About Tre Piani & Tre Bar

Tre Piani is a four star Italian-Mediterranean Restaurant that offers much more than expected. We specialize in using local ingredients in a European style. Fresh local produce, seafood, meats and cheeses all find their way onto the menu and daily additions. An award winning wine list and impeccable service compliments the experience. The vast space covers three floors and a huge outdoor patio. Tre Piani is open for lunch Monday-Friday and Dinner Monday through Saturday. Tre Piani is the perfect venue for all of your special occasions and parties. 609-452-1515 www.trepiani.com

120 Rockingham Row
Princeton, NJ 08540
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch : Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday 4-9

Cross Street:
College Road West

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 452-1515

Website:
http://www.trepiani.com/

Entertainment:
Tre Bar adjacent to Tre Piani offers bi weekly DJ Dance parties on Friday Evenings.

Catering:
Tre Catering offers a range of catering options on or off premise. We specialize in high end events and receptions as well as all corporate catering in the area.

Parking Details:
Plenty of FREE parking surrounds the facility

Public Transit:
The 600 bus stops throughout the day and evening

Executive Chef:
James Weaver

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Tre Piani & Tre Bar Ratings and Reviews

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3.4

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3.4

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56% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Romantic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
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·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I had CONFIRMED reservations for Friday, January 12 @ 6PM for a special occasion. We arrived several minutes before reservation time. But when we showed up, Tre Piani was CLOSED!! Lights out---door locked! What a huge disappointment!! We were in shock! What kind of nonsense is that?

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

They were closed. They sent me numerous reminders of my reservation and when I got there there was a note on the door that they were closed. No explanation. I was meeting an out of town client We each had ubered there and had to find another uber and another place. Very embarrassing

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·Dined 5 days ago

A business reservation was made at Tre Piani and when we showed up, the restaurant was closed!!! I called several times prior to our team showing up for lunch and no one answered. There was no message saying they were closed. It was a very bad experience for our team.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

I made a dinner reservation here to meet with my sister who was visiting from out of town (Maryland). We drove over an hour from northern NJ to have dinner at Tre Piani. However, upon arrival the restaurant was closed with only a handwritten note on the door with no further explanation as to why they were closed.

We also made a reservation earlier in the week which was canceled by the restaurant due to the snow & ice, however, we were notified via email and received a voicemail indicating that the restaurant was closing early due to the weather conditions (which is completely understandable as the roads were very icy that day).

However, when I made the second reservation, I did not receive a call nor a cancellation email as I did previously. I am very frustrated and disappointed that we were not notified in advance and had to make a 2+ hour round trip for nothing. I reached out to the restaurant and still have not received a response. We were really looking forward to having dinner here (hence why we made two reservations) and were left very frustrated and disappointing due to the lack of communication and without any followup explanation.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was awful. Over cooked, dry & no flavor. Very disappointing. Service was good, but the food was below par

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We both chose a special of lobster tail, shrimp, clams in a garlic white wine sauce over angel hair pasta. The meal was absolutely delicious and we both ate every morsel. Good service! A nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc...a lovely evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Where to begin. My wife and I have gone here several years in a row for New Year's hand the waitress for our table was outstanding the maitre d was himself fairly friendly the food portions were excellent if a bit small.

However there were a few concerns. Firstly the large dining space was not properly heated so with sub-zero temperatures we ate in a 45 or 50 degree environment. Then of course there was the staff while I will again say that our immediate wait staff was excellent the secondary staff was not.

Nothing of course beats the Dinner Show which consisted of a couple of Russian waitstaff berating some Junior wait staff well sitting next to the only space heaters in the establishment. The same woman who was happy to berate their staff was perfectly happy to lay into me while placing a reservation confirmation.

We also got to see the same woman almost maliciously ignore three other guest, most notably an elderly woman who was alone on New Year's Eve who could have just simply have been offered warm tea.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went here for New Years Eve. Should have listened to the reviews!! When we got there, we waited a good 10 minutes for the hosts to decided where to seat us. The waiter was good and attentive. The food was bad, ordered a Caesar salad and there was way to much dressing on it. Then for dinner I order the arugula, mozzarella, and lemon sauce pizza. The pizza was so lemony that’s all you tasted. The bottom of the pizza was soggy and gross. The top of the pizza had what it seemed to be a whole bag of arugula. Would not go back! Terrible experience!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. Penni was great. Risotto and clams were great. Great service. Had a great time!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Absolutely delicious food and a great option for lunch as multiple options on the menu came as a full or half portion.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

We had a reservation for a business lunch and were seated immediately. We ordered within 10 minutes of being seated but had to wait over 45 minutes for our meals to arrive. The food was good but not amazing, and certainly not worth the wait. My salad was good but the greens were wilted (not intentionally so); the chicken was fine but a bit overdone/tough. My colleagues' meals similarly seemed okay but not worth the long wait.

On the plus side, it was a nice setting for a business lunch in that parking was easy. There was a nice sized crowd in the restaurant but it was not noisy.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Caesar salad was loaded with garlic.....
Linguine & clams very salty

Pizza and chicken dishes were delicious!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We went with a good size group of friends and have been here many times in the past so we were quite confident that we were were in for a good evening. However we were very disappointed as the quality of the food had fallen down rather badly. Calamari was overcooked and the lasagna was terrible (embarrassingly bad for an Italian restaurant - burning the lasagna!).
Service was very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Absolutely horrible.
We came in at 530pm on a Thursday night and left 2 hours later and were the only customers in the entire place.
When this place first opened I came here frequently and it was fabulous.
Haven’t been here in over a year and it’s clear that it must be ready to shut its doors forever.
Our waiter was drunk.

Stay away.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Both of our meals were fantastic. Waiting to try more of chef jimmy's menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our waiter was personable and polite. Loved the entire everning

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fun, Casual, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Sports, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Late-night Find
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Not as good as was in the past. Seafood dish I ordered had broken clam shell pieces. Service was average.

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

We dined at 5 pm and we were the only ones there. The service was extremely slow and the server wasn't very attentive. We eventually had to call him over to find out where our entrees were since others, who came in much later than we did, were served and ours were nowhere to be found. We were told they had a large party to get out. Then why were other diners served before us? I had the pignoli crusted scallops and the nuts were charred which gave a bitter taste to the dish. Not a great experience, and certainly not for the prices that were charged.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

A wonderful Double Birthday Celebration !!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Nice staff however service ruined a good meal. I have gone for years & last two times were disappointing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

For this to be an Italian restaurant, it was nothing special. Service was dreadful. From being ignored for a period of time, to no follow up once food came, to not receiving drinks ordered but being charged for them (but I had it corrected). The restaurant was not crowded so not sure what could justify the dreadful service.

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

Perfect place for a Friday night date with my wife. Starting with the appetizer, the entire meal was delicious, the service was great, the wine tasty, the entire evening was better then we expected. We would definitely go back, and highly recomment this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Solid restaurant. Good value!. I wouldn't say it was exceptional, but worth a visit.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My white cloth napkin had a dime-size hole in it with encrusted food particles hanging from it.
The silverware contained in this napkin was spotty and water stained.
The ceramic bread plate had a black ring around the edge. The black substance came off in my hand as I picked up the dish.
I pointed these items out to the waitress. She apologized and came back with new items.
The bowl containing risotto had a large chip in the lip. I also told the waitress about this but decided to still eat from this dish.
I was still charged regular price, no discount or comp was offered and no one from Management even spoke to us about our concerns. Very disappointed.
Not a great way to spend an anniversary meal!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food was good. It was the bartenders first night so it took a very long time to get drinks and that meant that our waiter had to help her which impacted his attention to us and others. Also the dessert was not good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great Italian food. Good place for a date. Nice area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had a nice meal. The menu and the wine list met our expectations, which are fairly high. Our service was not up to my prior experience but other tables seemed to fare far better. As always, the food was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

They need to get a new chef, one who knows how to cook and how to insist on starting with good quality food. The best food (we were a table of 4 - all with different meals) was the wine. Service needs more instruction -- asked for lemon for our water and it was brought to our table on a paper napkin.
We came for the food and it did not measure up. Our waitress was good, sorry that she and the wine were the only good parts.
A personal note -- Why the TV staring you in the face? Please, this was not supposed to be a sports bar! Can't we have a meal without TV? We do still know how to talk to each other. A bar doesn't have to be a TV bar.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We dined at Tre Piani again last nite. Friday night at 8 and the place was 80% empty. How can this be? The decor is absolutely beautiful, the staff friendly and ample parking.
We ordered the meatballs as an appetizer, the waiter told us they burned them and had to re-cook them.... within a minute the meatballs were served... Yes they sent out the burned meatballs!!!!!! I purposely stabbed one with my fork before I called over the hostess to show her how burned they were. She agreed and took them back to the kitchen. Within 2-3 minutes the meatballs were returned to the table under a layer of tomato sauce and sprinkled with not really melted mozzarella cheese. Upon scraping off the sauce and cheese there it was....THE SAME BURNED MEATBALL I HAD STABBED WITH MY FORK.... IN A WEAK ATTEMPT TO DISGUISE THE BURNED FOOD. SUPER LOW CLASS MOVE.

Not to mention on a Friday nite they were out of
-Titos vodka
-tomato juice
-pork osso bucco
and those are only the things we know of.
The seafood grill only had 1 shrimp and the tuna and salmon were so either old or overcooked that my wife could not tell which was which.
Being as they were out of the pork I got the filet mignon which was perfect. Zero complaints about my meal.
Unfortunately I think the death knell rings for Tre Piani.... I wish we didn't go last night and spoil the good memories of our first visit. as they were out of the pork I got the filet mignon which was perfect. Zero complaints about my meal.
Unfortunately I think the death knell rings for .. I wish we didn't go last night and spoil the good memories of our first visit.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great service by Jessica on this rainy night...dashed hopes of eating outside. The bread basket is very nice. We shared a special appetizer of zucchini blossoms, one of my favorite dishes. This plate didn't disappoint! Dinners were a special of salmon over a corn risotto and chicken Milanese. Both portions were generous and quite tasty. All washed down with a bottle of Oberon Sauvignon Blanc.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Our group of (11) had a good time at Tre Piani. I made the reservation about a month in advance for a Monday evening business dinner using Open Table and re-confirmed via phone with the restaurant one week prior. I received a reminder email about our reservation a couple of days in advance, as well as a call from the restaurant the day-of requesting a reservation confirmation and headcount. When we arrived, we were greeted by the hostess and our server for the evening, Josh. Josh was professional and handled our group with great service. However, it appeared that Josh was the only server and possibly the only bartender working. Realizing that this was a Monday night and less busy, I understand only staffing one server, but there should have at least been a bartender helping out with drink orders. The service was a bit slow, but that's only because Josh was hustling to get 11 orders ready. Once we ordered our food, it came out quickly and hot and it was delicious. I gave 4 out of 5 stars on everything except the service because our group did have to wait awhile for drinks, dessert and the bill, but understandably when only one person is doing it all. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to others for business dinners and we'll plan to be back again.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Lovely ambience. The arugula salad was very light and refreshing. Tuna steak was great. Everyone at the table enjoyed their meal. My friend thought the pistachio crusted scallops were amazing. Penne with filet was not up to other dishes. Nice desert selection.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

If you go on a Groupon they automatically give themselves 20 percent. It doesn't say on any small print and the waiter did not mention it. Food was just ok. Also booked threw open table and got no points.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The food was delicious and it was a perfect spot to chat and catch up with friends.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine here...unfortunately weather didn't cooperate for outdoor eating. We shared the meatballs to start. Dinners were a swordfish special and crispy spaghetti, which used to be one the menu. The new version is different from the past if you are a fan, but it was tasty in a different way. We washed it all down with an excellent Sauvignon blanc from chile. A very nice evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Excellent swordfish special with jersey corn salsa and tomato risotto!!
Highly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I think the restaurant has good ambience. But, Very disappointed at the quality of the food and how they were prepared. The pizza had no salt and it's hard to imagine it's intended to be bland with no saltines for a pizza. All the food came out lukewarm so the seafood tasted fishy. Four of us spent more than $120 for lunch and the food didn't sit well in our stomachs afterwards either. I would not go back again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Absolutely awful experience. My wife came to visit the restaurant for happy hour followed by dinner reservations. We informed the bartender and asked for the bill and he very aggressively and in appropriately told me wife that she can't bring the rest of her drink with her to dinner about 25 feet from the bar. I then just paid the bartender and advised him to take it easy, so that it doesn't escalate. The manager barely spoke English and was very unprofessional. Our waiter advised that she wears many hats and is quite the witch with a B on it. After we were seated it took so long for them to even get me a glass of wine so we left without notice and will never return. We went to an amazing steakhouse and had a wonderful evening. Tre piani has lost its touch that it since had, I actually hosted many company holiday parties there, but we will be taking our business elsewhere.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Jessica rocked the recommendations! Tuna Tartare and Sea Scallops were both to the moon!
The scallops were late coming from the kitchen, Jessica KEPT ME INFORMED as to why, and made it up to me.
Excellent! I'll be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We were concerned when reading reviews, but we had a nice meal last night. The only issue was our $15 salad was tiny, barely worth $5 and very salty. The tuna was excellent and plentiful but my husband's scallop dish was on the small side (4 scallops) with too much oil around them.

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