Mistral

4.5
1477 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located in the heart of downtown Princeton, Mistral offers a stunning mix of taste, style and atmosphere. Chefs Scott Anderson and Ben Nerenhausen place a superlative emphasis on fresh, local ingredients in creating a variety of culturally influenced, inventive plates with inviting flavors for guests to savor and share.


Now offering a full menu of beer, wine and cocktails for our guests, Mistral’s guests will enjoy a full craft cocktail menu that is both unexpected and attuned to chef Anderson's local and seasonal ethos as well as an extensive craft beer and wine offering with the open of Mistral’s bar

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Four Course Prix Fixe Menu for Valentine's Day. Menu priced at $79 per person. Only menu available. Please notate dietary restrictions. Optional wine pairing priced at $49 per person. 48 hour cancellation policy. Reservations cancelled within this period subject to $50 charge per person.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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FM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was the first time my husband and I ever ate there and we were pleasantly surprised at how good it was! To start we had the cauliflower beignets and beef tartare that were new to the menu, both of which were very good. For dinner my husband had the duck which he loved. I had the tandoori chicken which was good but not great. A little disappointing after the awesome starters. For dessert we split the brownie a mode. It was DELICIOUS! The only remotely negative thing we would say is that we didn’t love eating on what is normally the patio that is winterized with lots of heat lamps, blankets and such. But we would sit out there again if we had to, we will definitely be back.

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SG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch there. ...........................................
Thank you~

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DN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Innovative food

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EK
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for brunch...food is very good. However, some of the dishes fail due to too many ingredients. Chefs need to learn less is more.

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NB
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I ventured here for a nice Sunday brunch. I had made a reservation and we were quickly seated. The hostess was kind enough to take our coats so they wouldn't be in the way. The atmosphere was modern and cozy. We sipped on bubbly water as we reviewed the menu. We started with a fantastic dish of Brussels sprouts done to perfection - just the right amount of seasoning. My wife opted for a latte and the pastrami Benedict. I went with the ginger lemonade (with vodka) and the green papaya and herb salad which includes crispy duck. Both dishes were delicious. I was really happy with my salad. Our server was gracious, prompt and all around delightful. I can't wait to return.

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A little smile from the server would have been perfect.

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PG
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

As a frequent visitor to Mistral, I think I can be picky this time. First, being seated next to an exterior wall, a cold breeze made seating uncomfortable. Second, drinks are usually outstanding but were weak this time. Lumberjack and Lion's Tail, eh. Third, coffee at the end of the meal was not hot. In between, food was very good but not exceptional. Service was good. Finally, $200+ for dinner for 2 is getting to be on the high side. We like Mistral and will return but our last visit was not the best.

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TW
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

SOME OF THE TABLE SEATING TOO CLOSE TO BAR SEATING AND SO WE FELT CROWDED. WHEN ASKED TO BE MOVED TO LESS DISRUPTIVE TABLE, THEY REFUSED EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE TABLES AVAILABLE.

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JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was unfriendly. I felt I was supposed to thank them for the privilege of dining there.

My martini tasted watered down. The rice chips terrible. Tasted like oil. Tuna appetizer was very good. Entrees were just good. We were expecting specatular. We sat down at 7:05 and were done by 7:55. It’s supposed to be fine dining. Wouldn’t go back.

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N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varied cuisines and all that we tried was very tasty.

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EK
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised how lovely Mistral was for brunch...great food and service.

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TK
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The heated patio in the winter is fantastic! We definitely want to visit again for small bites and the upstairs bar.

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A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dishes. Very original. Eating at Mistral is always very exciting. No matter what you order you will be pleasantly surprised

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Went for New Year Eve. They tried the best to make it special, but it's not a party place.
Food was prefixed. Could be better. I think they serve better food on non-holiday days.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New Year’s Eve

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

New Years Eve price fixe was filled with several good choices at our table. The Burratta and Beef Tartare were very good starts. We all had the mushroom risotto and agreed it was lacking salt just enough to make the flavors pop. The entree course was filled with good options of Duck, Short Ribs and the we extra charge for the Sea Bass. Prepared perfect a little too much broth that seemed to rival the Sea Bass for the feature. Duck was prepared perfectly accompanied by strong flavor in the Farro. The short ribs did not disappoint and may have been the best choice. Deserts were good but nothing to elaborate. Only drawback is always a wine list that is over 4+x local prices. Still a favorite maybe next time when we can make our own choices.

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L
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is small, crowded and noisy. But the server was attentive and the food was very good.

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PM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot for brunch. Worth the drive from North Jersey.

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NR
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This place has become one of my favorite places. The portions are small tapas but the food is amazing and a true play on the taste buds for fellow foodies. I wanted to try almost everything on the menu which almost happened. The service is quick and satisfying and the staff are kind and attentive.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at cooking bar and watch the wonderful staff prepare our food. They were like a well oiled machine. I would definitely recommend sitting at the bar and watching them prepare the food. You will get a new appreciation for what goes into making your entree. Definitely going back

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Service was a little lacking, but ambiance made up for it. Got the Brussels sprouts and the trout - both had a kick, but we’re good. Would visit again!

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WD
New York Area
934 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Many great meals this year, here at Mistral: this was another one!

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k
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The front desk was very nice and the food was excellent but I don’t think this place is very kid friendly because we are asking for a child cop and they gave us some kind of Chinese food takeout container with a straw in it . Other than that the food was awesome And the coffee was really good The more place for adults and I would go again

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AM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing with super pretty decor. Just wish the portions were slightly bigger!

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CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a first class operation with great food, wonderful atmosphere, and courteous and efficient staff.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, cozy, casual setting and ambience! My date and I enjoyed the food, and the service was outstanding. We shared the corn fritters, Parker House rolls, and two or three other small plates. Flavors were rich but not overpowering, and I also enjoyed the Uh-Huh Honey cocktail. Highly recommend!

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p
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

outstanding food. creative, delicious, and not remotely run of the mill.

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AV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The appetizers were very salty. In general , the food was disappointing. It was worse than in the past

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LG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Fabulous meal and cocktails. Service was outstanding and the atmosphere was perfect. We will be back as soon as we can!

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I am normally a frequent visitor of this restaurant however the food at mistral is inconsistent and tends to be overpowered by flavors that do not compliment the main dish well. We ordered the striped bass,which was doused in curry sauce so we couldn’t taste the fish, and scallops, which had enough scallions to kill the flavor or texture of scallops. The atmosphere in the back room was very uncomfortable with the heat of additional heat lamps and close quarter seating arrangements. I am very disappointed as this restaurant for no longer separating itself from the rest of downtown Princeton restaurants.

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LB
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

An Open Table reservation only got us the outdoor terrace. While the overhead heaters did the job, the cozy ambience was missing, especially for a Holiday Season dinner.

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C
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and cocktails are great as usual. Service was good. I noted that it was my birthday when I booked the table. However, not a single staff said happy birthday. Most if not all restaurants will at least wrote some on my dessert but there was absolutely nothing. It was a special occasion but they made me feel like just a regular dinner.

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E
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal at Mistral. We received excellent service from our server and were very pleased with our entrees.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Rabbit pasta had bones in it, gross.
Explicitly mentioned walnut allergy, waiter said burrata was good and walnuts could be removed from it. Came out with walnuts. Dish remade, tasteless.
Crispy brussel sprouts tasteless.
Steak was good but potatoes were very salty.
Salmon tartar was good.

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T
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

creative and eclectic dishes. great portions, excellent service.

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there for the first time Dec. 12th, 2018. It was worth the visit. My friends and I enjoyed a superb meal. Everything we tried was delicious, from the Beausoleil Oysters to the Green Papaya Salad, Salt Roasted Duck Breast, Home Made Pappardelle with Rabbit Ragu and Wagyu Bavette Steak. Yum! Can't wait to go back. Nice selection of wines too.

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AJ
New York Area
292 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunch at Mistral is a pleasure. It fills up quickly so quiet initially but then packed and loud. Will be back.

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LP
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I expected this to be a great dining experience as I have heard good things about this chef. We were given a 2:45 reservation. As soon as we sat down we were given brunch menus. My husband asked if we could have the lunch or dinner menu. The waitress told us they serve brunch until 3pm and then close... surprise surprise our meal was very rushed and we were out the door by 3:30. The waitress kept reaching across the table to grab dishes when there was plenty of room to walk around the tables. The food was not great. The burger was good. The chicken liver toast was disgusting. There was way too much chicken liver slabbed on a very thin piece of toast. The Kimchi pancake was extremely spicy and had a weird taste to it. The corn fritters were fine but there was very little corn inside them. I was very disappointed by the whole experience. I will not be going back.

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SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Pretty pathetic for a fine dining restaurant to have the kind of seating arrangements this place has. Seat in an area with only plastic walls and a door that didn’t close when temps are below freezing does not make for a comfortable dining experience. The heaters in the area only warmed part of the space but we were frozen stiff by the time we were done with dinner. Just a unpleasant experience not expected at such a place.

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We love Mistral. But it is so small and cramped and so noisy that we cannot often dine there.

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