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About Artisan Kitchen and Lounge - Hyatt Regency Princeton
Artisan Kitchen's exotic oasis provides superb ambiance for entertaining clients of enjoying a romantic dinner. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Artisan Kitchen features Mediterranean influences culinary cuisines. The menu is designed to please every palate. Intimate private dining is available with a glass enclosed room.
Princeton, NJ 08540-6200
Mediterranean, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Lunch: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Alexander Road and Route 1
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club and Dinner show.
Parking in private lot also available.
Private Party Facilities:
Our glass enclosed executive Private Dining Room in the Artisan Kitchen and Lounge will provide you with both the elegance of fine dining, to a very comfortable business setting. With seating of up to 50 guests, this exclusive area will meet all of your specific needs. Special event packages are available to meet your every expectation.
Private Party Contact:
Alan Cagle: (609) 734-4069
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Lavish New Years Eve Gala, Christmas Day Brunch, Easter Brunch, Mothers Day Brunch, Thankgiving Day Brunch, Weekend Comedy Shows
Artisan Kitchen and Lounge - Hyatt Regency Princeton Ratings and Reviews
We went on a Saturday night. This is a restaurant in a hotel. It was not busy, but things ran slowly because there were only 2 visible employees. The bar tender doubled as the maitre de. There was only 1 waiter for all the tables. I felt sorry for him. He was doing his best to bring water, bread, appetizers, entres, taking the order, cocktails, dessert, and check. He had no help.
Very difficult to find this hotel restaurant if you are coming from outside. It is really the atrium of the hotel on the gallery level which we discovered by wandering around and following posters. Arrived in middle of atrium to a table with menus (through the pretty koi ponds) which turned about to be a histess stand with no hostess for a good 10 minutes.
Food wasn't bad. Service could be a bit more on the ball. Had at least two servers ask for drink orders but it seemed other nearby tables were trying to order drinks and flagging down anyone nearby for help.
Had the calamari &meatballs for shared plate starters. Meatballs were moist & the calamari came w/other fried stuff, maybe meatball wedges? Many area choices for next time.
Brunch on Mother's day was very good. The food is excellent, the service is average the seating is OK. The cost is a bit high. The brunch cost included 18% service charge (six or more people, we were six) and 18% gratuity...This is about 38% of the total bill for non-food items (simply service).
They did not honor my reservation. When we were finally seated the table had no glass or silverware. They were terribly understaffed. The restaurant was packed full of people attending the talk upstairs. 10 minutes till waitress appears. We told her now only had 20 minutes. When the women sitting next to us left (without paying because they couldn't get anyone to give them a check!!!) We moved to the extra two spots at their table so we had glass & silverware. We never got water. (or the wine I ordered) we asked for the check & to-go containers as we received our food(because we didn't have time to eat the food) the bus boy was incredibly rude to me when I asked him for a container because our waitress had disappeared. Management fail!
We made an early reservation in order to eat dinner before an event that began at 7 p.m. We arrived promptly at 5:30. A busboy brought little platters with bits of bread and filled our water glasses. No waiter came. Eventually, a busboy took our order. No food came. As time went by we spoke with the manager. No food came. We spoke with the manager again. No food came. The manager finally reported he was "trying" to talk to the kitchen but they were unresponsive. At 6:35 we left for our event, never having eaten. We noticed this happened at selected other tables too. My advice: stay away!! especially if you're hungry!!
I went to Hyatt for many times when it was still crystal restaurant and I appreciate it better than this time. When the brunch was taken over by artisan it us not good as what I'm expecting . Ambience is boring, music is dry , service suck and waiter don't know what they're doing. We waited a long time to be greeted by our waitress and we have to ask where she is. There's no proper introduction to a place . They didn't welcome us as a guest.less food compared as before . Too croweded and noisy surroundings. Not worth of how much we paid for. And we decided we are not planning to go back anymore
Have gone to this brunch on Christmas Day three years in a row, and have never been disappointed. The food options are very good, the servers are very attentive and the Hyatt works hard to make the day feel special (nice ice sculptures, by the way). Of particular note on this visit were the crab claws, the smoked salmon and the cheese options. Also a very varied dessert buffet. And Michael, one of the cooking staff leads, is the best---he even joined us at our table for cheese, crackers and conversation.
There was only 1 waiter and his helper for the entire restaurant that was full. Our food was cold and improperly cooked and we left it - no offer to make it right. The seating is in the open lobby area of the basement and is supposed to be a dining in the garden experience; however there was also a wedding party with all its guest milling about on the atrium with running & screaming children, etc. No music, but the noise of the surroundings is you ambience. The best part of the meal was the Crystal Garden Salad made with slivers of cucumber creating a bowl for the arrugula, bleu cheese, cranberries, and nuts - delicious.
The bar menu could have a better tapas offering...But what we did order was great...On the dinner menu the grilled atlantic char was fantastic and the crystal garden salad with apples, pecan and crumbled cheese was so good and eye catching people actually take its picture...The service was what makes me want to come back, Brian the bartender and server of our meal was top notch all the way...The service was memorable enough that every time we return we will ask to sit in his section or relax in the Koi Pond Club Bar next to the Crystal Garden
The description doesnt't really clue you into the fact that you're eating in the interior courtyard of the hotel. The excellent food does not match the ambiance as you are surrounded by loud guests, a tv room for the kids, and tables fit for a mall eating area, not a fine restaurant. The food was excellent, but they really should isolate the area from the hotel, and class it up.
I came here for a quick lunch on New Year's Eve Day; I sat in The Koi Pond Club.
Dawn, the bartender, was HORRENDOUS; no personality; she got upset when she found out I was not ordering an alcoholic beverage. I ordered a coke and she only filled it up 3/4 way; when I brought it to her attention, she said "DO YOU WANT MORE?". She did not give me an itemized bill; I had to ask for it. $4.00 is LUDICROUS for a soda. I asked to speak to a Manager, but he didn't seem too phased. This Hyatt is now being run by Davidson Group and it has really gone down hill. I will not do business with them again!
The variety and the quality of the food was very good. It is a little expensive so come early and bring your appetite to make it worth your while. Traditional breakfast bar, cereal and bread station, seafood bar, entree bar, omelet station, carving station, and a desert bar. The Belgian waffles were excellent. The mini cannoli were very good. It is going on my "places to eat once or twice a year" list.
The food was good and the staff was excellent, but it was a bit over-priced. That's what you get for the convenience of having a restaurant in a hotel though... If you're staying there and don't want to take the free shuttle elsewhere, the food is definitely good!
The breakfast buffet was fair. Very standard foods. The fresh fruit tray needed to be restocked. We were there for approx 45 minutes and the same melon slices (about 5) were there the entire time. However, the guy making the omelets was great--the omelet was the highlight of the meal.
This was a horrible experience as it was my birthday week, Easter Sunday, and I thought we had made reservations for the Easter Brunch. This was the regular breakfast which was relocated in an ugly ballroom with poor lighting, unappetizing food (Hilton Garden Hotels give a much better breakfast for their hotel guests). The hostess couldn't fit us into the Easter Brunch as we had told her about the mistake we made so we went to another restaurant in downtown Princeton. Live and learn.
The Crystal Garden restaurant is an open area akin to a food court in a mall. Nicer decor, yes, but certainly not a spot for a romantic dinner. The server was lovely and very informative. The food was very disappointing. The potatoes were over salted and the crab was barely there in the crab cakes. My husband ordered duck that was well disguised in barbeque sauce. They did adjust our bill and asked that we come back and give them a second chance. I don't think we'll bother.
Even though the food was good, the service was very bad and I would not recommend it to other diners. When I arrived there was no one to seat me. The lady at the bar eventually noticed me standing around and seated me. When I was finished with my main meal I waited 15 minutes before someone came and cleared the table. I waited again to order desert and get desert and again to get the bill.
Was there for breakfast. They had a nice buffet with quiche, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, fruit and a good assortment of breads and pastries. Definitely had a hotel feel rather than a restaurant, but it was a good breakfast. You could also order off the menu, but we chose the buffet.
I remember back when you could barely get a table for brunch due to the crowds. Now it's quiet...too quiet...and it may have something to do with the lackluster service that moves in ultra slow motion. You can be half-finished with brunch before you get someone's attention to bring more coffee or juice, and we had to bus our own plates to an empty table because we just couldn't get anyone to come by. The food isn't bad, but it's nothing stellar.
This is a convenient restaurant to dine in when visiting Princeton. Although not crowded at the time we were there, the service was exceptional and friendly. The menu was varied and the food we both ordered was beautifully presented and had an excellent taste. It was a very enjoyable experience.
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