Don Pepe

A Newark, NJ Restaurant Review

Don Pepe


Don Pepe

844 McCarter Hwy.
Newark, NJ




Restaurant Highlights

Fare: Spanish - Portuguese

Price: Moderate - Expensive

Food Quality:



Overall Rating:

Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

thumbs up Offers a good selection of Spanish-Portuguese dishes served in huge portions

thumbs upAmbiance is more upscale than most of the other Ironbound restaurants

 thumbs downReservations not accepted for tables of two.

Value: Good

Noise Level: Moderate - High

Dress: Casual

Recommended For: Ironbound diners who enjoy Spanish-Portuguese dining in a festive atmosphere..

Not Recommended For: Spanish-Portuguese diners who prefer a low key, less festive setting

Recommended dishes: When available, Paella a la Valencia with with shellfish, chicken, and Spanish sausage; The Solomillo a la Sevillana, Filet mignon with special house sauce: and The Mariscada Don Pepe, a casserole with with a combination of shellfish in a tomato brandy and wine sauce with saffron rice.

Liquor: Full Service Bar with a decent selection of California and European wines .


Restaurant Review

Don Pepe, located close to the Prudential Center, this is an Ironbound longtime Newark favorite restaurant that continues to please.


The dining area is spacious  with its three dining rooms and a vibrant bar ---   especially when soccer is on TV. The interior decor having been recently updated. The decor is basic, but more upscale than many of the nearby Ironbound restaurants. The ceilings are adorned with chandeliers and the walls with murals and tables set with white linen. The atmosphere is festive.


They serve up well prepared Spanish-Portuguese fare using fresh ingredients served in large portions. The restaurant is known for it's fresh lobster and steak specials. While the food is well prepared, it fails to distinguish itself enough to rise above the many other Ironbound Spanish-Portuguese restaurants


Service is friendly and attentive. Parking is available though cramped.


(updated: June, 2015)


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