Mistral

4.4
1613 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 Joe Mooney 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
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J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

The food was a bit underwhelming, although the ambience was quite nice. It seemed as if they were aiming for too many “types” of food, and there wasn’t much food given to begin with. I personally prefer Mediterra.

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PW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food are salty! Others are so so not very impressive!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

After the original chef left it is just not the same!!!!

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B
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat out on the patio... which was beautiful and cool, but the tables were a little too tightly squeezed together. It was intimate to say the least.

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CM
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised with the outside but enclosed dining area. Menu seemed limited compared to what I saw on line but he entrees were good but on the smaller side (which I prefer!). The Wagyu Bevette Steak was tasty and the Wild Ramp Tagliatelle had a lot of crabmeat throughout. Oysters were small but ok. Brownie dessert was delicious but too small to share. Server was very attentive throughout even though it was busy. I don't know how it is affiliated with Elements but if food is similar Mistral is a much better value! Only negative was that I checked in at the desk and she confirmed she had my name and reservation but they had me as a no-show after they seated me! I called and they fixed it.

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DK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent! We got the cod dip for a snack, and the grilled Mackerel was great (spicy though so beware!)

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CG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Totally unique, delicious and very flavorful food. It was great to see all the action and professional chefs working in the open kitchen. You should definitely visit Mistral when in the area. You will be Happy that you stopped by.

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KK
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining at Mistral and Mike, our server made fantastic recommendations and was extremely attentive. The whole experience was great from the friendly reception at the hostess stand, to the bussers, to the phenomenal food. Would definitely come back and try more items on the menu!

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S
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our reservation was 7:45pm so we sat at the bar with some cocktails. The bartender was not very warm or attentive. There was a mistake on the check which I pointed out (a drink was left off) he immediately fixed the check with a smug attitude. When leaving he made no eye contact. I don’t appreciate service like this. Our dinner service was great. But would have appreciated if we were asked about allergies and dietary restrictions.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food for a 3 course Mother’s Day Brunch. First time trying this restaurant in downtown Princeton. Eclectic menu with delicious flare. Highly recommend for those looking to celebrate a special event for a loved one.

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BE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went with my daughter for Mother’s Day brunch. It was cold, rainy day and they first seated us in a covered outdoor area with heat lamps. When we complained about the cold we were moved inside to the seats along the bar where we could watch the chefs cook. So much fun and the food was delicious!

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r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Not a great experience today. Delay and seating due to multiple reservations and probably a backed-up kitchen. Server that took our order mixed it up and two of our four orders were wrong. Including a dessert that had ice cream and for which we had no more time to stay in the restaurant so they put it in a takeout container for us. If we had received the desert we had actually ordered we might have been able to eat it instead of paying a lot of money for it. The food was good but overall the experience was not and it was an expensive one

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DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was impeccable. The only thing we didn’t love was the matzah ball soup

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K
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely! Best flavors in Princeton! Yummy yummy... Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We sat outside but we really should have been indoors. Kept catching a chill and the fireplace couldn’t stay lit.

Food was good—Brussels sprouts were delicious. The scotch olives were greasy. I had the hash for breakfast and it was such a tasty dish. My husband had the burger, it was okay. The Bloody Mary was delicious—not too dolled up which I like.

Overall, a good brunch.

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KL
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

scotch olives were interesting...and delicious. interesting menu; nice vibe.

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B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mistral is creative and has a good atmosphere. We were a little disappointed in the food on this visit - grit in the salad and a crab pasta dish in which you couldn’t taste the crab. Other dishes were good. Still a good option but I expected better.

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ES
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We all enjoyed the food. Service was excellent

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f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

waiter was arrogant. he forced us to order too much and we did not bother to wrap the left over up cause food was often too salty. empty soda cup sat there for 30 min not refilled. i miss those days when they had uni on their menu. tried all the small bites but nothing to stimulate palate. best was the ketchup came along the fries.

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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mistral has a pleasant ambiance with lots of light. Saturday lunch was relaxed and unhurried; our friendly server did a good job of explaining some menu items we weren't familiar with. The Nicoise Salad was outstanding, beautiful to look at as well as delicious. A great place to meet friends and chat.

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r
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very well composed plates with great flavor. Very well balanced

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KD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed with the host he was extremely Rude . I believe he was the owner of the location.
Food was nothing special. I would not recommend this restaurant and will not go back

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F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed ourselves, the food was great the atmosphere was good, a little loud at times especially near the open kitchen. I would return again. One of the cons is that the tables are way too close together. I am left handed and was practically bumping elbows with the person at the table next to us.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Decent price / value. Was hoping for more selection

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SW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Creative mix of flavors.

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WD
New York Area
992 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

After so many dinners here, I wanted to try lunch. it was as an outstanding meal! The lamb pita was delicious.

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TJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went on a Saturday night. Pretty busy but we managed to get seats st the kitchen bar. The server was very knowledgeable and very good. Took 30 minutes to get a cocktail. Food came out pretty quickly once ordered. We only ordered apps and small plates. Food was very good!! I would say that some people on the line should maybe remember that they are on display and shouldn't do some things with people(diners) watching. I've worked in restaurants as a younger person so I'm a lot more forgiving than most but could see people being grossed out by a couple things I watched.
This was my 1st time coming there but I will be back and look forward to trying Elements also.
Again, our waiter was awesome and the food was great. Great vibe also.
Parking is really a problem. That is why we haven't been there before. For younger peeps I know it isn't a problem but for us older folks, parking is an issue and does affect where we eat, shop and do business.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. The food was outstanding. The tables at this place have a bunch of room. Highly recommend!!

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JS
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As always the meal was delicious--excellent ingredients used creatively to bring out fascinating, complex flavours. But we had to wait rather a long time between dishes; the restaurant was packed for a Wednesday night; and one felt that the wait staff were seriously overextended. This happens, but no one apologized. I'll definitely go back, but I hope this isn't a new normal.

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S
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Came for a college visit and enjoyed our time at Mistral. Great quality food, eclectic choices.

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EK
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant - food, service is amazing!

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SS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visiting Mistral and very happy with the consistency.
Great food, ambience, and service.

Great experience.

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mistral is probably my favorite "middle-end" (about $150 for two, including drinks) restaurant in New Jersey. The menu is not huge, but it changes regularly and so I try to go several times a year. Dishes are "tapas style": We order about 3 per person and share. Most are quite inventive. Some are playful reinterpretations of classics. We've never been disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

One word - “Enrique the Server!” He was really excellent.

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DS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The adjunct room we were in was a bit cold and drafty. Would have been too uncomfortable if they had not started the portable heaters. They need to enclose that space better for colder weather dining. The food was delicious!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I regretted choosing Mistral to celebrate a family birthday. Greatly enjoyed dining here in the past, but I am genuinely sorry to say that the food this time round was overly rich and lacking all nuance flavor- and texture-wise—just not enjoyable to eat. At these high prices, that's unacceptable. Although the ambiance and service were, as usual, quite nice, the food was really below par.

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CC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both excellent!

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J
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

what we had for lunch was very good and the service was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Princeton.

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CD
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish we ordered was delicious. The drinks were tasty. Martini a little shy on volume. Service was excellent and orders were brought out in a timely manner. Dinner was well paced and not rushed. Will definitely return. This was our third visit. We thought the food was even better than our last two visits.

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e
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food. Great waiter. Brought a surprise birthday dessert for my friend. Only complaint is the bartenders were a bit distracted. Took a while to get my drink while waiting for our table. Otherwise outstanding. Crispy spicy Brussel sprouts were great. Scallops. Tuna tartare. Just delish!

Dinner for two with multiple apps, wine and one split entrée was less than $100!!

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