Mar Belo

4.6
520 reviews
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Portuguese
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!!!!
What 520 People Are Saying
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EC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent. Easy to park. All waiters were very friendly and helpful.

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RE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we excellent as always. Food was outstanding and presentation was excellent. Noise level was low for a crowded restaurant. Service was great also.

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JT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great first experience, food was fantastic as was service provided by Adrian

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Food had 0 flavor, when i told the waiter my food was very chewy and had no flavor/seasoning his answer "thats how it is deal with it, all we do is cut the chicken and throw it in the rice we don't put any seasoning"... very interesting

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OT
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food here is always consistent and very good. Sangria is amazing as well as their fish and steaks.

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LK
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Went for my husband's 50th birthday. Had never been there before, but enjoy Portuguese restaurants so gave it a try. It was steak special night. I ordered the ribeye with gargonzola cream sauce, onion rings and broccoli. Steak was over cooked; not even positive it was a ribeye, they ran out of gargonzola sauce and there were no onion rings. Friends did not enjoy their meal either. At least the birthday boy did. But how do you not have what is on special? Very disappointing.

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DC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We found the food mostly lackluster and under-seasoned. An exception was the skirt steak, which was well-seasoned but tough.
We ate dinner fairly early, starting 6:00pm, and the tables to either side of us were empty. Despite this, the noise level made conversation among the four of us a bit difficult.

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J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were as good as we expected. I really enjoyed the special fish of the day. Cooked just right over a bed of shrimp risotto. Service was spot on and our server was a Salma Hayek lookalike so that was a plus : )

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BB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Once things settled down, we had a great experience. Upon arrival, the hostess seemed troubled by our 5PM reservation and didn't give us a proper greeting. The main dining room had 3 parties seated. She showed us to a table for two in the midst of the other parties. I asked if we could take the table for 2 in the corner by the window. She said NO. That would mean I have to reconfigure the entire dining room. (We had show tickets and planned on spending no more than 90 minutes.) She said it was reserved. I asked why there was such a problem exchanging a table for 2 for a different table for 2. She huffed, walked away and left us standing in the midst of the dining room. The waiters didn't know what to do. We were uncomfortable, too. She eventually came back and showed us to the table for 2 in the corner. If the restaurant didn't have such positive reviews, we would have left. But our waiter was right there with menus, good ordering advice and sangria. Everything was wonderful no thanks to the hostess.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent
Wait staff super attentive
Also there is a outside patio out back that will allow cigars

Not overly expensive and food was delicious all 4 of us were extremely happy

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JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

fabulous food in my top 3 places to go to eat locally you should make a reservation even on weeknights

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food. Highly recommended!

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KS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my boyfriend graduating the police academy and everything was phenomenal like usual. Thank you!

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very enjoyable meal. We eat out quite a lot, and there are a lot of disappointing places. This was not one of them.

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B
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and welcoming Service. Excellent menu and delicious food.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food & outstanding service!
The wait staff are very personable and friendly, assisting with menu recommendations.

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a
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around..
food is great..from the steaming hot bread and amazing flavored butter to the incredible dessert and the main courses are huge and delicious.
service is above and beyond ....service as is use to be when customer service was all about making the customer happy.....clean ...quaint....romantic
...comfortable...extremely friendly.!!!!

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N
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great , service was very good food was outstanding

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A
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service was wonderful.

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KN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ironbound Food in the heart of Monmouth County! Excellent, a must try.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Normally have a great meal there. Just one bad experience won’t keep me away

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Too many times you find a restaurant that is just great in all respects on the first visit, and then fails miserably when you go back a few weeks later. Not so Mar Belo. Dinner with friends three weeks ago was terrific. Dinner with my wife 2 days ago just as good if not better. Best clam chowder I ever had. All fish super fresh and tasty. The food arrives quickly and hot. The service is excellent. We will make this our “go to” place.

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A
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Mar Belo for many reasons: ambience, great food and value and the best Sangria. This was the first time we sat in the bar room with the TV. The waiters seemed to be confused with who was taking and not taking our orders.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time dining at Mar Belo and the food and service was again impeccable. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Garlic chicken ever..

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday celebration

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff, food was delicious! We will be back next month!

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was excellent !
We have dined there before
The couple we dined with also enjoyed everything
Will return and recommend to friends andfamily

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JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went to Mar Belo for a quiet Saturday night dinner. She is not a fan of spicy food, so went primarily as an accommodation to me. It was a very enjoyable night for both of us. I had the pork & clams and she had the chicken in garlic sauce. Both dishes were very good and reasonably priced. The dining room was cozy and tasteful, and they did their best to spread guests around. The salient attribute we most appreciated, however, was the solicitousness of the staff - without being intrusive. They were not only friendly, but seemed genuinely interested in ensuring that we enjoyed both their restaurant and their cuisine. Clearly they take pride in both and it shows. Will we go back? Yes, for sure.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I introduced 2 friends to Mar Belo and they loved it. Wednesday steak nights are the best!!

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S
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like Portuguese food it is a must try. My wife had the swordfish special and I had the paella.

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TM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely delicious dinner (Mariscada and Zarzuela). Our drinks were perfect and the service was excellent. Always enjoy Mar Belo and they seem to continually strive to give you a special experience.

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding time with friends!! Our waiter was fantastic and even brought out a complimentary after dinner drink. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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n
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Mar Belo's before a show at Axelrod Theater this past Saturday night. Hadn't been there is a very long time. They did change the menu, and excluded my favorite meal, however I ordered the chicken with saffron rice and it was delicious. The couple with us also enjoyed their meal. Would recommend this restaurant and plan on returning.

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good except the food. I did not care for the red snapper, Ii tasted more like flounder than a snapper. My husbands paella was dry. Sorry...

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

From the welcome to the end of the meal our party of six where very pleased. Our sever Gabriel was outstanding. He gave us the attention and his. Slurs opinions on our choice of meals.
We will definitely be back!!!

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JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to have a quiet relaxing dinner with friends and family. great food and service is the best

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KS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful. Our server George was great and made sure we had everything we needed. I love this place and will definitely be back!

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KE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlos was outstanding, as always! He is one of our favorite waiters in Monmouth and Ocean County. The food was amazing, too! An overall wonderful experience!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall was great but just a few things. Scallop appetizer was a under done and regarding the shrimp dish, the Shrimp are not deveined!!! Yuk..!!!!!

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