Fornos of Spain

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1194 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Welcome to Fornos of Spain Restaurant located on the Iron Bound in Newark, NJ. Fornos of Spain has been bestowed numerous awards and proclaimed by various national magazines as a "must" when dining out in New Jersey. Our award winning Spanish cuisine is prepared with the freshest seafood of Spain. Our extensive wine cellars offer over 450 aged and vintage wines and has the rarest collections of Spanish wines in the United States.
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vipjorge
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The table was ready upon arrival. The menu was extensive. The main course and sides were excellent. The desserts were not as good as in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Waiter was a little slow, but everything else was great! Portions are large (paella can be split b/w 2) and the sangria is delicious.

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Doggybagdelights
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fornos is far and away the best dining experience in Northern New Jersey. This establishment is a model for anyone in the business of delivering first rate dining, old school is the only school. And in the midst of this horrific pandemic, they have created a superb indoor outdoor dining space to be enjoyed by all.

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viphersh
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Pricing seems to be onbthe high side. $21 for an appetizer? Food was average at best.

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CarolynJ
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been 20 plus years since I have been there. I have awesome time.

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EdwardF
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether half - empty (sorry) or brimming full (hopefully in the spring) all is terrific. Even the parking lot guy was attentive and cheerful.

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vipJohnH
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service from start to finish. And the food was awesome!

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FatimahJ
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good food only thing I did not like was they need to clean the utensils better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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DianeB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here often...we tend to be creatures of habit...
Our favorites are Shrimp in Garlic Sauce and the Lobster Tails!
Always cooked to perfection!

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vipLaurenG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in a beautiful, covered, outdoor space. The food and service were excellent. Highlights were the garlic shrimp, ceviche, and the skirt steak. They give a lot of food for the price, so it was nice to have leftovers. Would definitely recommend and go back again.

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vipTonyV
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

my second time here . the first was a business lunch that was very good, this time was a personal lunch

the service was terrible and slow, and the food was mediocre. Not sure what has changed

they double billed my credit card which took nearly two weeks to get a credit for

never going back

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LorenaA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good selection of drinks, good service and a nice open ambiance

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JeanM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ordered several dishes, all of which were very good, except for the Bass, which was not very good and very expensive. We have been to Forno's many times and have always found everything to be outstanding. Our last experience was not as good as previous experiences.

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Myrick12
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The night ,the service was excellent. I recommend this spot to anyone. 💜

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food and for a good price. It seems expensive on the menu but much of the dishes are family style and can feed 2+!

I will definitely be back — ambience was great top.

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vipRandyL
London
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fornos created great outdoor seating. As usual the service and food were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fornos may have a permanent addition in what used to be their parking lot. It looked great! The service and more importantly, their food, lives up to their reputation for large servings of deliciousness.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very good food.

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Motheroftwins
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fornos set up a very nice outdoors area for dining. Their branzino continues to be the best I ever had to the point that I don't order it elsewhere. The portion was large and the sides with it were perfect. One of the few places that doesn't turn the vegetables into mush. They were still crisp the next day for leftovers. Service attentive as always.

One minor negative - I think the price of the sangria has gotten steep at $33 for a pitcher but that didn't stop us from ordering it.

Due to Covid I hadn't been to Fornos since February and was really looking forward to a great meal and boy did they deliver - it exceeded my expectations. Simply outstanding!

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Have been going to Fornos for 40+ years and was looking forward to going on Sunday. Ordered shrimp in garlic--to much hot pepper used; our tonques were numb. We then waited over 40 minutes until the entrees arrived. We ordered a 48 oz. porterhouse steak - more fat than meat and the mariscada - must have been simmering on the stove for hours - shrimp was hard; calamari was like rubber bands and the lobster claw had no meat in it and the 1/2 tail had almost no meat - meat was just cooked out of it. Prices have gone thru the roof. I dont mind paying if the food was as good as if has always been. $230.00 later and we were so disappointed. Manager could have cared less.

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JohnnyP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great establishment. One of my favorites.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I have been coming to Fornos for a long time. We love the food and atmosphere. The servers are always efficient and friendly. The outdoor patio setup is beautiful.

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StuartL
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A great outdoor dining experience under a roof with open sides, carpeted and comfortable. Paella was massive and delicious. Service was attentive, but rushed. I was also seated next to a bus cart, where waiters constantly dumped used dishes, so I deducted a star. Parking on site was welcome, and necessary in that location.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!!

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was celebrating my birthday on our visit to Fornos this past weekend and was pleasantly surprised at the level of excellence of this restaurant. We were met in the parking lot by the attendant who parked our car. The hostess greeted us in a very pleasant manner. The seating was outdoors and set up with lights and flames to repel insects. There was a sax player who played along with mp3 songs. He was very good. The atmosphere was happy and light. Social distancing and mask-wearing rules were adhered to. There was touchless ordering by menus scanned to our cell phones. Service was stellar. Food was delicious. Overall, it was a great night out at Fornos!

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vipMarmar
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Made a reservation to celebrate my friend’s birthday and noted same on reservation. Apparently, the restaurant staff did not check the details with the reservations. Our evening was a bust although everyone around us seemed to enjoy better service. AND I am taking into consideration the staff is working under difficult circumstances with COVID, masks, etc. Three other parties celebrated birthdays and were acknowledged by the staff. Just very disappointed.

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TheresaH
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful outdoor set up for covid. Would highly recommend.

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MariaG
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful job on the outside dining.
It was so nice it didn’t even feel like it was outside of a parking lot - just beautiful!!

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AjaS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While the food was amazing, the service was impeccable. Would definitely recommend for any occasion.

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BAtethefood
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, amazing service and the best portions I've ever seen.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was extremely satisfied with the service. A lot of other restaurants’ service and quality has declined with outside dinning but not Fornos. Same service, same quality as if you were served indoors. I love coming here to enjoy a night out. I hope they keep the outdoor option weather permitting.

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MelissaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Fornos is amazing and you definitely get your moneys worth.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Out Door setting was amazing, tables where space the appropriate amount of feet

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food reminded me of Spain. The service was excellent from start to finish. The atmosphere was also very Spanish and very comfortable.

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VictorD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is one of my favorite go-to restaurants. Always consistent quality and service. Unfortunately this time do to NJ Covid-19 laws we had to dine outside. But the staff did their best to make a successful event out of the situation. Excellent food, large portions and great service. Highly recommend for any occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a wonderful outdoor dining set up and the food was excellent as always.

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viprumom
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so glad they're open again - new outdoor space is wonderful!!

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CrystalJ
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the waitstaff is very attentive, particularly during these trying times.

FAQs

Fornos of Spain offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 589-4767.

Fornos of Spain is rated 4.7 stars by 1194 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.