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About Oliver A Bistro

We are a 55 seat intimate BYOB located in a charming historic downtown area.

218 Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown, NJ 08505
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Walnut

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 298-7177

Website:
http://www.oliverabistro.com/

Catering:
Many options for catering. We deliver or you can pick up. Also cater off-site

Parking Details:
Christ Church located at 130 Prince St is a half a block away and allows the public to park in the lot.

Public Transit:
River Line

Executive Chef:
Matthew McElmoyl

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Oliver A Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Casual (26)
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Creative Cuisine (25)
Comfort Food (23)
Special Occasion (21)
Cozy (20)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Romantic (14)
Authentic (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Good for Groups (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Fun (3)
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Live Music (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
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Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent as always. Never disappointed. My wife and I enjoyed the specials. They were delicious.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great Food, nice atmosphere, Casual setting. Excellent Warm Bacon Dressing , Blue Cheese ( local) salad! Creative Burgers Tuesday thru Thursday. We always enjoy going there. E excellent service as well.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Oliver’s is always fantastic and the staff is the best!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was great. We had friends in from out of town and they were extremely impressed as were we.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food is always very good here.
Its a BYOB.
Service is pleasant and the kitchen is flexible to consider changing the sides.
They honor reservations

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Good food as always for the most part. The steamed mussels in the Thai sauce are to die for and highly recommended. My husband had the salad with pecans and pears which he said was delicious. I had my usual shrimp and grits with garlicky greens. Greens weren't as flavorful as the last time, and there were a few lumps in my grits, but it was still good and the shrimp were tender and cooked to perfection. My husband was not as thrilled with his salmon however, and picked at pretty much everything on his plate. There isn't a huge selection on the menu on a Friday night and I thought there used to be a little more variety in years past. We had a good time just the same and appreciate the chance to dine out at Olivers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Usually I rave about their gourmet burgers but this time I can't. I had the Barcelona burger and it was sloppy and wet. One friend had a veggie burger and said it was very mushy. Another friend had the Eastern Block burger and asked for it to be cooked well, and no pink but it was pink so she could only it around the done edges. I'd say it wasn't a good night for burgers.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Good food, good services, friendly staff. Try the meatloaf it is outstanding.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I have been to Oliver's before but the rest of my group had never been so it was a fun experience for them to all be trying a new place. The service was superb, we had two people attending to us. They kept our waters filled and our table clear of dirty dishes. Those two things tend to be pet peeves when dining out. We started with some pumpkin soups, the truffle wings and guac. Highly recommend the soup. I didn't have the wings but the rest of the group did and they said they would definitely order them again. The guac was lacking some spice but that is just personal preference. We loved how the burgers had the option of being served with fries or your choice of house or caesar salad. We all opted for different burgers being that is what they're known for during the week and it was one of the burger nights. We ended the meal with desserts. The creme brulee is the best traditional style my friends and I have ever had. They actually serve it in a deep dish which is different and certainly favored now. We will definitely be returning and look forward to trying more new items off the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Who knew that Bordentown had such a lovely lace to dine out? Mid week lunch was quite busy but we had excellent service from staff. The menu has such a wide variety of choices, we were hard pressed to settle. The main meal was very good and the desert also very yummy. The tables in the window area are very nice: great for people watching. The booths seemed comfortable and roomy.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Olivers never disappoints! The food is always excellent!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent food, great BYOB spot. Large servings and attentive staff. Make reservations in advance as the restaurant is small. We will definitely be dining here again.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Entrees were delicious, but service was extremely slow. So much so we were asked if we needed something, to which we said - our food, please.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

amazing food as usual... the service is top notch. We love the desserts by Heather and I am still waiting for her Butterscotch pie to return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Our waitress was excellent, but she rarely visited. Our waiter seemed preoccupied with other tables. Food quality was very good and tasty, however, all 4 of us ordered "medium" burgers (some pink) and all received "well done ". This was disappointing. Service was very slow. Bus staff very pleasant and attentive. Makes me wonder "where is the owner?"

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

It was burger night. The burgers were good not great. The crab mac-n-cheese was excellent. The service was ok but a little slow The waiter was occupied with a party of 7.

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

Service was amazing and the food delicious. Everything is always so unique.

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

Two words: poutine fries! Chicken and waffles and Miss Anna burger were also enjoyed. Great value for the quality you get. Highly recommend.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Oliver's is my go-to restaurant in Bordentown City. They always exceed expectations. I will definitely be back.

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Made a reservation for 5:30. We were immediately taken to the back table, closest to the kitchen. Friend asked for a cup of hot tea with milk. Brought her green tea, no milk. Had to ask for regular tea and milk again. One person took our order, another brought our food, another asked if we wanted dessert, but was unable to describe the options. Food was great....service, not so much.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Always a wonderful experience when we dine here. Love burger night!!!

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very disappointed. Food was cold and taste not enjoyable. Definitely not up to previous standards. Very disappointed. Have recommended to several friends in past. Did I make mistake? Certainly hope not...

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Oliver a Bistro is one of our favorite restaurants in Bordentown. We're not from the area but tend to go once or twice a year as we shoot up to 295. Unfortunately the experience this time what disappointing because of not knowing that on holiday weekends they do not have their regular menu. The menu for this weekend of Labor Day was essentially hamburgers. We were disappointed as to the menu choices. There was also an extremely loud foursome that also dampened our experience. We will come again but will be more careful about when we come

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great place - been there before - will go back

Nice menu - always fresh and always something new!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Authentic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Healthy, Spicy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Never disappoints!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great place! Love going burger night, great selection of burgers and other dishes. Never disappoints!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Amazing food and awesome atmosphere. Love Oliver!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

My truffle brushetta bread was on the cold side, usually it's warm and gooey and so delicious . Should say the prices with the specials.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Olivers food is always amazing! I have never ordered anything I did not enjoy! Even dessert was terrific! Best Creme Brûlée I have ever had.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Always great food and service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. Food is always very good, lunch or dinner. Service is always friendly and efficient, but never rushed. The menu changes but some of the favorites are always available. There are wonderful soup options and specials for the day.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Very great service, the food was great and so was the atmosphere. Pre theatre, so it was very calm and able to engage in healthy conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We come for the mussels in the Thai, curry, coconut sauce and have never been disappointed. So delicious words escape. You have to try it yourself. Promise you will not be disappointed either.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The food was delicious, as always. The service was friendly and efficient. This is my "go to "place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Delicious and such a great value! Never disappoints!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Our waiter, Greg, was fantastic on a very busy day. Lunch specials can't be beat and petite desserts are perfect. Love this place.

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·Dined on July 25, 2017

i ate with tough critics and all 5 of us absolutely loved the food.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Very good burgers with courteous service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This was our first visit to Oliver, a bistro. We went based on the recommendation of friends who lived in Bordentown for several years. We are grateful to our friends. First, the service staff is excellent. The waitress paid close attention to our questions and their context, and steered us with care - not to the most expensive options but to ones that truly met our needs. The food was good and the portions were ample. We will definitely return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was delicious, but given the fact that we were the only ones in the restaurant, the service was terrible. Everything was slow and the servers were extremely inattentive. Despite the yummy food, don't know that I'd return.

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