Mistral
Mistral

Mistral

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mistralprinceton.com/
  • Phone: 6096888808
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Mistral reviews from OpenTable diners
203 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (168)neighborhood gem (102)great for outdoor dining (96)special occasion (69)hot spot (50)great for lunch (41)good for groups (38)romantic (33)great for brunch (9)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Princeton Gem
    RonG
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Small plates with hard to describe cuisine, but everything was delicious. Third visit and not disappointed yet. Princeton needs more reasonably priced place like this.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Great choices
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This was a very enjoyable meal. The lamb tartare (which I've had several times before) and the duck ramen (the first time tasting this) were absolutely delicious.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Excellant
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is a restaurant that has it all great food and service.If your looking for large portions this is not the place for you but if you want a variety of tapas meals that means you get a choice of many different things to choice from.the service is great as my wife is gluten free and the server went to talk to the chef came back and marked everything on the menu that she could eat.It was packed on Sat. Night so make reservations and enjoy.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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  • such a great first experience
    ahock
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It most definitely was an experience. My friend and I sat at the chef's counter which was a entertaining experience. Our server was Noah and he was very kind and knowledgeable. Derek the manager was fantastic...he even got MW to try tartar which I normally would never do but so glad I did since it was beyond tasty. The menu opened my mind, and palette, to new and extremely tasty food. I would totally go back and I've already been spreading the word.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Interesting food choices for the adventurous but would have liked to see a few more menu items. Slightly over priced in my opinion. The tapas sized plates are at entre prices.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    After reading article after article about the amazing food- I found the dishes (shrimp toast and sunchoke salad) very heavy and oily. Interesting menu, poor execution. Beautiful space but the food just wasn't good.
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  • Our Waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Our Waiter, Noah, was fantastic! We followed all his suggestions and we were so impressed with the presentation and the taste. The whole staff was very attentive and worked incredibly well as a team. A great little in town place !
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • BabsVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I had been wanting to try this place ever since it opened and happily met some friends for lunch there recently. Lots of interesting menu options and look forward to returning to try others.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal
    Scooter
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The flavors and food combinations are always wonderful at Mistral; service is friendly and servers are knowledgeable. Very nice atmosphere, fun but calm.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Underwhelming
    tampatravelnutVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Table was in direct sunlight - uncomfortably hot and a lot of glare. Food was very long in coming; server kept saying, "the food is coming now," for 15-20 minutes. The food would probably have tasted better if we weren't already so frustrated with the service. Restaurant was less than 1/3 full - I expected much more from this place.
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  • Outsntanding
    Kevin62
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    One of the most exciting new finds I've had anywhere. If you love tapas or just great food with a new twist, this place is for you. We had six plates and each one was exceptional. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great tapas place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Mistral has great tasting tapas. We ordered a wide variety of them and they were all excellent. The only complaint I have is the size of the tapas. They are truly meant to serve just one perhaps two (not so hungry) people. So if you are in a group these can really add up. The service was good and there is an overall feeling of a good college restaurant without much stuffy formality. The noise level was fine (we went on a Sunday).
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is a fun place to go to share 8 or 9 tapas with a group of 4 people. They offer a number of very creative dishes. Be sure to bring your own wine to enhance the experience since they do not have a liquor license.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas with a Twist
    JohnCambridge
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The atmosphere both inside and out was quite inviting. We got there 20 minutes before our reservation and they happily sat us without complaint. **They are a BYO that also has a liquor licence- how great is that?! I hope it stays like that. The service was very quick and cheerful. Food comes out when ready so there's not really any defined courses (not a bad thing). I highly recommend the lamb tartar. My only regret is that I ordered the steamed buns for desert. They were good for what they were but I wanted sweet and they were savory. All in all it was wonderful. Another restaurant to add to Princeton's already health list of NJ top eats.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    8here
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The finest restaurant in Princeton. You need to be a little adventurous but if you are you will surely enjoy. Servers are very attentive and really complete the experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional food
    SharonR
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Absolutely incredible food ! Small plates that are meant to be shared. They are innovative, beautifully presented and use exceptional produce. The flavor combinations and textures are phenomenal. The hardest part was choosing what not to have ! It was an hour's drive for us to get there from Northern NJ, but absolutely worth the road trip. We will definitely be doing it again. Service is friendly, knowledgeable and professional. And sitting at the kitchen bar was a treat - you get to watch and interact with the Chefs, and see how your dish is prepared. Highly recommend Mistral !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LuvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Great food and equally great service. Terrific place to have lunch and with the small plates a good way to sample various delicious. Each in its own unique way.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • A Fine Diner
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was a very nice dinner for a warm autumn evening. I've had the chicken liver mousse several times before, as well as the lamb tartar; however, the poached egg as a middle course was a delicious first time course for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remarkable!
    JImmyCVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was our first time at Mistral and we could not be any happier with the experience. Every dish we ordered was full of flavor. My wife's favorites were the tuna crudo and short rib. My favorites were the blue crab salad and the halibut. Both of us loved the oysters and the grilled cheese special. We ended the night with the Sweetcorn Clafoutis and the Chocolate Pot de Crème. Service was excellent led by Jaime and Mike. Can't wait to make a return visit!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely little gem in Princeton
    up4adventure
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Mistral has created lovely indoor and outdoor dining spaces that are cleverly designed and relaxing. The chef is willing to work with any guest who has food challenges or is a vegetarian/vegan. My meal as a vegan was just as delightful as the dishes served to everyone else at the table -- colorful, flavorful, and with an interesting mix of ingredients. The dishes were prepared on the spot with fresh ingredients. We shared several appetizers and not a single crumb remained! While Mistral might be a bit more expensive for lunch than several other places in town, it is well worth a few extra dollars to get a meal that's fresh, beautifully presented, and a joy to experience.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • So disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I understand that this restaurant is small plates...but these were very very small plates. My husband and I dropped $100 and still left hungry. The $22 short rib was a joke - two itty bitty pieces of rib - ridiculous. The best part of the meal was the wine we brought with us.
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  • Mixed feedback from our Group
    LawrencevilleMom
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Half of our group thought it was the best meal they'd had in Princeton and the other half were disappointed, although that was the half that got the undercooked chicken and had to send a raw burger back after it had been ordered medium for a 7 year old. Lovely ambiance and decor, although it was overkill to have the trendy fireplace on in 70 degree heat just because it looks awesome - had to ask 3 times to have it turned down before they actually did so. The food that was cooked properly was delicious. Service was spotty and we went through long periods with no waiter in sight. Not somewhere I'd take children to - mostly because of the raw food, not the children's behavior.
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • WXYZ
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Though we had a reservation, we had to wait quite a while. Others, arriving without reservations, were seated before we were. A "small plates" restaurant serves the plates intermittently, so if you order something as a first course, it might arrive at the very end of the meal when it is no longer wanted. Very good food, & service valiant, but seemed overbooked, hostess too young & inexperienced wearing short shorts on Saturday night!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    Matty
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have been here twice and both visits were delicious! I highly recommend it!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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  • Good Food But Don't Go Hungry
    2Good2Little2Expensive
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant has original, fresh and quality food no doubt. But for the extra small portions, the prices are just too inflated. They charge the same amount as would a standard, fine-dining establishment. And they bring each dish out one at a time whenever its ready. Which is fine, but by the time they bring the last one out, you're hungry again. After our $120 bill for two we had to go out to eat again afterward! LOL! If you don't mind paying that kind of money for appetizers, this place is for you; enjoy and don't forget to bring your Ben Franklins!
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Tried Mistral for the first time on Friday night; it has a limited small plates menu but 7 dishes between 2 diners including dessert was more than enough to satisfy any hunger pains. Service was excellent as nearly each staff member was able to do any of the jobs whether it be running the dishes or bussing empty plates, replenshing water or wine, or taking addtl food orders. Overall, the dishes were enjoyable - the table favorite was the short ribs with a nod to the fried oysters and lamb tartare. Indoor seating can be loud as there is an open kitchen. Outdoor seating (there's no view) can be windy depending on where you sit but there's good heating lamps. We would recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Not a Good Experience
    CrazyRaeVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I have dined at Mistral several times in the past and have always thoroughly enjoyed the experience; however, last night I would have to say was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever encountered. Upon being seated our waiter went over the menu and advised us that numerous dishes we unavailable which we shrugged off until ordering. The service in general was slow and when we were ready to order we were informed that additional dishes were not available including the peach ice tea (seriously?). We ordered and the last dish didn't arrive until 50 minutes after ordering, well after all of the other dishes. I would say the the food was fair at best and the poor service just added to the horrendous experience. I won't be visiting soon.
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  • Outstanding
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great ingredients prepared with creativity is what I always seem to find at Mistral. It is so easy to eat here a few times a month given the ever-changing combinations.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Princeton's Best
    FamilyGuy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very creative and good value for the exceptional quality, especially since BYOB still permitted without charge. Dinner reminded of eating at a Chinese restaurant-once you order, the dishes come streaming out of the kitchen, and you share each dish for 2. Beautiful outside heated patio. Inside is noisier.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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  • Cozy and nice restaurant
    Grever
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was delicious! The banana cake was awesome! I highly recommend going to this place
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  • Pictures looked better
    balance
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The interior decor and food presentation was great. Taste ....not so great and too salty. Our server wasn't good at all - gloomy, pushy, and couldn't even properly open a door for a lady .... We don't need too much attention, but smile is always nice.
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  • Excellent, must visit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have had the pleasure of dining at Mistral on several occasions and it never disappoints. They routinely change their menu to feature the best, freshest fare and ingredients depending on the current season. Their staff is exceptional; they are extremely attentive and provide excellent recommendations. Mistral has evolved significantly since opening last year, they have added a beautiful veranda for outdoor seating. Additionally, they now have a liquor license, but still allow guests to BYOB. This is a must visit dining experience!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Great meal
    Sarah
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had a great meal at Mistral. The best way to enjoy all it has to offer is to eat your way through each category. They now serve alcohol which was a great surprise but we brought our own wine which they still happily served. The highlights were the haricot salad and the halibut. The noise level is a little high but if you sit inside you can watch the open kitchen which is nice. Service was not overbearing and allowed us to enjoy our meal and recommended great dishes. We even let the server pick some for us as a surprise.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Wonderful
    Wayzatan
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is my second visit to Mistral. Menu seems to be changed a bit to integrate seasonal gradients. As great as my first dining in early July. We brought a bottle of Pinot from Sonoma CA, which was perfect match. All the seven plates we three ordered were wonderful, except fried shiso, which was a bit oily and killed the aroma of the shiso leaf. I wished the sheff learns the way that tempura sheff in Tokyo fries shiso. You can enjoy variety of foods at Mistral. I would say this one is close to a Michelin starred restaurant. Very reasonable price, compared to SF. Highly recommended. Can't wait for the fall menu.😄
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mixed
    critical
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Some dishes excellent; one too greasy; one too bitter. Tables packed close, noisy couple next to us, swearing and nearly shouting. waiter recommended 3 or 4 dishes per person, which is a lot of food and makes the dinner very expensive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • emptynesters
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Once again, great evening at Mistral. Love that plates are always changing and excited to see what they will look and taste like. Fantastic service and can't wait to try sitting in new outside area.
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  • Unexpected force of nature!
    ImpressedVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If you are in the Princeton area and have a taste for high quality and high CREATIVITY cuisine, stop at Mistral. The psuedo-tapas style menu lets you pretty much design your own tasting menu for an insanely reasonable price, considering. The flavor combinations are new and impressive, while somehow maintaining a very friendly, casual dining experience. The staff is great and seem to share a passion for food. Worth a trip or three!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • perfect experience as usual..
    julo49
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    the atmosphere is always perfect but the food experience when going to Mistral is always different each time. It is a wonderful restaurant that is our favorite in the area for sure.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great diversity of dishes
    isla88VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Mistral has been our new favorite place in Princeton since we first tried back in Feb of this year. The plates are small but bigger than Tapas style so plenty enough for 2 people to share. The menu is divided in 3 sections for main dishes. From the field, the land and the sea. The ingredients are always very interesting and often exotic, like sweetbreads or ostrich to name a few. The combinations are really delicious and look like a work of art. The service is attentive and very pleasant. We were surprised to see that they now have a liquor license and offer wines and beers although BYO is still allowed with no corkage fee. Its a little pricey but this is Princeton and totally worth it for the experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Atmosphere and food to boot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Mistral was ext accommodating when we chgd our party from outdoor to indoor seating this past wknd. Even w/ a packed house (unexpected due to the holiday), they were able to relocate us. The food was fresh & the flavors were wonderful! We had quite a few items, incl but not limited to, sweetbreads, tuna crudo, tomatillos, Fluke sashimi. Every plate that we had was lovely. My only small complaint is that for a party of 5, especially when sharing (they inform you that the plates are meant for that), is that the portions could be larger or they should have warned us that 1 plate of each would be an awfully small "taste". If your party is larger than 4, you should order 1 more of each dish to provide an ample taste for all. Can't wait to go bk!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic