Fornos of Spain

4.6
1224 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Welcome to Fornos of Spain Restaurant located on the Iron Bound in Newark, NJ. Fornos of Spain has been bestowed numerous awards and proclaimed by various national magazines as a "must" when dining out in New Jersey. Our award winning Spanish cuisine is prepared with the freshest seafood of Spain. Our extensive wine cellars offer over 450 aged and vintage wines and has the rarest collections of Spanish wines in the United States.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Fornos! The food and service staff are always on point! Our meal was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is wonderful as always and the food delicious! The service is by far the best as they treat everyone with the same level respect. Thank you !

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vippaulg
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I can't go to Spain because of covid, but I can go to Fornos and enjoy the the great dishes I hunger from the Reino de Espana.

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Mann
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I made reservations and got the worse seating ever in a room off to the side with a waiter that was getting not just our order wrong but other tables around us. They tried to make things better by bringing us a pitcher of Sangria but that’s not what the wife likes. I was disappointed as I been coming here for years

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TONYT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is sublime with a myriad of choices. The waiters and staff are all very professional and pleasant. They are attentive, but not intrusive. The prices are a bit high, but the food in both quality and amount make Fornos a must dining experience.

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BrianC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect for family dinner or any other occasions with medium or large group

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vipAlberto
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was 'good' and portion plentiful but really other than the Pulpo Feria(Octopus with VO oil and paprika) the food really didn't have a truly Spanish flavor case in point: Their Caldo Gallego was really a very poor imitation; very disappointed. I grew up in Gallego household I know how it should taste.
My other issue was their service: the busboys were very attentive but the waiter who attended us was more concerned with a table that had 4 young women and after we place our order with him didn't come by once.
May be it is all due to the present situation

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JoanneI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My family and I haven’t been here in a year due to Covid. We went this past weekend for my daughter’s 23rd birthday! I’m happy to report, everything was exceptional!! We were not disappointed!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a special occasion or just a night out. After a temperature check we were seated. Service was very good and we were not rushed. Food is excellent with a lot to chose from. Overall a great night out with my wife.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing!

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vipLisa
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and our waiter Serge was awesome! We will be back soon

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vipJess
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing lunch. We enjoyed the delicious food and the service was superb. Will definitely come again.

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MarleneP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love this restaurant and have been going here for over 20yrs. The food is exceptional. This was the first time that I had to wait a while to be seated despite having a reservation but I gave a 3 for service because the hostess was rude under the pressure of multiple diners waiting and asking when they can expect to be seated. Everything else was perfect as always.

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Tami
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and the sangria are never a problem here. Always delicious and exceeds expectations. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and funny. The staff that packed our go-to bag forgot to include the garlic shrimp we didn't finish eating, but I can attribute that to a human mistake. Maybe he forgot to pack it in the bag. Who knows?

The problem comes in when we left. When we arrived, the parking attendant asked us to park in the handicapped parking section. My husband expressed concern about parking in a handicapped space without proper tags. The attendant assured us that our car would be fine. After we ate and got back to the car, two attendants began yelling at my husband and I saying we told them we were only picking up food and that's the only reason they told us to park there. Me nor my husband ever told any of the attendants that we were picking up food or sitting down to eat.

I can understand miscommunications or misunderstandings but I do not appreciate being yelled at and lied on. I love the food here and the waiters and staff inside are the best; they need to work on the customer service training for their parking attendants. Even if there was a legitimate problem, a customer should never be spoken to the way they spoke to us for THEIR mistake.

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Patrick
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome but the noise can get very loud. I had the best Sole francese in my life.

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LeeK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t beat this place. Food is amazing. Service is top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to see other people out dining through the pandemic to support your franchise. As usual the restaurant was clean, service was great and the food was good. Thank you again my husband and I will definitely be visiting again in the near future.
Our first date 2015
Our engagement was May 2019
Our first date in 2021 as husband and wife
All at Forno’s

Thanks for the experience and memories

The McFadden’s....

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was great!

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JimP
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish everything was EXCELLENT! Quality has never been better.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was dry and tasted like it sat a around for awhile before being brought out to the table.

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vipMMKT
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Socially distanced tables, great food and service, Fornos is one of our favorite restaurants.

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Mrlaughsalot
SW Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, Tasty drinks, delicious food and appetizers, as the ambiance has a nice touch to it. As for a date night with a Colombian and a Portuguese, it was a delicious and pleasant experience. My favorite meal is Paella Diablo and I this time I tried clams casino which I recommend. Even during this covid time, I’ve been here before in the past but not in a long time. It tasted better than I remember, Can’t wait to come again! #picante

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant really deserves to be somewhere better than Newark, NJ.

You will spend at least 2.5 hours here eating quality and perfectly prepared food.

This will always be my favorite place to eat for special occasions.

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JosephM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place would recommend to all my family and friends

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SteveP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Tables too close in spite of NJ requirements. Was reseated upon request but close tables is a issue

Food and service good as usual but won't be back until the pandemic seating issues are resolved

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KimberlyM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was great, as always. Service was not. After waiting 1.5 hrs for appetizers, the staff blamed a limited kitchen staff due to Covid 19 on the delay. Meanwhile, we saw other tables, who came in after us, get their food before us.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, amazing service, good variety of food for all taste...

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vipjorge
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The table was ready upon arrival. The menu was extensive. The main course and sides were excellent. The desserts were not as good as in the past.

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Mdinsite
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and cuisine.

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Carolync
Poconos
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

It was very pricey for mediocre food and poor service. Ambiance was wonderful! Outdoor experience was the best part; sadly the food didn’t measure up.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Waiter was a little slow, but everything else was great! Portions are large (paella can be split b/w 2) and the sangria is delicious.

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Doggybagdelights
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fornos is far and away the best dining experience in Northern New Jersey. This establishment is a model for anyone in the business of delivering first rate dining, old school is the only school. And in the midst of this horrific pandemic, they have created a superb indoor outdoor dining space to be enjoyed by all.

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viphersh
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Pricing seems to be onbthe high side. $21 for an appetizer? Food was average at best.

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CarolynJ
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been 20 plus years since I have been there. I have awesome time.

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EdwardF
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether half - empty (sorry) or brimming full (hopefully in the spring) all is terrific. Even the parking lot guy was attentive and cheerful.

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vipJohnH
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service from start to finish. And the food was awesome!

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FatimahJ
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good food only thing I did not like was they need to clean the utensils better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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DianeB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here often...we tend to be creatures of habit...
Our favorites are Shrimp in Garlic Sauce and the Lobster Tails!
Always cooked to perfection!

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vipLaurenG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in a beautiful, covered, outdoor space. The food and service were excellent. Highlights were the garlic shrimp, ceviche, and the skirt steak. They give a lot of food for the price, so it was nice to have leftovers. Would definitely recommend and go back again.

FAQs

Fornos of Spain offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 589-4767.

Fornos of Spain is rated 4.6 stars by 1224 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.