Fornos of Spain

4.7
1311 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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JenniferK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious paella and terrific service. We had a great night.

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vipAndy
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Worth the drive. Huge menu great sangria free salad and great cooking

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CardellB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very nice, the food was excellent and they gave you nice portions. I would recommend Fornos of Spain to anyone.

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vipCMBnyc1003
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An old favorite. TBH, this time I drifted away from ordering the tried and true (any of the paellas, mariscada, shrimp in garlic sauce, etc.) and ordered some unusual items which I didn’t love as much. Don’t get cowed by the prices (which are just short of high) — the size of each dish is HUGE. Each appetizer can easily be shared by two, three, maybe even four people and I can’t imagine any situation where you wouldn’t be taking home some portion of your entree. Maybe that’s because you’ll fill up first on the (free) spicy olives, the perfectly seasoned green salad and bread. The staff was very patient and accommodating. A real plus — free valet parking in a parking-challenged area.

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Flash
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Old school place. Menu online is extensive and pricey. Wasn't expecting too much but reviews were good. Was very pleasantly surprised. Food was all outstanding, pretty much everything we had. Service was very good. At the end when I got the bill, I thought it was worth it. Would go back with friends or family for a nice evening out that is a great alternative to your standard steak house.

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vipAndy
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

this is now my #1 favorite Spanish Restaurant in the tri-state area. Amazing menu, large portions and great flavors. The complimentary salad and olives are a great start. Valet parking makes a difference too. I would drive an hour out of my way to go back again.
the freshest and largest calamari I've ever seen and Serge really looked after me and my son, and was very kind to him

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AlexW
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled calimari and clams in green sauce were excellent appetizers. The calimari had a delicious smoky flavor. The seafood chowder was ample and delicious and the New England clam chowder was rich. We shared a paella del mar. (I asked them to throw in some chorizo, which they did.) The rice was perfectly cooked and the various kinds of seafood (i.e. clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, tuna) were fresh. We've eaten here many times over the past 15 years. This was one of the best experiences ever. Service was polite and attentive. Our out of town guests were also surprised at the standard extras: salad, bread (including garlic bread), olives, hand cut potato chips. I can't remember the name of the pastry stick they serve with thick hot chocolate, but that was a nice touch, too.

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. We celebrated our anniversary!
The food was delicious.

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RonS
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely perfect. And portion sizes were incredible. Wife had the lobster crepes and I had the black rice (squid ink) with clams , mussels, shrimp, salmon, ….:. And way too much too eat!

Great service and old institution atmosphere.

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JenAng
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great Sangria!

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vipNaples99
Naples
44 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Food was delicious and portions were more than generous.
We loved having bread, salad (with beautiful Jersey tomatoes) and a nice bowl of tasty olives delivered to our table just after we were seated.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual For no’s was great. So much food!!!

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ROCHELLEM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent

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vipLinda
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last vacation dinner visiting NJ and restaurant was amazing in every way from the moment we arrived until we lest. We loved the attentive service and food was absolutely delicious.

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KiloloK
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Great servers, attentive. The foods presentation was poor and overcooked.
We didn’t enjoy the meal. Couldn’t eat it. They cut our bill in half.
The food was discarded when we got home, and we won’t be returning.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can be said about this classic Ironbound institution? I have frequented this restaurant numerous times even though it’s a two hour drive. The food is outstanding and in large portions and the salad, olives and delicious breads they serve gratis are over the top! Large menu will please any picky eater. I cannot say enough about the food and service here. I have been to many Spanish restaurants in the area and this one is the very best…can’t wait to return! Still an outstanding value during this recession! Love Fornos of Spain!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great ambiance! Great staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood is as excellent and well prepared, not Overcooked. Ambiance was lively and it made a great place to have a gathering. More food than you can imagine!

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AnnFC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Everyone seems to *love* Forno’s except me. I don’t know what it is, maybe because I don’t drink, but I find the atmosphere and food to be average at best. I had the twin lobster tails, and quite frankly, they were dry. I think the best part might be the olives they serve at the beginning of the meal and/or the salad. I’ve been many times, I want to love it like everyone else does, and I just don’t. The service is very good, so I appreciate that.

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vipNewJerseyFan
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wedding Anniversary

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FoodieBootie
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We travelled from Exit 2 on NJTPK just to satisfy our craving for delicious Portuguese food and Fornos did not disappoint. Our wait service jockeyed and supported the tables to ensure our needs were met. I would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were outstanding. The servers were attentive and very accommodating. The food was amazing! I am never disappointed when I dine at Forno’s.

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EvaC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great portion sizes, amazing sangria, food is absolutely delicious and always consistent. Service is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a treat to go to Fornos.

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vipLorenaA
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good ambiance and excellent service. Very pleased with the selection of food.

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Javier
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This experience at Fornos of Spain has been great! It was our first time there and we are already looking forward to going back again! Great service, excellent food and beautiful place.

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vipDrjack
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual the food , the service and the atmosphere was wonderful.
It was fairly crowded and fairly noisy. It was a challenge to hear my table partner.

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MillyV
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fresh and delicious. The cocktails are excellent, I had two great Cosmopolitans. The service is professional and accommodating. One of my favorite restaurants, we’ve been here two times and we’ve had a wonderful time. Looking forward to our next visit.

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Moose
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Wonderful night with friends from Florida, their first time at Fornos and very impressed with the food. Dining room was a little loud but good energy and good service. As always a pitcher of great Sangria to start the night.

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Captain
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my first visit to Forno’s. The service, and food was great. Proportions were generous.

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KarenH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are great. Noise level is a little high, but would highly recommend it to anyone.

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vipDenise
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday here with a party of five and I can’t say anything more but the food was exceptional, customer service was excellent, and overall we had a super time. Very convenient they have their own parking right in the back of the restaurant!

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FrankM
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service, very attentive. The food selection outstanding and everything we had was very good! Right down to dessert. The red sangria was perfect, not to sweet.

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vipDanC
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks again!

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DrCynthia
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were impeccable. Thank you so much for the outstanding meal and the delicious but unexpected surprise dessert at the end. I am so thankful for the many many memorable moments in my life that I have spent in that restaurant! Love you all and please don't ever change !!

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary; the food was good and the service too.

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JohnK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great was usual.

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MarthaJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food, old school fancy atmosphere, make a reservation.

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drew926
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service! Large portion size.

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CarolK
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! The best Sangria! And of course impeccable service!

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 1311 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.