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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

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (34)
Good for a Date (32)
Creative Cuisine (26)
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Cozy (23)
Special Occasion (23)
Casual (22)
Comfort Food (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Worth the Drive (16)
Romantic (16)
Authentic (13)
Great for Lunch (11)
Local Ingredients (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Good for Groups (6)
Healthy (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Seasonal (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Fun (4)
Business Meals (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
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Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

This was our third time at Olivers and the food is always amazing. This time we invited our best friends from Lakewood, NJ and they absolutely loved it and said they will definitely make the trip back to Olivers! Its a small place so reservations are highly recommended.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Seasoning. That's what this meal lacked. The food wasn't bad. It just lacked punch, flare, flavor or uniqueness. To give you a few examples ... The special beef & kimchi dumpling was completely bland. The short rib mac & cheese lacked short rib and was overly loose & wet. The rack of lamb, although cooked perfectly, needed salt & spice. The truffle fries were undercooked & got soggy when served on the same plate. Overall, this could have been an exceptional meal as the menu looked amazing. Perhaps this was an off night for the chef.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Good salmon dinner. Cox was just okay. A little pricey but fun atmospher. GREAT service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vegan, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Quick Service, very tasty food! Need better beverage selection.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent and amazing food. Pretty good service. The pictures don't do the food justice. Although, only one suggestion, on the tempura jalapeno burger, I'd individually fry the jalapenos so they lay flatter on the burger like an easier to eat stack. The big clump of tempura jalapenos had to be pulled apart to reassemble my burger to remotely fit out in my mouth. Brunchetta was amazing. Pumpkin soup was sweet like i like it.
Service was pretty good. It was Sunday staff so i totally get it. Just needs s bit more training. Didn't know about a swap item on menu and didn't bring out small plates for apps first.
Highly recommended restaurant.
Finally, something in NJ worth going to.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Oliver's never disappoints and the prices are reasonable. I've never had anything there that I didn't like. Highly recommend it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Never been disappointed at Oliver's, they are consistently great. The menu is very diverse, from a simple delicious burger to fantastic meat or seafood dishes. The mussel appetizer is a must! There's plenty to share!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Tuesday thru Thursday nights are Hamburger nights but other items are available. The dishes are creative and are a good value...
Returned during the weekend and menu was more extensive and very good.
Service is fanastic

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We love Oliver’s and typically visit about once a month. We have never had a bad meal. The staff is friendly and attentive and the food is very reasonably priced. I would highly recommend Burger Night to anyone looking for a great meal and a reasonable price. I typically choose the between two favorites, but on my most recent visit found another great burger to add to the rotation. It’s also BYOB so you can enjoy beer or wine with your meal

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fun, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We have never been disappointed in a meal at Oliver’s. The weekday burger nights are delicious and so many varieties to choose from. You can’t go wrong.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The service was very slow. We got there at 7:30 and didn’t leave until 10. The food has always been good but it was not worth the wait. The new decorations are also terrible. They need to revert back to the old Oliver’s

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

If you were eating in NYC this meal would be $250 easy. Treat yourself

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The owner/chef, Matt, at Oliver A Bistro is such a creative genius in orchestrating superb dishes consistently that it's a pleasure to dine there any time or for any occasion. The waitstaff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, the ambiance is cozy and unique, and it's a great place to bring a friend for a new and exciting dining experience. A great bonus is the reasonable pricing for such excellent dishes. There are daily specials, an ever-changing quiche, seasonal soups and entrees, familiar comfort foods along with some adventurous offerings, and lush petit desserts for a final indulgence that won't destroy your waistline. If the weather permits, strolling down Farnsworth Avenue to visit the eclectic shops afterwards is another benefit of Bordentown's charm. Highly recommend!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was delicious as usual. Service could be improved, as servers/host seemed frazzled.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Crab Cake Benny was excellent as well as the Breakfast Jawn.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Good morning,
The resaurant staff and our server Heather (who was excellent and precious!) were terrific.
It was an excellent evening and we would certainly come back again.
Woodie & Lini Stevens

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was our first visit to Oliver A Bistro. The food was excellent. Received great service. It's a restaurant we would visit again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I have never gotten anything other than really great food here

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This is one of my favorite Bordentown's restaurant's . It's a BYOB. The food and service is always great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great BYOB and the BEST EVER BURGER and Fries in the area. Salad pretty amazing as well. We enjoy sitting the full window seat, however a nice mother/daughter duo we met while seated in the back did not, we noticed diners up front was finished and requested to be moved. Whatever your preference this place is a gem. MAKE A RESERVATION, be it lunch, brunch it gets full pretty quickly.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food is always great. We made last minute reservations and so glad we did. I would eat here every night if I could.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Brunch was fantastic. So much to choose from and yummy specials.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner. Food was delicious and filling, great portions for the price. It felt almost like comfort food. Cute restaurant and friendly staff. Our waiter was busy (seemed like there were only 3 waiters for the entire restaurant) but service was still great and food came promptly. We’d definitely recommend and would visit again!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Spending my birthday at Oliver A Bistro is a must! Our dinner with friends was simply amazing from the beginning to the end. The food from the three course menu was just incredible. We each chose something different so we could try everything. The items in the menu were locally sources and seasonal. The staff was attentive and friendly, answering all our questions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We usually come on Tues or Wed for their amazing burger night and also their second menus where they have wings, perogies, etc. Those are the best burgers ever and not the frozen kind, many adventurous menu choices for those. This time we went on a Friday and none of those options were available so we went with a regular dinner. It was ok had cod fish and shrimp and grits between us. Service was great as always but we prefer the other menu. Their homemade from scratch desserts are to die for. Had the Harvest cake and a Lemon coconut. Outstanding. Would definitely return to this BYOB charming restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I got the ban mi turkey burger and it was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had! A lot of good for the price!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Enjoyed a Saturday evening out with friends. The soups were very good as were the entrees. I had the Pork Osso Buco and enjoyed every bite! The only unsatisfactory dish was the dumpling appetizer which I found tasteless. Overall the dinner was very good and will definitely return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Dinner a bit before the crowd. Service perfect. Food wonderful. Took home leftovers. We'll be back again!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

3 had Hamburgers and I had the Flat Iron steak all was very very good.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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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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