Yankee Doodle Tap Room

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*All reservations are for inside dining only.

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 19 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!
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CarolynB
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was a bit slow - it felt like we were forgotten more than once during the meal. No refills on water and such. It looked like they were slammed and did not have enough staff on

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vipAnonymous
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I actually am sick to my stomach from what I was served. I ordered bagel and lox on their brunch. It was oddly colored around the edges, which I cut off. I should have been told that they don’t serve it often and it was spoiled.
My mother in law said the pancakes were inedible.
I guess this is a pub just for pub food. Lesson learned.

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nothappy
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was filthy. There was food all over the floor. Our drinks came out in dirty glasses that had food on them. Our dinner was burned. Definitely not a good experience and I would not recommend.

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vipKaraS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very noisy, limited menu, but food was good. Too loud to have a conversation. Won’t return. Better options in Princeton.

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RogerS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience3

We went for the Flying Ivories piano entertainment. That was spectacular. We had so much fun. However, no wait service in the bar detracts from the experience and the food was painfully mediocre. We would not go back for dinner unless we really wanted the entertainment being offered.

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vipAdam
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice atmosphere

JM
vipJudyM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Normally, this place is great. This evening, however, they didn’t seem to be prepared for the crowds that were there. We had to remind them several times that we had a

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vipcelebration
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a delightful time until a large group showed up. The acoustic in the lower ceiling area is terrible when there is a very loud group of old friends meeting there. It made us regret not asking for a high top which is not comfortable for us at our age but definitely a better alternative to being unable to hear each other speak.
That said we had the best ahi tuna salad we have had in recent history. Prices were extremely reasonable.

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Sunny55
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

During a recent visit to Princeton, we visited the Tap Room because they had several gluten free options. Great decision. My husband enjoyed the GF baked chick stuffed with risotto. Far from boring, this was a great choice. I had the short rib bucatini which was meltingly tender. We saved room for dessert and I tried their unique pumpkin cake with maple syrup drizzle. Amazing. My husband had the creme brulee which was good but was unfortunately the only GF choice. We plan to return . Great pub vibe.

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viptheaterlover
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Varied menu with outstanding selections for dieters (blackened salmon caesar salad among them) and great burgers. Friendly, attentive service from Eli.

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Karen
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a fun place to eat or just hang out! The food is excellent and there is something for everyone!

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vipMary
Poconos
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

the service at both the bar and seated for dinner were subpar at best.. which had not been the case in the past so hopeful it was just the day, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to convince those I was with to go back again in the future - it was that bad.

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markh
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Timi was our waitress and couldn't have been nicer. She engaged us and answered all questions and made our experience great. Too bad many restaurants don't get that Service is the one thing that everyone does differently and means a lot. Tap Room has lots of history and was fun to visit

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DanielM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our Family's first visit befroe "Christmas Carol", we are already planning the next visit.

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JudyM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

There was a slight problem with an overhead window by our booth. It was not properly closed and a lot of cold air was coming in on me . They hostesses were wonderful but they could not get the window closed.
Obviously, it regarded a stronger hand. I don't know if they contacted management but it wood be good to get it taken care of for the future cold weather.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service salad and burger!!

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vipbigoman
Tampa
71 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The YD Tap Room is a charming little place that you should definitely visit if you are in Princeton; it's very "Rathskellary" in a good way (better, more interesting food that you would expect from pub fare).

Our server, Timi, was awesome. She was very friendly, cheerful and attentive. She made excellent recommendations both for food and beer; try the wild mushroom naan, it is sweet, savory, a little spicy, chewy and crispy all in one bite. The bacon bahn mi pork burger was also spot on delicious.

We were in the front room which featured a wall of pictures of famous Princeton alums; pretty cool to see everyone from Bill Bradley to Jeff Bezos to Michelle Obama. The pub itself feature a large fireplace which would be a great place to sit and enjoy a toddy...I will definitely be going back whenever I'm in the area.

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BobM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Constant flow of people near our table. Loud and annoying the whole time we were there. Service was weak at best. Gave server a gift card and he said he’d be right back. I’m still waiting.

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vipJohnC
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lively. Friendly service. University food. Historic setting. Not fine dining, but ok. Convenient central Princeton location.

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vipDocAl
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Cozy, warm and inviting. Many University alumni visiting for PRINCETON/Yale game.
Friendly service all around. We had hamburgers that were made with an excellent beef mix. The avocado toast was nicely prepared. The drinks were average.
This is not a five star gourmet restaurant. But, if you are looking for a welcoming place that has very decent food, I would recommend this.

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AndreaM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and nice renovations to the front of the restaurant since the last time we had been there.

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had about 15 people for lunch during our business meetings. The tables were set-up before we got there, the waitress was quick and attentive, food came out correct and quickly. Very efficient all around and that was crucial for us to stay on track for our meetings. Thank you!

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Kathleen55
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Fun being in the tap room of the Nassau Inn. Atmosphere is casual and we appreciated the booths. Our waiter was excellent. If I remembered his name, I would specifically commend him.

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JohnP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was good. Serving plates could have been a bit larger...food quantity was fine but place setting was like Fisher-Price for young children. Food kept falling off plate

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vipHappyJuice8000
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is quite a hidden gem with tons of character and charm. The food is consistently terrific and is just as good or better than the very best restaurants in the Princeton-area that charge far more. They have many amazing gluten-free options as well. Gluten-free is not just an after-thought here. It is a real focus of the menu, which keeps me coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely dinner with my grandma

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KathleenG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our appetizer came out after our entrees. 2 of the 4 entrees were wrong. When we asked him what was taking so long for the entrees our waiter told us the salmon was frozen and it was taking awhile!! Lovely! The hostess/manager comped there 2 entrees and the appy.

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vipAmyR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very disappointed with the food and service.
My steak was under cooked and I asked to have it returned.
10 min later I received it and it was fatty and tough.
I will not be patronizing this place again.

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ProfessorM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect casual pub dining amidst a little bit of history.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The ambiance was nice and it was clean. The service was mediocre and the menu was unimpressive. The food tasted ok and they did have a nice beer selection. I would probably not dine there again unless I didn’t have other options.

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GingerV
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch. The food was delicious and the service by Bruno was excellent.

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vipKathyM
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Regular pub food, burger was good, not great. Salmon was very salty. Service was great and waitress was very attentive.

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ElizJ2019
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were unable to make reservations for 6:30 so we made them for a later time, but when we go there the place was practically empty. Also, when we arrived, it took about 10 minutes for someone to seat us. Other than that, the food was good and out waitress was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful day so we ate outside. Great experience

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Ronson
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Food was pretty good, bar type atmosphere

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JosephF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable experience except for the noise level, which at times can be pretty unbearable. The menu is a bit limited and the food is basic but in my experience it's always good. Alas, this time I had a steak which was far more fat than meat. About 4-5 bites of meat completely surrounded by inedible fat. A failure. They should bring back the filets.

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DouglasS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch at the Yankee Doodle tap room. The restaurant dates from about 1937 with a vintage Norman Rockwell mural behind the bar. The salads were great and if you ask for chicken with - it’s well prepared and a generous helping. Plus at our request, they made up a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato. And the prices were reasonable!!!!

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vipopenpalate
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

On line there were no reservations available for 10.30 am, so I was forced to make a reservation for 11 am. When we went into the restaurant at 11 am it was almost completely empty, which made me wonder at the 11 am slot that I had booked.

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Robn
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We started with the hummus platter, which was very fresh and tasty. We had the salmon with vegetable risotto as an entree. The salmon was cooked perfectly. Service was spot on. The only downside was it was very loud at times. I would definitely go here again.

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Outoftowner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Allure of the location is ideal...right in the square off Nassau St. Our server could have been more on top of it...had to remind him of a few things (drinks and additional apps). The food was good. Quinoa black bean burger, Ahi Tuna Tar-tar. Good selection of beer.

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