Fornos of Spain

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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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New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a fantastic business lunch.....my two guests had never been and they were impressed by the ambiance, the service and of course the food........the garlic shrimp was fantastic !

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Paella tastes as if all ingredients were cooked separately in vast quantities, then combined together in a paella pan at the last minute before serving. So the dish tasted like soggy, cheap rice with ketchup — nothing like legitimate paella.

JG
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We shared a diverse set of appetizers (a bit larger than tapas), which were all excellent. My favorites included tortilla española, camarones al ajillo, chistorra, grilled calamari and grilled octopus. The red sangria was pretty good. Service was excellent too!

RR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, wine selection, atmosphere—all excellent! We were celebrating my friend’s birthday, and I made sure to tell the staff. They brought over a lovely piece of cake, and all the wait staff came over to sing. The food was terrific. I’ve been to all the major Portuguese/Spanish restaurants in the Ironbound section, and in my opinion, this is the best. I highly recommend this restaurant! Oh! And they’ll even shuttle you to and from your airport hotel to dine with them!!!!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Spanish food, portions and service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most attentive staff I have ever seen. The paella was amazing and so was the sangria. Thank you so much for making my mom’s and fiancé’s birthday so special!

YK
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Fornos of Spain has declined a lot quality wise. The seafood was hard, calamari chewy and dry, fish also dry, the rice on the paella did not have a good taste but pure saffron. The food was served with a bunch of potatoes chips that were old and not crispy. The noise was horrific and load. Too much much and very poor quality. Not what you expect from a legitimate Spanish restaurant. It seems to me that this restaurant is targeting another kind of people with ordinary taste and poor knowledge of what an Spanish paella is. Even the personnel in general has changed considerably and not that helpful. I will never go back anymore with all the years I have been here in New Jersey.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in the Ironbound - best place in Newark for that matter!

m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you love seafood, Fornos of Spain is the place to splurge. We had the grilled octopus with a slightly spicy sauce for a starter and it was cooked perfectly. The Malibu Shrimp and Scallops that I believe are broiled and lightly breaded afterwards with toasted coconut and coated with a mild rum sauce is truly decadent. The staff is very attentive and provide a welcoming but not pretentious upscale dining experience.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service is always good at Fornos. Main dining room was filled and a noisy energetic crowd. We will be back.

BD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forno's is my favorite place on Ferry Street, Newark. Great food (especially the fish) and the place is very comfortable to eat in. Service is excellent. Highly recommended.

k
New York Area
171 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good. Loved the grilled Red Snapper and the Sangria. It's worth the trip to Newark. Will definitely return.

A
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food with good service in a good environment. But the sticker-shock prices for food and wine are worthy of excellent food and service. We may return, but there are many other tasty treats on Ferry Street that are cheaper and better

s
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was average quality for the price.

RB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place and great food! Very convenient for those attending events at the Pru Center. You can leave your car there, come back and have a night cap, and head on home. My colleague had the filet mignon, which really could have been advertised as for two. Huge portions! I had the Paella Valenciana which was superb - mussels, clams, chicken, lobster, calamari and chorizo in the traditional Spanish yellow rice. We used to go to Spain until it closed down - they held your leftovers for you until you came back from your event - a suggestion to Forno’s management for the future.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

C
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, overall. Only downer was a miscommunication with the staff that led to our food not arriving at the table until 50 minutes into the experience.

We had to leave 15 minutes after, so we left a ton of food st the table.

But the food itself, and the courtesy of the servers, was fantastic.

JJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

One of our party had to se

t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best of the best in the spanish/portuguese selections in the area; I will definitely go out of my wat to return....

d
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing....have been dining here for many years...prices are up including both food and liquor.... a bottle of Rijoca that is $30 down the block at a smaller but similar restaurant is now $60 here...will definitely be looking for another place to go

RS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been eating in down neck Newark for 35 years. Still Fornos is one of the best. Great service great food great atmosphere

EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always attentive service. Generous portions. Always have a positive experience. Highly recommend.

LM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It’s a great place but this weekend the food was surprisingly disappointing. For the price of things you expect an extremely high quality which I have had before but not this time. I guess this was a hit or miss situation and my luck I got a miss. Shame
, The service was very good though.

M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

m
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great and the food was very good. Only downer..place was loud

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very disappointed in quality of food and service. Been there before and was always satisfied but not this trip. All 4 attendees agreed. At the price of $70+ per person in Newark, expect much better.

PD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was just delicious.
It is every time
Great sangria
Great service
One of the best Down Neck

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is hard to beat! It is my go to restaurant when in Newark! Love the atmosphere and the wait staff too!

BM
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant had great reviews but it exceeded our expectations. The food was incredible and the service top notch. A short walk from Newark Penn NJ Transit train station made this a very easy commute. I highly recommend Fornos of Spain.

FF
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. My daughter has a dairy allergy and the wait staff was so good about it. Highly recommend.

KK
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

The service was impeccable! Truly great, however the food was really bad. The paellas were over cooked and semi-mushy, overcooled seafood. kind of flavorless, but the presentation was soooo lovely! It was a bad surprise. Awesome salad and rolls.

b
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

This reservation was made for 6:00pm which would give us plenty of time to make the show at the Prudential Center and was made on May 18th. Unfortunately we were never seated till 7:30pm. I approached the hostess several times for the wait time and what was taking so long. I reached out to the manager and finally got seated. We did see other people coming in and being seated right away. The food was very good as it has been in the past that is why I chose Fornos of Spain for this evening. They did offer us dessert or after dinner drinks because they made us wait. We did take an after dinner drink but were not able to finish it because of the time. The end result is that we missed the opening act and the first 2-3 minutes of Jennifer Lopez .

KM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There was a very large birthday party next to us and it was a celebration similar to an episode of House Wife’s series. LOUD!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I had read wonderful reviews about this restaurant. After my experience I can only assume the reviews I read were not legitimate or these people have no taste buds.

The quality of the food is awful, right down to the bread basket. There was nothing redeeming about this meal. We ordered a pitcher of sangria which was fine but not exceptional; two apps that took 45 minutes to appear and were underwhelming; and finally the paella. The paella took 1 hour 15 minutes to find its way to our table, and this was after inquiring about it with the front hostess (because we couldn’t find a waiter.) The restaurant says on their menu that they specialize in soccorat, which if the crunchy rice at the bottom of the paella dish. We made certain to request this when we ordered. But, no soccorat was served to us, instead we got what looked and tasted like fast food. In the paella bowl we found overly yellow colored rice that tasted like Minute Rice, chicken on the bone that was all bone and, I would bet, frozen shrimp. Nothing tasted fresh. When we complained to the owner about how disappointed we were after such a long wait he told us “Well you ate some of it so you have to pay for it.” Disgusting.

If you are looking for dog food that is disguised as Spanish food please give this a try; otherwise, try one of the other many Spanish restaurants in the area. What a waste of time!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, as always!

SD
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice weekday lunch. Restaurant was very quiet upon arrival. Great service!

SP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual..not crowded b/c of the holiday but in spite of this noise level elevated
Total Jersey

LC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food as always fantastic. Prices have increased too much so won’t be able to go that often. Noisy place

V
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Stay away. The prices are baffling for the quality and amount of food you get. You can get better quality food for half the price in other restaurants in the iron bound. Not worth it at all !

CD
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The surrounding was excellent, but the food was so so at best.
The paella that my wife ordered was actually horrible. That she didn't eat it and didn't want to take it home. That BAD!!!!
The scallops were bitter tasting just like the sauce on the rice. Bad experience for her. Would not go there again

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