Mara's Continental Cuisine

4.5
164 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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.
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
Reviews from verified diners
164 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
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Very Good
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Good
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Fair
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Poor
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4.7
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4.2
service
4.3
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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Good food but restaurant empty as usual

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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

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CJ
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Pace of service was just right.
Food was exceptional

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food! Jennifer was so knowledgeable!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent as usual! We love the food and atmosphere!

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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
3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Delicious. A hidden gem for sure!!

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

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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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

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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5.0Dined on September 6, 2017

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
4.0Dined on September 3, 2017

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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4.0Dined on September 1, 2017

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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5.0Dined on August 20, 2017

My husband were there just to have dinner.
we came in for Happy Hour before dinner & the ambience there was very nice.
we ended up having a conversation with other patrons who we @ the bar.
my drink was superb, the bartender made up a combination of Mango Margarita.
I have to say, I was kid of feeling it.
then we moved into the dining room & we ordered our Entre.
I ordered the Pan Seared Scallops & my husband ordered the Salmon.
when I tasted the Scallops, I thought I was in heaven.LOL.
that was the best served Scallops I've ever tasted.
Everything was wonderful. Our Wedding Anniversary is coming up. Sept. 4, 2017
we're thinking of going back to Mara's.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Great overall experience...Jennifer is an excellent bartender, appetizers were fresh and delicious. For my main dish I was served one of the best pieces of tuna I've had anywhere.
I look forward to going to Mara's again

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

My. Favorite restaurant it's been excellent every time I've been there

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2017

I love Mara’s!! I had the crab topped fish with seasonal veggies & roasted potatoes - the garlic parmesan crust on the potatoes is to die for. I would dine here just for that. I’m also a big fan of their tuna poke - I haven’t found a place that makes it this good outside of Maui. The servers are very welcoming and accommodating and the food is spectacular.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2017

Always a great meal. Tuna Tartare and Gorgonzola Pear Salad great starters. Seared duck breast and rack of lamb cooked perfectly. Save room for dessert. Cheesecake is light and yummy.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Our dinner was very satisfying. We shared a large salad topped with pears and Gorgonzola cheese. We also shared the surf and turf special, which consisted of a boneless ribeye steak and two very large grilled shrimp. Everything was delicious. Vegetables were extremely fresh and not overcooked. The roasted potatoes served with the entree were unbelievably crisp and habit forming, prepared with oil, garlic, chives and salt. Dessert was a very tasty blueberry crumble made with fresh blueberries. The location and parking aren't great, which probably accounts for the reason that the restaurant hasn't been very busy on either of the two Saturday nights that we have eaten there.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

You'll drive right by it but go back cause you'll love the food and service. Don't be in a hurry. Its for slow casual elegant dining. Live piano on weekends. Staff is knowledgable and here the high prices get you delicious meals.. Try it. You'll like it.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

The food is excellent. The burrata tower was tasty. The pork chop and the flounder with crab meat entrees were excellent. The sangria is so good! The service was superb.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

It was great server Pat was excellent, The appy was good, food all around was done very well
Thank You for making us have a nice night

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