Yankee Doodle Tap Room

4.1
123 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Groups
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!
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 123 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food and ambiance (sitting outside) were great, and the server was nice enough. But the service was extremely slow. We waited a very long time for appetizers, and then barely finished them when the entrees came. After our meal, we sat with empty water glasses, waiting a long time for our check. This even though our table was right next to the door that the servers were using to access the building, so we couldn't figure out how they didn't see us.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

It was noon on a Sunday morning. The restaurant was slow. The brunch menu is somewhat limited. The choices my group of 5 made consisted of mostly burgers and chicken with waffles. All was edible but not better than home. The atmosphere is unique. Lots of brick and rough hewn beams with a Princeton U. nostalgia theme. The service was astonishingly bad. It nearly ruined our visit to town. We were off to the opera at 3pm. The young man who was our server was untrained and disappeared for extremely long periods of time between drink orders, meal orders, and coffee orders. We had to ask another server to go find him! Even after he realized we were annoyed with his going missing, he continued to do so. I saw no one of a supervisory capacity to ask for help. Perhaps that's where the problem stems from. Go for a drink at the bar but leave the rest of it.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Should’ve listened to the negative reviews. Slow, apathetic service met with uneven food (medium well burger was medium; medium and medium rare burgers were well done). Only the filet mignon was cooked properly, but that was the only victory from this meal. Absentee management, servers, and just general lack of friendliness or warmth from everyone but the young hostess. Could’ve gone to 10 other places and would not recommend or return. A slice of history doesn’t make up for a generally terrible restaurant.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Fist time there. Good was excellent. Portions are generous.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

YDTR was nice. The photos of distinguished alums etc makes it a special place

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2.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Burger was over cooked - I asked for “medium”.
Sweet potato fries was cold when served:(

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

I love the Tap Room. It's a Princeton institution. Good food, great ambience.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

The Tap Room was great 30 years ago when I lived in Princeton and now it is still special to visit when vacationing. It exemplifies the history, ambience, and fun of Princeton — with great food and service as well. Loved it then, love it now!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Early Mother’s Day reservation. Highly disappointed. Service was fair, and food served cold. Sent back only to have new orders lukewarm and not prepared as ordered. Drink order slow as well. Overall experience poor - will never go back.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers day

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a very pleasant Mother's Day lunch on a rainy day. We arrived a little early and were immediately seated. Service an food was excellent. The historical atmosphere is very pleasant.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Yankee Doodle Taproom was a great place to have a Mother’s Day breakfast. The staff was delightful and the food was delish. We would definitely consider stoping by for dinner to sample their evening fares or to grab a drink on date night.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We all enjoyed catching up around a round table! Good food, good atmosphere, good friends!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

It was a first date, and an overall great place.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The lunch and dinner menus have tons of variety. The strawberry salad was fantastic. Loved the fried goatcheese. Always great service.

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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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