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Laurea, Princeton, NJ

Laurea

4.1
4.1
27 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Laurea in Princeton, just outside the gates of the prestigious university, features exceptional food, an eclectic and fresh mix of spirits and wine, polishes service, and a market leading dining and lounge experience.
Laurea offers contemporary Italian cuisine, focusing on the tastes and techniques passed down for generations in Italian families the world over. The blending of traditional and contemporary are on full display for a unique and desirable selection of food and drink.
Laurea operates with the philosophy of selecting the freshest, local ingredients and treating them with the utmost respect and care. The spirit of the cuisine is rooted on simple, traditional Italian cuisine presented in an innovative way. We are committed to Laurea becoming the preferred dining choice for our hotel guests and residents of Princeton alike.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 734-4226

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Antonio Cardosa

  • Private party facilities

    3 private dining rooms available.

  • Private party contact

    Alan Cagle: (609) 734-4069

  • Neighborhood

    Princeton

  • Cross street

    Alexander Road and Route 1

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Entertainment

    Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club and Dinner show.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 27 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. DN

    DavidN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, excellent food. Great place for a Thanksgiving dinner.
  2. G

    Gabby

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Service is great! Ambience with some nice, food wasn’t that great.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My birthday dinner with my hubby
  4. AL

    ALVE

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This is a great spot for Pizza if you don't have access to a car and need to stay local in Princeton. The bar drink menu is also quite good.
  5. DO

    DaveO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent pomodoro and salmon plus the warm olives and Caesar salad were tasty 😋😋😋😋😋

    LaureaResponded on August 3, 2022Thank you for the amazing review, we work really hard to offer the best meal along with the best service. Laurea Restaurant

  6. MS

    MonaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I celebrated my son’s birthday at Laurea. The service was good, the place was tranquil as it was a weekday night, and it worked out in our favor! The food was excellent, and we all enjoyed the experience. We will go there again to enjoy the superb food.

    LaureaResponded on August 3, 2022Thank you very much for such a great review, We work hard to offer the best meal in the best possible ambience. So am happy to see that you had a memorable experience

  7. A

    Adri

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for Mother’s Day brunch and it was literally AMAZING : the food, the ambience, the music, the presentation of everything was just perfect !!. Thank you so much for making us feel so special 😊.

    LaureaResponded on August 3, 2022Thank you very much for such a great review, We work hard to offer the best meal in the best possible ambience. So am happy to see that you had a memorable experience

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience5
    These people called back after we paid, stated that I didn’t pay for my child. As stated in their Mothers Day Brunch menu, kids 5 and over are charged their regular Mother’s Day brunch fee. My child is 3. I explained this to the gentleman that called and he said you got charged 105.00 only. You should have been charged 205.00. I stated to him, first of all I was charged a total of 170.00 (that included gratuity) and second of all my child is only 3. He stated that we will figure it out on my end. Don’t really understand the call back, as i was celebrating with my Mother’s her day to be questioned in front of my family.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Mother’s Day brunch
  10. BR

    BobR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for Breakfast and highly recommend the buffet.
  11. a

    avinashd

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great discovery of a restaurant in a hotel. The food (warm olives for appetizer were outstanding; we had Ribeye Steak and Griggs Farm Chicken, both excellent), and the service was also great. Our server Rose deserves special commendation.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Teresa Cafe. It’s not just great food. It’s the people, who always make us feel special.
  13. FF

    FallenFromItsThrone

    New England

    72 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Minimal choices on menu Good but definitely nothing to right about.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely restaurant! The food was excellent and our waiting staff were fantastic. The only wish I had was that they notified me ahead of time that they shut down breakfast at 11 am. I would have moved our reservation to earlier so we wouldn’t be rushed. But in all fairness, I could have looked at their website to see their hours.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On April 21, 2022 we went for comedy night at “Catch A Rising Star” and made a reservation at the restaurant beforehand. The hostess was very professional and very pleasant. Our server Maria was wonderful and was attentive and catered to all our needs. The food was delicious and well prepared. I had the ribeye which was tender and juicy. My husband had the salmon which he enjoyed as well. Can’t wait to go back. Thank You, June & Mitch!
  16. AL

    ALVE

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Laurea is a solid spot for a quick bite while staying at the HYATT in Princeton. It offers standard italian fare and a broad wine list. It is a good place to have a business meal and offers space to conduct a business meeting without too much noise. The service staff is exceptional and go out of their way to provide excellent service.
  17. AB

    AlejandroB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was good but definitely needed a larger variety of entrees and salads.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easter Brunch & birthday
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Went for breakfast. 3 of us ordered off the menu and I had the buffet. First, there were only two servers in the entire place. Ours was working hard running around doing over 20 tables but there is only so much one person can do. Never had the time to come back and ask anything including coffee refill etc. Second, the food was underwhelming, the buffet was bad. Eggs were runny and there was one Bagle but no knife to cut it and no cream cheese left. The menu meals were not much better. Really was hoping for another breakfast spot but alas no. Won’t be going back to spend $150 on bad service (the guy was trying but basically alone) and poor food.

    LaureaResponded on March 29, 2022Thank you very much for taking the time and sharing your feedback about your breakfast experience. We are truly sorry for the experience you had during your time with us. Please rest assured that we value your comments and will thoroughly review the individual points in an effort to improve our services. We would certainly love for an opportunity to welcome you back in the future. If you like to discuss, please contact me directly at Heyaz.colabavala@hyatt.co

  20. ES

    ElizabethS

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tonight took us away. Our servers were excellent. Personable and so helpful with the menu. Enthusiastic about the food and so right! Everything was so delicious-the food and cocktails. Everything special. A random Tuesday night dinner was a special occasion due to great service, food and ambiance!
  21. PS

    PhilaSuburbsGuy

    Philadelphia

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant surprisingly as it’s off the highway at a Hyatt. But the hotel is nice and the restaurant is modern and cool. Everything we had was delicious. Great service too. No complaints.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Barely anyone there but we still never got water refills. And our waitress has a helper. No kids menu and my kids were up sold bacon y the waitress without us knowing it was extra. My salmon came with this giant piece of fennel which was an odd side. We did get a complimentary crab cake from the chef that was tasty. The bread was good. But the sodas were $4 each. It was convenient but overall meh. Very loud from the bar and atrium.
  23. EA

    EAV1

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall1food3service5ambience1
    We dined with friends at Laurea last evening. The newly-renovated Hyatt is beautiful but the restaurant is too noisy and too cold. We were all very uncomfortable and had to should across the table at each other - the only way we could communicate. I ordered a $28 glass of wine which was excellent but there just wasn't enough in the glass. For $28, they should have given more wine. To add insult to injury, I found the same wine (same year) on the internet today for $38 a bottle. What a horrific mark up. My husband ordered a martini for which he paid $26 and the martini was mediocre at best. He couldn't get olives with blue cheese; they didn't have them. All in all, the experience was very disappointing, not worth the money, uncomfortable and we will not return. There are too many other wonderful places in the Princeton area; this one just can't compete.
  24. MP

    MissP

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We dined at Laurea Restaurant prior to seeing Nicky Smigs at Comedy Central on Friday, January 14. The service from Jennifer was excellent and the manager made numerous stops at table during the course of the evening to check in on how we were doing. Overall they were both friendly and professional- they wanted our meal to be perfect and it was! We ordered the Short Ribs, Rigatoni Ragú and the Caesar Salad with Blackened Salmon. The management kindly brought us a beef Wellington tapas wrapped lightly in a puff pastry- gratis. it was delicious! The Burrata Cheese with Marinated Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Pickled Spring Peas + Aged Vincotto appetizer was delicious as was the olive tapenade. Jennifer and the chef went out of their way to meet our requests to omit the kale from the Caesar Salad and to blacken instead of just grilling the salmon. The salad was dressed with Parmesan Cheese and the White Anchovies gave it a perfect flavoring without being overpowering. The salmon while a bit well-done, was very good and the salad had just the right amount of romaine and dressing to make the dish perfect. The salad was also accompanied by an olive oil focaccia toast. The short ribs were also flavorful and the Rigatoni Ragú included fresh pasta and finished off with mascarpone cheese. In addition, we ordered two cocktails; a Pomegranate Martini and one of their specialty culinary cocktails; the Ginger Rose made with CÓdigo 1530 Rosa Tequila , Fiorente Elderflower, Domaine De Canton Ginger, Cucumber and Lime. (Fortunately they allowed us to order two more of these during the show to make our night complete!) Overall ambiance was open and airy yet cozy due to the overhead draperies that helped the acoustics from being too loud in such a large space. After only being open less than a few months, (~October 2021) Laurea proved to be a diamond in the rough but worth the price for a nice evening out. GO! You won’t be let down! 4-1/2 Stars!
  25. j

    jenniferb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Exceeded expectations on every level. I can’t wait to go back.
  26. JG

    JillG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food and Service excellent. The only problem was at checkout when they put another tables bill on our credit card. We called the matre'de and the problem was corrected. Waiting for the wrong charge to be removed from our credit card.
  27. GM

    GraceM

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a hidden gem! The food was over the top delicious - Italian - with seasonal specialties like the fried squash blossom filled with ricotta. The breads were a trio of artisanal options with the chef's homemade garlic knots being the table's hands down favorite. I was with a large group of about 8 and we were all very pleased. The restaurant was just newly opened in the beautiful Hyatt Princeton. Easy to park and walk right in. Fantastic! I can't wait to go again!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Laurea offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 734-4226.

Laurea is rated 4.1 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Laurea

102 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ 08540-6200

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Alexander Road and Route 1

  • Neighborhood

    Princeton

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Antonio Cardosa

  • Entertainment

    Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club and Dinner show.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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