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About Catas

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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.

538 Market St
Newark, NJ 07105
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Daily: 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM

Friday & Saturday: 4:00PM - 11:30PM

Cross Street:
Jackson St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 491-5400

Website:
http://www.precatas.com/

Entertainment:
Every other Wednesday we have a live band and half price bottles of wine.

Thursday-Saturday we have live dj.

Catering:
Please email us at Ruben@precatas.com for more details.

Parking Details:
Right next to Newark Penn station and Harrison station.

Executive Chef:
Jonathan Da Roche

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Catas Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (56)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Vibrant Bar Scene (45)
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Good for Groups (45)
Hot Spot (25)
Great for Lunch (22)
Special Occasion (21)
Romantic (20)
Late-night Find (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Great for Brunch (7)
Authentic (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Tapas (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Fun (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Live Sports (2)
Scenic View (2)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Cozy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Music (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

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."

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I was disappointed 😔 with the service and the food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food/Sangria always excellent. Will definitely return soon.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Tapas, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

This was one of my worst dining experiences. I met a business associate for drinks and tapas. The waitress was not attentive, we asked for water three times and did not receive until I got up and went to bar to request it for the fourth time. The tapas were a bit cold. We ordered the prawns per the Waitress' suggestion and they were not cleaned (she should have said that in advance). We had to request drinks from various different waitresses because the original waitress did not return to check on us once.

When we were leaving, we had to go to the bar to request to pay. Terrible service and I will not be returning.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Came her for Mother's Day Lunch and they switched to the Limited Game Day menu minutes before our seating which was disappointing as other tables around us had full menus and Glasses instead of our plastic cups. Also, Service was slow and received undercooked steaks (which had to be sent back) and less wings than were written on the menu. Very disorganized in general.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We were there on Mother's Day, with last minute reservations, so I wasn't expecting the experience to be exceptional. When you first walk in, you have to go through the bar to get to the hostess table. At least the dining area was separate from the bar. We were a party of five adults and she walked us to a table that was really meant for 4: 2 chairs and a bench, which I guess she assumed would be comfortable for 3. It wasn't. I sat in the middle and could not move my arms. So we just grabbed another chair from an empty table. The guy who gave us our menus haphazardly slid it onto the table - said nothing, no eye contact, no "your server will be right with you", no "welcome". Our waiter was nice, but not very attentive. We had to flag down other waiters several times for more water. They forgot one of our appetizers. I had to ask about it and they brought it out with the entrees. The tvs that lined the wall showing sports did not create great ambiance in the dining room. I would expect this in the bar, but not the dining room. The skirt steak I ordered was supposed to be cooked medium, it was cooked well done and rubbery. This place has so much potential, but the staff really needs to work on their etiquette, and the owners/managers on deciding whether this place wants to be a sports bar or a restaurant. The only saving grace was the delicious seafood paella and lobster Mac & Cheese, as well as the sangria - I would only come back for that but come prepared not to expect good service or a restaurant atmosphere.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Went at lunch on a Sunday, so it was quiet. Food was amazing, would definitely go back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter lunch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Really good tapas and sangria, but on weekends or nights when there is a sports event happening the place is way too loud.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

This place was fabulous. We had such a wonderful time, and the service was incredible. The steak, paella and tapas were absolutely delicious! Thanks for an amazing evening!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Located in the Ironbound section of Newark, this neighborhood Spanish restaurant offers a noteworthy paella (which will feed 3-4 adults) and a delicious red sangria. I look forward to returning soon!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Great place! Food was delicious and the service was excellent. I totally recommend.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Nothing really special to me. Over priced and bad drinks. Nothing to write home about. Not going back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 20, 2016

I've been to Spain and this place is as close as it gets! The ambience and food is spot on.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2016

The food and experience was very good. While some dishes were ok, the Paella and shrimp samosa's were amazing!! They were very accommodating when I asked for a healthy Bronzino with no sauces. That was Excellent too. I would def. come back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2016

Maybe the chef was having a bad day. We ordered about 8 Tapas items. Nothing was really great. This is a nice bar, the staff was nice and reasonably priced. But not what I was hoping for based on the reviews of great food. Remember a 3 out of 5 is better than average. Not bad.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

A true testament to Spanish cuisine! I decided on Catas based on reviewing the menu online and amazing architecture of the restaurant (Gaudi would be proud!) We arrived for brunch, but decided to order from the Dinner-tapas menu, these small plates were reasonably priced & the menu was executed to perfection. We are going back for the Paella this weekend, but will beg them to prepare Fidua in the future!

Ole!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Huge list tapas to choose from. Easy way please everyone in the group. Our waitress was pleasant and helpful with recommendations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 12, 2016

Way too noisy. Perhaps related to sports. Some patrons were very annoying due to drinking and several times disrupt our dinner and conversation.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Great food! We had a great time there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2016

Nice spot to go before a concert at the Rock.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2015

The service was great and very attentive. The food was amazing and season perfect. I will come back again. ♡♡♡♡

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2015

Delicious small plates accompanied by wine and sangria choices to satisfy anyone. Great value and variety of choices for whatever mood you're in. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2015

Food was quite tasty and the service very good. All around a great choice to kick back wth friends.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2014

We had a great time, at Catas. The food was good and the waiter attentive, we were there for lunch on a Saturday, it was very quite, just the way we like it

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2014

This restaurant is a unique find in the Iron Bound Newark NJ area. The decor is a wonderful reminder of the architecture from Gaudi in Barcelona.
More importantly the food was excellent. A perfect place to share dishes with healthy portions of tasty food. We had octopus appetizer and salads and this got our taste buds going ready for more. Sangria to add to the fun. My dish was the Paella which was rich with flavors from lots of shell fish, chicken, chorizo and rice. Flan finished off the meal. I highly recommend this gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2014

Cool, sophisticated, bar lounge restaurant with architect reminiscent of Spain. Great tapas! Had meatballs, empanadas and fried calamari. My favorite had to be the octopus entree. Nice size portion with delicious sautéed onions, but the potatoes that accompanied were lackluster, straight out of boiled water! The side of rice was also disappointing, definitely needed seasoning. But the ending to our meal was exquisite! Loved, loved the flan. Would definitely come back

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on May 22, 2014

Hotel staff recommended and truly enjoyed everything. Order the baby squid and oysters escargot with the white sangria. Yum.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 23, 2014

This restaurant came highly recommended by two friends. When we arrived this past Sunday at 6pm, we found a packed bar full of Soccer fans watching the game. As we made our way through the sea of loud fans to what we thought was the dining room, we found many more Soccer fans just sitting around drinking and watching the game. Don't get me wrong. That's all well and good if that's what you are going for but based in the recommendation and their website we were expecting a very nice sit down dinner. I've checked with two people to make sure that I went to the right place in case Catas had two locations but I've been assured that was it. We ha to leave and ended up at Fernandes Steak which is fantastic.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 21, 2014

very good value; an inexpensive tapas experience and yet food is served with artistic flair and is very tasty

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2014

The location doesn't do the restaurant any justice. The food selection was excellent and I was impressed with the variety available. The wine list was good as well and reasonably priced. I went to Catas with a date, and out of all the tapas we ordered there was perhaps one I didn't like, the meatballs. They were a little bit too greasy for my taste, but every else was good. The service was EXCELLENT. The staff is extremely attentive and courteous. I didn't get a chance to explore the bar area, but it looked vibrant. The decor is also quite nice. Classy, trendy, but not over the top. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking to try some well made spanish food without breaking the bank.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Throughly enjoyed my experience at Catas from a staff that attentive to a beautiful environment and not to mention the delicious food. Ordered 3 tapas appetizers and had enough to take home for lunch the next day. The price was extremely reasonable. Perfect locale if you are going to NYPAC or Prudential center for a show.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2013

I went for lunch with a group of 6 people and they sat us in the back of the restaurant, I felt like we had our own private dining room. The decor was very nice, reminded me of Park Guell in Barcelona with the replica of the mosaic bench. The ambience was very nice and the noise level was perfect. The service was attentive but the food took awhile to arrive but it was well worth the wait.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2013

This place is beautiful. The Antoni Gaudi inspired theme rocks!. I have never seen so much quality workmanship in any restaurant that closely resembles anything from Antoni Gaudi. You have to see it to believe it. The dining room the exterior of the building the bar and even the railing to the second floor party room is reminiscent of Gaudi. And that's not all, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the plentiful menu of Tapas, and wine brought to us by our very accommodating server, Miguel. Our favorites that evening included baby squid, and my wife's favorite blue-cheese dates wrapped in bacon. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone and I'm already planning to head back there again, soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2013

Food is edible not remarkable. The place is really hoping. Do not recommend for any one over 40 years old.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2013

Not what the pictures portrayed
Seemed to be more of a bar scene for game day
Only one table in the back was eating so we ate in the front
And had the bartender take care of us
She was pleasant and genuine
The food was ok, mostly fried (queso)
peppers were tasty
Choirizo plentiful
beer and wine better, as far as selection and taste

Tags: Notable Wine List
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