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Vivo Tapas Lounge
Vivo Tapas Lounge

Vivo Tapas Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ivivodoyou.com
  • Phone: (973) 465-4800
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch & Dinner:

    Open 11:30 am - 10:00pm

    Lounge 10:30pm- 2:00am Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:30pm - 3:00am Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Spanish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: DJ, Live music

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson St.
  • Public Transit: Newark Penn Station located only a few block away
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on side streets nearby and also in our parking on on Jackson St headed towards Market Street (Look for VIVO Parking Sign)
A word from Vivo Tapas Lounge
VIVO means to live - Here at Vivo that is exactly what we love to do and help our patrons do. The VIVO dining experience and Vivo nights are all about living it up. Our atmosphere, great staff, incredible drinks, delicious food, and awesome patrons allow you to do just that - VIVO.

Spanish Tapas are small portions of food. The Idea when you go tapateo is to get many different types of tapas instead of just getting one boring dish. It's more fun to eat variety!

For those of you that still enjoy the more traditional style cuisine our special entrees of the day are outrageous! Be sure to try our famous Original Mojito, which is a traditional Cuban-style mint infused rum cocktail, and also our natural Tropical Fruit Mojitos.
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Diner Reviews
  • "They had a great variety of tapas for lunch and dinner. Amazing passion fruit and strawberry sangria must try!!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "salty and the vegetables came from a can...almost inedible. skip this place! (although they did take it off the bill)"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "we used to be very enthusiastic patrons of Viva tapas. However last night may have ruined it for us. The service was inconsiderate and the food came out late.we had to ask for the salad at least 6 times. We were told that this particular salad with complicated even though it did not consist of any ingredients that needed to be prepared.My friends repeatedly asked for the soup to be served piping hot and despite this the soup still appeared lukewarm."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "When my date and I first came into this restaurant it seemed that we were not welcome. We are an African American couple and it seemed like they didn't want my business. The manager made all the difference as we had to wait for the best table in the restaurant. Our wait staff served us like VIP. I enjoy seafood and have high tastes and standards."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My husband and I did something we have never done before - we left this restaurant before our main course came. The reason why we left was because an hour and half after ordering our main course it still had not arrived. At one hour and fifteen minutes my husband did approach the waiter (he had to go find him) to ask where our food was. The waiter said he would get back to us, but fifteen minutes later, still nothing. Not even a check back from our waiter. So my husband went and found the waiter again, and told him we were leaving. The waiter said that 'it was not his fault'. Although the manager was clearly standing the corner, made no attempt to even talk to us. It was the worst service we have ever experienced anywhere."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Made a resv on Open Table but when we showed up they didn't have it. When I showed my confirmation, they just said oh well, to bad, we don't use OT. Beware!! We were able to sit at the bar so it worked out for us for the most part."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We went on a Friday night, and the restaurant was severely understaffed. We had to chase down our waiter every time we wanted to order food, wine, even water (and given that it's a tapas restaurant, we had a lot of ordering to do)! I have been to this restaurant before and had a great experience, so hopefully the issues we experienced are only temporary."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I really wanted to like this place but the food took over a hour to get to the table. There was issue in the kitchen and nobody informed us. We had to take our food to go because it took too long."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The staff was very nice however service was very slow. The food was not what was originally expected. The Pulpo a la Feira lacked salt, however we loved the Piquillos rellenos de Bacalao which we ordered again. The tortilla espanola was undercooked so we sent it back. The Sangria was delicous and because of it had 4 pitchers that evening."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "OMG, I so enjoyed this place. From the bread and pesto sauce to the fried chicken wings, seafood paella and the white sangria. I can't wait to return."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Don't arrive past 7 unless you like to eat in a rush. They move tables at 830 for the nightclub"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The "Pata Negra" (Spanish especial ham) was not "pata negra"...it was just an ok ham. It was "pata negra" price though ($18) All the other things were just fair....the bread was bad for a tapas restaurant...in Galicia they have excellent breads....I was expecting something better than just a cheap bread from a junk food supermarket. They charged $11 for one "Spanish coffee"...sounds like a little bit expensive to me. Not a good culinary experience...too bad."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Had a meat & cheese platter, eggplant, croquette, etc. Those food was not significantly amazing if you compared to Michelin stared restaurants, but they were fine for their prices. Unfortunately, the restaurant offers a limited kind of glass wine."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "We had fried calamari 2 people can share, stuffed mushrooms very small and chicken empanadas 2 people can share which I must say were delicious; apetizers mentioned were full orders. The dinner did not fall far from the appetizers the paella was outstanding big enough for about 3 people leaves you yearning for lobster which wastoo small. The pork chops in Serrano ham sauce was exquisite, a great plate to try 2 people can eat nicely from it . The vegetable soup was also a delight. This whole meal was excellent, except for NO BREAD was offered or placed on the table. It is a bit pricey, specially the Sangria. Other than that, I must say they add their own tip to the bill. Server was pleasant and attentive to our needs."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "Excellent meal!!! Garlic shrimp, Chimichurri sauce and bread, hands down best we've ever had. Great service - highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/21/2013
  • "I tried this place on three seperate occasions. Each time was worst than the time before. I ordered Chilean Seabass, but received red snapper. Cocktails were mediocre. Make a different choice."
    Dined on 5/2/2013
  • "Went with a group of 5. Recommend checking first as reservations may be needed. We had res and were promptly seated. Enjoyed the food and the evening and will be back which I hardly say to alot of other restaurants. The tapas were good and the entrees were good. You can go for either or both. We had both and everything was good."
    Dined on 4/27/2013
  • "First time there!!! Food was very good! Sangria was fabulous!!Their seafood dishes are yummy!! We would go again!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2013
  • "My second time dining there (within a month). Loved it so much the first time, I had to bring my husband and friends. Dinner was delicious, and the DJ later was terrific. Fun place, will return."
    Dined on 3/29/2013
  • "I have been there twice and both times the food and service were wonderful. Plan to go back again and again!"
    Dined on 3/29/2013
  • "Food was ok. Service and treatment of staff was unprofessional, rude and their policies on drink prices are sketchy at best."
    Dined on 3/23/2013
  • "It started out like a great evening. we have a reservation, were greeted at the door promptly. Since we were 15 minutes early the hostess asked us to sit at the bar while a table was being readied ( the restaurant was half full at the time. Then we were forgotten for almost 45 minutes. Out of sight, out of mind. Waiter was polite but did not know the menu, how to place an order, or how to get drinks....."
    Dined on 3/23/2013
  • "The food was awesome and the hostess was exceptional..."
    Dined on 3/22/2013
  • "Loved our Booth.. with pillows! And the LARGE Tapas selection was wonderful if overwhelming. The staff was very helpful and accomodating. Last, but not at all least, the food was great. Free Parking lot!"
    Dined on 3/8/2013
  • "The service was terrible. I believe there was 1 waiter working the entire floor. I was also disappointed with the food this time around. Time to give this restaurant a break for a while."
    Dined on 2/15/2013
  • "Nice for a special occasion. A little expensive but the food is high quality. Service was very good; we were well attended to. Went on a Sunday at 7 and the place wasn't busy which was nice. I'd go back if I was on a date with a girl that liked seafood. Bill was $50 for 2."
    Dined on 2/10/2013
  • "Granted our reservation was at 8:30 and some arrived at 9:10. However, I was actually SHOCKED at how rude the server was. I've served in the past, and would have been fired for treating customers as we were treated. 3 people walked in, he literally turned around and did not show up or about 20 minutes, which allowed him to tell us dinner could not be ordered. We'd have to sit at the bar (not explaining that the the kitchen is open, but must clear space for the lounge) but not even appetizer came out. No extra plates, a glass of water took 30 minutes, and the food took forever. We had to ask the table next to us to use their extra glasses, he charged tax twice, and included his gratuity even though only 7 people seated, and three ate."
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "Excellent snapper and tilapia dishes, lobster and paella. Hipper atmosphere than most Ironbound places. Well worth a visit."
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "It's a nice place overall, but unfortunately the food wasn't impressive. The Tortilla Espanola was undercooked and the Cheese and meat platter was lacking anything special. If you want to do some dancing though it's a fun spot after 11pm."
    Dined on 2/1/2013
  • "Everything was almost-wonderful at our first time to Vivo Tapas Lounge. The food was great - from the tapas to the cappuccino. We ordered the stuffed lobster special for our entrees, which were the size of the plates! It was a girls' night out, so we were there quite a while catching-up. The only drawback, however, was that the host told us at the end of our evening that a large party was coming in and that he needed our table. He was happy to move us to the bar, if we chose to stay. Must say, that in almost 50 years of dining out that I have NEVER had this happen. Wouldn't necessarily hold it against the restaurant, but might hinder me from making this as a first choice."
    Dined on 1/26/2013
  • "We found Vivo Tapas Lounge through Groupon and gave it a try. The address is Ferry St., but the front door is on a side street & was difficult to see amongst all of the Christmas decorations. The tapas were OUTSTANDING! Everything was fresh and beautifully prepared and presented. Our waitress made a few recommendations that were right on the money. One member of our party had the Paella, and it was excellent. Overall, the quality of the food and the lovely atmosphere put anything that the big name Portuguese restaurants have to shame. Spent a few minutes talking to the owner and his passion is evident. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 12/30/2012
  • "Some of the dishes were really good. The Manchego cheese with the apple was great and so was the bread with the dipping sauce. Service needs to be a bit better."
    Dined on 12/30/2012
  • "The restaurant was nice and the people were friendly but service was slow and seemed like they didn't have enough staff. We actually arrived early and there was not a crowd but still the service was slow. We arrived at 6 PM and left at 9:30 PM. Mostly due to slow service and food preparedness. The food was not that great either we ordered the Paella and it was not cooked all the way through. My wife, sister and brother in law ordered steaks and the rice and french fries were cold. Not good."
    Dined on 12/15/2012
  • "Not my first trip to Vivo and won't be my last. The special appetizer (eggplant tower) was delicious. We also had shrimp w garlic which is a favorite of ours. Tried to entrees we hadn't had before. The salmon a la brasa was excellent-very generous cut of grilled salmon w sauteed fresh vegetables and rice. The pasta w/ seafood included clams, mussels, scallops and was heavy on seafood-well worth it. We shared a chocolate mousse cheesecake which was good. As always we went for a pitcher of red sangria. It is definitely worth a try. I recommend Vivo! They also make parking easy with a lot on Jackson St just a few steps away."
    Dined on 12/1/2012
  • "Nice ambiance, delicious food, large portions. Servers very pleasant and attentive. Slightly disappointed in the flan, though. Tasted a little rubbery. Paellla, tapas and drinks very flavorful. Would go again."
    Dined on 11/30/2012
  • "Horrible experience. Our reservations were at 7:30pm. All they served was our Sangria. By 9:30pm we didn't even receive our appetizers. Many people left the restaurant upset that night. Funny part is, there weren't a lot of people there so there should not have been such a delay on food. Our waiter was horrible as well. Never again."
    Dined on 9/22/2012
  • "Good food. Service wasn't bad but they will kick you out after dinner hours when the place turns into a club."
    Dined on 5/26/2012
  • "The service was impeccable! If it wasn't for lukewarm dessert, the food rate would be five stars. We immensely enjoyed ourselves with sampling tapas, cocktail drinks (at Happy Hours rate between 5 and 7 pm!) and coffees/teas."
    Dined on 5/22/2012
  • "Very good tapas. There on a quiet Sunday night. I understand it's hot, hot, hot on Friday and Saturday night. Live music, dancing, etc. So, probably a very different experience."
    Dined on 11/13/2011
  • "I timed the reservation according to my friend's arrival at Newark Airport on a Saturday evening. Although the name of the restaurant is "bar and lounge," nowhere on their website does it indicate that the whole restaurant becomes a night club at 11 PM on Saturday nights. Our reservation was for 9:30 and by 9:45 the music was already unbearably loud and they were already clearing the tables to create a dance floor. The food was great - but I certainly would not return on a Saturday night for a fun dinner of tapas. Maybe I'd try it on a weeknight...."
    Dined on 11/12/2011