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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

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (34)
Good for a Date (33)
Casual (28)
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Comfort Food (25)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Cozy (22)
Great for Lunch (22)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Romantic (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Authentic (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Great for Brunch (9)
Local Ingredients (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
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Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Comfortable atmosphere, great burgers with some very unique choices. The staff was very friendly and the service was excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Less than impressed this time around. I ordered a filet special, which was okay; but only that. It was cooked beyond what I requested and was one of the tougher cuts of filet I've had in a while. My wife had the rack of Lamb but was also disappointed in that it had little flavor and was cooked far too thoroughly than lamb should be.

Maybe the chef was off the night we went. Hoping for a better meal next time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great meal as always. Super professional staff and lovely ambiance

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Oliver’s is a favorite of ours. Extensive menu. Friendly staff. Food is always top notch!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Belated Valentine’s Day dinner

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Great and creative selection of hamburgers, nice quiet atmosphere with friendly and prompt wait staff.

Tags: Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My boyfriend and I had the best burgers (jalapeño cheddar and caramelized onion) at Oliver A Bistro! We also tried the lobster mac and cheese and the soup of the day, both delicious. We were told about Oliver A Bistro by a friend and we are so happy we went, the food and the atmosphere were both amazing! We will definitely be going back again soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Went during the week to celebrate an early Valentines Day....the taste and quality of the food was great, however, it could have come out of the kitchen a little hotter, especially the soup. Overall it was a great meal though and I would definitely recommend dining here.

Tags: Tapas, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We went on burger night. I had a delicious ahi tuna steak sandwich. Others really enjoyed their turkey and regular burgers. Delicious small desserts at $2.00. Had the apple cobbler which was good, but a bit pricey at $8.50 for the size of it. All other desserts are $8.50 as well. Service was good, ambience "cute".

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was very slow on Saturday night. It took one hour and 20 minutes for our entrees to come out after we ordered. Service was so slow that evening that we decided to skip dessert because we feared it would take too long. Our meals were good, but not as good as usual. I had the steak frites, which was tasty but I did not care for the presentation. The steak was served on top of the truffle fries with the sauce poured over the top. It was impossible to cut the steak without making a mushy mess out of the fries.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This wasn't my first time to Oliver. I am a huge fan of the restaurant. Burgers are great on burger nights, but this was a Saturday night experience. Food was fabulous, service excellent, and our table was a cozy little table for two.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Always the best food in town

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Our waitress Jennifer was phenomenal and the food amazing!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Restaurant was cute and cozy / romantic and our waitress was great however the food was just ok, with the exception of the truffle bruschetta which was amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Having been many times before, we enjoyed our recent visit to Oliver Bistro even more than previous visits. The food and service were both excellent. Some highlights were the Thai Crab Salad, Steaks and always reliable Mussels/Frites. All things under consideration, i believe this is the best game in B-town.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We went for the Friday Night 3 course $35 special. Lots of great choices and large portions. Great value at a great price! Delicious food in a nice intimate setting. We’ll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I always enjoys dining here. It is a wonderful place with terrific food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

As usual the food and service was excellent, we have never been disappointed with Oliver’s.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The meal was delicious and reasonably priced. We found the service to be friendly and attentive.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great burgers, awesome mac and cheese! My husband had one of the specials which was a beef pot pie. He said he was the best pot pie he ever had. It was loaded with lots of beef and vegetables in a really flaky crust. It is a BYOB place so bring a bottle and enjoy !

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I really enjoyed Oliver. The food was wonderful. Full of flavor, super fresh, and simple. The truffle bruschetta was remarkable. I've been thinking about it non stop! The wait staff was perfect. Turnover of tables is important at a small eatery and they kept things moving without being pushy or hovering over the table. Top notch and will absolutely be recommending Oliver to all of Foodie friends!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and easy to stay on a budget for lunch. Service is always friendly and quick. A “go to” spot for us to take out of towners.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We always enjoy this restaurant! Food, service and interesting menu.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Oliver's was terrific. We had an excellent meal & great service

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Popular and fun restaurant with food choices to delight everyone. Extensive selections were creative and tasty. Noise level can be high when restaurant is full, but can still be able to be conversational. Seafood roll is delicious with Hawaiian rolls a great touch. Platters are generous. Waitress was attentive and gracious while really hustling. Overall, a lovely place to eat out with friends.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Food is absolutely amazing! LOVE this place. Wish there were a few options for guests on a diet.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Chef Matt excels in his creations, with too many delicious options to choose from. The burger selection alone is outstanding, but don’t forget the braised short rib Mac & cheese. Staff is friendly and attentive. Couldn’t ask for a better place, especially for lunch. Dinner on the weekend takes a different turn, which I have yet to experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic, Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Looking forward to another year of spectacular meals served by the nicest folks!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very Good food. Friendly service. Great value with Price Fixe menu. Remember that it is a byob!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Diverse brunch menu with plenty of delectable choices. Chicken and waffle platter was tasty, very good biscuit waffle flavor. Good crabmeat poached egg.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Cordial environment especially for a New Year's Eve crowd. Very efficient service. Generous portions. Good thai crab salad, Lamb chops & lobster tail. Fine selection of homemade desserts was a nice surprise, especially the marscapone cheese cake.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was amazing, as always! Never a bad meal! Had apps, soup, burgers and dessert. Everything was excellent!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Awesome as usual. We go at least once per week. The "extended croutons" are massive!!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in the Bordentown area... Staff is very accomodating, the oysters are always wonderful... the menu has choices to suit many tastes... The soups are REALLY good this time of year!!!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My husband and I went here for a date night. We each had the baked potato soup which was excellent. We each had a burger with fries. The fries were great, but we both felt that the burgers were overcooked and dry. This was disappointing.
Service was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food, wonderful service.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Always enjoy Oliver’s - great food and reasonable. One of the best hamburgers ever - many varieties. Excellent soups and salads - a little bit too much thyme in the clam chowder this time but still good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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 2, 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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