Mara's Continental Cuisine

4.2
217 reviews
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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.
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LV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

It was hot. It took 25 minutes to get a drink. We were there for two hours before out food came. She took another half hour to figure out a split bill. I’ve never experienced anything like it. I hope it was just a bad night.

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CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Friendly staff but not enough servers. Took over 3 hours for the complete meal. Food was tasty, some of it having no seasoning though. Men’s bathroom needed a much needed coat of paint and redo. Parking lot was dirty and uneven pavement. My wife twisted here ankle walking to our vehicle.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at Mara's and what a pleasant experience! Relaxed and warm with a fireplace and bar. Wonderful freshly made meals and service was attentive.

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JZ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, as expected. shrimp scampi appetizer and duck breast are awesome!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cool place, with live music and good food and service.

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g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly and cozy

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GR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is alway excellent at Mara's..... I have never had a bad meal.

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, the service was attentive and the place was very nice.

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WM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great hospitality, great food & prices ambience is very adult & romantic... its a quiet Storm

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner as usual. Such a pleasant environment. And the food is absolutely amazing.

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ED
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The garlic shrimp appetizer had a great sauce. The double porkchop was very tender. The hanger steak was cooked medium rare, liked I asked. I asked for no salt on steak. Steak cut very easily, and was tender. The cheesecake was very good. Atmosphere was very cozy in the fireplace room.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Ordered the Sea Bass n it was FULL of bones...really a downer...

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JZ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mara's food was outstanding!! surpassed all expectations. First of all their potatoes are the best. Crispy garlicky lightly sprinkled with sea salt. Just delightful. Appetizers were great. Seafood was fresh and expertly prepared . Rack of lamb was perfect and a WHOLE rack of lamb . Such a generous portion ! Veal chop was double thick and double the delicious. Desserts did not disappoint. hazelnut cream or mouse was delightful. yes, waitstaff was great . I liked the ambiance it is really intimate.great for a date or a nice dinner with friends or family. there is a nice , fun bar that is also worth checking out next time ! I'm so glad we found Mara.

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KO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I was excited about going to Mara's for my anniversary. We had been there a number of years ago and remembered the pretty room with the fireplace and the delicious food well. This time when we entered the restaurant there was a large and loud crowd at the bar. There was a piano player in a corner of the large dining room playing really loud music. All of the diners were in the small room at the back with the fireplace and they eventually sat the large group of loud men in the small private room which is connected to the small dining room. These men were extremely loud. My husband and I were at a small table on the wall furthest from the fireplace and directly next to the glass doors leading to where the loud table of men were seated. The noise of the awful piano playing made the larger dining room equally unappealing. The service was extremely slow. It took at least 20 minutes to get a drink and we had still not been asked for our order or served bread. The food was ordinary....very ordinary. We had fried calamari with an asian sauce that was decent. My husband had flounder crusted with crab cake which was okay....the piece of fish was rather small but the plate was filled with crusty potatoes. He also had some string beans and carrots with asparagus. The food was just okay. I had seared scallops and since I don't eat potatoes I was given extra vegetables which were string beans....the scallops were boring and bland and the string beans were just okay. The cheesecake that we shared was very good. All in all a disappointing anniversary dinner. Never once were we asked if we would like to move to a quieter place in the restaurant. Also, I made a reservation through Open Table, when we walked in they never asked about our reservation, they simply took us to a table though I kept saying I reserved through open table. I had indicated on our reservation that it was our anniversary but we were never made to feel special about that at all. Sorry for this review...

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day always has high prices. This was a good meal. After tax and tip well over $100 each. It was about. $30-$40 meal

Like I said. Valentine’s Day is a nice day. But a restaurant high priced Day

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really do love this place. Best rack of lamb in and of town.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

People are very nice and food is good - but it took an hour to get our food. I think they were short handed. I’ll still go back. Tuna tartar was delicious.

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PK
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The French Onion soup was excellent; highly recommend it. Not a huge selection of main courses on the menu; a few specials provided more options. But all food was well prepared and tasty. Service just a bit on the slow side, but very friendly. I will go back.

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. They treat us like royalty and they don't know us. We go every other month.
They never got our reservation but seated us gladly anyway.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING!!! I’m recommending Mara to everyone I know. I can’t wait to come back. It was truly amazing!!!

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend.

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R
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit here, we were referred by a friend. The food was absolutely delicious and on point. The service was friendly and attentive. Our only issue was the length of time it took to receive the food. We placed our appetizer AND entree orders together. It took a while for the appetizer to come out (delicious), and it took even longer for the entrees (delicious again)....about an hour and 15 minutes from when the order was placed. I would have loved to stay for dessert and coffee, but I really didn't want to wait a long time again. That's my ONLY complaint. The food was GREAT!

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MM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our meals were absolutely delicious. The only poor things about our experience was the service and there were no changing tables in the restroom for babies.

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EF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Nobody busing tables.Main course was ready and we still had dishes from appetizers .The appetizer took way to long.

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AN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

If you have over 2-3 hours to kill I’d say why not. The food is good. It just took so long to come out. The waitress was awesome though!

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IT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I visited this place specifically after reading reviews. The first warning sign was that restaurant was close to empty on Friday evening. We waited close to hour and a half for our food to arrive. After it did I wished it didn’t- each dish was either over cooked or under cooked. Overall terrible and I question all of the 5 stars reviews

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience we will definitely be returning!

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M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Empty due to weather. Food was very good. Priced right.

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Though they didn't have the dish I ask for, the table attendance was very helpful with his recommendations, the food was delicious as well as my friend.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent delicious meals with great service every single time I have been to Mara’s.

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SD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We came here because we were gifted a Groupon. The food and service were good but the prices were high. Probably won't be coming back. For 2 dinners, a half roasted chicken and the pasta carbonara, we had to add $43 to a $50 gift certificate. Salad is not included. We didn't even order appetizers which wasn't necessary because they bring a bruschetta to the table while you wait. That was very good also. If you get wine, be prepared to spend $7 for a "house" wine.

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful interior, excellent food, great service!

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BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great! Very reasonably priced for fresh great tasting dishes! Service however was horrendous - it was delayed and inconsistent at most times. We had to nearly beg for water. Our food orders were correct but delivery to the table was inconsistent, delayed, and inconvenient.

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AS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very enjoyable experience. The service was great. The food was excellent.

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SR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Something for everyone one on this classic, but unpretentious menu. Always a nice meal, well prepared, excellent value. We love this place, have come with a family group for Mother's Day and Easter dinners, with friends, and just for a Saturday date night.

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DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant!! Great food, great service.....everyone is wonderful! We can't say enought about Mara's.....it's the place to go!

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RP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lamb chops one side medium. Other side medium rare but not rare enough.

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J
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious food. Also the best Old Fashion cocktail.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good, but had to wait a long time

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We had a 8 pm reservation and didn’t get our meal until after 10.

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