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“One of many good places in Hopewell”
Review of Bell and Whistle - CLOSED

Bell and Whistle
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Hard to get in most nights, just after Labor day weekend we were the only ones there, at first! Good service and food. Beet salad and fish taco were a hit. I had the ribs, and they were tasty and meaty. Well recommended!

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Thank Leftsailor
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

This little restaurant held the promise of being a lovely dinner setting. The attention to the decor is thorough and pleasing, but the wood appointments left the acoustics caveronous and made it too difficult to enjoy conversation. The food was very average. Too bad. Thought this was a lovely find.

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Reviewed May 29, 2012

The fish tacos were good. Service was fine. Just didn't feel compelled to return. Not a "must go" place for me. The tea service is unusual - in a good way.

Thank Charlie F
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Joining the good restaurant list in the Princeton/Hopewell/Pennington area is not easy. Standing out because your food, service and ambiance rate high is even more difficult. B&W has done just that, however.

I've been there twice now, for lunch and dinner. Both times with discriminating friends. Both times, we were satisfied, even delighted and vowed to return.

Location and Building: Great combination of location on Broad St. (Rt 518) and set back new construction. Park on the street and walk back to an architectural success: stone, wood, glass and metal form a solid dining space that is calm/comfortable as well as elegant. Outdoor patio seating is connected to the indoor space by folding glass doors. Excellent design.

Service: During both visits we had a female server who was experienced, engaging and not overly solicitous. Tipped 20% both times.

Food: Beef quesadilla was savory and new; Roasted beet and pear salad was fresh and balanced. Pasta was seasoned just right (we had Italians in the group); the fish was fresh and perfectly finished. Duck was very good.

The 3 couples had such a good dinner that we ordered coffee and dessert. The flourless chocolate cake was excellent. Carrot cake was satisfying. Coffees and cappuccinos were good.

All in all, the dinner was good, we drank our 3 bottles of wine because the service facilitated a relaxed, indulgent evening out. We were there for nearly 2.5 hours but we didn't noticed the time passing. No one tried to urge us out (our reservation was 7:30PM on a Friday night) for a second seating. Better than a dinner party at home.

Price: $80/couple on 3 credit cards. Good value.

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Thank tennis105
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

This new spot in my area took forever to be built behind a popular coffee shop. From the name to the menu and the final result the marks are mixed. The place is small but beautiful, a bit sparce but very now. My party of 2 went for lunch this week and arrived as the place opened for the day. The greeting was warm and the service was very professional and attentive. I recognized the server from another restaurant's past with similar focus. In general the soup, sandwich and shared dessert were more appealing to the eye than the palate. The soup was at best tepid and overseasoned, the sandwiches both had too much going on that masked the genuine ingredients, the off premises carrot cake was not the best I ever had. The old saying less is more was ringing in my ears through the whole event

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Thank PJS37
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