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Ota-Ya Japanese Restaurant

21 Ferry St, Lambertville, NJ 08530-1802
609-397-9228
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Ranked #28 of 37 Restaurants in Lambertville
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Lambertville, New Jersey
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114 reviews 114 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Ota-Ya is a mainstay in Lambertville offering very good Japanese food at reasonable prices. There are two options: the sushi bar (a full-service restaurant and menu, with extensive fresh sushi selections) and a hibachi upstairs. I prefer the downstairs and the menu selections, especially the bento boxes, which allow you a taste of many different things. I got the veggie... More

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Lambertville, New Jersey
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161 reviews 161 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Ota-Ya has a great location, right in the heart of town. Still, it's in the first floor of an old house, doesn't look...fabulous. But first impressions are deceiving, and whether you're a sushi fanatic or a tentative Asian seafood fan, you'll feel well cared for.

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PA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Peter is an awesome sushi chef. Very consistent, very professional. We go here just for him (and for his wife, who is a charming server, as are most of the other servers when you get to know them). We only wish the place could be updated a little. If it were a little more appealing from the outside, more people... More

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Warren, New Jersey, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We own the Pineapple Hill Inn B&B in New Hope and we send people here all the time and always receive great reviews from them...it is one of our favorite places....you can't beat the sushi. Décor is limited, but the food is fabulous. It is so fresh and prepared perfectly in an open area sushi kitchen. We highly recommend this... More

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Bridgewater NJ
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We went to this restaurant and from the time the food was ordered I felt like I was in a fast food restaurant -- rush, rush, rush. Immediately upon paying our bill -- I was still finishing a half of glass of wine --- the waitress asked if we could leave because people were waiting for our table. Then the... More

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Palm Springs, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Ota-Ya is a real asset to our area, with fresh ingredients carefully prepared, and delightful service. The room is tired, and could really use a refresh, but otherwise there is little to criticize about this fairly priced BYOB.

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Let me start with the positive: The sushi was high-quality (mostly, except for the unacceptable number of bones I found in my salmon sashimi), the rice was very good, and the selection was what one would expect from a Japanese/sushi restaurant. Now for the rest: Our server was, at best, effective. She seemed surly and preoccupied. She wasn't the only... More

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Lambertville, New Jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Came in with a large group and they seemed unprepared. Food was fair, service was spotty. Only Japanese restaurant in town.

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Merchantville, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

As a big fan of sushi, I had to try them out, but won't go back. I gave them more than 5 chances. Restaurant is outdated, hostess is lacking all energy and warmth, prices are steep, and food portions are quite small.

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Palm Springs, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

With an emphasis on freshness and authenticity of ingredients, Lambertville BYO Ota-Ya adds creative preparations, good value and efficient, warm service. We especially like the sushi rolls that come in so many combinations. Only the tired decor detracts from the experience.

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