Fare: New American
Food Quality: 3 Stars
Service: 2 1/2 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Food is Very well prepared using fresh farm to table local ingredients sourced from NJDA Certified Organic farms
Chic, casual farm house ambiance
Seating on the tractor style seats can get to be uncomfortable
Noise Level: Moderate -High
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy excellent fresh, farm to table food with an option for communal dining, in a rustic trendy setting.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer more traditional dining and a less chic ambiance.
Recommended dishes: When available, Creekstone Farms Beef Flat Iron Steak; The Roasted Lamb Shoulder for two; and the Cape May Day boat Sea Scallops.
Liquor: Full service vibrant bar with a good selection of California wine
Agricola is one of the best Princeton restaurants. It sets the pace as a trendy, industrial chic style restaurant serving healthy food using fresh farm to table local ingredients sourced from Certified organic farms.
Agricola is owned and operated by Jim Nawn with the kitchen run by Executive Chef Crawford Koeniger. Prior to coming to Agricola, Chef Koeniger was the executive chef at the Washington House in Basking Ridge.
The menu crafted by Chef Koeniger uses fresh local ingredients from their own nearby 112 acre, NJDA Certified Organic "Great Road Farm", supplemented by fresh ingredients from other local providers,
The seasonal menu is printed with a description of what produce to expect from the farm during each season. Food is fresh with the freezer only used for storing ice cream.
The restaurant's 200 seats are comfortably spaced apart in six areas with an attractive, casual, farmhouse, chic ambiance. The areas include the bar, the parlor, the kitchen, the family room,the root cellar, and the the courtyard.
The "kitchen" area is a room next to the kitchen with a view of the cooks in action. The kitchen is also view able from the sidewalk though a window with passersby looking in at the cooks at work.
The dining areas are rustic, trendy, with exposed brick walls, rough pickled beams, tile floors, wood ceilings,wooden benches, industrial lighting, and pegs on the wall for hanging jackets
The vibrant bar is set with a background of ceiling high glass shelves and a casual dining area with large windows that look out onto Witherspoon St.
There is communal table dining, and seating for 16 at the bar and 22 more at the high tables, It tends to get noisy and crowded with people standing and waiting for their table in the dining room to become available. For quiet conversation, ask to be seated in the root cellar or the parlor room.
Some of the tables have quaint backless, metal tractor seats that can be uncomfortable for seating, especially during a long dinner. For more comfortable dining, ask to be seated in the family room.
During the warmer months there is outdoor dining in the small courtyard.
The wait staff is attentive, friendly, with a good knowledge of the menu and drink selections.
The dining patrons tend to be mostly 35 +.
Agricola is open nightly for dinner from 5:30 to 10.
Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Parking is available on the street and in nearby municipal lots.
(updated October, 2016)
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