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Mistral Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "A wonderful dining experience. Excellent and varied "tapas" menu and the food lives up to its billing with service "as you like it"--efficient or leisurely. With Elements temporarily shuttered while they engineer the move to co-locate with Mistral, the menu is reminiscent of many of the former favorites."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Wonderful, attentive young waitress, Michelle took the time to go over food allergies in our party & communicated well with chef & with us. Very much appreciated. Food was delicious & beautifully presented."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The plates are small but filling. It was lunch so we had 4. Since they were rich, it was enough. Down side? Pork just OK and there is no bread provided to sop up the luscious oil at the bottom of the grilled calamari (only 3 pieces). You are really only full because of the fat content."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "What a delicious combination the Sweet Breads followed by the Beef Wellington made. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Small plates are the menu here. The gnocchi was fantastic, beef wellington was Ok (lacked taste), corn bread was excellent. The chicken liver is a pate dish which was very good. Our waiter, Noah, was very nice. The décor was comfortable...outside dining is an enclosed patio off of the dining room. Very interesting restaurant and we would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "While I have criticized the noise level here, I have never found fault with the food. The chef creates the most imaginative, delicious combinations and I love the Tapas servings. Sharing with friends is always fun and I've never had anything I didn't like. Our server, Noah, was charming and helpful. All good. 4th of July and it was relatively quiet when we got there at 9:00 PM."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "very nice experience..liked the varied selection of small plates..several dishes, however, were definitely too salty!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The Princeton restaurant scene isn't exactly dynamic nor inventive but Mistral is changing that one great dish at a time. Small plates of extremely well-done dishes that are both flavorsome and unusual (the cold pea soup), mixed with excellent standards such as the grilled squid. I had a superb toasted cheese sandwich made with aged gouda and served with maple syrup and home-made ice-cream, yes, ice-cream - as a starter, which was fantastic. The space is inviting - open kitchen, lots of warm woods, its pretty relaxed, can get noisy and has both indoor and outdoor seating. With an indoor and open kitchen the AC inside has to work pretty hard and is not always up to scratch, but whatever - the food by far makes up for it. Plus its BYOB. Go!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Interesting and eclectic menu - think TAPAS with a wide variety. Definitely want to order many items to try so this is a great place for a group. Some favorite items: grilled squid, black cod, warm falafel salad. Service was knowledgeable and friendly. We didn't realize this was a bring your own restaurant so they held our table while we picked up a bottle of wine at a local shop."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Excellent edition to the neighborhood. Loved the food at Elements but thought was a bit overpriced. Mistral has great options, highly creative dishes and excellently cooked seafood. Grilled octopus is amazing... BYOB, so no need to worry about the wine list..."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "this has been such a welcome addition to downtown Princeton with excellent food in interesting presentations, etc. Concern is that it will change as parent moves in next door. please don't"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I think mistral is absolutely what Princeton is missing. Far from bar food and boring tradition faire this restaurants elevates food to what it should be. Chef Ben Nerenhausen successfully bridges familiar ingredients with some more rather unique ones to create the most interesting flavor profiles. If the chicken livers are on the menu, I encourage you to partake. My only disappointment came with dessert, where it all fell flat - Heavy and rather tasteless or too sweet. Hopefully next time I come round that will all since have changed."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Let me start off by saying all the food we ordered was very good. Now having said that, I wish there was more of it. The portions were very small, even for a tapas restaurant. We had a hard time hearing the waiter. The noise level was VERY LOUD!!! The waiter also had a heavy accent making it more difficult. We ended up ordering 8 dishes for 4 people. We decided to leave and go for a real dinner at Whitherspoon Grill because we didn't think we would ever get filled up on the food and we had headaches from the noise! I would go back for lunch with the ladies or just for appetizers before going to another restaurant and request to eat outside!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It was a different dining experience. I am not sure I would go there for dinner, but lunch was perfect. The portions are small so you need to order more than one entre. The food comes out at different times if you decide not to share with the other diners."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Mistral's food is fabulous and the selections are like nothing you would ever think of. Inventive, delicious and reasonable. A great place for sharing a marvelous array of flavors and combinations. But Mistral is NOISY. Energetic? No. TOO LOUD. They built an outdoor pavilion which is an echo chamber. It may keep you dry when it's raining outside, but there is a price to pay. You have to give up conversation. I screamed at my tablemates deliberately once and not one dining guest looked up. They hadn't heard me! The solution is to go late when the crowd thins out and the kitchen is still open. AFTER the theatre, movie or concert. We had a 9:00 reservation and by 9:30, it became quite comfortable."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A perfect dinner on 3 plates: Chicken liver is an excellent choice, as is the grilled veggie salad. It's the first time I had the garganelli, but I really liked the cured lamb that they use in this light pasta dish."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "While the actual food and ambience were lovely, the portion size was miniscule and very very very over priced. My two guests and I went directly to Naked Pizza and Thomas Sweet afterwards."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The menu is very unusual. The plates are small and designed to be shared so you get to try many things, but there is a limited menu. The amberjack sashimi had very small pieces of the fish, and the sweatbreads seemed to be missing from that dish. The carpaccio of beef and the buttermilk fried oysters were the best things we had. Skip the green salad as there are plenty of greens in the other dishes."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The cod dish was by far our favorite. Some of the other dishes (and we shared six), were very good but lacked an umph that the cod had. I would go again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "all sorts of very different small plates... quite a unique tapas menu. Some things are highly misdescribed on the menu.... like a grilled veggie salad is really lettuce with some grilled beets and a few other root veggies. High quality food, with very good service. When we asked that they slow down the pace of dishes coming out of the kitchen they responded perfectly."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This my 3rd time here. Haven't been disappointed yet. They use fresh ingredients and make creative dishes. Plates are small and they encourage sharing but of course you don't have to. Byob"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Small plates, good food, relaxed atmosphere. Mistral provides fine dining in a casual atmosphere in the heart of Princeton. BYOB keeps the cost down. Good for sharing with 2 or 3 people. Larger groups would only get a taste as portions are small. Dishes are served as they are cooked, no order."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Mistral makes no distinction between first courses and main courses and customers usually order 2-3 small courses, like tapas. Unfortunately, the staff does not seem to keep track of who orders what. The other day, my guest ordered three courses and I ordered two; all three of her courses were served before I got anything. It would improve things if they kept track of who orders what."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My wife and I just had an evening at Mistral to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. The tapas style menu served up many delicious and eclectic choices, interesting takes on familiar dishes, and choices for folks with various dietary restrictions or concerns. The service was very good and there were nice touches from the kitchen when they found out that it was a celebration for us. I had expected just a touch more formality in the table settings, server attire, and general atmosphere based on what I have heard from others, but I have a hard time describing that as a weakness. Rather, once I adjusted to the environment as it was, I found the atmosphere to be quite nice and cohesive. Overall, great experience. I'm glad we came."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Portions are very small and with fillers.Lot of sizzle but no beef"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was the second time we've dined here and this occasion was Father's Day lunch. It's a bit harder sharing a small plate between 3 people than 2 so big groups would be a problem. Some plates are really, really small servings which makes it hard to divide. At almost 60 dollars for 3 people and not much food, it's easy to walk away hungry. Love the decor."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "it was perfect weather for dining on the patio while enjoying their outstanding food. Given the constantly changing menu, I find this a great place to dine several times a month."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a nice surprise having wonderful tastes and great service all together. BYOB is nice too."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I went to dinner with my sister for her birthday. The food was amazing . Small plates but was enough to satisfy our bellys. The staff was great very attentive and very nice. I will definetly go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Small plates which meant u share which was great... Food was fantastic and eclectic. No bar so bring your own... Overall a great experience and a place I will return to... Although next time I will know to bring the wine LOL"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "4th time at Mistral and it's still our all-time favorite. The only restaurant we've ever been too where my husband and I actually say "mmm" or "wow, that's good" after every bite! Love the small plate concept, creative combinations of food, new menu items, casual atmosphere, new patio, attentive service & BYOB. Perfect! I'd imagine not a good choice for picky eaters or kids who don't like to try new foods but our 2 boys love it. We'll be back for 5th time soon!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Despite the parking lot location, this is a great wee restaurant. The mixture of Asian, Mediterranean & American food is really delicious. This is a venue to share small bites of several very different dishes which makes it all the more sociable. Some of the plates are very clever & unusual including Hay ice cream with peas which was SO fresh & a big hit at our table for 6. If you plan to go in a larger group & it's still warm I would definitely try for a table outside with the lovely fire. It is very noisy inside and being a group of 6 we did struggle to hear each other."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "All plates were Very-Good to Excellent but you PAY for it. Portions are very small not really enough to share. Enjoyable BYOB."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "After hearing about the restaurant for some time, finally went out to try it with a group of three. As it is a small plates concept, we sampled the majority of the menu. Overall, the food was really outstanding - some very inventive combinations of fresh ingredients and technique. Beautiful space and nice ambience. BYO is always a plus. FoH staff could use a little polish in terms of service details but it is a casual atmosphere and everyone was overall very friendly and accommodating. A great experience - we'll certainly return soon."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food is good. They offer tapas style dishes so portions are small. You order dishes to share. We started out with many dishes and they came at timely fashion. We then ordered 1 more dish to try but it didn't come after 20 min. The wait staff admitted to us that kitchen missed our order. The chicken liver dish was chicken liver mouse (previously prepared) and toasted bread. It shouldn't take such a long time to prepare. They've forgotten our order, but didn't try to make the situation better for the customer by delivering the dish quicker. At the end of our meal, they didn't offer signs of apologies by taking off the chicken liver fr the bill/treat us for our dessert. Bad service & left me with a bad experience leaving the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Delicious combinations of local ingredients. Everything was fresh and tasty. Service was very helpful for a party that was visiting the restaurant for the first time."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is our second time here and both times have been amazing. Every plate is full of amazing flavor....The squid....beef wellington....stuffed gnocci....all great! We definitely look forward to coming back, especially to the outside patio. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Fun, inventive menu with interesting choices. A little expensive (lunch for two came to $70+ before tip, and that's no alcohol!), but the food was well prepared. I heard this restaurant is very busy at night, but our lunch crowd on a Thursday was light. Nice patio dining with gas fireplace for colder days. Service was exemplary - extremely attentive and pro-active about serving sauces on the side when a food allergy was mentioned. Go when you want to spend a little money on a nice dining experience."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "A girlfriend and I went to Mistral for lunch on a Sunday. We opted to sit inside as the music in the "outside" part of the restaurant was too loud even though there was no one sitting out there. The service was fantastic and the explanation of the tapas style dishes was very good. The food was well presented and tasty. Unfortunately when I tried to cut into my falafel it shot in the air and landed in my handbag. Too hard to eat really! This would not stop me from returning to the restaurant though."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The menu changes often, so there are always a few new gems to discover. This is one of the most unique and best restaurants in Princeton. Yes, it is a bit pricey, but the dishes are so unique and special that it is worth the cost. Also, I highly recommend sharing dishes, as it makes the meal much more exciting. There are always interesting and notable elements to each dish. Savor and enjoy! :)"
    Dined on 5/31/2014