Yankee Doodle Tap Room

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194 reviews
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Gastro Pub

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*All reservations are for inside dining only.

The legendary Yankee Doodle Tap Room has a long standing tradition as Princeton's destination for gastropub dining. Featuring an American grill menu and recognized as the central meeting place, there are over 19 world beers on tap and a variety of wines and specialty drinks. Seasonal seating is available in front of a cozy fire place or alfresco style on our patio in the heart of Palmer Square. Six large HDTVs broadcast sporting events year round.

Named after the mural painted by Norman Rockwell, which resides behind bar, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room's historic charm includes the carvings of past guests in the solid oak tabletops, and the famous photo gallery of notable Princeton University graduates from the past century.

There's always something happening from beer tastings to live music please check our website for the most up to date event announcements!
What 194 People Are Saying
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GV
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch. The food was delicious and the service by Bruno was excellent.

KM
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Regular pub food, burger was good, not great. Salmon was very salty. Service was great and waitress was very attentive.

EJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were unable to make reservations for 6:30 so we made them for a later time, but when we go there the place was practically empty. Also, when we arrived, it took about 10 minutes for someone to seat us. Other than that, the food was good and out waitress was very nice.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful day so we ate outside. Great experience

R
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was pretty good, bar type atmosphere

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable experience except for the noise level, which at times can be pretty unbearable. The menu is a bit limited and the food is basic but in my experience it's always good. Alas, this time I had a steak which was far more fat than meat. About 4-5 bites of meat completely surrounded by inedible fat. A failure. They should bring back the filets.

DS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch at the Yankee Doodle tap room. The restaurant dates from about 1937 with a vintage Norman Rockwell mural behind the bar. The salads were great and if you ask for chicken with - it’s well prepared and a generous helping. Plus at our request, they made up a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato. And the prices were reasonable!!!!

o
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

On line there were no reservations available for 10.30 am, so I was forced to make a reservation for 11 am. When we went into the restaurant at 11 am it was almost completely empty, which made me wonder at the 11 am slot that I had booked.

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We started with the hummus platter, which was very fresh and tasty. We had the salmon with vegetable risotto as an entree. The salmon was cooked perfectly. Service was spot on. The only downside was it was very loud at times. I would definitely go here again.

O
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Allure of the location is ideal...right in the square off Nassau St. Our server could have been more on top of it...had to remind him of a few things (drinks and additional apps). The food was good. Quinoa black bean burger, Ahi Tuna Tar-tar. Good selection of beer.

BD
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good service, historic and friendly atmosphere and good food. Good selection of beverages as well. A consistent and adequate menu.

BG
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was decent. Our waiter was terrible. He only came to our table 3x during our entire meal. We had to return to hostess station 15 mins after being seated to let them know no one had greeted us or taken any drink orders. The remainder of the service for the entire meal was just as poor.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Meeting up with friends that live in the city

NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was awful- server didn't come with water to introduce himself until 30min after being seated. Confusion among the servers about who was looking after us. Food took forever. And while server apologized, the service didn't improve!! And it was Father's Day!

VF
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We live in town. The menu doesn't look exciting, basic American fare, but it is truly delicious, really flavorful, and consistent. Drinks are good too. Staff is very friendly.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Requested outdoor seating but when arrived were told that we had to eat inside because outdoor seating cannot be reserved. We even put this in the special request area on the reservation but were not told we had to eat indoors. It was a nice evening and we would have gone somewhere else to eat outdoors if we had known. We came to enjoy a meal before a concert.

WD
New York Area
1042 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I come in once in a while for lunch and a pint. The crab cake sandwich and a side of salad makes a very nice meal.

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice place

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I
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Delicious food. Good value. But yes, noisy.

i
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely sitting outside until it rained. Inside was very crowded and noisy. It was fun nonetheless.

FM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was not noisy like some other pubs; booth was nice and private. Great burgers.

BF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The ambience is nice. The food is okay - nothing bad but nothing special. The service was poor. Not one of the wait staff was smiling, our waitress was not at all attentive and we had to go find someone to get our check at the end. Perhaps we hit it on an off day, but we wont' be going back.

MS
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Too noisy, inattentive bartender didn't know how to make most drinks, $34 steak was tough and overdone, replacement meal was a miniscule piece of fish, date's salmon had a very salty sauce on one piece. For a high class place it was one of my most horrible dining experiences.

SB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic Burgers and Fries - Great outdoor seating area. Highly reccommend the White Peach Sangria as well!

MD
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My dining companion and I tried two versions of hamburgers...both were vere juicy and toppings were on point. Both the regular and sweet potato fries were just crispy enough and delicious. The waiter was very accommodating.

NW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I had been told that the Breakfast menu was available until 4 PM, but when we got there, it was the Brunch menu that was available until 4. Nevertheless, we all found something we liked, the children's menu was perfect for my grandchildren. The service started off very good, but the waiter eventually forgot an order of fruit and bacon. They were taken off the bill. Everyone enjoyed the ambiance and would like to come back again.

T
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

If you can find it (it's in the basement of Nassau Inn: we did not see any signage outside), it's worth a visit, but only a visit, not to stay and eat. The wall of photos of famous alumni is worth a perusal. I would not, however, recommend eating there, especially on a nice day. It is a dark and somewhat dingy, and the service is terrible. It's a place to feel the "old" (in every sense of the word) and stuffy Princeton.

R
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The service was very good, however, the food was just average. We found the prices high for the quality of the food and the smal portion size. It has been a few years since our last visit and I doubt we will be back in the near future. It was disappointing

J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Regatta at Princeton

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Took my daughter for a special lunch before taking the campus tour at Princeton University. We both loved their burger. The wall of famous Princeton alumni was a great warmup for the tour. We had plenty of time to stroll around afterwards, but the walk to Whig Hall for the tour would have just been less than 10 minutes. The wait staff on this visit were young and experienced, but made up for it with friendliness.

JM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Great service. Nice pub atmosphere. Prime rib was extremely tough. They were very accommodating and offered replacement.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

A perfectly dreadful experience. Must have been the waiter's first day, so incompetent was his performance; the supervisor was even more clueless. It took us two full hours for a simple meal, and getting the bill (and then getting the credit card back) was an epic struggle -- the staff simply could not be bothered. The salmon was seriously overcooked; the pot pie had only potatoes; the prime rib was OK. The desert for the fixed-price menu was not available when the time came.

PR
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Ok - not a very

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Parents in town

ED
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible food. Horrible service. Save your money! There’s so many better places in Princeton.

KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Hard to believe such a fine historic establishment in downtown Princeton could have such undesirable food

LW
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great casual night out!! Food was delicious!!! Will definitely go again

E
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As on earlier occasions, a very nice dining experience in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. I do recommend this venue to all who are looking for a great pub meal experience in a fantastic venue in the heart of historical Princeton. For the history buffs, the Nassau in the name of the overarching Nassau Inn is a sympathetic reminder of the Dutch colonists settling in the area in days long gone. Fortunately, the great food in the Tap Room has no relation with 17th century Dutch cuisine.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice comfortable space, friendly service and good food.

TD
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best service and table ever! We will be back for sure!

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