Mara's Continental Cuisine

4.5
203 reviews
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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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day always has high prices. This was a good meal. After tax and tip well over $100 each. It was about. $30-$40 meal

Like I said. Valentine’s Day is a nice day. But a restaurant high priced Day

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

People are very nice and food is good - but it took an hour to get our food. I think they were short handed. I’ll still go back. Tuna tartar was delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really do love this place. Best rack of lamb in and of town.

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PK
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The French Onion soup was excellent; highly recommend it. Not a huge selection of main courses on the menu; a few specials provided more options. But all food was well prepared and tasty. Service just a bit on the slow side, but very friendly. I will go back.

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. They treat us like royalty and they don't know us. We go every other month.
They never got our reservation but seated us gladly anyway.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING!!! I’m recommending Mara to everyone I know. I can’t wait to come back. It was truly amazing!!!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend.

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R
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit here, we were referred by a friend. The food was absolutely delicious and on point. The service was friendly and attentive. Our only issue was the length of time it took to receive the food. We placed our appetizer AND entree orders together. It took a while for the appetizer to come out (delicious), and it took even longer for the entrees (delicious again)....about an hour and 15 minutes from when the order was placed. I would have loved to stay for dessert and coffee, but I really didn't want to wait a long time again. That's my ONLY complaint. The food was GREAT!

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MM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our meals were absolutely delicious. The only poor things about our experience was the service and there were no changing tables in the restroom for babies.

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EF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Nobody busing tables.Main course was ready and we still had dishes from appetizers .The appetizer took way to long.

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AN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

If you have over 2-3 hours to kill I’d say why not. The food is good. It just took so long to come out. The waitress was awesome though!

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IT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I visited this place specifically after reading reviews. The first warning sign was that restaurant was close to empty on Friday evening. We waited close to hour and a half for our food to arrive. After it did I wished it didn’t- each dish was either over cooked or under cooked. Overall terrible and I question all of the 5 stars reviews

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience we will definitely be returning!

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M
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Empty due to weather. Food was very good. Priced right.

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Though they didn't have the dish I ask for, the table attendance was very helpful with his recommendations, the food was delicious as well as my friend.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent delicious meals with great service every single time I have been to Mara’s.

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SD
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We came here because we were gifted a Groupon. The food and service were good but the prices were high. Probably won't be coming back. For 2 dinners, a half roasted chicken and the pasta carbonara, we had to add $43 to a $50 gift certificate. Salad is not included. We didn't even order appetizers which wasn't necessary because they bring a bruschetta to the table while you wait. That was very good also. If you get wine, be prepared to spend $7 for a "house" wine.

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful interior, excellent food, great service!

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BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great! Very reasonably priced for fresh great tasting dishes! Service however was horrendous - it was delayed and inconsistent at most times. We had to nearly beg for water. Our food orders were correct but delivery to the table was inconsistent, delayed, and inconvenient.

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AS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very enjoyable experience. The service was great. The food was excellent.

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SR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Something for everyone one on this classic, but unpretentious menu. Always a nice meal, well prepared, excellent value. We love this place, have come with a family group for Mother's Day and Easter dinners, with friends, and just for a Saturday date night.

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DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant!! Great food, great service.....everyone is wonderful! We can't say enought about Mara's.....it's the place to go!

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RP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lamb chops one side medium. Other side medium rare but not rare enough.

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J
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious food. Also the best Old Fashion cocktail.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good, but had to wait a long time

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We had a 8 pm reservation and didn’t get our meal until after 10.

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l
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy dining out and I love a good dinner! This was above and beyond. Treat yourself go there!! You will love ut

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DK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mara’s is a wonderful spot! We can’t say enough about the delicious food and fabulous service! We are never disappointed.

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BR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dine at Maria's many times and each time had a wonderful dinner. It's a special gem that others need to check out. We will be back before Christmas again.

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PB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were very good. I would definitely go back.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

As usual, the ambiance, food and service were great. However, we were taken back when the special we ordered was $70. I would have never ordered a steak and shrimp for that much money. This was not the waiters fault, but management for not having the servers say the price.

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DR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately I cannot give this restaurant a good review. Although I think it as correctly priced for elegant dining, there was nothing elegant about our experience. Apparently they had a wedding scheduled in the main dining room the following day at 11 a.m. that they wished to set up for so they closed off the dining room at 8:30 p.m. (which were only told on arrival) and they seated us at a table (the ONLY table) in the bar area. It was definitely not adequate for 5 comfortably and literally had no room to place the bottle of wine or appetizers that we ordered. They quickly took a credit card for some reason to hold our tab?!? but they were not quick in getting our table served. Bread was brought to the table and when it was requested to assist with making the table less wobbly, our server said absolutely but never did. We felt very rushed however the attention to our requests and food order was not handled promptly. We were offered specials that were unavailable as well as regular items that were unavailable (after the order was placed). On top of this those items were still billed to our "tab" even though we did not receive and the credit card was run before we even looked at the bill. The owner while on-site did not appear interested that we had a reservation but were seated in the bar and that we had problems all they way through. There was not apology or even a complimentary discount or food item to try and appease our dissatisfaction. Although I enjoyed the food not everyone at our "table" was satisfied. Overall this was a very disappointing experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Filet was just ok.

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HB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cost atmosphere with friendly service. Food was fresh and well done. Prices were very affordable. A great spot convenient to major highways.

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CM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our third time at Maras, and once again it was a wonderful experience. Food and service were fantastic. We cannot wait to go back again.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food!

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N
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Service was excellent

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k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, staff very attentive and obliging, chef provided necessary modifications preparing the dinner request very satisfied will return soon

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CC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Mara's proves that you do not have to go to New Brunswick to get good food. It is a local gem and we dine there frequently not only because it is a local establishment but also because the food is fresh, expertly prepared, delicious and served in a warm and comfortable setting. Servings are generous. The wait staff is friendly, attentive and responsive.

We see more and more tables full on weekends and it is clear that the positive reputation of the restaurant is growing and Mara's is emerging as a favorite in Central Jersey.

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, service was great except we received 4 slices of the cake and over 50% of the cake was missing. I didn't notice it right away when it was given back to us bc they gave it to my son. I don't mind if the workers wanted some cake, that was not an issue, but ask. Don't take it upon yourself to help yourself.

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