Peony Pavilion is a contemporary Pan-Asian restaurant. The large interior offers multiple dining areas, each outfitted with sleek, modern furniture and d�cor. At Peony Pavilion you can find your favorite Japanese and Chinese dishes as well as an array of sushi options.
The food at Peony Pavilion is totally authentic, taking its recipes and cooking techniques straight from the region that each dish originated from. Try the Chinese vegetable treasure dish, featuring Chinese squash, nagaimo and woody ear mushroom. Other popular entrees include dim sum, bamboo shoots with pork, cold jellyfish, beef tendon, tofu and veggie casserole, and beef dry pot casserole.
We visited Peony Pavilion for a group lunch and it did not disappoint. The menu has many items that may not be found at a more "Americanized" Chinese restaurant. The portions were large and we ate them family style. The server was very friendly and knowledgeable. His recommendations were delicious and we will definitely be back!
What appears to be Peony Pavilion 2.0 has arrived, and I think it's an improvement. The area now has too many Asian fusion type places and PP's switch to a more straightforward and ethnically deep menu (e.g., jellyfish, beef tendon) is welcome. The deserted sushi bar is no great loss. They are not trying to please everyone, but they certainly pleased me.
However, I can understand why someone expecting PP 1.0 would be disappointed, especially since the menu on OpenTable is no longer operative. The one on Weebly is about right except for the sushi.
I had the sizzling tofu with red pickled pepper and egg and it was terrific, as was the cucumber salad to start things off. Service was friendly and efficient, reminiscent of the old Sunny Garden.
The service was poor. Also the premises (grounds outside) were littered with junk from a previous night's party. Very unsatisfactory experience.
Menu changed. Food horrible. Our waiter barely spoke English. Never again.
Don't go !!!! The menu has changed. We went for a friends 50 th birthday ordered some appetizers. The chicken was smelling. We left and went to PF Changs.
The restaurant was empty !!!!!
Although we had eaten at Peony several times, we will not be returning. The food was bland and service was lacking. The menu that appeared on Open Table was misleading-- the restaurant has closed its sushi bar, but that was not mentioned on the web site. Serving utensils must have been in short supply: soup was served with teaspoons, main dishes with forks. Rice didn't arrive until after our sizzling platter had cooled down and then it was not what we ordered. Both the sizzling seafood and chow fun were tasteless. When we asked for mustard, we were told that they didn't have any (same goes for crispy noodles). The noise level was high due to several large parties seated nearby. Overall, it was a disappointing way to spend an evening.
Everything about this restaurant was awful. We waited a half hour for our table even though there were many empty tables available. We had to stop a waiter and ask him to take our order. It took forever for our appetizer to come out while people who arrived 40 mins after us were served their entire meal immediately. We took one bite of the vegetable dumplings and decided to leave the restaurant. A large table next to us told us it was their worst dinner experience ever.
Current menu, which looked so unmatched to the beautiful place, is limited to Hunan dishes only. I was looking forward to what we had there last year during holidays. Service could be more consistent among all waiting staff. Sorry to see its being scaled down trajectory, in both varieties and overall quality.
Thoroughly impressed with the food! Very authentic Chinese dishes that had vibrant and delicious flavor. Got to speak with the owner Lisa as well, her passion for her restaurant was obvious. If it was not for the convo with her, I would have never known that the orange peppers in the Crispy Spicy Chicken we're edible! (And tasted like popcorn!)
We have been through the numerous changes from Sunny Garden to now Peony Pavillion. Upon our first time at Peony Pavillion, we did not care for the menu. We heard that the entire kitchen had changed so we went back. GREAT. They have hit on the right combination of taste, menu selection, ambience and service. Will definitely go back.
We have eaten here many times and this last time 11/24 was terrible. Are there new owners? The menu was much less attractive, the service terrible. This went from one of my go to restaurants to one of the worst.Sad to see it.
Walked and the host pretty much laughed at my face for my reservation if 1. Don't judge me I was traveling alone. I order soup and an entree. The soup came out and 30 seconds later do did my food.....well what was I to eat 1st so it didn't get cold? The teapot wss chipped. Server was not pleasant didnt come back to check on me. Just not a great place.
The food there is very good, and very authentic. We started with Shanghai soup dumplings. For dinner I had braised pork and my husband had the chicken with garlic sauce.
The lobby was a mess, some project strewn across the table.
The menus had no cover, they looked like pages ripped out of a book, we had to ask for napkins which were paper because they ran out of cloth napkins.. Service was slow, food came slower. It's a shame, the place is beautiful and has so much potential to have some class but I was very disappointed at how unorganized everything was
The food was ok. We went there because we had a discount card from Birthday Pak. I was disappointed that the sushi bar was closed. It was a Saturday evening, about 5:15. Not sure if the sushi bar is closed permanently or not. But if it is, their website and menu need to be updated to reflect this change. There was also a bit of a language barrier between us and our waitress. Simple questions couldn't be answered. As I said, the food was ok. Not sure if we'd go back.
Can not say anything about restaurant because when we arrived they indicated they could not seat us because they had two major parties going on and no seating
Why accept the reservation request in first place ?
Always a favorite. A good Asian fusion experience.
The owner has gone back to her Chinese roots and introduced a wonderful, diverse menu of Chinese food - it is authentic and delicious. The decor in this restaurant remains beautiful and the service is actually an improvement upon our last visit. I am definitely going back again soon!
Service was poor - apparently he put in our appetizers of which some were cold. The soup had no flavor and he forgot to put in our main course. Then when he was time to leave we could not find him for our check.
We won't be heading back anytime soon and I think then need to change there voice message about being the "best Asian food in NJ"
Was surprised to find an entirely new menu at Peony. Its focus has changed from fusion to Chinese. This area can use a good Chinese restaurant and hopefully Peony will fill that void. Our meal was tasty, but we didn't venture into some of the more authentic dishes. Perhaps with better explanations from the staff, we will be more adventurous.
This is normally one of our preferred neighborhood Asian restaurants. But this last visit had uncharacteristically terrible service. It started with us asking if they had any specials that evening. A poorly trained server responded with, "what specials do you want?".
Service was terribly slow. Waiting almost an hour for our main courses, we even struggled to get anyone's attention to refill our water glasses.
Food was still outstanding, but they had better sort out their service issues.
This was our first visit to the restaurant which took over the space originally occupied by a typical chinese restaurant, and we will definitely go back. The sushi was excellent, and the entrees were not what you will find at a 'chinese' restaurant, which likely explains why at least 80% of the guests were of Asian extraction. One caveat: when they say 'hot and spicy' they REALLY mean it! This is definitely a keeper; they need to get a sign on Route 1 so that everyone can find this place.
Service so friendly
Food was beautifully presented as well as delicious
Room decor made our table feel very private
Its been a while since we've been there... previously loved the food, presentation and service ... this time, not so much!!! although the eggplant & tofu appy was very good. Probably wouldn't go back again. There are too many other high quality fusion Asian places around.
Excellent choices for sushi; presented ver y well. Attentive waitstaff.
We went for Dim Sum and we felt that compared to other DIm Sum places, the portions were small and overpriced
Peony was lovely as usual. The food, service, ambiance were all upscale while pricedly reasonably. I was particularly happy they chilled my bottle of white wine right away to be ready for the party shortly. 1st time, I tried their seafood pancake, it was delicious...will definitely come back to try something else from their extensive menu. Owner Lisa stopped by to check on our orders and make sure we were happy with everything, which we were. Keep up the good work!
We came here several years ago and this restaurant has been changed and re-done. The new renovations look good and menu is diverse and the food is delicious. We went with my wife's parents (Chinese) and my Uncle & Aunt and they took very good care of us!
We've been to Peony Pavilion before and have always liked the food--lots of interesting items and beautifully presesnted. We were there on a Sunday PM--fairly quiet. They did not have the first two wines we ordered so left w/ one white wine choice. They did bring us a free appetizer to compensate.
Great Sushi & Pad Thai -- beautiful restaurant with great service --
Very reliable. We keep going back. We enjoyed the hot and sour seafood hotpot soup
What a shame! This restaurant has everything going for it EXCEPT service, which is such an important element in one's dining experience. Our group was there for lunch and the restaurant was practically empty, yet, service was at a snail's pace. Then, the waiter, got ALL of our orders wrong. I've been to this restaurant before and service was not like this. Management should take note of this since the restaurant has very good food and ambiance. The problem is, you could die of frustration and time waiting for the CORRECT food order to arrive PROMPTLY.
We felt like we were in Manhattan! Excellent Asian and Asian Fusion choices.
I went for the sushi tasting menu at Peony Pavilion. After tasting all other sushi restaurants in Princeton, I can say that this one was by far the best food and dining experience. The staff was diligent, friendly, and knowledgeable. The food was delicious; I can not recommend the strawberry roll enough. While a little on the pricier side compared to similar restaurants, the quality of the food outweighed the cost. I will definitely be attending again.
Great find! Tasty dim sum but no carts. Service was very slow and inconsistent on a Sunday afternoon though. On other days I've eaten sushi here and it's good.....great for the area!
I should have listened to previous reviews about the slow, or non existent service. Once again, there was a party going on, but if your crew can't support your patrons, close it down for the party.
Food was okay, other than steaks that were rare rather than medium ordered. 3 of 4 meals were cold by the time the last meal to hit the table. Service, Service,... Service
Service was very poor. Took 5 minutes to get anyone to ack us once seated, then 15 minutes before we flagged down mgt to get us a server. The duck was very good, however Sesame Chicken was cold as was the soup ordered as app. There were two large parties going on and it seemed other tables couldn't be attended to properly.
The birthday celebrant requested the group of 7 ladies to have dimsum.
Delightful and delicious were the shrimp dumplings, pork and chicken bun, Sharksfin dumplings and crispy spicy crab. along with the Chinese broccoli dish. We also shared the very clean tasting congee with chicken and ginger. We added the special peking duck and sauteed snow pea tips. Both were tasty and enjoyed by all. The pad thai was surprisingly authentic. We brought a birthday cake for the celebrant to blow and ordered the most delicious freshly baked egg tarts for dessert. Everyone commented that they will go back.
Food is consistently good- sushi beautiful and fresh. Some language barriers at times and this night no deserts besides ice cream and out of the wine we ordered. However a substitute was recommended and very enjoyable. Fell free to share- taste each other's stuff they will happily provide extra plates etc. service falls off a bit if you have a large group- when we went with 20 they were a little confused as to who had ordered what it for 4 the other night the service was great- attentive but it hovering, very nice alternative to chains on route 1 or dealing with parking downtown.
We sat at our table for 25 minutes without a single server approaching our table other than water being served just as we sat down. In fact we didn't even see a server in the dining room for over 10 minutes. The hostess walked past our table twice to see us sitting there with menus in front of us. This is the second time this has happened to us at Peony Pavillion. We eventually left the restaurant and I don't think anyone even knew we left...there was no one around to explain why we were leaving!
We have eaten there 4 times for sushi and love the food. We have also had the Chilean sea bass 3 times and it is delicious. The food is consistently good and the presentation is beautiful. Our only complaint is the service. This time we waited 20 minutes for someone to come to our table. The waiter was not attentive and every time we needed something we needed to flag down a waiter. A soup order was forgotten and there was a significant delay in delivery of the main course so some of us had food that got cold waiting for the rest to have their meal. Finally, I would recommend you ask not to be in the large back room as the other room is much prettier and quieter. Despite it all we will be back because we do love the food.