Oliver A Bistro
Oliver A Bistro

Oliver A Bistro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.oliverabistro.com/
  • Phone: (609) 298-7177
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Oliver A Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (76)fit for foodies (65)special occasion (42)great for lunch (30)romantic (21)good for groups (16)hot spot (6)great for brunch (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Usually better
    alp1VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We love Oliver but the menu needs an update. For instance, the scallops have been done the same way for over a year. They're good but how about a new preperation? The meatloaf was covered in some sort of ketchup sauce. I expect a more interesting meatloaf interpretation from Oliver.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal ... Any day of the week!
    JoeMVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I am, admittedly, a regular here. The mid week burger menu is fantastic, with amazing optiosn for unique burger choices and great specials, along with many items from their classic menu and, of course, their amazing potato soup, that makes for a delicious and reasonably priced dinner. If you haven't been here, you owe it to yourself to come. If you haven't been here is a while and have not experienced their burger night(s) menu, you should definitely come back. You will not be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing!
    BD231VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is the first time that I went to a restaurant and they did not have stemware for the wine. If I wanted to drink wine out of stemless glasses I would use water glasses. The shrimp skewers were six medium shrimp that tasted as if they were just defrosted. The sauce surronding the shrimp was totally over-spiced. On street parking is hard to find--just drive around until you do. Definitely not worth a second visit!
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  • One of Bordentown's restaurant gems
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was our first time at Oliver, a Bistro and we would not hesitant to return again. It is a nice, quiet restaurant, intimate and romantic. I would not recommend it as family friendly if you have children. It also has an adult menu with food items that would not appeal to children anyway. Prices are a little high, but they do not skimp on portion size. There are, however, reasonably priced items as well. We had an excellent version of a hummus dip topped with goat cheese and kalamata olives. The pita bread chips were fresh. My husband ate most of the dip while I had the smaller version of Pear and Pecan salad, which was excellent. It was large enough for me, for a small salad, so I am glad I did not go for the large portion. We both had one of their mac and cheese specialties with crab meat. We chose the large portion, which was served in a bowl much like French Onion soup is. It looked small initially for a large portion, but we did not realize how deep the bowl was till we began eating it. It was awesome. The crab meat chunks were large. My husband managed to finish his, but I will enjoy the remainder of mine for another dinner at home. Oliver, a Bistro is a thumbs up for us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Meal
    Cruz41
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Really enjoyed our special anniversary meal. The pumpkin soup was out of this world. Our server, Bruce went out of his way to make our evening special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Oliver's offers wonderful full variety of dishes. The presentation is great. Food is always hot & delicious. Staff are so pleasant & helpful. This is a real find!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    dineoutalotVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were looking for a restaurant to stop at on our way from North to South Jersey and found Oliver on the internet. We ordered appetizers, salads and main course (lots of leftovers came home) and all were delicious. Our only complaint was that when it came time for our main course, we waited a long time. Several tables that were seated after us were served before us.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • oliver's
    winkie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Normally our food at Oliver's is very good... that's why we keep going back. However, our food on Saturday night was not up to it's standard flavor. My bacon & blue cheese salad was delicious, but my filet mignon was very bland. My husband had the scallop special which he said was good. We were alittle disappointed this time. However, the wait staff is very friendly!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, As Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food is always outstanding as well as the service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Hit or Miss.
    5cookiesVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The generally good/high standard is slipping with Oliver a Bistro. What used to be a reliable hit, is now hit or miss. Our recent visit was a miss. I would still recommend the restaurant overall, but I'll take a break from eating there for now until they sort out the recent kimks. Mediocre service, both undercooked and overcooked food in the same order.....not a good combination. I gave it 3 stars as the hits outweigh the misses but the standard used to be 5 stars and recent visits have been in the "miss" column.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Oliver A's
    MikeR
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everything we had from appetizer to main course was delicious. I highly recommend Oilver's. You won't be disappointed. We will definately go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Burger night rocks
    jingle
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My husband and I love to hit Oliver's for their burger nights! It's a warm friendly place and the burgers are insainly good! We also enjoy the regular menu. You just can't go wrong here:) B.Y.O.B helps keep the price down, and is not a bother to us at all.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Bordentown's Best
    GrouponDinnerVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Love this bistro…..from appetizer to dessert, everything is fresh and expertly prepared! And BYOB!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bordentowns Gem
    Irishmom
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Oliver`s has always been our favorite place to dine and now, with the weekly specials of burgers and burritos (and other delicious specials), the rest of the family is now calling Olivers their favorite place! We visit the restaurant often and look forward to trying something new each visit- we are never disappointed! The servers, Josh and James ,couldn`t be nicer!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What Happened???
    PeterpanVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I have been a BIG fan of Oliver's for many years, but this dinner was completely disappointing. They have changed their weeknight menu within the past year, which has, at times, been refreshing and certainly a help for mid-week increases in patronage. The more casual menu is completely appropriate and offers a nice array of burgers, mac and cheese and salads. However, this past Tuesday, for Oktoberfest, a bratwurst and cabbage special was offered. Two of our diners were completely disappointed in completely dried out wursts, and the service was wurst, as well, with many being served before us, having arrived afterwards. Really a disappointment.
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  • Outstanding ..
    Food4Soul
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Have been to Oliver's many times for lunch and thought it was great. But went for diner the food was delicious , outstanding. I was with a group we all had different entrees. All were great.. Service was outstanding also. Our main server James was friendly and attentive ..
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    LaFleurVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    great lunch spot on sleepy Bordentown main drag. byo. enjoyed soups, salads and sandwiches. good value.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Week Night Dining
    NJJIMVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Went to tryout for the famous burgers, but went with the Bratwurst Special. Sausage was excellent, warm German potato salad and cabbage, really enjoyed it. Service was attentive and knowledgable, great place to unwind during the week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oliver A Bistro
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First time at Oliver A Bistro and we were very impressed! The food and the service was outstanding! My husband had the Mussels to start he and the scallops for main-delicious! I had the blue cheese and bacon salad and the crispy chicken for my main-excellent! Will definately go there again! Five stars from us!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Hot Scottie October 8
    Linda
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Very disappointed .. my sandwich was inedible. It sounded great from the description and tasted like a spicy stuffing sandwich.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place!!!
    TommyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Small but very nice - menu and specials were great - service with a smile!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ewah
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food and service. The entertainment provided byPhil Bruschi was outstanding and helped make fora great evening.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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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.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Linda
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Everything was excellent including our server Paul
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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
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    • 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!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • 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
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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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!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!!
    Annmarie1108
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent as usual. Food was great and serviced matched.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • 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
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    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!
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  • 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!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.