Vidalia Restaurant - Lawrenceville, NJ

4.7
1389 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
SEATING REQUESTS ARE NEVER GUARANTEED FOR OUTDOOR SUMMER SEASON
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.
Please note that our outdoor seating is enclosed and heated during winter and fall.
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VannaC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Capesante (pan- seared scallops) and the chicken Messina. The Messina was delicious.

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SusanQ
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant was casual with delicious food. There were several large groups there but it did not delay our appetizers or main entree from arriving.

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JoeB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great atmosphere! Outside seating is very nice on a fall night!

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vipluv2eatout
Los Angeles
94 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the lentil soup and milanesa chicken breasts topped with arugula salad. Our server was friendly and efficient. The outdoors covered terrace seating with plants and flowers makes for a nice ambiance.

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vipnewyorker852
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Vert decent food, good outdoor space. Love the table cloth! Service though was very slow esp w/2 kids.

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vipPleased
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st dinner out after knee replacement surgery. Perfect choice as the food is consistent, enjoyed the Osso Bucco perfect ‘gravy’ and tasty meal, the waiter Fernando anticipated every need.
It is great to know this neighborhood gem ‘ survived’ through pandemic restrictions!!
Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with a great terrace for outside dining. The staff were all extremely pleasant and attentive. The food was just what I wanted with a pasta with vodka sauce with pancetta perfectly cooked and spiced and an insalata caprese (the only slight flaw was the tomatoes, being at NJ restaurant, could have been a slight but riper to be perfect). Highly recommend Videlia!

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AnnaS
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vidalia is a great tucked away spot in downtown Lawrenceville, NJ with lovely outdoor dining in their courtyard. Vidalia has great traditional Italian food with great service. Can't beat it. Our favorite spot in Lawrenceville.

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vipMortgagemaster
Dallas
97 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Chase was super friendly and so was our server. Sea scallops, Swordfish and Barramundi were all delicious.

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vipHorsesRfun
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant

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LennyG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent and the service attentive and pleasant.

It’s a hidden gem in a nice little town

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AnjaliB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The first impression was wonderful but unfortunately the experience did not live up to reviews at all which I why I feel compelled to give feedback. The server was new and clearly overwhelmed and I have a lot of compassion for that but there was no apology for the long wait for seating and for food...they knew it was a birthday but they did nothing and did not even offer us dessert. The service was extremely slow and the food was so so. It was perfectly edible but nothing we would bring people back for- something we very much hoped for. I can only guess that the chef was off and they were understaffed. I did a lot of homework to find something special for my mom's birthday and after reading the reviews, I truly expected that. The ambiance made up for quite a bit but we left dissapointed. I probably will not give it another try.

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Mareski
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Love the location and food. Parking is plentiful. Good variety of specials. Come hungry, especially if you order pasta. We have dinner tonight too. Service started off well, but declined. Took forever to get dessert and refills on water. It is worth the trip for the food and variety of offered items.

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OpenTable Diner
West Palm Beach
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter and the food server-bus person were both outstanding~ friendly, kind, efficient… great experience.

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vipChrisH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went for lunch and great experience. Food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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vipNYPHILLYDC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our first time here. I like this place and will definitely go back. I am partial to "red checkered tablecloth" Italian restaurants and this is pretty close (although there are no actual tablecloths here). Staff is appropriately friendly and pretty efficient. Food (veal saltimbocca and sausage/cheese/spinach cannelloni was VERY good and portions are generous. Dining room is small and a bit noisy if there is a large table in attendance (in our case there was a table of 6 close by), although not outrageously so. But it's probably NOT the place to go if you're planning to propose marriage that night! Outside seating looked like a good bet on the right night, weather-wise. We'll be back!

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Debbie
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to eat outdoors in the lovely outdoor dining area. Our service was wonderful and the food - salad and dinner were delicious! We will be back soon! 😁

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AnnaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The stuffed onion appetizer was wonderful, as well as the antipasto. It was loaded w/cheeses, figs, olives and other Italian goodies! Brandon waited on our table and was knowledgeable of the dishes and very courteous. We dined outside and the fans did a decent job of making it a very pleasant experience. We can’t wait to return!

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HCHCHC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is wonderful just felt a little cramped in the restaurant.

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RustyVoyageur
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great original dishes and wonderful outdoor dining!

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SharonL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, awesome service and even better food!

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JonathanT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

A go to place for dinner. So so for lunch... there are better places in the area for lunch.

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LonnieB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food.

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vipbeatnikprof
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the serene courtyard on a cool evening. The service was excellent. We began with a starter of beet salad followed by mains of lasagna and the herb roasted duck. The lasagna had the ideal ratio of cheese to meat to tomatoes. The duck was crispy and flavorful. As always, the portions are plentiful. Cappuccino and cannoli rounded out the evening.

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vipHamiltonPat
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wide selection with delicious specials like the shrimp francese. The duck was outstanding. Service was good and the inside restaurant is cozy. I recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sal offers amazing dishes with such thought behind them. The service is nice with young adults from town getting an opportunity to serve in a high end restaurant. Truly worth trying.

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Jerseygal
Atlantic City
22 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food and service were top notch even as the staff battled hurricane like rain and wind to try to keep the outdoor dining safe and dry. We had to finally shelter indoors where we treated to great food and service despite very trying conditions for management, staff and the chefs. Always an A+ experience; we will be back again and again!

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JerseyJoe
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been a few years since we've been to Videlia, but after our meal, we will be back soon. We started off with the Vidalia Loaf, which is as good as we remembered, followed with the calamari which was perfectly fried and the pomodoro sauce was awesome. My wife had the Veal Francese, which was very tender and the lemon sauce was rather good. My daughter had the vodka sauce with scallops, which was also very good. I decided to go with the nights special, a seafood risotto with a dozen mussels in shell, scallops and shrimp which were amazing and tender. A little gelato and a slice of pistacio cake and our evening was complete. The outdoor seating was very comfortable and nice and quiet, and our waiter Joe, was well trained and attentive. A spectacular night indeed.

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vipDianeC
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience4

First time patrons. Went for lunch, sat inside. Flys everywhere sometimes landing IN our food. We got charged more than the price on the menu. When we questioned to the waiter, then the owner- “oh well- I had to raise prices

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DebandLew
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with excellent quality food, lots of variety and very reasonable prices, plus it is a BYOB. The outdoor dining was really pleasant and the service was very fast and efficient, but now rushed. It has become one of our favorite restaurants for getting together with friends or for just a quite meal together.

Deb and Lew M

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Charming small restaurant in the picturesque village of Lawrenceville. Varied Italian menu with fresh and generous appetizers, pastas, and entrees. A special of linguine with mussels and shrimp was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vidalia is absolutely my favorite restaurant.

The chicken Marsala is phenomenal and the meat lasagna named after Sals mother is great.

My wife and I love this restaurant she often gets the fish special.

If you haven’t tried vidalia you should.

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AnnaS
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food with friendly service and a lovely atmosphere in the patio/garden outside. Great date night/celebration dinner.

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Fred
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service in a great outdoor venue. One of our favorite NJ restaurants. Exceptional Italian fare.

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KarenW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good and the wait staff are very pleasant

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IrwinM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small local restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Excellent, attentive waitstaff and very good food. The restaurant is BYOB.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening dinner on the outside covered patio

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vipHollyM
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service is excellent! My only complaint is we brought wine and they put it in the ice bucket on the floor then the condensation was on the floor so they put bar towels down.
We ate out side where the fans were not hitting us
Definitely going back for the food.

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cmc292
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The onion soup was tasty. The chicken with figs was also very tasty but the mixed vegetables that came with it were bland. In fact, they tasted as if they were simply boiled. The side of broccoli rabe was also bland and tasted as if it was boiled or steamed. The garlic bread did taste of garlic but one look at the bread spoke volumes of the flatness of the bread itself. Too inconsistent so I don’t believe we will be back any time soon.

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DougL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! Not much else to say the food speaks for itself!

FAQs

Vidalia Restaurant - Lawrenceville, NJ offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 896-4444.

Vidalia Restaurant - Lawrenceville, NJ is rated 4.7 stars by 1389 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.