Fare: New American
Price: Very Expensive
Food Quality Excellent: Serves a well-executed, creative seasonal menu of French-influenced American and Mediterranean food using sustainable farming and fresh ingredients, especially from local sources.
Service: Wait staff is professional, knowledgeable, and well attended, though they tend to be a bit slow during peak times. However, if you need to have faster service, seats at the bar can be better option.
Ambiance/Decor: Upscale, with a clubby style dining room, a heated and enclosed greenery garden room, and an antique bar decorated with hanging tubular fabric and fixtures.
Overall Rating: 3 1/2 Stars - One of the best restaurants in Central Jersey. Classified as an upscale "Chef-Inspired Fine Dining" restaurant. (* Note - See below restaurant classification for details)
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to 4 stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Dress: Upscale Casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy excellent food with fine dining amenities and upscale, trendy ambiance.
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who enjoy casual, family dining
Recommended dishes: When available, The Anise Steamed Ora Salmon with Roasted Fennel, Parsnip, Pickled Apple; The Rosemary Braised Lamb Shank with anson mills farro, Eggplant, roasted red pepper, anise Jus; and The Pepper Crusted Wagyu Skirt Steak with Cannellini Bean Ragout with Mushrooms, Rosemary and Sweet Peppers, Salsa Verde
Liquor: Full-service bar service with an exceptional wine list. Bar scene is vibrant.
The Frog and the Peach restaurant is a New Brunswick mainstay that continues to improve and attract millennials willing to splurge on a chef-inspired fine dining experience, without the stuffy ambiance found at most of the typical "Old World" fine dining restaurants.
The Frog and the Peach is under the management of Owner/Chef Bruce Lefebvre, and Chef de cuisine Joe Beninato.
Chef Lefebvre received his formal training from The Culinary Institute of America and later honed his cooking skills in NYC under Charlie Palmer at Aureole and at Daniel and Lespinasse. before coming to the Frog and the Peach in 2000 and becoming Executive Chef in 2001. In 2012 he took over the ownership of the restaurant.
Chef de cuisine Joe Beninato received his formal culinary education in Culinary Arts Management at Middlesex Community College, and later began his career as line cook at The Frog and Peach, and then under Executive Chef Peter Turso, at the highly rated Ursino Restaurant on the campus of Kean University where he embraced his love for "farm to table", and recently returning to the Frag and Peach to team up with Owner/Chef Bruce Lefebvre.
The kitchen serves a well-executed, creative seasonal menu of French-influenced American and Mediterranean food using sustainable farming and fresh ingredients, especially from local sources
It a great place for a date or romantic dining experience. If you prefer a more quiet, cozy seating area, ask to be seated on the second floor where you can view the crowd below gathered at the attractive antique bar decorated with hanging tubular fabric and fixtures that glows as a tribute to the building’s industrial past. Alternatively, ask for the Garden Room. It has nice ambiance for a romantic dinner.
The Garden Room with seating for 50 and temperature controlled for a winter luncheon or a summer evening outdoor dining. This semi-outdoor space is heated and enclosed in the winter and open in the summer to expose it to the warm weather breezes.
During the busy periods of dining, parking can be inconvenient.
To be part of the solution, The Frog and Peach is offering an incentive to visit by using Uber (or Lyft or a good old taxi). When you check in, show your receipt for the car that brought you to the manager at the front desk. They will take 5% from your check. Discount is given per party of two.
They are open seven days/week. For Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:30pm; For Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm, and Sunday 4:30pm - 9:00pm
The Frog and the Peach serves a Pre-Theater Menu from 5:30 to 6:30, and on Sunday 4:30 to 5:30.
* Description of Restaurant Classification - Chef-Inspired Fine Dining:
The most popular upscale restaurants in New Jersey, classified into three categories; Chef-Inspired Fine Dining, Chef-Inspired Casual Dining, and Contemporary Casual.
learn more about the three types of upscale restaurants and how reviews are created.
(updated: December, 2020)