Vidalia Restaurant - Lawrenceville, NJ

4.7
1412 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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Buttercup
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. The food is truly exceptional.

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AlexM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am here on business several times a year, the food and service are excellent, I highly recommend it.

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vipJacquelineE
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vidalia’s is the gem of Lawrenceville and the Princeton area. Owner Chef Sal always presents wonderful, seasonal and delicious dishes . So many personal favorites: artichokes (sublime!), stuffed mushrooms (a meal), simple salads are out of this world… Simply authentic and classic. And the “outdoor” heated patio is so roomy and comfortable. And did I mention how wonderful and personable are Sal and his staff? Go! ENJOY!

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NicholasG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great quaint place to go to enjoy a meal with family!

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mdb52
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit to Vidalia. We are very experienced restaurant goers. The food was outstanding. The service very good, and the ambience good. A bit crowded, but overall an excellent experience. We will definitely return.

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vipAnneMarieT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite byob restaurant!

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UweK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in any way. Date night with my wife.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family visiting from another country

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vipSusanE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never fails! Bruschetta and the salmon with green beans was soooo good. Sauce was unbelievable!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! Interesting options and all delicious! From appetizers, to soups, to entrees. We had the pasta Amatriciani and pasta Genovese - both were excellent. The service was also outstanding - a great blend of attentive and cheerful without being overbearing. The place is a gem inside - just a great cozy feeling. We will definitely return.

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vipJerseyBoy
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at Vidalia was last night. We wanted to try it after a friend brought us takeout from there, their eggplant parmigiana -- which was delicious.
Fernando, our waiter, was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. I wanted to try their veal saltimbocca -- a favorite dish of mine which I use to judge restaurants. It was one of the best I've ever had.
It was a lovely evening. We'll be back.

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PeterG
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff members were friendly and accommodating and we enjoyed our food, always delicious.

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vipMaureenW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious!

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vipNyrfan
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined with Chef Salvatore and his team for our dear friends 60th birthday celebration , again a memorable meal on a somewhat slow weeknight . Food was outstanding , as was our server who we had the last time we dined . Can’t say enough good things about Vidalia , it’s our favorite restaurant in NJ and we have a wonderful time every time . Great job Chef !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was wonderful. The appetizers were scrumptious & we all enjoyed our main courses. Dessert were shared. Great way to end our meal!

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bobm
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always an "A" plus experience......Food...Value...Service......Our favorite local family restaurant......And there are many very good restaurants in our area

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vipBfalcon1
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vidalia never disappoints! Everything was great!!

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MariaG
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall a nice experience we come here all the time as it is close by. Service very good. Food good.

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EdwardK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner enjoyed by my wife and I and another couple. Service was very good, waiter was very attentive and polite but not obtrusive. BYOB. Did not try desserts.

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DorothyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our group thoroughly enjoyed their dinner choices. The overall favorite was the Catfish Francaise and Limoncello cake.

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Scott
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. Nice older crowd which created a quiet peaceful atmosphere.

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CatherineB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I really was excited to come back here but was really disappointed due to the fact a large party was behind us and they thought it was a cocktail party not a sit down dinner as they stood next to our table and had no regard that we were having our dinner. We could not talk to one another because they were so loud and really couldn’t enjoy our food as they were standing at our table. We finally moved to another table between courses! I had a headache and won’t go back for quite awhile! I can’t believe not one server or hostess offered to help us out or ask the people that were standing at our table to please move or sit down. It’s like we weren’t even there!!!!!

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Lill
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and service top notch. I moved to Florida and wanted to return since it has been a few years. Highly recommend to everyone!

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vipFrisbee
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Let me start by saying the food is always exceptional. I know these are tough times with staffing issues due to covid, but there really needs to be a front-of-the-house person, someone who can coordinate seating, servers, checking in to see how things are going, assisting with getting checks to the tables so that there isn’t someone yelling in the middle of the outside dining area that he wants his check (yes, that happened). The food comes out sporadically…maybe it’s for your table, maybe not….why the runners carry one dish at a time is beyond me, but the at least the food is always piping hot when you get it. We told our dinner guests that there may be a couple hiccups, and there were, wrong soup delivered to our table, belonging to someone else, our guest ordered a salad for her entree and it was delivered with the wrong soup so she sat there with it until our entrees arrived 35 minutes later. Will we go back, yes…not as often as I would like, but we want to support our local businesses and as I mentioned, the food is exceptional, generous portions and reasonably priced.

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vipSRA2801
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food (lunch) was very good but the service was very slow (which we realize happens at many restaurants these days). Vidalia’s service team once a great reputation and really stood out; we hope it springs back.

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Soshcat123
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food ! Our waiter was professional and friendly. Made the experience feel so much more elegant. Meal was a great portion size. BYOB a plus - owner came to check on us. Great night ! We will be back

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JoanneB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in NJ. Great service. Owner made you feel welcome.

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KenM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside dining location. Great pasta lunch. Looking forward to the next visit because of so many good looking choices.

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VannaC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
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 on September 18, 2021
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
96 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
65 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
6 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
104 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
2 reviews
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.

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 1412 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.