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The Peacock Inn Restaurant

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20 Bayard Lane, The Peacock Inn, Princeton, NJ 08540
We are located a short 5 minute walk from the NJ Transit Princeton Station stop.
+1 609-924-1707
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Private Dining
Description: The Peacock Inn - a Top 25 restaurant in the state of New Jersey by NJ...
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance

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Visitor rating
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good food, service needs to be a bit refined

Having spent most of my young life roaming the kitchens of Lutece, Le Cirque, etc, I recognize fine dining talent. The kitchen at the Peacock Inn has incredible aspirations and it shows---the food is well done. The service is too green, too many runners in a room and not enough panache to match... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
HaphazardGourmet
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Private Dining
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117 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Having spent most of my young life roaming the kitchens of Lutece, Le Cirque, etc, I recognize fine dining talent. The kitchen at the Peacock Inn has incredible aspirations and it shows---the food is well done. The service is too green, too many runners in a room and not enough panache to match the food. For example: There were four... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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278 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Peacock Inn has a nice bar area and the building itself is beautiful. The drinks are well crafted. The valet parking is a bonus as well...

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Geneva
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47 reviews 47 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Valet parking. Restaurant rooms are noisy despite having good space between tables. Is that the restaurant needs acoustic engineering or that Americans are generally loud? I personally find many US restaurants much too noisy for my taste. Service polite, a little distant, tries to be high class but fails to reach high level of quality I expect from this type... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The Peacock Inn reopened a few years ago in a renovated older building. The atmosphere is pleasant, subdued. Our dinner companions and we argued whether the color scheme was purple or "aubergine" but either one gives you the idea. The food is excellent, as is the service. Wine list is good but on the expensive side for what is offered.... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Wonderful cocktail bar with Thursday night drink specials. (I think Thursday night is the special prices night.) Uncommonly creative bartender. This place has cycled through several owners the past twenty years and has had issues in the past, but current owners seem to have gotten things right...

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Princeton, New Jersey
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110 reviews 110 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We've eaten at the Peacock Inn a few times. We always eat in the bar area, in one of the cozy booths or at the bar. The service is always efficient and attentive. The food is always very, very good. Last night, we ate here for my husband's birthday. We started off with the beet salad with goat cheese, pears,... More 

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Jersey
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Arrived for our meal and were greeted by the valet who promptly took our keys. Kudos to him. Smiling in 12 degree weather is hard to accomplish but god bless him. Coat check in and we were ready to begin our 5 course tasting menu. I don't eat red meat or poultry. Completely accommodating with adjusting the menu. Yellowfin tuna... More 

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My last minute reservation was well managed. I could enjoy a culinary dinner. The selection of wines was quite moderate.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I just came back from dinner at The Peacock Inn and will find it very hard to be convinced to return. When you charge the prices they do,it needs to be more than the just the food. The experience is almost equally important. We sat down at a wobbly table and when asked to help the resolve the situation, the... More 

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Washington
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

I've dined at the Peacock Inn four times in two years, with groups of ten and four and two. The tasting menu is well balanced and inventive, with no repeated flavors or effects. Service is attentive but not hovering. No, the staff isn't made up of veteran waiters; this isn't Paris - but excellent nonetheless. The Peacock beats Virginia's Inn... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 Bayard Lane, The Peacock Inn, Princeton, NJ 08540
  • Public Transportation: We are located a short 5 minute walk from the NJ Transit Princeton Station stop.
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Princeton
  • Phone Number: +1 609-924-1707

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Dessert, Seafood, Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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