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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 #7 of 174 Restaurants in Princeton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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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41 restaurant reviews
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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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41 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My wife and I had the 5-course tasting menu which was limited to two options per course. Everyone at the table has to have the tasting menu if selected. Every dish we selected was superb. Especially good in our opinion were the scallops and the duck breast. Portions were small but adequate for us. Wine is expensive ,tough to find... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

For all of the local brouhaha, I was entirely underwhelmed by the food. Having eaten across Europe and regularly at excellent restaurants in Manhattan, Peacock brandishes its feathers but without substance. The service was excellent generally. They accidentally gave our doggy bag to someone else which disappointed the teens.

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Additional Information about The Peacock Inn Restaurant

Address: 20 Bayard Lane, The Peacock Inn, Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone Number: +1 609-924-1707
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: American, Dessert, Seafood, Bar

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