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Ota-Ya Japanese Restaurant

21 Ferry St, Lambertville, NJ 08530-1802
609-397-9228
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Ranked #31 of 38 restaurants in Lambertville
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- May 13, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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62% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Bridgewater NJ
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

My first time here. The service was very poor. It was almost empty in the restaurant when I walked in. Only two tables were taken. I had to sand there for about 5-10 minutes to be seated. The menu had prices crossed out and in pen an increase of 3 or so dollars. I found this sloppy. I ordered the... More

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Trenton, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Always fresh, and creative sushi and Japanese food. The service is great!...we love to sit at the sushi bar and talk with the sushi chefs.

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Hackettstown, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

My girlfriend and I have been there several times over the past month and it is without a doubt one of the best sushi restaurants I have ever been to! I have never had a bad meal there and we tend to get the same thing most of the time. The following have been eaten and are delicious! Tuna Metroplitan... More

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Cornwall, New York, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

My husband and I ordered house ginger salads and beef negimaki, both of which were average. The negimaki didn't have enough seasoning, but was ok. The salad was tasty, but too much dressing. The sushi rolls however, were very good. Nice presentation and very fresh. I would have liked the wait staff to be friendlier and I didn't care for... More

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