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!
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...
Good food but not a place to go if you're in a hurry. Service is very slow.
Excellent food! Jennifer was so knowledgeable!
Excellent as usual! We love the food and atmosphere!
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:(
The food was very good. Unfortunately they were very understaffed on a Friday night.
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.
Delicious. A hidden gem for sure!!
The dinner was great and the service was excellent. We will certainly go back to Mara's
Excellent food, love their Tuna tartar, and cheese cake. Excellent service. I'll keep coming back to dine here.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
My. Favorite restaurant it's been excellent every time I've been there
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Maras never disappoints! Everything is relish and made fresh to order!
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.
1st time here and everything was excellent from start to finish
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!
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.
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.
We went for a birthday dinner. The food and wine were excellent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food was absolutely phenomenal! Nice historic feeling ambiance. Plenty of seating. Staff went out of their way to make you feel valued.
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.