Mar Belo
Mar Belo

Mar Belo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://marbelorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7328702222
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Executive Chef: Pedro Custodio, Andrew
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Mar Belo
Portugal: Land of Explorers In the 15th Century, Prince Henry the navigator ordered his explorers to bring back to Portugal any exotic fruits, nuts and plants from the new lands. Tomatoes and potatoes are taken to Europe, Brazilian pineapples were introduced to Azores, Brazilian chili peppers grew in Angola, African coffee was transplanted to Brazil. Today the Portuguese fondness for ingredients like cinnamon or curry powder, is also a legacy of his time. The Romans brought wheat and introduced onion, garlic, olives and grapes. Later the Moors were the first to plant rice and introduced figs, planted groves of lemons, oranges and almond trees. Portugal is a seafaring nation with a well-developed fishing industry trading cod since the 15th century. Today, naturally, Portuguese cuisine varies from region to region , but fresh fish and shellfish are found on virtually every menu. BOM APETITE!!!!
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Mar Belo reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (33)special occasion (29)good for groups (18)great for outdoor dining (17)romantic (15)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Wonderul Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I came here for the first time with a group of 8 for our friends 50th birthday. We are a bunch of foodies and very particular. So I was nervous about trying Bar Melo for the first time for such a special occasion. Cristiano put all of these worries at ease. The service was impeccable! The food was amazing. We will be back very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, friendly environment.
    yakgalVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our first visit, but we will definitely be back. We visited for an early dinner following an afternoon at nearby Monmouth Park race track. The décor is lovely, cloth napkins, well spaced seating, good lighting. Unfortunately it was not good weather for outside dining. The patio seating looked lovely although it faces the parking lot. All four of us found our meals to be excellently prepared and nicely presented. We sampled the crab cakes, mahi mahi, salt cod & skirt steak. My steak was prepared rare as ordered, with veggies and potatoes, all of which were very flavorful. The salads were definitely large enough to be split, fresh and tasty. The white sangria was an excellent complement to the meal. None of us had room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uptown Broadway Star
    Shorething
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    A lovely patio, which unfortunately, faces the parking lot. The indoor space is very cool and soho inspired. Dove grey walls with a built in flat black fireplace. White cloth linens gives an "uptown" vibe. Very friendly We each had the sangria, he had red & I had white. It's fruity and delicious. Even tho it was happy hour, we had to pay full price for drinks at the table--so have your drinks at the bar before you eat in the dining room. We shared the steamed clams--a dozen with a sublime garlic sauce. I had the skirt steak with home made chimmichurri sauce. He had hanger steak. great ambience. It cost us $80 with drinks, app, steak dinners and dessert W can't wait to return. It''s so worth the splurge!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food and nice atmosphere
    IrishacoVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was our first time dining here. We found it through the trip advisor - we ended up having a really beautiful dinner. Both entrees were delicious and service was super friendly. We sat outside and enjoyed the evening breeze. This restaurant made our favorites list and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    SSFood
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our server was knowledgeable and fun. He made an excellent portuguese wine suggestion and insisted we get desert. We were skeptical but got it anyway and - wow- he was right. delish! Get the grilled octopus and the lamb chops and any dish with shellfish. All were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovey
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    the restaurant was remodeledand was impressive/ outdoor seating was done up nicelt, food was delicious and plentiful. not cheap.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not authentic
    TooBlueVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Stopped in for appetizers and drinks late because not many other places were open. It was busy inside and very noisy. Say outside on the patio which was nice. Service slow and indifferent. Food not great, rather bland and certainly not authentic Portuguese. Even the Spanish potatoes were soggy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mar Belo Long Branch
    yumfun
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a nice experience. Been dining in Long Branch and surrounding areas for years and didn't know about this find. the ambiance; wait staff; food all great. Will definitely be back !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Predurok
    Pridurok
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food, wonderful staff, very good seafood, port direct from Portugal
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great find!!
    GinaMVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    WOW!! I wish we'd gone sooner! From the minute we walked in, we were so well taken care of! The white and red sangrias are delicious, although I preferred the white! Can't imagine drinking anything else when we go back! The four of us split three appetizers, garlic shrimp, grilled octopus and steamed clams, all outstanding. Didn't really need entrees after that! Two of us had seafood paella, one was marinera, the other valenciana. One had Mariscada, with green sauce, and I had the chicken in rice with chorizo. Except for the chicken being very tough and chewy, everything else was excellent! My only suggestion would be to use chicken on the bone so it doesn't get so dried out. Other than that, PERFECTION!! We'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mar Belo is fantastic!!
    Jma12
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The atmosphere was beautiful and very cozy. The service was excellent. The food was so fresh and well presented...and absolutely delicious! The red sangria was the best I'd ever had! Portion sizes for entrees were generous. All in all a fabulous meal!!! We cannot wait to go back! If you want authentic and delicious Portuguese food Mar Belo is the place to go!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike
    Digger
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was fantastic, well prepared and presented. The place was packed for a weekday so the service was off a tad, no worries there. Try this place as you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    All quite good but service was quite slow. And lots of noise in the room. For a Monday night it was quite full Will be back yet again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Find
    westvillagefoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Not a great location but this doesn't take away how great the restaurant is. The outdoor seating area is nice. I enjoyed my lunch but especially enjoyed desert. Servers were extremely friendly. Overall I had a good experience plus you can go enjoy Long Branch pier after a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish !!!
    Hawaiinutz0301
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My seafood Paella was just fantastic .. Appetizers Delish & dessert even better! Great price too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Spot
    fandoxVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Definitely worth a try. Second time at this restaurant and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cathy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went with a group of 6, everyone enjoyed their meal very much. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last minute find
    LocalGuy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife & I decided last minute to go out for dinner on a Friday night. Mar Belo was a great surprise. The food was delicious and the red sangria amazing. What really set this restaurant apart was the service. Our waiter was wonderful & all the table staff were great. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mar Belo to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great dining experience. Menu has variety, our selections were outstanding, wait staff is the best team I've ever seen, they are to be commended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • local gem
    Piccofan
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My wife and I went to dinner here with 2 other couples. We found the food to be very good and sell priced. I had a delicious filet as did my friend who suggested I try it. It was cooked as I had requested ( rare ) which is often not the case in many restaurants. All of us enjoyed the food and the beauty of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mar Belo
    Lexus27
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent... Dinner was delicious. We had the seafood paella and skirt steak. Both were cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    Dadwhocooks
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Noise level was high. Food was so so, some good , some mediocre. Same with service, water person always attentive but main server not so. Very mixed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Previous reviews were correct!
    Scott
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was amazing and at a very reasonable price-point. Service was also perfect. Everything came out in a timely manner, and there was ample time between courses. Waiter was super friendly and really made the entire experience. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We have dined several times at Mar Bela and each time the food, service and overall experience has been outstanding. Love this restaurant !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attentive Staff and Great Food
    bigdinner
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The wait staff was very attentive and knowledgable about the specials and the wine list. They were very upbeat and always asked if the food was good of if we needed anything else. A great place to dine and definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Portugese Gem
    Foodiefamily
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a wonderful meal with both seafood and meats here, in a setting of low-key elegance. The food was significantly better than even the other fancier shore restaurants. It was skillfully prepared, and beautifully presented. Beautifully seasoned and prepared octopus, the perfect simplicity of grilled sea bass, the fabulously rich pork and clams were all outstanding. Even the simple arroz con pollo our daughter ordered was made extra special with the addition of house-made, deeply smoky, chouriço. Portions were hearty, but not overwhelming, so we had room for appetizer, dinner, and dessert without feeling bloated. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    LouisVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A real neighborhood gem. Wonderful, authentic Portugese food. Friendly, helpful, professional service. Nice ambience, good noise level for conversation. Bar area in back looked like a fun place to be. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portuguese Cuisine
    Jersey
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Best portugués cuisine in town. Great entrée choices. Management and waiters go out of their way to provide you excellent service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Long Branch Portuguese
    PGK6392
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Exceptional Portuguese food, polished, professional wait staff, beautiful renovation. All adds up to a near-perfect dining experience. Near perfect because: A) sometimes the food is overly salty and B) the appetizer portions are small relative to their prices. Do not expect the enormous portions you are used to when dining in Portuguese restaurants in Newark's Iron Bound area. That said, what you do get is fresh, high quality, and beautifully plated.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great quality food and great staff
    Jkatz20740
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Went here through a recommendation. Service was excellent. We ordered the garlic shrimp, split a house salad. Entrees were rack of lamb with mint jelly but they also had a great garlic sauce with it. Also got a light tomato broth base with seafood. Both dishes were excellent. House red sangria was on sweeter side but it was very good as well. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    pingman07757VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We dined there last Friday and were pleased to see some fine tuning on the menu some new dishes including the grilled shrimp which are an absolutely wonderful. I normally have fish and they had the best Halibut that I have had anywhere recently with fish there are two things freshness and cooking and this was great halibut that was cooked perfectly washed down with some of their Albarino it doesn't get better then this. The service is always great the staff is terrific If you want good food and great people who want you to enjoy yourself this might be the place for you.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Local Spot
    fandoxVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    A nice find away from the pier in Long Branch. The food was good as well as the service and atmosphere. I would definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OldHomesteadVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food excellent...service started good but then got really bad. A party of 8 sat down next to us and the server completely forgot who we were. It took them 30 minutes to ask if we wanted coffee and they gave us the desert menu.. Very poor service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Local Dining
    RJG1
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I was at this restaurant several times when it was the Pearl of Lisbon. I was glad to see another Portuguese eatery takes its place. We had a reservation for 7PM on a Saturday night and were seated immediately. The service was attentive with a charming, knowledgeable waiter. The food was excellent. We ordered grilled tiger shrimp and ribs that were so tender a knife was not needed to cut them. When we finished our waiter asked if he could serve us a complimentary drink at the bar because the table was needed. That was a very nice touch that I have never had offered anywhere else. We declined, but might not next time. Because Mar Belo is not BYOB, one drink apiece added quite a bit to the tab. But we plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & deal
    Livetoeat
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We arrived on time for our reservation, highly recommended, for a Friday or Saturday night and were seated promptly. We ordered an appetizer, Shrimp with garlic sauce plus a large pitcher of the white sangria, very good. Our entrees included the NY Strip steak, the Salmon & the Cod fish all were delicious and the pricing was very reasonable, $108.00 for the three of us plus the tip. Me being a big eater could just about finish the cod fish and the same goes for the other two entrees for my wife and friend, we brought home a little less than half of the steak and the salmon our friend could not finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Briguy
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great service, excellent food, and amazing sangria
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local gem
    pingman07757VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    A restaurant is the some of its parts. Food + service + personality and Mar Belo has all of these working very well. Make no mistake its not for everyone. If you don't like good fish or beef and don't like a wine list that is studded with gems under $30 then you won't like this, but if you are looking for those beat a path down to Long Branch just don't make it difficult for me to get a reservation since this is one of my go to places
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 25 reviews are from the Mar Belo reviews archive.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    the meal was good and the service was great. Enjoyed the ambiance. We suggest you play music more appropriate to a Portuguese ambiancer
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner, great service
    noelle
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We ate at Mar Belo's on Saturday night. There were six in our party. The food was very good as was the service. I would definitely recommend this restautant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    Cathy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Very good experience, food, service and atmosphere were very enjoyable. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.