The Peacock Inn

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The Peacock Inn, an iconic Princeton landmark under new ownership, is the only boutique hotel and fine dining restaurant in the heart of downtown Princeton and just walking distance to Princeton University. The fine dining restaurant has an extensive, well-curated wine list and a sparkling champagne bar that received a Zagat rating of 26 for food, ambiance and service, and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence three years in a row. New menus feature fresh, seasonal ingredients including locally-farmed produce and aquaculture. The Peacock Inn Restaurant is open 7 days a week serving Dinner starting at 4:00 pm and daily Afternoon Tea seating's from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm by reservation only. The Peacock Inn offers a lite lunch on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and a full A-La-Carte Brunch Friday thru Sunday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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KH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great inn!! We came here for an overnight to enjoy the art museum at Princeton University and the cute town that is across the street. Our accommodations were top shelf with A super comfortable bed heated floors in the bathroom and a shower with multiple jets and overhead rain water faucet. Our room had a stocked bar and also an area of snacks plus freshwater waiting for us and wine bottles. The service and staff were excellent.

R
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place!!! Been wanting to go there for years and was not disappointed!!
Service was excellent.

LB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful dining experience. Lovely atmosphere. Such a pretty place. Service was wonderul... very attentive

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Peacock Inn falls into the category of phenomenal dining experiences. Every time I visit, I am impressed at the level of service and the cuisine. I would highly recommend the Peacock Inn to anyone who is looking for an above ordinary dining experience - you will not be disappointed

VP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely and delicious dinner in a beautiful space.

AF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food quality is not as good as the first I went in 2017.

RK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening for the six of us. First time there, service was exceptional from valet to host to our waiter service. Snail appetizer along with the mid course of pappardelle were delicious. My entre of head on prawns was done to perfection. Excellent wine list along with some very good seasonal cocktails. Can't wait to go back !!!

KB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were six people for my husband's birthday. We were ushered downstairs to a dark room with two other large tables, definitely not as nice as upstairs. The servers were nice but not on top of things and one was new and did not know anything about the menu. We had to ask after 15-20 minutes for bread. Not acceptable for this place. The food was just ok. The grilled octopus was grilled cuttlefish and not good. We had said birthday openly several times and I had mentioned it in my reservation. They did not bring the dessert with a candle in it. We all traveled an hour to get there and was very disappointed.

BL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience3

I rated it poor overall because of the way we were treated by the host when we checked in with our Open Table reservation. We arrived early for a 5:45 reservation and were told that they were booked for the night, drawing a puzzled look from the hostess. We were dressed well and in the neighborhood when I decided to splurge a bit to celebrate my wife's retirement, just leaving an office reception in her honor. The host explained that Open Table was wrong, but I recall that numerous time slots were available for the night. We were shown to a table in the bar. Bartender Chris was very gracious and the serving staff was excellent. We mentioned the front desk mix-up and the manager explained that the host was confused with reservations for Saturday night. A free dessert hardly compensates for the disappointment on an occasion like that when you drop $200 on dinner in the bar. On the way out, the dining room was nearly empty and the host pretended to look busy and ignored us. We didn't get a word of apology from him nor any attempt to seat us in the dining room when he realized his mistake. We had not been there for 15 years and it's unlikely we'll be there anytime soon.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, they treat their customers well

DR
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. Wines and etc by the glass were a bit on the expensive side. Parking is difficult at lunch time.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall the experience was good. However this was first time since it has reopened and the food was not as memorable as past dining experiences.

d
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This was my first time back in several years and I honestly walked away a bit disappointed. I was there twice years ago and I recall those experiences being one of my best dining experiences ever. The place is beautiful and very elegant. My wife and I just thought the food was ok. Nothing blew us away and that's how it used to be. I got the grilled baby octopus, pappardelle, and NY strip. My wife got soup, ravioli and the half chicken. The pappardelle and ravioli were very good. The octopus and soup were ok, nothing to rave about. My strip was good but there were two issues, it was barely warm and they put some sort of shredded slaw which was very cold. I don't understand why you would put a cold item on a hot steak and there was a brown sauce which was too salty. My wife's chicken was extremely juicy but hers was lacking salt. There was no flavor except for a floral taste which wasn't great. The portions were generous so I'm not sure what other reviewers are referring to. Maybe they didn't do dinner but the portions were fair. One another note and it has no impact on my opinion of the food but they didn't recignize our anniversary. The only person who said something was the hostess and that was it. Never acknowledged by anyone during dinner. Service was pretty good.

a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Quiet

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grover and Chris were great!

w
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, very good and sensibly-priced wine list. Leftovers packaged and waiting at the desk for pick-up after the meal - check tag provided.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We celebrated a birthday here with my husband and his parents. The dining room was very elegant and wasn't too loud (good for older people with hearing aids), but we sat with menus for over 30 minutes before our waitress took our drink order. If it wasn't for the excessive waiting at the onset, I'd give this restaurant a higher rating. The food and wine were all excellent. The menu was abundant with gluten free options and clearly labeled, which was great for me (but no GF bread or crackers were offered with the delicious spreads and charcuterie that came with the bread basket). We had a wonderful time overall and I would definitely come back when the occasion was right.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Peacock Inn remains one of the hidden gems of Princeton. The food was outstanding. The menu and wine selection is nuanced. The service was excellent, and the atmosphere is difficult to top for an intimate evening.

BW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

PP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, attentive staff; great cocktails; creative menu.
I had the mushroom omelet and it exceeded my expectations. The meal could not have been more delicious.

LC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went to brunch. Very disappointed in the portion sizes. We were 4. One person ordered the crepes and they were tiny, not even real fruit to go on top. Another ordered the pasta bolognese. There was literally couple of spoonfuls of pasta in the bowl, it was ridiculous. The food itself tasted fine, but for the price, the portions were miniscule. It's lovely inside so it's a shame. I really wanted to love this place. Won't be back anytime soon.

b
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there to celebrate my boyfriends birthday and it was a wonderful warm, rich, elegant experience. We left pleased, full and would come again.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely dinner.

BF
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed every bite of the food: the wine was also out of the world. Service was very good too. I enjoyed non-pretentious but upscale environment with delicious food.

KA
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A wonderful place to enjoy quality service, beautiful atmosphere and interesting and tasteful food.
Princeton chic

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time we have been back here since it was renovated and reopened. We went for my son's birthday and my anniversary. It was a very enjoyable dinner. The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. It is quite expensive but was perfect for our celebratory occasion.

C
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, formal dining. Very quiet, would recommend for breakfast/brunch. Get the continental breads basket - wonderful! Very attentive high level of service. Great special occasion place.

JK
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect way to end a great day! Everything was perfect from the delightful plantings in the front yard to the server, the wine and the food was excellent. We felt very welcome and unhurried. Thanks

k
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Pretty atmosphere good food smaller lunch portions

JG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. Lou, our server, was knowledgable and efficient. Very quiet which made it very easy to have a conversation. I had great of duck which was done perfectly. My business associate had scallops and he was very pleased. The appetizers (Soup/Caesar salad ) were both excellent. We shared the cheese plate for desert and the three selections (France, Spain and Italy) were very good. My only hesitation is that the food was a bit overpriced as was the wine.

BG
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience in a quiet, elegant atmosphere with creative food.

SB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and Grovet was excellent!

c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

First time there for my sister’s birthday. My brother-in-law and I had the filet, good portion, outstanding flavor and presentation. My husband ordered the duck and his portion was so small, 3 little slices, that he actually ate a snack when we got home. Beautiful restaurant, terrific staff but fell short on entree portion.

CS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Haven't been in years. We took my mother for brunch for her birthday. Food was very good. The waiter was fabulous. I will most certainly go back.

D
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good local experience

EC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are top notch!! Definitely will be returning multiple times in the near future!

C
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience: delicious food, elegant decor, relaxing environment, and wonderful service! Best restaurant in the Princeton area!

JC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food portions were less than expected especially for the price

LK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Peacock Inn is what I would consider a special occasion restaurant. The drinks and food are exceptional but a bit pricey. The tea service is also exceptional. I can't recommend it highly enough if price is no object.

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