Best Restaurants in Princeton-Mercer Region 

One of the best things about a trip to the Princeton-Mercer Region is the opportunity to dine at restaurants like Mistral, serving five-star cuisine and a world-class ambiance. Whether you’re looking to sample first-rate gastropub fare, taste farm-to-table cuisine made by award-winning chefs, or sip locally-crafted wine and beer, you and your family and friends are in for a treat in our part of the northeast.  

Alfresco Experience

Soak in the beautiful spring, summer, or fall weather as you share a meal with loved ones on a patio or in a garden. Many of our restaurants offer outdoor dining, from Mediterra in Princeton to Rat’s, a French-inspired restaurant nestled inside the Grounds for Sculpture outdoor family attraction. Outdoor dining is one way to enjoy our region’s natural beauty and historic architecture.

Takeout & Treats

You can even enjoy fine dining in the comforts of your hotel or bed-and-breakfast. Many restaurants in Princeton offer takeout and online ordering

After dinner, pick up a sweet treat at our dessert shops. House of Cupcakes offers the decadent treat in various flavors, like peanut butter cookie dough and red velvet, with seasonal options, including pumpkin spice.

Local Roasts 

Besides restaurants, our region is home to a plethora of unique coffeehouses that roast their coffee in-house. With two locations in Princeton, including a takeout option, grab an iced latte or hot cappuccino at Small World Coffee, which has an extensive menu featuring teas and chai lattes, seasonal ciders, and hot chocolate.

Sip Your Way Through

We make it easy to relax and enjoy a drink with friends at trendy establishments, from distilleries (Sourland Mountain Spirits), breweries, and downtown Princeton pubs (the Alchemist & Barrister is one of many) to wineries, including Hopewell Valley Vineyards. Sip your way through our region and discover a new side of Princeton-Mercer. 

No matter what you're craving, you’ll find a variety of local cuisine and libations when you visit us and stay awhile.