Iberia is the old name for the peninsula to which Portugal and Spain belong. How we all know, delicious Food and flavors come from this part of the world. Fortunately, we can try it on site. The Iberia Tavern and Restaurant introduced Portuguese and Spanish cuisine to the region in 1926. Over the years, Iberia began its journey as a small tavern and luncheon and grew to become the largest restaurant in Newark while building a reputation locally known. From locals to tourists, Iberia is a staple in the community. Read on to find out more about this popular restaurant that serves classic Portuguese and Spanish dishes.
A brief background story
Iberia tavern is the older brother of the Iberia Peninsula in the heart of Newark’s Ironbound section at 80-84 Ferry Street. When the demand for Iberia Taverns outweighed the capacity of the Iberia Peninsula space, the restaurant expansion was born. The entire restaurant dominates two full blocks.
Iberia specializes in traditional Portuguese and Spanish dishes. The menu is extensive, the portions extremely generous, and the affordable prices will keep you coming back time and time again. The menu is very meat and seafood forward.
Guests will find classic dishes such as chorizo (Portguese sausage) and paella, one of the most famous dishes in Spanish cuisine, which, depending on the region, consists of rice, beans, seafood, vegetables and various types of animal meat.
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The restaurant is known for its Rodizio (Portuguese-style all-you-can-eat) options. The waiter brings you skewers of grilled chicken, filet mignon, pork, turkey, ribs, sausage, and more until you say stop.
The Parrilhada dish is another popular dish for parties as it feeds two to three people. The dish is made with lobster, jumbo shrimp, clams, clams, garlic shrimp, calamari, flounder, and saffron rice – and whole lobsters, 1 to 6 pounds, 24 ounces. Lobster tails.
Appetizers range from a shrimp cocktail to a squid salad (there’s a full salad menu too). With 16 seafood appetizers, it can be overwhelming (in a good way) but classics like the grilled salmon fillet and the grilled prawn platter are a must.
The meat section of the menu also offers over 10 starters. Of course, there are steak options, as well as pork and chicken. The boneless grilled sirloin steak with shrimp is a great option. BBQ options include pork baby ribs, Portuguese-style grilled chicken, and more. For pasta, Iberia keeps it simple with two options, linguine with mussels or prawns in garlic sauce.
There is a full service bar both inside and outside with an impressive selection of Spanish and Portuguese wines, as well as vino from France, Italy, Chile and Australia and native California vintages. The sangria is a fan favorite and goes well with any meal on the menu.
The restaurant has a casual atmosphere with an upscale design and is known for its resemblance to a Renaissance castle (and for the feeling of stepping back in time!). There are cathedral-style ceilings, large BBQ areas, and exposed brick walls draped in nautical decor.
Both the indoor and outdoor dining areas are spacious. There is a dining room on the main level and two large banquet rooms above and below the main restaurant for private functions that can seat nearly 300 guests.
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In the warmer months, the outdoor dining area is in full swing with nearly 100 tables of different sizes, access to TVs to watch all major sporting events (soccer is the restaurant staff’s favorite sport) and the occasional live music performance.
Parking is not an issue at Iberia, the restaurant has 500 parking spaces on site. There is a small fee and at the end of your meal you would give the waiter your parking ticket and he will deduct the cost from the bill.
Gift cards and takeaway are also available. Call the restaurant directly at 973-344-7603 to place a takeout order.
Written by: Victoria Marie Moyeno
Victoria is the editorial assistant and social media coordinator at HG for the Hoboken Historical Museum + Fire Department Museum. She is from Hoboken in the fourth generation, is BNR in Mile Square and in Jersey City. Having played softball in town for fourteen, playing trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities hold a special place in their hearts. When she is not currently Style Assisting or is volunteering in the Symposia Bookstore, she explores everything that the concrete jungle has to offer. You can watch them at art exhibitions, local festivals, travel, immersion in a new book, thrift, or crafts.