Sam Vera Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 476 County Road 520

    Marlboro, NJ 07746

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  • 732-834-9889

About Sam Vera Restaurant

Hours
Mon., Sun. CLOSED;Tue. - Fri. 12am - 3pm;Sat. 4pm - 12pm

Food

Food
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This is a very recent review from June 2011. I went there this evening to celebrate a very special (2Oth Anniversary) and had one of the WORST meals in recent memory. First, we had a hot antipasto appetizer that sounded good, but came cold and the eggplant had such a weird off-tasting spice, I became instantly nauseous (that NEVER happens to me). The bread/breadsticks set out seemED attractive at first, but the bread was barely warmed and slightly stale tasting, and the flatbread was rock hard (they are lucky if no one breaks a tooth - seriously!!) Then the main meals: One entree of linguini and clams -- how do you mess this up?? Oh, yeah, I know how - serve lukewarm RUBBERY clams!! And my dish was even worse - Veal Piccata which had barely any sauce, about 50 capers (not exaggerating) but the veal itself was the worst part of the meal. Cold and COMPLETELY INEDIBLE. I am not an overly picky eater, but when I cut several small pieces, it was like chewing gum. Fatty, or gamey, I don't know why it was not edible. I couldn't quite place if it was undercooked or overcooked or if the veal itself was of poor quality. I did return it once complaining of its not being hot, and got it returned several minutes later, just as cold. The only positive thing I can remark is that they replaced the (also chewy) pea-pods on my plate that I had eaten. I am not Italian, but trust me, I would have been MUCH better off paying top dollar for a piece of veal in my supermarket, and cooking myself, and it would have been MUCH tastier, cheaper, and of higher quality. I URGE YOU TO IGNORE ANY POSITIVE CRITIQUES (ESPECIALLY IF LESS RECENT THAN MINE) - AND AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE. Save your money (our 2 dinners with no drinks, salads, or desserts cost us over $60.00), and go to the A&P next door for dinner. Last but not least, and if Sam Vera is reading this - TRY TREATING YOUR CUSTOMERS EQUALLY. There was a table of 5 very loud ladies next to us (all on diets, they made quite clear about 40 times) and celebrating a birthday. I had to wait 5 minutes for the waiter to reheat my dinner while he brought them a specially prepared (obviously complimentary, as they hadn't ordered it, and actually seemed surprised when it arrived) cake which he carefully cut into slices, explaining the cake's special recipe/preparation and wishing them a happy birthday. Even though my husband told about 3 waiters of our 20th Anniversary, we got absolutely nothing. (Not even the birthday gal's leftover slice!!) said sarcastically. (Obviously I wouldn't want anyone's leftovers, though the food we were served tasted as if it was -- leftover, that is.) Maybe they changed chef's since the good reviews, but we dined on a Friday evening.

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This is a very recent review from June 2011. I went there this evening to celebrate a very special (2Oth Anniversary) and had one of the WORST meals in recent memory. First, we had a hot antipasto appetizer that sounded good, but came cold and the eggplant had such a weird off-tasting spice, I became instantly nauseous (that NEVER happens to me). The bread/breadsticks set out seemED attractive at first, but the bread was barely warmed and slightly stale tasting, and the flatbread was rock hard (they are lucky if no one breaks a tooth - seriously!!) Then the main meals: One entree of linguini and clams -- how do you mess this up?? Oh, yeah, I know how - serve lukewarm RUBBERY clams!! And my dish was even worse - Veal Piccata which had barely any sauce, about 50 capers (not exaggerating) but the veal itself was the worst part of the meal. Cold and COMPLETELY INEDIBLE. I am not an overly picky eater, but when I cut several small pieces, it was like chewing gum. Fatty, or gamey, I don't know why it was not edible. I couldn't quite place if it was undercooked or overcooked or if the veal itself was of poor quality. I did return it once complaining of its not being hot, and got it returned several minutes later, just as cold. The only positive thing I can remark is that they replaced the (also chewy) pea-pods on my plate that I had eaten. I am not Italian, but trust me, I would have been MUCH better off paying top dollar for a piece of veal in my supermarket, and cooking myself, and it would have been MUCH tastier, cheaper, and of higher quality. I URGE YOU TO IGNORE ANY POSITIVE CRITIQUES (ESPECIALLY IF LESS RECENT THAN MINE) - AND AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE. Save your money (our 2 dinners with no drinks, salads, or desserts cost us over $60.00), and go to the A&P next door for dinner. Last but not least, and if Sam Vera is reading this - TRY TREATING YOUR CUSTOMERS EQUALLY. There was a table of 5 very loud ladies next to us (all on diets, they made quite clear about 40 times) and celebrating a birthday. I had to wait 5 minutes for the waiter to reheat my dinner while he brought them a specially prepared (obviously complimentary, as they hadn't ordered it, and actually seemed surprised when it arrived) cake which he carefully cut into slices, explaining the cake's special recipe/preparation and wishing them a happy birthday. Even though my husband told about 3 waiters of our 20th Anniversary, we got absolutely nothing. (Not even the birthday gal's leftover slice!!) said sarcastically. (Obviously I wouldn't want anyone's leftovers, though the food we were served tasted as if it was -- leftover, that is.) Maybe they changed chef's since the good reviews, but we dined on a Friday evening.

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So sad that people have to talk negative about a fantastic restaurant. I've been here numerous times, never waited more than 15 minutes past my reservation time and NEVER received cold food. The service and food is exceptional.

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So sad that people have to talk negative about a fantastic restaurant. I've been here numerous times, never waited more than 15 minutes past my reservation time and NEVER received cold food. The service and food is exceptional.

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Excellent Food and Service. The Branzino special is one of the best dishes I have had, excellent wine list with a wide variety of choices, and Tony the Guitar player sang for us. Made us feel as if we were home.

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Excellent Food and Service. The Branzino special is one of the best dishes I have had, excellent wine list with a wide variety of choices, and Tony the Guitar player sang for us. Made us feel as if we were home.

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Awful experience, from beginning to end when it was 10pm and my party of 6 left to find food somewhere else because from an 8PM reservation we were just being served our appetizers and they were wrong, missing and cold.No manager, no owner nobody but lousy wait staff did anything but shrug their shoulders when 6 people up and left. I would never ever return to this circus of an establishment that doesnt value their customers enough to even offer an apology, a free drink or even an explanation, Shame on them

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Awful experience, from beginning to end when it was 10pm and my party of 6 left to find food somewhere else because from an 8PM reservation we were just being served our appetizers and they were wrong, missing and cold.No manager, no owner nobody but lousy wait staff did anything but shrug their shoulders when 6 people up and left. I would never ever return to this circus of an establishment that doesnt value their customers enough to even offer an apology, a free drink or even an explanation, Shame on them

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I have been there several times and it always meets my expectations. The food is great and the service is terrific. They treat you like you should be treated. I always enjoy my visit to Sam Vera, Rich P.

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I have been there several times and it always meets my expectations. The food is great and the service is terrific. They treat you like you should be treated. I always enjoy my visit to Sam Vera, Rich P.

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I had a wonderful dining experience recently at Samvera when we threw a 50th wedding anniversary party for our parents. We were accommodated in a private upstairs room with a dedicated wait staff. The food was both delicious and plentiful. The meal consisted of five courses which ended with generous dessert trays for each table. We were not rushed and everyone had a great time. The personal touch of Steve and Romeo lent a magnificent touch to a very classy evening.

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I had a wonderful dining experience recently at Samvera when we threw a 50th wedding anniversary party for our parents. We were accommodated in a private upstairs room with a dedicated wait staff. The food was both delicious and plentiful. The meal consisted of five courses which ended with generous dessert trays for each table. We were not rushed and everyone had a great time. The personal touch of Steve and Romeo lent a magnificent touch to a very classy evening.

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Samvera is a nice place to get a high class experience right in one of the more rural regions of Marlboro Township. The atmosphere is classy and the food is high quality.

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Samvera is a nice place to get a high class experience right in one of the more rural regions of Marlboro Township. The atmosphere is classy and the food is high quality.

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