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Solar Do Minho
Solar Do Minho

Solar Do Minho Details

  • 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: Portuguese, Spanish
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The place was busy and only one waiter was covering the room. But the good was great and we enjoyed our time there."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Is the best in NJ. I highly recmmend this Restaurant to a peple who likes good food & drink."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great Food GOOD SERVICE!!! From start to finish A+++!!! Totally will be going back again and again...SANGRIA EXCELLENT!!!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We have been here in the past. Great food always a good pick."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Absolutely awesome! Great hidden spot in town:) everyone is super friendly and we always look forward to going there. Also the sangria is amazing!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "One of the best Rodesio restaurant I have ever had."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Reliable, decent Portuguese food. Calamari is outstanding. Great they offer valet parking."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Food good. Overstayed our "time" Started"flicking lights" Disrespectful. If they needed table tell us politely. Would try again. ."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We drive over an hour each direction just to enjoy this place. Rodizio is the best there is in any restaurant in this area."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This was our 3rd visit in less than 2 months - every time the service and food were excellent Looking forward to going back"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Food and Sangria were very good.. Service was good too.. Would definitely recommend this place to my friends and family."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/22/2013
  • "Food was good but could have had free soup or salad w entree for price. Service was great sangria was delicious."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "If waiting an hour for your reserved table is your type of thing, head right over to Solar do Minho. This is the third time this has happened and as the saying goes, three strikes and you are out. I will not be returning."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Restaurant changed owners and quality has shifted as a result. Not planning to revisit anytime soon."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "Good food reasonably priced, but too hectic to be considered fine dining. Noisy, crowded & very family oriented putting forth an image like a high end diner. Matre D was unfamiliar with our Open Table reservation as he was conducting table assignments via his handwritten note pad?"
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "We went for our father's birthday and it was a big one. The service was great and the food was great as well. No one in our party was disappointed. We would definitely go back again, if the opportunity arises."
    Dined on 7/22/2013
  • "I've been here numerous times. Always quickly attended. The Food is Delicious. Love the Sangria. Never leave without dessert. The people there are friendly and always on top of of everything. I also love that I can make a reservation online."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "After 4 prior visits to Solar do Minho, all on weekends, all very good, we hit a clunker. In our mid-week party of four, three of us got dishes served lukewarm and very dried out, the other was served the wrong dish as a result of server error in taking the order. My wife needed to saw hard at her snapper fillet with a knife to eat it. A well-prepared snapper fillet should be flaky and fork-tender. My Paella Valenciana was extremely dry, especially the chicken pieces. The entrees came out kind of late, so I would guess that they may have been sitting under heatlamps for much too long before being brought out."
    Dined on 6/26/2013