Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.89mi
  2. Distance: 0.92mi
  3. Distance: 0.92mi
  4. Distance: 0.95mi
  1. Distance: 0.89mi
  2. Distance: 0.92mi
  3. Distance: 0.92mi
  4. Distance: 0.95mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.89mi
  2. Distance: 0.92mi
  3. Distance: 0.92mi
  4. Distance: 0.95mi
  1. Distance: 0.89mi
  2. Distance: 0.92mi
  3. Distance: 0.92mi
  4. Distance: 0.95mi

About Big Fish - Princeton

One Bite & You’ll be Hooked! Enjoy fresh fish, mouthwatering seafood, choice steaks, daily chef features & one-of-a-kind specialties featuring the best local/seasonal ingredients available. All with impeccable service in a fun, eclectic, high-energy atmosphere.

Our bar features Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4-7, featuring appetizers & drink specials from $2-$5! Also, join us for Brunch every Sunday from 11-3!

3535 US Highway 1 (Brunswick Pike)
Princeton, NJ 08540
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday:11:00am - 4:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00 pm -11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Meadow Rd (MarketFair Mall)

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 919-1179

Website:
http://www.muer.com/big-fish/index.asp

Parking Details:
Plenty of FREE parking right in front of the restaurant and around MarketFair Mall.

Executive Chef:
Alecia Angioletti

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

Details
Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

Big Fish - Princeton Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (16)
Good for a Date (14)
Good for Groups (12)
See All
Creative Cuisine (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Special Occasion (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fun (8)
Business Meals (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Authentic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Spicy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Sort by
S
792 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We came to the restaurant following a concert. Reservation was immediately honored, even though we were about 30 minutes early. The service was great and the food was also great. All of our meals came out correctly, right temperature, very tasty.

Well be back.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We had a very large table for a lunch with 15 people. Although the service was a little slow, and the place was not at all crowded. We had a great server that took care of everything and didn't miss an order or empty glass! She was amazing for all the orders and everything came out perfect. The food was exceptional - my compliments to the chef! I had the salmon and it was done to perfection.

Tags: Happy Hour, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to celebrate the New Year. My daughter has her favorite crab cakes with vegetables on the side and I ordered salad and mussels. They were all freshly prepared and delicious!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

 
·Dined on January 1, 2018

we enjoyed it on New Year's Eve- bread was full of garlic, however, nothing plain. That is a problem if you are allergic. Had good cocktails and wine- 2 people out of there for 140 bucks, not bad.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

 
·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to the Big Fish location for a last minute New Years Evening dinner and were not disappointed. We were seated right away (we had a reservation) the people at the front desk were very busy but also very friendly. Our server came right to out table and did a great job of explaining the menu and making recommendations. The food and drinks came in just the right amount of time and we were able to enjoy a great night. Everything we ordered was great. We were not rushed at all. We will definitely go back and will recommend this restaurant to our friends. Thanks again

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

In spite of the reservation they counld't find our name instantly. We were escourted to the middle table in the restaurant but it was too dark to read the menu. We moved to another table but unfortunately there was a cold draft every time the door openned and we moved to another table. It would be best if they can advise us if that table is not recommended since this is our first visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Perfect place for a quiet dinner.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The restaurant was empty and when asked to move, the host told us the rest of tables were for patrons that reserved. We had reservations and not one person entered restaurant while we were there. Waiter did wait for my wife to order as he intrupted to tell her about up charge to where she said forget and just took food as it was, she wanted double veggies and would have accepted the charge had he waited till she was done ordering. I know it was Christmas Eve and regular staff might have been off, but as pricing remains the same I think service should too.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service2
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Consistently delicious food with attentive and thoughtful service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food was good. Had steamed crab legs but they were cold by the time they reached out table. Ginger rice was okay. Asparagus was just okay too. Cocktail was terrible - used Tang to make the orange flavor and that left a horrible after taste.

Service was horrible. Seems like she just woke up and started work. Never came back to see how we were doing. Didn’t know what came with the meal. Poured water in my wine glass that wasn’t quite empty, didn’t ask if I wanted another glass which in fact I would have enjoyed. Didn’t know how to serve the food once it arrived at the table.

Restaurant was fairly empty yet surrounding restaurants were full with waiting lines. I can only contribute this to the service and price of the food. $30 for snow crab legs was a bit pricey.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service1
value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our food was mostly lukewarm. We didn't comment on this to the server. I assume this was
the fault of the kitchen.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Delicious crab cakes! Tuna was fresh and delicious as well. Good service. We’ll be back.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 14, 2017

Service was prompt and and food good. Our server, Anna was efficient, courteous and friendly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Lunch was good and the service was excellent and not hurried.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience1
service5
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Everything that I ate was very delicious. This was my second visit and it didn’t disappoint! Highly recommended!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Made a reservation at 5:45 and asked for a booth. Got there at 5:40 and there were 3 or 4 tables of the 40+ tables filled at the time. They proceeded to place us in the table next to the bathroom in the back by the cooking area. I informed them this was not acceptable, and stated we requested the booth and had to ask " ...with all these nice tables here (including all the empty booths), why would you possibly put us at the worst table in the place?" .. No answer and when pushed she reluctantly acknowledged it was an undesirable table, and went back to the front to see if it was ok to put us in a booth (at least 5 or 6 were empty) Upon return she placed us in the booth (thank you) but no explanation, no regrets. I respectfully explained to her that I was a long-time customer and really couldn't understand why we were treated this way and asked her to have the manager come visit me. Again said nothing and left, no manager came over, although he visited most all the tables around us except ours. I started to think he was avoiding us; so be it. I have gone there so many times since it originally opened -- and this will be my last. Food was good, not very good -- scallops with butternut squash ( squash was barely luke warm). Simona, our waitress, was absolutely wonderful which brightened up the overall experience - thank you Simona. :)

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience1
service5
value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Consistently excellent fresh fish. great salads and appetizers. Great bar! Very good value also.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was wonderful. The manager and the waitstaff were outstanding.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on November 26, 2017

the service was excellent.
the food was very tasty although very small portions and very pricy.
the deco is very nice and cozy.
the bathrooms very clean

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value2

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was delicious and the waiter was excellent
Definitely return

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was good as usual with enough variety to satisfy all. The service was friendly but misguided. Our salads were served to all, but the next course which to be fair was an appetizer size was brought almost immediately instead of with the other two entrees for our party of 3. The substitute vegetable was charged ala carte and one dinner salad side was charged at the reduced price but the other was charged ala carte. The manager rectified all the pricing issues but it should not have happened. Better training or better wait staff should be required.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was excellent. Butter nut squash soup with goAt cheese topping was flavorful & delicious. Salad with artichokes, black olives with a Parmesan vinegrette was so yummy. Shrimp, cherry tomatoes, spinach in a garlic wine sauce over angel hair pasta could have been more seasoned. Salmon with veggies & oven roasted potatoes was very good. Scallops were good. Filet mignon with potatoes & asparagus was excellent. Crime brûlée was exceptional! Service for a busy night was superb. Would definitely go here again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Prefer a restaurant like this for dinner, but lunch specials were a good option. Blackened salmon burger and potato encrusted tilapia were very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Happy hour service providers/ waiters in the front sucked and seemed disinterested in their jobs. Horrible service, not just for us but other patrons as well.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service1

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Big Fish, for no apparent reason, is going seriously downhill.

It was crowded on our last visit--unusual, that, as Seasons 52 and Bahama Breeze have torn away most of its customers. Whatever the reason, the kitchen staff couldn't handle the press, and our food was seriously delayed.

And when it came out, it was lackluster. They have, for no reason on God's green earth, started putting chopped tomatoes on top of the chowder. WHY. The so-called "firecracker shrimp" is utterly bland and served on a bed of chopped lettuce, which does not enhance the presentation. The blackened fish was fine--and the blackened shrimp was even better--but the service was so-so and apologetic, and had a lot to apologize for. (I asked for sugar for my too-bitter iced tea and never got it; I swiped some from a nearby table.)

Complaining isn't enough by itself, so here are some suggestions:

1. Bring the bacon-wrapped shrimp back on the appetizer menu.

2. Why would you put tomatoes in New England clam chowder? It's like beans in chili, and DON'T GO GETTING ANY IDEAS ABOUT PUTTING BEANS IN CHILI.

3. Upgrade kitchen and waitstaff.

That's easy enough! Do those things. Because Bahama Breeze is right next door, and they have a better menu.

Tags: Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service2
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Slow service. New server. Took our food to the wrong table. Restaurant had power outages so no lights several times during the meal. Only 9 tables used--get the message?

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience1
service2
value2

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We were greeted by a pleasant staff. The food was plentiful and delicious.Our waitress was extremely accommodating. Although this was not a fancy free standing restaurant it had all the amenities of one. We will return and bring friends with us.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Excellent service. The food is fresh with a large choice. The service is what stands out. The wait staff is helpful and friendly and a huge plus. Parking is plentiful

Tags: Casual, Fun, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I had not been to Big Fish in years. We decided to go for dinner and we were very pleasantly surprised. The food was good, the service was good and the prices quite reasonable. We had my 91 year old mom out for dinner and the handicapped accessibility was a welcome find.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This restaurant has very spotty service and appears to lack the ability to service the number of tables for which they can seat patrons. They pretty much admitted to the same When We complained about the service. So a word of warning, if you make a reservation through OpenTable, you may get a seat, but you may not get served as you would expect.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service1

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We have been here with perfectly fine, reliable experiences before but this time service was the worst I’ve ever. Inattentive and uncaring server really made it a negative experience this time.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service1
value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Takes too long to get served and the food was ordinary. Probably good for drinking at the bar more than fine dining.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service3
value3

 
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was basically good. The wait staff was very accommodating as was the manager. My husband ordered the oysters and was served one that was still frozen and had not been shucked. The manager immediately took them back and removed them from the bill. My daughter is gluten free and our waiter went out of his way to assure her food was prepared to her request. The big negative was the food was very slow to come out from the kitchen.

Tags: Healthy, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We started out with a rough start to our meal as our waitress took our drink order and we didn't see her for 20 minutes. Then when we did see her, she went to the table next to us and we still didn't place an order. Not sure what was going on with her but the manager was very much aware and jumped in the rescue and also got us a new waiter. Once we got our food, everything was delicious. I had the Seafood Trilogy and my husband had the Seared Scallops. Always enjoy Big Fish!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service1
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The services was the worst I have ever had at Big fish. We ordered drinks took a little time that was ok but then we ordered more drinks and they never came until our dinner was almost done. then we ordered coffee and tea with desert our coffee and tea came but we waited 20 mins. for desert which was cheesecake that was so uncalled for the server kept say it would be coming soon. Spoke to manager and told him we just wanted our check and leave and to cancel desert he said please I will take it off the bill we just wanted to goso he did wrap it up and we took it home

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service1
value3

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Big fish is a wonderful place to eat and meet friends. The menu is varied and delicious. The staff is always very attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

This was my second time eating here it was my request to go back this time and I was not disappointed it was just as good as the first time I ate there several years ago if you enjoy seafood this is a great place to go

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 1, 2017

I've been there plenty of times before and always had excellent service. For some reason our server was off that day. Hopefully, this was just a fluke.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service2
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I had a salad with Grilled salmon. My guest had crab cakes with vegetables. They were both prepared well and delicious. Service was a bit slow, but worth the wait.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had an enjoyable evening. Food was good, but service was just "ok," as waitress focused on larger tables. Best part was the amazing ice cream cake dessert. I highly recommend saving room.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.