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Reviewed June 27, 2022 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated our 8th anniversary on the front porch one summer Sunday evening. It was hot out, but quite comfortable on the porch. Our waiter was friendly and very attentive. As we were drinking our wine, and after we placed our order,...our waiter brought out some fresh baked bread and some condiments. The bread was just ok, but the condiments were awesome: vegetable aioli, seafood salad, and a creamy beet topping. Afterwards, we split the late spring salad and it was fantastic. The radishes were delicious! We both loved our meals. I had the scallop dish and I'd get it again the next time I went. Amazing!! The dish had four large scallops and farro. My husband had the halibut and enjoyed it was well. It was a larger serving-two nice sized pieces of halibut. The mushrooms on the dish were great. The sauce was very good too, but he thought it was a bit heavy and probably too much of it. We decided to treat ourselves with a dessert. We got the pear. Get it! That's all I have to say. It was AMAZING and it looked like a work of art. It was one of the best desserts I've had in a while. Again, I'd absolutely get it again the next time we go (which will hopefully be soon!). They gave a us two glasses of an after dinner drink to accompany our dessert for our anniversary. It's been a few years since we've been here and our first time under the new management. We loved our meal and sitting on the porch. We can't wait to go back and enjoy another meal!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed February 24, 2022

My wife and I took Princeton Pike then crossed over to Route 206. If you are heading North it is a bit tricky to turn left into the Peacock Inn since it was around 5PM and two lanes heading South. We went a bit further...and turned into the next street where we Parked. They have complimentary Valet Parking and next time we will use it. The inside is very nice with a bar to your right. The bathroom is just off the bar. I opted for a Smoking Old Fashion and my wife had the Cosmo with Tito Vodka. She has celiac and the waiter Michael and staff were very accommodating. I had the Clam Chowder and she had the Oysters with crab. My soup was definitely enough but she wished for one more oyster since the 3 went down so fast. We both chose the halibut with rice and asparagus for our main meal. We found the halibut to be just enough though the portion was not huge. I have to admit I ate all the sourdough bread and the topping were superb. Unfortunately my wife had to watch me enjoy myself. Since we were celebrating my birthday and a few other events in our life we were given some after dinner sherry, I ended up drinking both as we always worry about food and drinks for my gluten free wife. We went on an early Wednesday night thus we ate basically with only a few other diners. We met a nice couple from the Lambertville area. The evening was perfect and we will definitely partake in another meal. Perhaps a brunch or lunch if available. I also had a glass of Chamay on draft with my fish. I rarely find it available at any locations so it was a bit of a treat. Best of all my wife woke up this morning with no ill effects from dining at the Perch. For someone with celiac, this is godsend to find a restaurant that can cater to one with an autoimmune deficiency. Thanks again to the Perch and their staff.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 1, 2022

While there are many afternoon tea offerings in the Princeton area, I found this to be a lovely afternoon treat on my birthday week. I went solo, enjoying a decadent array of scones, pastries and food -- and a good book. For an extra amount,...you can also have a sparkling wine/champagne pairing which comes with a few extra treats - a salad, ham, and extra bread. My server was super attentive and well versed in the teas. He had great recommendations according to what I was lookign for and steered me right. I would go back to have this experience. I wish there were a few more tea sandwiches and scones (only because they were so good), but there was plenty of food. They allowed me to take away my desserts though my truffle got lost in the mix. Still sad about not being able to try it, but I even was able to indulge in macarons an afternoon later. They advertise tea outside in the garden. Despite the heat of the day, I would have loved to have that come to fruition, but the seating was inside. There was enough social distancing that it was okay. Because this is a hotel, there were a lot of unmasked persons - both staff and guests - throughout the hotel. It would not be ideal for more conservative guests.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed December 15, 2021

This gem of a restaurant is located on the first floor of the Peacock Inn. For our 33rd anniversary, my wife and I opted for a quiet romantic lunch rather than dinner. We had reservations and were seated immediately at a table for two near...a fireplace with gorgeous Christmas decorations. Our server, Dany, welcomed us warmly and asked if we were celebrating anything special. When we advised it was our anniversary he promptly brought us two complimentary flutes of champagne. Dany was outstanding throughout our lunch and made this dining experience very special. To start our meal we shared a small plate of beignets presented with lemon ricotta and fresh New Jersey blueberries. They were warm and delicious and not too sweet. I also had a plate of three Cape May salt oysters that were complemented with minced bread & butter pickle and grated pink peppercorn. The oysters were outstanding with just the right bite; the pickle and peppercorn provided a nice accent. For my main course, I had the Butcher's Omelet. This egg omelet contained a tasty combination of smoked pork jowl, grilled shiitake mushrooms and spring onion. The omelet was simply delicious and served with a side of some of the best breakfast potatoes I have ever eaten! The showstopper however, was the dessert called “The Pear”. This dessert is as much a work of art as it is a dessert. It is a pear mousse shaped and presented as a perfect pear. However it is formed with pear mousse, honey poached pear, caramel cremeux and salted hazelnut shortbread. It was amazing! The perfect ending to an elegantly delightful lunch. We look forward to our next dining experience at The Perch.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 8, 2021

We were very disappointed in our brunch at The Perch. The omelet was tasteless and unseasoned. They make the egg and then just fold the filling in the center after. Nothing came to us hot, not even the coffee. We left hungry. I enjoyed my...previous afternoon tea that is why it isn’t one star. The service is lacking. The staff seems flustered and I think they may be understaffed. Some serious changes need to be made here.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 11, 2020

We met friends for Sunday Brunch at this delightful dining room, which is part of The Peacock Inn. The selection of food ranged from omelettes to hamburgers and included a most unusual clam chowder, for which the clams and vegetables are presented separately. One of...the group was having a birthday, and cake was served for dessert. They are most accommodating for the guest who requires a gluten-free died and for another who avoids spicy foods.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed July 30, 2020 via mobile

We just had a wonderful evening celebrating our 32nd anniversary at The Perch in Princeton (The Peacock Inn’s outside restaurant). It was the first meal out we’ve had since early March. Chris and the staff spoilt us rotten, and our meal culminated in complimentary pink...champagne and desert. Highly recommend this place, which took every safety precaution imaginable.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed June 21, 2020

Over the years, we have been to the restaurant at the Peacock Inn several times, from the day it opened its doors and throughout its several overhauls and reincarnations. Until now, we couldn't say it was our favorite. But it is different now. Our June...20 visit to the The Perch, as the restaurant is called now, proved to be a truly amazing experience. Fantastic food, prepared perfectly and beautifully plated, freshest local ingredients, inventive and creative menu, obliging, friendly, and efficient service, artisanal cocktails, all of the above is the guaranteed recipe for a success. And a success it was. Honest and unbiased 5 stars. The restaurant maintains excellent social distancing and pandemic precaution measures. The personnel wears masks and the distance between the tables is exemplary. Hopefully, as the quarantine restrictions are gradually lifted, the restaurant would be able to re-launch its valet parking services; presently, you are advised to arrive at an early hour, otherwise the parking may get challenging.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Journey03676225798, Chef at The Perch, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! We are equally excited about our new direction. Please let us know any time you plan on coming back so that we may extend our appreciation to newly formed regulars.

Reviewed February 27, 2020

So I am both a fan of the Jazz Age and 'Boardwalk Empire' and a HUGE wine snob in the making lol so I had to check out this place after it stirred my interest in a Princeton article in the OCRegister a couple years...ago. Finally I could visit when it aligned with a Jersey trip. Here's what I can tell you: the peacock is AWESOME! Einstein stayed here when he first left Germany a fact which they actually dont play up that I am aware of in the hotel but is a totally cool fact! There's a prohibition history which was RIGHT UP MY ALLEY and wow, it was just so cool to know this was happening in the same building a hundred years ago. We had dinner and we went into the bar. The food was so lush and so savory and worth every penny. The decor was also so cool and kept you in the boundaries of being taken back in time while still retaining a modern and sophisticated vibe. I cant say enough about the excellent bar service. Chris was the most earthy and funny bartender who didnt put on any airs and gave us quality service with respect and good humor. I also got to talk to their sommelier whose name i dont remember im sad to say but he was a charming and patient man who talked about the wine I selected and answered my amateur wine questions! My Aunt also thought he was very handsome haha and we almost teased her by slipping the sommelier a note! All in all this was a one hundred percent positive experience: elegance but with down to earth service and a truly historic tapestry surrounding you the entire time. I would never believe a poor review in my life when it comes to this place. It was a privlege to be here!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 6, 2020 via mobile

This hotel over rates itself. The rooms are tight and noisy. I could hear everything, yes everything, in the room next to me. Nothing special in rooms, like coffee or a refrigerator. They offer a continental breakfast for free but is nothing but sugar, who...eats that. Coffee was always cold. You could order an egg for a very steep price. The lobby is very tight and you have to dodge restaurant customers and waiters.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 29, 2020

Family surprised me for my birthday and we went for Sunday brunch. What a lovely, old school Inn. It is so well kept and the staff were formal yet warm. I can see how this is a great setting for afternoon tea (although the prices...are pretty steep). Brunch was terrific. The fish platter seemed like a small serving but I don't think anyone left feeling hungry. My go to --eggs benedict--was terrific. Would I go back, yes. For pics, check out my insta @ adventuresindiningMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 1, 2020

My husband and I had an extraordinary dining experience for our 30th anniversary dinner four years ago. So I thought what better choice could there be than to celebrate the new year, the new decade with a dinner at the Peacock Inn? The valet, the...host, the wait staff were all very friendly and welcoming. No complaints there. However the four course pre fixe was very disappointing. Initially the first course wasn't bad; my potato leek soup and my husband's quiche were good, even though each dish could have been a tad hotter. Second course of lobster and beet salad for me and scallops for spouse were fine. However the biggest disappointment was in the third course! I had ordered lamb and expected a scrumptious lollipop or loin cut. It was a lambburger! Ground lamb with pignoli nuts offered an offputting texture and flavor. I couldn't finish this meat, nor frankly could the diner next to me, who seemed to share my mutual preference for the spinach and cauliflower vegetables that accompanied the lamb. My husband's strip steak was an arrangement of possibly five half dollar sized pieces presented with pureed parsnips. The beef's minute sized was further diminished once he cut away bits of grizzle. Dessert was just all right. The overall presentation of each plate was artful but diminutive in proportion. Spenidng $125 per plate is pricey but satisfying if the meal is up to snuff. But the Peacock failed to display any culinary feathers on this most disappointing New Year's meal.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 24, 2019

The cooking is okay. The service is wretched from the bar to the table. They don't know the difference between an amuse bouche and an aperitif. And the little dishes they offer are mediocre at best. Prawns were ordered as a main;shrimp were served. Ugh.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 8, 2019

It reminds me of ‘Cromlix’ in Scotland. (My favorite Sir Andy Murray, one of Big 4, tennis player own boutique hotel near his hometown). Peacock Inn in Princeton looks like petit version of ‘Cromlix’ in UK. The food, ambience, services are just my style: traditional...old world style deco, homey, and very personal and detailed. Love to visit soon. Crêpes, Soufflée, soups are specially delicious. Danny, Thanks for your wonderful service and delicious soufflé!! Je suis très heureux aujourd’hui... À bientôtMore

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 8, 2019 via mobile

The afternoon tea was absolutely delicious. Loved the service.....from the gentleman taking my reservation to Danial our server and the general manager Alex for check to make sure everything was good. I would definitely come back when I’m in Princeton again. Thank you so much.

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The Peacock Inn offers a children's menu and has high chairs if necessary. We look forward to welcoming you to celebrate such an amazing occasion! Thank you, Scott Sussman Hotel & Marketing Director (609) 924-1707
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