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!!!!
My wife and I went there on a Sat night at 6:30. The bar was full so they asked if we would like to be seated in the larger room. It was not super crowded when we were first seated but then started filling up pretty quick. My wife had the chicken and sausage in saffron rice and I had the Paella Valenciana.......delicious. The sangria was perfect as well. I highly recommend this place and we will be coming back often.
My favorite restaurant!
Great food and the service was fantastic. much fun
Always a great meal. Great for everyday & special occasions.
love this restaurant.theyare on thetop of their game.besides tramas or 2nd floor,this is the best long branch has to offer.
Third time at Mar Belo and never disappointed. Food is really tasty and service is incredible. Give it a try.
Great dinner for New Year’s Eve! Great food, sangria and atmosphere! The food was delicious, as always!
Awesome sangria was amazing and good was great
Wonderful food and excellent service, this will become a regular for me.
Went here Christmas Day, had a reservation for 4 pm. They sat us early. Caldo verde was excellent. My son got ny strip, asked for it medium rare came out well done. Cheesecake was excellent as was sangria. Service was good.
First time at Mar Belo and we just love the place. Didn’t know the entrance was in the back. The staff was professional, courteous and very attentive. Highly recommend.
Remains one of our favorites, excellent menu at a fair price.
Very nicely redone outdoor by parking. Cozy bar upon entrance. Elegant white tables n waiters formally dressed in black. Cozy seating n not too near others. Good reasonable food and prices. Loved the shiskebob presentation!
Another good time at Mar Bello. The service is great the food is very good and the prices are reasonable. One of the best overall experiences I’ve had in restaurants. Highly recommend getting the shish kebab very unique experience. We also had the steak Mar Bello which was very good. Highly recommend and will return.
love this restaurant....great food and service....took a few family members for first visit and they are hooked!
Was there on a Friday night. The staff was attentive but not intrusive. Bring your appetite because the portions are plentiful! Would go again because the food was delicious!!
Another wonderful evening of great food and superior service.
Food was very good and not overpriced. Will be back!
Food was excellent & service was great! Will definitely be coming here again!!
Staff were attentive, friendly and courteous from initial greeting to our very satisfied departure. Our group of five all ordered different entrees and were uniformly impressed by the presentation and flavors of our choices which ranged from California Sea Bass to Spanish style Shish Ka Bob. The house made Sangria was an ideal complement to our eclectic entrees and was far superior to what we have experienced in numerous more famous establishments in Newark's Iron Bound. Desserts were equally memorable and the Mar Belo coffee was the best specialty coffee I have had anywhere, home or abroad. The very convenient off street parking made for a totally enjoyable evening. We shall return.
The food is exquisite the help are very friendly steak night is great
The staff is outstanding! The food right down to the vegetables is absolutely delicious
This restaurant was amazing. From the fish to the steak, the service, sangria, all was excellent. Authentic Portuguese food. The wait staff was excellent. The interior is also lovely. Will return again.
Outstanding meal! Great red sangria. Best mussels ever!
I have been to this restaurant numerous times and have brought new friends with me each time , the food is always delicious.
Everyone I bring they go back and bring different friends.
The food is very good. We visited on a Wednesday which is a steak night special night and the choices were excellent.
One of the best meals we have eaten in a long time. Everything was seasoned perfectly, and the wait staff were super attentive.
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.
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.
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.
We went to this restaurant on a recommendation from a friend. We were not impressed. We expected a better dining experience.
Service was the best! Food was very good. Cheesecake not good lol
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.
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.
Great service and awesome food. Carlos and the whole crew were very attentive a d did not miss a detail. 👍
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.
Very good Portugese cuisine. Friendly staff. Reasonably priced
great food, delicious!! Wonderful service!Loved the sselections. food done your way.
The food is consistently great! The sangria was excellent, too!
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!