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“Think Colonial!”
Review of The Cranbury Inn

The Cranbury Inn
Ranked #8 of 18 Restaurants in Cranbury
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Welcome to the Cranbury Inn! The Cranbury Inn is an ideal location for many types of special functions. Since 1750, The Cranbury Inn has continued to function for its original purpose of offering food and drink to people from all over the world. Enjoy our dining experience from our various menus, complimented by our extensive wine list and full service bar, in a warm friendly atmosphere with attentive service from our wait staff. The Cranbury Inn will periodically send special savings, promotions, and coupons to our preferred internet clients. To take advantage of these online specials, please join our email mailing list. Call us today for more information!
Reviewed 28 May 2018

It's a short drive from the museum we visited in Princeton to this quaint town with rustic inn. We loved the dark wood and colonial decor - especially the original deed from 1775, showing this to be the oldest restaurant in NJ! Quite spacious, excellent service and our lunch entrees were delicious. We both selected the Rainbow Trout served in sauce beurre blanc, with steamed vegatables and roasted potatoes. The sauce was so good we just had to dip our warm rolls in it! No room for dessert, but we plan to return to Princeton for more sightseeing, so we'll be sure to dine here again as well!

Date of visit: May 2018
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Thank Sheila S
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

Ordered crab cake for appetizer. It was very obvious it was not a fresh crab cake...more along the lines of Mrs. Paul's frozen crab cake. Salad consisted of very tough romaine lettuce with 2 cherry tomatoes. Soup was supposedly broccoli and cheddar, however, it was as watery as chicken broth. Entrees were chicken artichoke saute and cavatelli with broccoli and carrots. They both had absolutely no taste . Had better food in the hospital. We both left our full entrees on the table. Our waiter asked if we wanted our food wrapped. We replied no. He did not bother to ask if there was a problem. He took both plates and brought the check. Never, ever going back. Total waste.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Thank mommie57
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

Met my good friend for dinner at this very nice establishment. The wait staff was very attentive without being annoying. The food was very good. I had the Veal Osso Bucco which is my favorite dish. It was delicious as was the mashed potatoes that came with it. The salad that came with the meal was also fresh and came with the dressing on the side instead of drowning the greens. My friend had the stuffed lobster tail and it also looked mouth watering. There was a beautiful room attached to the building that would make a wonderful venue for a wedding ceremony.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Thank Sandy P
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

The range of reviews for this 260+ year old inn is surprising, leading me to believe the Inn and its staff has good days and bad days. Since they also have a banquet hall, I wonder if the bad days coincide with large parties in the hall. Several reviewers commented on the datedness of the decor and the darkness of the dining rooms. Well, the dining rooms are decorated in an older style, not as common today, but quite common in New Jersey from the 1950s through the 1980s. If you don't want a reinterpretation of colonial decor, this is not the restaurant for you. We thought the decor was fine -- very consistent with family run inns in central NJ. There were dozens of these one-off non-chain restaurants in New Jersey at one time. Few remain.

The menu was fine for us as we like traditional American fare, although I can see that those who prefer more modern, fusion food would not be happy here. As to the comments about food being cold, lacking taste, etc., I can only say that our lunches on a Saturday were fine and quite tasty. We would have to make several more visits and have several different options before I could raise the rating to excellent.

Service by our waiter, Guy, was good and the food was brought to the table in a reasonable time -- not too soon and not too late. The interval between appetizers and entrees was not too long.The bread basket was a bit disappointing as the rolls appeared to be from a commercial bakery and were nothing special, although they were served warm. Drinks were refilled in a timely manner and without us asking. The dessert was quite good, although we were glad we shared it as the portion was too large for one person.

Overall, a nice lunch and we will return. For those who think the Cranbury Inn is a little old fashioned, well it is, but that is not always bad. Modern fusion restaurants are not for everyone, either, with cold, hard surfaces, loud music, and food that may be adventurous but unfamiliar.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Thank serenitywriter
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Recently attended an event here. Food was good and the venue is very nice. Service at one of the makeshift bars that was setup was a bit off and slow. Other than that, very nice restaurant.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank travelman1979_10
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