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About Mar Belo
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!!!!
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30pm - 4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Julio Andre, Pedro Custodio
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
Mar Belo Ratings and Reviews
Although the food was good, one group was so loud, drunk and increasingly obnoxious that you couldn't hear the person next to you never mind hold a conversation with the rest of your party. When we mentioned the noise to two different servers we were ignored.
Probably my 6th visit over the past couple of years. All menu items are consistently good. Service is always excellent. Midweek specials on Weds (steak) and Thursday (lobster) are a tremendous value. Normal menu prices are reasonable. Plenty of parking in back lot. If it was a little closer to my home I would dine there monthly.
Made reservations 5 days before new year's eve, only to be seated in the bar area, at a table by the door in the corner. Door was opening/closing in ten degree weather, people congregating near the table waiting to be seated by the hostess. Wasn't impressed. We left. They made no attempt to reseat in the dining room or rectify the situation.
We WERE regular customers. The food and ambiance is usually great. They lost two loyal customers though with that disappointing experience.
We had a party of 4 with a reservation and were seated in about 10 minutes on arrival. We walked by better available tables than the one we were seated at in an odd corner and next to a large louder group. Beyond that the food and service were excellent. We enjoyed a duck special, rack of lamb, shish-kabob and mariscada along with a couple of great starters. The service overall was very attentive. We will go back and will ask for a better table!
I am usually a fish guy as is my wife but this day we decided to go carnivore. She had the Rack of lamb and I had the Ribeye special. Here is the thing with meat. Use good quality meat, cook it properly. Sounds simple but so many restaurants fail at that. At Marbelo they know meat and they absolutely know how to cook it so you can count on a great meal. Their vegetables are always fresh and cooked wonderfully and if you ask for your Spanish potatoes to be crispy you will have the closest thing to a real potato chip but thicker and crispy outside and soft inside pass the salt. We also had the ceviche appetizer and the home made dessert special which was a lemon meringue pie but more like a lemon chiffon. You have to ask if their is a dessert special but if there is get it. Another fine meal!
The food is good but the customer relations is bad. We had a reservation for 4 at 6:30. But they treated us like walk ins. They appeared to have a problem looking for a table to seat us. Finally they decided they will give us a table but said they will need the table by 8:15.
At the table the waiter didn't speak English and it was really hard to understand the specials he was reciting to us. We all decided to order from the menu. The portions were big. The Zarzuela I ordered was quite good. The paella had mixed reviews at our table. My husband thought it was just OK but our friend who he shared the paella with thought it was really good. The Garlic chicken got a very good.
For dessert the chocolate moose was good but one of the specials (recited to us by a bus boy) the orange tart with chocolate was a big disappointment.
The Zarzuela was good but I don't know if it's a good enough reason to recommend to a friend considering their non-business-like ways. There are a lot of good restaurants in Red Bank where I live and in the Pier Village also in Long Branch who are more customer friendly.
NEVER AGAIN!! LOST BUSINESS. Two things led to a disappointing evening at Mar Belo. Management needs to learn that the little things count.
#1 - Shortly after arriving, I ordered a bottle of wine. After the wine was opened/poured, I asked for bread. Our server said only after the food order is placed. WHAT!!?? I asked the reason...Our server gave a lame excuse that people would come into the dining area and only drink and eat bread. Nonsense.
After the bread fiasco, the main courses (Zarzuela, NY Strip Mar Belo) were nicely prepared, tasty and good value.
#2 - When the bill arrived, there was a $3.50 charge for tea. I informed our server that we did not have tea. This $3.50 was for a cup of hot water and lemon. Excuse me? When I asked to see the Manager, our server said defiantly that he was the Manager.
Holding back bread and charging for hot water is the classic definition of being penny-wise but pound foolish.
My husband and I went here on a warm Saturday in early October, hoping to eat outside. Unfortunately, the restaurant did not have enough staff to allow outdoor seating so we sat in the new room which was lacking in ambiance. We had chourizo (good) and shrimp in garlic sauce (okay) as appetizers. For dinner I had the chilean sea bass which was fresh but a little on the underdone side; it was served with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus; overall the meal was good but it was too garlicky. My husband had the lamb chops which he said were good, but not necessarily outstanding. We had a pitcher of red sangria which was very tasty buy maybe a little light on the alcohol.
We had been here in the past (not in the last year, though), and I remember it being better before; it almost seemed Americanized. Too bad.
First time visiting and our experience was ok. We enjoy Portuguese food and have been to restaurants in Newark, NJ. but was looking to stay local. Ordered Sangria which was very good, if you like it sweet. I was hoping for a larger menu, but found something I would enjoy. The service was alright...I felt like we waited quite a bit when we were ready to order our meals and waited quite a bit when we were done and waiting for check, and it wasn't very busy. The food was good otherwise (shrimp & garlic, scallops from app menu and ordered shish kebab and steak dinners). They do not have a "drink" menu which was disappointing because I always like to look for "specialty drinks" when I visit restaurants but the sangria worked out for me. Shared chocolate cake and a coffee for dessert which was good. Overall, happy with our first experience here.
Food was very good, server was very good but not very attentive...had to reach out for second round of cocktails. Drinks could have been better. Bartender didn't know how to make a classic and basic cocktail. Food was great, price was on point. New addition to the restaurant was beautiful. Great for a private party.
I was treating my friend to a birthday, after which we headed to the New Jersey Repotory Company for a show. The food was creative and very appetizing. I had the filet mignon kabob and my friend had a seafood mix. The meal included fresh vegetables, rice and potatoes. The service was excellent. We were never ignored and waited on by at least 3 waiters/resss. They even sang Happy Birthday to my friend while enjoying our scrumptious chocolate cake and rice pudding. A very enjoyable evening .
This was my first lunch at Mar Belo after several dinners in the past few months. The food was beautifully presented and delicious as I have come to expect. My salmon was perfectly cooked. The sangria was just right, not too sweet as it often is in other places. Mar Belo is a Long Branch gem.
We have been to Mar Belo several times and are always pleased. The food is consistently outstanding. I always have the rack of lamb which is by far the best in the area. We also always have the shrimp I garlic sauce as an appetizer. The portion is enough for two or three. The double cur. Pork chop is also a favorite and anything in their green sauce is a winner. You won't be disappointed.
I must say the food was very good. We were a party of 4 and not one of us had any complaints. The service was very good as was the bartender, the pitcher of Sangria was outstanding. This was our first time at Mar Belo's and will certainly be returning. If your looking for a good meal, I would strongly recommend going to Mar Bello's.
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