Welcome to The Perch at the Peacock Inn, where each meal is a celebration of community-driven produce and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients. We are continually inspired by our area’s hardworking farmers and by the myriad possibilities of seasonality. It is a privilege to share this moment of comfort and attentiveness with you.
At Perch, our food pays homage to the idea of terroir—that each product grown and raised in our particular corner of New Jersey carries its own individual taste. Our rotating dishes adapt with the changing seasons of the local microclimate, and we work closely with our friends and purveyors to bring you the best in peak season.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
double smash lancaster county beef, pa noble cave-aged cheddar, little gem, pickled shallot, heirloom tomato aioli with fries
Viking Village Scallops
Mountain sweet berry farms potato, charred cabbage, garlic chives, kale bread crumbs.
Heritage Pork Loin
hakurei turnips, crunchy brown butter groats, apple blossom, bee pollen mustard
We selected the restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. It was a milestone birthday. It’s a nice restaurant which we frequent quite often, on this occasion we were disappointed. They did not acknowledge the occasion, which I informed them about when we arrived.
What a wonderful evening and meal at The Perch. The mushroom french dip was a delicious twist on a classic. The entrees were excellent. The service and special attention Michael Rohrbach provides is second to none. The Perch is one of our favorites. We can't wait to return.
Dinner began with amuse bouche sent from the kitchen. We had broccoli rabe with marcona almonds, assorted olives and fried green tomatoes, crusty bread and butter with sea salt. For a first course my husband selected Norwich Meadow Farms Kyoto Carrot Soup (caraway, rye bread crumbs, gingered cultured cream) and I selected Jersey Clam Chowder (fresh Jersey clams, warm roots & herbs, smoked pork jowl, crispy clam fritter). We both thoroughly enjoyed our soups. The carrot soup had a hint a ginger and my chowder was rich and the accompanying clam fritter was light and crisp.
For entrees I went with caramelized sunchoke agnolotti (heirloom tomato butter, swiss chard, kite’s country ham). The agnolotti was feather light in a rich, creamy sauce, it was heavenly. My husband chose Heritage Pork Chop (hakurei turnips, crunch brown butter groats, apple blossom, bee pollen mustard). The kitchen sliced the around the bone and then sliced the meat into slices. It was a nice presentation. The pork was fork tender and delicious.
Although I was comfortable satisfied after my dinner, my husband insisted that we share dessert. We chose Fig Chiboust Tart (roasted fig & almond layer cake caramelized fig chiboust, honey, yogurt sauce) accompanied by a cup of decaf coffee. The cake was light, a hint of sweetness and tasty.
Wonderful outside patio, with delightful service!
I have been here a couple times. The food is excellent and the servers are very professional. There is nothing but kindness and courtesy when a person dines here. It is such a pleasant experience. I cannot say enough good things about the Perch at the Peacock Inn. I highly recommend it.
Wonderful meal, service, and ambiance. Felt very Covid-safe!
Our favorite restaurant for a special occasion. Expensive but always worth the price.
Service was outstanding. Very charming ambiance and atmosphere. Wish there were more options on the breakfast menu but the food that we selected was good overall.
In past lives this was a first rate refined Inn and restaurant with classic bar. The food, drinks and service all at the highest standards and quality standard cuisine with chef making some creations that if not of someone's complete liking at least caringly adventuresome. It was better to not focus on the very high prices, knowing much of that was for just maintaining the ability to have such a place available.
Pandemic, a slow Thursday in a cold February certainly are a consideration.
With 6 customers and 2 servers, we were attended to professionally but not at all ridgedly.
The place remains as it has been, comfortable and classic albeit aging.
The food was well proportioned, in fact fairly large. The one item that was special and wonderful (a mushroom sandwich au jus) - different and by nature a small sub a casual presentation and an especially perfect appy/snack if at the bar. We may well return for that.
The other courses were satisfactory (nothing showing exceptional quality or preperation), with the entree (a pork chop) cooked to dryness. I suspect the delay in preparation (including being brought the wrong order once) may be because of some back of house problem.
Essentially with all aspects in one, it is on par with the many other places in the area. However, t is not in the league to justify a total cost for 2 glasses wine, 2 apps, 1 entree and 1 dessert and coffees, gratuity totalling $170.
Finally, I did notice there is a lovely back patio I had never considered before. Not just for pandemic, but perhaps as an alternative to the cave like bar and bar menu, with heaters or nature, that could be a lovely spot.
Has to be in the top 3 best restaurants I've eaten at in the past 10 years (and I'm a huge foodie!)
The food was crazy off the hook amazing. Great presentation. Perfect service. Gorgeous ambience. My friends and I celebrated a birthday, and we already promised each other we would be back - and often!
The service was impeccable from start to finish. Mike Rohrbach the General Manager took care of every detail and Eric our server was friendly and very attentive. The food was truly a magical experience, creative and tasty and stunning to the eye. Highly recommended!
I love The Perch! Wonderful food, service & ambience. Will definitely come back
The service was excellent and everyone was so friendly. Were looking forward to going back and staying overnight!
Amazing! Food was amazing and the service was Stella. High recommend and would go again.
Absolutely wonderful experience and food. Drinks especially were a treat. Made for a perfect Valentine's. <3
Simply a fantastic experience with exceptional food and service for a wonderful Valentine's day dinner ;-)
an elegant evening. A place where you can wear a suit jacket if you prefer and the ladies can dress up. Feels like you are visiting a very important historic home with large rooms and high ceilings. This place makes you feel special.
My husband and I enjoyed the prix fixe menu offered for Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day with spouse
Went for Brunch at the Perch - it was amazing! Food is delicious!
Great ambience and experience. If you expect a quick meal this is not your place. This is more a date type experience where the noise level and intimacy is excellent. Portions are great and the menu was delicious
Excellent as always!!!!! Covid protocols followed well. Not a Huge menu, but what is on there is consistently EXCELLENT!!
This restaurant was wonderful. The food was very good and the atmosphere is so beautiful.
We had a wonderful evening! Every detail was perfect. I particularly loved the cocktails.
The team at the Perch was fantastic. Great food and wine recommendations and great overall experience.
Food service and safety fabulous.
Reservations through Open Table but no reward points given?
We LOVE this new chef, please keep this restaurant busy during covid! The service is perfect. Chris was an excellent server!! Very consistent...delicious. Creative. Worth every penny!
What a fabulous place! The food was incredible, the service impecable!
Thank you for your kind words. We're so glad you enjoyed your time at the Perch!
enjoyable, safe and good. The staff wore masks, people were socially distance, and the experience was still warm and inviting
Everything was very nice. We will be back. Thank you for your kind service and the really good food.
Thank you for your kind words! We'll look forward to seeing you again soon!
Outstanding food and atmosphere. Very elegant. The waitor forgot my second drink, but that happens from time to time. It is Pricey but worth it for a speacial occasion.
Great place for a date or to celebrate a special occasion- great ambience, delicious food and very friendly staff!
Great experience always
We're grateful that you joined us and we'll look forward to seeing you again soon!
We dined happily for many years at the Peacock Inn, but its relaunch as Perch, with a new culinary team in the kitchen, and a new front of the house team, has done more than just reinvigorate the dining experience, it has transformed Perch into a culinary gem with few rivals in the Princeton dining scene.
Couldn’t have wished for a better place to spend our anniversary dinner.
The food was outstanding as was the service.
Keep coming back to this place for the vibe and true dinning experience. Don’t expect your average tastings, food is complex and flavorful.
We understand that the restaurant changed hands a year or two back and this was the first time we ate there since the new ownership took over. We saw no decline in the quality of the food or service and, of course, the ambience is wonderful. We ate there the day after Christmas so social distancing was not an issue. Highly recommended for a special or romantic occasion.
The Perch is rated 4.8 stars by 1615 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.