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About Maize Restaurant of Newark

Maize is located on the ground level of the Best Western Robert Treat Hotel. Besides having a laid back atmosphere and serving sumptuous dishes, Maize is decorated in such a way that it can handle any function. A legendary owner and a celebrated Chef ensure an irresistible unique Cuisine. Fresh herbs are produced by a model community-service project that tells the story of revival and hope.

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.

50 Park Place Lobby
Newark, NJ 07102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Portuguese, International, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm



Happy Hour - 3:00pm - 6:30pm



Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm



Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Center Street & Mulberry Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 733-2202

Website:
http://www.maizerestaurant.com/

Catering:
We can cater any event from office breakfasts, lunches or dinners, private parties, corporate events, weddings,

Parking Details:
MAIZE offers HOTEL free parking with validation (although not in conjunction with any NJPAC performance)

Public Transit:
Newark Light Rail - NJPAC

Executive Chef:
Marco Abreu

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Maize Restaurant of Newark Ratings and Reviews

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3.3

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3.1

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3.5

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3.0

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Moderate

54% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The chateaubriand was perfectly prepared and accompanied by fresh vegetables. They make a perfect Cosmo as well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Three of us went there before an NJPAC performance. The food and service were very good and we had a comfortably paced meal and got to the show on time. Very convenient location and a very successful dining experience

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The entrees were not hot, as if they had been sitting before bring served. Servers could have been a little more attentive. Overall, though, Maize is an excellent option for dining before going to a show at NJPAC

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We waited a long time for our main course which then came out luke-warm, not hot. Otherwise food was very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Such a pleasant surprise to have dinner here before a NJPAC event. A festive atmosphere, and a reservation gaffe ( open table vs restaurant computer) led us to two seats at the bar. We were served by the Owners. A simply delicious sirloin burger ( actually two of them) and a piece of delicious lime cake shared was a perfect meal.
Highly recommend. And sit at the bar.
Enjoy.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I eat out often and I had the rudest and most ignorant behavior ever from this restaurant. What a mess. If the owner is interested he can call me and I would be glad to go in more detail. To say the least we didn't stay. Sorry, but my experience was the very definition of bad customer service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was horrible. Non attentive. Had to finish in time for a show at the performing arts center and they couldn’t get the food out fast enough. An hour and a half should be enough time for them to complete the meal and they failed. We asked two times to see a manager and none existed. Duck came out raw. Never coming back here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

They gave our table away even though we arrived 10 minutes ahead of time. The Trip Advisor review has already been posted..........

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We decided to give this place a try even though many reviews were not complimentary... the food was EXCELLENT!!! However, the customer service is something that needs serious help. The waiter was less attentive than the bussers (in another review) but we had no issues until I received an email from Open Table later last night that the restaurant listed us as a no show reservation. I did advise OT that we did indeed keep the reservation and they apparently sorted that out. But here's the proof that customer service is lacking; we were seated as only the third occupied table at 6:00 PM so how difficult is it to check in a reservation properly???

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I don't think I've ever written a bad reviw. But I'd have a hard time remembering a worse restaurant experience than this. We waited over an hour and never received our meal. We walked out in that we had an event to get to at NJPAC. We were one of three parties who left the restaurant without receiving their meals. The waiter was rude and unhelpful. The food, from what we could see, looked bland and uninteresting. If you're trying to grab a quick meal before seeing an event at NJPAC, you'd be far better off grabbing a slice of pizza around the corner. Never visit this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation. We were going to a show and didn't want to be pressed for time.
We were seated immediately and the busboys brought bread and water within 2 minutes.
But even though I asked the busboys for help twice, it took 20 minutes for a waiter to appear. We watched people who had come after us get served but they ignored us.
After they took our order, it took another 20 minutes for the drinks to arrive.
Then another 10 minutes for the starter to arrive.
We ended up having to gulp our dessert and we missed out on coffee, since we had to leave to make our show.
Others were better served, so your mileage may vary.
The food was tasty, but my wife's fish was a little dry - no doubt from waiting for an eternity on the warmer before they bothered to bring it to us.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very convenient to NJPAC. Went to this restaurant before a show there - service was so painfully slow that we had skip the last course in a 3 course pre-theater menu. Had to ask to see a menu multiple times, had to ask for our food multiple times, had to ask for the check multiple times, eventually asked to see the manager multiple times. To top it off, food was only adequate, and certainly not worth the price or the aggravation.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was beyond awful. Waited and hour and a half and had leave to make our show without having dinner. Nobody cared or even apologized.,,

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I was somewhat apprehensive about making a reservation based on some of the recent reviewers on Yelp and Open Table. We reviewed the menu and my party of 3 agreed to go. We walked in and we were immediately seated. When I opened the menu it was a pre-fix menu and I was surprised. When I asked about it I was told that because of the events in town it is easier for them to have a pre-fix menu. Honestly - we adjusted quite well. The food was very good - garlic shrimp, New York strip, duck entrees! It was clean and the staff were most friendly. Definitely would come back....Happy we agreed to go. It was perfect walking distance to the Rock.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We went to Maize before an event at NJPAC at recommendation of a friend. Unfortunately, it did NOT live up to expectations. The food was mediocre at best considering the $45 pre-fixe. My tuna was cold and tasted very fishy (waiter didn't seem to notice that i left most of it on my plate). My wife had the duck and was suppose to get the breast and leg but only got the breast.

The desserts tasted store bought

Don't think we will be going back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I am never one to write negative reviews, but my experience warrants me to do so. We made reservations on Open Table for a romantic evening. I called to confirm and to ask for a quiet romantic table and got a VERY NASTY lady on the phone. When we arrived for dinner there was no one there to greet us or even seat us and after driving 45 mins to an hour we walk into a private party( with dj and casino tables that took up 75% -80% of the resturant. The same nasty lady was there and could care less that we were there and we expressed our disappointment that at no time did they tell us of this party and it wouldn't be a Quiet romantic evening as i expressed earlier on the phone. So disappointed we left and went to another resturant. I found out later the NASTY LADY is the owners wife. POOR management, Poor customer service and for an owner she should be ashamed of herself . I would NEVER go back to that resturant again and I will make sure to advise my friends and family to stay clear of this resturant. Maybe they need a refresher course in hospitality.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Service was terrible and food was not cooked to order. Waiter disappeared.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We came here for dinner prior to seeing a concert at NJPAC. Good choice for pre-show dining. Located across the street from NJPAC in a hotel. We parked at NJPAC and walked across the street to have dinner. Food was good - a little overpriced - however, we enjoyed our meal and drinks. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for good, convenient, pre-show dining. Service and atmosphere was pleasant - be sure to make a reservation - we made a 5:00pm reservation for a 7:30pm show and the timing worked out great - no rushing. By 6:00pm the restaurant was packed so be careful with your timing. Would go again prior to a show.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

A group of friends ate dinner here before attending a show at NJPAC. Parking at the hotel/restaurant lot was problematic, possibly due to adjacent construction. The parking attendants at the hotel lot did not speak English very well and it was difficult to understand any info they could provide. One of the hosts at the restaurant also was not helpful in offering info about parking options. We were able to obtain parking in the underground garage but it costs $28.

The ambiance is upscale and overall the food was good but service was quite slow. Also, no wait staff came by to refill water glasses and did not return after serving the entrees to make sure all was okay. One of the beef entrees was not as ordered and it took time to get a waiter's attention. The stuffed tilapia serving was also quite small. Oddly, the shrimp sautéed in garlic sauce was served with rice and potato chips - but no vegetable.

It's convenient if attending a show at NJPAC but otherwise I wouldn't rush back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I chose this restaurant because it was close to the NJPAC theater and we had a show to see. There seemed to be only one waiter working the entire restaurant so it took a while for the waiter to get to us and take our order. I ordered the Mariscada with green sauce however my dish came with the red sauce. The meal was served by one of the bussers. Since we were in a rush to catch our show I just ate the meal as is. When the waiter finally came back to check on us and I told him about the mistake he acted very unapologetic and blamed the cooks. He told me he entered the dish in correctly but the kitchen messed up. He did not apologize for the mistake or try to do anything to make up for it. Fortunately the bussers provided excellent service to make up for the waiter.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Bread, salad, entree, and dessert were good. Vegetables were not fresh or tasty.
Service was slow and inattentive. Perhaps they were short of staff on the floor/in the kitchen.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A fabulous experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The staff was attentive and made our celebration noce!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was Good, portions were good, place was nice. Service was on point.
Right across the street from NJPAC so super convenient. Get the shrimps in garlic!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We dined at Maize before a performance at NJPAC and were pleasantly surprised. The ambiance was charming and comfortable and the staff was very attentive without being overbearing. Our dishes were all quite good and everyone was satisfied with their choices. The Spanish muscles were spicy and tasty, the linguine with white clam sauce done very nicely. Dessert lived up to expectations and we were out in time to make our show. It's always good to have an early reservation so you can dine without worrying about finishing to close to show time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I wasn't sure what to expect - the reviews were mixed so we gave it a shot and it was just perfect!
Our waiter sat us down and got our drinks just as soon as we were ready.
Very polite and attentive too.
Our food was just delicious, my husband got surf and turf and I got the Chateaubriand which was excellent!!
I would and will be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Sleepy hotel restaurant. Even with Bruno Mars a few blocks away it was deserted. Food was decent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We came here for dinner after seeing a show at the NJPAC, very close by. Service was excellent. As we are not big eaters, we each had two appetizers, all the food was very good. We would go there again if in the vicinity.

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Food was delicious. It takes about 25-30 mins to get your meal, so if going to a show, factor that in. Nice ambiance, quiet. Waiters are professional and attentive.
To find this, just go in the main entrance of the Robert Treat hotel and it is about 50 feet down the hall on the right.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

This is a great place to go for a nice meal before a show at the Prudential center which is only a 10 minute walk away. Nice atmosphere, really good food, and reasonable prices. They were also aware of people going to a show and served efficiently. We were seated right on time with our reservation, and our order taken quickly. Allow about 90 minutes for a drink, appetizer, and meal.....plenty of time to get to a show.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We went to Maize prior to attending a concert on 9/7/17. Service was terrible, it took 10 minutes for them to take a drink order and another 10 minutes for them to deliver a beer. We had multiple waiters working our table which may sound good but when one of the waiters knocked a full beer into my friend's lap, other than extra napkins to mop it up, they offered no compensation for my friend who would be spending the night in beer soaked clothes smelling like he drank way more than he actually did.

The worst part was the waiter who did it kept it a secret from the main waiter at the table, when the bill arrived, no consideration was given for the mishap, when I questioned the waiter he knew nothing of the incident, apologized and went to talk to the manager. He returned with the bill, they took ONE BEER off the bill. They should have given him his meal for free, or all the beers for free or something. We expected some type of consideration, we got none. The waiter blamed it on the manager (who would have come to the table if he cared at all!) and said the one beer was all he would take off.

I explained to him that his manger was costing HIM money and proceeded to leave the most embarrassing small tip I have ever left, but these folks deserved it. They could have handled the situation much better.

I would recommend taking a pass on this place, if you are attending a show or a game plan early there are plenty of other places nearby that would appreciate your business more than this place, probably the reason it was one of the only places available on short notice.

Oh yeah btw, the food was average, if you want the real Portuguese food, head on down the street where there are plenty of better options.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The prices were a bit steep, but the amount of food provided for appetizers and entrée was enough to make the prices worth it. Food was served pretty quickly and was nice and hot. I had enough of my entrée to eat an entire meal the next day.

Would definitely eat here again but for a special occasion like Mother's Day or my Mom's birthday.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Maize is in the Robert Treat hotel right across from NJPAC which made it the perfect location for dinner before the show. Parking located at the hotel or across the street. Drinks were good and reasonably priced. We had the fried calamari and shrimp cocktail for starters. Bread was very good too. For entrees, we had stuffed shrimp, crab legs, garlic shrimp and my choice was the seafood combo in Green sauce. It was so much that I couldn't finish it. My friends said that the shrimp was overcooked but my combo (lobster, shrimp, scallops, clams and mussels) was great. We topped everything off with NY-style Cheesecake and ice cream on the side. Friends complained about the single bathrooms with low ceilings but overall a very enjoyable, convenient experience...I will come back before my next NJPAC event.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The place was empty besides 1 large table that was very loud & a party in the back room with a DJ that was also very loud. We were told that it was a prom party in the rear, but we didn't expect that. The margarita I ordered tasted like sour mix with no liquor. I didn't bother to complain because I just wanted to finish our order and get out of there as quickly as possible.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I would like to start off by saying their online menu attracted me to the restaurant. Being a first-time patron, when we got to the restaurant on a Saturday night, they indicated that they only had a pre-theater menu, because apparently NJPAC is across the street, and this is what they do when there are shows. Except I wasn't there for the show and nor was it indicated on Their website or OpenTable. I explain to the waiter that we were not there for pre-theater, and I would like the regular menu, and he got immediately agitated and defensive. I asked to speak to a manager, who turns out to be either the child or relative of the owner, and with that, he thought he had the right to speak down to me. And he indicated that it was listed on the website and open table, so I showed him on the OpenTable app and his website it wasn't indicated, neither the nasty waiter, the arrogant manager and now the owner were denying my simple request for the regular menu. Expressing that the kitchen wasn't prepared for that for another two hours. I found that completely unacceptable and spoke to the owner in private, and he accommodated us with no problem. Quite the professional gentleman. The food was pretty good, nothing stellar. Pretty interior. But I'm glad I went anyway.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Was told once we were seated that our reservation was any good. needed to be 2 hours in advance. Only was able to order off the pre-fix menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We had a very nice dinner before our show. We had the price fixed menu which had some nice entrees on it. I thought for the price the portions were excellent and the sangria was great.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Location in Best Western is a liability, but the food and service exceeded expectations. Steaks were good, service was attentive.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Delicious! Great deal with their something for everyone pre-theater menu, service and atmosphere outstanding, friendly attentive staff will definitely go again.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

A great find within 3 minutes' walking distance to the NJPAC. Excellent service. I would love to see craft beer served here.

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