Maize Restaurant of Newark
Serving lunch, and dinner, Maize has an elaborate tea menu and extensive wine list, and is open seven days a week. Maize, owned by Livingston, New Jersey resident Wilson De Sousa, has received a rating of "Very Good" from The New York Times and "Three Stars" from The Star-Ledger. Maize has been a filming location for the popular HBO series The Sopranos, and has been featured on NBC's Weekend Today in New York.
Fried saffron rice w/ lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels & scallops
stuffed with scallops, shrimp, and mushrooms, whipped potatoes and steamed vegetables
Anson mills cheese grits, roasted cipollini onions, mustard
Superior service!!!!!! Fabulous cuisine!!!! Decor stunning! 5 stars...perfect place to dine before a show!!!!!! Highly recommended!!
Service was slow and somewhat inattentive. We have been there several times but this time the salmon was too salty and the swordfish was very fishy. Salad was boring and Chocolate cake was very dry
Three course prix fixe menu prior to Speaker Series at PAC. Nice variety of items on the menu, all well prepared. However, considering the limited menu, the service is very slow.
Very courteous and friendly service from beginning to end.
Food was outstanding! I had stuffed salmon served with mashed potatoes and a variety of mixed vegetables. My date had lamb with polenta and broccoli.
We shared strawberry cheesecake for dessert.
Presentation was nicely done. Everything was delicious. Servings were generous and prices were reasonable.
Atmosphere was very nice and music played was contemporary smooth jazz which happens to be my favorite.
Would definitely recommend and return to dine at Maize again.
Very good food and service!
Food was just sub par in every way, it felt like assembly line buffet food. I would never recommend this restaurant unfortunately.
A bit pricey, but it was available (unlike Nico's) on short notice before a show at NJPAC. Food was good, the house wines are reasonably priced. Although this did not apply to us, there are no vegetarian options in the main courses - vegetarians would have to double up on a limited number of options from the starters. The night we were there most recently it was a bit noisy (although there were not many diners) due to an excited crowd at the bar.
I truly cannot imagine why anyone would ever eat here. Just don’t. Nice people, bad food.
Our entrees were excellent, especially the seafoods. The wine list offers great variety at reasonable prices, the wine we chose lived up to their description on their wine menu. And the waiter was perfectly competent in recommending menu components to meet my garlic intolerance needs.
Usually I find Maize better than I did this time. I ordered a clam linguini with shrimp, scallops, and garlic. Flavor of everything but the shrimp was fine. The shrimp seemed to have been frozen and then overcooked and had almost no taste.
Lovely and varied lunch menu; friendly service.
There were a couple of large parties dining at the same time as our reservation, and we were seated away from their tables - a thoughtful placement.
Pre theatre dinner both lamb and duck entrees were excellent. Service is consistently slow but friendly
I do not like to be forced to have a three course dinner which Maize requires on any pre-theater evening. I don’t like to eat a big dessert and for that I will not return for any pre-theater evening
Disappointed that there was a price fix pre - theater menu; did not know that from the open table website - and then I read later that w NJPAC tkts we should have been able to get a discount. The price was fine - but we don’t generally eat dessert and the choices of desserts not even appealing. Much too rich -and why pay for 6 desserts, when none of us wanted it-
Luis and his team were wonderful on the service end of things!
The worst one hour for food which never came. We ended up leaving because we had a show to catch
Still left a little somethin though ($$)
The food was really good. The service excellent.
We made reservations at 6 ordered at 6:40 and didn’t get our entrees until 7:40. We had tickets for 8:00 and had to not fully finish our meals and miss desert and coffee.
Manager said his staff was thrown off by so many people going to the theatre. Across the street from the PAC?
Attended a concert at NJCPA
We were not informed the restaurant was inside a Hotel so it took some time to locate.
This was further complicated by the fact that the people answering the phone did not speak English for directions.
Once finally inside however, the service, food, and ambiance were excellent and I would highly recommend the restaurant if you are attending any performances at
A very nice stylish place with an excellent professional and friendly service, tasty food options, and nice wine selection. Not for the trendy crowds, this eatery delivers very well for those that want to eat and drink at a stylish, quiet place in a very nice area of Newark.
Service and food was excellent and deserved the five star rating we gave.
Sangria to start set the mood for an enjoyable meal
Will definitely return next time in that area. Very convenient to NJPAC and PRUDENTIAL CENTER.
First time dining at Maize. Excellent food with a Portuguese slant. Good location across from the Military Park garage and walking distance to the NJ Performing Arts Center. Service was spotty, but I think this was because they were hosting a party of 50+ people in the restaurant. The wait staff was friendly. I would definitely return.
We had to wait quite a while to get service. The waiter who helped us was not supposed to be our waiter but saw that we had been sitting a long time. Kudos for him - boos for them!
Food was very good. Tables are very close together so it can be noisy. Not good for privacy.
But proximity to NJPAC and good food mean I'll go back!
It was a show night so the only menu option was "pre-theater" which was a very limited menu NOT indicated on the website which had a fuller menu. We told our waiter and the m'aitre de that we had a show to get to. Accordingly we chose soup and 2 small dishes and dessert (because it came with the dinner). After the soup the service dead stopped - we had enough time to rush through part of the plates , had to leave dessert behind in order to get to the show.
Throughout the waiters served all the people around us - far more complicated dishes - and we sat.
Very disappointing and though the place was crowded it was hard to see how our modest dishes took so long to deliver while the waiters kept saying they were bringing it out and then didn't.
First and last time for this place.
An excellent venue inside the Robert Treat Hotel. The restaurant was not crowded when we visited with a group. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Louis was a fantastic waiter. Would recommend for lunch or dinner in Newark.
Waited an hour for our meal. Other than that everything was great
Sangria was delicious. Food was good! Recommend again!
Every single item was delicious. Went before a concert at pru ctr. Unassuming location in the RObert Treat hotel. Truly a great meal and the hotel shuttle brought us over to the concert. Highly recommend. Good cocktails too.
Food is always solid. Nice place for business lunch.
I choose this restaurant as it is close to NJPAC and we were seeing a show the Sat. of Mothers day weekend I booked it 3 weeks in advance for 515pm ( opentable map sent me to the middle of downtown Newark shopping area Brangston and Broad I let opentable know) We arrived waited about 10 mins then grab a waiter walking by he said "no we close for private party" just walked away , I went to the bar asked for the manger He said I couldn't have a reservation I showed him my email he stormed off to the computer then yelling at me "YOU had a 415pm reservation " I said no 515pm he looked Oh 515pm I asked will we get served ? no apologies small corner table ok fine had to flag down a waiter to get water , had to ask for menus, he brings then do you have a wine menu, I said to our party of 4 when the waiter comes lets order everything at once as we wasted 25mins jut to get seated and get water and we had a 8pm show across the street the apps were fine , entrees ok steak was Little heavy on salt but most places do. One of the entrees lamb that was ordered medium rare come out well done . sent it back, 25 mins later comes out after asking - RAW ! Manger was chatting at table next to us stops by all friendly starts talking to a female guest at the table we tell him whats been going on Again no apology "let me check " and walks away 10mins later finally medium rare but the polenta that came with it was brunt I will never go back happy freaking mothers day worst service by manager waiter tired but when food was wrong his answer I don't cook the food working hard for that tip mister! we were generous and left 15% should have left 0 Hey owner/manger when things get screwed up offer a free glass of wine or a salad
The service was horrible. We waited 10 minutes after being seated, to see a waiter. Never asked us what we wanted to drink. Had to ask for water. We ordered, got our food & never saw the waiter again. Had to ask someone else working there for our coffee & dessert. Had to get up & ask for the check. Didnt tip. Paid bill. Will never ever go back or recommend. Shame on Maize
When Maize first opened it was innovative and excellent. For pre-theater dinner (@NJPAC), the meal is banquet food and expensive.
I ordered the mushroom appetiz theer - the chef had a very heavy hand with the balsamic glaze making it more candied than roasted.
The chicken entree which was ok, but very institutional mashed potatoes and the vegetables (string beans and carrots) were water logged and not really edible. For dessert, I ordered the ginger creme brulee. There was no ginger to be found in the taste of this ginger dish. Again, the chef had a heavy hand hand disappointed with sugar, dusting it with powdered sugar after it was bruleed.
I was really looking forward to tasty food when I made the reservation.
Overall the food was just edible, the service was frenetic, and the decor was nice. The only value I found was a glass of wine was only $8.
We had been here once before and did enjoy our meal. Selection of entrees was good.
Began with soup which Almost landed in my friend’s lap, it was served so sloppily. My friend and I ordered the NY strip steak. It was very chewy not very good. We both left more than half of the steak on the plate. Dessert was ok, nothing special.
For the price of $70.00 each it was a disappointment. We will not be returning.
I was very disappointed. The crab cake was awful, soggy,with no crab evident. It tasted and appeared like a very fishy , soggy mess. Vegetables were undercooked and tasteless. Salmon was dry. Service was hurried for no reason. To top it off they responded to Open Table that I was a no show. I called to correct this but again got excuses. Finally after 5 minutes and my reservation number they said they would correct mistake. Save yourself the aggravation and don't go to the Maize.
I've dined at Maize several times over the years and have always enjoyed it. I've never had a bad meal or experience there. (I've made a habit of requesting "a little spicy" for certain dishes as I prefer a little 'heat' on some foods, and Maize has met the challenge every time.) I absolutely recommed it. It's also very convenient when attending events at NJPAC.
Absolutely horrible service. Waiter arrived 15 minutes after we were seated. We left after an hour when entre's still had not been served. Waiter was defensive rather than apologetic/helpful.
We were going to a concert at the NJ PAC. We had reservations for 6:15pm and arrived at 6:17. We waited for a host at the host desk behind a few other couples. After 10 minutes, a man arrived (not sure if he was the owner or manager), who rudely told the people before us they were very late for their 5:30 and 6:00 pm reservations and he gave their tables away. When I asked if I would be able to sit for my 6:15 reservation (although by now it was 6:30), he shouted at me that we were late for our reservations. I mentioned we were waiting there for our turn behind these others, he shouted at us that we had not been there for 10 minutes waiting and walked away from us. Eventually a waiter apologized to us and brought us to our table. The food was not very good, and although the waiter was very polite, the kitchen was very slow. I do not recommend this place at all. Terrible management.
Menu needs to change. It has been the same for a long time and there are no specials. If it were a better kitchen I would be there every week.
Romantic restaurant conveniently located.
Maize Restaurant of Newark is rated 3.5 stars by 330 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.