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Catas

4.2
4.2
120 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish

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Catas is the perfect place to come to dine and wine. The architecture of the building is inspired by the famous architect Guadi. Our cuisine is Iberian influence with modern cooking styles and touches. We also offer an extensive wine and cocktail menu.
Entrance to parking via Jackson Street.

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4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. RV

    RafaelV

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The food and service are outstanding. The paella and rib eye steak were excellent. Catas is also great place for Happy Hour on weekdays.

  2. c

    chrisl

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    great and unique place in newark that was nearly empty on a thursday night. this place needs support. and others. if newark's revitilization efforts are to succeed. reccomend it!

  3. L

    Lina

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    The website showed that the restaurant opens at 12pm. We arrived at 1220, they were still cleaning and setting up. They advised us that they don't open until 1pm. We advised them of the website, then we were told that the website also states their open till 3am when in fact they close at 11pm...OK?? maybe the website should be updated. We just walked over to a table and waited for them to finish up. Despite this, the food was delicious! Very tasty, very well presented. The Mimosa carafes were pretty good and a great price! Our server was not the friendliest at first but eventually came around. We really enjoyed our Sunday Brunch and will be back, just not as early.

  4. RV

    RafaelV

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was wonderful! Food and service is always on point.

  5. GA

    GlenA

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Tasty meal with OK service. Seafood dish was quite good.

  6. OS

    OrangeSquared

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Fresh, delicious Iberian dishes and fast, friendly, and attentive service defined our visit to Catas. It came highly recommended from a friend and he was right—one of the best, authentic Iberian meals in Newark. The Gaudi-esque ambience makes this a truly unique dining experience.

  7. YV

    YurayV

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Catas is warm, fun & casual, but mostly DELICIOUS!❤️

  8. KS

    KevinS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there before the ICL soccer game with a large group. Service, food and ambiance was excellent. A shirt walk to the stadium. Highly recommend.

  9. d

    dmn001

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Four of us thoroughly enjoyed the happy hour prices on drinks and tapas. We especially enjoyed the wings, meatballs, mushrooms, and potatoes. Well worth a stop.

  10. JC

    JeanC

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Went here for a bite after game at Red Bull Stadium to wait out traffic. Great friendly vibe, relaxed - everything was good. Perfect for what we needed.

  11. SB

    SuzanB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2019

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    Service was extremely slow. We had a party of eight and they seemed overwhelmed. Tapas selections were delicious. Would try again with a smaller group.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great spot

  13. CC

    ChynaC

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Celebrated my cousins 45th, food and service was good. Do was great, however not our crowd.

  14. DC

    DanC

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Catas is always wonderful. The food is exquisite and the atmosphere is friendly and unpretentious. We will be back often!

  15. SB

    ScottB

    Miami

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Real Spanish food in A Gaudi inspired environment. Great Croquetas.

  16. AB

    AnnieB

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our pre-show dinner for 8 was perfect at Catas last night. The staff was helpful, efficient, and friendly. Food was delicious and plentiful with the best sangria around. My only very small complaints are the chairs could use an update and the noise level was quite loud. Otherwise everything else was wonderful!

  17. B

    Bets

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We went for dinner before a performance at Prudential Center. Sangria was delicious! Choice of four tapas were perfect! Our waitress/server was great!

  18. p

    pat70

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excelent food and sangria, very good service. I will recomend it to friends and family

  19. JT

    JennT

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    came here for valentine’s day and was not at all disappointed! the food is great and inexpensive. there were so many great options; we had a hard time narrowing it down! definitely a must if you’re out in the newark area!

  20. LL

    LyndsayL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My boyfriend and I went here on valentine's day and it was excellent. No fixed menus, or raised prices. They had great specials and the food and drinks were amazing. First time here but we will definitely be back.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love, love, love this place and the energy!!!!!!

  22. DC

    DanC

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food friendly service I love Catas!

  23. MG

    MichaelG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Great selection of Spanish food, all well-prepared. We brought in a crew of 9 for dinner and there wasn't a single dish that we didn't think was very tasty!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and service were terrific. Highly recommend

  25. SH

    SueH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for a 5pm dinner before an 8pm show at the Prudential Center. Four of us shared the meat and cheese plate and a 4 person paella. The food was delicious and the timing perfect for getting to the show . Would definitely return.

  26. MM

    MasiMeals

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous meal at Catas this past Saturday night. I love Spanish food and have been to Spain a number of times, so I appreciated the authentic tapas menu. I particularly liked their rendition of patatas bravas, tortilla, camarones al ajillo, croquetas de jamon, and dates. Excellent sangria (praise I don't give easily). Wonderful, wonderful service, too from the waitstaff and owners. I've been to a number of Spanish restaurants in the Ironbound and I feel this was a better value overall and the quality was high. My husband had clams on half shell and branzino and thought they were both very fresh and well prepared. Heck we even loved the truffle honeyed whipped butter that came with the hot bread. The decor is an homage to the work of Gaudi and all in all my only complaint is that this place made we want to go back to Barcelona. : ) Be sure to call for directions to the parking lot, it can be hard to find, but they have one and that's important in that area where street parking is a challenge. This was then just a 5-minute drive to NJPAC for a show. We will definitely go back as we wanted to order everything on the menu but our stomachs and wallets said otherwise.

  27. DC

    DanC

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Love the soup and the rib eye!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    We celebrated my friend’s birthday. We loved the food, everything was amazing. Very tasty! Noise level was perfect & the prices were great as well. Will definitely come back! Keep that chef!

  29. AR

    AshleyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    For a Sunday brunch is great with friends or love ones.... will be back again...

  30. L

    Linda160

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The service was excellent. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful. The owner of the restaurant visited all the tables on a frequent basis, and was accessible and friendly. My friend and I really enjoyed our dinner -- probably due to the friendly atmosphere - and hope to go again.

  31. CT

    ChristinaT

    Miami

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staying in Newark overnight to catch a show at the Prudential Center Arena. I found Catas on Opentable and gave it a try based on reviews and its proximity to the arena. Really wonderful experience, friendly people, great food, nice pitcher of sangria.

  32. JD

    JoeD

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Made a reservation for dinner before the Eagles concert at the Prudential Center. The first thing that you notice is the unique architectural design incorporated through the establishment. We felt like we were back in Barcelona due the Antonio Gaudi inspired touches especially the custom tile bench that wraps around the entire back wall of the dining area. We were promptly seated and the service was attentive and very good. The food was excellent starting the freshly baked rolls served at the start of the meal. We had an assortment of tapas and a pitcher of the sangria. The polpo a la plancha was perfectly prepared and very tender. The empanadillas de pollo and albondigas were both also excellent as were the sautéed mushrooms. The only dish we did not finish completely was the dates stuffed with gorgonzola and wrapped in bacon. This is not to say they were not also delicious but more a matter of personal taste. We found that after two or three, the dish was a little too sweet for our preference. If we had been sharing with a larger group they would have been fine. When we were finished with our meal we still had some time so we decided to pay our bill and stop for a drink at the bar before leaving. There we met the owner Ruben and his wife Kat. They were both very outgoing and treated us as if we were regular customers even though this was our first time there. We will definitely go back again in the future especially if we are going to an event at the Rock. We wish Catas was a little closer to home so we could go there on a regular basis.

  33. b

    bantaboy

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First time there prior to seeing Tony Bennett at NJPAC. What a nice surprise. Great food and service . Would return even without going to a concert and I live in Hackensack .

  34. LR

    LindaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went Catas before a concert at the Prudential Center. The food was excellent! Authentic Spanish tapas! The service was perfect! We enjoyed the whole evening!!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary celebration with my parents. Went for Flamenco show, which was awesome. Everything was outstanding (meal, drinks & abeyance). We will definitely be returning.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    What a great find. Quite honestly all our normal Newark stops were booked before Paul Simon concert. Good thing for us. Always nervous trying new spots especially with clients. Add on 3 other groups of 10-14 plus our group of 12 and was definitely concerned about service and quality of food. Excellent tapas that had us all quite full only to head to fantastic entrees, moist crispy skinned branzino, organic chicken, half a cow ribeyes, wonderful paella all excellent. Delicious sangria and wonderful before dinner bar service. And too top it off very reasonable prices. Highly recommend!!!!!

  37. c

    ckcnj

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was really fantastic. We got Tapas and Paella and will be back to try some more !

  38. l

    led260

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to Catas to celebrate my daughter's high school graduation, which was held in Newark. Catas was EXCELLENT from start to finish. Lovely service, fantastic food and great value!!! I will definitely go back. Don't be fooled by the modest exterior, as the inside is lovely.

  39. L

    Lynne

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Actually made reservation because first restaurant for night (pre-show) cancelled..and what a great find! Close to several venues for pre-show, nice atmosphere, great tapas menu very reasonable prices, good service. Will definitely return. Everything was great except clams casino....little disappointing, but the cheese and meat plate and wine greet.

  40. KF

    KalamaFood

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Great experience at Catas. We were looking for a place to grab a quick dinner around our hotel and settled on this place. We were greeted warmly upon entering and they had set aside a reserved table for us. The table was a high top and we asked if we could eat in the dining room and they graciously re-seated us. The restaurant is about half bar and half dining area. It seems that the dining area doubles as a dance floor with TVs, neon lights, and what looks like a DJ area on a balcony. All of that was turned off during the dinner service and it was pretty quiet in the dining room area. We ordered the hot octopus appetizer, the meatballs (albondigas), cheese plate, empanadillas de carne, and the patatas bravas. All of the food was delicious and my wife commented that the empanadillas reminded her of home made versions she had as a child in the Newark area. We also had a bottle of wine as it was half off wine night although we probably will order again on any other night as the prices are very reasonable.

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