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About Portucale Restaurant

Portucale is an authentic Portuguese Restaurant; home to innovative, contemporary dishes that honor traditional Portuguese cuisine.




Our Lounge is the perfect setting for a fun event in a lively, informal setting, complete with its own entrance and hard wood floors. Located directly off the lounge area is our dining room: an intimate space, ideal for both personal and business lunches and dinners. We also boast one of the finest outdoor patios in the city!




We are conveniently located in the heart of Newark Ironbound, Portucale offers you a luxury with convenient parking at one of our two lots.

129 Elm St
Newark, NJ 07105
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Portuguese, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm,

Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm;

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am,

Cross Street:
Union Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 344-4407

Website:
http://www.portucalerestaurantnwk.com/

Parking Details:
Our private lot is located next to the restaurant, and aditional parking is located at 132 Union Street.

Public Transit:
We are located 5 minutes walking from Newark Pen Station.

Executive Chef:
Antonio Filipe

Private Party Facilities:
We have a private room with capacity for 52 people. Tables range can be organized in different ways in order to accomodate everyone's preferences.

Private Party Contact:
Thiago Almeida: (973) 344-4407

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Portucale Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (20)
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Authentic (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Casual (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Cozy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Tapas (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The food is always plentiful and excellent! The service is friendly and the wait staff personable. It's a good place to go with family and friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2017

The staff was very friendly and the food was terrific!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

excellent restaurant pleasant atmosphere excellent staff

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

We were thankfully able to make a last minute reservation here after the restaurant we wer initially planning on going to had an hour wait and we had concert tickets. What a great find. The sangria was great. We had shrimp in garlic sauce which was excellent. I had steak Portucale was was delicious. Everyone else really likes their food too. Parking was tight. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Great restaurants and great service. Dinner portion is huge!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2017

We were in that area at the Prudential Center, it was a close place and a shot in the dark. Food was good, huge portion size. The prices were reasonable. Looked like there was a nice patio area outside, it looked like it would be nice to eat out there during the warmer months. Our waiter was friendly and very helpful. They could find my reservation and accommodated us right away. Overall really we enjoyed our experience there, We would recommend it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Good not great. Don Pepe is 1,000 times better.

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food3
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 8, 2017

This has to be my favorite place in the Newark NJ area they are top notch food is fantastic and the staff is the best they really care about their customers

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 4, 2017

This place is fantastic in all aspects food is very delicious and exquisitely prepared the staff is very friendly accommodating to every need

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 1, 2017

I travel a bunch and try and eat at very good restaurants with a cultural aspect or variety and I can honestly say that the Portucale restaurant is a great place that will not disappoint you I have enjoyed 4 meals there in the past week and they have exceeded my expectations in all areas!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 30, 2017

Wow this place has not only fantastic atmosphere great food greater service everything was fresh delicious and satisfying I would recommend 100%

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Great service, amazing food, great portions. Can share a paella with 4 people!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Ordered four main courses. All were fantastic. Octopus, Bife Portucale both made to perfection. Also had paelha marinheria, camarao recheado also very good

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2016

only one waiter in our area, dinner took over 2 hours, our waiter had about 10 tables, our table was 6 another one was for 8, they should have had at least 2 waiters and a helper in our room, looked like they had another room and no idea if they had more help in that room. food was good and we had a groupon, which made it a great deal. the meal still came out to almost $200 with groupon included. my meal was ok, everyone else loved there melas, would consider trying it again, but if i see one waiter for the one section, i think i will leave

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Excellent food and good service. The octopus appetizer is very good and atmosphere was nice. Parking is scarce but worth a walk around the block.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2016

My first visit to Portucale. Impressed with the service and the flavor. Meals (steak and fish) melted. Very impressed. Loved the hospitality.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2016

The food portions are HUGE and delicious! Very well priced for what you receive, the app was delicious although wish we would've skipped it because couldn't finish our entrees! Definitely recommend the white sangria 😬

Side note: our opentable reservation ended up not going through so when we walked in on a very busy night and found this out we were quite worried but they ended up seating us within 5 minutes and service was still excellent!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2016

We were looking for a Portuguese restaurant for dinner for our family before the Devils game. The food was so fantastic that we are looking forward to returning. For the calamari appetizer the rings were very tender and yummy with an excellent marinara sauce. Our children had the filet mignon from the children's menu and loved it. Also we had two types of paella that were outstanding. The paella portions were huge. The dishes were so flavorful and the shellfish was cooked perfectly. This restaurant has an excellent chef. We can't wait to go back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Outstanding Value, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2016

real Portugese patrons, service, food; fantastic waiters that explain any and everything and are very caring and warm; amazing food.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Not on the main street where the other larger Spanish and Portguese Restaurants are but worth going a little out of the way. Prices are great and the food is excellent. Service very attentive without being over your shoulder.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2016

Love Portucale! I can't wait to go back soon!

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 4, 2016

Nothing we ordered was bad or improperly cooked, it was just OK. Perhaps it is time for some culinary forward thinking in regards to the menu (extensive) and food quality (ordinary... pretty much what we find in similar local area restaurants.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2016

The food is always great! Very consistent.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 13, 2016

I took my parents there for their anniversary. Dinner was amazing. The service was impeccable. We're DEFINITELY going back!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 6, 2016

Parking situation is horrible but there is a parking lot if you can find it on the side street. Our waiter wasn't very talkative and not personable at all. Didn't even great you when you walked in or welcome you to the restaurant. Food was average...nothing great. The ambiance was nice though.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2016

Portucale has some of the best Portuguese food I have ever had! The portions are large and well worth the dollar spent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2016

Six of us went to Portucale to celebrate Portugal winning the soccer game against France. Service was friendly, but definitely not the fastest. We were not in a hurry, so it did't matter. Wine list is very affordable with good choices. Two of my friends had the caesar salad with chicken which was very dry. We saved the chicken and made a nice chicken salad the next day. I ordered the octopus on the regular menu and that was WONDERFUL. Not only there was a lot of meat, it was amazingly tender. I would come back to Newark just for that octopus again. I guess, if you are in a Portuguese restaurant, you should order Portuguese food!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2016

The food here is wonderful! You won't be disappointed with anything you pick!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2016

Parking right next to the restaurant - Waiters were friendly and prompt, Food portions were great and delicious. Prices are very reasonable. I highly recommend

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2016

We went with a Grupon to try it out and will be back. The service was excellent and our waiter helped with food selections and wine. He also told us about the different regional cuisines of Portugal. The octopus appetizer was very tender (too much so for our taste) but Rey flavorful. The mardicada with green sauce was excellent and include rd a half lobster. The sauce is cilantro rather parsley based. Mussels were la be, and perfectly cooked. We also had the pan seared red snapper which was tasty and beautifully presented. The rice is served with peas and peppers which are overdone.
There is a small parking lot just down the street. Necessary as on street parking is difficult.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2013

This restaurant is about the bar scene, not the dining room. The waiter while nice, did not know what the Portucale sauce was--the house special sauce that appeared throughtout the menu. We stopped asking questions after that.

The fire detector went off throughout our meal. No effort was made to apologize for this as management was in the other room (the bar) and that room was buzzing with patrons and already loud. Wecouldn't leave fast enough.

The meat was horrible. They use poor cuts. The seafood dishes were excellent, particularly the house clam appetizer and the paella.

The sangria was terrific and thank goodness for it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2012

Apparently this was a slow night because we were initially alone and then one other couple came in and that was it for the night, although there were several patrons sitting at the bar, which was separate from the dining room. There was lots of choices on the menu and helpful descriptions were given. The food was tasty and quite plentiful (the salad was huge and was definitley not meant for just one person). The service was very good.

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