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“Always a worthwhile splurge”

Mara's Cafe and Bakery
Ranked #1 of 3 Bakeries in Denville
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Denville, New Jersey
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Always a worthwhile splurge”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

Everything's decadent--from the pies to the gelato. And the meals are excellent as well. It just costs a freaking fortune to eat here on a regular basis, so we save it for special occasions and business lunches. Staff are relaxed and courteous. Vibe feels like you're home in Denville. One thing that gets me is that the chairs could be a little more comfortable.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
Montville, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Wish all coffee spots were like this”
Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

Great coffee and an excellent assortment of pastries. They also offer a variety of breakfast and lunch type foods which I found good. Service is good. Always a pleasant staff. Tables are first come, but the wait isn't to bad. No waitress service just a number and a lot of self service. During high volume staff needs to clean tables and floors more often. Decor and restroom needs to be refreshed a little outdated.

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Thank Kim A
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ian m, Owner at Mara's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Thank you , it is nice to be appreciated. We are looking to franchise and hope to bring more "coffee spots" like ours to more communities.
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Dover, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Best cupcakes around!”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Their cupcakes are great, but if you go make sure you try their chocolate chip pie! I have family that comes from New York to get that pie! The service is great and everyone is always very nice. All of their desserts are really great.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank SpartanGirl3
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ian m, Owner at Mara's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
With your kind review we'll need to bake extra chocolate chip pie. Ever try it with a scoop of gelato?
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Rockaway, New Jersey, United States
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“One of the Best Restaurants in Denville”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

As a local of the Denville area, I can say Mara's is one of the best places in the area.

It has a great atmosphere, of a local cafe with flair. It has outdoor and indoor seating, and a very relaxing aura. I love the food, from the sandwiches and bagels to the cupcakes, brownies, gelato. The service is quick and polite, and if there is a problem they attend to it immediately.

Whether you live in the area or just visiting, Mara's is a great place to go.

  • Visited August 2012
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ian m, Owner at Mara's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Thanks for the positive review! Like your choice of words, "local cafe with flair".
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Northern NJ
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“Great coffee, deserts and casual fare”
Reviewed June 16, 2012

Go to Mara's for a great collection of cookies, cupcakes and other treats. The food is actually very varied and good too. On a warm day, it is fun and relaxing to sit outside and enjoy the weather as well.

Visited June 2012
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, Owner at Mara's Cafe and Bakery, responded to this review, June 22, 2012
Thanks for the positive review! Glad you appreciate our varied menus.
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