The Perch

4.8
1615 reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Transforming fresh, local ingredients into refined, accessible interpretations of regional American cuisine.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 1615 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.8
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was delightful!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

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vipMattP
Philadelphia
244 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipDonnaW
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KateCroy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wonderful outside patio, with delightful service!

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vipJLGo
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, service, and ambiance. Felt very Covid-safe!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant for a special occasion. Expensive but always worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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GeoffK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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.

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vipFoodieDeb
Philadelphia
143 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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DebM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love The Perch! Wonderful food, service & ambience. Will definitely come back

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vipTommy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and everyone was so friendly. Were looking forward to going back and staying overnight!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Food was amazing and the service was Stella. High recommend and would go again.

JP
JasonP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience and food. Drinks especially were a treat. Made for a perfect Valentine's. <3

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vipraidersix2002
New England
135 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply a fantastic experience with exceptional food and service for a wonderful Valentine's day dinner ;-)

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vipTWFSGF
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

JM
JackieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed the prix fixe menu offered for Valentine’s Day!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day with spouse

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VijayaR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Valentine day

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ChrisO
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Brunch at the Perch - it was amazing! Food is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDavidS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!!!!! Covid protocols followed well. Not a Huge menu, but what is on there is consistently EXCELLENT!!

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MariaD
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was wonderful. The food was very good and the atmosphere is so beautiful.

LB
vipLoriB
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening! Every detail was perfect. I particularly loved the cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The team at the Perch was fantastic. Great food and wine recommendations and great overall experience.

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vipsp3cial
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food service and safety fabulous.
Reservations through Open Table but no reward points given?

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vipBaxter
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous place! The food was incredible, the service impecable!

The Perch
Responded on 29 January 2021

Thank you for your kind words. We're so glad you enjoyed your time at the Perch!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

enjoyable, safe and good. The staff wore masks, people were socially distance, and the experience was still warm and inviting

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cicero
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very nice. We will be back. Thank you for your kind service and the really good food.

The Perch
Responded on 29 January 2021

Thank you for your kind words! We'll look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KimberlyC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date or to celebrate a special occasion- great ambience, delicious food and very friendly staff!

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vipRobbypiya
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience always

The Perch
Responded on 29 January 2021

We're grateful that you joined us and we'll look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipThomasS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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MatthewJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have wished for a better place to spend our anniversary dinner.

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IonaH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding as was the service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Keep coming back to this place for the vibe and true dinning experience. Don’t expect your average tastings, food is complex and flavorful.

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vipJohne
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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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.

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