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ONE 53
ONE 53

ONE 53 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.one53nj.com/
  • Phone: (609) 921-0153
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Bar opens at 4:30 seven days a week.
    Dinner is served
    Monday - Tuesday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm,
    Wednesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, European
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties for up to 28 guests are comfortably accommodated in our wine cellar.
  • Private Party Contact: Danielle Nasto (609) 924-1019
  • Special Events & Promotions: Open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays

    Special Bottled Wine Pricing Monday - Wednesday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Princeton Ave & Rt 518
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is in the rear of the building. Additional parking can be found on the street & in a remote lot 1 block away.
A word from ONE 53
ONE 53 is 99 seats serving American/Euro Bistro cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere and features a seasonally changing menu. ONE 53, which received flattering reviews from the NYT, Star Ledger, Trenton Times, NJ Monthly and other local publications, combines local hospitality with traditional and contemporary dishes. ONE 53 uses only the best and freshest seasonal ingredients, a commitment its owners have delivered on for years at Lucy’s, their nearby market. ONE 53 features wines from around the world along with a full bar offering a variety of traditional and specialty cocktails.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Food and service were excellent. Crab cake special was delicious, and would be a good addition to regular menu. Noise level needs improvement."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We have dined at One53 many times throughout the years. The food is always delicious, and it's an all around solid option. It's a fun date night place or good for small groups. I don't find it particularly kid friendly, but sometimes that is a good thing!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We come here often; we are never disappointed. Consistent kichen and good food. Highly recommended.. We split a calamari appetisher that was particularly good. Pumpkin Swordfish was also outstanding."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "SPECTACULAR ALL AROUNG - FOOD, SERVICE, AMBIENCE! VERYTHING SEEMED TO HAVE A SPECIAL TOUCH"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Easy to get to. Nice location. Easier parking than downtown Princeton. Great ambience. Really good food. Overall great experience. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This place was really great, wish it was closer to me. The service was excellent, the menu varied and our meals were very, very good. the wine list was nice and the specials were great too. I had the scallops in the broth and they were cooked perfectly, not overcooked at all, the broth had a great flavor. I had the grilled calamari appetizer which was good, but very spicy. I will return when I am meeting my friend for dinner who lives in Lawrenceville, nice central meeting place. I hope the residents who live in Rocky Hill and Hillsborough enjoy this place."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at One 53. I was hesitant to go back because even though I enjoyed my first visit, I found it to be too expensive. ( A very simple, small pasta dish, with no high end proteins was over $24). However with this visit I thought the prices were more in-line with the quality and portions. The blood orange margarita was very good. The grilled calamari was fantastic and the cassoulet, excellent. Glad we went back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My husband and I have been coming here for years. Small dining room and could probably be alittle more chic but the food is always a slam dunk! You must have their mussels and ask for extra toast. The mushroom soup is to die for as are most of their soups and their chops are consistently cooked perfectly. Salmon is always good as well. Nice wine list and their male bartender makes a Cosmo better than anywhere! Service is always very attentive without being intrusive"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here on March 19. We loved this place when it first opened. We slowly stopped going, as the prices escalated and the portions shrunk. The balanced wine list became pricey. After a long absence we tried One53 again. We split the Kale Salad, which was tasty but tiny. I had the calamari (tender) and my husband had the Sweetbreads : "unremarkable-no flavor." I had the Flat Iron Steak, cooked medium rare as ordered. My husband had the Strip Steak, which was prepared rare as he liked. To our surprise the fries, which used to be crisp and delicious EVERY time, were soft and chewy. Bummer! We finished with coffee (good) and the bread pudding-decent. Try " The Pass" in Rosemont...perhaps One53 should take notes from them?"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Consistently superb food with a friendly dining experience. The cocktails are heavenly. One53 has become my favorite restaurant in the Princeton area."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Consistently reliable food and service. Menu is a nice blend of specials and the basics. Everyone can find something they like."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "When we arrived this past Saturday we were pleasantly surprised to find that One53 added valet parking. We have been avoiding the restaurant because we don't like their parking lot; especially in the winter when snow is on the ground. We were greeted by very friendly staff and started with the escargot and house salad. The escargot is awesome and we highly recommend it, The salad very fresh. I ordered the grilled pork chop and my wife the skate. Both tasted great but a small section of my pork chop was underdone. Our server was great and very knowledgeable. Our only real complaint is the seating. At prices that are at the top of many high end restaurants you would think the space between tables would be more than a few inches."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food. I think the best in Princeton. Flavorful, well presented. A gem around here."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We took friends for their 1st time and our dinner experience was amazing to every last detail. We have become regulars with our favorite cocktails (Craig is the perfect bartender), apps and entrees."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We enjoy dinner here particularly early in the week when it's a bit quieter and wine by the bottle is discounted: a winning combination. Consistently very good. An array of options both healthy (the Kale salad was great!) to "I'm splurging tonight" (Hamburgers, Chicken Milanese, Fresh Pasta).... It's got delicious options for everyone."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My hubby and I had a great experience at ONE 53 this past weekend. We split the brussels sprouts and cranberry salad, which was a delightful take on sprouts. It was delicious. My pork chop was perfectly prepared and my husband loved his strip steak. The chimichurri sauce is to die for, as always, and the french fries are always perfectly crispy. The mac and cheese side dish is creamy and delicious. We enjoyed the gingerbread cookies on the way out, too! We would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Fresh, & delicious are the best words to describe my experience at one53! Delicious wild mushroom soup was on the menu & a shaved brussel sprout salad that burst with flavor..... Entrees were also good and a almond joy dessert of sweet creamy vanilla icecream topped with a hard chocolate shell with toasted almonds & coconut was SUPERB!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Really a nice place with a great atmosphère and menu The food options are broad and everything we took that night was very good Service is sweet and really kids friendly while chic and cosy"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a spectacular dinner at ONE 53 on Saturday evening. The food was absolutely delicious and our server was helpful and very attentive."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our favorite spot for dinner. Consistently excellent."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "One 53 is my go to restaurant. The food is consistently delicious and the service is outstanding."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoy dinner sitting at a bar and One 53 has a great bartender and a friendly group of clientele. Always enjoy a night here. The food is very good, my only complaint is that the menu changes infrequently -- so I end up eating the same dishes. They do a great job with the wine list -- especially wines by the glass -- so we are always finding something new we enjoy. If we cant get a seat at the bar we will grab a table -- its a NY style with lots of tables in a small space -- with a good vibe. Service is always good as well. Lots to like at One 53!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was delicious and service was excellent, would recommend this place for a nice night out away from the kid's or a first date with your special someone! Not a private romantic dining spot but definitely worth going to check out. ☆☆☆☆"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "One 53 has been a favorite for years. It's a bit high on the price side for date night between two people in their mid 20s but the experience is always great. This year we went for Valentine's Day. The only complaint was that they ran out of a couple dishes we wanted to order, then again it was a solidly booked night. Our waiter was great, attentive but not too so. It's not a big place and tables are close, which gives good energy but not much privacy. Drinks were good, as was dessert. This is our once a year treat to ourselves, recommended for a nice night out."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Welcoming and efficient, friendly staff. Great specials and good drinks. Very attentive staff. Fit for foodies!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner from greeting to goodbyes. The service was terrific. Was my second time dining and I intend to return."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We've been loyal patrons of One 53 since its inception years ago, and it remains our favorite place to go when we dine out. The great food, the friendly service and the civilized decor make One 53 a notable dining experience. Bravo!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Never been disappointed and have gone a ton of times, often for special occasions but also to sit at the friendly bar and have a Kobe burger with a friend. The staff knows their stuff, friendly, professional, and clearly taken from the arts community where they care about the food and are glad to be working while they pursue other intellectual interests. Nice wine list, a great wine room downstairs for private parties, and always a pleasure to be there."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "First time there. Met friends that we usually see once a year. Restaurant layout is somewhat awkward. Place was crowded and loud. Fortunately we were seated at a table in a less traveled area, but around the corner some tables are very close to standing room at the bar. Clearly a popular location. Everyone had an enjoyable meal and the waiter was fantastic."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I strongly recommend using open table to get a reservation. We came in at 5:15pm and were able to beat the rush. When we left after dessert around 6:30, the restaurant was packed. 153 is a warm, delightful, and romantic place to dine. The wait staff are very attentive and anticipate diners' needs. Upon entering, you're greeted by a beautiful, modern bar and cozy, intimate seating. We had the house specials: rabbit in bacon and the short ribs and really enjoyed the flavors and attention to detail. We also shared the mussels, the sauce it came in tasted amazing. They also have an extensive wine list and I highly recommend the signature drink 153. We can't wait to return to this neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The Princeton area has some pretty good restaurants, but One 53 is still the best. I'd rather eat here than anywhere else."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Superb restaurant! Lots of fun and excellent food! I recommend without hesitation."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I have dined here often, and this time the steak was in edible."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Really nice restaurant - the food was delicious and the service was great."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Very expensive and did not live up to its expectations."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I enjoyed a nice dinner for a girls night out. The food was great! Try the grilled octopus next time you go. It was one of the best grilled octopus' I had in a long time. Everything was super flavorful. I would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The thoughtfulness and aim to please with a quality product and service, is what keeps us loyal patrons...."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "but they had no record of my OpenTable reservation. Fortunately, there was a table for us. The hostess said this happens sometimes."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Great menu, food, service, and overall dining. Environment is a bit blah, even for a weekday."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "After a friendly greeting at the door by the restaurant's General Manager we were escorted to our table. The restaurant was busy yet not loud and had a fantastic energy about it. Our server greeted us promptly, was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and happily accommodated my wife's request for a different side. I had the butternut squash ravioli for an appetizer and my wife had the mushroom soup. They were both delicious! We followed that up with an outstanding cassoulet for dinner and what my wife described as the best burger she's ever had (The ONE 53 burger). Grilled pound cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert along with the last sip of our great Cabernet wrapped up a PERFECT night. ONE53 gives you 153 reasons to come back!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014