Top 10 restaurants in Princeton, United States

April 14, 2018 Claudia Navarrete

Princeton, New Jersey, the home of Princeton University since 1756, is one of the most famous college towns in the world. The university, with its massive endowment and long history, has made the town of Princeton an exciting place to visit. The Princeton University Art Museum owns over 72,000 works of art, displaying everything from Latin American folk art to Italian Renaissance paintings. The school also hosts dance, theater, and performance art at the Lewis Center and other assorted venues.
Things to do in Princeton

1. Blue Point Grill

258 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542-4623 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 609-921-1211
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 730 reviews

Blue Point Grill

Fresh & simply prepared seafood served in a casual atmosphere with a gorgeous patio for warm weather dining.

Reviewed By sra2801 - Lawrenceville, New Jersey

It has been a few months since we visited Blue Point Grill ( we frequently purchase take out cooked shrimp at its adjoining Nassau Seafood) and once again had a very good experience. For entrees we had the flounder and fried shrimp; both were excellent and the portion sizes good. Our server (and her associates) was very attentive (she kept the iced tea coming for me...thanks). Some might consider it a little 'pricey' but for the overall quality of the food and service; it is worth it.

2. Seasons 52

3535 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ 08540-5903 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 609-799-2152
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 333 reviews

Seasons 52

Reviewed By Buffalogirl41 - Santa Fe, New Mexico

We ended up arriving quite late because of flight delays associated with the"bomb cyclone" but they were patient and accommodating. They have a very decent wine selection and several interesting cocktails. I don't recommend the Thai steak and noodle salad, but the scallops and the hummus plate were very good. The restaurant has a lively feel to it, it is a bit loud at times, but they have several private rooms if you want to avoid that.

3. The Peacock Inn Restaurant

20 Bayard Ln, The Peacock Inn, Princeton, NJ 08540-3006 Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available American, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 79 - SGD 111 +1 609-924-1707
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 215 reviews

The Peacock Inn Restaurant

Welcome to The Peacock Inn! The only boutique hotel and fine dining restaurant situated in the heart of downtown Princeton, New Jersey. This landmark is an attractive colonial-style mansion that has been transformed into a modern luxury 16-room hotel, restaurant & bar. As a proud member of the Ascend Hotel Collection, The Peacock Inn embodies the commitment to service excellence. For your dining pleasure, The Peacock Inn's refined, yet relaxed restaurant & bar serves New American Cuisine. The Peacock Inn has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past seven years & has also been recognized by AAA with a 4-Diamond Rating, as well as Zagat & New Jersey Monthly as one of the Top Restaurants in New Jersey. For special occasions, The Peacock Inn is available for corporate & social functions for groups up to 85 guests. We are here to provide personalized service from the moment you walk through the door, and make your experience at The Peacock Inn both enjoyable & memorable!

Reviewed By amynaadi1 - Pennington, New Jersey

We had been to the restaurant for brunch at least 5 other times as a whole family. We are family of 8 with 3 grandkids. We always had the same number of adults and grand kids and good experience. But now I have to give a negative rating for our most KIDS UNFRIENDLY experience this past weekend.

When I called for reservation, Anna asked how many high chairs we needed which surprised me since this restaurant had not provided any high chairs for kids. We were excited to see that the restaurant has become kid friendly (?!!) by adding highchairs. When we were dining, the 2 kids (6 and 3) were seated in their seats and talking happy and the 6 month infant was trying to talk (!) but made baby sounds. My daughter then started to feed the infant when Steve the restaurant manager came to tell us that the baby has to be taken outside. He didnt even say first that he is sorry to interrupt us nor ask if everything is ok. We were shocked to hear that the sound coming from our table could have interfered with other tables which were located at least 6-8 ft or away from us. My daughter responded to Scott again that she is feeding the baby. When I went out to the restroom I asked the receptionist Anna if she heard loud noises and if the kids were behaving unruly. She said she did not think so, wished me happy birthday and apologized for our experience. She offered the business card for Scott Sussman.

When I called a few days later Scott connected me with Barry who is the "proprietor". While I was trying to explain the story, he went on say that if the kids were screeching, that would be reason for Scott to tell us that they need to be taken outside, before hearing my full story. He kept saying our kids were not behaving. If the establishment is accepting kids, they need to understand the difference between normal versus troubling behavior of the kids. This not a courteous and an acceptable behavior of the the management staff/establishment. Huge disappointment and we are not going back!

4. Jammin' Crepes

20 Nassau St, Store a & b, Princeton, NJ 08542-4509 Takeout, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast SGD 9 - SGD 17 +1 609-924-5387
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Jammin' Crepes

Reviewed By Josephine T - East Brunswick, New Jersey

I've been here a couple of times with friends and let me just say, this is the best place to get crepes in the Princeton area! They have so many options and the crepes are so fluffy, but crispy at the same time. It is usually packed when I come here, but that just gives you an indicator of how amazing this place is. If you want to avoid the crowds, come during an off time but be prepared to wait on line, both for ordering food and for a table. The place itself is a little bit small but they do offer outdoor seating. Maybe in the future, they could consider renting a bigger place in order to accommodate the number of people that come into their restaurant.

5. Witherspoon Grill

57 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542-3225 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 131 +1 609-924-6011
Excellent
36%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 498 reviews

Witherspoon Grill

Reviewed By barfoot164 - Tinton Falls, New Jersey

We stopped for lunch and was looking for something different...so we saw their seafood tower for 2 (standard) and ordered that along with a Ahi Martini (poke)...and it was outstanding. Their signature Manhattan was also killer along with excellent service from Eduardo. Just a great compliment after walking around Princeton!

6. Agricola Eatery

11 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542-3201 Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 609-921-2798
Excellent
41%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 619 reviews

Agricola Eatery

Welcome to Agricola, a community eatery where friends gather over dinner, where wine glasses toast to milestones, and where families savor Sunday brunch and time together. We think food is a universal language -- it brings us together and nourishes us. In Latin, "Agricola" means "farmer," which embodies our farm to table spirit and our dedication to community and comfort. There is nothing we enjoy more than gathering old friends and new around a big table and serving up a carefully crafted meal. We love plucking fresh vegetables from the earth and putting them on your plate. Using fresh local ingredients from our very own Great Road Farm as well as neighboring providers, we offer rustic American cuisine bursting with seasonal flavors in every bite. We serve food that brings people together to laugh, share and celebrate. Good food translates to memorable moments and we encourage you to delight in both as we build on the traditions of community, farming and breaking bread with friendly faces. Delicious, locally sourced foods are a cause for celebration, and we hope you'll celebrate great food with us at Agricola Eatery.

Reviewed By Katherine H - Long Island, New York

We were a group in town for a college sporting event. Several of us went to Agricola more then once in a few days. We all loved the food. Love the homemade Ginger pomegranate soda, but you really have to like Ginger to order it, as it is strong. The polenta is delicious. Salads were amazing. Most of the staff was great, except for a VERY sarcastic waiter. He probably thought he was being funny but he nearly insulted everyone in the group. If we asked a question we were mocked and made to feel foolish. Our bad for not complaining at the time. The rest of the staff was awesome! Would go back next time in Princeton.

7. Mediterra Restaurant

29 Hulfish St, Princeton, NJ 08542-3741 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 609-252-9680
Excellent
36%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 589 reviews

Mediterra Restaurant

Reviewed By Lisa C - Princeton, New Jersey

The design and ambience are the high points of Mediterra. It was a downward slope after that.
The tap water they first served should never be even offered to their clientele! Many Princeton restaurants filter the very heavily chlorinated water to enhance the dining experience. Not here!
When we could not drink the Gould tap water, miraculously an branded bottle of filtered tap water appeared! I Fred to think how much they charged:(
Next the unheated, with one type of rather ordinary bread in a basket arrived. This from a restaurant that has its own bakery a couple of blocks away with first class bread options offered for sale.
The lunch menu was very limited and I wound up ordering calamari frito. Again very ordinary and a small portion for $13.00! The red sauce was tasty, but some of the calamari arrived sitting in an I requested dollop of bland tartar sauce. Yuck!
My visiting Parisienne friends ordered gnocchi and a grilled chicken plate. The gnocchi were totally unremarkable with very little flavor. The chicken was the best of our meals. Not special, but acceptable.
All in all a disappointing and embarrassing meal for me as a host to 2 French friends:(

8. Ruth's Chris Steak House

2 Village Blvd, Princeton, NJ 08540-5740 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 52 +1 609-452-0041
Excellent
52%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 310 reviews

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Reviewed By uncvcutraveller - Riverside, Iowa

when I visited the place the second time, there was a sign that we cannot wear a hat or cap. That is a big turn off. When I went there the first time (it was a long time ago), I wore a cap with no problems. I would normally give it a "5" but that sign really ticked me off. I will not go back unless that sign is eliminated.

9. Cross Culture Restaurant

301 N Harrison St, Princeton, NJ 08540-3512 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Highchairs Available Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 39 +1 609-688-9400
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Cross Culture Restaurant

Cross Culture Restaurant, Great Place to go near Guyot Avenue NJ, Authentic Indian food near Princeton NJ, Buy Your Own Beer North Harrison Street New Jersey, finest and freshest ingredients, Off-Premises Catering Available, Eat-in and take out near Princeton Shopping Center NJ, Mixed Appetizer near Terhune Road NJ, Mulligatawny Soup, Malai Chicken Kabab Princeton

Reviewed By ZenGolfGuy - Hopewell, New Jersey, United States

Thumbs up all the way around. Four of us for dinner, and the one who had never had Indian food before was the one wiping the last of the vindaloo sauce up with the last of the naan! Everything was top notch. Starting with the chicken and vegetable samosas fried pastries with luscious filling. the pastries looked think until you bit into one and it was light as a feather.

For entrees we had panir masala, lamb vindaloo, chicken cashmire and shrimp biryani. Every bite of every dish was a joy!

We finished with kulfi wich cooled our insides nicely.

I can't recommend this place highly enough. Enjoy!

10. Mistral

66 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542-3239 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch +1 609-688-8808
Excellent
49%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 273 reviews

Mistral

Savor and share chef Scott Anderson and Ben Nerenhausen's inventive, culturally influenced cuisine with a superlative emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and inviting flavors. Mistral's bar features an eclectic craft cocktail menu that is both unexpected and attuned to chef Anderson's local and seasonal ethos.

Reviewed By Anne C - Mahwah, New Jersey

I had lunch with a friend here the other day and had a nice time. The ambience is upscale casual with light wood, stone, and an open kitchen. The lunch menu is very creative and eclectic with kinda trendy fairly healthy foods.

I particularly liked the non-alcoholic "ruby red sipper," which was a beetroot and orange shrub -- nicely balanced and zippy. After we ordered they delivered these dramatic fluffy gargantuan chips for the table that were dusted with spices and reminded me of the texture of Chinese shrimp chips, although that's not what they were. They were messy but nice. We declined to order a starter from the "plates to share, although they had some interesting options there, for example bacon beignets with maple creme fraiche or "soy eggs" with daikon, trout roe and japanese mustard.

What I did order from the lunch entrees was the heirloom grain bowl with curried pumpkin, cauliflower, raisin, avocado and grilled chicken. It was modest in size but full in flavor. Coffee after we ate was forgettable. We didn't get dessert but there seemed to be some intriguing choices there, too.

Service was attentive and pleasant.

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