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About Yankee Doodle Tap Room

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!

10 Palmer Sq. E
Princeton, NJ 08542
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, American

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

Cross Street:
Nassau Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 688-2600

Website:
http://www.nassauinn.com/princeton-restaurants/

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.

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.

Parking Details:
There are metered parking spots available or two parking garages; Chambers Street and Hulfish Street.

Executive Chef:
Michael LaCorte

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.

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

Yankee Doodle Tap Room Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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3.5

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4.1

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3.6

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Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Holiday get together

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Ambience very charming. Food OK. Service indifferent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wish they could improve the service.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Nassau Inn at least offers a traditional breakfast menu with eggs and griddle. Many other local restaurants get too fancy for breakfast.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Not a memorable experience and the server was a little too casual about serving a single.

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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Good food & drinks, burger excellent. outside space

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Love this historic restaurant. Always great food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We were looking for an outdoor dining option in Princeton and found this to be just the right choice. Attentive service, good menu choices, and tasty food. The setting couldn't be better right in Palmer Square.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Our waitress was wonderful. The food was great and it was a quiet evening. I would highly recommend this place for dinner!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great spot for drinks and later on we came back for dinner. Service a bit slow but not unbearable. Drinks are good but very pricey.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Very nice place, always try something at least once. The only complaint was the Hostess said the tables were only for guests having dinner & we weren't,
we were having small plates & appetizers. We did not want to sit at the bar & found this so unusual especially that there were plenty of tables & booths available. So we said we would order dinner. We did not, we ordered appetizers and drinks and asked the waitress if that would be a problem and she nicely said of course not!

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Amazing restaurant in Princeton. Food really good and non- expensive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 15, 2017

We enjoyed the ambiance of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room right away. The dark wood and high bench seating added to the pub feel. We were impressed with beer list selections. I chose the Watermelon beer on draft and was very pleased. Slightly sour but the watermelon notes hit you at the end. Appetizers we ordered nachos and the truffle fries. The nachos were good and the sauce drizzled on top had quite a kick. The truffle fries were good to munch on but not real truffle-y.
We all ordered the Nassau burger each making variations in cheese toppings. When they came out, they smelled like they were cooked on a grill at a backyard BBQ. But at least two of the 4 were quite charred on the bottom of the patty to the point that each bite tasted burnt. Did we complain...no. We were having great conversation and enjoying our drinks so we just continued to pick at the appetizers. If we are in town again, we may stop by for drinks and apps but I'll pass on the burger.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We came here to be able to eat out on the patio. We got a nice table out on the patio, and it was a beautiful day. So, mission accomplished. The food is ok, the service was slow, and there were kids literally running around on the patio in between the tables of diners. But it was a sunny day and we were out on the patio, so even that was somehow ok.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Ok, it's in the heart of Princeton, so you're automatically going to pay more for the location. Quite good burgers, interesting selection of beers and cocktails. Good homemade desserts. If this place was outside of town and less expensive, I'd frequent it more often.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Entertaining an out-of-towner and wanted to show off the painting. It was a hit! Food was great - we had burgers and they hit the spot!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 8, 2017

One of the coolest places I've been to in a long time. Our server, Matt, was informative, friendly, and attentive. Everything about it was a unique experience, and I can't wait to go back and have the Doodle IPA again, and try a different menu item.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Think it's a must-see anytime you have someone in town due to the history and great atmosphere of the place. Menu is small, recently updated, but good. Beer selection is above average, rest of the bar options are typical. Not a great night out necessarily, but a solid pub option for someone looking for something a little more unique.

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