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The Peacock Inn Restaurant

20 Bayard Lane, The Peacock Inn, Princeton, NJ 08540
+1 609-924-1707
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Ranked #5 of 170 Restaurants in Princeton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Dessert, Seafood, Bar
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining style: Fine Dining
Transit: We are located a short 5 minute walk from the NJ Transit Princeton Station stop.
Description: The Peacock Inn - a Top 25 restaurant in the state of New Jersey by NJ Monthly, highest rated restaurant in Princeton by Zagat and Open Table, named "Restaurant Of The Year" by the Star-Ledger newspaper - offers guests an elegant and exceptional dining experience. Attentive service, chic decor, and the contemporary approach to Chef Manuel Perez's "New American" cuisine, make The Peacock Inn the perfect choice for a romantic evening, business dinner, or special occasion. The intimate dining rooms blend elegance, comfort, and sophistication. The walls showcase prized artwork, murals, and menus from the 1930's, some of which were discovered behind cement walls in the basement of the historic mansion. Spend some time in the contemporary bar at The Peacock Inn while food prepared by Chef Perez and his team while sipping your favorite cocktail or a choice wine.The restaurant is open for dinner seven days a week and Sunday Brunch. The Peacock Inn also offers 16 luxury guest rooms if you are looking for a exceptional evening in the heart of downtown Princeton.
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80% Recommend
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English first
Levittown, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My husband took me here for dinner for my birthday. There is complimentary valet parking. We were greater by a very friendly and enthusiastic host as we entered the front door. Instantly you can appreciate the beautiful decor and surroundings. Subtle gray tones with a subtle peacock pattern adorns the walls of the main dining area we were in. The... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We saw the great reviews and went for brunch expecting an interesting menu. It was mostly a hotel breakfast menu with most choices revolving around eggs. There was really only a few menu items that favoured lunch. The salmon was good and freshness of ingredients was good but given the price point the restaurant is going for it was a... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went to The Peacock Inn for the first time in July. We had the 5 course tasting menu with the wine pairing. Overall it was excellent. I had the foie gras for the first course which was fantastic, my fellow diners all had the tuna tartar. They were a bit disappointed with the tuna, not as flavorful as they... More

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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

The expertise with which the bartender creates his signature cocktails is, for me the main attraction of the Peacock Inn. We keep returning and that says a lot.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I hate getting dressed up for dinner which is why I had never eaten at the Peacock Inn before, but we were staying the night so I figured I could change into a dress shirt and slacks for dinner then get comfy again right after no big deal. Well, I'll tell you, I'm glad I did and I'll definitely be... More

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Westfield, NJ
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69 reviews 69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Peacock Inn is a very special place with incredible food! Every dish was superb. The service was exceptional. The ricotta gnocchi was just about the best thing I have ever eaten! The sirloin was perfection. The only thing keeping me from giving an excellent rating was the first impression when we walked in the door. We raced to get... More

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Middlebury, Vermont
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106 reviews 106 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

What a nice surprise. I always expect average fair for a local inn, but this was very gourmet and not what we were expecting. The gnocchi was excellent as was the handmade pasta. We mostly had appetizers (two nights in a row) - salad was excellent, tuna maki was delicious, corn soup AMAZING and the roast lobster entre was superb.... More

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Glendale, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The food, wine list, ambiance and service were perfect. The salmon and duck exceeded any expectations. Why this isn't rated in the top 4 or 5 in the Princeton area is beyond believe.

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Scott S, Public Relations Manager at The Peacock Inn Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the fantastic review about your experience at The Peacock Inn restaurant! Our goal is always to exceed our guests expectations, and we are so glad that you mentioned that we did in your case. Based on user reviews on sites like OpenTable, and based on our Zagat Survey, we are the highest ranked restaurant in the Princeton... More

Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We are regulars at the Peacock Inn. The food is consistently outstanding. The wait staff is personable and attentive, but not pretentious (compared to say, Elements). We have had pretty much everything on the menu over the years and have enjoyed it all. The gnocchi stands out as a favorite, as does the salmon and the fliet mignon. More often... More

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Scott S, Manager at The Peacock Inn Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the incredible review of your many experiences at The Peacock Inn. It is always nice to get compliments! I have shared your review with the kitchen and wait staff, and everyone is very appreciative. It is always great to hear that we are people's favorite restaurant in the area! The gnocchi is my favorite dish on the... More

Princeton, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Wow, we just had the gnocchi at Peacock Inn food stand a Communiversity. It was so good that I can not wait to go to the Peacock Inn Restaurant! Fantastic Chef!

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Scott S, Public Relations Manager at The Peacock Inn Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your incredible review on the Ricotta Gnocchi! We are so glad that you enjoyed and it was so great meeting you there! We look forward to seeing you soon! More

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