Fornos of Spain

4.6
1289 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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Moose
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
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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KarenH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
51 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!

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AlexanderC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A lot of food and delicious

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience.

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debase
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was really slow . A lot of waiting around for one waiter who was in charge of the whole dining room. Appetizers were really good but our main dishes was above average at best. Grilled octopus was the best from what we ordered. Garlic shrimp was overcooked .

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wanted a night out

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Susie
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We have eaten here many times, but Fornos is not the same, very disappointed. Our dinner was lukewarm, the potatoes cold. Took forever to get our meal and it was not busy at all. I hope that this is just a blip, but so different than before. Took forever to get someone to get our bill. Prices have gone up, but this was expected with the pandemic I suppose.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 1st time and I loved it! I flew in from Miami for a Bday celebration. Amazing cuisine!

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AntonioF
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best overall service we've gotten in a long time. The bartender is on the money. Everyone's drinks and food prepared to perfection. Found this hidden gem prior to a Marc Anthony concert at Prudential. Only the pandemic kept us away. Cant wait for our next visit..

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Janie
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From waitstaff to food. Everything was perfect!

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AaronO
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is outstanding! Quality and Selection. I have been going to Fornos of Spain for well over 20 years and the quality never disappoints!

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BennettP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fornos is always great. Terrific food. Huge portions and impeccable, unobtrusive service.
A real treat whenever we go.

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gabrielaf
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Leo was our main waiter, he was just excellent. All the other waiters that either brought food to the table or took away the dishes deserve praise too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food! A little busy at the time for getting drinks, but worth it! Friendly staff!

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darioJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks!! Overall big menu selection and fantastic service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday and had a great experience!! The food was amazing and the service was top notch! I had the tomahawk ribeye and loved it!! My guests had a stuffed salmon and a seafood paella!! It too was amazing, the flan was excellent!! Def recommend!! Thank you Fornos of Spain!!

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MoisesC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service are pretty good, this was my second visit and I saw more ppl there but there. Our server did a pretty good job he was very attentive.we had tapas along with Portuguese wine instead of regular meal. we wanted to try as many plates we could. overall is a good spot for some spanish/portuguese dishes

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TonyC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Some of the best Spanish rice I’ve ever had. The seafood in my paella was good but not great. Service was excellent

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DarleneM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Felt like in the beginning we were being rushed but then it too them a long time to bring churros and check

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife took me here for my birthday we have been here so many times and enjoyed it every time

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AntonioB
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant on the Iron bound. Great appetizers the red piquiño peppers stuffed with cod fish my favorite.
This time I went for an old home cooking favorite, oxtail, rabo de res, delicious.

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vipdocs
Jacksonville
34 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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ScottH
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, right in the middle of Newark with the right feel of a busy Spanish hot spot. Very good paella and super efficient and friendly service. Big portions, you will have leftover. Big and diverse menu, it will hard to choose.

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Christine
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

we went to Fornos of Spain as a late Mother’s Day gift for my boyfriend’s mother. the place must of been packed on actual Mother’s Day because it was overall a great experience.

our evening started off with a basket of garlic bread and dinner rolls with EVOO and olives. a balsamic-dressed house salad was also served to the table.

we ordered the fried calamar, drunk mussels, and the avocado crab (lackluster) to start. The star was definitely the calamar.

everyone’s entree came with mashed potatoes and green beans. I enjoyed the veal marsala and the stuffed salmon, while my boyfriend favored the chicken & shrimp francese. they also provided the table with family-style sides (homemade chips, garlic vegetables, and spanish rice- all tasty, especially the rice).

for dessert, we had vanilla creme brûlée, spanish churros, and the crowd favorite, pistachio tartfuto.

all in all, I enjoyed the experience from start to finish. the entrees were really good, but not very photogenic. I would suggest a new spin for the avocado crab.

I was super satisfied with the table extras, especially the garlic bread and spanish rice. lastly, I would suggest a dulce de leche or milk chocolate dipping sauce for the spanish churros (and more cinnamon sugar!!).


standouts: fried calamar ($22, signature appetizers)
veal marsala ($34, meat specialties)


ps. the drinks are stronnng — do what you will with this information.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always. I’d like to give a special thanks to my server. When we asked to have our order packed. The bus boy in Spanish said he needed to clean a table instead. Our waiter said and I quote “customers always come first”. The bus boy promptly came and packed our orders. My dad first started coming there at 26 and we have come MANY MANY times and have never had a poor experience. He is now 61 and we were grateful to have such a fabulous dinner

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vipmichelinman
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There just is no better way to describe this experience other than the following: close your eyes and listen to the beautiful Spanish music in the back ground, inhale the delectable aromas float in the air and you will be transported to anywhere in Spain. Truly the best Newark has to offer by leaps and bounds. The service was attentive but not overbearing. The octopus was as tender as can be and the suckling pig is to die for. The noble animals gave their lives to fill our bellies and put smiles on our faces. All in all, this is an institution that should not be overlooked. Bravo and Gracious !

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KayL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. One of my favorites! The olives!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Restaurant could not accommodate the reservation and sat us at the bar. We were ignored for 20 min, even after asking to order drinks, and the staff was uninterested in helping us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Good food per usual, but it was noisy. Atmosphere in the middle room is okay.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent...5 plus stars. Wife and I will definitely reserve again. Thank you

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LindaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff , food and ambiance was great! My friend was impressed.

FAQs

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

Fornos of Spain is rated 4.6 stars by 1289 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.