Mompou Tapas

4.2
219 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Good for Groups

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About

Since 2005, Mompou Tapas Wine Bar and Lounge has been redefining the restaurant scene in Newark's historic Ironbound District. Great food, fine wine, top entertainment and special events have earned Mompou a growing reputation among discerning diners.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation

Monday - Wednesday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm,

Thursday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm,

Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00pm,

Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(973) 578-8114
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Reginaldo Oliveira
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Private party contact
Tony Martinez: (973) 578-8114
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Prospect St.
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Public transit
We are located two blocks from Newark Penn Station.
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Entertainment
Live Music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

Monthly art exhibitions!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vegetable paella, bacalao, and flan are all excellent.

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San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great. It was only loud because there was a Spanish Guitar band and a flamenco dancer. They were very good but it made it a bit hard to talk. I think they have different bands one night a week. Would definitely go back.

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LG
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had received many recommendations for restaurants in the Iron Bound section but stumbled on this in Trip Advisor. I really didn't want a typical big Spanish/Portuguese meal before a show at the Prudential Center so this sounded appealing to me. My date and I were so glad we took a chance on this place!!! At first we were seated in the front area which was loud but with a great Saturday night vibe. But then I discovered a quaint covered patio area in the back and they quickly and pleasantly moved us out there. From the moment we walked in we felt extremely welcomed. Rachel was our server and she gave us great advice and was prompt with the service. The sangria was delicious and not loaded with ice. We had 4 rounds of tapas, all were very tasty and I look forward to going back and trying other dishes!! We were able to get in and out of there, not feeling rushed... or stuffed!!!! And walked up to the Pru Center for our concert. They do have larger dishes for those who want that and I will most likely return for that as well on a night when I am not going to a show. Give this place a try! You won't regret it!

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were going to a concert and needed a place to eat in walking distance to the venue. I picked this place after reading the reviews and so glad I did! The service staff were very attentive and welcoming. The atmosphere was cozy ( we sat outside), the food was delicious. We ordered a bunch of tapas and 1 entree (it was only 2 of us) and shared everything. Everything we ate was seasoned well, never needed salt or pepper (which were not on any table). The only reason I gave the food 4 stars was because some of the tapas were not hot when they were served. I would definitely go back again and bring my friends and family.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a place for early dinner before a recent show at the Prudential Center. We had a short walk from the train and a little farther walk back to the Center. When we arrived, we were the only patrons. Soon after the place started to fill and was quite the place to be. The staff was attentive and friendly, the food fresh and tasty. We even enjoyed the music and hope to return.

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New York Area
1.0Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Way under staffed. Service awful. Worst dish of "charred Octopus" I've ever had the misfortune of ordering. Rubbery, bland and not one iota of char. GROSS.

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GF
New York Area
2.0Dined on June 12, 2017
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was great. The location in Newark is right on the main drag where a lot of new hot spots are opening up in this developing area. The ambiance was nice, laid back, and the noise level was reasonable.

My main complaint was the service, and especially the fact that the hostess never addressed my OpenTable reservation. When I later contacted OpenTable to see if the reservation even went through, they said it was still "pending," which means the restaurant never acknowledged receipt of the reservation. Also, the waitstaff were very quick to take our orders, almost to the point of rushing us, but after delivering the check, it was hard to locate them, so our needs and their needs were not at all aligned. Could be the time of day we were there (maybe they were trying to close).

I'll be back but ideally at an earlier time. The food is actually quite good, which is the real reason to go.

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BB
New York Area
5.0Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love it here!!! Great food and fantastic ambiance.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the private room downstairs for a party of 16. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the staff was attentive. Definitely plan on going back again soon

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Philadelphia
4.0Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to Mompou for the first time, as we had a late flight out of Newark. We were pleased with the venue, the service, and the food. Good variety of tapas, and we liked all 4 we tried. Had eggplant, dates with bacon, cod croquettes, and chorizo. Sangria was good, as well. Free parking after 6 pm, too!

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New York Area
5.0Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent as always. My colleague from Spain says this food is as good as what he gets back in his home town.

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

3 hours later, still here drinking and having fun

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New York Area
5.0Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my third time coming here and I will always recommend it to people. Great food, great ambiance and great customer service.

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New York Area
4.0Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall, the food was good (chicken meatballs were a little dry) and the drinks were excellent. A little disappointed that they were out of churros but still have a Spanish coffee. Atmosphere was good; decoration gave a bit of a funky feeling

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New York Area
5.0Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service. Food was authentuc, tasty and fresh.

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New York Area
4.0Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We've eaten here a few times and have always been pleased. It is a good solid dining experience.

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Aberdeen
4.0Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the ambiance. The wood wall and brick and contemporary lighting are wonderful! Food is delicious, both small plates and dinner menu. It was a full house and a bit noisy, only drawback. Would definitely return.

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New York Area
3.0Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Mompou used to be really good. We were disappointed with the quality of the Octopus, it was very chewy (like rubber) and when we explained this to our waiter, he brought us another serving but it was not any better. Overall, all of the food was room temperature, and not all that special. It was expensive for what we got for the cost. The service was fine, not special, but no complaints about it.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful meal with a large group of colleagues earlier this week. The staff was excellent in service and advice regarding the menu and in accommodating our group. The tapas were all wonderful and we enjoyed the entire experience. The cocktail menu and tapas menu has selections that should please everyone.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tapas here are as good as anything you could get in Spain.

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New York Area
3.0Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We went to Mompou before a concert at the Prudential Center. It was very crowded and their was a live show. We sat downstairs which was fine because my friend and I wanted to talk. Service level was sporadic. Food came to table cold. We ordered 6 or 7 tapas. Most were just OK.
We ordered meatballs and waiter brought chicken meatballs. Chicken skewers were over done.

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TS
New York Area
5.0Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, fun atmosphere, great drink menu, and so many veg options. Love this place!

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New England
4.0Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place for excellent tapas and great wine. Tapas as good as in spain. Good choices of wine. Mencia wine was outstanding.

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New York Area
3.0Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We've been here before and always enjoyed it. Tonight was an exception. Of the four tapas, only the stuffed peppers were good. Pork was overcooked, shrimp tasted frozen and bland.

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KM
New York Area
4.0Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food and drinks. I hope our waitress was new and that was why she had a lot of missteps. Also, for a tapas place, tables are small for the number of plates and glasses on surface are. We were three and barely comfortable at a table for four. You end up hitting people and chairs on your way in and out of your table. I would definitely go back if I can sit at the bar and figure out the non-peak hours.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious choice if you are going to a concert. Park across the street and take a cab to the arena. We really enjoyed everything. Eggplant was great, lamb chops yum. We didn't love the tuna salad as much as everything else. Loved the bacon wrapped dates. Fried calamari good too.

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New England
5.0Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, love Mompous. Second, they had a fabulous flamenco singer and there was NO cover charge! Great spot for drinks, tapas or dinner! Nice bar scene too. In the nice weather they've also got outdoor dining! Fabulous place anytime of year.

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New England
4.0Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Food was good a little pricy.

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Washington DC
2.0Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The hostess was superb but the service was slow despite a lot of standing around by the kitchen end of the bar by the waitstaff. My husband had to ask at least twice to have his glass refilled. The food was eh and way too salty. The speakers above our table were terrible and when they turned up the music, we complained and nothing was done about it. All in all, we couldn't wait to pay our bill and leave.

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Philadelphia
4.0Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a late lunch, 2 adults & 2 girls 12yo. The food was very good and the wait staff was very polite, accomodating, and quick. There were only 2 other tables occupied and both had children. Food presentation was top notch and well prepared- very possibly I shorted them by only giving 4 stars on food. Its nice space with maybe 12-20 x 4-top tables with a long bar and seating. Large TV over bar playing soccer game when we were there. It was a good meal before walking over to Redbull Arena to watch a game (just under a mile).

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New York Area
5.0Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! Great for biz Lunch or night with friends. Try it!

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Minneapolis
5.0Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible. I enjoyed the ambiance, atmosphere, food, service, everything! I will definitely go back when in Newark again!

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New York Area
3.0Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent! Our server, however, was just okay. He took about 15 minutes just to greet our table and get us water. It seemed like they were rushing us to leave towards the end because they kept asking if we were done and wanted the check. Also, we just ended up cancelling the last dish because it took over 20 minutes and it still had not came out even though we asked about it multiple times.

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New York Area
4.0Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere. Food was good and the staff was great. I would go back again

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New York Area
5.0Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Made a reservation based on previous reviews prior to attending a concert at the Prudential Center. It was greater than anticipated. Good food, friendly staff, and romantic atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

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RG
Baltimore
5.0Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant with fantastic attention from ALL staff. Food is over the top Delicious!

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New York Area
5.0Dined on February 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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New York Area
5.0Dined on January 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent. Great place

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New York Area
4.0Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good tapas, specially the tortilla and piquillo peppers
I will highly recommend this restaurant

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New York Area
5.0Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So I bought tickets to see Bocelli at prudential Center for my wife for Christmas and was looking for a place for dinner. So Mompou rated pretty well so I reserved. The food was superb. Meat was super tender, sauces were so good I was ready to take gallons home. Service was top notch. Finished plates were removed in seconds. Most of all scored major points with the wifey. It's a month later and still getting rewards! I'm sure the concert had a lot to do with it but certainly Mompou set the stage. I'm from staten island. ... and will go back .
Pete

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