Vidalia Restaurant - Lawrenceville, NJ

4.6
930 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Vidalia will begin Dinner service with seating @ 4 pm, 5 ,530 ,6 ,8, 10 pm. Three course Price Fixe Menu $75 per person including desserts. 48 hour cancellation or changes policy will be applied.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 930 People Are Saying
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TT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tasting, well prepared food & excellent service. Noise level very high

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S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was delicious, and a number of people there were celebrating important occasions. I think restaurants need to do more than have radio (or radio quality) rock music playing. Seemed out of synch with the menu and the patrons. Maybe the staff or chefs demand it? Not great for the customers. Was sooo tempted to ask them to just turn it off but that was the choice they made for the ambience, so...

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RM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was great, we were seated on time and the food was outstanding. Everyone from the Hostess to the Chef were very accommodating. Can't wait to go back!!!

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PD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Big menu with lot of excellent dishes. We went as a big party to got to try a couple of things like the chicken marsala, chicken francese, chicken parm with penne and all were great. Don't miss the onion loaf, it comes stuffed with cheese, peppers and onions. The gelato was creamy and delicious. We would definitely go back!

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WD
New York Area
916 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The aubergine starter (half of an eggplant with tomatoes and cheese) was big enough for the main course. It was delicious when accompanied with a bowl of soup.

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ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our absolute favorite restaurant in the area. Food is wonderful, staff and atmosphere are perfect. I highly recommend Vidalia.

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f
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We were promptly seated. Young man helping servers was very polite, friendly & efficient. Our server was also friendly but not as attentive, didn't check on us much, only when we asked for her. It was very busy but still usually they check after meals are brought out. After 10 minutes we had to finally wave at her. Asparagus app was delicious. Onion soup was good. Entrees were just ok. The scallops were mushy, maybe not cooked all the way? The chicken rollentini(?) was smothered by too many mushrooms on top, like a blanket of mushrooms & the gorgonzola was so overwhelming. I switched to another meal & was happier. We've been here many times in the past & liked it better then.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal. It was great as it always is!!

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JE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The salmon and the garlic beans were excellent as was my friend’s cannelloni. Our server was very attentive.

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MB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not nearly up to the standard of best italian restaurant in NJ. No complaints, but not memorable.

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MA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always reliable. The food is always beautifully prepared, delicious, and hot. The service is always professional, yet friendly. The restaurant is small but very cozy and intimate. It's always my go to for my birthday, anniversary, and Valentines Day with my husband. It's really been one of my favorite places to dine for years.

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F
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had an enjoyable meal. Pasta was excellent, sauce was outstanding and the Vidalia Bread appetizer was a meal in itself. Can't wait to go back.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The pasta dishes are excellent. The only issue I had was with the rice ball appetizer for $15. The size of the rice ball was small for the price. Although it was tasty, it's not worth the price. Your best bet would be the stuffed onion which is stuffed with cheese and fennel sausage.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing doesn’t even describe

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r
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. So glad the filet tips made its way into the appetizer selection for the evening!

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t
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful creative appetizers & dinners, excellent service, this restaurant is a neighborhood gem!

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PR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Loud and tight quarters but still a wonderful restaurant!!!

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WD
New York Area
916 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Some changes to the menu allowed me to try a type of pasta I never recall having anywhere before. The filetto di Pomodoro with some pieces prosciutto and red onion (and the perfect amount of garlic) is a very good pasta creation. As always, the portions here are generous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Server had two wrong orders

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MI
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy the well prepared and creative meals at Vidalia!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Really disappointed. Upon arriving the hostess just pointed to our table. Waitress was sweet, but inexperienced. Brought the soup and appetizer out at the same time, with little room on our two top table. When we refused the appetizer she came back and advised us that the food could not be “reheated”. She brought the food out at the wrong time and then was going to “reheat” it!! Never again!

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JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our first time at this restaurant and everything we tried was excellent! Save room for dessert, you won’t be disappointed. We will definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great value / great food / close

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PD
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I invited a friend for lunch at Vidalia, where I have been dining off and on for a long time. I had hoped to eat on their covered terrace because the interior of the restaurant can be extremely noisy. That day they weren't serving on the terrace, so we were confined to the noisy dining room. Fortunately the hostess kindly moved us to a quieter table by the window when it became available. We both enjoyed our lunch. I had a tasty salad of greens, apples, walnuts, gorgonzola and chicken. My guest liked her San Remo wrap. The price was certainly reasonable for the portion and quality of the food, and the service was fine. It has always been the high noise level that makes me hesitate to return to Vidalia if I am forced to sit in the tiny dining room.

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AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint restaurant with great food. It’s byob and the owner always comes by the table to say hello!

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LC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

super restaurant. One of our local favorites in the Princeton NJ area. Great food and staff.

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DG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely evening. We would like to try to outside seating next time. Our service was fantastic.

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JP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were very pleased with our dining experience. Would recommend.

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BS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the area. The food is amazing, the staff is knowledgeable and personable, the owner/chef is a great guy and makes you feel like family. You won’t be disappointed!

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r
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Vidalia Menu, staff and Owner (Sal) are outstanding. The food is exceptional and the staff could not do enough. Love it!

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RS
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special occasion -- my wife's birthday. A lovely dinner. From her bright and beautiful veal fichi to my deeply soul-satisfying osso bucco, everything was terrific. Service was perfect, and the room as cozy and inviting as ever.

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great as always!!! We love Vidalia!

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Central NJ for certain. Sal and his staff continue to impress.

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ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The noise level was so loud, we finished our luncheon quickly and left. My friend and I meet in the Lawrenceville area about six times a year and have gone to Vidalia's several times. Wednesday was our last time there. Actually, the food was not that great either.

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JO
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything was good, but the prices were a little high, especially since a salad is not even included with entree. Also, the bread is not really bread, but crusts that are toasted and seasoned.

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A
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food great service
Reasonably priced for what you get
Many excellent choices
My only regret is that I have gone by the location for many years not knowing about the restaurant but will be back many times in the future

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l
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would have enjoyed it more if the specials for the evening were printed out with prices. It's a small room and hearing the server recite the specials more than a half a dozen times was annoying.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience! Excellent food & service!!!

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D
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious. We were early. They seem to have no problem with that. We celebrated my bd. They plated the cake we brought, no problem. Everything was awesome!

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Vidalia several times over the past few years and were disappointed only once. There was a large group in the restaurant which was very loud and disruptive. The chef apologized, but of course he cannot be blamed for a large reservation. We enjoy Vidalia so much that we have not let the one time deter us from returning.

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