ONE 53

4.6
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1909 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
ONE 53 is a ninety-nine seat cozy neighborhood restaurant & bar serving New American / Euro Bistro cuisine in a relaxed setting. We combine local hospitality with traditional & contemporary dishes.

Our menu features seasonally changing specials using only the best and freshest seasonal ingredients - a commitment its owners have delivered on for years at Lucy’s Kitchen & Market, their nearby market.

ONE 53 features wines from the U.S. and Europe along with a full bar that offers a variety of traditional and specialty hand-crafted cocktails. We're located in Rocky Hill, just minutes from Princeton, NJ.

We've received glowing reviews from The New York Times, The Star Ledger, The Times of Trenton, and NJ Monthly. ONE 53 was named 2019's Favorite Restaurant and Favorite Bar by Princeton's premier newspaper Town Topics.

ONE 53 was recently named one of the Ten Best Restaurants in Central Jersey by OpenTable and has received the coveted 2019 OpenTable Diners' Choice Award.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are offering our full a la carte menu, with special additions!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are offering our full a la carte menu, with special additions!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1909 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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T
London
84 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Nantucket bay scallops were out of this world!

OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service our waitress - Stephanie was increíble - great food ; small but cozy ! I’m definitely going back!

GC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, wonderful wine, and top notch service.

PG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner post Thanksgiving. Both of us had delicious fish dishes and startted with the halloumi apperizer. Our server Neri was so attentive and lovely. Love this place!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We love One 53. Even though we had a reservation, we got stuck at an awful table right by the stairs, bathroom, and service bar. We asked about moving and were told it would be quite a wait. We then watched numerous couples go to other tables shortly after us. We love the restaurant, and we will continue to love the restaurant, but that was disappointing.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love this place

MF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The restaurant's atmosphere is nice; very rustic. This is an upscale restaurant with prices to match. I knew that when I made the reservation. The waitstaff was very attentive and did a great job. I didn't know how limited the menu is. It took my husband and I quite a long time to decide what to have. The appetizer selection was just not there and the entrees too. They had more exotic things like 2 different rabbit choices. There were several pasta choices but the other entrees were just not hitting home for us. I had the Bucatini with crab and fried lemons with red pepper flakes. The red pepper flakes overwhelmed the dish. I couldn't taste the crab at all; if I didn't see it was in there I wouldn't have known by tasting the dish. There were too many fried lemon rinds and I kept getting pieces in my mouth. My husband had one of the rabbit dishes. He enjoyed it. Dessert was the best part of the meal. I got the grilled pound cake ice cream sandwich and my husband got the warm chocolate chip cookie with ice cream. I think there was a 1/2 scoop of ice cream on his..not enough for this dish, but still very delicious. I won't run back here...

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first visit and I was very impressed.

l
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch, quality food and service. It’s always fresh and the people take pride in their work and delivery of device.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent “Best Kept Secret” outside of the downtown Princeton area. Excellent service, and Will at the bar does an excellent job!

AJ
New York Area
326 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stephanie was great and they were understaffed that night, apparently.
Food , service, etc consistently good.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. Sausage and broccoli rabe was perfect. Huge salad was terrific. Crab and linguini was superb. Loved the 1/2 chicken and potatoes. Wine was very good. It was Friday nite, a full house and noise level was moderate. The refreshed decor was very pleasant and tasteful. A favorite place to go.

b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

This is a restaurant designed for people between 20 and 30. It was excessively noisy. The food was good, but overpriced given the surrounds.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Selected this restaurant for a birthday celebration and notified them of such but they took no notice. Food is of good quality but overpriced. To be honest there are other restaurants in the area that have a better atmosphere and price with the same quality of food.

j
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been comming here for many years. The food and service have been consistently excellent. Never a bad meal, quite the opposite everything from appetizers to desserts is always very tasty. The pound cake dessert with ice creme is an experience. The staff is always accommodating, knowledgeable, and friendly.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the food and atmosphere in sleepy Rocky Hill!

LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The best place to eat is at the bar... the noise is high when you eat in the dining room.
The food and service are great!

BB
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend with us. Excellent food and comfortable to share an evening.

C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Overpriced wine!

VB
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff remembered from previous visit and carefully explained special items on the menu, great food and nice time

a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my favorite places in the area. Zero pretense, outstanding food, superb drinks, and if you're lucky to get Scott as your server, simply the best service you've ever had anywhere for any price. Feels like home.

The place is small and can get noisy. The tables by the railing/stairs aren't ideal.

J
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love One 53 just wish it was bigger ... tables weren’t so close together.

y
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

A small restaurant, pleasantly furnished, convenient parking in rear, favored by mid-life, working guests. The food was OK, not fine dining but as pricey as fine dining dishes are. Our party of 4 had the flounder (good), Griggstown chicken (delicious sauce, customer does the work of getting the meat of the bones), both my husband & I asked him to take 50% from each when we handed him the bill & cc's. He charged the entire meal to us, & it was awkward & embarrassing to have to ask him to go back and divide the bills 50-50 as we'd asked. He told us we did not ask. Overall service was OK otherwise--all tables filled soon. Second time we've been here. Not our choice for a third time.

TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorite places! Have never had a bad meal, or even closely resembling one.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food4service3ambience2

I stood and waited for a table for 55 minutes with reservation while there were tables we could have sat down at! After complaining we were finally seated at the worst table in the house which we refused. Then I had asked to sit at a table for four and she wouldn’t let us. But after we finally sat down she placed two women at the table for four???? Good food but was a very uncomfortable situation.

RR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner on Saturday night. The restaurant and bar was bustling as usual. Service is always terrific! I had the flounder in brown butter with cherry tomatoes...it was awesome! I highly recommend One53 for a casual but excellent dining experience.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The quality of ingredients used in preparation of food was very low.

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good but it was pretty expensive. Some of the appetizer portions were pretty small for the price. I liked the root beer float for dessert. That was definitely a little something different. The bronzino was very good but it came with French fries and there was some special sauce that came with it that came with an extra charge, something we were not notified of....

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent food and service one of the best spot for dining

C
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the seasonal fall specials, and they did not disappoint! We loved the burrata, squash soup, butternut squash ravioli, and spicy shrimp dishes!

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the experience at One 53. It would be great if the acoustics could be improved, especially in the back corner: some guests that night shared especially enthusiastic conversation.

F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So many fantastic dishes. Every time I try something different the consistent quality amazes me. Best restaurant in the Princeton area.

EM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent and interesting food. Many items that I wanted to choose from foie gras to sqash ravioli and grilled caesar - a favorite. It is pricey, and the wine is pricey. That and it is a bit noisy are the downsides.

PN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great meal and service as always but do not like the new interior design! It’s lost the ambience that we so enjoy!

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As long as you don’t mind a noisy environment where you sit in close quarters, ONE 53 is very good. Good food and service. Never disappointed.

BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Constistently amazingly. Best restaurant in the area by far.

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary with another couple. It turned out to be the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely dinner while we all shared our latest travels. The food was excellent and we were very grateful that the acoustics allowed us to chat away with ease. We will return and I have already suggested my adult children check it out!

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