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Sol-Mar, Newark, NJ

Sol-Mar

4.7
4.7
111 Reviews
$30 and under
Portuguese
Sol Mar Restaurant & Marisqueira is one of the leading seafood restaurants in New Jersey. It is family operated, opened in 1957, and focused on authentic Portuguese & Mediterranean cuisines. The interior of Sol-Mar is handcrafted as carefully as the menu, as diners are transported across the Atlantic as soon as they walk through the doors thanks to the authentic decor and style of the dining room. It is located just a few blocks from Newark Penn Station, close to Newark International Airport, in the famous neighborhood of Ironbound.
Sol Mar’s menu experience featuring the finest seafood catch from regional coasts and international waters in Portugal and all over the world is showcased at your table. Diners who aren't feeling the taste of seafood can still order other dishes such as grilled porterhouse steak, pork chops in garlic sauce, and chicken marsala. You can enjoy all of Portugal's magnificent atmospheres without leaving the premises.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Portuguese, Mediterranean, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (973) 344-3041
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Persons with Disabilities, Women
  • Catering
    Whether it's a wedding, special event, or corporate meeting, we cater to all types of occasions. One of the leading catering restaurants in New Jersey, we provide both on-premise and off-premise catering services. We are glad to work with you to create a catering menu or a party plan. It is our specialty to create unique parties for our clients.
  • Private party facilities
    Our private event rooms can accommodate 20 or more people, we also have exclusive catering rights to Airport Marriott. Your guests will be impressed by our in-house party facilities. In case you are planning an out-of-campus party, we have exclusive access to the halls you would like to use.
  • Neighborhood
    Newark
  • Cross street
    Ferry Street and Market Street
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    Few blocks from Newark Penn Station and 4 miles from Newark International Airport
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Solmar Seafood Festival

    Apr 19 - Apr 21, 2024
    Embark on a culinary voyage at the 3rd SolMar Seafood Festival in Ironbound, Newark, NJ from April 19th to 21st. Delight in Portugal's culinary heritage with an a la carte menu featuring an exquisite selection of oceanic delicacies. From Spider Crabs to Tiger Shrimps, indulge in the best the sea has to offer. Join us for a celebration of tradition, quality, and authentic flavors. Learn more at www.solmar-restaurant.com.

What 111 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Essex

    Best Value

111 Reviews
  1. CatarinaC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal, Delicious bread, vegetable soup, pastel de nata. Child friendly.

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  2. dinegirl1

    New York City

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful food and service. Can’t wait to go back. Portions are huge!

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  3. PhilipM

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and waitstaff. The food was incredible.

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  4. HildaC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Place was very nice, cozy. Customer service was great. I was a little disappointed with my meal (fish). But would go back and try something else.

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  5. Chit

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff and service, ambience, were excellent! But the food was not the same as the last time I was there. Every dish was salty including the paella rice. The pork appetizers and the chicken and pork entrees were quite tough. It might’ve been a new cook?

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  6. CraigS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    May be my new favorite Iron Bound place for dinner!

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  7. JoeV

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and ambiance. One suggestion would be to get 1 or 2 better bourbons. Four Roses Single Barrel or Woodford are solid bourbons and reasonably priced.

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  8. MarisolN

    New York City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Clean and wait staff were friendly and attentive.

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  9. MARCELOB

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food very with exception the cod fish - a Brás. This plate was not very well

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  10. WilliamS

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent food and service. Love the seafood.

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  11. Paramus

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sol Mar is always a great place to dine Enjoyed our meal

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazingly delicious, and the staff is so attentive and pleasant. Great place to celebrate, or just have dinner!

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  13. Miguel

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and friendly staff. Although my veal chops were overcooked, they were delicious so I ate them happily.

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  14. AllisonL

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    They need more staff. It took us a while for someone to get us seated, even with a reservation. Then half an hour went by before we finally flagged down our waiter for water and to place our orders. Once we ordered, the food came out quickly. The portions are enormous, you could easily split an entire between two people. I wish they'd make normal portions and lower the prices. I thought the chicken marsala was salty and dry. My date liked his steak though and the kale soup was good. Overall there are better restaurants in the Ironbound though

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  15. TimC

    New York City

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. My wife and I enjoyed the paella for two. What an excellent dish! We also enjoyed the sangria. My wife and I shared a pitcher of that. Deserts and the fresh made coffee were the final touch on a great dinner. We will be back!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Sol Mar and have been there multiple times. The staff are exceptional super nice and the food is outstanding. I always get the grilled octopus on the roof tile and although it said market price, it was less expensive than a lot of the entrées. One point I would make is that they try to give you cheese and sausage bread for the table and you think it’s free but they end up charging you for it. Not a lot of money but I think it’s a little bit sneaky. I’ve learned to say no thank you. And also it’s not that good. But our party of 10 had a wonderful time. Oh and the Sangria is awesome. We got red.

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  17. MelonieM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to catch up with old friends while enjoying a delicious meal. Portions are plentiful and fish nice and fresh. Service was outstanding- always there when we wanted Ramon, but never intrusive or rushed. Love the wine list. Overall one of my go to Portuguese places in Newark as it consistently delivers.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent! Had the paella and shrimp in garlic. Ramon was a very attentive and friendly server. Will definitely be back.

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  19. NewJersey

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This is our second time coming here. We had a wonderful experience the first time, over the summer. This time was very busy due to the New Year's Eve, so service was slower than the last time. Our dishes were very good and priced very reasonable.

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  20. HadassahP

    New York City

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time at Sol-Mar and it was a fabulous experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant for both food and drinks l!

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  21. rachelF

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food great ambience feels like being in portugal.

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  22. BarryG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always excellent food, excellent service, just an amazing experience

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best great seafood experience in the NE. Can’t wait to come back

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  24. ValerieM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sol Mar is an excellent restaurant for all types of food not just seafood. The staff is gracious and attentive.. They always check on the patrons to see if they need something. The atmosphere is consistent with the season which was Christmas Holiday. The menu was very diverse. Everyone will have a nice experience at Sol Mar Restaurant. V, Stevens

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  25. mrwitty69

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not busy. Great service. great portugese meal. Not the greatest parking.

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  26. KenB

    New York City

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The Food was good and the service was great! We had the Parrillada de Mariscos, it was great and more than we could finish. And the parking across the street made it easy.

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  27. ANATASEIAR

    New York City

    55 reviews

    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went to celebrate my birthday with friends. Ramon was our server. He was very nice.

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  28. AliceO

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food and reasonably priced. Loved this place!

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  29. Picktails

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not our first time at this magnificent establishment. We have been there many times . Always good service , very attentive to the guest ! Due to traffic for a Saturday reservation I was afraid we would be penalized but one quick call and we were assured that every thing was good to go !! A million thanks we will be back !

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  30. joec

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    To be honest it was a very disappointing visit because I’ve heard so many great things about this restaurant. My dates shrimp was ice cold and overcooked. We told the waiter in Portuguese, Spanish and English and he just laughed it off. Listen I don’t mind spending good money on great food but tonight the service and food were subpar at best.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience atmosphere service and portion size was good the food quality and flavors left more to be desired

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  32. jimk

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was phenomenal! I wish this was my neighborhood place, because it would absolutely become a regular dining spot! Seven adults and five kids under 10. Chicken strips French fries and meatballs satisfied the weans. Two seafood paella, a halibut and shrimp DELIGHTED the adults! We were here for RedBu Charlotte MLS. I was joined by friends from Glasgow, Manchester, Charlotte and everyone was pleased! Service was first rate, expedited everything as traffic created a bit of a delay for our party assembling. Next time, I’ll just order paella because it’ll satisfy anyone who’ll eat seafood! Oh, full bar service too! Jim, from Philly

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  33. FranciscoL

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is amazing, price is great. 100 % recommended

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  34. jorgeb

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    great experience overall from food , service , and owner who cares about your enjoyment

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  35. CruzBeauty

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy food in this area so we were really looking forward to trying a new restaurant. Disappointing service & mixed feedback from a couple of guests on food - bland rice, ribs without much meat, & not liking garlic mashed potatoes. The most disappointing was that the staff was not very attentive, and the restaurant was relatively empty. Many staff members were standing around the bar next to our table, signaling seemed to go ignored or unnoticed, and one guest had to ask several times for a soda refill and although I tried to flag someone down several times, I had only one glass of wine with my meal and somehow wasn't able to order another one until they came out with the dessert cart. No one came over to ask if we were enjoying our meal, if we needed anything else, or if we needed refills on drinks. Overall, it's a charming place. Deceiving from the outside. This place is a lot larger than it looks. Lovely windows and lighting, great presentation, and good value for the money.

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  36. sandram

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Sol-Mar never disappoints. The food was fresh and flavorful. The size of the meal is great for its value. Service was okay. They took a while to serve us the food and never gave us water. But overall, it was a great experience.

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  37. BrianK

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food. Huge portions. Festive atmosphere.
    Sol-MarResponded on September 25, 2023
    We're delighted to hear you enjoyed our delicious food, generous portions, and the festive atmosphere at our restaurant!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Calamari was terrible. Straight out of freezer. Rubbery and terrible coating.

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  39. Alden

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been coming here since I was a child. Constantly great food, service and welcoming atmosphere!

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  40. JackPhilly

    Philadelphia

    115 reviews

    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food. Enormous serving. Great service. Totally recommend this place. We had scallops with garlic sauce. We got 11 large scallops. With potatoes and vegetables. And the halibut steak. Massive and tender and wonderful. We ate half and took the other half home for the next night. Equally good. Nice Portuguese white wine.
    Sol-MarResponded on September 25, 2023
    Delighted you loved the food and experience – hope to see you again soon!

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FAQs

Sol-Mar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 344-3041.

Sol-Mar is rated 4.7 stars by 111 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Sol-Mar

263 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Ferry Street and Market Street
  • Neighborhood
    Newark
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Portuguese, Mediterranean, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    Few blocks from Newark Penn Station and 4 miles from Newark International Airport
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Persons with Disabilities, Women
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (973) 344-3041
  • Catering
    Whether it's a wedding, special event, or corporate meeting, we cater to all types of occasions. One of the leading catering restaurants in New Jersey, we provide both on-premise and off-premise catering services. We are glad to work with you to create a catering menu or a party plan. It is our specialty to create unique parties for our clients.
  • Private party facilities
    Our private event rooms can accommodate 20 or more people, we also have exclusive catering rights to Airport Marriott. Your guests will be impressed by our in-house party facilities. In case you are planning an out-of-campus party, we have exclusive access to the halls you would like to use.
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