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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Oliver A Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 24, 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 (49)special occasion (25)great for lunch (20)romantic (18)good for groups (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Excellent food, reasonable prices
    JDFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The Friday night $29.99 special which is 3-courses is the best buy anywhere! The bruschetta is fabulous and the entrees (fish, meatloaf, etc) are delicious. And the portions are big! You must try to save room for dessert, though. I did not order the "Friday special" as I chose just the specials in course which was cioppino and it was scrumptious - chock full of shrimp, scallops, clams and mussels over a spring pea risotto. Not your typical Italian-made dish, but really delicious! BYOB lets you enjoy your own great wine and saves you money. Service at dinner can be slow so bring your patience. It's worth the wait! And they started taking Amex a while ago which is great! I can now bring clients!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dinner
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I certainly enjoyed a very good dinner; this time it was tapas style with great soup, a salad, and braised short ribs cheese and mac. All well-prepared with the usual attentive service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Our Favorites
    reservationsfor2
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food and service is always excellent at this little place in the heart of Bordentown. Reservations are a must on weekends and on-street parking can be a challenge, but it is certainly worth it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    SheLovesFood
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The service, the food, the ambience... everything was top notch. Never fails to impress.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Girls night out
    MamaBear
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Really enjoyed our visit to Oliver's for dinner. The wait staff could not have been friendlier or more obliging. We went on a Thursday evening & the place was hopping! Very eclectic food choices and everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasion
    MAandLA
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    One of THE Best Kept secrets in NJ. We have Never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BYOB Gem
    Armybarbie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I loved that you could bring your own wine and the food was comfort food with a twist. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on Good Friday
    seniordiner
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The menu is not broad but there is enough variety; however a few more choices would be good. The food is amazing. The bread basket at the start of the meal is wonderful..crisp, thin rounds of bread, seasoned ..delicious. The wait after 1st course, for entrée, was too long. There may have been only 2 waiters. "Energetic" noise level is too noisy for us! Tomato bisque, Crab risotto and lemon dessert were outstanding. Size of servings is nice, not overpowering. Cost value is extremely fair.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Spot in Bordentown
    YumAllTheTime
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Food is very quality. My wife and I went in with 2 other couples and we had a fanastic time. Service was on point. We went during Restaurant Week and also Burger night. We selected the Burger night menu, but both looked wonderful. The burgers were perfectly cooked. The chicken and waffle were another highlihght. Dessert was very good and very fresh. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Great service
    JerseyGirlVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This is about our fifth visit to this restaurant, and they have never disappointed us. Food is well prepared, fresh, and innovative. Bruce, our waiter, is a pro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time, great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    first time, great experience would come back again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oliver A Bistro - A+
    JerseyGirlWhoLovesNYC
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Meal presentation and taste were outstanding! Neighborhood gem, great for special occasions, or just dining out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but limited
    Hemmy
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Enjoyed the meal but not sure about a return. Very small menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeps getting better and better!
    Irishmom
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Has always been our favorite for great weekend dinner and has now expanded the dining experience to a casual weekday venue! If you can't make it for dinner, lunch is also recommended!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • burger night
    Geee
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    burgers were excellent cooked as ordered and topping swere spot on. we had the carmarlized onions and cheddar, boursin and blue cheese w/truffle oil.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • burger night
    jenkie
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    My husband and I have dined at Oliver's many times. We decided to try out their new burger night. I ordered the homemade veggie burger and my husband the crab cake sandwich. The veggie burger was roasted veggies ground up and made into a patty. It was very mushy in consistency but tasted OK. The crab cake was small and served on a croissant even tho my husband asked for it on a Kaiser roll. I see why they did not give him the roll because it would have overwhelmed the crab cake and made it apparent how small it was.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun weekly burger night!
    Smitchik
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We love Olivers! New midweek menu is great and affordable in addition to their Friday prix fix! Desserts are to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    ChrisCVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Excellent service. Excellent food. Very consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midweek Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We went on a Wednesday night and had an outstanding meal. The bite size desserts were fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the Wait?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We have been going to Oliver for sometime now and the food is always top notch. We started with Ahi Poke that was delish! After a very very very long wait we finally had dinner served. It was as good as always, but the wait is not worth it. We were there about a month ago and just when I was on the verge of annoyance with the wait, the food arrived. So we thought we would try it again. This time it was even longer and less patrons in the restaurant. This has always been the issue with Oliver for us. The wait staff even looks uncomfortable that the food is not coming out. I understand that maybe he is just one chef trying to do everything himself, but I know we will not be back for quite some time if ever. It's a shame, great food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Burger nights
    Local
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Super food, service, choices. Very a creative menus for different nights of week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like being in a bistro in Paris
    Foodie1224
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Love sitting at the table in the window, but the food is what you come here for! Absolutely delectable flavors. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted so hard to like it
    UWDiner
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Decor is nice, BYO, A lot to like on the menu. Unfortunately execution lacked. Resturaunt itself is nice but we were placed in a table that was in the rear and close to the kitchen and bathroom which hurt the ambiance a bit. Server was good but spent too much time socializing with familiar customers which hampered our service experience a bit. Bread was not the freshest (maybe day old or baked early in the morning). Food took a very long time to come out. Ordered the rissoto. It was OK at best and was served lukewarm. Wife ordered the Cuppino which was excellent. Overall considering the price I was rather underwhelmed with the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Burger Night Hit
    LJones
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Oliver's new burger night is a hit. The innovative burgers are top notch. Choosing just one was the only difficulty of the evening. They can be paired with an outstanding soup, salad or appetizer. The desserts were amazing even when we were "too full" to order them. The staff prepares everything in house and it shows. The service is equal to the food. It was attentive without being over bearing. The special requests from our table were handled seamlessly. We've dined at Oliver's for lunch and occasionally for dinner. The food and service are always outstanding. Burger night is quickly becoming a family favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • burger nights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Providing a low cost opportunity to get out during the week, Oliver's a Bistro continues to adapt to its diners' desires. If you want the more traditional gourmet experience, try Friday night prix fixe dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Return Trip!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Had not been to Oliver for some time and we returned on Saturday night. Appetizers were fantastic, with mussels a clear standout! Three of us had the crispy skin chicken which with the fig risotto was wonderful! Tender and succulent with nice roasted brussel sprouts to accompany. Wait service was great, just a bit of a lag between apps and dinner. Small complaint for the quality and presentation of the meals we had. We will definitely go more often. Thanks for an outstanding meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love It!
    BBudd
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This is our favorite and go to restaurant. We love coming here to celebrate special occasions
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Burger Night
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Last time I was here on a tuesday night, I had a great 3 course dinner. They changed the menu (not on the wesite, yet) to burger nights. I really don't like burgers; although, some of the creations sounded interesting. I still enjoyed a bowl of their great soup and a vegan entree (not on that menu, but something the staff can whip up).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Love Oliver's!
    GailandBVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Oliver's is a charming bistro in Bordentown, N.J. The food is always excellent, as is the service. The menu is diverse and creative. Every time we go, there is something new to try. We leave satisfied and happy and look forward to our next visit. It's one of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always adapting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Oliver A Bistro is known for its friendly, music and sports knowledgable staff and the amazing food. It is also now home to burger nights Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Even the desserts are smaller, allowing for mid-week indulgence without damaging the budget or the fitbit! Always great for amazing food preparation and delivery; always adjusting to the needs of its diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burger Night
    Luv2DineVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We love the Tuesday and Wednesday Burger Night! Great burgers including turkey burgers! Nice choices as sides, everything fresh and tasty, great prices which makes it easy to eat out during the week. We also enjoy their regular menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oliver A Bistro Good Find
    Jenine
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    A friend of mine who has excellent tastes in restaurants recommended this restaurant for a special Valentine's Day dinner with my husband. The best part is the menu that has lots of great and unique dishes and flavlors to choose from. The service was attentive even though they were extremely busy that evening and the atmosphere peaceful and romantic. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others. It's a BYOB which is always good and the prices were reasonable for a holiday venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Nice place to come for lunch. There is such a large variety of great foods and always at a great price. Highly reommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Valentine's Date
    Catcut82
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We have been to Oliver's a few times before, and have never been let down. It has been awhile so we thought it would be nice to go back for Valentine's. we showed up about 15 minutes early and even on a busy night like Valentine's they sat us right away. It is BYOB which is great and we brought a bottle from our honeymoon in Italy. We each had a piece of Truffle Mushroom Bruschetta, which is to die for. Then we also shared Ahi Poke which was light and fresh. I had the seared chicken and my husband had meatloaf. There isn't a thing we ate that wasn't delicious. And the service was really good, the server and assistants were very attentive even on a busy night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Little Spot
    MamaG
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I have dined here 3 times so far and every time I have not been disappointed! Delicious fresh, tasty, seasonal food at a great price; fast and courteous service. The sandwich-soup combo for lunch is perfect and at a great price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for Tuesday or Wednesday
    Pete
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We have loved this place for several years. This time, we noticed that there were fewer tables. We were told that Tuesdays and Wednesdays were hamburger nights. Though disappointed we stayed since previous experiences had been good. The menu was quite limited with little other than burgers. I asked for "some pink" and got well overdone. The topping was parsimonious and uninteresting. The potatoes had had to much time on a warming table. Oliver's may still be good on other nights. But I don't think we will be back to find out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was great and the
    dar2626
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food was great and the staff very efficient and friendly. Olivers is a good fit for the charming historic town of Bordentown, NJ. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at a leisurely pace
    NJHousewife
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Beautiful restaurant right in downtown Bordentown. The food was wonderful! There is a 3 course menu for $29.95 that is an amazing bargain (it is also a BYOB). Courses are served at a leisurely pace. This is a nice change from the other restaurants who rush to turn over tables as long as you have time to linger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing
    CollinJ
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    This is far and away my favorite restaurant. It has gone through several owners... but the current owner/chef is by far the best! I have never had anything bad, or mediocre, or even just pretty good. Everything is sublime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish I lived closer to go more!
    LovetodineoutVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    My co-worker and I met a client there based on the open table reviews. We were so pleased. The service was great, the food was amazing. An ample amount of options, it was difficult to choose. I with I lived closer in order to go more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate