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About Mara's Continental Cuisine

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.

3602 RT 35 North
South Amboy, NJ 08879
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Continental, Seafood, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:


Dinner:

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


Closed Monday and Tuesday

Cross Street:
Catherine Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 525-0045

Website:
http://www.marasrestaurantnj.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Michael Steinberg

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.

Private Party Contact:
Michael Steinberg: (732) 525-0045

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

Mara's Continental Cuisine Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Delicious. A hidden gem for sure!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wanted to do something different for our anniversary. Was a great spot. Food and service was on point. Will definitely revisit.

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·Dined 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!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined 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

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 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

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Maras never disappoints! Everything is relish and made fresh to order!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Don't let the outside fool you. This place is a diamond in the rough. The ambiance was romantic, service was great and the food was excellent. My fiance and I felt well attended to, and the service was fast. We are now considering hosting our rehearsal dinner here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

1st time here and everything was excellent from start to finish

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Family dinner for my birthday. Great food, amazing service! Having my daughters Sweet 16 there in August and we are looking forward to many more visits!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This was our second time dining at Mara's, and two for two the food was excellent. Our service on this second trip was a little bit slower then usual due to a comedy show being held in the upstairs dining area, but our waiter took it in stride and did his very best to be attentive and timely. In fact I want to thank both our waiter and the owner/chef, who felt the need to personally apologize to us for a drunk/rude guest who happened to be a bit loud while we were dining. To be honest, I felt like we were getting our very own comedy show downstairs free of charge, but I can understand the owner's concern. Through no fault of Mara's, these two guests could have disrupted a nice quiet dinner for other diners. I thought it was a class act for chef/owner to personally come out and apologize. They already impressed us with their food twice, so witnessing firsthand the true passion of an owner for his establishment only heightens my respect. Looking forward to going back again.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great food and service. Everything made fresh, so you have to wait a little. But all dishes are worth the wait. Never knew this place even existed. Drove by many times but have not noticed. Will be coming back soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

We went for a birthday dinner. The food and wine were excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We went to Mara's to see Bobby Valli and were pleasantly surprised by the restaurant. The service was good ,Jimmy our waiter was knowledgeable about dietary restrictions and willing to discuss preferences with the chef.
The food was very good. We had trouble trying to not over order because it all looked good.
The prices were reasonable which is always a plus.
We will be back. It may be a go to place in the future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The only good thing I can say about this restaurant was the food. The place needs major repair. The service was horrible. It took 90 minutes between courses to get our food. The chef should move to a better place and learn time management.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Have dined at Mara's at least five times. Again, service and food were quite good! Dined in smaller back room, a more intimate setting. My fish was prepared exactly as I had requested. The same can be said for my wife's entree. Plan on visiting again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Well worth the trip. It's a neighborhood gem that more people should try. Service is at a slower pace which we enjoy so we can savor every course. The pork chop is one of the best entrees on the menu. Save room for homemade desserts. Chocolate mousse and Cremeans brûlée are delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Food was absolutely phenomenal! Nice historic feeling ambiance. Plenty of seating. Staff went out of their way to make you feel valued.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We were surprised by how tasty everything was! They were very accommodating for gluten-free needs. The potatoes were incredible, and we also loved the creme brûlée.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

An incredible find. No explanation for such a fine restaurant with 1st class premium provisions at this location. This place would succeed in NY or San Francisco. I could visit 100 restaurants and not find a better grade of tuna. If you thought Grandma's cheese cake couldn't be beat, this one beats it. Owner must hit the fish market at 4 am, because no one else around has his shrimp. This is my new haunt. He needs a 2nd bar tender mor and diss Frontera as the house wine, but I'm here to stay.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Pleasant experience from start to finish. Great specials were offered. I had the Pork Ossobuco. The Pork just fell off the bone and the sauces were delicious. My wife enjoyed her order of shrimp scampi. We had not seen colossal shrimps like the ones served in her dinner for quite some time. Very attentive and friendly staff. Will go again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 16, 2017

My husband and I have dine here before and we love the atmosphere and of course the great food. Our next time, we are going to try Happy Hour - friends have told us it is wonderful.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Had dinner here for our 30th wedding anniversary in February, I've been here a long time ago, the deco has changed for the better. Much bigger but still intimate. Now for the food! Oh my God ,it's outrageous. I had the Breast of duck and my wife had scallops. Both to die for , and for dessert we had chocolate hazelnut mousse.WOW can't wait to go back .

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

When we pulled up to this restaurant we found parking to be a bit of a problem. I had heels on and the pavement was ruined with holes and cracks. We got there early so we sat at the bar. The bar was running happy hour so it was $1 off all drinks and half off food. The bartender, Jennifer was a doll! She was very personable, funny and made great conversation with everyone at the bar. We were seated at 5:30pm. The ambience of the restaurant was nice. I wasn't expecting it to be so homely inside. Our waiter was very friendly, always made sure we were okay and offered great advice. We tried the mozzarella tower special for an appetizer which was delicious! I went with the fried artichoke hearts which lacked flavor. They had no taste to them at all, I was disappointed. We had a pitcher of red sangria which was way too sweet too. For dinner I had the scallops, so did my dad and my husband had the shrimp and mom had the trout. We all felt that the food was just okay. The prices were really high for the meals we had. I mean all of the food came with your basic potato and veggie. Why? You should change up the sides and make the dishes more exciting. My husband had 3 shrimp with his meal and it was over $30. Lastly, my dad asked for a double espresso and the waiter came back with what looked like a full cup of coffee. I know why a shot of espresso is so there was NO WAY that was a double. My dad said it tasted terrible. I ordered the coconut cake which I actually loved. They even display the dessert like a bakery and take it away to slice, I appreciated that. The coconut cake was silly, soft and absolutely delicious. I don't think we will go back to this restaurant, we had better. I might just sit at the bar if I do go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Delicious as usual. Brought a friend and she can't stop talking about the food! She keeps asking me when we're going back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Se demoró el servicio a la mesa con el plato fuerte, pero todo lo demás excelente

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Romantic, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

This place is definitely a hidden gem! So glad to have discovered Mara's

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Organic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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