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Oct 2, 2009 05:19 PM

Most Romantic Restaurants in Mercer County?

Looking for a really romantic restaurant in the Mercer County area (other than Rat's). Suggestions?

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  1. Probably the most romantic is Laheire's in Princeton but I would avoid going there, the cuisine is still in the dark ages.
    In a modern style Eno-Terra in Kingston may fit the bill and in a country style, The Blue Bottle in Hopewell would work. Neither are as romantic as Rats.

    Have a great time wherever you go!

    1. IS there usch a place anymore? Most places try to pack as many tables into as little space as possible - you end up hearing everything the tables next to you are saying.

      1. It's not still in Mercer County, but I used to think the old Martine's was a very romantic location. There's an Italian restaurant in there now, but I don't know how good it is.I dunno, I haven't been to a lot of the more expensive restaurants in Lambertville-New Hope, but I suspect they may have a more romantic atmosphere.

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        1. re: Heatherb

          The old Martine's is now Marcella's serving very good regional Italian & Mediterranean cuisine. They used to have the small place on 32 (river road) near Washington Crossing. Still the same cozy dining upstairs that we always enjoyed. Visit on a weeknight when it's a bit quieter.


          1. re: Foody4life

            Thanks for the heads up! I will have to swing by. I have been avoiding it since I was verging on distraught over Martine's relocation and makeover!

            1. re: Heatherb

              100% agree - nothing will equal the old Martine's!!! So sad what they built by the river and morped into. : (

        2. In Mercer County, the only restaurant that comes to mind is Lahiere's in Princeton. I have not been to Lahiere's for a long time but I'm told it has changed significantly, for the better, in the last few years.

          For food, I agree that the Blue Bottle Cafe is near the top of the list but I would not use the words 'romantic' and 'Blue Bottle' in the same sentence!

          I'm not quite sure what you mean by "the Mercer County area" but if you're willing to venture outside the county you might try La Bonne Auberge in New Hope or The Sergeantsville Inn in Sergeantsville. Both are often mention as romantic restaurant destinations.



          1. Lambertville is not Mercer County, but it's close enough. Down there, I think a drink at the Canal House and dinner at Hamilton's Grill can be romantic, especially during the summer when you eat outside (obviously, that doesn't help much right now).

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            1. re: glutton

              Thanks for the suggestions. The Seargeantsville Inn is my favorite local restaurants, and I have a feeling that that is where we will end up going. This is for our first wedding anniversary dinner in December, so eating outdoors is not an option. We are going to go to Philly for the weekend following our actual anniversary (will probably go to XIX or Le Bec), but I was hoping for something a bit closer to Hamilton for the day of our anniversary. My DH had a very bad experience at Rat's, and for me to convince him to go back is like trying to teach a pig to sing -- it annoys the pig and wastes your time.

              1. re: Gwendolen

                If you have that much time to plan AND it seems you are willing to go outside Mecrer County proper try the Center Bridge Inn. Perhaps give him a BIG surprise and stay the night.

                Nudge, nudge, wink, wink , say no more, you know what I mean - as Monty Python once said.


                Or try Rouget in Newtown - closer to home. A good BYOB, Craig LaBan gave it a thumbs up.


                Try Meritage in Philly - small but good.