Fornos of Spain

4.8
1327 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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MarkM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Loved the food and the wait staff, who were surprisingly on top of everything.. We had 4 diff servers come to us at varied times and they all seem to kick in as needed.. The back room was incredibly noisy and that was really our only problem with the place. Parking was a bit tricky as well because the cars were backed up in the street sometimes blocking traffic.

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LESB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is excellent and plenty of it. The timing of service was great, no rush and no long waits between courses.

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PaulC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, beautiful restaurant, wonderful experience.

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TonyG
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and great service. Order the sangria

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EllenCF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

As always to food was divine, with 2 exceptions - the asparagus were so tough cutting them was a problem and the sausage dish ordered was charred and tasted burnt. The dimmest lighting may add ambience to some but made it near impossible to see the menu, even using the phone app. The noise level was pretty high for a weeknight, and I was a bit disappointed that the outdoor seating was not available as the tables inside are close together. Also as much as I love attention from waitstaff the constant (~every 5 minutes) having someone replenish our water or ask if we were done when we repeatedly said we were still eating was VERY annoying.

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MichaelC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great environment. Great food and great service.

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JimmyMac
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The service staff is a little 'rough' in their delivery. The wine list needs to be kept up to date. The food and value were great!

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Lortadi
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

First time back to Fornos since Pandemic. Service is still impeccable. Clean flatware replaced without asking, serving utensils provided with shared foods. Prices seem to have gone up a lot. Portions are still substantial, but I felt the quality of food and preparation were not as good as before. My husband had the lobster cannelloni which were filled with a mostly filler “lobster” stuffing. He left most of it. Octopus was delicious but expensive. The house salad, always very fresh, had terrible tomatoes. No excuse this time of year. My daughter had salmon which she liked and I had the Dorade special which could have been cooked less. The side vegetables were very salty and the yellow rice side was very greasy. My husband’s almond cake dessert was still somewhat frozen. My son-in-law had oxtail stew which he said was good. The fried potatoes were fabulous! The restaurant was very crowded but many patrons wore masks when not at their tables. The number of people still made me a little uncomfortable. Personnel are always very nice and accommodating .

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vipTomF
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most outstanding restaurants I have been in !! Amazing from beginning to the end . Food is amazing and the service even better. Just Unbelievable dining experience

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vipDocsmeal
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous as always!

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LarryF
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite restaurant. Food is great, service is generally very attentive (our waiter got off to a slow start, then we had excellent service) Every entree was excellent. We decided that we would skip desery, then was treated to chrros and an incredible dark chocolate dipping souce. It is getting expensive but, as my sister said, she was leaving with several more meals.

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LaRuth
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was great. Food was great. Service was great. Valet parking was a plus.

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SummerPalace
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We had a reasonable experience. Avoid the meatball appetizer, however the bacon appetizer worth the calories! Chef. Accommodated our garlic allergy at the table in the paella and THAT alone will be our reason for returning! We loved that salad was automatically provided, a small dessert was free, and that the wait staff was attentively always available.

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TiffanyC
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treat with my cousin

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RicardoG
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

excellent service ,There was a lot of people ,restroom were clean

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DebraB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delivers expert service and great food!

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SimoneO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent; service was top notch

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FrankG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fornos has a unique approach to fine dining. Besides the high quality and presentation of its main courses, it serves a free salad, potato chips and olives for the table, all delicious. The Tempranillo wine was excellent, the service prompt and attentive. I have dined there many times and have always enjoyed a superior experience.

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vipJerseyK
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the patio, which is nicely decorated. The service was great. The food was excellent and plentiful.

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JenniferK
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAndy
New York Area
110 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
110 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
47 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.

FAQs

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

Fornos of Spain is rated 4.8 stars by 1327 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.