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Mara's Continental Cuisine

151 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Continental, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation


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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Cross street
Catherine Street
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Public transit
Mara's is located one mile from the South Amboy NJ Transit train station.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 151 People Are Saying
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vipMAC111 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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...

vipRonald (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food! Jennifer was so knowledgeable!

Angashcan2 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent as usual! We love the food and atmosphere!

Debbie (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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:(

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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

vipNeil (New York Area)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Delicious. A hidden gem for sure!!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

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

vipjfs226 (Miami)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.