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Ota-Ya Japanese Restaurant

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21 Ferry St, Lambertville, NJ 08530-1802
609-397-9228
Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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Thank RiversideLady
Warren, New Jersey, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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Thank Roy S
Bridgewater NJ
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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86 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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Thank JMH1896392262
New Hope, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Thank Kurt S
Lambertville, New Jersey
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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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Thank Ldfinkelstein
Merchantville, New Jersey
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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Thank John M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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Thank JMH1896392262
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 restaurant reviews
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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Thank Lisa W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Ferry St, Lambertville, NJ 08530-1802
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Lambertville
  • Phone Number: 609-397-9228

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?