NJ Dining: Mediterranean Manor

Mediterranean Manor
255 Jefferson St, Newark, NJ
(973) 465-1966

We’ve been concentrating a lot on restaurants and food in the Ironbound (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) lately, mainly because I’m a huge fan of Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian cuisine, and because the Ironbound itself is vast and begs a great deal more exploration.

One of my favorite restaurants in the Ironbound is in fact the first restaruant I had ever been to in Newark, and also was my introduction to rodizio and Brazilian churrascaria cuisine, some 15 years ago. I had been brought there by my best friend’s dad, Lew. Lew, like myself, is a big guy, and is capable of putting down large quantities of food. He’s also got a stomach that is for all practical purposes lined with asbestos, because he has the talent of being able to out-spice and out-chile anyone in the room.

In any case, Mediterranean Manor was one of Lew’s favorite Jersey restaurants, and it’s now its one of mine. Over the years, however, it has undergone extensive renovations, so what used to be a smoky blue collar churrascaria is now a elegant Portuguese/Brazilian restaurant with a great bar (and with the new no smoking laws, not at all smoky and child safe.) The food, however, is quite excellent, and is still a bargain for what you’re getting.

Mediterranean Manor as seen from Jefferson Street. The building is quite large as in addition to having a full service Portuguese and Brazilian restaurant, it has a catering facility and a take-out business as well. Across the street is Mediterranean Manor’s large parking lot, which makes it an ideal restaurant if you’re going with a group of people. Mediterranean Manor is also one block away from Nasto’s Ice Cream.

Around the corner Mediterranean Manor has a takeout business where you can get virtually all of the churrascaria and Portuguese favorites to take home.

The newly renovated bar area.

Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more Portuguese food photos and commentary.

A tank of live lobsters awaits their fate as patrons watch a soccer game.

The main dining room at Mediterranean Manor.

Compared to other churrascarias like Brasilia Grill, the salad bar is quite spartan, but its kept fresh. The concentration at this restaurant is really on the meat and seafood.

When you’re eating Portuguese food in Newark, you can be assured that you’re always going to have locally baked bread that is hours old at the very oldest.

A look at the spit roaster.

Spit closeup

Now this is what I call a bar menu.

Guarana Triunfo, a relatively new Brazilian soft drink import. Mediterranean Manor is owned by the Seabra family, which owns the A&J Seabra’s supermarket and the importer of Triunfo as well as Sumol (below).

Sumol, a orange flavored carbonated drink from Portugal.

Vegetable Soup

Caldo Gallego, with big peices of chorizo in it.

A Portuguese take on Mussels Marinara, with chopped bell pepper, onion, celery and chorizo.

Monkfish with Shrimp Sauce

Instead of Rodizio, I decided to try the Mixed Grill, which is a ton of food for $19.95.

The mixed grill is shell steak, pork belly, chorizo, chicken breast, picanha (tri-tip sirloin), a pork chop, potatoes and sauteed greens with garlic and red kidney beans. I had to take half of this home.

Rodizio service — Bacon-wrapped filet mignon and turkey.

Another mixed grill platter on a different visit.

Arroz con Mariscos, similar to a paella but with seafood only.

Filet Mignon a la Portuguesa — a big chateaubriand with ham and fried egg.

Coffee service.

10 Responses to NJ Dining: Mediterranean Manor

  1. Nana says:

    this is completely random, but I am happy to see someone pimpin’ it for the many great places I have seen on your list. Daega, Hiram’s, and even Parisienne! (I visit that bakery practically every day.) Northeastern New Jersey representing!

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  3. dave says:

    This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. I’m sad to say after having been there for my birthday recently, I may not go back. Service was dreadful. I ordered the rodizio and after waiting an hour or so for them to bring… anything, they brought whatever sides they had not run out of (we got there 7:30 on a friday and the place was not crowded.) They then came by with the meat, 4 or 5 times before stopping! It took another half hour to get a waitresses attention to ask if they had forgotten about us.

  4. Susie says:

    Attended a party with a buffet and open bar. After one hour the bartender disappeared and someone had to track him down; the food was horrible – every other dish was some form of potatoes; meat choices were pork or chicken. The desserts were tasteless and one was rubbery and hard to chew. The atmosphere was cold and impersonal. When you turned your head to talk to someone, the waiter scooped your plate away! I would not recommend having a party there.

  5. Jimbo says:

    I just had dinner here and was not impressed at all. I walked in and stood by the hostess station located in the bar, it was not busy, only three tables were occupied in the restaurant and a few people at the bar. I just got a few looks from the staff and finally started walking towards the bartender, then someone who seemed to be the manager blurted out “may I help you” as if I was looking for directions or something. WTF?? How about “would you like a table, how many in your party, may I seat you” or something like that. I replied “do you serve dinner here”? This guy was not welcoming at all, I sat at one of the tables near in the bar. They were out of a few specials from the menu, so I ended up ordering Calamari appetizer and a Shell Steak. The calamari was a huge serving of rings that could have served as bracelets for my daughter, kind of tough and very greasy, the breading did not stick, it kind of slid off. I think the oil was not hot enough to crisp the coating. A pool of grease was at the bottom of the plate. The shell steak ordered medium rare came more like medium well and was just “OK” no flavor from grilling, kind of like a piece of roast beef. The steamed veggies were good. I think I’ll stick with the Spanish restaurants from now on. Maybe this is a locals place and I kind of felt that I was not welcomed. The bread was pretty good though.

  6. Sergio says:

    This place is by far one of the best in Ironbound! Def has a Portuguese feel to it. The service and food is awesome and we could not finish our plates the last 2 times weve been there. Been here many times over the years and will continue to do so.

  7. Alex says:

    Don’t waste your time and money, this place looks really good from the outside but as soon as you get inside you will be hugged by a dense smoke coming from the grills. It’s difficult to breath and even to see another person just 4 or 5 feet away from you. If you have kids don’t go there, is not healthy for any one. Also, they have parking limitations and even-though at Newark NJ you can double park without a problem your car can perfectly be towed by a towing company that works in conjunction with the Mediterranean Manor.

  8. Arlene Taraschi says:

    My husband and I are hosting a Portuguese dinner and wine tasting at the end of October. We were all set to buy the foods and cook them; however, since our son and daughter-in-law have visited some of the many Portuguese restaurants in Newark, they convinced us to have the food catered. We will be having between 20 and 25 people and would like to serve, appetizers of assorted cheeses and grilled chorizo, caldo verdi, paella, and a beef or chicken dish. We live quite a distance away in southern Jersey (between Trenton and Camden) and would like your advice as to which restaurants would be best to contact.

    Any advice you can give us would be very much appreciated.

  9. Hi Jason,

    I have been reading some of your posts here. I enjoy reading them because just like you, I am also ‘food obsessive’. :)

    Anyway, I agree with you about the Mediterranean Manor. It’s really a nice place and of course with nice foods. I took my sister in-law (from the Philippines) there when she visited us here and we really enjoyed it.


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