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“Global Tapas” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mistral

Mistral
66 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ
609-688-8808
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Ranked #6 of 152 Restaurants in Princeton
Cuisines: Contemporary, Eclectic
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Global Tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This restaurant is essentially an innovative tapas bar with global aspirations. Each small dish has enough for four to share. All were original, thoughtful and well prepared, with unusual combinations of ingredients and an interesting rainbow of American, European and Asian tastes without any of the usual false pretentions. Dessert was the only disappointment. The restaurant is BYOB, which for me is a considerable advantage. Service was initially a little disorganized but attentive and competent. A great find in a city with several very good but few really outstanding or original restaurants.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Belle Mead
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Nice concept, but needs work”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

This was my second visit to Mistral, and the restaurant remains a work in progress. The menu is not overly ambitious and has a nice balance with different options of meat and seafood. On both visits, there were items that were well executed, for example roasted halibut and gnocchi with mushrooms. However, there were also several items that suffered because the ingredients did not combine well, or because the dishes came out bland. The kitchen tends to use a cream-based sauce in many of the dishes, and that often overwhelm any attempt of the ingredients to express their distinctive flavor.

Visited July 2014
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Princeton, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Small bites, big taste”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Mistral is a BYOB, friendly and lively restaurant. The menu varies with the seasons and serves small plates. It is great for sharing, with just one other person or a larger group. The service is attentive without being pushy and the kitchen is sensitive to food allergies and preferences. It is a great way to sample some interesting food combinations and inventive dishes.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Princeton, NJ
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A visual and culinary joy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Mistral has become our "go to" place for special celebrations or just a treat. Our family fits easily under the "foodie" category and we love the fact that the whole menu is small plates (but big enough for 4 to each get a good taste). The food mind-blowingly creative, exquisitely presented and each is it's own flavor/texture adventure of deliciousness. As for the staff, they are warm, gracious and add to the whole wonderful experience. We love to sit at the counter at the open kitchen so we can watch them create their art!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Westampton, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Excellent but different”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My second recent visit--satisfied again. From eye candy presentations to tastebud titillation with excellent service.

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