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One 53

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153 Washington St, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553-1034 (Princeton Ave & Rt 518)
+1 609-921-0153
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Tue 17:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was perfect except for the bread pudding. I can say the steak was great, rabbit, catfish and shrimp pasta were awesome. Escargot and smartbread excellent. Yes we all sampled each others food. And eating in the cellar surrounded by all that wine. Great listing of excellent bourbons n scotch too.

Thank Steve R
New Jersey
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Valet parking leads you to a front door greeted by gracious hosts as they open the curtain upon your arrival. The atmosphere, although cozy, is warm and good for a romantic evening out or to sit at a table with friends. The menu is limited but they do enough to cover all grounds with choices of pasta, meat, fish, chicken... More 

Thank RC21
East Brunswick, New Jersey
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We drove by this place weekly to go to Princeton for so many years and one day we finally tried it. This was our second time there. The menu has good variety. We ordered the sweetbread for appetizer, I knew it was some sort of inner, but not sure. It is Beef Thymus, and it was very good. We also... More 

Thank Bonnie T
Middlesex, New Jersey
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107 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

New Year's Eve dinner with my family. No problem with last minute reservation for five. On point excellent waiter. Shared plates were spicy shrimp; char grilled Cesar salad; halloumi cheese w/ drunkin figs; thick slab bacon. Entrees were varied choices great specialty cocktails.

Thank Marylovesprovo
Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Pricey but well worth it! Extensive menu, great food and attentive service. I had the scallops which were great. Will visit again and try more menu items!

Thank clairebeartoo
Princeton, New Jersey
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I live in Princeton with many good choices of restaurants. One53 is one I keep going back to when I want good food, a relaxed atmosphere, great service and an excellent and reasonable wine cellar. I know it's well managed because the wait staff is mostly the same through the years - always, smart, friendly and professional. The downstairs wine... More 

Thank Thomas L
Boston, MA
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38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I have eaten here twice in the last year. Both times were great. The food is inventive and eclectic. Pricing is about expected. SErvice is good. The tables are set pretty close together (unless you are a large party and have the round table in the back), so don't plan on lots of intimate conversation. In terms of fine dining,... More 

Thank Frequentflyer666
Bridgewater, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Very friendly staff but overpriced food - the fried chicken was no better than KFC. There was a fly in one of our drinks, which was replaced but should have been comped I think!

Thank tuckerms
Clark, New Jersey
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

The restaurant is ok, people are friendly, food is interesting and mostly tasty, wine is expensive and the 5oz measured pour is annoying, seating for two is cramped and I would have refused seating if not seated at the more private table near the window. But, a $36 scallop entrée that is served with 3 scallops is unacceptable, anywhere. 3,... More 

Thank jimlaker2015
Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We come here with friends several times a year and have always eaten at the bar. The bartenders are great and can create spectacular drinks based on ones whim. The restaurant is always packed and the bar is the perfect place for a little elbow room. The food if excellent no matter where you sit.

Thank petvavra

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$45
American, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 153 Washington St, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553-1034
    (Princeton Ave & Rt 518)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Rocky Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 609-921-0153
ONE 53 is ninety-nine seats serving American/Euro Bistro cuisine in a relaxed restaurant atmosphere. Our menu features seasonally changing specials using only the best and freshest ingredients from trusted sources and locally when available . The restaurant features wines from the US and Europe along with a full bar offering a variety of traditional and specialty hand-crafted cocktails. We're located in Rocky Hill, just outside Princeton, NJ. We've received flattering reviews from the NYT, Star Ledger, Trenton Times, NJ Monthly and other local publications

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