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Laurea, Princeton, NJ

Laurea

4.1
4.1
59 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

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (609) 734-4226
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Antonio Cardosa
  • Private party facilities
    2 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 59 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 recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Good for groups

59 Reviews
  1. TracyB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great and service attentive! Really great after a long day in a meeting at the Hyatt. Also nice accommodation of gluten allergies.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I wouldn’t book a brunch there again. They didn’t have a bartender and wouldn’t make mimosas or any drinks including mocktails.

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  3. Steven

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent Italian food in a hotel environment. Pleasant staff. Moderately high prices. I found it one of the better Italian restaurants in the Princeton area. The only one I like as much is Mercato in Kingston.

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  4. ClemCogs

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service and food at Laurea was incredible. The summer menu is outstanding. I have had many watermelon and feta salads, and this one is hands down the best. Cynthia was our server, and she was so nice, had incredible recommendations and made us feel so welcome! Highly recommend.

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  5. eBrooklyn02

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We had a lovely time, it was quiet on a Saturday evening. Food was good and fresh, the wait staff was way too attentive while we were trying to have conversation and enjoy our time. Appreciate an attentive staff member checking but it must have been over 10 times.

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  6. RonaldM

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Good was almost inedible other than the deep fried calamari

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    We went there on a Saturday night, it wasn’t busy at all. Drinks were just ok and pizza was soggy. Crab cake was good. My favorite dish was tuna tartar and pasta bolognese.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, excellent service and beautiful restaurant!

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  9. BethH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely place to enjoy a bite to eat. Reservation system is easy to use. Was late getting there due to a family event and added one person to the reservation. Very accommodating. Food is excellent! Will be back again next time I visit Princeton.

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  10. PageL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Fun for a graduation weekend dinner with a party of 11. Service was a bit slow, but the food was good and everyone had a nice time. I did not feel like we were in the middle of a hotel!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    There were so many people that waited on us. Everyone was very attentive and nice. My husbands prime rib was excellent and my chicken was good but not excellent. The Laurea is the most beautiful restaurant ever! We had out small wedding dinner there last year so it was nice to be back!

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  12. Luckyladyd

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love this restaurant! We have been there several times now, and find the food outstanding. The sea bass I had this week was spectacular. I've had sea bass at probably 20+ restaurants, as it's one of my favorite meals. The sea bass at Laurea was crispy on the outside an so tender and moist on the inside. I've had sea bass that had crispy skin, but this was without skin and the flesh was crispy and out of this world. My dining partner had the mixed seafood dish and said it was some of the best he's had - and he's not easy. Laurea is inside the Hyatt Regency on Route One near Princeton. The Laurea dining room has never been crowded or noisy when we are there. Even though there was a wedding going on at the hotel, we were insulated from all the commotion once inside the eatery. I love Hyatts anyway, (and getting extra points for dining there is great), but I would go there any time I get the chance, even if it was a no-name place. Great prices, too. Ask for the "secret" wine list, which offers bottles of off-menu wines at half price. Good service, nice venue, and I'm embarrassed that we have been ignoring this gem in our own back yard for years.

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  13. AdamC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For a hotel restaurant, it had excellent service and excellent food! I prefer a standalone restaurant, but was still a very nice experience.

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  14. Sonai

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Catching up with friends on a Monday! Good food, cozy & personal ambience in the center of the Hyatt hotel!! Great food and great service! Second visit in less than a month!

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  15. AlandSusan

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and prepared perfectly. Brahe salmon was amazing.

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  16. familyfoodie

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service both exceeded our expectations, especially for a restaurant in a hotel. When we first arrived, I was concerned that the restaurant would be very noisy due to the layout and events going on at the hotel but I was pleasantly surprised that our table was quiet enough to allow good conversation, even with my 80 year old mom who has hearing issues. The food was delicious and beautifully presented and the service was friendly and attentive.

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  17. LauraL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The vegan options listed on the menu are not actually vegan. In this day and age, to mark certain items as vegan that have cow’s milk cheese on them seems misleading. A few items can be adjusted to accommodate vegans, but the menu markings are not accurate.

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  18. MargaretK

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent brunch..however the menu made it seem like brunch offerings to be followed by a dinner selection—- a bit confusing!

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  19. TracyG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Our waitress Rose was so sweet and really made our night. The food was exceptional. Highly impressed!!

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  20. BethP

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Waitress was good. She was very busy with a large table. Dehydrated tomatoes and crostini on our salad was impossible to eat. Polenta was chunky, gnocchi was gummy and thick. Two of us did not enjoy our meals at all. The other person enjoyed their filet mignon.

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  21. DianeM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was top notch! Friendly and efficient wait staff. Delicious food. A really great place for Italian food! Would definitely go again to try the pizza. They looked delicious.

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  22. DTOTHEK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Great friendly service in the Hyatt beautiful setting. Food was disappointing. Open faced meatball sandwich was served with a bread that was past its life. As hard as a rock. The salads were ok and very good burger. Nice cocktails. But inedible bread for an entree made the food less than good overall. You would never see this at places you love and would go back to.

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  23. Chris

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Erin was excellent! Very good service and friendly.

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  24. ALVE

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good place to have a quick bite and drink and maybe watch the game while on solo business travel. The food is on par with other restaurants in the area and allow you to not have to leave the hotel. Especially important if you do not have a car. Service was excellent.

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  25. BrianP

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food! Cool atmosphere. Friendly service but staff was definitely short handed. A few botched drink orders but not a deal killer. We left our hotel to eat at this hotel restaurant and it was a pleasant surprise.

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  26. clboop

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, comfortable seating, excellent food and wonderful staff!!!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pretty good

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  28. Nick

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and even better service. A lot of attention to detail and very flexible.

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  29. LisandroCastano

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great value for price, not very cozy. Food was great as well as service!

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  30. grannycarole

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was terrific. The duck was outstanding. The lobster bisque was a little salty. Overall, this is a wonderful restaurant. Great ambiance. And our grandchild enjoyed looking at the koi fish in the pond.

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  31. FrankG

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    I was very disappointed. Our server was very pleasant but that is all that I can say that is positive. Restaurant bills out as Italian with no more than two entrees representative of Italian food on the menu. With tip spent *$80.00 on two glasses of wine and two hamburgers. Additionally, the restaurant is smack in the middle of the hotel. Unless you are staying at the hotel and are on the go, I would skip this place. There are so many better places in and around the Princeton area to pick from. Will not be going again.

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  32. JenH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    There was literally no one else dining for approximately 40 minutes into our dinner service. The restaurant was pretty much empty. The food selection was limited. However, they were able to offer my daughter carrots instead of spinach and asparagus as sides. The chef cooked her carrots even though it was not on the menu. Her filet took longer to cook than everyone’s meals, therefore her food came out 10-13 minutes after we all started eating. So I ended up feeding her from my plate. The tiramisu was frozen as I got midway into eating it. Overall, for last minute dinner reservations they served their purpose.

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  33. DavidN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

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

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  34. Gabby

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

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

    1 person found this helpful

  35. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My birthday dinner with my hubby

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  36. ALVE

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 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.

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  37. 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, 2022

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

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  38. 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, 2022

    Thank 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

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  39. 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, 2022

    Thank 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

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  40. 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.

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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 59 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

Order delivery or takeout

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 Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 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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