Solar Do Minho
Solar Do Minho

Solar Do Minho

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solardominhobelleville.com/
  • Phone: (973) 844-0500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - Midnight
    Sunday: Noon - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Solar Do Minho
Inspired by the ingredients, cooking methods and dishes of our own family table, Solar do Minho’s cuisine embodies the essence of dining in Portugal. A warm and inviting atmosphere, impeccable service and attention to detail are the hallmarks of the Solar do Minho experience. Our talented chefs add a modern, seasonal approach to traditional favorites creating a menu perfectly balanced between rusticity and refinement. Sharing is encouraged so that everyone can savor each dish throughout the culinary journey. Choices include sparkling fresh shellfish and seafood, various preparations of salt-cod, or bacalhau, paelha, Portuguese sausage, hams and wonderful meat dishes. We feature a superb selection of wines from Portugal, Italy and California, carefully selected to complement and enhance the menu. Our full bar serves an array of specialty cocktails and, of course, our famous homemade sangria.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Solar Do Minho reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (19)neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (10)kid-friendly (7)romantic (6)great for lunch (5)great for outdoor dining (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Hidden Gem
    Bella27
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Very good food with outstanding service. Would recommend this restaurant to my family and friends. Rodizio was very good....top sirloin was my favorite. Service was outstanding even on Saturday night. Victory made our night special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    o6oHAVOCo9o
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The outside of the place didn't seem like much. But we were inside it was perfect. Food A. Sangria A. Service A+.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HUGE portions
    dn3456
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was excellent, as was the sangria! Portions were HUGE. One plate was enough to serve 2 people, with enough for left overs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Janet
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food & the portions are unbelievably huge! Love the atmosphere. You feel as though you are at your parents' for Sunday dinner. The servers were courteous & professional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep going back!
    AxeBro
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Their Rodizio is by far the best I've had. Ample choices/variety, perfectly flavored meat... just the right amount of seasoning, not over powering. you taste the flavoring, but also get to taste the natural flavor of each kind of meat. Skip the sides (our children eat those) - and you still get a decent low carb/high protien meal. Oh and watch out for the Sangria! It is damned addicting. The Passion fruit sangria, by the picther is our favorite. SDM is our defacto celebration spot - birthday, anniversary, whatever - we don't much need a reason to go here. We just find ourselves there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night with friends
    Vanessa
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I were there Saturday for dinner with friends. We started with sangria at the bar and the moved on to rodizio and paella. Everything was delicious and the portions and rodizio were ample and generous. Recommend highly to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice spot for a good meal
    JT76
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The place was busy and only one waiter was covering the room. But the good was great and we enjoyed our time there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    Nikkigee
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Delicious food. I especially appreciated their wide selection of fish and seafood (though I have to admit, the rodizio looked amazing! But I came for the seafood, and the dishes we ordered were great.) Would definitely recommend and return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Malu
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Is the best in NJ. I highly recmmend this Restaurant to a peple who likes good food & drink.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 65 reviews are from the Solar Do Minho reviews archive.
  • Great place!
    SteveS
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have been to Solar Do Minho many times in the past and the food is always good although a bit pricey. Thistime though the service was very slow. I think that is because they only had 1 server for the entire downstairs. Victor did a great job, but was inundated with my party of 10, another party of at least 12, and a few smaller groups. Victor did a great job though! Other than that I like this restaurant and will most likely continue going.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    AxeBro
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This was our second time - and by far our favorite place for Rodizio. Why even bother looking at the rest of the menu? The rounds come out faster than you can finish. IF something hasn't come out that you were hoping to get - just ask, if it's on the rack, they'll bring it out next round. I went to celebrate my birthday - and could not be happier. Somehow I even got to park right up front - someone that was probably the owner, told me to just leave the car there and take the key! Very attentive staff, excellent food, awesome selections. I think of all the things that came out there was one item that we didn't like. Even though we went on a tuesday - the place was busy - which is always good when it comes to Rodizio.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All GOOD!!!
    RodizioLUV
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great Food GOOD SERVICE!!! From start to finish A+++!!! Totally will be going back again and again...SANGRIA EXCELLENT!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Not the first time here. Still Excellent food and plenty of it! Service was great....my wine glass was never empty! Outdoor dining nice touch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, 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.
  • Solar do Minho
    Salace40328
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was exellent!! The noise was a bit more than I liked, there were some birthday celebration in a table next to ours and they could'n not keep down, ;( sad to say, some people have no respect for others. It took a lillte longer than expected for the food to arrive, specially because it was Wednesday, do not want to try in the weekend. Prices are ok. If some friend asked I will recomend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to be good
    Queenbee2
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Has gone down hill. Rapidly. The food quality, presentation, food preparation was all different and we have eaten here 8 times. It was terrible. Server was sorry but unable to make it right. 2 hours later we left after paying for a bad meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't wait to go back.
    msokad235
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife and I went her last week for dinner. We had reservations and were seated immediately. Our waiter was very nice and had our drinks withn 5 minutes of us getting seated. We both ordered rodizio and were not disappointed. I would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We have been here in the past. Great food always a good pick.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    sean
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This restaurant was exceptional all around. Food was fantastic (all went for rodizio and sangria), service was very good, valet parking was a nice bonus. Suitable for any group that likes to eat, just don't wear tight fitting clothing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely awesome! Great
    meatlover
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Absolutely awesome! Great hidden spot in town:) everyone is super friendly and we always look forward to going there. Also the sangria is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rodesio anyone?
    johnny
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    One of the best Rodesio restaurant I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long Time Neighborhood Portugese
    CKSSVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Reliable, decent Portuguese food. Calamari is outstanding. Great they offer valet parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the food was great but I was
    summer954
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    the food was great but I was not impressed with the service at all. We were the biggest party in the room I thought we were ignored by the wait staff. We ask for regular water we were given bottled water and charged. the service was extremely slow and we needed to flag down the server if we need anything that is an issue for me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun birthday party place
    nicntes
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    My family and I celebrated our dad's 80th birthday at Solar do Minho on Feb. 22 and we were seated downstairs where all the other parties were held. It was a fun atmosphere where everyone was having a great time. The staff was terrific and looks like they were used to all the rowdiness. It was great and I enjoyed celebrating everyone's party. The guitar player was wonderful and we sang to our dad. We loved it. The food was fantastic as usual. I've recommended this place to my friends and we even had a nice ladies night here. I would definitely be back. Oh and having valet parking is a definite plus. That's part of the reason why I come to Solar do Minho often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mother-in-law bday
    captainawesome23
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Took my mother-in-law for her birthday and she liked the food and this is a person who is very picky when it comes to food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chaotic
    BMEKC
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Food was very good with a nice variety, service was ok, noise level was way too loud with tables too close to each other and parking was horrible even with Valet parking, no room to maneuver around.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Need manners
    weeziegirl30VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food good. Overstayed our "time" Started"flicking lights" Disrespectful. If they needed table tell us politely. Would try again. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was looking for a place
    josedlunaVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I was looking for a place to meet up with friends and found this place on Yelp! Love their application when in doubt YELP IT!!! the sangria was amazing; i didn't try their appetizers but my friends enjoyed them. I did have a skirt steak which they made to perfection. the staff was very helpful and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We drive over an hour each direction just to enjoy this place. Rodizio is the best there is in any restaurant in this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Magrm
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    They have a great Portuguese food and the service was great. The only bad thing I have to say is even though you have a resevation you still need to wait a lot for a table, everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decided not to have dinner at Solar
    Napman
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We had made a reservation for seven to celebrate my older son's and my birthdays. When we called to inquire about bringing wine to enjoy with the meal we were informed they had a policy of not allowing diners to provide their own wine even with a corkage fee. Because they do not allow outside wine we made a reservation at L'Apicio in NYC and had a wonderful meal accompanied by some special wines from our celler. As much as I would have preferred having portuguese food the inability to bring our own wine was the deal breaker.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SECOND VISIT
    CASINO51
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    First visit was exceptional, second visit we were put into the loud crowded party room in basement.. Hated it... even when I requested a table for 4 a week in advance in the back room ..not the basement. I took my daughter there and the unruly people were swearing and drunk.. NOT WHAT I WANTED TO SPEND $250.00 FOR. I requested a quiet area. Sorry but not anymore
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • This was our 3rd visit in
    Cheryl
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    This was our 3rd visit in less than 2 months - every time the service and food were excellent Looking forward to going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Non-Ironbound Portuguese
    NJdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    All the local Portugueae favorites in an extensive menu. Absolutely superb kids menu with real food - not chicken nuggets/grilled chees/ hamburger fare - but chicken breast and steak options. Fun casual spot to enjoy a meal. Sangria was nice complement and good quality
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies Night
    nicntes
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    It was ladies night for us and we had a terrific time. One of the best thing about Solar do Minho is the valet parking. We got out of the car and walked in the restaurant. Online reservation was convenient. I will return for a romantic night out with my husband. And my friends and I will be back. I like being seated downstairs or passed the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Sangria were very
    Lina
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Food and Sangria were very good.. Service was good too.. Would definitely recommend this place to my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    NoahVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    My wife and I took our younger son here for his 25th birthday. The wonderful meat fest that is Solar do Minho's rodizio is one of the few dining experiences outside our kitchen he enjoys. As with our previous visits (we always make reservations), we were seated quickly and a server came by quickly. We started with the octopus and flaming sausage appetizers, which were excellent. The octopus in particular is the most tender any of us have ever eaten. When we were done, our server brought us new plates and utensils and the meat delivery began. All of it good, but the garlic steak was almost preternaturally tender and flavorful. For a carnivore, it would be hard to find a better place in the NYC metro area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Embarrassed With Friends
    Anex43VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We have been here before and really enjoyed it. this time we went with another couple for a birthday celebration. Ordered wine. They ordered soup and we ordered the octopus salad to share. Soup arrived promptly and was good but not great. Octopus did not arrive, asked where it was three times and were told "on it's way." Finally we canceled the order. Three of our four entres arrived. After a fairly long wait and asking the manger why my food had not arrived, I cancelled the order and told him to change it to the redizio (that I had avoided because the meat is far to salty) just to get something to eat. The consensus was the food was pretty good but way over salted. Service was just a nightmare.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome place for any occassion.
    nicntes
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Awesome place for any occassion. Recently celebrated my daughter's 19th birthday and we had a great time. One of the best night of my life.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excessively expensive for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    Excessively expensive for the quality of chosen plates > seafood. If ordering a bottle of wine, make sure you drink it all with your meal otherwise, you will have an unpleasant experience at the end. Will never return to this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good but could have
    kennedy
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Food was good but could have had free soup or salad w entree for price. Service was great sangria was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.