Allegro Seafood Grill

4.3
170 reviews
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$30 and under
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Portuguese
Located in the IronBound section of Newark NJ, Allegro Seafood Grill offers a variety of fresh seafood and authentic portuguese cuisine. The food is made fresh to order and has a beautiful selection of signature dishes. Allegro Seafood Grill offers a full service bar which is open late. Call to inquire about catering and private parties. Patio tables are on a first come, first serve basis. We cannot guarantee you a patio table if you make an online reservation.
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1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

I spent days searching the internet for a great seafood restaurant to go to for my birthday. My search led me to Allegro. We arrived a little after 9, I had reservations. We had to wait almost an hour for a table for 8 to become free. 6 of us were there and I told the waiter that 2 were coming, so I asked if they could make the table for 8, they told me NO. After we kept pressing the issue, they made the space for us. It wasnt a hard request so I was confused as to why I was told no in the first place. Ok now it was time to order. My fiancée wanted Paella. He asked the waiter if it came lobster he said NO. I had to pull up a picture from their Instagram page to show the waiter what he wanted. He then goes "Oooooh. Yes we have that" That was the second red flag. We also had to ask for bread and water. The bread was cold and he brought the water out with 2 glasses. Remember there are 8 of us there! At this time I was starting to get upset! I wondered if anyone else got the same treatment we were getting. I ordered a 32oz tbone steak. I had to ask for a knife to cut it with. These things should go without saying. Its not like this business just opened! Its now 11:30 and I remembered seeing that happy hour starts at that time on Friday and Saturday. We asked the same waiter about it and he told us NO. Everything was NO for us. We showed him the sign on the happy hour menu and he just laughed. I didn't find anything funny about it! We finally got the manager involved and he tried to help the situation but even he accused our table of ordering an extra tbone steak. He said the waiter but 3 in our order when it was only 2! Then said he didnt want to argue with us! I have never experienced such horrible service in my life. I think its safe to say that I will never return at Allegro ever again! Happy Birthday to me! Smh

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food.Great service.Friendly wait staff.

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thank you for visiting and valuable feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

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1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best restaurants i have ever been to. I always said if my lady Love it, that means it's good and she did.

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Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood. Very fresh.

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Responded on April 25, 2019

Thank you for coming to Allegro and for your valuable feedback!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

I really want to like this place! We had a reservation for 7pm and they were not very crowded, however they seemed thrown off as to where to seat us. Once sat, we waited a good 15-20 minutes for them to take our drink order. After another 10 minutes or so they took our dinner order. The waiter was very rushed. When our appetizer came out, another waiter told my boyfriend that another dish was better than what he had picked for an entree and asked if he wanted that instead. Not sure why they just did not tell him they were out of it or couldn’t make it for some reason. We then waiting a good 30-45 minutes to get our main course. My boyfriend enjoyed his but my crab legs were over cook and the potatoes were extremely soggy. Hoping it was an off night

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me encanto no puedo esperar a q abran el.patio la comida desliciosa tienen mucha variedad de vinos

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1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We got there at 9:30 with a reservation for 4 and a baby. We were rushed the entire time! The waiter put in a special for 2 that was $103- that I NEVER ordered. He was very upset which was his own fault and I couldn’t eat in peace. The staff kept reaching over my plate to clean up the table and I wasn’t done! We asked, who I think was the manager, for suggestions on dessert and he didn’t even speak English. Very overpriced sangria! Won’t return.

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you for your business and for your valuable feedback. Unfortunately, yes the waiter made a mistake placing the wrong order and corrected it immediately. I am sorry you felt rushed, the staff was making an effort to provide you exceptional service after that mistake.

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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Seafood place! Shared the Seafood Platter! The best

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HG
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely time with friends. The prawns were good! Small place but great ambience. Two thumbs up!

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you very much for dining at our restaurant and for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were exceptional! Restaurant is a bit small.

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and for leaving us your feedback! We appreciate and value your business and look forward to seeing you again. :)

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EJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. We were celebrating a birthday and the staff could not have been nicer. Would recommend without hestitasion and will be back soon.

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you for your valuable feedback and for choosing to dine at our restaurant. I am glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again. :)

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LD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is hands down my new favorite place in Newark! Food was prepared to perfection, service was outstanding and a great value for my money! Can’t wait to come back and enjoy some sangria on the patio :)

PS- Ask for Frank he was my wonderful server!!

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you very much for leaving feedback on your positive experience. I am happy you enjoyed dining at our restaurant and look forward to seeing you again. BTW the patio is now opened as long as the daily weather permits we'll open.

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r
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Despite many good reviews son and I thought this was terrible. Salad was ice berg lettuce and bad tomatoes; swordfish not fresh; blackened tuna not good. Vegetable sides seemed like nuked frozen. Looking around, several people did not eat the food on their plates. I would think twice about trusting reviews

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on March 17, 2019

Hello Ronh I want to thank you for business and I am terribly sorry about your poor experience at our restaurant, if it was the case. I wish you would have brought this up to management at the time. We always use fresh vegetables and ingredients in our kitchen so I am not sure what you are referring to as "bad" tomatoes and how you came to the conclusion that the swordfish was not fresh? It is unfair to be putting the validity of all other reviews in question because you didn't like a dish.

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JN
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals I have had in a long time! I went to celebrate with my family after getting my Masters Degree! Amazing service! Excellent staff and good food!

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DN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! Food was fantastic; staff was great. Can’t wait to go back!!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Allegro is my go to restaurant in the area. I always come for the octopus and I am never disappointed. The food is delicious, the staff is friendly, and I always leave satisfied. Can’t wait for my next visit!

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SD
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My wife and I have been to Allegro and we were always pleased. We took friends this past weekend and, frankly, we are embarrassed at how we had over-sold Allegro. On this occasion, the service was very poor. We had to repeatedly stop the waiter and assistant for everything from a glass of water, to replenish our drinks, clear dishes, etc. The appetizers and food were "just OK".

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely fantastic! Our plates were overflowing with fresh, delicious seafood. Drinks were great too. Frank and the rest of the team took great care of us! We had such a nice time.

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1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food, nice service a little bit crowded, but an amazing time

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 19, 2019

I'm happy that you had an amazing time! -Paulo-

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a
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Place is ok. It's small but service is good. I had a good experience but wife didn't. We shared the scallops app which was good. Then she had the surf and turf and a 1/3rd of the way she started to not feel good. Not sure if it was the food or not since I have a tough stomach. I did try her food later that night since we took it home and it definitely tasted off. Would try it again but not sure she would.

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OG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Staff allows us to enjoy our night with no rush. Seafood is so fresh. Everything was cooked to perfection as requested.
Will definitely return and recommend to friends and family

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 19, 2019

Thank you Olga! I'm happy that you enjoyed your visit and too the time to give us your feedback!

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Newarks gem. Didnt want to say it because I dont want it to always be packed but they deserve it. Great overall.

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P
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Seems like a nice little neighborhood restaurant. We booked as a last minute choice. It was good, not great.

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and giving us your feedback. I appreciate your business. Respectfully, -Paul Marralheiro-

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WB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a business lunch and found a fantastic place to return to with friends and family. The food is very authentic with sophisticated pairings that will please a decerning palate. The service and atmosphere was top notch. Overall, I was very pleased with my experience and would recommend to anyone looking for a full service lunch or dinner.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great seafood. Our go to place when we want lobster

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

Thank your business and for your valuable feedback! -Paulo Marralheiro-

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JB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place for a great meal. We had a show that night so it was an early meal. Things were picking up when we left. Cod excellent, calamari little over cooked, shrimp soup fantastic, salmon bit over done, crab app fantastic. Over really a nice place. I am being picky with my complaints. Go and enjoy

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

John, Thank your business and for your valuable feedback! -Paulo Marralheiro-

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l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The waiter recommended the swordfish grilled so I ordered it. It was over cooked dry and tasteless. I sent it back after 3 bites and when the check came it was on the bill $29, for a meal I didn’t eat. It took multiple discussions before they deducted it from the bill. I would never return. The other meals were ok but expensive for the quality.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent staff...welcoming, friendly, professional, and efficient & good food too!

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

Thank your business and for your valuable feedback! I hope to see you soon. -Paulo Marralheiro-

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The food was delicious and the service outstanding.

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b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great foods and Service

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This holiday season the staff and restaurant went well beyond excellent to provide a very special evening. Complimentary bubbly and after dinner port along with a parting gift was a wonderful surprise! On other evenings that we dined these “extras” were not included, but the excellent menu brings us back again. Try Allegros Seafood Grill and you won’t be disappointed 🎄

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

Hi Arthur: Thank your repeat business and for your valuable feedback! -Paulo Marralheiro-

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was just ok! My gishvwas loaded with bones, i wish the waitress oiled hace warned of that!

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

Hi Chaz, Thank your business and for your valuable feedback! Sorry about the fish bones. -Paulo Marralheiro-

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PA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience with this place. From friendly, professional staff to creative cuisine. Definitely a gem

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

Hi Paul: Thank your repeat business and for your valuable feedback! -Paulo Marralheiro-

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K
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a dinner at Allegro Seafood Grill on a Friday evening. It’s very cozy as soon as you walk in the door. We had excellent fish for dinner grouper and Red snapper steaks(I prefer filets...no bones to worry about). Service was great .

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

Hi Kalena: Thank your business and for your valuable feedback! -Paulo Marralheiro-

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BV
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Portuguese food was excellent and the service was better! We would definitely go back.

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

Hi Bill, Thank your business and for your valuable feedback! -Paulo Marralheiro-

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RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We usually love this place. I was so disappointed with the service, which is usually very good. The appetizers took a while. We had clams with cilantro garlic sauce and chorizo. These were both tasty.

My cousin and I ordered whole grilled lobsters. When the main dishes came out the waitress said the kitchen got it wrong and made lobster tails. My cousin kept it but I wanted a grilled lobster, which took another 20 minutes.

In general, service was very amateurish. This was one of our go to restaurants in Newark. We will be trying somewhere else for seafood next time.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Don not miss the flan !

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

Thank your business and for your valuable feedback! -Paulo Marralheiro-

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LK
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good neighborhood restaurant, nice menu, good service and reliable food prep & presentation. Great value.

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

Thank your business and for your valuable feedback! -Paulo Marralheiro-

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NH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good, especially the coconut shrimp and the bacon wrapped scallops. But I was a bit disappointed in the paella. Not very flavorful, needed more seasoning. But overall the food was good. I just wouldn’t get that dish again.

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

Hi Nicole: Thank your business and for your valuable feedback! -Paulo Marralheiro-

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A co-worker told me about this gem in the ironbound district of Newark. I was skeptical at first from what I have heard about Newark but he assured me that this was a proud people & safe neighborhood. I was not disappointed & never felt like I wasn’t safe. The restraunt is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood & really isn’t impressive or stand out from the outside view but the food & service are amazing! My wife & I split the hot seafood plate for 2 & were more then satisfied! It was some of if not the best seafood plate we ever had. There is so much more to this place as well. The desert is fantastic as well! This place is an absolute must! Price is very fair as well.

Allegro Seafood Grill
Responded on February 16, 2019

Thank your business and for your valuable feedback! -Paulo Marralheiro-

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