Witherspoon Grill
Witherspoon Grill

Witherspoon Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://jmgroupprinceton.com/witherspoon/
  • Phone: 6099246011x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Christian Graciano
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a separate room, "The Red Room," that can hold up to 27 people for a smaller event. Please call for more information regarding parties and events.
  • Private Party Contact: Laura English 609-924-6011x
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 10pm!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nassau Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The Spring Street Garage is directly behind the restaurant and there is on-street parking available within walking distance of the restaurant.
A word from Witherspoon Grill
Witherspoon Grill is a classic American steakhouse, with a casual, straightforward spin. Witherspoon Grill is committed to providing top-quality food in a warm, welcoming environment.

The Witherspoon Grill is the recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2008!
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Witherspoon Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
199 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (126)neighborhood gem (100)special occasion (79)fit for foodies (77)great for lunch (67)good for groups (59)hot spot (46)vibrant bar scene (43)notable wine list (36)romantic (33)great for brunch (31)kid-friendly (17)late-night find (12)scenic view (11)Show More
  • Overall good...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our experience was overall good. The majority of the food was great. My husband ordered 6 clams on the half shell and one was off. In addition he ordered the dry aged strip steak and asked for it medium rare. It came back medium. A place that specializes in steak and seafood should never get it wrong. My husband never sends things back because it's such a disruption to our night so he never fussed about it. The cocktails are always good and it was the perfect night to enjoy outside dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything about the Witherspoon Grill was excellent. The wine list was great. Our meals were all delis and dessert was fabulous! Highly recommend to anyone in Princeton.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Saturday night 9/27. Seated right away even though it was the height of the evening rush. Wait and support staff were very attentive. Food was delicious . My husband had requested his tuna well done and we all know how chefs loathe that request .... However it was done perfectly to my husband's request. One small drawback is on a very busy Saturday night the noise level is very high so at times we had to speak very LOUDLY at our own table to hear each other.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband loved his birthday dinner! We had a nice booth. The server place a candle on his dessert. A bit noisy but we were enjoying our time together that's all that matters.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality food, slightly pricey
    spongeted
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food here is for the most part excellent, and the staff are very friendly. When the weather is nice, you can sit outside too. However, $7 for a small pot of mediocre fries is very disappointing (while your steak will be delicious, it comes alone on the plate).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    What a great find. Loved everything about our meal. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Awesome dinner. Great food speed of service was good. Always a favorite
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, versatile spot.
    Anonymous
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Wonderful food with good quality wine, can't go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Drido
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is probably the noisiest restaurant I have been to in years, well beyond "Energetic". But, the food was really good. My stake was better that one I had recently at a Morton’s Stakehouse. My wife's pasta was as good as anything she had in Italy. The service was excellent. My only real complaint was the special drink I ordered. The Kentucky Old Fashioned was a glass half full of smashed fruit, ice and a little bourbon. The whole thing tasted like fruit. At $14 this was not worth ever ordering again. This is an expensive restaurant, especially with a drink. We probably would not go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We were celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary. Our waiter was Kennedy. We could not have asked for a better night. He took very good of us and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    First, if they want to charge NY steakhouse prices for inferior steak, they should at least serve it at the proper temerature, but my aged NY strip ordered medium rare was medium well. The restaurant is grossly overpriced for the quality and presentation of the food. Next, conversation at the table was impossible (and on a Tuesday night), because they have a TRIO playing amplified music. I have nothing against live music in a restaurant, provided it's appropriate to the venue and played at a dynamic level that doesn't drown out all conversation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok
    Food4me2
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Had lunch here which was good. The server rarely came back to our table though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best lunch spot in Princeton
    downtownregular
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Witherspoon Grill is the perfect place for business lunches. My job entails providing hospitality to the important guests of my institution, and I always bring them here for lunch. The food is great, the service is excellent, and the setting cannot be beat. When I am trying to show people the best of Princeton, I can always count on Witherspoon Grill to provide them a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We took a prominent NJ lawyer and his wife to dine there. Selected this eatery because one of the guest is a semi vegetarian. They ran out of the special lobster mack and cheese which she would have selected. Which was somewhat disappointing. Service was very good, all in all a good night the other entrees were satisfactory.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed Our Meal
    katiedaisies
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Nice restaurant for corporate events and family dinners. Excellent food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem
    PatsVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I always loce going to this restaurant. There is usually a table for us even at the last minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as Usual
    BobTVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Still the best, most consistent place in Princeton. Our regular place.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good
    GreenVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We have been here many times. The food has been consistently good. The service is generally good, timely, knowledgable, and friendly. Ocassionally, like our last visit service was untimely. We asked for dessert menu and something else, the server was sitting down chatting with other staff and didn't meet the standard one usually finds here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    marcy67
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We've gone twice now. We have a child in a nearby college, and have taken her to dinner here twice. There's something for everyone from a great burger to salads to steak to dessert! Great size portions that don't overwhelm, and service is very attentive! It's in the heart of Princeton, so you can walk around & browse afterwards. We were able to eat outside both times and it was lovely both times with the great weather we've been having.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud and Cramped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Even though we had a reservation we still had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. I guess that due to the weather they were not able to accommodate everyone as the outside seating was closed due to rain. Inside had a nice atmosphere, and if we go back, will request a booth as the tables are very close and it was hard to have a conversation between us with the loud table next to us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good bistro food.
    WimP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Delicious martini (pine apple infused vodka). I had the crab cake which was great and fresh, it came with old fashioned Cole slaw, not really innovative but OK. Then I chose the baked cod with olives and asparagus and tomatoes. While I did not like the raw asparagus, this was a fabulous entree! Loved it! The cod was very fresh. My husband ordered the mussels ; they were smelling badly when put on the table and tasted even worse. Not fresh at all. I tasted my husbands simply sautéed red snapper and this was fresh; this dish came with 3 slivers (each 1/8 of an inch?) of zucchini. The lack of vegetables was not OK. When I go to an expensive restaurant I expect a healthy portion of vegetables. I liked the ambiance. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it
    NYC2014gotoeatVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    it was my first time there despite living in Princeton. Service was good- host and hostess was amazing - food was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old reliable
    NancydrewVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I choose this restaurant over all the rest in Princeton for lunch meetings. If I request a quiet table, I get it and the wait staff is very sensitive to diners, when to interrupt and when to leave well enough alone. The food is always good. It's the perfect lunch spot and I see lots and lots of people happily eating outside, which is not for me, but I am letting the reader know, you have options. It's a good spot. Dinners are great too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    BlueDevil
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food was wonderful Restaurant very vibrant and crowded Music was nice
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jerseygirl
    jerseygirl
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I love the blood orange martinis and look forward to going here for this reason. The hamburgers are also great although one of our tablemates could not seem to get medium correctly (the other 2 did). I highly recommend the spinach salad as well filled with crunchy bacon! It is nice to sit either inside or out. The staff is friendly. This is a nice fun place to visit in Princeton and with OpenTable it is easy to find reservations. We will be back many times since we live locally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Princeton's Steak Place
    Jgraydon
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Witherspoon Grill serves steak to perfection as well as fresh seafood. Service prompt, friendly and efficient. Princeton is great and always alive. Witherspoon Grill is a fun place to finish the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Witherspoon is a Gem!
    HappyMom
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I went to Witherspoon Grill for our Anniversary on 8/31/14. We've come every year for the last 3 years just so we can sit outside and dine in a wide, open area. The threat of showers was in the air, but that didn't stop us from asking for a table outside under an umbrella. I ordered the steak tips, which were excellent! I asked for them to be cooked medium and they were cooked medium, not medium rare as at other restaurants. My husband got the lobster risotto, which he liked alot. My dish was served with awesome asparagus and mashed potatoes. I ordered a white sangria and it was out of this world! I had to order another, even though we were practically ready to leave. It was too good to deny myself!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Witherspoon Worth Visit
    FiveO
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Ambiance and food was very good. Service was a little slow, but probably more related to individual waitress than overall based on observation. Portions were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was very good with nice sized portions. The filet was cooked perfectly and the pork tenderloin had a very tastey crust. The space is very small. We felt a little cramped in the back area near the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, Great Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our first time to the Witherspoon grill and without a doubt we will be returning again soon. Our server was upbeat and although we saw she had a number of tables to manage it never seemed like she was rushing which made the experience memorable. She was on point with her timing and kept our wine glasses full the entire meal. I ordered the strip steak and our server made the suggestion to spend another $8 and get the dry aged steak and I was happy that I did. My fiancé had the lobster risotto and was thrilled with her choice. We will return again on our next trip to Princeton!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2 for 2
    Foodieintraining
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have been to Witherspoon Grill for inside and outside dining, both of which exceeded my expectations. Great host, wait staff, and food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fricker84
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Have dined here on several occasions and the food and service has always been exceptional. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date night
    lovethatfood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We have been here many times before and it never disappoints. We sat outside since it was a nice night, and it was much quieter than inside. The food is always great and we both enjoyed our entrees and the dessert!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Lunch
    PUDiner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Dined here with three colleagues for lunch. Wait person was personable and informative. Wine list was quite good but missed a similar beer list. Food was excellent and the ambiance was light and lively (we were still able to have a serious conversation without difficulty).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RAP2
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Pleasant ambience and good, friendly service. A nice place to be, especially in the evening. I've had good luck with both meat and fish dinner entrees. Lunch was a little pricey; the lobster risotto ($16) was heavy on the cheese for my taste; the lobster itself was a little chewy in places. The salads looked good with plenty of fresh ingredients.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classy
    greattimes
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is such a classy restaurant. We brought friends here for the first time and they were very impressed. Keep it up. Love the new dinner specials. Delicious
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Cher
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    All four people enjoyed their dinners. Filet tips were great. Mussels appetizer was enjoyable, large mussels. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice!
    eats
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Ate outside -- beautiful day. Service good. Very good food -- lemon chicken very good. chocolate peanut butter desert better! Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a Second Chance....
    TravelDiva612
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    CSC Dinner Club Review: The ambiance on the inside and outdoor seating was very nice. The wait staff was cordial but could be a little more attentive. The food was tasty with good presentation but pricey for the quality. For example, the lobster bisque did not have lump lobster meat in it. The sirloin on the steak salad was not very tender. On the flip side the mashed potatoes, short ribs, onion rings and bread pudding are worth returning for. We would give Witherspoon Grill a second chance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Witherspoon Grill delivers
    Bassman
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We arrived at 8:15 on a busy Saturday night and were seated at an outdoor table. The cheese plate was a scrumptious offering of three varieties accompanied by dried fruit and crackers. Wanting to play it different for main courses we decided to share sides of mashed Yukon gold potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts and sautéed broccolini. All were prepared and seasoned perfectly and our server was knowledgable and friendly making it a perfect night. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.