Metro North
Metro North

Metro North

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.metrogrills.net/
  • Phone: 6094543121
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have full service catering available and seating for up to 100 people. Private dining room for smaller groups also available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private rooms are available for 16 and 50 and 100 guests
  • Private Party Contact: Whitney 6094543121
  • Special Events: Call us for your next special event!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 378 Alexander Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have plenty of parking in our front and back private lots.
A word from Metro North
Metro North featuring Italian Entrees, Seafood, Grilled Meats, Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches, Appetizers & Pizza. Along with your favorite cocktail,g lass of wine or beer on tap there is something for everyone. Reasonable prices in a casual atmosphere. Located at 378 Alexander Road in Princeton, New Jersey with ample parking we also have seating for large parties up to 100 plus and outside dining on our patio.
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Metro North reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (47)great for outdoor dining (44)neighborhood gem (41)great for lunch (28)special occasion (26)fit for foodies (24)vibrant bar scene (19)romantic (18)scenic view (13)hot spot (13)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (8)notable wine list (8)late-night find (6)Show More
  • Sloooooow
    JjgnVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    When a restaurant has a private party that should not affect service. If it does then you close the main room or you bring in more staff.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dinner
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have been here two times and both times it was wonderful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Popular spot, could be better.
    hp078
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Their menu is not typically Italian. Bread served cold and been standing. I ordered veal parmigiana which was tough. The pasta however was well prepared. We arrived at 7pm Saturday and 2 key basics on the daily special were already out (not Italian, e.g. short ribs). In fairness, Saturday is tough because of the importance of turnover, although we were not rushed. Did order an expresso; never came and not charged.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great go to
    LoveFishVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Back to Metro North as last time I ordered from the regular menu, so I had to try a special and was not disappointed. Salmon was cooked perfectly and the mushroom appetizer is a do not miss, steam rising from the pot and delicious! Must leave room for dessert one day, hard to do with the generous portions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Place to Entertain
    TomandDiane
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I've been to Metro North at least a dozen times, always with my husband or friends. This was the first time I took business clients. Everyone thought it was great. The appetizers were unique, delicious and big enough to share around the table. The waitress was knowledgeable about the food and able to direct one of my guests to gluten free items. The atmosphere was great for conversation and every entree had an interesting twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv this place.
    luv2dineout
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I only wish this place was closer to our home. We will definitely return the next time we are in New Jersey. Everything was perfect from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoxyT
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had a quick dinner before attending a play at McCarter. Service was good and the food was good too.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lottofjoy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Good martinis! And, we love the crabmeat concoction at the end of the specials menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Bad, Not Great
    BobR
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Four of us ate here. Three had fair meals, one was poor. We all had different seafood dishes. which were in need of seasoning. Mine was a Fra Diavlo dish in name only. We had the clams casino and one had a blue cheese wedge salad as an appetizer which were all quite good.We should have stopped there. Everything that followed was not memorable. We all said we would go back again and just have drinks and app.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Real Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A friend recommended this restaurant annd I was not disappointed.. We ate outside on a beautiful day for lunch in August. Lunch was delicious and food was very fresh. Our waitress was attentive and did a nice job. The facilities are very well appointed andd would be a great place for a special event.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre Metro
    Golfpug
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Unlike the reviews I saw on Yelp, this is one of disappointment. We were expecting an upscale dining experience. It was empty on a Tuesday night, we did not need a reservation.The restaurant was not a white tablecloth one and the food was mediocre. Our appetizers were decent. We ordered calamari, the eggplant tower, and one other that I can not remember. The bread was warm, and our wine, a chianti, was fine. However, the veal cutlet was thick, not pounded, and the sauce was bland. My husband enjoyed his veal saltimboca but the other three of us did not even come close to even finishing the veal parm. All in all, not what we expected and we were very disappointed. There are too many good restaurants in Princeton to return to this one.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved this place!
    lovethatfood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our first time here was wonderful! The decor is lovely and the food is fantastic. We all enjoyed our dinner, drinks, and dessert and can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good all around
    JjgnVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Everything was good, nice atmosphere, sauces were tasty, had a decent wine list not a large number of menu choices though
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice space, but chilly
    linden
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    On a beautiful summer evening, the outdoor tables were full so we ate inside. Even with long pants and a sweater it was cold. The bar was very active. Food was fine, with enough options for the whole family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very pleasant evening.
    Kathleen
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We met friends here, as we often do, and had a lovely meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Wonderful service, delicious salads and perfectly cooked pasta. Noticed that families with young children were dining outside in the beautiful weather. An ideal situation for both parents and other patrons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time not Last Time
    EBFoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We set out to find a restaurant between our daughter's apartment and our house where we could meet for dinner. A friend had suggested Metro North in the past so we decided to try it. It was a beautiful night so we sat outdoors. The menu was large and there were several Chef's Specials. Our waitress, Mary, was very engaging and helpful deciding on what to choose. We opted to share the Lobster and Grits appetizer. It was delicious. Our entrees were just as good. We will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was great
    Jeanfromnj
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was really outstanding..veal marsala delicious, salmon dishes excellent. Its very pretty, has a nice vibe and if the weather is goog eating outside is lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice outdoor tables
    BobL
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We hit it on a great night for an outdoor table - one of the best features of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great
    rarediner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    summer time, was easy to get last minute reservation. Had visitors and decided to go here since we've been happy here before. We don't eat out that much, so when we do we want to go somewhere we enjoy. They did not disappoint. Food was tasty, presentation was lovely, and waiter was very accommodating. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I work in Ewing, NJ and go to Metro there for lunch sometimes. It's nice inside and the food was good. As I was leaving I grabbed a business card and noticed there was another Metro in Princeton, NJ. Well, I live near Princeton so I made a reservation for 2. We ate outside, but going through the restaurant to get to the patio I was real impressed with the décor. Both myself and my husband were very happy. We eat out a lot and this is definitely a place we will be visiting often.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thumbs down
    Stevew
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The first time I ate at Metro North was with friends after a show at McCarter. The service and food was excellent. I raved about it to my wife so we went for our wedding anniversary. The waiter was subpar and we shouldn't have to ask for our drinks to be refilled as he would walk by our table and not even look down. I ordered the veal and it had a funny taste to it so I gave my wife a piece and she said it tasted like the fridge. Not once was our anniversary mentioned so maybe open table did not forward this information. My opinion of Metro North this time around is thumbs down.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alfa 1
    Alfa1
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We have been coming to Metro North for the past three years. The food and the service are always consistent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    Caroline
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    food is very good, exactly as described and very fresh! outside patio for lunch is perfect on a beautiful day
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great meal
    LOU27VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is one of my family's go to restaurant on Friday nights. We love the food. You can go wrong.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Metro North
    Kathy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We love eating at Metro North. I have recommended the restaurant to different people and everyone is always happy with the food, service and atmosphere. The prices are good and it's a great place for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before Theater au plein air
    visitor
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Metro North is such a short distance from McCarter theater that a delightful light (or heavy if you want) dinner outside next to the garden is just perfect. We both had salad (small is actually large) and the ingredients were fresh and delightful. We talked too long, but we were so close to the theater we made it by curtain anyway.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice ambiance and service
    Pilotsmom
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Lunch menu is varied enough and they serve liquor. Free ample parking and nice interior are pluses. My lobster quiche was a bit dry but the service was fine. Prices are reasonable for Princeton area and it's a nice option if you don't want to deal with downtown parking issues or construction on local roads. Clean and comfortable setting with tables and cozy booth type seating as well as outdoor area in summer.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC!!
    Charley
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Once again, fabulous. Do yourself a favor and get the Butterfish. It has become a permanent "Chefs Special" and is well deserved. Perfect appetizer, Mama's Meatballs, better than my wife's, and even she admits that! This is a consistently good and satisfying restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • review for June 21, 2014
    J62114
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The weather was ideal for outdoor dining and the food was spectacular. We love it at Metro North and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet relaxing early dinne
    MikeWVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Haven't been here for a while, we decided to go for an early dinner. Had a nice quiet time sitting outside. Service was good and we thoroughly enjoyed it
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so American Italian Bar-Eatery
    PickyPicky
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Reminded me of a 1960's restaurant. Pretty (but buggy) outdoor dining patio, dark and gloomy interior. Pleasant, but slow, service. Huge portions of unnecessarily caloric typical American 'Italian" food. (Caveat: The plain green salad was good.) Prices reasonable, though: you can overeat here for not very much money. Probably a good place to bring a family-sized party of unselective eaters if sitting outside. Maybe also good for drinking away your sorrows inside, where it's v-e-r-y dimly lit, but I don't know about that, as I don't drink.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RosieMike
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    A private party with DJ and loud music made conversation impossible and dining unpleasant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • incaVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great brunch! I'll be back. The salmon platter was superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just so so...
    JerseyBoy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Service was good and atmosphere OK. But the food was nothing special. We would not recommend this place to a group, but would not skip out if the group had already decided on the place. No rush to come back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Another grear dinner at Metro North. The food and service here is consistantly very good. Everything from the salads to the pasta dinners to the entrees are always very good. Service is pleasant and attnetive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 65 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 712 reviews are from the Metro North reviews archive.
  • Great hidden neighborhood gem
    ChrisVVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I must admit that I enjoy this restaurant primarily due to its excellent decor and service. The food is good standard Italian fare. Everyone particularly enjoyed the pollenta fries and arugula salad. The prices are reasonable and the space is great for having big group dinners.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • From soup to nuts
    Narf
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were four for dinner, had a variety of food and were all extremely pleased!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Metro North
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Really pleasant place. My husband loved his vodka rigatoni.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls night out
    Joyjohn
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Our food was good, but our server was outstanding. She was so attentive, and gave us space as we talked and talked, taking us a while to place our order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic