 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Newark treasure
    DoIReturn
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Amazing Iberian dining experience in the heart of Newark. Outstanding service and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jane
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Real old school restaurant with an excellent wait staff. The lunch menu had a great range of selections. The four of us enjoyed what we ordered and there was no rush to get us out. All in all an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was great, however a one hour wait for dinner with a reservation is unacceptable. Apparently they regularly over book tables, which is extremely problematic when you have tickets to the Prudential Center! Plan to make your reservation an hour before you want to sit, then spend the time at the bar.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awful Experience
    StayAway
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We arrived @ 5:15 for our 5:30 reservation, we were given a buzzer and were told it the table will be ready in a few minutes. Fast forward to 7PM we were still waiting so we left because we were going to a show @ 8PM.The establishment had total disregard for us and all the other folks they overbooked. This was a business event which embarrassed me in front of these clients. I will never step foot or recommend this restaurant again. This restaurant is strictly a MONEY GRAB establishment!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I have been to Fornos a thousand times and am never disappointed. Ironbound Newark is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Old World Spanish Food
    JSP2GV
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Forno's of Spain is a Staple in the Ironbound area. It's a sure hit and plenty of parking for the location. The staff was great. The food was even better
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Newark legend for good reason
    JerseyGuy
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed the wide selection of dishes available and ultimately settled for Veal in a white wine sauce; excellent choice. The service was attentive and smooth, seeming to anticipate our needs at the moment. I look forward to returning and sampling more of the fare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Consistent and delicious food. Have the Paella. Garlic shrimp was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Fornos6Oct
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Recently had dinner at Fornos. The food was excellent and plentiful, but it took quite some time for our meal to arrive after ordering (40 minutes or more). Otherwise, pretty good, a bit on the spendy side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good eating
    Dank1224
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I have been there a few times now. It is one of my girlfriends favorite places to go. I always enjoy the food there and the sangria is the best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gctexaz
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had 12 in our group and every plate was outstanding! The presentation and taste was delightful. The manager was very hospitable and made us feel welcome. We plan on going back often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    naturalFoodie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was great, the service was amazing. My date night surprise was a success. I'm a foodie and he's a picky eater but this left him speechless and stuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ironbound Expeience
    RonR
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Heard about this restaurant from a friend. First visit . Great dining experience. Everyone on staff beginning with the parking lot attendant was very nice and professional. Had drink at the bar before dinner. Drinks are generous and served with some tapas. Atmosphere is vibrant. I will return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fornos of Spain - good dining
    Wordster134
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Had dinner there last Sunday night. had 6 PM reservations. We were seated immediately. A basket of good bread and garlic toast and olives was brought right away (nice touch). Service was attentive and prompt. Although the extensive menu looked a bit pricey at first (all entrees we $25-$35), but the portions were massive! You were actually buying two meals if you took home your leftovers. I ordered the broiled veal chop with mushroom gravy, my wife had the chicken and shrimp Francese, and my son ordered the veal chop Milanese. The food was delicious; served with family style green salad (great house dressing), Spanish Rice and a mixed vegetable dish. All in all it was a very pleasant experience and would go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Khonna
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    When booking our reservation for 6 last Sunday night I mentioned that we would be celebrating a birthday in our group and would be leaving for a nearby Devils hockey game after dinner in the comments section of Open Table. Since we were surrounded by tables with staff serenading Happy Birthday I never thought I had to ask again. I was wrong. We ordered dessert and no one on the staff recognized our birthday and so we ended up singing on our own. Not a big deal, but a memorable flaw for a lovely dinner celebration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service could be more attentive
    Clark
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Food was great and plenty of staff. But they are all walking around and no one payid attention. I sta for 10 min before flagging a bus boy to get a drink. No menus until I asked for them. Yes I was waiting for my date sitting alone but still. When she arrived...yep plenty of attention I guess for obvious reasons. But food was outstanding its just if the service was better it would be an overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spanish food at Newark
    MPSnoopy
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We chose this place since we were looking for a nice restaurant for dinner before flying out from Newark Airport. The food was excellent. The spanish omlet was much larger than we expected, and we had to take most of it home to keep room for the main dish. (It became my breakfast for the next morning.) The paellla was full of seafood. The parking service was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • joanne
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food and service once we sat down was good. The reason I rated "fair" for service is that we had reservations for 6 at 6:30pm. One friend was 10 mins. late but everyone else was there from 6:15 pm or earlier waiting at the bar. We told them we were all there several times but we still weren't seated until 7:25pm when they opened up another section of the restaurant. Why make a reservation if you have to wait that long? We didn't get an answer. Spent a lot of money waiting at the bar. No explanation or anything. Still spent almost $500 with tip. It wasn't the waiters fault.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food; Great Resturant
    larryp21
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A friend of ours recommended Fornos of Spain to us. It was outstanding. The service was great and the food was delicious. I ordered the Paella Valenciana. Best paella I have eaten. I definitely recommend going there. My family and I will definitely be returning and we will tell our friends of the great service and food Fornos of Spain provided.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spain in Newark
    soccerref
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We have been to Fornos of Spain on many occasions and are always delighted with the energy of the restaurant and the quality of the food. On this trip we were with out of town guests who thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I'm always amazed that the menu is massive, yet all dishes ordered are always top notch.The wine list is very extensive as is the 'wine by the glass' offerings. Always a plus for me. My only negative comment is that it was freeeeeezing inside on this occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great All Around
    Oldfoody
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Fornos is a great all around restaurant. Food is consistently well prepared. Service is always good. I have been going there for many years and have never had a bad meal or complaint. Paella is always a reliable standby and there is a tremendous variety on the menu. The sangria is wonderful. We have taken out of town guests there and everyone has enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First class in all ways
    BeachRick
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    OpenTable transmitted wrong seat count so seating delayed. But all else, from decor, ambiance including great crowd, menu choices, pro servers, delicious and size able dishes...overseen by quiet and suites managers...FIRST CLASS. Price was reasonable and good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    Nancy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I've been to this restaurant before, this is why I chose to celebrate a (very) Belated Father's Day, as well as Belated Birthday dinner here for my dad with my brothers. The food and ambiance was great, but the service was off this particular evening. The wait staff was a bit rushed and seemed annoyed with serving us. They would reach onto the table to grab glasses or put down plates nearly hitting or startling everyone. Just a bit off then it normally is...less friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    MMKTVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fornos of Spain never fails to have fabulous food and great service. Whether its seafood, steaks, or Spanish fare, you won't go wrong at Fornos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    peptoitVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Arrived for a 6:45pm reservation and we were promptly greeted and seated. Waite staff were prompt and made us aware of specials. Our order was taken and food was out within 10 min. Presentation was awesome and the food did not disappoint. Good place to dine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sliding down
    lsharnVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have been eating at Fornos for 10+ years and their quality has gone down lately. Greatly disappointed
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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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
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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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  • 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
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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
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.