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Mara's Continental Cuisine

4.4
4.4
258 Reviews
$31 to $50
Continental
Mara’s offers a fine dining experience in an elegant atmosphere in the heart of Middlesex County, New Jersey. Our Executive Chef, Michael Steinberg, trained at the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan and has designed a menu that focuses on seafood and steaks. Every item on Mara’s menu is made to order with high-quality ingredients and great care is taken to ensure that you receive a top-notch dining experience at a relaxed pace. We look forward to having you dine with us.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Continental, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 525-0045

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Steinberg

  • Catering

    Mara's has catering options to meet your needs. Please contact us for a consultation.

  • Private party facilities

    Mara’s offers private dining rooms for your special occasions like office functions, bridal & baby showers, and birthday parties. Please contact us for a consultation.

  • Private party contact

    Michael Steinberg: (732) 525-0045

  • Neighborhood

    South Amboy

  • Cross street

    Catherine Street

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Mara's is located one mile from the South Amboy NJ Transit train station.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 258 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation at Maras on open table. Went to Mara’s at the appointed time. When we walked in the bartender asked us if we were part of a particular party I said no we had a reservation for 7:15. A waitress comes running out and tells us they’re not taking any other people because they’re severely understaffed acting like we were walkins. When I informed her that we had a reservation through open table she told me that they don’t use open table anymore. I’m not sure whether to blame OpenTable or marriage for this oversight however, I felt like under the circumstances in order to promote goodwill the waitress should’ve made an accommodation for us on the chance that the person that mayor is in charge of their Internet advertising made a mistake and failed to get the restaurant taken off of OpenTable. What will prevent me from ever going there again was the fact that she was so rude so unaccommodating, and didn’t seem to care that she was turning us away. I then went on with my wife and daughter to have one of the best dinners we’ve ever had at the rum runner in Seabright. I highly encourage you to do the same.
  2. MW

    MarcW

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Disappointing evening. I try to be understanding but too many things were missed tonight: We sat at the bar before dinner and after one cocktail they ran out of the vodka we ordered, then they ran out of vermouth for Manhattans. Once seated at the table we were told that they ran out of bread. We ordered appetizers but they ran out of the octopus and then they informed us they were out of the pork belly. It started to become an almost comical trend. The appetizers that they had, apple and Gorgonzola salad, French onion soup, calamari, tuna tartare were all nicely presented and tasty. However, three separate occasions servers came to out table and delivered food/drinks that we hadn't ordered. Additional, we had three separate waitresses come to our table and either take orders or ask questions; we couldn't identify who our primary server was. Stacey, who informed us that she was in training and would be assisting, was the saving grace. She was personable, attentive, and friendly. All-in-all it was just a bizarre dining experience at a 1/2 empty restaurant on a Saturday evening. If your unsure about the attire, it seems anything goes- I was corporate business-casual, but there were men in baseball hats & work boots, while another was in a soccer uniform and flip-flops! Overall weird for a restaurant that's set with linens
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Really!? I literally never got my entree. A service disaster from start to finish. Waited an eternity to ever see wait staff to begin with. Finally the hostess saw us sitting there with menu, but no water or drinks and instructed a waitress to join us. Appetizers and drinks went ok. Although the waitress has no knowledge of the wine menu. We ordered the skirt steak. A hanger steak came out with a butter knife to cut the steak. The shrimp entree was supposed to be served over pasta. It was served next to potatos. I ordered the duck entree. It never came. We literally only saw our waitress once, when we ordered our food. She NEVER came back. No one checked on us. Went to hostess. "Sorry,I don't know" Went to old guy that appeared to be management. "Let me check". My family finished their wrong orders and I got a check and my duck in a tupperware. Just don't go here. Even the food that showed up was only moderately good. My apology was,"Sometimes this happens in food service" BTW, they must be paying for good reviews. One reviews says they need a Michelin star?! I've been to plenty of restaurants. This place had a reasonably ok chef, and the rest is crap
  4. TM

    TinaM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    If I was able to give this restaurant no stars, That would be my rating. My husband and I went there to celebrate my birthday. We got there before 6pm. The restaurant was not busy, 3 other tables besides ours. The waiter came over to advise the we’re out of crispy artichoke hearts and asked if we wanted anything from the bar. Told him we will wait for dinner and placed our appetizer order, jumbo lump crab cocktail and clams in a white sauce. The appetizers took at least a 20- 30 minutes to come out. They were good but nothing special about them. When the waitress came to clear our table, she spilled the clam sauce on the table. She apologized and walked away. The hostess came over and asked if we wanted her to take care of the spill. We said yes, thinking she would change the table cloth. Nope she put a black napkin over it. We were waiting for our main course to come out. Possibly 30-40 minutes later we were told our main course will be right out. Ten minutes later our waiter said several dishes were dropped in the kitchen and he wants to make sure they were not ours. What did you order, was his question. Told him scallops oreganata and rack of lamb. He left our table to check. He came back and said “yep, that was your order on the floor, ok, we will remake” and walked away. Are you kidding me? No apology - nothing from this restaurant. We wait another 20-30 minutes and the food was still not out. Other tables that came in an hour later than us were getting there food. The hostess asked how dinner was and I told her what happened. I was so disgusted with how we were treated, I did not want to wait any longer. Requested the check, thinking they would compensate us for the apps but that did not happen. Paid $40 for appetizers and left. Would not go back there again and would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone. This restaurant is a NIGHTMARE and does not mot know how to treat their customers.
  5. K

    Kevin

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Great Food served in a wonderful, cozy atmosphere by a very attentive staff. Come a check out this hidden gem
  6. SB

    StevenB

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    (Dined Friday 2/21/20) I live out of the area but try to get to Mara's whenever I get to visit family still in Old Bridge area. While the base menu may seem somewhat limited, the lamb is always fantastic (what I always get there) and there are always specials for appetizers and dinners. Friday's specials included lobster bisque, a lump crab cocktail, twin lobster tails, lobster francaise, 10 oz filet mignon with a surf and turf option and a fresh fish special. The tuna tartare appetizer is always delicious and the lamb is plentiful and always perfectly cooked. A good helping of vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, green beans and carrots) are enjoyable and their house potatoes (baked potatoes, broken apart by hand, quickly deep fried and then seasoned with garlic, herbs and parmesan!) are a favorite part of the meal. In the past the kitchen has been a little slow but not on my last two visits. While the restaurant is not located in an area known for finer dining, and the parking lot could use some TLC, the food alone at Mara's should keep this place going.
  7. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around! Loved the atmosphere, service and most of all the meal!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very lovely dinner. Beautiful space. Good portion size. Filet Mignon was good, but lobster was amazing (cooked perfectly). Gorgonzola salad also very good, and Mara’s Cheesecake is one of the best I had. Some small issues here and there but did not detract from an excellent experience on Valentine’s Day.
  9. NK

    NellyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was very good. The wine variety is good
  10. HK

    HarryK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Octopus appy, which was on the special menu. They were fresh and perfectly cooked. My wife had the fish topped with crab meat, which was also on the specials menu. I don't recall what type of fish it was, but she loved it. The Pork Chop entree with Reduction sauce was the best I've ever had. Beyond that, both entrees came with their potatoes, crispy on the outside, soft and moist inside, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and was to die for. Also, just for good measure, the vegetables made it to the table still hot...don't see that very often! We do plan on returning!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Seated at 6:30 and food arrived at 9:15. Unacceptable
  12. m

    mrichter

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I feel that most restaurants don't fully understand how to cook spicy food. Frequently, spicy dishes have too much heat added and the other flavors are drowned out. Additionally, my wife doesn't care for spices and I like spicy food. Everything we ordered was seasoned perfectly to our tastes as we has requested. The rest of the aspect of the evening were also very good. The décor and ambience at Maras were pleasant. The hostess and servers were all very polite and had an excellent knowledge of the menu. The menu and specials included a lot of the usual things you expect but had some other interesting options as well. Once we ordered we the service was paced perfectly; it was very relaxed. We never felt rushed and never wondered where the food and drinks were.
  13. C

    Choppy

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Restaurant was half empty, but after being seated we waited an hour and 15 minutes then I asked for bread. The food was good but the time between appetizers ,salad,and dinner was way too long. We also were never asked if we needed drink refills or anything else Food was dropped in front of us and server ran away before we could ask for grated cheese , steak sauce or anything else. Potato’s were burned I asked to speak to a manager and was told there was none the cook was in charge but he was busy. Will not go back
  14. BP

    BrianP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Don’t normally write reviews even if a restaurant happens to have a bad day. But from the time we walked in it was all down hill from there. Visited on New Year’s Eve and for ease of service for the kitchen I would Assume they were only offering a set menu with a couple appetizers and 4-5 entrees. I was Ok with the set menu because normally a set menu makes for less error. However from the time we got sat it took almost an hour to be served a plate with a few ounces of ice cold crab meat with a ramekin of cocktail sauce plus a stuffed mushroom that was lukewarm and mediocre at best. Before we could take a few bites on the appetizers the food runner dropped off our Caesar salads so we condensed the two app plates and sent one empty dish back to make enough room on the table. Caesar salad was drenched in dressing and burnt croutons. Finally we get our meals almost 2 hours in and both dishes were cold. My filet was like warm and medium even tho I ordered Medium rare. My dates tuna steak was ordered medium rare and was basically raw. No one came to the table to check after meals were dropped so we just ate considering we were starving. I let the waitress know our meals were cold and asked for the desserts Togo. Needless to say my bill was over 250$ for slow service and cold food. If your going to offer a set menu you better execute it because people like me won’t be coming back. Very disappointed after reading such great reviews.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic! We went there for a NYE celebration. Service was great! We will definitely be going back.
  16. RW

    RobW

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The food is quite good. Everyone in my party enjoyed their meal. However, the food preparation time was much too long. It was over an hour waiting for the appetizer. The entree arrived about 35 minutes later. The restaurant was only about half full. The wait staff was attentive. So I have to assume the kitchen was understaffed. The quality of the food will bring me back.
  17. E

    Essen

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The food in Mara’s shines more than anything else. Lots of great choices to pick from. Duck breast was perfect. Decor is very dated and almost random, hence ambiance is not so high.
  18. DL

    DeniseL

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent
  19. CZ

    CarolZ

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal and great service!
  20. PM

    PaolaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely delicious. Close to home. Definitely great for a date night. Will be back often.
  21. CB

    CarmellaB

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a charming place. The food was excellent, very tasty. Desserts were so good and you could taste the freshness of the ingredients used.
  22. DD

    DaveDManalapan

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very nice ambience and good food.
  23. K

    Kimberly

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was great, good food, not a lot of noise, service was very helpful. I have already referred Mara’s to friends.
  24. SP

    SantiagoP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Place is beautiful. I went on a Froday night and there was a great ambient with a piano player. Plenty of parking. Delicious food and great service. I will go back.
  25. g

    gman

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely, the food was great, and atmosphere just right. as well as the price and the people
  26. MM

    MarieM

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Absolutely delicious food! Wonderful restaurant to go to!
  27. JG

    JessicaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food was excellent! It was our first time there and we will definitly be back. The grilled octopus appetizer was out of this world!
  28. M

    Myra

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met half way. between north and south. Who would have thought that we would find the perfect Restsurant off the beaten path. The place is beautiful, quiet witj soft piano music. We even got up and danced! The fennel salad was dressed in a yummy citrus flavor. The salmon was perfectly cooked with lots of delicious vegetables. Our sever was so helpful and welcoming. We had a gluten free flourless chocolate cake for dessert. So good. We will be back often.
  29. CD

    CathiD

    Savannah

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good food., long relaxing meal. Plan on waiting in between courses. Nice piano music
  30. f

    fitgirl

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary
  31. LT

    LibertyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love coming to Mara’s! Your restaurant has so much charm. The food is delicious & beautifully prepared. Service is always very good, too. Thank you.👍❤️
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great. Enjoyed it
  33. RN

    RobinNewYork

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went to Mara’s tonight on the recommendation of a friend.
  34. BN

    BernadetteN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The service was very slow we sat down after about 20 minutes got a drink after about an hour got our appetizers and then 50% of the food was really good mine was kind of burnt so I'm not really sure I would give it another try cup on meals were delicious but the wake time in between was really too long
  35. N

    Nancy

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were all very impressed with our dinners and the quiet off to the side dining room!
  36. SM

    SamM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    My birthday party Friday night turned out to be a nightmare at this restaurant. Based on some of the good reviews, we reserved a table for 8 at 8:00 PM ( Open table could not find a table for 7:30 PM!!). There were 3 other tables with patrons ( 2 per table) and the rest of the 15+ tables were empty. It took the staff more than an hour to bring the appetizers (salads and French Onion soup) and 2 hours to bring the entrée. Of the 4-5 waiters in the main hall, there was only one middle-aged lady taking the orders and she made damn sure that we were served after all the other patrons had finished their entrees. Not a word of apology from the crew even after enquiring many times about the delay. Totally humiliated and embarrassed for my family; my sister had flown in from Chicago for the dinner. Mediocre food together with terrible service brought about a bad taste in our mouths which is bound to last for a long time.
  37. KH

    KathyH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great experience at Mara’s.
  38. JS

    JackiS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service. Excellent dining.
  39. DC

    DebC

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we have always had a great meal... this time with several other couples had an awesome dinner and cant wait to come again....
  40. p

    pennmom419

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent! Our servers were so concerned for our comfort that they asked us if the music was too loud. (It was, and they adjusted it!) If you're in a hurry don't go. Allow this special chef the proper amount of time to cook your food! The food is cooked to order, and was "spot on" ! It was WELL worth a little wait! Our server made sure that we had some lovely bruschetta, fresh bread and herbed butter to munch on, and kept on top of our beverage needs. I didn't look forward to the vegetables that (I thought) were going to come with our entrees. HOWEVER, they were NOT the soggy, grey, steamed garbage that you usually get! We had a trio of beautifully cooked asparagus, carrots and haricot verts. Perfect! We each had a (delicious) appetizer and split the huge pear, bleu cheese salad. The greens couldn't have been fresher, and the whole salad was perfect! My husband had the tuna entree and I had scallops. Each was delicious! I must say that one of my favorite foods is a POTATO, and what this chef does with the potatoes that accompany the entrees is MAGICAL! Although fresh ground pepper was offered with each course, I asked for some additional salt for my potatoes. It was smart for the chef to not salt them TOO much...I just like salty potatoes!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Mara's Continental Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 525-0045.

Mara's Continental Cuisine is rated 4.4 stars by 258 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Mara's Continental Cuisine

3602 RT 35 North South Amboy, NJ 08879

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Catherine Street

  • Neighborhood

    South Amboy

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Continental, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Mara's is located one mile from the South Amboy NJ Transit train station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Steinberg

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 525-0045

  • Catering

    Mara's has catering options to meet your needs. Please contact us for a consultation.

  • Private party facilities

    Mara’s offers private dining rooms for your special occasions like office functions, bridal & baby showers, and birthday parties. Please contact us for a consultation.

  • Private party contact

    Michael Steinberg: (732) 525-0045

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