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Yankee Doodle Tap Room

4.1
104 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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The legendary Yankee Doodle Tap Room has a long standing tradition as Princeton's destination for gastropub dining. Featuring an American grill menu and recognized as the central meeting place, there are over 22 world beers on tap and a variety of wines and specialty drinks. Seasonal seating is available in front of a cozy fire place or alfresco style on our patio in the heart of Palmer Square. Six large HDTVs broadcast sporting events year round.

Named after the mural painted by Norman Rockwell, which resides behind bar, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room's historic charm includes the carvings of past guests in the solid oak tabletops, and the famous photo gallery of notable Princeton University graduates from the past century.

There's always something happening from beer tastings to live music please check our website for the most up to date event announcements!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Daily: 7:00am - 11:30am;
Brunch:
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch:
Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm;
Dinner:
Daily: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(609) 688-2600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dontea Johnson
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Private party facilities
The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is located inside the Historic Nassau Inn Hotel. The hotel offers 13 private banquet rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. All spaces feature natural light and most have built in AV equipment. To book your private events for 2-200 people please call the sales department 609-921-7500.
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Catering
Whether you are conducting a business meeting or planning your wedding, our catering packages are sure to please. Our experienced sales team will help you plan the perfect event down to the last detail. If you don't see something you like, let us know! We can customize any package.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Nassau Street
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Parking details
There are metered parking spots available or two parking garages; Chambers Street and Hulfish Street.
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Entertainment
Enjoy live music on our patio select nights throughout the summer. If it's not a music night there is always something happening in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room check our event calendar for up to date details on craft beer tastings and other special events.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 104 People Are Saying
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3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.7
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We always like coming here - great energy, great food and service is good. However, the one thing that is always consistent, let it be a 5pm evening drop-in or a busy Saturday night, there is always at least a 45 min wait for food. The kitchen seems unable to cope weather it's a quiet night or a busy night, which is a shame. We've realized we need to come ready to wait quite a while for our food. Food is lovely though!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We had burgers and drinks. The burgers came out exactly as ordered (medium/well and medium) and the fries were crispy and delicious. Our waiter was not exactly attentive or particularly friendly, but she was adequate. Definitely want to go again; we'll sit at the bar, if we can.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Such a cool place. Lots of history.
Great service and Princeton location.

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1.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Our vegetarian daughter was delighted with very original spaghetti squash curry with roasted chick peas. Wide selection of interesting beers. Food was reasonably priced and service meme was excellent.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food was delicious. Great atmosphere...especially around the bar. A lot of history.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Its a neat place with a cool history. Food was pretty good - dessert was delicious. Service was super slow and the place wasn't that busy.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was very slow, food just so so. My husband ordered a beer and it took 12-15 minutes to arrive at the table. Food also very slow arriving.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Had a great time, service could have been a little bit more attentive but otherwise the food was great! Will be back.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Did not enjoy our dinner. The food was not good and that is the main reason for me not returning. The beer my husband ordered wasn't even available, and the bar had no mint so my girlfriend couldn't get the beverage she wanted. It s a college hangout for some nachos and beers and thats about it... the burger wasn't even good, what a disappointment.

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

I went to breakfast here on Saturday and it was terrible. It took forever for a server to come over to us. We gave a drink order to one server and then another one came over and asked again. We literally waited around 15-20 mins for a bottle of champagne, orange juice and water. When it finally came out, it was the wrong champagne. We sent it back and had to wait another 10 mins. By this time, our food came out. It was average at best. There were about 5 other tables in the whole restaurant at the time we were there. I would hate to see how it would be if it were crowded.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Waited a long time for our food, but it was good when it arrived. It’s good all American bar food.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Birthday celebration! We had a great time with great food and great service! Will definitely come back again.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent menu options and service before we even sat down. The restaurant graciously accommodated two more guests added to the reservation with short notice. Several delicious gluten free options! Our server instilled great confidence in how food is prepared with her knowledge of the menu, kitchen procedures and choices. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Enjoyed a seasonal get-together with families in a nice, "gezellig" setting.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Our office staff chose this location because it was convenient to a Trolley Tour we were taking - we allotted one and 1/2 hours for lunch. The table was ready, the waitress attentive, the food and drink were fabulous! This was just the place to be on a chilly Dec afternoon - fireplace roaring and the rustic atmosphere just right! Everyone said that this was a new "let's go " place for them in the future! Great job!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

There were 14 of us (mostly retired men) for lunch. Service was outstanding, especially considering the size of our group! Staff was cordial. Good selection of sandwiches, burgers and salads to choose from. Meals were tasty, reasonably priced ,and atmosphere was very pub-like.

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2017

After reading reviews I was a bit concerned about the restaurant. When we arrived at noon, the place was empty which was unusual for the holiday season. We had the hamburger and French Dip. Both were fine. Service was very good. It's not a place I would rave about, but it met our needs that day.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Good service, and accommodated the large group we had. Good place to meet before heading to a show or some other activity in Princeton.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Holiday get together

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2017

We met friends here last Saturday night. We had a reservation so we were sat immediately! Table and benches were tightly squeezed together -- not much room for average to large people. Our waiter was new. When asked which salad he recommended he said he didn't like beets so don't get the one with beets! We had a few appetizers -- cocktail meatballs - average; calamari - less than average (there were more peppers than actual calamari). Meals were okay. Waiter came by a few times but not enough to refill drinks. Overall - average place; would not go back any time soon.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Breakfast was very good and our server was very attentive. Sorry we didn't take his name.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

The menu was good, but we needed the fastest service possible since we were late for another engagement. We were very please for the waiter was very obliging.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

always enjoy dining at the restaurant around the holidays.
the food is very good. It has become a tradition to dine in Princeton around that time
of year.

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3.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Go for the Norman Rockwell mural. everything else, nothing special

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Went to Yankee Tap room before a Providence hockey game. Good pub food and great beer selection. Service was good and everyone seemed to like their food. Was a group of 10 and it was not a problem. Didn't like that they would take a reservation over the phone.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Ambience very charming. Food OK. Service indifferent.

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2.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Wish they could improve the service.

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2.0Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was very slow (I think they foregot us). The food was cold. Enough said.

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Breakfast was just okay. The server was super stressed and borderline rude. She announced she was ill & had too many tables. Omelets were dry. Fruit sub for potatoes was excellent. The Huevos Rancheros wrap was alright.

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3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

It was "OK". Really a shame given the great location. Good atmosphere, too. The waitress was good. The menu was "OK" and the food was "OK". Giant missed opportunity for the owners.

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3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

A great vibe in an historic location. Centrally located and convenient; good for families

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3.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Overall ok. Good atmosphere good food but poor service. Waited almost 20 minutes and no one came to table. I had to ask hostess. Well over an hour to get food.

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2.0Dined on October 28, 2017

I had high hopes for this place, as we'd never been there before. The patio is very pretty and it was a beautiful day. The waiter seemed to be a bit off, but the others seemed on top of things, so it might just have been ours. However, the meal was not even close to being okay. We didn't send it back though, since it took forever to get to us. We both had the duck breast sandwich, but there was hardly any meat on it. There was however a LOT of fat. It was gross, so we basically had bread and coleslaw. Perhaps the other food there was okay and we missed out, but both of our sandwiches we terrible. If the chef would sent out basically 2 duck lard sandwiches I'm not so sure he/she would send out better items off the menu. I'd go for drinks on the patio, but I'd not order food again there.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Service was good, the food was good however it arrived at the table cold. Portion sizes were small and the prices were high. The atmosphere was nice and they had a pretty good beer selection.

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3.0Dined on September 26, 2017

All of the employees working that night seemed to want to be anywhere but there. The food also took over an hour to get to the table and we all ordered either burgers or a salad. The food tasted really good and the truffle fries were to die for, but the service overshadowed the taste of the food.

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2017

The restaurant was great as always. Had a problem with the Open Table app that insisted on making a reservation for 2. I tried to change it to 3 with no luck.

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3.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Visited because of wonderful recommendation. Food was all good. High expectations but service was so slow, it colored the meal. So
disappointing,. Maybe a kitchen problem?

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food and service before McCarter Theater curtain. Good value for the money.

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2017

This is the first time I've ever written a review, but the service here was so bad that I felt the need to advise other diners. We sat on the patio and didn't see our waiter for 15 minutes. The patio wasn't even that busy. As the night progressed, whenever we needed something, my husband would eventually have go to the patio host for help. (Other waiters we tried to get help from just said "not my table" and went about their business). We ordered a second round of drinks (there were 3 of us) - he only brought 2 and disappeared before we noticed that the third one wasn't there. Back to the patio host after the waiter never came back - the drink for our friend finally came 10 minutes later, and it was the wrong drink. We tried to get the waiter's attention, but he conveniently never "saw" us. Back to the patio host who finally decided to get a manager to respond. I haven't even mentioned that the burger didn't come out at the right temperature and had to be sent back - that was also a long delay. While the food was good, the total lack of service was so frustrating that I will not return. I worked in restaurants for several years and am a very understanding customer, but this was just bad.

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Nice location for a Princeton meal. Burgers were good. Beer selection was good. Service was inconsistent but very friendly.

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