Went here for Valentines day with my girlfriend and it was a great experience. The place is tight due to the tables being close ,but everyone is so into there own conversations that you forget about it within minutes. The food is deliscious , I had the fresh conch salad as an appetizer and it was amazing. The presentation was top notch. My gf had the shrimp cakes which were fried to perfection and creamy on the inside. My main was the twin lobster tails and they were every bit as good as I imagined them to be. My gf had the stucfed l9bster and really enjoyed it! We didn't have room for dessert unfortunately but we will be back to try more dishes and make sure to save room for dessert and prot wine ( which they have a huge selection). Defintiely will be recommending this place to friends amd family, you just can't go wrong.
Everything was solid and good. Food service and atmosphere
Excellent value - great food at a reasonable price and outstanding service. We'll definitely be back!
I went here with my family to celebrate my birthday and as soon as we were seated they gave us complementary champagne to toast my birthday. The server was very attentive and everyone enjoyed their food. I had the sea bass which was delicious and my husband said the port chops were grilled just right. I would highly recommend this restaurant. There is even a small free parking lot.
One of the best meals I’ve had in a really long time . Went there with 8 people before a show a the NJPAC and everyone raves about the seafood and meat dishes. Seafood was incredibly fresh and meat was extremely savory and well cooked. Waiter was extremely pleasant and personal and attentive. All around outstanding experience
Decent food. Nothing outstanding but good. Fair prices. Would not make it a destination but if in the neighborhood it is worth a try.
After reading the OT reviews we were really looking forward to trying Allegro. Rather than leave a negative I would rather say that every so often a restaurant has a bad night. This was a bad night so hopefully your experience will mirror previous reviews which suggest this is a solid option in Newark.
Looking forward to returning. A+ across the board.
The food was excellent and the wait staff was attentive and friendly. The scene when you first enter is a little confusing and noisy as it is right by the bar, but once we were seated we had an excellent meal.
This is my second time with my family in this establishment, i call it Seafood Heaven. The food is out of this world. I come from Orlando, Florida just to have dinner here with my family. I recommend this restaurant to everybody. The place is very inviting and the assistants and waiters very attentive, pleasant and friendly, specially the one in the picture. Sorry i couldnt get his name. Visit this place, you won't be disappointed.
Great foods and Service
We chose this restaurant wanting seafood and it certainly didn't disappoint. I recommend asking the waiter for the fresh catches of the day and also their recommendations.
Massive octopus and clams. Rich flavours.
Authentic Portuguese dishes. Lackadaisical service. Cod was over-cooked.
Recommend Garlic Shrimp, Calms in Garlic and House Sangria
Loved this place - the food was amazing and portions sizes were huge.
Would definitely visit again - the staff are very friendly!
Nicely decorated. Service was great everybody was very friendly. However the point of us going to this restaurant was for a good meal and I can't say the food was worth the price I paid for it.
If this restaurant fails it's not because of the food but the worst service we've ever experienced.
The waiter was obviously not a people person; had a superior attitude. Took our orders and never returned. The food was delivered by the kitchen staff and any additional requests we had to stop the busboy and ask. Even the check was delivered by someone else and not once did anyone stop by our table to ask whether we needed anything else. We had to tell the busboy we wanted dessert.
The restaurant was less than half full, so that is not the excuse. I left a 15% tip reluctantly and only because I didn't want to penalize the poor busboys. But who knows if Mr. I'm too good to be a waiter will even share. Be warned!!!
From the moment we entered the restaurant, we got outstanding service and were
seated in the outside patio... drinks, selection of appetizers and Sangria was just
perfect. Service, from busboys, waiters and Maitre d' was the best I have experienced
in a while.
It was supposed to be a special occasion for three birthdays. I made a special note of that in my reservation. The service was pretty much non-existent. For all the great reviews I read, I was expecting a lot more. It was supposed to be a special dinner and it didn't feel special at all. The cake we got at the end (no birthday announcement or anything) was definitely old.
The seafood was average. I've had better. Atmosphere felt like a sports bar. Our waiter never returned to ask how our food was. We didn't even get water.
I wouldn't recommend.
Excellent and fresh seafood. Allegro sangria was awesome as well
Always a great time, and a fantastic meal! The seafood platter is a party in itself. Great value, and delicious!!!!!! the outside patio, makes you feel like you are on vacation in a tropical setting.
The staff couldn't be nicer.
JUST LOVE THIS PLACE!!!
While the food was outstanding, the service on Saturday, July 15th was terrible. I don't know if they were short handed on wait staff, but we had a 630pm reservation. Arrived ON time and weren't even offered to take our drinks until 20 mins after arriving. We never even got glasses of water. When drinks were taken, our waiter left quickly before taking our dinner orders (we were ready to order immediately after sitting unattended for such a long period.) Our waiter never even introduced himself and seemed pre-occupied with something. We NEVER got our waiters name. As the restaurant become more crowded, the service became even worse. The only time we saw our waiter was 20 mins after we were seated. We never interacted with him again. When we were ready to leave in order to catch a show, we had to find a busboy to get us to-go containers and to bring us our check. We never even saw our waiter again to pay the check so my hubby found another worker and asked them to handle it. She then took it and gave it to our "waiter" who took his time finalizing the bill. I don't know if all the above is the norm, but although the food was great, I don't think I'll be here again. I honestly had heard that it could be racial, but I choose not to believe that. My opinion, maybe it was a language barrier. Just be prepared if you do go. I looked around at the restaurant and it seemed everyone was being ignored and receiving terrible service.
I had an amazing time. I'd go there again and again and again. I put that the noise level was loud but that isn't a negative thing. The music was vibrant and loud. It made for a great environment. The drinks were tasty. The food was outstanding.
Dining in your hometown and your treated like family.... this is a must in Newark!!
The food is very good and the portions quite generous. The service is okay. They don't come around to check on you and you have to fLag the staff down to get a refill kn the water.
I made reservations thru open table and once I had a confirmation, the restaurant called to say they did. Ot have tables until 15--30 min later. That was a downside. They should at least offered water while waiting at the bat.
I had the sea bass. Delicious but it was. Whole fish with bones. :-(
This place is amazing!!!!! The seafood is fresh and delicious. Our waiter was wonderful. Everything he suggested was to die for. I'm so happy we found this place. We will definitely be back and with friends next time.
Went in for a graduation dinner with family. Food was very good for the price and the wait staff fantastic. I would go back.
Wonderful meal and service...if only 1 criticism the " Spanish" saffron rice was tasteless...ample portion well made...fish was cooked to perfection...must ask for veggies if so desired for certain dishes..GO!
the food and service were impeccable, however i didn't particularly like being seated by the restrooms.
Read rave reviews about the food and ambiance, specifically the outdoor patio. Unfortunatley our 6pm reservation was too late to afford us outdoor seating. Inside was nice though. Food was not as good as expected. Given other options I may not try again. But I encourage others to check it out.
The service was attentive but not intrusive, the food was prepared and served quickly and was absolutely delicious. An additional plus was the valet parking, saving time and the search for a parking space. All in all, if seeking excellent Portuguese food in a convivial atmosphere at a terrific price, I absolutely recommend Allegro Seafood Grill.
Amazing food! Service was indifferent to good. Had to ask for the wine list and the check, etc. Grilled shrimp messy but best I've ever had! We sat outside - which we love - but it was loud and smokey. Inside is gorgeous with a cool salt water fish tank but it is also cramped upon entry and the host wasn't clear about getting us in and to our table (first time and we don't know where the patio is). Overall worth it for the food and the Vinho Verde.
It was one of the best restaurants I've ever been too. Worth the travel!
The food was underseasoned and lackluster. I believe my mashed potatoes were instant -- unforgivable.
food and service was good, my only issue was feeling very rushed as well as I seen other clients .. Was a Saturday night so maybe were many reservations.. In & out in 1 hour time... but I would definitely try it again because of the delicious food...
We love this place. The food is outstanding- fresh and delicious. Newark's Ironbound is known for its seafood restaurants. This one is off the well-traveled path but certainly worth going the extra mile.
This is a great restaurant tucked away in the ironbound section of Newark. We had tickets for a show at NJPAC and the waiter was very professional and very accommodating. You can tell he takes pride in the restaurant. The rolls were fresh and the olives served with them were a nice touch. We were served carrot soup which was warm and comforting. The basic house salad was presented beautifully and elevated with avocado. The paella for one was a realistic size and quite good. I would also recommend the salmon stuffed with crabmeat. Since we were there on a Thursday night, the house wine was $2 a glass, which was quite refreshing. We plan to come back to this restaurant again.
The meal started out well. We ordered an entree for 2 as an appetizer for 4. It was the hot mixed seafood platter. It was very good, nice mix of langostinos, lobster, crab, mussels, octopus etc. It was seasoned perfectly. I would go back for this. The Portuguese wine was also quite good. The entrees were disappointing. Swordfish was overcooked and if not for the garlic butter would have been tasteless. The Bachalau was absolutely devoid of seasoning including salt.
Was looking for a spot that took a reservation for 2 on a Saturday in Newark and found this hidden gem. They took a reservation via Opentable. We got there and were pleasantly surprised they had valet parking which is key especially in Newark. The waiter was new but very friendly and accommodating. The bus staff, hostess and manager were very nice and attentive as well. We tried the Allegro sangria and it was fantastic. The orders were timed perfectly for a Saturday, not rushed or delayed. The food was fresh and tasty as well. This is as good as Paella can get in Newark. I've eaten all over in Ironbound and this was top notch. The only disappointment is that it is winter and didn't get to try eating outside. Will be back again and in the summer. This is going to be a regular stop for us. This spot edges out other local favorite places of mine and the fact that I can get a reservation for 2 sets the bar. Price was right as well.