Spanish Sangria Restaurant


Spanish Sangria Restaurant is an old-school Spanish bistro serving a seafood-focused menu, wine & sangria in casual surrounds.

157 Magazine St. (Rome St.)
Newark, NJ 07105


As long time customers of this great establishment, we chose to archive the site and memories a while longer and permit everyone to reminisce about the good old days. We were here in 1982, which is a good amount of time for any restaurant. I remember when Ollie printed up the first menu, paid attention to all the details of running the place, but on the first dry run, discovered he could serve a good size crowd and have it all go smoothly, except he forgot to order the dishwashing soap. So they ended up using the deodorant bar of soap from the custodial room. If you think using a bar of soap instead of the real thing is good idea, thing again. Jan got so angry after Ollie made them redo the dishes that she ordered a 10 year's supply so it could never happen again. When she thought about it later, she tried to cancel the order, but instead doubled it. So as they were cleaning up the kitchen on the last day, there was absolutely no shortage of dishsoap.  Here's the archive version of this wonderful restaurant's former website:


Spanish Sangria Restaurant Review: Bountiful portions of Spanish and Portuguese specialties make this friendly restaurant a value for the money. Start with a pitcher of the namesake sangría before the bowl of garlic or white bean soup that accompanies every meal. Try the shrimp in garlic sauce; paella is a house specialty. Steak and lobster are popular options.


"The food is so fresh and delicious. Everything is seasoned perfectly! Between their regular menu and the daily specials everyone is sure to find what they want (and at a reasonable price)!"


"My husband and friends have been going to the Spanish Sangria for a while now and both the food and service are impeccable! I love their crab cakes and the breaded veal! Not to mention the stuffed lobster! Oh... and the clams in red ..."


Reviewed June 7, 2015

***** DMBTraveler Miami, Florida

“Fresh Food With Friendly Service”

Tried the "Grilled Skate Fish" which was unique in flavor and texture but was served with huge portions of fresh vegetables. We ate at the bar and were brought little dessert samples from the kitchen after our meal which I thought was a nice touch.


Reviewed March 17, 2015

***** meater  Kinnelon, New Jersey

My wife and I first went here back in 1984 it was good then and is even better now. Recently there and the food was fantastic. Started with a nice chicken noodle soup. Followed up with appetizer of shrimp and garlic (excellent). My wife had the Paella Valencia, I had the Veal chops. Both main courses were seasoned perfectly and...


Reviewed November 7, 2014

*****Roy_Hinkley Linden, New Jersey

“Gotta love it!”

My wife is a Brasilian from Newark and this was their "official" home away from home. Now, it's mine also. They start you off with a big bowl of the soup of the day, served by a waiter carrying the pot with a ladle. Then, there's the never ending basket of perfect rolls and butter. Oh, the service is excellent...


Reviewed July 18, 2014

***** Christine N  Dover, New Jersey

Delicious authentic spanish food !!!”

The atmosphere is very clean and beautiful, the selection of food is wonderful...great variety of meat or fish selections.. whatever choices you make you will find it delicious !!!. The staff is friendly and very concerned that you are pleased with your service and concerned if you enjoyed your meal. I highly recommend this restaurant you will not be disappointed...

"This is a great restaurant, I have been there on multiple occasions, the food and service are great. The staff is very friendly, and they are great with kids. We went for mothers day and it was packed... However they quickly placed a ..."



"The meal starts with the obligatory bread , which tasted freshly baked. They also serve a very nice onion soup with what tasted like home-made croutons to garnish. I ordered clams Valenciana as a starter ($11). This was a generous portion of ..."



"Forget the better known and more ... A true neighborhood find.Excellent food, nice service, and so-so decor. The shrimp with garlic sauce is delicious. The chorizo appetizer is wonderful. The paellas are great.They have security forparking so don't worry. Sit back and enjoy. ..."

"Outstanding food, service to perfection , friendly staff, great value. Great family place. They earned a customer with me. Looking forward to coming back."

"wonderful food -outstanding drinks and GREAT service too-the only thing you wont be doing here folks is spending alot of money, now THAT'S gotta count for something!"


**** Carl T. Brooklyn, NY

The lunch specials here are awesome, for $14 I had homemade chicken soup and a huge portion of veal stew. After you are done here you need a Siesta. The bar is always crowded with working men on their lunch break having one too many drinks, before the presumably head back to work.

Also there is free indoor parking next door for anybody worried about parking in the Ironbound. But trust me this neighborhood is much better than it's rep.


** Barney G. Plainfield, NJ

Had a reservation for 6pm for ten people. When we went inside their was no greeter or staff to talk too. I finally found someone who works there and told him we had a reservation for 6pm he asks my name and went to the back. We continued to wait for about another 10 minutes and finally another gentlemen came out and asked my name. I gave it to him again. And still continued to wait. Other people came after us and at this point they start to be seated. After 45 min I went to ask one of the gentlemen how much longer and he told me a few more minutes. Well I didn't get seated until 7 pm. Ordered our food and 3 of the steaks were raw after we asked them to cook it medium. Waiter was friendly, food was pretty good , but overall experience was bad enough not to come back. From the 1 hr wait to be seated despite the reservation, to getting order wrong, forgetting to give us bread , and boxing our to go food in a corona box.


***** Rich L.  Elizabeth, NJ

My wife & I were looking for a new spot to try & one of her co-workers recommended this place. We've been here 3 times so far and each time we've received excellent service from the wait staff. Each time we've been there, we've ordered something different from the menu and have never been disappointed with our choices. Great appetizers but the octopus salad is by far our favorite one. This place is truly one of Newark's hidden gems