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Blue Bottle Cafe, Hopewell, NJ

Blue Bottle Cafe

4.8
4.8
1188 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
We are open for takeout and on site dining Wednesday through Saturday.
With seasonally inspired menus featuring local produce, hormone/antibiotic-free meats and sustainable fish and seafood, the Blue Bottle Café will delight even the most discerning diners. Chef-Owner Aaron Philipson is known for his bold flavors, pristine sauces, and thoughtful combinations of delectable ingredients. Gnocchi and Seafood are definitely fan favorites! Comprised of three intimate dining rooms, the restaurant is perfect for casual get-togethers, business lunches and dinners and other private events. Book weekends early for preferred seating times!


Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 am–9:30 am

  • Phone number

    (609) 333-1710

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Aaron Philipson

  • Catering

    Customized catering for your off-premise event is available. Please contact the restaurant directly for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    With three individual dining rooms, the Blue Bottle Café can accommodate private lunches and dinners from 10 to 60 guests. Please call the restaurant directly to learn more about our private spaces and availability.

  • Private party contact

    Rory Philipson: (609) 333-1710

  • Neighborhood

    Hopewell

  • Cross street

    Elm Street

  • Parking details

    Private parking lot on site with street parking on Elm Street. Additional parking available behind Borough Hall.

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout

Experiences

  • FALL TASTING MENU DINNER ONLY

    $79.00 per person

    Sep 23 - Oct 12, 2022
    "Just a few of my favorite things..." wednesday, october 12 ***** $79 per person* Get Ready! Chef/Owner Aaron Philipson is changing it up, yet again... Here comes seasonal Menu #67 The menu will be an 'abbreviated synopsis' (7-course) of his new fall dishes that he's excited for you to try. *We expect this dinner seating to last for approximately 2 hours for 2, 2.5hrs for 4, and 2:45 for 5+ We are BYOB, the menu will post online on Sat 10/8, but space is limited. Any allergy accommodations should be addressed prior by email: bluebottlecafe@aol.com

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What 1,188 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Contemporary American

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  1. t

    tesste

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service2ambience1
    Food amazing … noise level intolerable for a get together with friends . Cannot hear anything … small space and music so loud you could barely speak to person next to you . Such a shame as food FABULOUS. Go alone to enjoy
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The mushroom gnocchi appetizer was delicious and loaded with mushrooms and flavor. My husband enjoyed his sweet and savory brined pork chop with accompanying green beans and other tasty veggies. I had the scallops which I have ordered here many times over the years and they were very tender, flavorful and perfectly cooked. The plate was brightened with tiny sliced grape tomatoes and couscous. For dessert, we both enjoyed the rich apple tart with vanilla ice cream. The pastry was light to complement the deliciously sweet caramelized apples . What a treat. Their summer menu will soon be replaced by an exciting Fall menu that we are looking forward to experiencing in October. Our server was very efficient, happy and helpful and the food always came out of the kitchen promptly at one of our favorite local fine dining restaurants.
  3. B

    Beachchick

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Went there for my husband’s birthday…table was in the corner…no other options given when we questioned…service was ok….friendly with other tables but not ours….when I made the reservation I stayed it was my husband’s birthday…nothing was said…luckily the food was delicious
  4. GL

    GeorgeL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was excellent. Great time talking to Rory the pastry chef/part owner
  5. AH

    AngelaH

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. Highly recommend.
  6. MS

    MegS

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best BYOB ever!! Our go-to night out.
  7. WD

    WineandDine

    New York Area

    1164 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    1164 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Simply outstanding; I was looking for a vegetarian meal and the 2 courses, the specific vegetarian entrée, and the fried green tomato burrata cheese starter were both prepared to perfection.
  8. d

    dianed

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious and the flavor pairings were excellent...My scallops and my husband's barramundi were cooked perfectly and the peach cobbler dessert was light and flavorful. We will definitely be back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always
  10. BR

    BruceR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    We had an issue with the seating we were supposed to have and the reservation notice that came with this review stated OUTSIDE SEATING. However the inside location we were given worked out better than outside. We will be back.
  11. MM

    MM01

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious. The bread was warm and also had a crunchy crust and soft interior. All the appetizers and entrees were delicious and although I was full, I still had to fit dessert because it was so good. Even though it's quite far from where I live, I would totally come back.
  12. J

    Jackfurlongesq

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food well prepared and presented. Best scallops this side of Nova Scotia. Wait staff friendly, not overly attentive, but gracious. Spacing of tables a tad cramped, leading to difficulty blotting out noise from the more obnoxious guests (it only takes one.)
  13. GS

    GeorgeS

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The appetizers (shrimp, sweetbreads) and main courses (scallops, barramundi) were perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. The service was attentive, pleasant, and professional. We were seated in the greenhouse, which was quiet and comfortable.
  14. BY

    BringYourOwnBottle

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the food was delicious and the entire staff was friendly and helpful. The Blue Bottle remains one of our favorite restaurants.
  15. S

    Samantha

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food. Astonishingly excellent. The best meal I've had in a long time. Expensive, but worth it. I've paid a lot more for food that wasn't half as good. We ate outdoors, which was lovely.
  16. JC

    JoeC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Long time diner...never disappointed... Server Elaine is just the best!!!
  17. SK

    SharonK

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My favorite restaurant in the area. Consistently great food. Rory and her hubby do an amazing job.
  18. D

    Dedicated

    New York Area

    164 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    164 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great menu and friendly service. Highly recommended.
  19. RO

    RobertO

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    A well-trained wait staff, delectable menu of varied choices, divine food, gracious ambience - what more could you want? Remember to bring your own wine.
  20. RF

    RomeosFrankie

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Ok food with a homey ambiance that is in dire need of an update. There is a small summer menu that our group wasn’t enthusiastic over. There seems to be an effort to bring simple ingedients together in combinations that don’t always sound appealing. I had the scallops, my 3 companions had the barramundi. I carmelize and flavor my scallops better, and the consensus on the fish was that its metallic undertones needed to be counterbalanced with better spicing or sauce. The bread was a bit stale. We did not stick around for dessert. I try this place every year in hopes that I, too, can be wowed by the food as many reviewers are. But between the food being just “ok” and the place needing a dire make-over, I am always dissppointed.
  21. WD

    WineandDine

    New York Area

    1164 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    1164 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was nice combination of food. The duck was prepared well, but I found the sweet and sour duck jus was a bit too heavy with the chili paste.
  22. BL

    BLF609

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Best overall dining experience in the Princeton area. Food is excellent. The restaurant itself is nothing extraordinary in appearance, parking is awkward, - but the food is really terrific!
  23. JC

    JoanC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    We have been to the Blue Bottle several times and always had a wonderful dinner and evening. Unfortunately, our last visit was a little disappointing. While the food was excellent the staff and dining area were disappointing. The staff was pleasant and very rushed (I don't think there was enough help). And it was extremely noisy and difficult to have any real conversation at dinner. This will not deter us from another visit to the Blue Bottle.
  24. TC

    ThomasC

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent, both appetizers and main course. Our server was very pleasant, helpful and always seemed to appear at just the right time. Overall this was an excellent meal, and for us a destination restaurant as it is located 1.25 h from home. We wish it was closer so we could go more often.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal and service! We will definitely be back soon!!
  26. M

    Mike

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!
  27. JC

    JohnC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menus and food are perfection. The wait staff are all outstanding.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious service great clean batheooms
  29. KB

    KathyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was lovely and delicious. I would definitely recommend Blue Bottle to a friend.
  30. JE

    JenniferE

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dining!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Griggstown Chicken was outstanding. My husband enjoyed the Barramundi as well. Salads were fresh and crunchy. Everything was done to perfection.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Utrecht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delish!!! Wait staff lovely.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the few restaurants that always delivers interesting dishes beautifully prepared and presented. Have been 4-5 times and always come away saying “that was great. Why can’t all restaurants be like that?” The menu is always seasonally oriented and a very manageable number of apps, salads and entrees. Really some thing for everyone. Our group’s consensus is the Blue Bottle Salad and the Scallops are always exquisite. Our dining out experiences are too often disappointing. Overpriced mediocre food. We both enjoy cooking and are accomplished cooks so when we dine out we want to be impressed especially is paying $30+ for an entree. It rarely happens but at Blue Bottle it always happens.
  34. S

    Susan

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A pleasure from start to finish! The staff was very accommodating.
  35. n

    normak

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this beautiful restaurant is wonderful, however, the live music was just a it too loud.
  36. S

    Scotto

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice selection of dinner options. Food was very good and presented nice. Seating is in several rooms which helps with the noise level.
  37. MA

    MAGC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here several times. The food is always creative and delicious. The best in the Princeton area.
  38. CT

    ChrisT

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We went to dinner on a Wednesday night to celebrate our anniversary. We were seated right away & near the live music just as we requested. The amazing guitar playing paired perfectly with our dining. Offered was a prefix option or a la carte. We decide upon the fish options & each selection was excellent. It is a BYOB so that made the evening simply perfect. We will definitely be back.
  39. SK

    SteveK

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderfully paired and prepared meals. Will be back again.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best food in the Princeton area. Don't miss it!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Blue Bottle Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 333-1710.

Blue Bottle Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 1188 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Blue Bottle Cafe

101 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Elm Street

  • Neighborhood

    Hopewell

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 am–9:30 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private parking lot on site with street parking on Elm Street. Additional parking available behind Borough Hall.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Aaron Philipson

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout

  • Phone number

    (609) 333-1710

  • Catering

    Customized catering for your off-premise event is available. Please contact the restaurant directly for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    With three individual dining rooms, the Blue Bottle Café can accommodate private lunches and dinners from 10 to 60 guests. Please call the restaurant directly to learn more about our private spaces and availability.

  • Private party contact

    Rory Philipson: (609) 333-1710

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