Off-Campus Dining

Location
Princeton, NJ
Undergrads
5,327
Tuition
$39,537
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of restaurants I like, and there is a lot of variety, but most of it is slightly too pricey for a college kid.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to eat off campus, but many are quite expensive as a student.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't really go out to dine, but the prices are worth it...

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I have never been to any of the off-campus restaurants. I have never felt the need to.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: really good options with some variety for a relatively small town

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 427th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1381st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen McCarthy
Hometown
Mahwah, N.J.
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Recently, Princeton restaurants have started to diversify. Now it is possible to sample a wide variety of ethnic cuisines, whereas four years ago, the selection was limited. New Jersey’s top-rated sushi restaurant, Ajihei, is a two-minute walk from campus. Students have made a cult of Witherspoon Street’s Sakura Express, sending postcards from around the world to the two sushi chefs. Students favor Olives,the takeout Greek deli, and Zorba's, the takeout Greek restaurant. Several mid-range options, such as the popular Italian Teresa’s provide options for nicer nights out. High-end restaurants, including the Ferry House and Mediterra, are popular amongst wealthy “townies” and parents in for the weekend.

For a town its size, Princeton offers dozens of restaurant options. Some restaurants in town are certainly too expensive for a student’s budget, but those restaurants are generally saved for special occasions, such as Parents’ Weekend. If there is a cuisine that is not represented by Princeton’s restaurants, it is easy enough to get on a train and find something in New York.
 

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Annex Restaurant
  • Golden Orchid
  • Hoagie Haven
  • Olives Deli & Bakery
  • Panera Bread Bakery and Café
  • PJ's Pancake House
  • Sakura Express
  • Small World Coffee
  • Teresa's Cafe Italiano
  • Thai Village
  • Thomas Sweet Ice Cream
  • Triumph Brewing Company
24-Hour Dining
None, unless you consider Wa Wa Food Market.
Best Asian
Golden Orchid
Best Breakfast
PJ's Pancake House
Best Healthy
Moondoggie Café
Best Pizza
Old World Pizza
Best Wings
Chuck's Spring Street Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Blue Point Grill
  • The Ferry House
  • Mediterra Restaurant
Did You Know?
  • With the recent influx of sushi restaurants, there are several "Princeton rolls" and "Tiger rolls" around town.
  • Some of the town's seafood restaurants, including the Blue Point Grill, have amazingly fresh fish, thanks to Nassau Street Seafood Market, which purchases its fish at the famous Fulton Fish Market in New York.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Wild Oats Community Market
255 Nassau St.
(609) 924-4993

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Ajihei
Food: Japanese
11 Chambers St.
(609) 252-1158
Price: $10-$25
The Alchemist and Barrister
Food: American
28 Witherspoon St.
(609) 924-5555
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Casual patio dining area, traditional pub
Annex Restaurant
Food: American
128 1/2 Nassau St.
(609) 921-7555
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Happy hour food and drink specials, murals of Princeton in bar
Blue Point Grill
Food: Seafood
258 Nassau St.
(609) 921-1211
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Fish fresh from adjacent Nassau Street Seafood Market
Bucks County Coffee Company
Food: Coffee, bakery, sandwiches
5 Palmer Square W.
(609) 497-6877
Price: $2-$5
Burger King
Food: Fast food
21 State Rd.
(609) 730-0999
www.burgerking.com
Price: $2-$5
Carousel Luncheonette
Food: American
260 Nassau St.
(609) 924-2677
Price: $5-$10
Chez Alice
Food: Bakery, salads, sandwiches
254 Nassau St.
(609) 921-6707
Price: $5-$10
Chuck's Spring Street Café
Food: American
16 Spring St.
(609) 921-0027
Price: $5-$10
Cox's Market
Food: Deli
180 Nassau St.
(609) 924-6269
Price: $2-$5
The Ferry House
Food: American, French
32 Witherspoon St.
(609) 924-2488
www.theferryhouse.com
Price: $20-$40
George's Roasters and Ribs
Food: American
244 Nassau St.
(609) 252-0419
Price: $5-$10
Golden Orchid
Food: Chinese
238 Nassau St.
(609) 921-2388
Price: $8-$15
Halo Pub
Food: Ice cream, coffee
9 Hulfish St.
(609) 921-1710
Price: $2-$5
Hoagie Haven
Food: Sandwiches
242 Nassau St.
(609) 921-7723
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Local landmark
Ichiban Japanese Cuisine
Food: Japanese
66 Witherspoon St.
(609) 683-8323
Price: $15-$25
JB Winberie Restaurant & Bar
Food: American
1 Palmer Square E., # 1
(609) 921-0700
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Popular place for brunch
Kalluri Corner
Food: Indian
235A Nassau St.
(609) 688-8923
Price: $10-$20
Karen's Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
36 Witherspoon St.
(609) 683-1968
Price: $8-$15
La Mezzaluna
Food: Italian
25 Witherspoon St.
(609) 688-8515
Price: $20-$40
Le Plumet Royal
Food: French
20 Bayard Lane
(609) 921-0050
www.peacockinn.com
Price: $20-$40
Masala Grill
Food: Indian
15 Chambers St.
(609) 921-0500
Price: $10-$20
Mediterra Restaurant
Food: Continental
29 Hulfish St.
(609) 252-9680
www.mediterrarestaurant.com/
Price: $20-$40
Moondoggie Café
Food: Sandwiches, salads
33 Witherspoon St.
(609) 252-0300
Price: $5-$10
Nassau Bagel Bakery
Food: Bagels, Japanese
179 Nassau St.
(609) 497-3275
Price: $5-$20
Old World Pizza
Food: Pizza
242 1/2 Nassau St.
(609) 924-9321
Price: $5-$10
Olives Deli & Bakery
Food: Greek, deli, bakery
22 Witherspoon St.
(609) 921-1569
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Warm chocolate chip cookies, takeout only
Panera Bread
Food: Bread, sandwiches, salads, coffee
136 Nassau St.
(609) 683-5222
www.panerabread.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Free coffee refills, free bread samples
PJ's Pancake House
Food: Pancakes
154 Nassau St.
(609) 924-1353
www.pancakes.com
Price: $5-$10
Red Onion
Food: Deli
20 Nassau St.
(609) 924-6667
Price: $2-$5
Sakura Express
Food: Japanese
43 Witherspoon St.
(609) 430-1180
Price: $8-$15
Small World Coffee
Food: Coffee, soups, salads
14 Witherspoon St.
(609) 924-4377
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Coffee saver card, local landmark, pictureson the wall of customers who have traveled the world
Soonja's Café with Sushi
Food: Chinese, Japanese, Thai
242 Alexander St.
(609) 924-9260
Price: $8-$15
Teresa's Café Italiano
Food: Italian
21 Palmer Square E.
(609) 921-1974
Price: $10-$20
Thai Village
Food: Thai
235 Nassau St.
(609) 683-3896
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Party room
Thomas Sweet Ice Cream
Food: Ice cream and chocolate
183 Nassau St.
(609) 683-8720
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Homemade ice cream, Two-for-Tuesday specials during the school year
Tiger Noodles
Food: Chinese
260 Nassau St.
(609) 252-0663
Price: $8-$15
Tortuga's Mexican Village
Food: Mexican
42 Leigh Ave.
(609) 924-5143
Price: $8-$15
Triumph Brewing Company
Food: American
138 Nassau St.
(609) 924-7855
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Frequent live entertainment, tours of the brewery offered
Victor's Pizza
Food: Pizza
86 Nassau St.
(609) 924-5515
Price: $2-$5
Yankee Doodle Tap Room
Food: American
10 Palmer Square E.
(609) 921-7500
Price: $15-$25
Zorba's Grill
Food: Greek
183 Nassau St.
(609) 924-2454
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Takeout only

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 42% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 50% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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