Yankee Doodle Tap Room

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159 reviews
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Gastro Pub
*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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ED
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible food. Horrible service. Save your money! There’s so many better places in Princeton.

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KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Hard to believe such a fine historic establishment in downtown Princeton could have such undesirable food

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LW
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great casual night out!! Food was delicious!!! Will definitely go again

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E
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As on earlier occasions, a very nice dining experience in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. I do recommend this venue to all who are looking for a great pub meal experience in a fantastic venue in the heart of historical Princeton. For the history buffs, the Nassau in the name of the overarching Nassau Inn is a sympathetic reminder of the Dutch colonists settling in the area in days long gone. Fortunately, the great food in the Tap Room has no relation with 17th century Dutch cuisine.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice comfortable space, friendly service and good food.

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TD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best service and table ever! We will be back for sure!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! So much history and sitting at Einstein’s booth was incredible!

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W
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

They blew it! I had indicated in my reservation that we were celebrating my mother's 90th birthday. Even though the host briefly glanced at the note on his screen, he didn't acknowledge her birthday, nor did the server. The server was fine but made two small errors and couldn't answer a question about the history of the Inn. The food was mediocre. For such a nice hotel, the Nassau Inn could try a little harder and step it up in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room (the only restaurant on premises). It is like the hotel isn't even trying to offer a nice experience to diners. We have fond memories of the Inn because my sister's wedding reception was held there. My mom still has nice memories of the place, but I don't think I will go back.

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LJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Seemed to be understaffed for New Year's Eve dinner. We waited a long time for our drinks to arrive. One was made incorrectly and had to be sent back to the bar. The other was supposed to be a hot cider, but was barely warm, probably from sitting on the bar for a while.

Nachos were good and plentiful. Thai salad was also plentiful, well made and with good flavors. The burger was very basic and ordinary.

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BF
Philadelphia
158 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good lunch in a nice pub setting.

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C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Cobwebs not worth the price. I ate there twice. Dinner, then breakfast. From 2 different tables, each chandelier I could see had numerous cobwebs. This used to be a first class experience, and is still quite expensive. The breakfast waiter was nice. The food was good.

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KP
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, great food, very child friendly!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was average. Service wasn't the best our waitress we only saw twice in the beginning and the end of our visit. My order wasn't out in correctly and when I told our waitress I never received the correct item. Nice place but honestly not even worth the time.

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RN
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Only down side was that we told our server we had a play to attend and asked that he move us along quickly. We waited a long time for our food and ended up rushing through the meal.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Quick and easy early dinner. Fab food. Always loud, but we expect it with sports on in the bar. No real
Ambiance, it’s a pub.

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MH
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're not a fan of the high top tables because the stools aren't as comfortable as a chair. The staff accommodated us by switching our reservation from a high top table to a regular height table, and it was much more comfortable.

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JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I am writing because this visit was a disappointing. Starting with the restaurant manager delivering our soup to the wrong table, which threw off the server's timing.
The menu was not vegetarian friendly to the point where we had to order an appetizer as an entrée. There was meat in almost everything, meaning even the salmon dish had chorizo in the risotto. The server did his best to make suggestions, but had to admit that even the fries are fried in the same oil as the wings. We usually go there after a concert but next year we will have to find a new place. It ruined what was a fun tradition for the holidays.

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PB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best burger I've ever had!
I had the Nassau with cheddar, no onion, no roll.
It was well done to my specifications.

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I grew up in Princeton and have a sentimental attachment to the Nassau Inn and Yankee Doodle Tap Room. The Norman Rockwell mural is fantastic to see in person, the booths with names and initials carved into the tables are charming and private as you settle in. The wait staff was so sweet and friendly, and the vegetarian quinoa and black bean burger option was delicious.

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The food and ambience was ok.
The problem was the service. I ordered two small items and asked for them twice. One was never delivered to the table and the other one (bread) came after we were almost done eating, too late. The waiter actually took my plate before I was done and without my permission. He just wisked it away before I could say anything. I enjoy leisurely meals but the service was sooo slow. I had reservations for my party and when we came in to give our name we were actually yelled at to “get out of the heavy traffic area”. I wanted to add Yankee Doodle Tap Room to the list of restaurants I eat at when I’m in Princeton but I won’t. The staff is just too rude. The staff needs better training.

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KK
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

If your visiting Princeton, this restaurant offers a cozy, historical stop. However, The restaurant is under staffed and the food is mediocre.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There were 4 of us. Two of us had the burgers which were very good , one had pasta which she enjoyed but the 4th has a steak which he said was not the best. Wouldn’t order again.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Disappointed; expected much more from historic Princeton spot. Place was very dirty, very poor quality food, even the burger was the worst I have ever tasted. Topped off by a waitress who “was having a rough week” and hardly visited our table, service could not have been worse

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SL
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The "tap room" at Nassau Inn is a very cheerful pub filled with Princeton University memorabilia including photos of famous alumni, wooden booths with carving by students, etc. It does get loud because of the bar but very pleasant and cozy atmosphere. There was a nice fire in the fireplace which was especially welcome on a cold and rainy night.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Calamari had way too many fried peppers in dish. We only wanted more calamari and no peppers.

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OT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Great history, enjoyed the traditional comfort food.....

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

I’ve been there several times and I’ve concluded that if you stick with sandwiches, burgers and light fare you’ll be more satisfied versus main course dinners. My steak was seasoned with a strong dose of sage and it’s not grilled which is my preferred method. However excellent service and lively pub atmosphere make it a good gathering place. Will return and order the burger!

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal with wine and appetizers. This will be our main place for the coming four years when we visit our son at college.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I met at the restaurant yesterday (7 October) for a Sunday brunch with two friends. The food was excellent; all of us ordered different menu items and we all agreed that our choices were outstanding.
What was bothersome was the service. We were initially waited on, our choices recorded and the food arrived. After that, we were pretty much ignored. I never did get that coffee refill and our water glasses remained empty until I walked over to the hostess desk and asked someone to bring water.
Nevertheless, we did leave more than adequate tips; having been a waitserver in my youth (long, long ago in another galaxy), I know how hard the job is and I am not happy about these comments.

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KC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We arrived at a quiet time: 1:00 pm. The waiter did not know the drinks menu or the food menu. He served the beers and wine, then took several tries for him to tell the bartender the correct name of the mixed drink featured on your menu. Also, one of the entrees (burger) was served 15 min after the vegetarian burger and the 3 chicken pot pies (which need more vegetables). I’ve been here many times before, during busier times, and seen much better service.

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LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We didn't have a chance to enjoy a dinner at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room as they did not honor our reservation. We arrived at 7:30pm, the time of our reservation. They told us that there would be an additional 1 hour wait. Apparently, they were unprepared for how busy both town and the hotel was that evening. Totally unacceptable considering the level of competition in Princeton. This is not a restaurant that is worth the wait, especially when we already had a reservation.

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DA
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great little Tavern. Nostalgic. Impressive princeton flair. Small but quaint bar - ample room in general.

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RS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is a decent place to eat though the prices are a little stiff. We split the hummus appetizer, caprese salad & salmon.
The hummus was decent as was the salmon however while it was cooked nicely not a hint of seasoning was on there
The caprese salad with balsamic dressing was definitely the winner.
Decent place but not sure if I’d go back?

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot on the patio, could see all the hustle around the square. Patio lighting was special. For was great service great

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fun place to bring visitors to Princeton. Great upscale pub food.

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P
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Many Princeton residents hang around this restaurant because of its historical theme. We enjoyed looking at the pictures of famous Princeton graduates and thereafter, toured visitors around the university. Oh, I forgot, we ate here too but the food is forgettable, just like any regular diner.

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CB
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

In ways this was a perfect spot to meet someone and have a nice long lunch where nobody hassles you, I like that a lot. Our server was perfectly nice, showed up from time to time but was never intrusive. I ordered a Chardonnay I know well and got something so lemony I had to send it back. Note to self: In a kind of Irish pub place, don’t trust the wine.
We both ordered veggie burgers, which were fine. The fries were tasteless. I don’t know what other places do to make fries irresistable, but Yankee Doodle doesn’t seem to know either.
Maybe this is really geared to a student crowd, though the other people eating lunch when we were there were older than that. In an area that has a lot of restaurants to offer, I don’t expect to go back here.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch with great service provided by Jordan prior to taking a historical society walking tour of Princeton. Our experience was a great preview for our historical day!

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O
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This place needs to change the menu more often. Same old same old. Just because it’s a tavern doesn’t need to be so blanf

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M
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Yankee Doodle Tap Room is a great place for lunch in Princeton. We had salad and burgers - both delicious. I was disappointed that they didn't offer any gluten free pasta. The service was fair - nothing spectacular. Aside from this I would definitely go back. It's rich in Princeton University history and centrally located in Palmer Square.

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