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Ota-Ya Japanese Restaurant

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21 Ferry St, Lambertville, NJ 08530-1802
+1 609-397-9228
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 17:00 - 22:30
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Lambertville, New Jersey
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480 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2014

Ota-Ya is a mainstay in Lambertville offering very good Japanese food at reasonable prices. There are two options: the sushi bar (a full-service restaurant and menu, with extensive fresh sushi selections) and a hibachi upstairs. I prefer the downstairs and the menu selections, especially the bento boxes, which allow you a taste of many different things. I got the veggie... More 

Thank Heidi D
Lambertville, New Jersey
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318 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2014

Ota-Ya has a great location, right in the heart of town. Still, it's in the first floor of an old house, doesn't look...fabulous. But first impressions are deceiving, and whether you're a sushi fanatic or a tentative Asian seafood fan, you'll feel well cared for.

Thank Carolyn S
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 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 

Thank RiversideLady
Warren, New Jersey, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 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 

Thank Roy S
Bridgewater NJ
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 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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97 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2014

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.

Thank JMH1896392262
New Hope, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 March 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 

Thank Kurt S
Lambertville, New Jersey
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Came in with a large group and they seemed unprepared. Food was fair, service was spotty. Only Japanese restaurant in town.

Thank Ldfinkelstein
Merchantville, New Jersey
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 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.

Thank John M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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97 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 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.

Thank JMH1896392262

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Ferry St, Lambertville, NJ 08530-1802
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Lambertville
  • Phone Number: +1 609-397-9228

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?