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Fornos of Spain

4.5
719 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30,
Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm,
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(973) 589-4767
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
We have private rooms available for a minimum of 20 people and a maximum of 86 people. Also, we have party luncheon menus from Monday through Fridays until 3 pm and dinner party menus from Monday through Sundays. Saturdays we only do parties from 12 noon to 5:00 pm.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Union Street
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Parking details
Private self parking lot on premises, behind the restaurant.
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Public transit
We are located a two blocks away from Newark Penn Station and New Jersey Transit, which is walking distance.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cigar Room, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 719 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 7 days ago

Do not be drawn in by favorable reviews on trip advisor if good Spanish food is what you’re looking for.This restaurant has a unique ambience and style but Caters is for people who value volume over quality.

Tapas portions are in Normas are huge and chorizo that we had was dried up already sliced and tasteless. Far too meaty with very little moist fat inside. The prawns were but little shrimps.but plenty of them.

Portions were absolutely huge but the food was simply not Spanish. Waiter service was very good but somewhat clueless about the dishes.

American waiters tend to give you their opinion about their favorite dish but do not always know about the cooking.

If you just want A huge steak then this is the place for you. It is far from authentic and I would not recommend it for anybody that wants anywhere approaching typical Spanish kitchen.

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vipLevolorman (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent fresh paella, wonderful experience

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vipBrian (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Food was very good and plentiful. They gave us free salad course to start and lots of bread. Entrees are very big especially paella. I would definitely go back. Lively place

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bigal (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Great quality food & service

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vipLoveTheBigIsland (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

This was a random choice that happened to be on our route. We were looking for a nice restaurant -- it turned out that Forno was a great find. This is a very warm environment with very professional servers, a great menu, and great food.

We loved the seafood mariscada, the salad (included), cod croquettes, and garlic shrimp. Overall, a place we will return to (it's 90 minutes from our home).

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vipWmdg (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Fornos has always been the place for Spanish food & ambiance! However, lately the food quality and seasoning has been off. I have asked the staff if there any changes to the kitchen staff? The response is no...

Fornos needs to stop this slippery slope immediately! Or you will become like the many less appetizing places on Ferry St. We are by- weekly visitors to Fornos; after 3 disappointing dinners; we have no intention of going back.

I thank the bar staff for the many times they have taken care of us; they are not at fault for what the kitchen produces!

To management, please take a review of what the kitchen staff is doing! We regulars know the quality and authenticity of the food! You have no reason to become mediocre and expensive!

Cheers!

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vipjanda (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

I’m usually a very big fan of fornos. Tonight’s experience, the service was not up to par, and the food was medium at best. I will definitely try the place again, but this visit was not their best efforts.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

No longer the great restaurant that I was accustomed to. Appears to have different management but not 100% sure. Portions considerably smaller, quality not as good , and service just not the same. The menu has totally changed. They do take readying open table now. Why mess with success????

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Huge steak - we’ll at least they wanted it to look that way. WAY too huge and half of it was fat , much of which should have beeN trimmed before cooking. Supposed to be medium but it ws RAW in the middle. Vegetables on the side were ice cold. Main courses took forever to come out. Glass of wine costs a small fortune. Will not be back.

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vipSirius (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

I was a 2-3 times a week patron here. Alas, need to give it a break. I first thought it was "familiarity leads to contempt" until friends and fellow patrons chimed in that they too have had multiple bad experiences.
Fornos used to go that extra mile, adding details to traditional dishes (like chestnut puree with the steak), super fresh vegetable etc. Now it's a plate of mash with protein set on top with sides of rice and chips. My last meal of black and blue steak was simply inedible! Poor cut of meat! My previous couple entrees were simply flavorless. One might not mind, but their price point is $$..
My plan was to, in future, have tapas only. Fine except even my dinning guests remarked that the bar tender/server was treating me differently that others; to the point of saying 2 of my favorite after dinner whiskeys were unavailable. Funny another server found a bottle with no trouble.
Yes, Luis and Andreas It was noticed

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Everything about Fornos was tremendous, the portions of food great, and all went great, EXCEPT- we could not finish our portions. We asked the waiter to wrap up the remaining food so that we could take it home. The bag contained only the meat part- he had failed to include a sizable amount of Spanish rice, and the vegetables. We were very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

I have been a customer for 12 yrs since September I have noticed some changes and not necessarily for the best. The prices have increased ( inflation, I understand) . However last night I was asked if I wanted a bow or a cup for my soup and I asked for a bowl and I was given what it looks like the size of an 8onz cup of coffee and was told that that was a bowl!!! I was so confused!
My waiter came to my table 2 Times, to take my order and to bring the check, when I expressed my disappointment his response was, “ things have changed for 3 month now”.
I truly love this place but I’m not sure if I will continue to go.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

Never disappoints. Had reservations for new years day. Service was top notch, food was outstanding. Great night out with the family.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

As always, the service was impeccable and the food phenomenal. It is impossible to say enough good things about this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

Amazing food amazing place! Everything was perfect from beginning to end. Waiters were on point. Food was perfect cooked.

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vip4urdining (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Best dining experience all around!

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HappyDiner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Food and service was excellent. Hadn't been there in years and it was even better than I remembered it. Hope to visit again soon.

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Robn (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

The food was amazing. We ate here before the Transiberian Orchestra at Prudential Center, was a quick walk from there and none of us were disappointed. The halibut was delicious as was the paella. The stuffed scallops were tasty but our two favorites of the night were the sangria and the Belgium chocolate mousse. We would eat here again in a heartbeat! PS the staff was attentive and very welcoming, explained the large waiting line when we were leaving.

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Jennyto (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

The food was amazing. I thought the sangria was a bit pricey $14.95 for a small glass mostly ice and fruit. $29 for 1/2 pitcher. Portions were tremendous even the boys couldn’t finish. We went to a hockey game and they got us in and out in perfect time ! Worked out great ! All around great experience! Definitely would recommend .

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Foodieintraining (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

First time and was very happy with the service and meal.

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