Mara's Continental Cuisine

4.4
173 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Continental, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation


Dinner:

Wednesday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm


Closed Monday and Tuesday
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Phone number
(732) 525-0045
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Steinberg
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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 personal consultation.
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Private party contact
Michael Steinberg: (732) 525-0045
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Catherine Street
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Public transit
Mara's is located one mile from the South Amboy NJ Transit train station.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 173 People Are Saying
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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
10 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
9 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
3 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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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were given a gift certificate for Mara's. I decided to invite another couple on me. The four of us loved it. Everything from presentation, flavor, quality, service and decor were very good. The only thing that I would do something about is the outside appearance. It proves you cannot judge a book by it's cover. Additionally, I created a bad review by accident just before this one. It was meant for another place the wife and I had lunch in called Blue. my sincere apologies. Mara's was fantastic.

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NS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at the bar

I've eaten here many times, but this is my 1st experience eating at the bar. They have a 1/2 price bar menu and discounted drinks. I had one of the best burgers ever and my friend said her fish and chips were fantastic.

Highly recommend them for formal table or casual bar dining

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Good food but restaurant empty as usual

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience here. My wife have been here about 4-5 times now and it’s always a 10 out of 10 experience consistently. Everything from the service, appetizers, main course, dessert, and environment is perfect. We brought our mother for Mother’s Day and celebrated early Father’s Day too and there was not one crumb left. It’ll be their go to as well. Make sure to get the French onion soup, crispy half baked chicken, and their steaks if you go. Thank you Mara’s!

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing , very attentive and food was very good .

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CJ
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pace of service was just right.
Food was exceptional

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N
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great but service was slow. We waited 35 minutes just for our glass of wine and pint of beer. It appeared our waiter was also bartending there that evening.

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BK
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious Meals. Service was good. Will be back for sure.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent at Mara's. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and all of the waitstaff were very attentive. The food was overall very good. Everything was cooked properly and came out as ordered. The red sangria was excellent and we ordered 2 individual glasses. The individual glasses were a good size not too small which can be an issue sometimes in restaurants. I enjoyed the variety in the seafood selections on the menu. It was not a crazy selection but a bit more than your standard fare. The food was very good. There was nothing over the top that blew us away but everything was very enjoyable. I would absolutely dine in Mara's again.

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It is always romantic! The food is always exceptional. Service is sometimes slow but it is the type of place that we are never in a rush. I would ask that the servers tell the price of the specials because they are usually VERY expensive.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We got the Groupon for Mara a while back and never got to use it. The place doesn’t look inviting from the outside, especially being right off 35 and the unpaved parking. But once you go inside, it’s really pretty and the food is amazing. They have really good seafood and pasta dishes. All of the specials sounded amazing. Will definitely be going back!

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MA
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mara's never fails to meet our high expectations. My wife had the lump meat crab cocktail appetizer and strip steak entree. I had the tuna tartare and hanger steak. Each dish demonstrated a masterful touch. Our server Jim did an excellent job. Looking forward to our next dinner here!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. A little pricey but good. was there for valentines day a set menu. was delicious from start to almost finish. The only disappointing thing was the extremely small amount of cold espresso we were served. The oysters and crab appies were very fresh and tasty. salad to die for. I had shrimp and crab with capellini and my husband had the steak both cooked perfectly. Martini made by Jennifer at the bar before being seated perfectly chilled. She is the best. One day I`d love to meet the chef.
Thanks for the good eats!
Wish I took photos. next time...

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R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Good food but not a place to go if you're in a hurry. Service is very slow.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Jennifer was so knowledgeable!

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as usual! We love the food and atmosphere!

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We ate at Maras on a Saturday night (6 people) and while the food we had was very good they were out of many things on the menu which was frustrating. The Waiter came back to us 3 times informing us that they had no more of what we ordered... including main courses and desserts. In addition the service was beyond slow. Not sure I will go back:(

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The food was very good. Unfortunately they were very understaffed on a Friday night.

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N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant hidden on a busy road. Service can be slow but everything is made to order. Tuna Tartare with avocado is a must. Save room for dessert.

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SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. A hidden gem for sure!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was great and the service was excellent. We will certainly go back to Mara's

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, love their Tuna tartar, and cheese cake. Excellent service. I'll keep coming back to dine here.

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j
Miami
212 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This was our second time dining at Mara's. Our first experience was so delightful that we wanted to try it again. Jennifer the bartender is a delight, and Jim an amazing server. We left raving about dinner
This past Saturday we made a reservation, arrived early to talk with Jennifer. The bar was packed, and the restaurant was full, due a large party of 30 plus patrons. We had wonderful appetizer's at the bar, and her cocktails are amazing.
We were seated in a small dining room at a table for 2. I ordered the pork while my sister had the rib eye, after a wonderful gorgonzola salad.
The food is amazing give Mara's a try.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to do something different for our 1st date as a married couple. Was a great spot. Food and service was on point. The decor was unique. Felt like we were eating out of someone’s living room. Will definitely revisit, as the menu itself was very interesting. Quite a few entrees we look forward to trying out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In one word- phenomenal! Staff was wonderful, food so delicious and atmosphere was so tastefully decorated for the season. Had the salmon- very fresh and cooked to perfection. Do not pass on the homemade desserts! We shared a chocolate hazelnut mousse cake and were in heaven! A well kept secret that the rest of Jersey needs,to know about!

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent we love everything we ordered specially the tuna tartar. Service was great. Only recommendation is a little update on the dining area specifically the bathroom. But overall it was great. I'll come again for dinner. I would like to try their Cheesecake.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Mara's and we were very pleasantly surprised. The ambiance was wonderful. Our server ( Mandy/Andi) was just wonderful. Enjoyed the food and certainly will return.

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JM
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is consistently fresh and tasty. My favorite dish is the scallops, but everything I ever tried was equally satisfying. Unfortunately there never room or time to try their homemade desserts.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went there for a baby shower. Loved the food and environment that I had to go back with hubby and friends. Had a very good night with friends there and food was absolutely delicious. Will definitely go back.

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