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Mistral Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mistralprinceton.com
  • Email: info@mistralprinceton.com
  • Phone: (609) 688-8808
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Scott Anderson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hulfish
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Off street metered parking as well as Close proximity Hulfish & Spring Street parking lots.
A word from Mistral
Mistral: The name evokes a sure Mediterranean wind bringing clear water and 
fresh weather to those sailing upon the sea. Now, Restaurant Mistral offers 
chef Scott Anderson the chance to create ever-changing, seasonal offerings that 
can be adjusted to the prevailing winds of his unsurpassed creativity and taste. Scott Anderson has evolved from the “chef to watch” to the “chef everyone is watching.” Following the critically acclaimed success of elements, co-owners Anderson and Steve Distler bring Princeton another showcase celebration of contemporary cuisine with Mistral. With its fast pace, small plates and focus on fresh, vibrant, local fare, Mistral offers a stunning mix of taste, style and atmosphere. The variety and inventiveness of the menu will truly bring a breath of fresh air to Princeton’s dining community.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Mistral is a nice addition to the local Princeton dining community. The dishes are unusual and for the most part quite good. We were advised by our wait person that Mistral was similar to a tapas restaurant and that we should order two or three dishes person. We comprimised with five dishes for two persons. However, for a luncheon outing, it was way to much food. Otherwise, it was a good experience."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Food is beautifully served and delicious but the portions are incredibly small so as a consequence we had to share our entrees. As this was a business lunch it was awkward"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Refreshing to find a gem with inventive menu items that taste as good as described."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was a wonderful dining experience; I enjoyed all my choices. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Ordered 4 plates and was not disappointed with any of them. Pricey but worth it. Noisy at lunch and not very relaxing. Some construction going on so maybe that will improve. Good addition to Princeton's dining options."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "some simpler side dishes could help . we requested greens or fries ...not on menu but were provided with sweet potatoes fries which was good and different, so it is possible to deviate from classic and provide simpler side dishes... the choice on menu was potatoes with salmon roe...not really a side dish. future terrace will be a plus"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Finally, a really fine restaurant in Priniceton, reasonable in price, BYO. Just so fortunate to be able to go there"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food is quite good and it's BYOB (another great feature), but his restaurant is much too noisy."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "inventive and excellent food served in a casual, but sophisticated atmosphere with friendly and superior service. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Karen and I were in town for a play at McCarter Theater. Everyone should see the terrific Barber of Seville and or Marriage of Figaro there during April 2014 and have dinner or lunch here to comp[lete the day! It's just a 15 minute walk through campus to the theater! The service was energetic in the order taking but the food delivery was well paced as the kitchen delivered one savory plate after another allowing us to dwell on the unique flavor and texture combinations. We will definitely come back the next time we're in town. Everyone should bring a really fine bottle of wine to accompany this fine food."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Nice changes to the menu for the changing season; I thought the Beef Wellington absolutely delicious. I am always pleased with whatever I may select."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This was our third outing at Mistral and once again the food and staff did not disappoint. We enjoyed an array of excellent dishes from perfectly crunchy falafel salad to melt in your mouth duck breast, the cuisine and staff at Mistral are top notch. For desert we tried bacon beignets which were sinfully delicious. In my opinion Mistral is definitely one of the top five restaurants in New Jersey and will be around for a long time to come."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was pretty good and the service was excellent. My one issue was the host staff. We arrived on time for our 8pm reservations and we were made to wait for over 20 minutes despite free tables because on the computer we had been assigned a particular table. I have eaten at many high end restaurants where a computer system to assign tables based n the time allotted to allow various size parties to eat but I have never encountered just a dismissive attitude when asked if we can be seated elsewhere as the folks as our "assigned" table were still enjoying their wine. This cause our night to start out on a bad note because we were frustrated with the host staff. If not for this issue, I would recommend Mistral to friends."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "good tapa style tasting. scallop and pasta were great. sunday had brunch specials like french toast."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We were aware of Mistral but had never been there before. For some reason, we did not have high expectations. Maybe because of this, we were wonderfully surprised. We ordered 5 small dishes (for 2 people), which involved a bit of everything: seafood, salad, pasta, poultry and beef. They brought the dishes one at a time, in a perfect schedule and sequence. My wife and I were able to share and savor every dish. The other surprise was that, unlike other small dish restaurants, the portion in each small dish was enough to give a good taste to two people. We capped the experience by sharing a wonderful dessert. It is expensive, but we were happy to pay for such a marvelous culinary experience."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We have eaten at Mistral four or five times and each time we are so pleased with not only the creativity of the food, but the variety and way it is presented. Their chef must spend hours creating new flavor combinations. The other night we had the halibut; it was combined with an assortment of vegetables in a fragrant, spiced sauce that was hard to describe. How I wish I could re-create this at home! If you haven't yet been to Mistral, make a reservation, grab a nice bottle of wine and head out. You won't be sorry."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Disappoint from the door. Restaurant has no entry area and no one there to greet. No one bothered to acknowledge me for over 3 minutes. mManager/host finally did approach me, he asked if he could help me. It was odd...not a greeting at all, not welcoming. I explained I had a reservation, he checked his computer and said, "you're going there", pointing to a table. No finesse. No grace. Table next to us was seated after us, greeted and had wine open before anyone bothered with us. The spiel by the waiter was clunky and awkward at best, and while the quality of service did improve as the meal progressed, it doesn't change the fact that food is incredibly underwhelming. Octopus was the star by far of the 6 items. Simply not worth the money."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I would love this place whether or not it was a tappas restaurant. Every dish was excellent. It's a hidden gem and I'm very glad I found it purely by accident."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We loved the service and the menu. The food was served in a timely fashion and well presented. This was my 3rd time at the restaurant and the first for my husband. He enjoyed the choice of restaurant for our weekly outing."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "My new favorite restaurant! Food was excellent, service spot on, friendly casual environment. Love that it's BYOB too. Quite a culinary adventure! Better than Amada in AC and closer to home, we'll be back. Glad to hear they are expanding & adding outdoor patio. If you're into new & exciting food combinations this place is for you. Beef wellington was best beef I've ever had!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Superior experience! Same style as their other unit: Element. Small portions but very sophisticated. No liquor though. BYOB"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "After two great experiences, sort of a letdown. Friday nights are a mob scene -exceptionally noisy, difficult for group conversation, hard to hear the waiter. Was hardly tapas style - just an awkwardly paced food jumble with delivery such that food really couln't be appreciated. Hits - the halibut and oyster salad. Misses- bacon beignets, veggie salad, chocolate cake. Beef portion really small given the price. Some items just not designed for sharing."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The dishes are great, although the portions are rather small, more like tapas. Interestingly, the desserts were bigger so you will leave the restaurant satiated anyway. :) My favorite was the open kitchen, which adds the fun factor. And it's BYOB."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food was great - would like to have more seasonings but would prefer less salt."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "This was an outstanding meal. From the marinated ducks' hearts to the beef capaccio, everything was absolutely delicious!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Went to Mistral on Saturday night, stopped by early to drop of my wine for this byob, no issues the hostess accommodated us. The menu was inventive, the atmosphere was energized and you can feel that they have something amazing going on. Keep it up Mistral can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food is what made this visit, our first, outstanding. Each portion arrived quickly after the service started.The portions were small and haphazard in sequence, but each one made your mouth water for the next one. In the end it did not matter. All were delicious. The presentations were very refined on the plates. We are looking forward to our next time."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "A friend recommended Mistral when we asked him where to eat in Princeton, and we are very glad he did! We ate with another couple on a busy Saturday night; the place was hopping, but despite the bustle we had no trouble conversing. The waiter gave us excellent advice on how to navigate the menu, and how much to order - in our case, a total of about a dozen small plates for the four of us The food is creative but not outlandish, and everything we had was quite tasty; highlights included the kale salad, the winter chicory salad with pear and ricotta dumpling, the papparadelle with brussel sprout pesto, and the squash buccatini. For desserts - try the lime posset. BYO makes this an affordable treat."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "It was a beautiful day in Princeton for a late lunch (3:30); quite a change from the large crowds at more conventional times. Food was as outstanding this time as so many other times that I have dined, here. Their winter menus were absolutely delicious and I can't wait for what spring will bring."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food is innovative and interesting, though not every dish succeeds to an equal degree. The Octopus was terrific. Very pricey, however, even by Princeton standards, so best for a special occasion unless you have money to burn."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Mistral is a convenient lunch spot in Princeton. It is centrally located between the library, the downtown shops and the University. The food is superb and the staff is attentive and gracious. The serving size was just right. There are medium and small plates available for those needing more food. The presentation was elegant and the price is reasonable. What more could we ask?"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We celebrated 3 birthdays and had a fabulous time at Mistral. The food is exquisite, each dish with distinct flavors and meant to be shared. The setting is comfortable and yet elegant. A great evening spent with friends"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We thought the food was inventive and fabulous. The dishes were creative without being overly fussy. Often simplicity of taste ruled. There were enough choices to please. We love the small plate concept. We will go again. The staff was especially knowledgeable and friendly."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Glad Mistral was BYOB because that helped with the high prices--an average appetite would need at least 3 of the small plates plus dessert and the portions are small. Everything is beautifully prepared and the flavors are delicious. The salads were great but if sharing each person only gets one bite. Same with dessert. The cassoulet and duck were favorites. Our waiter was excellent and helpful and we were not rushed at all."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I've been here with different people every time I've gone and everyone has always been impressed with the food! My new favorite BYO in NJ!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "As big fans of Elements we expected a great experience here, but most of the dishes we tried ranged from just so-so to outright bad (inedible fatty lamb). We will not be returning."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Mistral is a tapas-type place: it only serves small plates, and our waiter immediately informed us that one needs 3-4 of such dishes to have an average size dinner. The ambience is pleasant and the service is good enough. The quality of the food varies: in our case it was from very good to very average. However, the size of the dishes is not just small - it varies from very small to miniscule to almost nonexistent. And since the prices of the dishes are not miniscule, the cost of your dinner (without drinks, taxes and tips) will be in the range of $45-50 per person on average. For a place of this class it is extremely high, and I would say that Mistral is perhaps the most overpriced restaurant in the Princeton area."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Lengthy explanation by waiter, too small portions on certain choices( maybe 3-4) to reach satiety for a thin woman. Overall, not a place for dinner"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I love the idea of tapas-type food. Octopus was the best dish. Foie Gras itself was a bit plain - not enough seasoning. Fried Oyster Salad was okay. Smoked Pappardelle was a bit salty for my taste. Price is not cheap as dishes are tiny and we ordered 6 dishes for the two of us plus dessert. Overall good experience and will go back to try other dishes."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Wonderful food and presentation. I've noticed that they have been increasing their prices, but since they are a BYO you can still have a nice dinner for a reasonable price. They menu changes so there is always something new to try. I can't go there without ordering the octopus in whatever preparation they are offering. It really is a gem!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014