Vidalia Restaurant - Lawrenceville, NJ

4.7
863 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Welcome to Vidalia, 2016 winner in Top 10 Best Italian Restaurant in New Jersey by NJ.com and 2017 rated # 1 Italian restaurant in Mercer county New Jersey
Please note that our outdoor seating is enclosed and heated during winter and fall.
Lawrenceville premiere destination for gourmet cuisine and impeccable service. Accented by soft lighting and elegant décor, Vidalia aims to please and succeeds in doing so. The professional staff caters to its guests’ every need making sure not to cut corners and only offering the finest, highest quality ingredients. The menu is vast and eclectic showcasing an impressive selection of Authentic Italian specialties. Treat your guests to an evening that they won't soon forget. The professional and friendly staff at Vidalia looks forward to making your next dining experience truly unforgettable with pleasant dining and superb cuisine.
Please note that our outdoor seating is enclosed and heated during winter and fall.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, European, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5: 00pm - 9:30pm
Saturday 5:00pm - 9 :30pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9 :00pm
Monday: Closed: Vidalia will open for parties of 20 or more upon request
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Phone number
(609) 896-4444
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Salvatore Scarlata
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Catering
We are happy to host events in our restaurant during normal business as well as off hours. The restaurant holds 48 people comfortably and our outdoor dining area will hold 50 people as well. We be happy to provide a great custom family style meal for your event or your guests can order a la carte from our menu.
No matter what the event is, we feel confident we can provide you with a warm and wonderful dining experience with great food and great service.
We also cater off site events and will be happy to provide you with any information you need about our catering menu.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
206 or Gordon Ave.
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Parking details
Free Parking with no meters.
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Public transit
10 minutes from Hamilton train station and 5 minutes from 295 North or South.10 minutes from Princeton University and local shoppes.
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Entertainment
Al Fresco Dining with entertainment, weather permitting and Wine Tastings and outdoor fireplace
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Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
What 863 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Tucked away in a small street off the main road with ample parking, Vidalia was a very pleasant dining experience. The staff is attentive and not intrusive. The food is well prepared and beautifully presented. We were four and each one of us enjoyed our meal. We will return.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Be prepared to eat outside on patio. Very few tables inside and you must specify inside when you make reservation. No vegetables but lots of fruit accents to main courses. Missed a green vegetable and starch....but decent garlic bread and excellent service and cheerful staff!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This is my second time at this restaurant and it had not disappointed. The food is excellent! If I lived locally I would be a regular customer!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

A soup (lentil and carrot), a starter (fillet tips in a puff pastry), and a side dish (grilled asparagus) made for a simply delicious dining experience.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Excellent food and caring service. All was terrific.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Dinner was excellent. From the stuffed onion to the braised beef with risotto to the tiramisu and espresso, food quality was top rate. The service was attentive without being overbearing. Decor and ambiance were wonderful to enjoy conversation and laughs with friends over a delicious meal.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Hidden gem in Lawrence Township. Authentic Italian cuisine served hot. Interesting specials. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Delicious food and attentive staff, chef/owner interacts with customers, BYOB for wine lovers!!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We are frequent diners at Vidalia and recommend it warmly to all our friends who have never been there. All of them have gone back and thanked me for the introduction. The only drawback is the noise level inside on weekends (although I am happy for the owner to see such crowds). In warm weather the terrace is ideal, as it was last night. Anyone who likes duck should make a reservation now! That is one of Vidalia’s specialties. But even the swordfish — hardly a rare dish —we had last night was delectable.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The fig beet salad special was simply amazing in presentation and flavor. The shrimp dinner salad was exquisite...it could don the cover of Gourmet magazine...and so delicious and PLENTIFUL!!
It's great to have a restaurant you can depend on.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We had a wonderful meal celebrating my birthday. The staff was friendly and attentive - but not too much so. The crowd thinned out so the noise level was fine. The food was served piping hot - just like I like it. Everyone agreed the quality and presentation of the food was amazing and the unexpected birthday dessert was rich and decadent - just as a celebration desert should be. Definitely going back soon!

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The food was good as is usual. The service is hit and miss. Some of the servers are excellent while others are mediocre.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner last Thursday night after visiting our niece at The Lawrenceville School.
Vidalia has a fantastic fresh menu and all our entrees, salad and dessert were fabulous! It also has a beautiful garden space for outdoor dining.
It is our favorite local restaurant. We live over an hour away and can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

My family and I have dined here many times. Vidalia never disappoints. And, has the added bonus of outdoor dining. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

For any occasion, good food for your money . This was our fifty six anniversary.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

I have eaten here a number of times, each time trying something different. The quality is consistently wonderful. Inside seating is cozy with nicely set tables. Stuffed onion appetizer is delightful. If you can’t do diary ask them to make without the cheese - still excellent. Nice variety in the salads. Although you cant go wrong with a special the standard menu is top notch. Bring your favorite wine and enjoy.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

It was my 85th birthday and my children , grandchild and husband joined me to celebrate. The food and service were delicious and prompt as usual. There was a large partynearby so the noise level was high but that happens. We are regulars and will continue to be so.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

We have dined at Vidalia for several years. Never disappointed. Food is always delicious. Staff very friendly and attentive. Very cozy and quaint. We brought my daughter and her husband. They were very pleased that it wasn’t your typical Italian restaurant. They really loved the unique appetizers and entree s. We will be bringing them again! Super nite!!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I am a repeat customer at Vadalia’s - it is my go to place for very tasty Italian dishes. The use of fennel sausage in appetizers is wonderful - try the stuffed onion appetizer. All the employees are engaged and responsive, but they don’t hover or rush. Outside seating is nice on a pleasent day. Inside seating is a bit more intimate and classy.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Great meal for a summer's evening; everything was done perfectly.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Excellent food and service. Great setting for outdoor dining. One of our favorites!

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food, service and comfort were fine but the noise level was unpleasant especially due to
toddlers and young children. Parents do not remove them when they scream and this small,
lovely restaurant is really NOT the place for children on a Saturday night. Tables are
close and the overall noise level was too high including a very loud party of 12.
This is a problem in almost every restaurant today- no concern for other diners.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We enjoyed our food and plan to return. My only comment is that Open Table didn't allow us to reserve an indoor table. We sat outside and given it was 90 degrees outside, it did affect the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We chose Vidalia for my husband's birthday because each time we have visited we have always been treated to friendly service and a fine selection of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. We were not disappointed. We were completely satisfied.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Food was delicious! We will be returning soon.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Excellent food excellent service quiet comfortable environment and a friendly visit from the owner/chef. A perfect evening dining out.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

I have been to this restaurant several times and it never disappoints. The food is always delicious. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive to our needs. Everyone was happy with their meals. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

great place for dinner food and service is always great.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Very Nice restaurant

The Beet salad was the absolute best I've ever had! Service was excellent. Outdoor seating was nice but not very cozy. Menu was a little pricey but the food was good and the BYOB helped the value a bit. I would return again, especially with the same girl.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Vidalia never disappoints with great food. Everything on the menu is great. Service is also very good, friendly and helpful

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Very good menu with lots of possible choices. I usually go for the Veal Parm and have not been disappointed. The house salad is better than most. The service staff is young but well trained and they execute and work together well. As on many night, the owner / chef worked the floor to make sure all was well.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

the food was exquisite
we each had a veal dish
I had the "Fichi" with figs and mushrooms in a brandy sauce
I requested less sauce and it was served perfectly!
My husband had the Saltumbucca and it was wonderful

our waitress was a delight!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The food at Videlia's is always interesting and beautifully prepared. Wait staff is very conscientious.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great meal with excellent service.

Be sure to bring a bottle of wine and consider the specials!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Excellent food, lovely outdoor and indoor seating available.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We enjoyed a great meal to celebrate a special occasion with our group of 5. Our table outside was ready, service was prompt, appetizers (calamari, stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta), meals (pasta, veal, chicken, lamb chops and seafood pasta) and dessert (tiramisu and cannolis) were all tasty . . . portions are large so we enjoyed much of it again the next day! Always love BYOB places so that was a bonus. An enjoyable spot!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

The food at Vidalia is really delicious. They have unique dishes that are worth trying out, like the Vidalia loaf and the Vidalia pasta dish. The server was very friendly and service was excellent. We will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Always a pleasure. Special night out, everything a la carte, so be prepared to pay for your salad. Delicious meal. BYOW.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Never disappointed until now...service was awful. Waited a very long time to order, asked repeatedly for wine to be opened and had to ask several times for ice bucket. He may have been overwhelmed as there was a private party inside. We dined on the patio and that was busy too. Unfortunately, table of 6 behind us was VERY loud. The salads were good as expected but the entrees were uneven. My crab stuffed sole, a special, was cooked unevenly and was cold in the center. Other people in our group said their entrees were ok, the chicken was full of small bones and lasagne portion was small. Dessert was especially bad...we ordered the chocolate lava cake w/ vanilla gelato and they served it w/o the gelato because the server said they ran out. Another person in our party ordered plain vanilla gelato and was served mostly whipped cream.
We will go back but definitely not when they have a private party that seems to overwhelm them.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Our server was great - detailed explanations of the specials and quick (but not rushed) service. Excellent food and a nice outdoor atmosphere. A loud group made it difficult to converse at times but overall a nice night out with friends.

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