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Main Street Bistro and Bar

££ - £££
American, Bar, Pub
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301 N Harrison St, Princeton, NJ 08540-3512
+1 609-921-2779
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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106 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice quite restaurant good for someone who has trouble with stairs can enter from parking lot or center of shopping center. food good but I found the menu limited. The restaurant was not crowded for dinner time

Thank mafcp
Princeton, New Jersey
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been patronizing this Bistro for over 10 years. The latest ownership is nose diving in their attempt to keep the former standards of Main Street. My most recent visit was a disappointing lunch order of a Meatloaf Sandwich with the bread served on the side. The plate arrived with a few slivers of ice cold tasteless meatloaf with grilled... More 

Thank Patricia M
Princeton and Charlottesville
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141 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I really, really want to support the Main Street Bistro. It's been a local staple for a long time. But on a recent visit during the Christmas week, it was really disappointing. The restaurant was nearly empty at dinner. Service was inattentive but friendly enough. We both ordered meat loaf and it was fine but nothing special in a comfort... More 

Thank CavalierJCS
Allentown, New Jersey
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90 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Each Christmas we visit the MC Carter Theater to see the Christmas Carol performance and then have dinner with our son and daughter-in-law. We did that this year and followed with dinner at Main Street Bistro. We like the restaurant for the food service and ambiance. The restaurant brings fond memories of nice homey European restaurants. This year we were... More 

Thank Bob R
Scottsdale, Arizona
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73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

I have previously reviewed Main Street Bistro and Bar and was a little disappointed. This visit was much better from a food standpoint, although service could still be improved quite a bit. I had a special that was absolutely delicious. I cleaned by plate. My wife had the chicken pot pie and wiped it out, which is unusual for her,... More 

Thank Roger H
Pennington, New Jersey
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

It was 25 years ago (more or less) that a breath of fresh air (and fresh food!) came to Princeton. When Main Street Bistro moved into the Princeton Shopping Center, it set a new standard for excellence—and excellence at a good price. Today Princeton is home to many good restaurants, but Main Street is not one of them. After changing... More 

Thank penningtonthyme
Yardley, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We had a pleasant and tasty meal at Main Street. There is a bar area by the front door, an open kitchen, then a comfortable back room. The waiter was friendly and patient. I had baba ghanoush as an appetizer and it was delicious, followed by a taco salad that also hit the spot. The menu had a nice range... More 

1 Thank jazzyepi
Princeton, New Jersey
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94 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We have been regulars at this local restaurant for many years. The menu changes seasonally so keeps things interesting. During warmer months the outside seating and the Clock-tower Cabana Bar make it feel like you are on vacation. I love the Lamb Sliders and have them often. Always a reliable choice for lunch or dinner.

1 Thank Meg W
Montgomery, New Jersey
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I absolutely love this place. They have a seasonal menu that is fresh and lovely. I love the Chicken Rustica Salad. it changes slightly with each season. For fall they use shaved fennel, in the summer they use tomatoes. Had a wonderful Halibut dish with polenta and Broccoli Rabe. Love it! Staff is lovely.

1 Thank Val L
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I dined with a group of about seven people after a meeting we had attended. When we telephoned for reservations, the young lady assured us that we could get separate checks. When we arrived, we were told that separate checks were impossible. We had a really nice waiter, who, after we whined a bit about it, played with their computer... More 

1 Thank hootervi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 N Harrison St, Princeton, NJ 08540-3512
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Princeton
  • Phone Number: +1 609-921-2779

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?