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Princeton Restaurants, Dining, Places to Eat, Dinner, Lunch, Food, Menus

Princeton area restaurants need your support more than ever. COVID-19 has forced some of our favorites to temporarily shut down and some to close all together. On a positive note, a handful of newcomers have opened their doors and are doing well. Most eateries are finding success with curbside pickup and take out and several have mastered the outdoor dining scene. POL'S Dining Guide in New Jersey is your place to find restaurants in Princeton and the surrounding area. Princeton caterers and Princeton dining facilities with direct links to our advertisers' websites, menus and directions. BYO restaurants, brunch, sushi, live music, kid friendly restaurants, and more. Dining in Princeton simplified - yum.

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Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn


609-397-8300


Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn, in operation since 1984, features an award-winning fine dining restaurant with seasonal menus that incorporate fresh, locally-grown and sourced ingredients and a wine cellar with a collection of boutique wines. Dine inside a restored historic 19th-century train station or al fresco on the terrace with breathtaking views of rolling hills and the Delaware River just a few feet away. Relax with friends and a cocktail in our authentic American-style pub. The Inn boasts a stately elegant 46 contemporary rooms or suites with sophisticated furnishings and stunning views. Host your private event in one of the many event spaces, from intimate corporate functions to the elegant riverfront wedding of your dreams.

 Cocktails     Corporate Events     Outdoor Dining     Wine    American  

Proof


609-49PROOF (497-7663)


At Proof, baking pizza is both an art and a science. Our menu is rooted in seasonality, using many fresh, local vegetables and herbs in peak season to showcase vibrant colors and crisp refreshing flavors. Whether you are seeking traditional, cheesy New York-style pizza, farmstead-inspired vegan pies, or thoughtfully-sourced salads, there is something for everyone. Just steps from the Princeton University campus, Proof offers the perfect blend of fine food in a casual neighborhood setting.

 Dinner     Salads    Local Produce    Locally Grown    Lunch    Pizza    Sandwiches    Take Out    Vegan    Wings  

The Perch at Peacock Inn


609-924-1707


At The Perch at Peacock Inn, each meal is a celebration of community-driven produce and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients. We are continually inspired by our area's hardworking farmers and by the myriad possibilities of seasonality. Our menu transforms fresh, local ingredients into refined, accessible interpretations of regional American cuisine. The Perch is located in the heart of downtown Princeton and just walking distance to Princeton University

 Bar     Cocktails     Dinner     Sunday Brunch    Brunch  

The Yardley Inn


215-493-3800


The Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar, nestled along the Delaware River, is known for its contemporary American cuisine. Menus incorporate the highest quality products and local seasonal ingredients, including dairy, chicken, and pork, as well as their river-side garden-grown vegetables and herbs, to instill a unique flavor in traditional favorites. This inn is set in a Revolutionary-era building that has served as an inn since 1832. Dining rooms offer a warm ambiance and fabulous waterfront views, while the patio provides comfortable outdoor seating surrounded by nature. The Yardley is the perfect setting for private parties and special events for up to 90 people. Nestled along the Delaware River in beautiful Bucks County, PA, the Yardley Inn is a great place to enjoy waterside dining near Philadelphia.

 Private Parties    Bar    Cocktails    Dinner    Lunch    Rehearsal Dinners    Riverfront Dining    Seafood    Sunday Brunch    Weddings  

Washington Crossing Inn


215-493-3634


The Washington Crossing Inn's traditional colonial-style structure, featuring a faithfully preserved 1817 home, provides an elegant backdrop for your most celebrated occasions. Ideal for business lunches or dinners with family and friends, afternoon and evening dining at Washington Crossing Inn offers a relaxing atmosphere, scenic views, and a seasonal menu created by our Executive Chef. We use the freshest ingredients available to create intense, flavorful continental cuisine with an American flair. The warm glow of our numerous fireplaces, classic yet cozy atmosphere, picturesque gardens and fountains in our Secret Garden, and Garden Patio Bar areas offer the perfect setting for everything from your exchange of vows to hosting an unforgettable reception under the stars. Tea Time offers a delectable assortment of sweets, savories, and seasonal tea selections seven days a week.

 Afternoon Tea     Outdoor Dining    Bar    Brunch    Cocktails    Dinner    Lunch    Private Parties  

Apertivo Bar


609-303-7594


Aperitivo is a beloved Italian Tradition. A ritual that sees us slow down, unwind, and enjoy relaxed moments with friends. It’s the perfect occasion for our amazing Spritz’s, Prosecco’s, Wines and Negroni’s while tasting our authentic italian pre dinner small plates. Aperitiviamo!

Wednesday through Sunday 2pm – 9pm.

Monday and Tuesday available for private events

 Cocktails     Small Bites    Bar    Italian    Pizza    Salads    Sandwiches    Wine  

Mi España


609-917-7927


Authentic street food from Spain has arrived in Princeton!

A tiny mercado food truck inspired space for families and friends to gather, or business lunches with colleagues - a quick meal with amazing Spanish flavors for ethnic food lovers. Visit Mi España to truly understand Spanish street food and it's best - delicious Tapas from all over Spain made by Chef Jose Diaz. Paella, Empanadas, Spanish Tortillas, Soups, and more. Mi España will definitely transport you to the other side of the Atlantic for the true taste of Spain.

Dine In * Take Out * Delivery

 Paella    Spanish    Tapas  

More Than Q


609-642-4770


"I don't know how they do it, but it's about the best smoked meat I've had in a lifetime" – Tripadvisor.com

Welcome to More Than Q - the Texas-style barbecue purveyor offering up succulent smoked meats, along with southern sides, like burnt end baked beans, collard greens, and cheesy grits. Using only fresh, seasonal ingredients and select cuts of meat, More Than Q is making delicious Texas-style BBQ into the perfect barbeque experience. Stop by our Princeton or Lambertville NJ (13 Klines Court) locations or Easton, PA (Easton Public Market), and see, like everyone who tries our BBQ, how we’ll quickly top your list of favorite food joints.

 BBQ    Catering    Comfort Food    Ribs    Southern    Take Out  

PJ's Pancake House


609-924-1353


We're Not Just Breakfast Anymore

Welcome to PJ's Pancake House! While we are still dedicated to bringing you the best pancakes and omelettes around, we are excited to offer new additions. For lunch and dinner we’ve added to our menu and now offer appetizers, burgers, gourmet salads, sandwiches and wraps, artisan paninis, and more than a dozen classic tavern style entrees. Guests go crazy for our milkshakes, ice cream sodas and ice cream floats. Our restaurants also offer daily specials on our handwritten chalkboard, as well as outside bistro-style dining. If you've been to PJ's before, now is the time to come back. Now with 5 locations to serve you: Princeton - 154 Nassau Street, Kingston - 4581 Rt 27, West Windsor - 65 Princeton-Hightstown Rd., Robbinsville - 19 Main Street, and Ewing - 938 Bear Tavern Rd - which has Full Bar & Happy Hour

 Brunch     BYOB     Catering     Dinner     Italian     Kid Friendly     Lunch     Outdoor Dining     Take Out    Breakfast    Comfort Food    Pancakes  

Porta Via Catering Company


609-924-6269


Porta Via has been a popular caterer in the Princeton area and offers catering using all-natural ingredients for Italian sandwiches, organic salads and specialties. Order from our Princeton catering company to offer delicious food crafted with all-natural ingredients for guests at your next meeting, bridal party, baby shower, wedding, a birthday party, a corporate event or get together. Porta Via specializes in creating menu items that are natural and organic, while tailoring to client needs and desires across the state of New Jersey.

We proudly offer ALL NATURAL Italian Sandwiches, ORGANIC Salads and Specialties AND NOW OUR “OSTERIA” PIZZA… in a casual environment for a quick spuntino (meal) on the go! Now offering delivery as well!

 Catering     Organic     Pizza     Salads     Sandwiches     Take Out    Italian  

Trattoria Procaccini


609- 683-9700


Trattoria Procaccini offers a warm, inviting taste of our family’s favorite meals from Italy, in our kitchen. Using natural, organic ingredients, we cook delicious Italian dishes, with specials based on the season, using goods from local merchants and growers. A delightful array of pizza, fresh salads, handmade pastas, Italian specialties, soups and fresh baked bread make Trattoria the spot in Princeton to get away from the regular and enjoy a plate, just like Nonna made for us, in the comfort of our home away from home.

 BYOB     Free Delivery     Italian     Salads    Pasta    Private Parties  

Union Boil Co.


609-303-7584


Our unassuming eatery featuring fun lively colors, nautical theme, swanky atmosphere and lively bar serves up incredibly fresh and classic Cajun seafood boils but that’s not all! Our menu not only is designed to get down and dirty and have some fun rubbing elbows with friends and family but is perfect for that corporate lunch, quick bite at the bar and bringing people together at all ages. Everything we do revolves around providing quality seafood dining experience that’s simple—from the ocean to the docks and to our eatery. We want to be more than just food and drink, but an experience!

 Bar     Cocktails     Dinner     Lunch     Seafood    Cajun  

Osteria Procaccini


609-303-0625


Two Locations: 7 Tree Farm Road, Pennington and 2 Crosswicks Chesterfield Road, Crosswicks

Authentic Italian tradition, using the freshest, all-natural, organic ingredients available, and the time-honored method of terra cotta oven cooking. Artisan pizzas, handmade pastas, salads and specialty dishes made with quality hand-selected ingredients, are prepared with a passion for excellence that we know you will appreciate. No artificial preservatives, or additives, just good old fashioned, traditionally prepared Italian food with love. Done in a sustainable way, just as it should be.

 Italian     Pasta     Salads     Wood-Fired Pizza    Pizza  

Tavola Rustica


609-397-8400


Tavola Rustica, which means the Rustic Table, is the pure essence of this Italian eatery. A place where many stories are told about our ancestors and even though they may have been poor, they were happy. This concept of Cucina Povera (poor kitchen)—a style of cooking that can be found in every society is all about making great food with simple and whatever available ingredients from the kitchen, forest, farm, ocean, etc. These simple, flavorful, and hearty dishes recreated for this menu will make you feel the love of family and friends. This is how our founder was raised and now he wants to share them with you—welcome around our Tavola Rustica.

 Beer     Dinner     Lunch     Pasta     Pizza     Wine    Italian  

Chauncey Hotel, Conference Center, and Laurie House


609-921-3600

Chauncey is the perfect place to gather with friends for a meal. Guests can enjoy casual elegance in the Solomon Dining Room as well as the relaxed atmosphere of the Cbar Lounge. Festive special events are our specialty, from outdoor barbecues to elegant receptions. The Solomon Room, Chauncey's main dining room, has floor to ceiling windows that look onto tranquil views of the lake, lawn and gardens. The Cbar features casual fare and beverage service in a lively bistro atmosphere overlooking the lake and grounds and has indoor and outdoor (seasonal) seating. Gather with friends in the Cbar nightly.

Eno Terra


609-497-1777

Eno Terra is founded on the principles of regionalism and seasonality drawing from local farmers, fisherman, grass fed beef and poultry producers and three season harvests from our Eno Terra Canal farm. We’ve created an enhanced Enoteca style menu, to complement our Farm to Table multi-course format. Taken from the Greek ‘Enotria’ meaning ‘land of vines,’ Eno Terra is committed to local, seasonal and artisanal food and wine. Our menu, Italian in sensibility and technique, is both adventuresome and inviting.

Now Open Mondays and Serving Special Sunday Supper Menu

 Dinner     Farm to Table     Homemade Pasta     Italian     Local Produce     Outdoor Dining     Private Dining     Private Rooms     Wine    Bar    Lunch  

Mediterra Restaurant


609-252-9680


At Mediterra, we start with what’s most important: your comfort, enjoyment and pleasure. We are fully committed to making your visit as memorable as possible. Our concept is simple: Tap into the extraordinary cuisine of the nearly 2 dozen cultures surrounding the Mediterranean…add extra emphasis to Italian and Spanish…pair our largely locally sourced ingredients with an ever-changing but always superb collection of fine and affordable wine…and nurture a staff of restaurant professionals who will treat you as the valued guest that you are.

 Bar Menu     Chefs Table     Chicken     Chops     Cocktails     Live Music     Locally Grown     Lunch     Mediterranean     Outdoor Dining     Salads     Seafood     Small Plates     Tapas     Wine    Bar  

Teresa's Pizza and Wine Bar


609-921-1974

Welcome back to Teresa's Pizza and Wine Bar…where every detail from the olive oil, to the wine, form the basil to the artwork, is in keeping with our mother’s sensibility; that every guest feels that “this visit” is the best one yet. In a neighborhood trattoria-style atmosphere, Teresa's Pizza/Wine Bar, named after our mother Teresa Azario Momo, features simple Italian-inspired fare; unsurpassed seasonal pasta dishes and pizzettes. All of our baked goods are made fresh daily at our bakery, the Terra Momo Bread Company.

 Bar     Bread     Cocktails     Dinner     Homemade Pasta     Kid Friendly     Lunch     Online Ordering     Outdoor Dining     Pasta     Pizza     Pizza     Wood-Fired Pizza    Italian    Wine Bar  

Terra Momo Bread Company


609-924-4009


Opening Second Location in Pennington @15 West Delaware Street

Our passion for great bread lies at the core of our culinary ethos at Terra Momo and is what we strive to perfect at Terra Momo Bread Company each and every day.

In 1982, for the original Teresa's, Carlo and Raoul traveled over an hour each way to to pick up their order of pane artigianale, artisanal bread. In 1998, Witherspoon Bread Company was opened and immediately became a must visit in the Princeton food scene. The new millennium brought a name change to Terra Momo Bread Company, but the spirit of the continuous search for great bread continues to this day. Special flour, time-tested recipes and slow fermentation, along with the skilled hands of our bakers, are the key to creating that elusive "perfect" bread. Simple, yes, but certainly not easy...

We have moved our bakery to Pennington but our mission remains constant; to produce the finest breads, focaccia and croissants in central New Jersey.

 Bread    Bakery    Coffee  

Baron Dillon Grille Restaurant and Bar


609-737-1199


Baron Dillon Grille Restaurant and Bar features casual dining, American pub-style fair, inspired cocktails and classic spirits, weekly games, theme night dinners, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Now owned by Mercer County, Hopewell Valley Golf Course's restaurant, banquet room, golf course and pool are fully open to the public. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and Sunday Brunch."

 Bar     Brunch     Dinner     Kid Friendly     Lunch     Pub Food    American    Cocktails  

Naoki Sushi


609- 483-3232

Owner and Executive Chef Naoki Tashiro proudly introduces authentic Japanese Omakase dining to Lawrenceville, NJ. Omakase, which translates to "Respectfully leaving another to decide what is best," embodies a meticulously curated dining experience by a master sushi chef. Each dish is a testament to fresh, delicate flavors, carefully selected and presented in a serene ambiance. At Naoki Sushi Dining, we transcend the conventional dining experience with our inviting atmosphere, thoughtfully crafted menu, and personalized interactions between chef and guest. Chef Naoki's passion for Japanese cuisine drives our mission to share this culinary artistry with our local community and beyond. Join us at Naoki Sushi Dining for an extraordinary journey through the flavors of Japan, where every bite is a celebration of authenticity and excellence.

 Sake     Omakase    Asian    BYOB    Chef's Table    Dinner    Japanese    Lunch    Sushi  

Playa Bowls - Nassau Park


609-786-9060


Playa Bowls™ Nassau Park in West Windsor/Princeton is your slice of summer, anytime. We're located at 610 Nassau Park Blvd, Princeton, NJ (near Party City). Using the freshest, highest quality ingredients, we serve healthy, delicious açaí, pitaya, coconut bowls and smoothies with sustainability and community in mind. With a beach-inspired atmosphere, it offers a refreshing menu of wholesome and customizable items featuring exotic fruits, granola, and drizzled toppings. The diverse selection caters to health-conscious individuals seeking a delicious blend of flavors, textures, and nutritional benefits. Whether you're a smoothie/juice enthusiast or craving a nutritious treat, PlayaBowls provides you beautiful tropical escape. Have an event? We can bring the Playa Party to you!

Open 8am-10pm every day.

Alchemist & Barrister Restaurant And Pub


609-924-5555


A landmark and a legend, The Alchemist & Barrister Restaurant & Pub is often called the "Cheers of Princeton." Conveniently set in an historic building at 28 Witherspoon Street in the heart of Princeton, the "A&B" is the favorite gathering place for residents and visitors in search of an authentic Princeton experience, plus good food, drink, and fellowship. Students, faculty, executives, university alumni, shoppers, theatergoers, and travelers all find a welcome at this convivial spot.

The international menu spans American, Italian, Mexican, Irish and Asian dishes. Enjoy a hearty sandwich or bar snack, a complete dinner or what's rightly known as "the best burger in town." The Alchemist & Barrister offers a full bar featuring 40 beers on tap along with well-priced wines and specialty cocktails!

 Bar     Brunch     Continental     Craft Beer     Dinner     Live Music     Lunch     Outdoor Dining     Pub    American    Happy Hour    Late Night Menu  

Mizuki Asian Bistro


609- 737-6900


Mizuki Asian Bistro offers both fresh sushi and contemporary Asian fusion to satisfy all customers from East to West. We are committed to our customers on preparing a wide variety of palatable and creative dishes, staffing a team of talented and professional individuals, and providing a friendly and safe atmosphere to enhance your unforgettable dining experience. Please visit our website at www.mizukibistro.com for hours of operation, menu, pictures, and more. Your casual outing or celebrated events, you are always welcome at Mizuki. We cater and offer private party rooms. We will look forward to see YOU at Mizuki Asian Bistro, home of fresh sushi!

Now serving Wine, Beer & Sake!

 Japanese     Asian     Asian Fusion     Catering     Private Parties     Sake    Sushi  

taim mediterranean kitchen


917-653-2220


taim means tasty, which perfectly describes our made-from-scratch bowls, pitas, and salads. In the taim kitchen, we make everything in-house daily with the freshest produce, herbs and spices. We create delicious balanced dishes you can customize just the way you like it. Get whatever you're craving in-store dining, takeout, curbside pick-up and delivery. Try our kid's meal, family meal or catering, where there is something delicious for everyone (vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free items). Order on taimkitchen.com and join our rewards program to automatically get $5 off your next meal, keep earning $10 for every $100 you spend, a birthday entree, and other surprise rewards. Crave better.

 Bowls     Dinner     Falafel    Catering    Delivery    Falafel    Free Parking    Gluten Free    Greek    Hummus    Kid Friendly    Lunch    Mediterranean    Take Out    Vegan    Vegetarian  

The Meeting House


609-436-7891


The Meeting House is a restaurant and bar offering simple American cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. The bar offers a seasonal cocktail menu, locally brewed beers and well-curated list of new- and old-world wines. The owners, husband and wife and Princeton residents Amar Gautam and Amanda Maher, set out to create their favorite place—a place where they could dine out with friends one night and enjoy a lively family meal with their three young kids the next.

Only a hop, skip, and jump from downtown Princeton, we are currently taking reservations for dinner and brunch on weekends or just come by for some drinks and something delicious off our bar menu!

Now open for lunch on Fridays. Starting in October, lunch served Tues - Fri. Closed Mondays

 Bar Menu     Brunch     Take Out    Catering    Cocktails    Dinner    Free Parking    Kid Friendly    Outdoor Dining  

Emily's Cafe and Catering


609-730-1010


Emily's Cafe and Catering specializes in full service, fine catering for all occasions, and is the exclusive Mountain Lakes House Caterer. Inquire with the Emily's Catering Team about unique local wedding venues, private in home parties, and corporate lunches or cocktail receptions. Chef/Owner and Culinary Institute of America graduate James Matticoli offers a wide variety of menus that change seasonally and often feature local organic produce. The full spectrum of menus are online at emilyscafe.com. Emily's services clients with all-inclusive event planning, a detail oriented, personal approach to menu design and party set up. Professional, experienced catering staff, deliciously memorable food and creative presentation create events to buzz about! Located on North Main St. in Pennington, the cafe offers a casual, bistro style menu that includes two soups daily, quiche, salad, panini on house made focaccia bread and much more! Private Parties welcome.

 Take Out    Cafe    Catering    Kid Friendly    Lunch    Party Planning  

IQuisine/Catering Company


609-430-0606


IQuisine, now in its ninth year, provides innovative catering to the greater Princeton area. We seek to combine an international pantry of spices and flavors with fresh, wholesome, seasonal produce to give you our version of the "New American" experience: fusion foods that are healthy and delicious. Our menu offers a large selection of vegetarian, vegan and classic dishes. We also accommodate a wide variety of specific dietary needs including: gluten free and lactose tolerance preferences.

Whether you are hosting an intimate dinner party or a workshop for over 500 attendees, IQuisine is able to design a custom menu for your event. As a full-service catering company, we provide you with all your party needs from chafing dishes, glassware to silverware and china. We also have professional servers on staff to assist with set up, serving, bar-tending and clean-up, allowing you, the host, to fully relax and enjoy your event.

Laurea


609-734-4226


At Laurea, our name embodies history, tradition, and passion. The laurel wreath, rooted in the myth of Apollo, symbolizes achievement and triumph, adorning the heads of Italian graduates during their Laurea ceremony. Similarly, the bay laurel leaf infuses humble Italian dishes with exquisite flavor. Laurea pays homage to both Italian culinary heritage and Princeton University's excellence. Celebrate today at one of the freshest Princeton restaurants with outdoor dining, where every triumph is worthy of celebration. Indulge in our authentic Italian cuisine, craft cocktails, house made pizza & pasta and more!

 Bar     Bar Menu     Beer     Breakfast     Burgers     Chicken     Contemporary     Corporate Dining     Corporate Events     Dessert     Dinner     Italian     Late Night Menu     Outdoor Dining     Pizza     Private Dining     Private Events     Private Rooms     Salads     Sandwiches     Seafood     Wine    Artisanal Pizza  

Pastiamo Pasta Bar & Café


640-867-4783


Pastiamo Pasta Bar and Café offers an authentic Italian dining experience that serves up fresh and dry pasta, antipasti, and dolci in the traditional Italian style, with recipes from the North, Center, and South of Italy. There are also special dinner menus featuring a different regional cuisine each week — guaranteed to take your tastebuds on a delicious trip around Italy. Pastiamo Pasta Bar and Café is conveniently located in the Princeton Shopping Center at 301 N. Harrison Street.

 Soups     Breads     Homemade Pasta     OutdoorDining     Pasta     Private Events    Bread    Coffee    Dessert    Dinner    Espresso Bar    Italian    Lunch    Salads    Sandwiches    Seafood  

Rossi's Bar & Grill


609-890-2004


Rossi's Bar & Grill in Hamilton, New Jersey has been serving the Mercer County area since 1933. Rossi's is very popular with the locals and famous for its huge Rossiburger (a freshly handmade 12 oz burger, flame broiled and served with a multitude of toppings of your choice.)! Also try our Italian favorites, recipes that have been in the family for years. Rossi’s has indoor and outdoor dining (with heaters) and over 19 beers on tap. Happy Hour daily from 4 - 6pm. In addition to our delicious menu, come to Rossi’s for live music, trivia night, wing night, brunch specials and more. You can see the full list of our events here. Book a table online or call us at 609-890-2004 to make a reservation now!

 Bar Menu     Beer     Brunch     Burgers     Caterer     Cocktails     Comfort Food     Happy Hour     Italian     Live Music     Outdoor Dining     Pizza    Bar  

Shelley's Table


646-236-0605

Shelley’s Table offers Private & Team Building Cooking Classes.

Shelley Wiseman, cookbook author and former Gourmet Magazine Travel Food Editor, organizes private & corporate cooking classes to promote bonding, creativity, and collaboration. Both as Shelley’s Table, and formerly as The Farm Cooking School, Shelley has been conducting hands-on cooking classes for private and corporate clients for the last 10 years. While Shelley specializes in French and Mexican cooking, she has a variety of sample menus and is happy to work with dietary restrictions and specific requests. Feel free to discuss your desired menu with Shelley. The class is 2 hours long followed by a sit-down dinner for about 1 ½ hours, BYOB. Go to www.ShelleysTable.com for more information on booking your class.