Mediterra
Mediterra

Mediterra

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mediterrarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (609) 252-9680
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am -4:pm, Saturday - Sunday 12:noon - 4:pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:pm - 10:pm, Friday & Saturday 5:pm - 11:pm, Sunday 5:pm-9:pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Terry Strong
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The private dining room at Mediterra comfortably seats up to 40 people. We currently offer lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch options, as well as tasting menus, all of which can be completely custom designed to meet your tastes and budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Jamie Panfili (609) 497-7500
  • Entertainment: Live Music on Tuesday & Thursday evenings, (check calendar @ www.mediterrarestaurant.com)
    BYOB on Sundays, 4:pm - 7:pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Witherspoon St
  • Public Transit: Princeton Transit train and bus
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are public parking facilities located adjacent and behind the restaurant.
A word from Mediterra
Approachable cuisine of the 21 countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Offers award-winning wine list. Seasonal alfresco dining overlooks Princeton's Palmer Square. Live music in a newly remodeled Tavern, Private Dining available as well!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Mediterra reviews from OpenTable diners
260 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (162)fit for foodies (124)neighborhood gem (124)notable wine list (97)special occasion (93)good for groups (86)great for lunch (74)romantic (56)hot spot (56)great for brunch (42)vibrant bar scene (42)scenic view (34)kid-friendly (24)late-night find (21)Show More
  • Service and food were both good
    ALFM2082VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Menu and service were both good. Great place to meet friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful experience, with a minor flaw
    NimbleBean
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Food is always great, service is wonderful. The dining experience is terrific here. But, be careful when using the "Suggested Gratuity" on the bill. It's been calculated using the entire cost - including tax! I'm a generous tipper and have had a number of jobs waiting tables in high end and mid range restaurants. The tip is NEVER to be calculated using the tax as no one did anything to 'earn' the tax! I tip more than 25% as a rule, but this was off-putting. I didn't short the wonderful waiter, but it did make me think differently about this restaurant. Shame on you Mediterra/Terra Momo Restaurant Group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • decent restaurant, densley packed
    here2eat
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Went first time this saturday with wife. Reviews classified it as high end, menu prices reflected same. When reached there we we seated promptly which was nice. Ordered falafel and ceviche, salmon and ribeye and few glasses of wine. Appetizers were excellent, especially falafel. Entrees were good as well. Staff service the same. So what is the downside. For such an upscale restaurant, we were packed in very tight. There is so much noise in the restaurant that to speak with my wife I always had to reach over table, unless wanted neighboring tables to hear. I do understand its saturday night, but when dropping $150+ for two, expect it more elegant. We felt more like in a noisy cafeteria. If they can improve this, we would go back.
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  • special occasion dining
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We dined here for my daughters birthday -- the entrees (Pork Ossobuco, Griggs Chicken, Salmon, and Gnocchi Sweet Potato) were excellent and the deserts (Bent Spoon Trio, Apple Tart, and Mocha Tart) were worth sliding off a diet for the evening. The restaurant is crowded -- that's a good thing and parking is difficult on the street. Better option is the garage directly diagonal to restaurant with vehicle entrance around corner to the left from front of restaurant. Make sure you have reservations. Pricey but worth the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Food. Excellent and Attentive Service
    suzie71
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I met a friend from Philadelphia for lunch, and Princeton was the half way between her home and mine. We both enjoyed Mediterra very much. We each had a different soup, and split the salmon/ bacon sandwich. Each taste was great. We also had the olive cake for dessert. Truly worth the calories. Its a bustling place during lunch. We requested a table somewhat removed from the din and was accommodated. No complaints whatsoever. Go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, but busy and crowded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    tasty food, but felt rushed because of busy atmosphere. dinner time tends to be noisier than I'd prefer
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The food was very good as it usually is. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    xxJM25xxVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our waitress was amazing. She was very personable, and quick to fix my plate of falafel even though I was the one who forgot to order them without the tzatziki. It was a great restaurant to have a girls night, would definitely go back when I'm in the area. Thanks!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local
    TulanearchiVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I love drinks and tapas at the bar..but was pleasantly surprised with how great lunch was. Everyone was thrilled with theirs. New chef? Whatever the change was it was delicious ! Much improved entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I have dined at Mediterranean many times and experienced consistent quality and overall excellent service. They have a nice wine list with a variety of price points.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was FANTASTIC!
    MartiniTart
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I made reservations to meet friends for lunch. One friend was held up and arrived late. The staff couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating. The service was fabulous and the food delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food was OK, but for the price I expected much more.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food. Nice menu.
    Eatswell
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I would definitely recommend Mediterra. I met my date there on a Saturday night and the restaurant was very busy. We both had the special salad and the special fish on the menu that night. Both were nicely prepared and tasty. However, there were also many other choices on the regular menu that I would have liked to try. The only negative was that we were seated very close to the kitchen door and the couple dining next to us. We would have been able to hear each other's conversations were it not for the overall noise level of the restaurant, which was pretty loud. If I were to go back (I don't live in the area so I don't know if I will) I would ask for a table in a more secluded part of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always exceptional
    BWITCH11VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Jeff and Franco make every night here special. Love Love Love this place-
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun menu!
    HarvestdancerVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Always some great menu surprises and specials at Mediterra! Creative, using local produce and seasonal specialties. The results are always great. Had both a salad and pasta dish that were from the daily specials, and they were excellent! Husband had the Osso Bucco: a favorite. Outstanding!
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  • Five Stars to Mediterra
    jan5cee
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    What a great place for large groups of all types. The wine and food are always outstanding and the service is excellent. Never rushed & always great. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thumbs up again
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were @ the Resturant to celebrate my friends bday. Though we had reservations @9. They gave us table by 9.20 but did accommodate the request of table by the window. Food was plentiful and their wine selection is awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediterra business or pleasure
    Girlsniteout
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I always take business clients and friends to Mediterra. This time it was a girls night out. Two hours went by so quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • latelunchVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    On a rainy day the split pea soup we ordered hit the spot with just the right amount of spice and sweet potato. The salmon a la planca was also to the right temperature. The white wines were delightful. A couple of cappuccinos were a nice denouement to the medley of food, wine, ambience and service received fom Amy and Emily. To return without hesitation!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    alwayshungry
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Service was outstanding, starters were great, main course was OK nothing remarkable, wine was good too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for business lunch.
    John
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I met a networking contact here for lunch. The menu was amazing and the specials were even better. This is one of those restaurants where you always end up ordering one of the specials. The restaurant is affiliated with Eno Terra in Kingston, and so they have the same level of access to fresh, local ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steve
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food OK Pallea was not so good even though it was recommended. Had lamb before that was very good so inconsistent with the food. Nice place overall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinning Delight
    Pped
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food excellent. Wine delicious. Staff attentive but allowed enough time for friends to catch up and chat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Disappointing
    gourmetamy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Met our daughter here for her Birthday. The service was ok but not exceptional. The salad of greens and roasted butternut squash was awful..the squash was hard barely cooked and definitely not roasted. The tuna appetizer had no flavor..the jalapenos were less spicy than a bell pepper! The cheese board had three very small squares of cheese and a grape cluster that had 3 grapes on it! Waiter told us they are known for the paella..bad choice..not much seafood and my husband had a bad mussel. Rice in the paella had flavor but was overcooked and very sticky. I had a pasta dish with pasta out of the box. I am surprised bad restaurants can stay in business in Princeton.
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  • Great Service & Meal
    Dave
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Having been here a few times we were not surprised to have good cocktails, wine, and food. The staff is always friendly and knowledgable. For dinner my wife and both ordered the Osso Bucco for the first time. Turns out that they only had one order left in the kitchen, so what they did was serve half of the meat to each of us, and as a surprise to compensate brought us a variety of additional appetizers to share, at no cost. The portions of the Osso Bucco are quite large, and sharing the plate would have been enough! The way our server and the manager handled the whole situation was really great, we were very impressed. Our server also knew wines and recommended a perfect pairing. Wonderful evening, we recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service !!!
    France
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The service is too long and not very kindly. Last time it was the same thing. A big progress should be done
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scappydiner
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I was looking for a restaurant in the Princeton area that offered food options that resembled more of a european menu. I found Mediterra on-line and was not disappointed when I entertained my discerning client there. The food was well prepared and the service was impeccable. The pappardelle bolognese was excellent as were the other dishes served to our table. We sat in the outdoor dining area and really enjoyed the lunch. I would definitely return and highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AustingalVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Food was excellent and perfect for our business dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Wonderful Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My family went to Mediterra for dinner on Sunday. The restaurant was busy, but not jammed. Our waitress was attentive, and offered great suggestions for appetizers and the wine. We all enjoyed the food, which was familiar (salmon, pork chop, steak), but with an interesting twist to the garnishes and sauce. The portions were large and woderfully prepared. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This is a great Neighborhood restaurant in the middle of Princeton. They have a very nice outdoor dinning area overlooking the small square and shops. Its is a perfect place for a relaxing meal. We enjoyed a quiet dinner with friends and both the food and service were top notch. We will be going back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappoints
    LOU27VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been here at least 5 times and each visit gets better (with the exception of the occasional wait if you want to be seated outside. Great place! Save room for dessert though at Bent Spoon up the street!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was excellent.
    Dhdubbs
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was tasty. Fish was not cooked throughly though
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Princeton's Best
    manger123VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was the perfect day in terms of weather and the leisurely brunch/lunch was also perfect. The food is consistently good, and varied. The wine list--which admittedly can get mucho expensive--has some really good affordable finds as well. I have been eating here for years, and recommend it very, very highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Princeton Gem
    GlutenFree
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    There are many good restaurants to choose from when dining in Princeton. Mediterra is one of the best. Great menu, excellent service and good prices. You can spend more in Princeton but you cannot get better than Mediterra. It is our go to restaurant - with an excellent middle of town location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night out for wife's b-day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a fantastic bottle of wine and a great dining experience this weekend at Mediterra. We got to sit outside on a perfect fall night. I ordered the lamb chops that were delicious a cooked to a perfect medium rare and my wife had the pasta special which she loved. The service was wonderful to ensure every part of the experience was to our liking. There was a new dessert created by their pastry chef we were lucky enough to try that was a mousse like combination of espresso and chocolate, covered in a velvety smooth dark chocolate that was stunning!! The experience overall is worth the higher price for a meal and in Princeton, this remains my favorite restaurant by far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmasmouse
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Staff were friendly and competent. My Caesar Salad was warm and overpowered by a lemon taste. My steak was well prepared (medium rare as requested) My dining companions were divided--swordfish ( a special) quite good and papardelle was a tiny portion lacking flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remarkable meal, attentive service
    RussVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It had been a few years since we had eaten at Mediterra and we were very pleased with the return experience. Service was friendly and attentive. Great care and attention went into the food as well. I had the special soup of tomato and goat cheese. Excellent. My wife had the burrata and tomato salad that she said was wonderful The special entree of mahi mahi ala planca was among the best entrees I have had anywhere. Worth the time and the price.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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  • Another nice meal at Mediterra
    ArthurJacobVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Our waitress was excellent! I believe her name was Charity and she was most professional, punctual, etc. The food is consistently good at this local restaurant. It is popular with locals but also with many tourists visiting Princeton due to its prime location on Palmer Square. The dinner menu seems less flexible, more limited, than the lunch menu so we usually lean toward having lunch here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We chose this restaurant because the menu had something for everyone and it looked very pretty online with a lovely lit fountain right in front and an outdoor seating area with strings of overhead lights. The interior also looked very Mediterranean with a wall of wines and a rustic bread basket. When we arrived it looked just as it did online and was very inviting. We were able to get an outdoor table, the server was friendly and helpful and we only hoped that the food was as good as the olive oil and bread. We were NOT disappointed. The food was absolutely delicious! My husband said his paella was one of the best he could remember. It was a fabulous experience and will be our go to place whenever we're in Princeton!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Consistently great experience
    VinceVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have been coming here for many years and it remains a favorite in downtown Princeton. The service is always good, the manager is friendly and enthusiastic about wine and helping you find a great bottle at a reasonable fare. There is a nice varity of entrees and appetizers and there is always a lively crowd and it really fits many situations: albeit a business group, friends, a special occasion, Sunday brunch , a late day lunch or a quiet romantic dinner outside on the plaza.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.