ONE 53

4.6
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1961 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 rece

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4.6
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vipRichard
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent find in Princeton area. We wull return with friends.

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HockeyMom47
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food, well prepared and well presented. Be prepared for a noisy environment - This could be a good place for a lively group, but not for a romantic dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good as usual. I would have appreciated a more quiet spot for a date.

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NicoleD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fresh and amazing! Our waiter was spot on !

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TimM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Birthday dinner ! Scott the waiter was detached and in a hurry . Yet he had rime to stand by the bar and talk to his co workers. Not returning in a hurry!

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MichaelS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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Talimer
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Went for New Orleans menu but disappointing. The food, steak Diane and the creole chicken were not authentic in recipe or flavors. The Bananas Foster were tasty but over cooked and not flamed at table. The food was not bad but just not right. But the sezerac cocktail was good and used the right bitters.
Like the restaurant in general but they missed on this menu.

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DebraD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food. Beware, tables are close and the noise level is higher than average. But the food and service make it a top choice for us.

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RichF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The waiter asked if I was done eating when my dinner partner was still eating. Very bad move but common. Why don't they train wait staff better?

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always. This is a truly outstanding restaurant.

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vipNasty
Las Vegas
38 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

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JayM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good... some interesting combinations, portions were decent....was not impressed with the service. Server said she would be back with bread which we never received. Had to ask twice for lemon for my water, also had to ask for water refills. My dates wine came out after we finished that course.

I’m not a fan of the very close seating but that being said, the noise level was tolerable

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JerseyJS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, quaint place with delicious food and great service. A bit on the pricey side, but probably justified because the food is so good.

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vipJimmyr
Pittsburgh
60 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is our go to special occasion restaurant. Food is amazing. Always interesting to see new seasonal items on the menu. Our waiter David is always attentive and his recommendation this time was a home run with the rack of Lamb!

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vipDianneG
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartenders Craig and Will always enhance the dining experience at ONE53.

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vipEricB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a quaint restaurant with an amazing menu. It's good for date night or just hanging out. Good drink menu and they have interesting updates to the menu to always keep things fresh.

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vipGiom08
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One53 has a high quality menu and consistently strong food preparation. The service can be spotty at the tables - better at the small bar. Overall a very good restaurant although prices seem a bit high for the area and the cuisine.

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DaveM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

We were initially seated in front of the kitchen but asked to be moved. Once moved we had to ask for menus once our server came by some time later. Tables are very close together so you hear conversations of couples on either side. The room was nearly full and super loud. Our server was pleasant but did not offer much details about the menu. We enjoyed what we ordered very much but the value was not good. $15 for a 5oz glass of house wine is outrageous. Entrees were around $30 each. Portion size was spot on.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We all had pasta and real good and fresh. Service could have been a bit more attentive. Bar drinks were somewhat disappointing. But overall good experience.

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DavidG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The restaurant was noisy and the food was bland no flavor at all. We expected a high end restaurant but it was not at all.

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vipPmc1117
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. A bit pricey but good food and atmosphere

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vipChowhound
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great hamburgers. Very noisy. Slow kitchen. Reasonable value for the money.

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vipJasonA
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Don’t sit next to bar. Can’t hear yourself think. ESP when other tables open. So why did we sit right next to bar? Mains awesome. Best choo ever. My eyes are good, can’t see menu. Coconut cake very dry or old. But icing yum. Why do I have to txt valet when it’s one guy?

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AdellaP
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome food and Service in a nice discrete location! Must try!

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wayneD
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and consistently excellent food.

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vipJack
Philadelphia
415 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Carla is the best server on the planet and we were lucky enough to have her taking care of us. Super Chicken Cacciatore. Great flounder. Wonderful scallops. Great meal.

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MervinH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at ONE 53. The service is friendly and professional. The food is always excellent with regular specials and fresh seafood. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Too cramped, too bright.
The food and cocktails were very good as all as service.

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Carotech
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our experience started out poorly; the young lady who greeted us at the door was unfriendly and didn't make any attempt to find us a seat that was not in the most crowded section where the tables were only inches apart. I will say that the waitress serving us, was considerate , friendly and efficient. The food was excellent, well prepared and served at the proper temperature. All in all I'm not sure I would recommend this restaurant to anyone celebrating an anniversary.

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vipVirginiaB
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive servers and excellent food, great menu variety, a great experience.

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vipRobinR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love coming to One 53 and always have a terrific experience. Our party enjoyed the grilled Caesar, burgers and fries, swordfish, and a side of shaved Brussel sprouts with bacon and shallots. Everything was delicious, served in a timely manner and the servers were also very attentive but not overly so. We also enjoyed a root beer float and the incredible hot brownie a la mode for dessert. Everything was scrumptious!

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vipNerak
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been going to One 53 for a decade or more. It is consistently top-notch. I have never had a so-so meal here. Friday was typical: fish—salmon for my partner,swordfish for me (the special)—perfectly prepared, sides excellent. And service always splendid.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were celebrating my daughter going back to school on a Thursday night. Parking is always an issue here. With a small lot in the rear

We had a 6:30 reservation and were seated promptly. The food was great, I had the flat iron steak, my wife had the rabbit ragu pappardella and my daughter had the strip steak Everything was excellent!

The restaurant was crowded. Maybe the solid floors made it a little too loud or the closeness of table and a large loud party next to us. But it was a little distracting.

The service was good. A little too much delay between the main course and dessert and dessert and receiving the bill.

I will definitely be back.

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Patrick
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Very disappointed with Char-Grilled Flat Iron with a relatively inflated price. Feedback from other companied were also so so.

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vipChristineD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really good food. Full bar with great special drinks. Not a fan of the seating configuration- very close to the people at the next table. Excellent service.

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ChristineB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The tables are too close together, our service was inconsistent and the food was good, but not fantastic.

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vipJohnH
New York Area
157 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our second visit and it was just as nice as our first one. One 53 has a lot of style, excellent food prep, and innovative menu, and not so pricey as to be insulting. My wife enjoyed the house salad and a fresh pasta with rabbit ragout, both of which she thoroughly enjoyed. I enjoyed a creamy polenta and sauteed mushrooms and a grilled Mahi Mahi, both of which I highly recommend. Don't miss their hand cut fries and ask for the truffle-infused mayo to go with them. The staff were nicely attentive and the bar scene lively and fun. My only rub is the wine list, which is heavily tilted above $100 but I did find a better than expected CabSav (incorrectly marketed as a Super Tuscan) for $55. One 53 is two for two now with us and we will definitely be back.

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vipNYJo
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner in Wine Cellar, which was quieter than upstairs on New Year’s Eve. Happy to choose from a regular menu, with a few specials, and no fanfare. Steak, lamb, pork and fish were all fresh and cooked to perfection. Drink and wine suggestions were right on. Pleasant, friendly and efficient service made for a really nice dining experience to conclude 2019. Also, staff was accommodating when we had a last minute switch in our reservation from 2 to 4 people, even though it was difficult to navigate.

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Stephen
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and was a perfect evening as usual. A number of specials, which we had 2, were perfect. Desserts were chocolate overkill. Excellent evening.

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vipNasty
Las Vegas
38 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. A little noisy, but to be expected. Worth the drive!

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ONE 53 is rated 4.6 stars by 1961 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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