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Mara's Continental Cuisine

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3602 State Route 35, at Catherine Street, South Amboy, NJ 08879-1459 (Catherine Street)
+1 732-525-0045
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Wed - Mon 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

I see people say this is a hidden gem, it's a gem hidden in plain sight. The restaurant is on busy rt. 35 with thousands of cars driving by every day. That being said, you can drive right by without noting that the house just before the closed men's is a restaurant. The restaurant itself is very nice inside with... More 

Thank Neil K
Manalapan, New Jersey
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208 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

Service attentive but the food came out too slow. They don't mention anywhere that you can bring your own wine even though they have a full bar. The lamb ribs were not as flavorful as described on the menu and the creme brulee didn't have the taste of rum either as described. You The portion size is nice. The bread... More 

Thank Akma4
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2017

The atmosphere is very intimate and cozy. Our dining room had a wonderful fireplace surrounded by about ten tables. They have more dining areas which are considerably larger, and a very inviting bar with its own casual menu.The food was spectacular from the delicious bruschetta, to our wonderful entree of cedar planked wild salmon. It was served with a specialty... More 

Thank Mo46
Marlboro, New Jersey
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195 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2017

This is a great little restaurant. It's in an odd spot so probably why it's never really crowded. Service here is excellent and food was delicious. Don't hesitate to go.

Thank Didojen
Spotswood, New Jersey
1 review
Reviewed March 26, 2017

Went on a Sunday evening. Not crowded and great service. We started off with cocktails and we were served a bread plate with Frushetta which was unexpected but great. The atmosphere is upscale, the food was amazing, and the service was outstanding. The staff was so attentive without being overwhelming. We ordered French Onion Soup, which was to die for...(The... More 

Thank Vermont_boundCouple
Parlin, New Jersey
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94 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2017

Finally went to try this restaurant, I also bought a coupon, the food was delicious, a little pricey, I would use this as a special occasion restaurant, but the bar does have specials I believe from 4 - 6 pm everyday (bar area only) Would definitely go back.

Thank ritaj132015
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

What a lovely surprise to find such wonderful food beside a busy highway. All of our food was first class, and the staff were attentive and friendly. I'd definitely go back.

Thank gordon C
Freehold, New Jersey
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2017 via mobile

Found Mara's Continental cuisine on trip advisor. Since it got good reviews and location was midway between where our friends live and where we live, we figured we'd give it a try. Since it was a Saturday night, we made a reservation for 6 o'clock. They have a lovely bar with couches to relax. We had martinis and bourbon Manhattans.... More 

Thank yurothamotha
South Amboy, New Jersey
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 22, 2016

Some restaurants serve you food and others offer you a dining experience. Mara's does the latter. No hyperbole here. We're talking a super talented chef, and experienced wait staff each focusing on the little things. So many restaurants miss the mark on this, but Mara's gets it! They offer a dining experience rivaling any I've had. If you're looking for... More 

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New Jersey
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2016

Hands down this restaurant has the best food in the area. Owner/Chef prepares everything fresh and to perfection. His mother is an excellent baker. Even the bar menu items are delicious. The back dining room is cozy and comfortable - a small room with dimmed lighting and a fireplace. Perfect for a romantic dinner, the main dining room is well... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Seafood, International
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3602 State Route 35, at Catherine Street, South Amboy, NJ 08879-1459
    (Catherine Street)
  • Public Transportation: Mara's is located one mile from the South Amboy NJ Transit train station.
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  South Amboy
  • Phone Number: +1 732-525-0045

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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