Gem in the Princeton area!One 53 is now one of the few places I would recommend for food around the Princeton area! The Rossini burger, swordfish special, and brown butter pasta were delicious. The servers were attentive and the atmosphere was a nice and casual yet sophisticated. The venue was cute and modern, which was surprising because it looks like a converted old house. The drink menu fit the scene and offered unique, fresh drinks.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe ate in the wine cellar.We ate in the wine cellar. Very conducive to conversation. We have eaten upstairs, and it was a bit noisy.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMnoisy but good foodPretty noisy upstairs but thank goodness we were downstairs
Food was very good, especially the asparagus ravioli with mushrooms
Very good service , would go back and do recommend it especially if you don't mind noise.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMTerrific!As always, One 53 may still be the best place in town.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my first visit toThis was my first visit to ONE53 restaurant. The food was exceptionally good. I ordered at steak, medium rare, and it was perfectly cooked and splendidly tasty. The staff were also friendly and helpful. I would definitely go there again.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMUnexpected DelightBeing totally unfamiliar with the area, I consulted Zagat and found this informal but upscale restaurant in the middle of nowhere.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMso goodin a word, excellent. food and service. attention to detail. great place5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMSomewhat tight table arrangements;Somewhat tight table arrangements; somewhat noisy. Excellent food and service.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMIintimate restaurant greatIintimate restaurant great for a small party or larger group however due to the size you should make a reservation. From the outside appears like a small town restaurant but inside it is nyc modern. great food and drinks, excellent service an overall A+. Another great Open Table pick!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMNever Disappointed Here!!!Love this local gem. The food is consistently good and it is nice to know they use local produce and Griggstown poultry. We have eaten here many, many times and are always pleased. My husband and I had the swordfish special, which was cooked to perfection, thoroughly done, but yet moist inside, and our guests had the flounder (regular menu) which they compllmented, as well. The wine list is good with prices to suit all wallets. We were there on a Tuesday night and there was a 25% discount on bottles of wine. For dessert, I had the chocolate bread pudding which was outrageously delicious, a chocaholic's dream. We had a wonderful dinner as usual and will certainly be back.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMMothers day dinnerWe choose this restaurant as it was one of the few that offered a regular menu on Mothers instead of a restricted Menu, as my family all have very different tastes. My teen children chose the cheese platter which was really appealing. The chocolate soufflé is also a wonderful dessert. This is my second time here this year and will be coming back. Great atmosphere, upscale but not stuffy!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThe go to PlaceMy wife and I have been dining at one 53 for years, and I must say that the thing we appreciate the most is the consistency. Everything about the restaurant is always consistent.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMRocky Star!Terrific service and very good food. If the tables were not so closely packed and with lower decibels, this would be easily one of the top restaurants in NJ. Overall, the experience was excellent.,5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMRocky Hill GemOne53 is one of the great restaurants in Rocky Hill, NJ. The Rocky Hill Inn is also worth a visit...great beer list.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first time atThis was our first time at One 53. The restaurant is attractively furnished, but with all the hard surfaces (hardwood floors, walls, etc.) and the relatively close seating, it was noisy. We were seated at a table for two, with one person on a banquette, the other in a chair. The tables on either side were about 18" away. However, that's my only negative. The food was absolutely outstanding and portions ideal. The grilled Caesar salad was delicious and the lamb chops cooked perfectly. The service was impeccable (other than a slight delay in bringing cocktails) - plates were taken as soon as we finished, but never rushed, and there was no delay between salad and entree. Would definitely go back - maybe not on Sat. night.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I have beenMy husband and I have been coming to 153 since it first opened. It has become our "go to" place not only for the good quality food and AMAZING drinks but for the warm welcome we always receive when we walk through the door. Now I must give a shout out to a few people...Craig, the bartender extraordinaire is hands down the finest bartender in the area and possibly the tri-state area. Aside from his knowledge in making the perfect drink, he is a great guy who we always enjoy talking to. Carla, our favorite server, is professional, sweet, and always gives us a warm welcome. Danielle, the manager is extremely accommodating and always makes time to come over and greet us. 153 is a perfect addition to the lacking restaurant scene.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMI have been here before. It'sI have been here before. It's a great spot for dining. The food is superb and fresh. It is consistently good.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMNeighborhood favoriteComfort food nicely turned out and a great bartender make this a neighborhood favorite in Rocky Hill. Th pasta is from the sister retail establishment Lucy's, fresh-made and always a good choice. But for me it's entrees like the juicy double-cut pork chop and the house burger that make One 53. The veal milanese on fresh arugula is the best in this area.
Special touches are hummus with the bread basket as opposed to the usual butter or olive oil, and the parting ginger cookies with the bill at the end. Don't ever change that!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMOne 53 is consistently highOne 53 is consistently high quality and an enjoyable place. We dine here on a regular basis. Wish it was a bit quieter, but the food and service are very good.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding! A gem in a smallOutstanding! A gem in a small town that outshines its surroundings.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFoie gras was phenomenal!Foie gras was phenomenal! Truffle mayo was spectacular.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFriendly smart crowd at theFriendly smart crowd at the bar. Only expensive cars in the parking lot!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMTook my 12 yr old niece forTook my 12 yr old niece for her birthday. She loved it. Shared the mussels appetizer. Very good. Loved the Coconut Almond Joy dessert. I come here often and first time I had this dessert. Fabulous if you're an Almond Joy fan.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe brought friends for myWe brought friends for my friend's birthday. he called ahead and the chef made him special vegetarian dishes which was very thoughtful
all of us enjoyed the outstanding food and outstanding service4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautifully presented, great tastesFood was delicious, well prepared with interesting depth of flavors and lovely presentation. Had the scallops, cooked perfectly with fennel puree and minced parsnip sauce. House salad fresh, a little under-seasoned but very light which is good.
Room had temperature swings and was too cold at times.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a delicious meal downstairsWe had a delicious meal downstairs in the wine cellar, a definate plus for us as we like a quieter dining room. The food was delicious and the service excellent.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe are frequent diners atWe are frequent diners at One53. We had a guest in town so we chose it for our special meal. Everything was superb, from the drinks at the bar all the way through to the awesome ice cream sandwich for dessert. The fried chicken and Mac 'n'cheese entree was especially great. As usual, our server, Carla was perfect.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous! Went or a businessFabulous! Went or a business dinner. Returned two days later. Smoked Gouda ravioli and famed Rossini burger with going gras - heaven! Desserts are incredible and out of his world. Chocolate Bread Pudding and Grilled Poundcake with ice cream are magnificent!3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place & great food forGreat place & great food for a small town, and there in lies the problem - maybe they have to charge alot because they are in a small town in a small space. If you really strip the menu down, 153 is a Bistro and as such should be priced as one. The food is excellent, but way overpriced. The wine list for bistro-like fare should also cater to moderately priced wines as well in addition to premium wines. Perhaps the restaurant doesn't have alot of traffice because of the space, and maybe thats why the prices are over the top...We like the place, but the prices just don't make it worthwhile.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMservice was great - hostessservice was great - hostess was extra wonderful - even labelled the gluten free foods on the menu for us and also made it easy to order sauce for the steak in a special way - one guest found his flat iron steak too tough and hard to eat so they comped us another whole portion much better piece and were very apologetic - I take it that doesn't happen very often as most people seem to rave about the flat iron steak- rest of the food was excellent and we love the grilled caesar salad and the creme brulee - food is very fresh and the staff is very friendly and accommodating - it's a neighborhood winner and we would happily come again though tables are close and it is a little noisy, still, it's a find3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional Dining & AtmosphereService impeccable. Waiter well-versed on menu & easily able to colorfully describe contents & taste of each dish and make recommendations. Entertaining as he carefully crafted words as artist would select colors from palette. As far as quality, all ingredients fresh, local & organic as much as possible. Potato leek soup very good (maybe add pinch of salt) as was caesar salad. Entrees were crispy salmon & Day Boat scallops. We make great salmon at home (SW & Jamaican styles), however, as far as traditional salmon dish, this was best ever in a restaurant..medium well perfect, just right texture and subtle taste. Not only entrees good but side sauces carefully prepared to perfectly complement dish. Don't miss chocolate flourless cake!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMOne53 is one of our very favoriteOne53 is one of our very favorite restaurants. When guests come from out of state, we know they will enjoy excellent food and service at this modern style spot in Central Jersey. You do need to make your reservations well in advance or be willing to take an early or late seating. Most tables are set up for two or four, but larger groups can be accommodated with advance notice.
We always order the grilled caesar salad.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat vibe. Delicious food.Great vibe. Delicious food. This is a hot spot. We have been to One53 a few times and have always had a great meal with good service. Will go back. Thanks One53 for doing a BRAVO job!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe menu has a lot of variety,The menu has a lot of variety, the food was wonderful and the ambiance is a bit modern but very comfortable. I wish I had known about this place sooner.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMHaven't missed yetHaven't missed on a single dish, in fact, and we've been there 5 times. Despite being seated in a hidden corner (fine for us, but waitstaff can forget what they can't see) we got good, thoughtful service.
Signature first course: grilled caesar salad. Why didn't we all think of that decades ago? "Short ribs" (a special) was one long rib, ultra-tender and intense. Salmon had an intriguing, subtle glaze. Chocolate soufflé was--a soufflé! None of this "molten chocolate cake" stuff, and the crème Anglaise was like distilled vanilla ice cream.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMOn a DateThis was a first date and first time dinner occasion at ONE 53. We were seated in the back at a table for 2. The noise level was moderate so it was easy to converse. The service was excellent. The wine was great. The course presentation was well done, the food above average. We had fish which was cooked to expectation however overall flavor could have had a bit more punch. The desert menu look wonderful, however we opted out. I totally enjoyed the evening and would recommend.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was excellent: smokedFood was excellent: smoked ricotta ravioli in a bolognese and a short rib on polenta. Ample portions, attractively served, delicious.3/5/2013 12:00:00 AMTry the mussels which areTry the mussels which are always a treat. Captains wine list is remarkable.2/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat FindAnother great find in the Princeton/Kingston/Rocky Hill area. The bar is so popular but rather small so get there early!!!2/8/2013 12:00:00 AM