Metro North
Metro North

Metro North

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.metrogrills.net/
  • Phone: (609) 454-3121
  • 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
119 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (60)neighborhood gem (58)great for outdoor dining (39)fit for foodies (35)great for lunch (30)special occasion (26)vibrant bar scene (26)romantic (25)hot spot (20)kid-friendly (13)notable wine list (9)late-night find (7)great for brunch (7)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Great for business and pleasure!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I come to Metro North for dinners with friends and business colleagues and have never been disappointed. The food choices are always inspired and delicious. The drinks are great, and the atmosphere is conducive to a nice and relaxing time. The service is consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I went to Metro North a few times and tried different dishes from the menu. I was all very satisfied. There are variety of choices from the menu and the price is reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A reliable meal
    jrghistoryVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Metro North is mostly an Italian restaurant, but for lunch, the menu includes a nice variety of offerings. I had a General Tso's salad (!) that consisted of lightly fried chicken parts over greens with a delightful Asian dressing. On other occasions, I've had the tomato pie--very good--and the pasta--voluminous. It's a nice setting, a pretty room, and a pleasant place to enjoy lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite dish
    jerseyjane
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I love the shrimp and asparagus over skinny pasta so much that I order it every time! I request that the chef 'go easy' on the lemony sauce - and it is always perfect! This restaurant is such a comfortable place to dine - esp. when you're going on to McCarter. Convivial atmosphere, really super attentive service from the whole team.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special service
    DinahVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I mentioned to our waiter that I had noticed they had taken their wonderful pasta carbonara off the menu. He volunteered to ask the chef if he would make it specially for me. Lo and behold! Soon I was eating that same decadent dish that I had loved there before, I really appreciated that extra special service....as well as the carbonara!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food , great service
    Ssfd147
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Was in NJ for cheerleading comp, found this place on "urban-spoon", only had a few reservations left for dinner! Get one early!!!! Arrive early, was busy! Steated when arrived, service was excellent , foo was even better. Will go again for sure!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food4fun
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Good local upscale pub type atmosphere. Great salads, good size portions are well presented. Many good entrees selections for all tastes.It is our go to place whenever we are in Princeton to go to McCharter Theater. Easy parking and access.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A night out
    thephoenix36VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The Metro North is a really nice looking place. The bar area and surrounding dining are great. We had Jason as our server and he was very good. Attentive without being obtrusive. The food was average. Nothing special, but OK. The only real downside was how fast everything was done. Appetizer of an Antipasto plate was not even finished before the main course was brought out. I don't like being rushed. Then the plate was left with us at a small table for two with our entrees. I had the Vodka Rigatoni, my husband had filet tip and gnocci special. They were good, but nothing special. We shared the lava cake for dessert. We had two drinks each. Bill was $92 before tip. I've had much better for less.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • schunkelfrau
    schunkelfrau
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    On my recent visit with 3 others, we had a good time. The food was what we expected, everybody was happy. The server was friendly and attentive. Relaxing atmosphere. We will come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Local Eating
    JoelD
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Located outside the Princeton center with good parking lot. Easy access to the "theater district" makes it ideal for a pre/post theater meal. Menu is fairly basic, but well prepared for the most part. Dishes range from pastas to burgers to good appetizers/small plates (can make a meal on a couple). Nice bar area with good drafts and a reasonable wine list. If you want to have a quiet conversation though, ask to be seated away from the area with large tables. Large groups (especially those celebrating something) can get "drown-out" loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jeff37
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    THIS WAS OUR FIRST VISIT TO METRO NORTH. THE MENU WAS DIVERSE AND THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. PORTIONS WERE LARGE, FOOD CAME OUT HOT AND WELL SEASONED. ALL IN ALL A PLEASURABLE DINING EXPERIENCE.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was good but not thrilled with sitting near the bar.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for dinner!
    Parentdatenight
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Found metro north on trip advisor & we were not disappointed. They had a great selection for dinner - I had the wasabi encrusted scallops (special) and they were awesome! Staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    EWHelen
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Had dinner Pre theatre and was very pleased. Eight of us all enjoyed our various dinners. Not one complaint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • H.S, Friends monthly lunch
    Dick
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Good venue for lunch and friendship. Great ambience! and food. Ample food selections on menu to everyone's satisfaction
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Noisy but Great Food
    FlushingFirstTimers
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Restaurants frequently turn over at this location and we have been at this restaurant several times. Each time the food is very good as is the service. In this case we had a delicious salad with pecans, blue cheese and cranberries each and a salmon entree and a blackened scallops over mushroom risotto entree. Each time, however, the noise level is very high. It is not only due to the number of large parties but to inadequate insulation or some other structural defect. As long as you do not intend to have an intimate conversation, the food is worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great atmosphere - food and service good as well. Good bar - nice place for groups. Lots of parking. Easy to get to. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Princeton site-easy access
    Gene3hornFSUF
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Metro North is easy to after visiting Princeton for the theatre or browsing the Nassau street scene. It is south on Alexander Rd away from the hub-bub with reasonable parking. Nice venue, menu is varied, food is good+, but drinks at the bar are rather expensive. There are tables near the bar and others further away in a more traditional dining room setting. Definitely recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    OutandAbout
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Overall the food selection, service and ambience was delightful. I will return to try other items on the menu. Portions were substantial for lunch menu. Great find in Princeton with free parking to boot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around great!
    Melissa
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Met college friends here 2x. Both times I have had the Butterfish which was delicious! We definitely camped at our table....last ones there. Server was patient, attentive and kind even after we overstayed. We enjoyed talking to bartenders during a nightcap!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Great
    Penelope
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is our last visit to this restaurant. We've been here numerous times in the past, and the food is just ok. The menu is uninspired, and the specials don't seem to change much. It would be a good idea for the owner/manager of the restaurant to walk around and ask patrons how their meal is. His interaction is to walk patrons to their seats, but this isn't good enough given the quality of the food! Skip this restaurant until they decide to up their game.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    Nancy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I have been to Metro many times and have never not gotten an excellent meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu with lots of options
    Patty
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Never had a bad meal here. A very convenient location for Princeton, NJ. Parking for the restaurant!! Everyone at the restaurant is friendly and accommodating. A great place for brunch, lunch or dinner with family and friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice for a Lunch Meeting but...
    JMcKny
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    ...not a location to impress a client. Food is average and the interior needs a freshening (I recall some of the chairs have splits in the coverings). The service was good and attentive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great
    Genefire
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our server Joann was pleasurable, big smile, made us feel at home. I got a special beef tips, wild mushrooms and gnocchi...slam dunk, wife got the pasta salmon, it was light tasty and she really enjoyed. The bacon wrapped shrimp app was good, the mango bits were not me, but wife gave it 2 thumbs up. My only wish was better landscaping. We sat in the back by an 8 foot window. The landscaping film was coming up, the mulch was old and kinda weedy, lawn needed a trim. That really didn't take away overall experience. Definitely would recommend. This was 9th anniversary for us, no kids night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chrissy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    my husband and i celebrated our first year wedding anniversary here and we absolutely love this place! we call it "our place". we always enjoy the specials and the menu- the service is wonderful!!! keep up the good work :)
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful service
    vpfamily
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We were there with my elderly mom and the owner and our server Mary were very accommodating and concernedthat she was comfortable .Mary was very attentive and had a great sense of humor. Bravo.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dadster53
    dadster53
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Good service, tasty Italian food with a modern twist. Reasonably priced. Multiple visits has never disappointed
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.