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“Increasingly inexpensive ingredients but well prepared”

Main Street Bistro and Bar
Ranked #94 of 197 Restaurants in Princeton
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
NJ
Level 6 Contributor
409 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“Increasingly inexpensive ingredients but well prepared”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

My wife and I eat here frequently and occasionally bring out of town guests for a pleasant - but not too pretentious - lunch or dinner. In winter they light up a centrally positioned gas fire that makes the nearby tables the places to be. In summer there is a shaded outdoor dining area and bar that is worth choosing instead. Inside space is at a premium with many tables close together though well angled to maintain some privacy. There is also a dine-at bar and alcove with high tables and stools. The wait staff is young and fairly knowledgeable, menus change on a monthly basis and prices are reasonable - around $50 for two having only main courses and drinks. Though the sauces, meats and salads are tasty we have noticed a tendency over the years to keep the prices stable by employing more carbohydrates (e.g. breads, pastas) to bulk up some dishes. The Bistro is not alone in following such a trend and, thankfully, they haven't sacrificed taste so I can't really complain. In any event the most recent menu offered a chicken and vegetable combination that hit the spot for me. Overall this is a reliable standby that well merits a visit if you haven't tired it yet.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
South Brunswick, New Jersey
2 reviews
“definitely return”
Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went for bite to eat on mothers day. Had a nice outdoor seating area , good food and drink. Will certainly be back.

Visited May 2014
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Princeton, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great Neighborhood Spot”
Reviewed May 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Main Street is the "Go To" spot for good food at reasonable prices. Each month they have a number of specials that keeps the Menu interesting. Last month one of the specials was a Grill Cheese Sandwich?Tomato Bisque one could "kill for".
Never disappoints.

Visited April 2014
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Trenton, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great for couples or friends”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

I have been here multiple times, but this is my first review. I love coming here because it's close to home, they use great quality local ingredients, and the menu is ever changing. We have been for Valentine's Day, when they usually have a couples package, for family birthdays, and for nights out with friends. Whether you are having apps and drinks, full dinner, or just dessert you are sure to find something you love, that will bring you back again and again. Just be sure to ask for bread, or you won't get any!

  • Visited March 2014
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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
521 reviews
315 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
“Imaginative, good food, good service”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

We come here three or four times a year and would come more often if it were more convenient. The food is consistently good and the monthly specials imaginative. The wine list is not long, but nicely selected. Service is friendly. The decor is quite nice--nice photos and posters on the walls. The tables in the bistro are a little close together. The bar is small, but again friendly service. Prices are a little high for casual dining, but considering the quality of the food, not excessive. Most credit cards accepted.

  • Visited March 2014
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