Catas

4.3
104 reviews
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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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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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LL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DC
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food friendly service I love Catas!

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MG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were terrific. Highly recommend

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SH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MM
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DC
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the soup and the rib eye!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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!

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AR
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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CT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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b
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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 .

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LR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!!!!!

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

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

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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L
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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KF
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a really nice place we were going to a Bon Jovi concert at the Prudential Center and found this little gem very authentic food owners were super nice Definitely would return

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c
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reasonably priced, delicious tapas and kid friendly for an early dinner. Service was friendly and prompt. Recommend the empanadas and tortilla (Spanish omelet). Cheese and meat platter was fabulous. Missed the octopus, but will try next time. Will return soon.

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BF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

From the moment you drive up you are immediately transported to Spain. Then you walk inside and the colorful mosaics imitating Guadi, especially on the built in benches are simply beautiful. The tapas were to die for, the Jamon Croquettes incredibly flavorful, the tortilla espanola superb, grilled and marinateed octopus can't go wrong and the salumerie and quesos on point. We did not try the paella due to the many tapas we ordered but, we will come back to definitely try the paella. I highly reccommend this uncovered neighborhood gem.

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BC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went here before the JT concert. The food and drinks were great. The service was a little off this night. I definitely recommend this spot for ore concert festivities.

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P
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Even though they had a game day crowd, Catas made sure our dinner was perfect for my mom’s birthday.

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G
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, sangria and service - took a group here and service enjoyed the personal service, suggestions on specials and small plates to share. Parking was easy, not rushed - stayed as long as we wanted.

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N
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time. Food/Sangria are both always great. We didn’t stay to the point where the dance floor open, but we had a great time nonetheless. We also tried some new items which did not disappoint. I had a great bday celebration.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for tapas and fantastic sangria! The staff was friendly & attentive and it is a very cool place with plenty of bar area seating & dining room seating with great ambiance. We over ordered on tapas and took most of our dinner home and would likely go back for more tapas & drinks.

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WI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my first time coming here for dinner with a friend and will definately be back. The owner and his wife were so welcoming and friendly that they went out of their way to make sure the food and drinks were on point. The only issue I had was that I recently stopped eating meat which limited me from trying some of their great dishes, but I was still able to enjoy their mushrooms and Patatas Bravas which was heavenly. Overall, I would highly recommend Catas and will be heading back soon to try their other signature dishes.

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CW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely great. Fun times with my girlfriends for Saturday Lunch and again for Sunday Brunch. Lisa was a very courteous and attentive waitress . She always had a smile on her face. The food and drinks were very tasty and enjoyable. A great NJ gem. Go experience for yourself..

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K
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tapas and paella were out of this world! This was a great spot to eat at before a concert at the Prudential Center.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you, Larry for giving me another spot to visit.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love cosy and warm atomosphere of this place. The paella was amazing and salmon was very fresh. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had multiple tapas. Must have the Pulpo a la Plancha. Perfectly charred, tender, savory, not rubbery. Too bad we don't come down to Newark that often but will make a repeat visit next time we're in town. Kudos to owner Ruben & his staff!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I was disappointed 😔 with the service and the food.

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AK
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I almost didn't go to this restaurant because the reviews were all over the place but I'm so glad I did. The Paella was delicious and did not take a long time at all. I would recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning next time I have tickets to the Prudential Center.

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N
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food/Sangria always excellent. Will definitely return soon.

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Tapas are terrific...so many choices. Unique, creative decor. Pleasant, helpful wait staff. Owners were present and accessible.

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