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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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2016

Delicious meal as always! The broth in the Thai mussels was amazing - we needed more bread.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2016

Olivers is quite ok ,food good, service good. But it is loud and small. You feel under pressure when you are half thru your meal and look up to see six or seven people waiting for a table. It would make sense to tell people that when they call to reserve that a certain hour is full and space the reservations so you don`t have people standing over your table waiting to sit somewhere. But we will come back as always.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2016

This is a great find in a great location - the menu was interesting and the food delicious. We were there for lunch and the service was non-intrusive and we never felt rushed. I will go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 9, 2016

Its BYOB. the food is great and I will frequent this restaurant more often. Quaint small town and everything is on the main Street which is Farnsworth.
Cheers

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2016

Been going to Oliver's for years and love both menu's. Tues-Thurs is the gourmet burger menu, while Fri-Sun is the regular entrée menu.

Need to remember its a BYO - so if you don't bring your own, stop at the HOB for a growler

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 2, 2016

My group had an excellent dining experience here. The waiter was exceptional and so was the cuisine. Would highly recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2015

Great food, service outstanding...mussels are amazing! Have been eating at Oliver for a number of years and always great food...never a let down. Small and inviting atmosphere, but nice for small group.
I will continue to go there...keep it great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2015

One of our favorite go to spots. Food is always great and service is friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2015

Mushroom Truffle burger is a must! Best burger I've had in a long time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 19, 2015

Oliver's is the best restaurant in Bordentown! I could eat there every night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2015

I love Oliver's because it's a cozy eatery in the heart of Bordentown and the food is carefully prepared and the menu suits my palate. The service is also very good and I like that it's BYOB! Can't beat that.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2015

I have been to this little restaurant at least 20 times over many years and this was the first unsatisfactory experience. We had reservations for lunch and the place was packed with only 2 people working the floor. Service was extremely poor and we waited for our food for close to one hour,,,,with no rolls, bread, etc., to keep us busy. Then our favorite dish, mussels in coconut curry sauce was not as good as usual as it seemed to be missing the coconut milk and not as flavorful as the many times we have had it before. The place was very dark and exceptionally noisy because of the crowd. I will return, however, I can no longer recommend this restaurant with praise.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2015

Had a reservation but upon arrival was advised that the as a result of the Christmas Tree lighting earlier that evening, many dinners before us arrived late for their reservations and pushed everything back. We ended up having to stand for thirty minute (no place to sit and wait). We not offered anything to compensate us for the inconvenience...not even a leftover piece of Thanksgiving pie. Not the end of the world but poor management.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2015

Every year we come to listen to the Christmas Carolers. This year we once again came to enjoy them. According to the email that I receive from the restaurant the carolers would be there from 6:30 until 9:00. Our reservation was for 5:45. It was either a 5:45 reservation or a 7:45 available. Service seemed to be extremely slow but that should only mean we would have more time to listen to the caroling. When 6:30 came and no carolers were there we were told that 1 of the 4 carolers had a problem & they might not be coming. We did not get finished with our meal until 7:45. I think the carolers were coming in as we were leaving. Food was very good. They have the best mussels. The rack of lamb was also very good. We did not bother to have coffee or dessert because there was no singing but I would have thought the restaurant could have offered a dessert on the house since I think that many of the people were there to hear the caroling. It would have been a nice gesture. This is the 2nd time in recent years where we booked a reservation to hear them & they didn't show up. Extremely disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2015

A real neighborhood Gem, we visited on their specialty burger night. It was very good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 21, 2015

My wife and I have been going to Oliver's for several years now, and we have never been remotely disappointed. The menu may seem small but combined with the specials we have always had to pick between 3/4 great dishes, Scallops, Salmon, Steak, Beef Pot Pie are a few of the favorites. The potato soup is also one of our favorites. Since, it is a BOY the bill has always been well under $100.00. We highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2015

This BYOB is nestled in the heart of Bordentown and an absolute gem. Small and quiet, the restaurant has delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts! Had a fabulous Friday dinner with my husband. The waiter couldn't have been nicer or more attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Oliver's we chose form its write ups. The decor is mediocre, the food is not the worst not the best. The service is moderate and if you are thinking on traveling to get there don't waste your time you wont be overly impressed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2015

My daughter and I had dinner and found the food delicious, we had appetizers and for dinner , we both had the pumpkin soup and she had the Meatloaf and I had the stuffed squash. The pumpkin soup was so good I tried to order it again as takeout, but they did not have it. The squash was amazing, my taste buds were doing the happy dance! So I recommend coming the Bordentown, walk around the shops and grab a nice dinner at Olivers .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2015

The food here is just superb you just have to wait a really long time for it! Our reservation was 6:45 and we didn't leave till 9:45 the kitchen certainly doesn't rush and its byob so that's a plus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 7, 2015

The menu and food selections are amazing!!! Absolutely love this Bordentown BYOB. The service was the only thing lacking- the server never checked on us to see if we were okay or needed anything and the wait for the food was extremely long.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2015

One again a trip to Oliver does not disappoint. Same friendly wait staff, same excellent food. Spot on oysters, excellent mussels and by far the best meatloaf I've ever had!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2015

Olivers is a hidden gem in a sleepy little town! The food is outstanding and the service is exceptional. The wait staff is attentive without being too much; and the food feels like it's cooked JUST for you, using fresh ingredients and prepared with care.
I would recommend Olivers to anyone looking to have a fine dining experience at an affordable price.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2015

I don't remember all our servers' names, but they are all upbeat and pleasant. Bruce is always a pleasure too. The hamburgers are delicious...fun combinations that work well together. I commend the restaurant for having the Ziggy Stardust burger in memory of my favorite rocker, David Bowie, when he sadly passed in January (as if Oliver's didn't already have my heart). The mac & cheese is yummy, and all of the salads are perfect. My husband and I drive from Lawrenceville if we're in the mood for a perfect burger (Wednesday and Thursdays they have a special burger menu), and we have celebrated birthdays with friends here too. We stumbled on Oliver's last year after attending a community event at the church across the street and we will keep going back. Highly recommend! Oh, and the desserts are homemade & delicious :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2015

Food is outstanding. We are always made welcomed and appreciated.
Great place put it on your to do list.
They also catered a party for us at our home and people raved about the food.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2015

My husband and I had our anniversary diner at Oliver. We ordered our favorite menu items: squash soup, caesar salad, cauliflower steaks, scallops, plum sorbet and creme brûlée. EVERYTHING was scrumptious, beautifully presented, and expertly served by our waiter. Since the restaurant is a BYOB, we were able to bring our favorite wine to accompany the meal. The dining room decor is welcoming, the staff always gracious and efficient, and the food reliably excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2015

A wonderful restaurant, unique menu items , fabulous unusual burger combinations, but this is no ordinary burger joint. And the mini-dessert offerings are the perfect end to a satisfying meal! The high noise level in the main dining area spoils the ambiance for anything other than group/family meals, which is sad, but it can be quieter in the two side areas near the entrance.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2015

Oliver's is our fave spot for a get-together after work...especially when it's pumpkin soup season. In addition to the soup, we love the Burger-night menu...exciting options not found anywhere else! Always excellent!!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 16, 2015

We go here often! It's spectacular!! The quality of ingredients and variety of selection is amazing! We often go on weekends as date night and week nights with our son. Always better each time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2015

We have been to Oliver's many times. Tonight we went with friends and wanted to catch up... Impossible to do. Oliver's had live music that overtook every word that we tried to say. The noise ( the music was horrible) was unbearable. The restaurant is not big and the amplified noise was incredible. It ruined the evening. We will never go back. The food is good but the noise makes you lose your appetite.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2015

Potato soup is the best ever.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2015

Garbanzo sausage soul was amazing. Steak frites prep very unique and tasty

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2015

Delicious burgers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Best turkey burger I ever had.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2015

Always safe to call ahead, it was busy all night and it was only a Tuesday. Burger nights are to die for!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2015

Never dissapointed. The mushroom truffle bruschetta alone is worth the trip

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 11, 2015

One of our favorite places to go and have consistantly good food. I had the scallops with potato salad and creamed corn. It is a great comfort food dish with a surprise of sliced pickles in the mix. They add a wonderful bite and crunch. DH loves the hummus for an appetizer. The desserts here are home made and are a must have when you eat here. We had the snickers cake and we could have licked the plate! The service here is friendly and some of the local restaurants here could learn how to please your customer by watching them. Matt and Danielle have a gem here and the locals all know it!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 10, 2015

The menu itself is not huge but they had an add on menu that made it extensive. I couldn't find one thing on the menu I wouldn't eat, but their burgers are always my number 1 choice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2015

BYOB local favorite Consistently great dinners. Went on Burger night ---juicy burger topped with short rib & cheese. Homemade fries! Fish and chips were amazing as well! Love the mini desserts…yummy and just enough to satisfy.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 2, 2015

We love it at Oliver's. We go on date night, with other couples, or during the week with our kids. Great food, service is freindly and always engaging. Specials are always a favorite for us!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 29, 2015

A favorite intimate dinner spot. We love to spend our anniversary here. The food is delicious, the service impeccable and, it's a byob! We love to stroll downtown Bordentown after. A+++

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