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About ONE 53
ONE 53 is 99 seats serving American/Euro Bistro cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere and features a seasonally changing menu. ONE 53, which received flattering reviews from OpenTable users, the NYT, Star Ledger, Trenton Times, NJ Monthly and other local publications, combines local hospitality with traditional and contemporary dishes. ONE 53 uses only the best and freshest seasonal ingredients, a commitment its owners have delivered on for years at Lucy’s, their nearby market. ONE 53 features wines from the US and Europe along with a full bar offering a variety of traditional and specialty cocktails.
Rocky Hill, NJ 08553
Contemporary American, European
Hours of Operation:
Bar & Restaurant opens at 5:00pm seven days a week.
Dinner is served:
Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Lunch is served:
Thursdays & Fridays: 11:30am-2:00pm
Princeton Ave & Rt 518
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Personal or corporate events served in our private wine cellar
Parking is in the rear of the building. Additional parking can be found on the street & in a remote lot 1 block away.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays
25% Bottled Wine Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday
ONE 53 Ratings and Reviews
Food was outstanding. While server was friendly, never told us the specials, never asked if we wanted a second drink. I did not enjoy sitting in direct path of side door- very cold every time it opened, which was several times during out 1.5 hr dinner. Our second visit to the establishment, and just feels too crowded for my comfort. Maybe I would try again only on a slow night just because the chef is so talented.
Perfect for a business lunch for two reasons, first the staff briefly explained the specials, and then after they delivered your order they left you alone. No interruptions, yet if you needed something they magically appeared. Second, it was quiet enough to have a conversation. Will return again
I put in the notes we were going to the show, and it was read by the host, which was nice. We were early on a Thursday, so it was fairly empty when we got there, but filled up by the time we left, which is nice to see on a weeknight.
We split the grilled Caesar as a starter - a good twist on the classic. I had the rabbit ragu over pappardelle which was heavy on the pepper, but very, very good. Date had the fish special which he inhaled. Shared Supersized warm cookie with ice cream was a perfect ending. Delicious all around and looking forward to returning.
Food was really good. We both had the flounder with spinach. Salads interesting. Service was OK, but waiter was serving too many diners to be very attentive. A couple of very loud parties detracted from the evening. A large party in the the downstairs function room overwhelmed the kitchen resulting in a very long wait for their entree by the table of two next to us. Parking lot is cramped and too small for the full restaurant. The overflow lot is not very convenient.
We scheduled our dinner for 5:15 following a show and I made a mistake in the reservation on the date. The host handled the problem very nicely and was able to seat us in the restaurant because of the early hour, though the restaurant was fairly booked. The menu had a variety of choices including some season ones. My friend ordered the salmon, which was done to her specifications and was very nicely presented. I order the jagerschnitzel fro the seasonal menu and was very pleased. It was very lightly breaded and served with a tasty mushroom gravy, spaetzel and red cabbage. It was very flavorful and beautiful in appearance. We shared a delicious coconut cake for dessert.
My spouse and I have been here a few times, and it's always a good meal. Portions are a good size, the tastes are excellent. Love how they use local whenever possible, and the seasonal menus. Service is great. Only drawback is how cramped it can get in the main dining room. We were seated next two large groups. It worked out fine, but it's tight.
Food was good and very inventive. Service was OK until the restaurant began to fill, and then it was slow. We were a table of 3; the table next to us was 2, seated after us. They finished and had paid their check while we waited almost 15 minutes to get our check. The noise level was not conducive to conversation unless we spoke loudly.
This is my favorite restaurant in the Princeton area. The food is exceptional, services, staff always great and friendly and bar area is wonderful. Craig is an awesome bartender who I’ve known for years. My favorite meal here is the Porkchop which I get blackened and it is the best Porkchop that I’ve ever had. My friend tonight got one of the German pork schnitzel specials which was exceptional . This place never disappoints.
We were there to celebrate the birthday of a friend and got a nice round table in the back which made it possible to talk to everyone.
We shared starters and that worked perfectly; staff got us plates and came with good suggestions. The food was nice the wine too and the little details they did at dessert for the birthday lady was a nice touch to a great diner.
Overall very Disappointing. Hostess was rather rude towards us right from the minute we walked into the establishment. We asked for corner or quiet seating - she took us to the busiest area. We moved and watched as she did the same to everyone that entered until finally someone was willing to sit there.
Good took over an hour to come out. Others that ordered after us got their food long before us. No one apologized. Food was disappointing too.
I've been looking forward to coming to 153 for over a year and I must say I was incredibly underwhelmed. We ended up leaving to go elsewhere for dessert and coffee.
ONE53 is perhaps my favorite restaurant in the Princeton area. We have taken almost everyone we know there. This is the first time I have been disappointed and I might also add that I was the only one that just did not order right. Nevertheless there has never been a wrong order before. They are trying to serve an authentic schnitzel and spaetzel dish I presume for Octoberfest. I have eaten this dish in both Germany and Austria and this did not come close. The meat was too pounded, thin and tasted only of the breading; the spaetzel was certainly NOT real spaetzel. The red cabbage was good though. I suggest a few more lessons with a real German cook before trying this again.
The food and drink were excellent. No question. But, don't go on a Saturday night and expect to have a quiet dinner conversation. The restaurant is loud and the tables are on top of each other. Will definitely be back to enjoy the food and drinks, but probably on a weeknight when hopefully it will be quieter!
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