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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!
Princeton, NJ 08542
Gastro Pub, American
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 7:00am - 11:30am;
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm;
Daily: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
There are metered parking spots available or two parking garages; Chambers Street and Hulfish Street.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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