Mar Belo

4.4
429 reviews
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$30 and under
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Portuguese
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Portugal: Land of Explorers
In the 15th Century, Prince Henry the navigator ordered his explorers to bring back to Portugal any exotic fruits, nuts and plants from the new lands. Tomatoes and potatoes are taken to Europe, Brazilian pineapples were introduced to Azores, Brazilian chili peppers grew in Angola, African coffee was transplanted to Brazil.
Today the Portuguese fondness for ingredients like cinnamon or curry powder, is also a legacy of his time. The Romans brought wheat and introduced onion, garlic, olives and grapes. Later the Moors were the first to plant rice and introduced figs, planted groves of lemons, oranges and almond trees. Portugal is a seafaring nation with a well-developed fishing industry trading cod since the 15th century.
Today, naturally, Portuguese cuisine varies from region to region , but fresh fish and shellfish are found on virtually every menu. BOM APETITE!!!!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Portuguese, Spanish
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Hours of operation


Lunch:

Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30pm - 4:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm


Dinner:

Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm


Closed Mondays
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Phone number
(732) 870-2222
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Julio Andre, Pedro Custodio
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Cross street
Grand Ave.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 429 People Are Saying
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p
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the swordfish special and as always its cooked perfectly and its a wonderful piece of fish. What does not get enough recognition is their wonderful way with vegetables. They cook veggies perfectly.
So as usual a great meal with good service. What more can I say.

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P
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

very nice evening with friends. It was steak night so some of us had the filet dinner for $21. Mine was rare as requested with mashed potatoes and broccoli. The steak was delicious. I also had chocolate mousse for dessert. It too was delicious. All in all a very nice evening.

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing. Needed to eat someplace afterward because food not edible. The waiter also acted insulted when I asked a question of my friend when he was giving the table the specials. Never go again.

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GD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was the best! Food was very good. Cheesecake not good lol

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FG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time. Have taken friends each of 5 visits; and tried different entrees each time. Shush kabob, zarzuela and steak are my favorites.

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F
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant-the layout, atmosphere and service are all to my liking. The food was delicious and the Sangria was wonderful. I will be back without a doubt.

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and awesome food. Carlos and the whole crew were very attentive a d did not miss a detail. 👍

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waited 45 mins wth a reservation for a table.
Server was well informed and very pleasant.
Service out of kitchen took forever.
Ordered around 8:15 waited until 9 for 1st course.
Ran ten here many times before and this was the worst.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good Portugese cuisine. Friendly staff. Reasonably priced

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JC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great food, delicious!! Wonderful service!Loved the sselections. food done your way.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is consistently great! The sangria was excellent, too!

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M
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place was packed for a Thursday night, I guess because of the specials! Everything was cooked perfectly, and the Portuguese dishes were very authentic. We go there often and their great!

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G
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit, but not last. Food excellent abd service impeccable.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A rare opportunity to enjoy authentic and excellent Portuguese cuisine. We enjoyed it very much.

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff was very nice. From the host to the rest of the staff, very pleasant. Witnessed a very rude customer and host never lost her calm. Actually apologize even though it was not her fault. I think he was agitated because he had to wait. It was very busy.

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r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is great
But it was our anniversary and nobody congratulated us

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JE
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Are meals were very flavorful and cooked just right .Service was good will definitely be going back next time we are back in the area

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p
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic find. Service excellent
Food choices excellent
Great wine.
Would highly recommend

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Pleasant surprise. Have not had great Portuguese cuisine in Long Branch since I guess I have been spoiled by Ferry Street in Newark but this restaurant rates with those. Recommended!!

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a treat to eat at Mar Belos. My favorite is Thursday night lobster special but we went on a Sunday this week. Very nice people work there. And the food never disappoints

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RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice place for group outing. Ambiance and noice level is just right and the food is absolutely amazing. Our group of 8 ordered just about everything on the menu and all was incredible. One steak did go back as it was way overdone, but manager quickly rectified the situation. The deserts are equally tasty.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We are from North Jersey and frequent the Spanish /Portuguese restaurants in the Ironbound section of Newark.
Unfortunately, Mar Belo can not compare to places like Forno's when it comes to price and portion size.
One bright side however was the grilled baby octopus - very tasty and nice portion size.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with the Sangria, which was very good. I had the seafood paella which was delicious! Lots of seafood and seasoned very well. My friend had the garlic chicken that he really enjoyed. To finish we had a Portuguese Creme Brûlée and Flan for dessert. The service was excellent and we would definitely return.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it there! Food is wonderful derful! And the service is superb! Definitely get a reservation on. Weekends!

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m
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honored reservations on a Saturday night. Good food and service.

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s
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Upon entering receptionist/hostess did not look up from tablet or smile, however I asked for a quiet spot if possible which she stated that she could move us to a different table and did so. Overhead music was little to loud making one have to strain to hear specials. We were a party of five when I asked about size octopus appetizer was told enough for one or two however, two orders was more than enough for a five. The scallop appetizer although delicious had only 3 scallops per order. The rest of meal was very good the service good.

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TH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Ample portions, very good quality. Service was attentive. If you like restaurants in Newark's Ironbound, you'll like Mar Belo.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Needs background music. Either Latin or even Bocelli-like would add to ambiance. Could also block out view of parking lot with potted plants.

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M
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for the lobster special on Thursday night. Was not disappointed. The lobsters were perfectly cooked and were sweet and tender. Husband wasn’t crazy about his shrimp and steak kabob. He thought it overly salty.

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h
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Maybe your portions are a little too large,but your food is delicious. service was good, but a little slow getting drinks.

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TM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have eaten here many times the food never disappoints. Our only negative is the noise level. It was so loud over the weekend it was hard to hear my table talking. But we all enjoyed our food

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, chorizo appetizer, scallops/shrimp over linguine and seafood paella entrees, molten chocolate cake dessert and vino verde white wine... all delicious! We will be back for sure!

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PB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner at Mar Belo. We started with their sangria which was very good. The shrimp appetizer, red snapper and steak with shrimp were all delicious. The service was also perfect. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. He was very helpful with understanding the gluten-free options. They ran out of the filet mignon/shrimp shish kebob, but it looked great and we will be back!

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BW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Our server was excellent and the dessert was good, but the rest of the meal was disappointing. We ordered the octopus appetizer, which was bland and a little on the tough side. We also ordered the clams and shrimp appetizers, which were totally under seasoned and very oily. My husband enjoyed the twin lobsters special, but again, very overwhelming. The front room gets very loud. I will not be returning.

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GC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mar-Belo has a simple but good menu, with an emphasis on fish and shellfish. The zarzuela was very good, which e shared as a main dish. We had two appetizers -- mussels in sauce and the scallops. Because it was our anniversary we also had desert. First time, we have tried their dessert. Very nice chocolate cake with cream. If you like Iberian (Spain and Portugal) food, give it a try.

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A
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre-theater

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W
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Staff is very attentive, well trained and friendly.

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CA
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place a little tucked away in the neighborhood. Food was really good and the service was attentive. Will recommend and return

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SZ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time dining with my family. Staff was great and polite. Overall had a great experience. Food was fantastic and Sangria was delicious.

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DH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants; never disappoints.

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