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Ota-Ya Japanese Restaurant

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21 Ferry St, Lambertville, NJ 08530-1802
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout

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best sushi in NJ/PA but unfriendly

All the locals know this is the best place for sushi as long as you are willing to put up with the unfriendly, brisk wait staff. It's BYOB and the price is great!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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English first
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All the locals know this is the best place for sushi as long as you are willing to put up with the unfriendly, brisk wait staff. It's BYOB and the price is great!

Thank Love2winedine
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The best...great family friendly and delicious love the shrimp tempera and philly rolls...prices are decent...and its in a nice small town of lambertville...I've been going here for years and love it!!!

Placencia, Belize
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

The atmosphere is not the best, but Ota-Ya consistently serves the best sushi in Lambertville. We have been regulars there for several years.

Thank Robert C
Patchogue, New York
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I must say we were pleasantly surprised to dine here despite so many negative comments. We first ate here close to 13 years ago and it was very good so we decided - what the heck we have a bottle of sake so let's go for it!! You can't believe everything you read - we found the appetizers, sushi and... More 

Thank pam w
Singapore, Singapore
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81 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is a great find and we did find it. We were not disappointed with their angel sushi and their dinner box. BYOB so get sake across the street and have them heat it

Thank sw8tart
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Ota-Ya Japanese Restaurant is a Japanese eatery offering creative sushi rolls & hibachi specialties in a BASIC settings. A bunch of friends catching up. A not so formal place. Attentive staff and friendly and accomodative. It gets a little noisy but let's blame that on the wine :) I recommend: Seaweed Salad Unagi Don Shrimp with vegetable tempura Chirashi Sushi/sashimi... More 

Thank DianeVaz
Lambertville, New Jersey
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Always great. They know fresh. Try the Sashimi Layer. It is out of this world. I enjoy sitting at the sushi bar and interacting with the staff. The fish is always fresh, yet often the sushi chef can steer us. And don't forget to leave room for green tea ice cream dessert.

Thank kayak4321
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

My wife & I have been residents of lambertville for about 7 years, both of us love sushi, for whatever reason we've never had a pull to eat at ota-ya, last night we decided to give it a shot, we got take out. Every thing we ordered was beyond disappointing. The lobster roll smelled of sweary gym socks and tasted... More 

Thank foulke27
Lambertville, New Jersey
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Their sushi is just OK. The ambiance frankly is terrible and they will deliver your check before you have even finished your food. I've had a plate taken away that was still half full simply because I paused while eating my meal to interact with an out of town friend I hadn't seen in awhile- I had to literally grab... More 

Thank Amanda L
Stockton, New Jersey
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Great place for good Japanese food. Nice selection of traditional Japanese cuisine. Good service in a cozy (read somewhat type quarters) place.

Thank Leslie B

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21 Ferry St, Lambertville, NJ 08530-1802
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Lambertville
  • Phone Number: 609-397-9228

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi


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