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301 N Harrison St, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 921-2779
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great neighborhood restaurant

This is a lovely restaurant in Princeton that has excellent food and reasonable prices. Best of all, parking is free and plentiful. The crisp stuff that they serve in the bread basket is the best. In the summer, eating outside is wonderful. Really comfortable and pretty. They have a bar which is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
hfd1958
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Princeton, New Jersey
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Princeton, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely restaurant in Princeton that has excellent food and reasonable prices. Best of all, parking is free and plentiful. The crisp stuff that they serve in the bread basket is the best. In the summer, eating outside is wonderful. Really comfortable and pretty. They have a bar which is fine. I love the mussels and steamed artichokes... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My wife and I come to Man Street Bistro a few times a year including yearly on Valentines Day. In the past they have asked for a CC to reserve a reservation but they did not this year. Upon arriving we we greeted and promptly shown to our table in the middle of the restaurant right near the fireplace. My... More 

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Kennebunk, Maine
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I've eaten here on and off for about 30 years. At the beginning the place was terrific, then experienced some growing pains, and then righted the ship again. Based on yesterday's meal, I'd say things are in back in good shape. The salmon BLT was outstanding, although it's not really a BLT in the traditional sense. It's a large salad... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My parents-in-law, who've lived in Princeton for 50 years, love to meet their friends for meals here. So our family came here for lunch over the holiday, and we really enjoyed the Ribollita, French Onion Soup, Steak Sandwich, and other perfect-on-a-cold-day foods. You would never guess how warm, inviting, and well-run this restaurant is from just looking at its plain... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We have been here with friends a couple of times, In the summer it is delightful to sit outdoors in a courtyard setting. With the colder weather, we were seated indoors. The ladder back chairs are most uncomfortable.The food is just OK. The portion size of salmon entree was so small, maybe a child sized portion. It was also bland,... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

A French friend and long-time Princeton resident introduced us to this wonderful bistro at the Princeton Shopping Center on North Harrison Street on a Saturday evening. Main Street does not take reservations and though the bistro was busy we didn't have to wait long for a table. We ordered cream of mushroom soup, Civet de Poulet, and Grilled Breast of... More 

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Princeton
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My wife and I have been dining here for over twenty years. In the past we were regular diners six or seven times per month. About five years ago managment changed yet again but this time attention to detail and food quality suffered. Recently, we've tried it again. In fact several times over the past six months and they are... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We were passing through Princeton and staying at the Doubletree Inn. They gave us a list of restaurants in the area. We chose Main Street Bistro and Bar. Upon entering, the atmosphere was pleasant, but it seemed as if the hostess was confused about seating us. After being seated, we ordered soft drinks which we received rather quickly. We then... More 

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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267 reviews 267 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We come here fairly often and are always satisfied. There are three seating areas, at a small bar, in the main dining area, and outside. Service is friendly and some of the wait staff know a great deal about the food and wine. The menu is a nice blend of comfort food and more imaginative dishes. The menu changes monthly.... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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64 reviews 64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We have dined inside and out several times, due to the proximity to shopping mall. Last Thursday we went after the concert and were seated by what we thought was a hostess who picked up her phone before she seated us. The waitress was fine and the food and drinks came quickly, though we had to pick up our plates... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 301 N Harrison St, Princeton, NJ 08540
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Princeton
  • Phone Number: (609) 921-2779

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?