Oliver A Bistro
Oliver A Bistro

Oliver A Bistro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.oliverabistro.com/
  • Phone: 6092987177
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, French
  • Executive Chef: Matthew McElmoyl
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Many options for catering. We deliver or you can pick up. Also cater off-site

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walnut
  • Public Transit: River Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Christ Church located at 130 Prince St is a half a block away and allows the public to park in the lot.
A word from Oliver A Bistro
We are a 55 seat intimate BYOB located in a charming historic downtown area.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Oliver A Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (27)great for lunch (21)romantic (18)good for groups (9)hot spot (6)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Ewah
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food and service. The entertainment provided byPhil Bruschi was outstanding and helped make fora great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oliver's Bistro
    Winston
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Where do I begin? Having a meal prepared by a chef vs. a cook is evident. If you like to start your meal with the best home made soup available, you must be at Oliver's Bistro! Delicious salads, including their signature chicken salad, are excellent. Next, any entrée ordered will be guaranteed to please. Last but not least, you must save room for dessert. The pastry chef will have prepared a mouthwatering conclusion to an exceptional meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Linda
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Everything was excellent including our server Paul
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistantly Excellent
    ChrisCVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We can always count on excellent food and excellent service. It is always a win win.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oliver A Bistro
    LLPJ
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We love Oliver A Bistro. We have dined there several times and have never had a dish we didn't love. That is a difficult thing for "foodies" to say. This particular night, we specifically went in for the pumpkin soup (which had returned for the fall) and the mushroom truffle burger. We also tried their special crab/guacamole appetizer. All of the food choices were fabulous. The waiters (Bruce and Josh) were wonderful as always. I highly recommend this wonderful BYOB in Bordentown!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    Angela
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    What a great find. I was in town to visit my parents and wanted to try something new and delicious. BYOB was a nice additional perk, and they even brought out an ice bucket to keep our white cold and opened our red for us. The table next to us had their wine decanted. The food here was... amazing! And we ordered ALOT. The mushroom bruschetta with truffle oil was delicious, as was the mac and cheese with pork ribs. The salads with blue cheese were incredible, and even the complimentary bread was great - with regular bread and another thin toasted version with cheese. We had the seafood stew, clam chowder, shrimp skewers, and salmon. All fantastic. Service was great too! Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Enjoyable Evening
    rvbdine913
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant was great to enjoy again. We met friends from North Jersey as we came up from South Jersey. Our waitress and servers were very good and attentive. We were able to enjoy the food, service, company and conversation happily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a Very Good Lunch
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I do agree with some others who noted that in order to appeal to the masses, they have cut back on some of the quality. This is certainly reflected in the reasonable price. The restaurant is still described on OpenTable, and elsewhere as French. Sadly, this is no longer the case. Burger Nights and Mac and Cheese will appeal to a very different clientele than that which frequented the place several years ago, and were willing to spend $40 or more on a couple of courses that were outstanding. This being said, I do travel to Bordentown from time to time and can honestly say I can always have a very good meal at a very good price. I don't really know South Jersey below Bordentown, but this must be one the best BYOB places in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Consistent, Always Quality
    YumAllTheTime
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Every area of this restaurant is good. The atmosphere and the location is charming. The food is always quality and prepared in amazing ways. On this last trip I had the meatloaf and my wife had soup and the crab mac n'cheese. Easily the best meatloaf I have had in my life. My wife's meal was also fantastic. Certainly will return, especially for chicken and waffles or burger night, which are also the bees knees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not as good but still good
    alp1VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have been to Oliver numerous times and it remains a favorite but Saturday there was sand in my scallops and the menu was not changed from last time we were there. It seems to have gone a bit more "basic" to appeal to the masses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fantastic!
    btowneats
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Another amazing dinner at Oliver A Bistro... The staff and Chef Matt never disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!!
    Annmarie1108
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent as usual. Food was great and serviced matched.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was awesome. The waffles 'n chicken are a must. Relaxing atmosphere and a neighborhood feel. It felt like everyone knew each other even though we did not. Loved the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Always delish!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had the lentil and ham soup and hubby had potato cheddar bacon soup. I had the diver sea scallops and the hubby had one of the other seafood specials with shrimp and mussels over risotto etc. So good! Don't forget dessert :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal on Friday 8/22/14. We both chose the prix fixe dinner and it was a great value. Each course, starter, appetizer and entree was delicious. My companion chose the mushroom soup and loved it. My Caesar salad was delicious. We both had a bowl of mussels and chose the Thai red curry sauce. Oh my! It was hard not to drink up all that sauce. My crab mac and cheese entree was over the top. No room for dessert. A wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food
    Petes
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    very good food and service something different i liked it a lot. the mushroom bruschetta was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • twilight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was fabulous! We have eaten here many times and it is always great. I had the special Chiopino. Delicious! Menu changes from weekdays to weekends. So check before you go. Otherwise, I definitely would recommend this restaurant. BYOB
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hungryVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Awful. Little paper napkins that were soggy when we got to them. Poor service, wrong information by a server and the very worst crab cake I ever tried to eat. And this, so close to the Jersey Shore was an absolute crime. What's going on?? We always liked Oliver's but the owners/chef should take themselves in to Philadelphia to the Parc Bistro where they could learn that bistros have pretty exacting standards if you want to do it right. It was a stupid menu, not at all related to a bistro, no cappuccino, noisy space among others. The only good thing was the tomato salad and happily, New Jersey tomatoes can't be ruined even here!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bistro Gem
    Suzyfoodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    5 of us had lunch here and we all agreed it was delicious. There were so many excellent choices that we had a hard time deciding. The soups were all perfection- a gazpacho, a mushroom, and a potato were 3 we tried. Freshly made and excellent. We had quiches and wraps that had us raving. Our waiter Bruce was efficient and charming in a cheeky sort of way. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Olivers
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I think it's the best BYOB place in Bordentown. The food seems always to be very good with an attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Night Feast
    JustDuckie70
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The three course meal was a hit with plenty of food. The corn chowder soup with added crab meat was to kill for and they gave you at least 24 mussels as an appy. Everyone enjoyed their meal with extra credit to the scallops...Service was top notch..Parking as expected was challenging but worth it. A definate return..
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One word "Fantastic"
    RickP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Friday night was our 5th or 6th visit to Oliver's Bistro and every time it gets better. Charming, (ask if a window seat is available if you are a couple), but more important, food is fresh, authentic and prepared extremely well. After the delicious unique parmesan bread crackers, included in the bread basket, and one of the soups of the day, always great soups, I had a REAL Jersey tomato and bleu cheese salad, my entree, super sweet Viking Village, NJ day boat sea scallops with sweet pea risotto. There is no skimping on quality. Again, one word, "Fantastic" Service is always very attentive but not overdone. Parking's a little tricky but worth it, a little walk before and after dinner never hurts. Ironically, I found a place in front, lol.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Charming & Tasty
    RobHep
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is a great little spot to relax and enjoy some very tasty food. I would definitely go back and bring friends!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My New Favorite Restaurant
    Jcbeek
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It all started a couple months ago, when I first dropped in for lunch with my soon to be girlfriend. The food was amazing and so was the service. We were mesmerized. Soon everytime we wanted to go out for lunch or dinner, Oliver's was the only place on our minds. Our first waitor had such poise, control, and manners that we origionally confused him for the owner without any reason besides the fact that he seemed to care so much about our individual dining situation. This place had gained a special place in my heart, and is definitively the best restaurant in the Bordentown area, and my personal favorite whenever I want great food, with equally great company. I have never been so enthralled by a buisness, or by it's staff before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bcityfan
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Had a reservation for 8 on a Tuesday. The service and food were excellent. such a great place so close to home!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Staff was extremely attentive and the food was fabulous. Couldn't ask for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited menu but everybody happy
    karenm
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We viewed online what apparently was the weekend menu - met two other couples all driving at least one hour to get there - it was burger night but it worked out just great for all of us. My first fried chicken with waffles - meatloaf that passed the grumpy older guy's test - excellent soup - good salad - attentive staff and a "Well Done" for the restaurant. We wish it were local to us - it would be a weeknight gp-to for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Burgers and Salads
    JerseyMike64
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Each of us had a different entrée two burgers and the special crab salad) and each was better than the other. Great for conversation at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food! Great Chef!
    Iraw
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is a family run restaurant with and extremely creative. Great food, flavors and tastes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lost that loving feeling
    hope2eat
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Why did you change your seating arrangement? Now you get to have a romantic dinner with those seated on both sides of you. Killed the ambience with the metropolitan style seating and uncomfortable chairs. Pricing is metropolitan also $$$$. Used to love this place. Doubt I'll be back. :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go hungry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We dined at Olivers on a Friday night. One person in our party ordered 3 small dishes. Instead of asking how the food should be brought out, they brought 2 of the 3 dishes out (one at a time) and we sat and ate nothing waiting until the 3rd dish came out. NOT GOOD!
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  • Limited Menu But Still Good
    EatslittleVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The menu got smaller since the las time I visited Oliver's but was still good. A couple of more additions might be helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but not what I expected
    Sfan527
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The website reflect one menu for Friday night, but upon arriving the sides were changed! I really was looking forward to Brussel sprouts and risotto with my crispy chicken. They were serving califlower and truffle fries (which were not that impressive).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro Lunch
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I always find the food very good and the prices very reasonable: soup, 1/2 salad and a burrito made a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mptc
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Wonderful experience and the food.....amazing!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Ocassion at Oliver
    HeavyC
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Had a wonderful dinning experience at Oliver A Bistro. Service was beyond excellent! Food was good. Only complaint is it was very noisy and we couldn't hear ourselves speak. I will definitely recommend to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 327 reviews are from the Oliver A Bistro reviews archive.
  • Always a dining pleasure!
    Tadzio
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Oliver a Bistro is a local favorite. We always enjoy our meals. Lunch and dinner are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MidWeek….Best Burgers!
    GrouponDinnerVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Olivers offers an outstanding, menu with an attention to the detail of preparing wonderful dishes. Now they have add "Burger Nights" on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday…..the best burgers varieties that I have seen on a menu in a long time and not surprising, prepared perfectly! The restaurant was bustling with lots of diners enjoying an upscale, more casual menu. They also offer tasty small portion desserts for $2 each that are a perfect ending for those of us with a sweet tooth. Olivers is a neighborhood gem and worth visiting if you have not. BYOB is just another added plus. Go and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BURLCO's Best!
    MCBtravelerVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Still fabulous: Burlington County's best restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    ChrisM
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Another great dining experience at Oliver's. The Friday fixed price menu is a good value for the quality and size of each dish. The mushroom bruschetta is delicious. Our server recommended the Miso salmon dish. He said it was "outstanding!"... Well...he was right. It was the best salmon dish that I've ever had. Large piece, cooked perfectly. Excellent combination of flavors. I'd highly recommend. Their desserts are also delicious..even the coffee. Slightly pricey, but well worth it for a special occasion or an occasional treat...or just for a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet