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About 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 since 2008!
We have Sunday Brunch, Tuesday night Live Jazz and Outdoor seating! (Outdoor seating is first come, first serve- we do not accept reservations for the patio.)

57 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm
Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 4 pm- 9 pm,
Tuesday- Saturday: 4 pm- 10 pm
Cocktail Happy Hour (at the bar): Monday- Friday, 3-6 pm
Brunch- (Sunday ONLY)- 11 am - 3 pm
Live Music- Jazz- Tuesday - 6:30 pm- 10 pm

Cross Street:
Nassau Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 924-6011

Website:
http://www.witherspoongrill.com/

Entertainment:
Live Jazz Every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 10pm!

Parking Details:
The Spring Street Garage is directly behind the restaurant and there is on-street parking available within walking distance of the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Christian Graciano

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Every year we host the annual Witherspoon Grill Harvest & Music Festival on the Sunday before Columbus Day! (Oct 11, 2015)
It is a family fun-filled day with live music, great eats and lots of fun an crafts for everyone! Part of the proceeds from the day benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

Witherspoon Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (58)
Great for Lunch (47)
Neighborhood Gem (47)
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Special Occasion (46)
Great for Outdoor Dining (43)
Business Meals (42)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Good for Groups (34)
Worth the Drive (32)
Bar Seating (31)
Casual (30)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Fun (23)
People Watching (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Great for Brunch (18)
Romantic (16)
Cozy (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Authentic (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Seasonal (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Healthy (10)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great Beer (6)
Live Sports (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Live Music (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Scenic View (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Savannah)·Dined a day ago

I don’t think people go there expecting great food. It was fine but nothing special. Salads were ok but the dressings were bland. I had blackened salmon that was dry and way over cooked. The pound cake dessert was basically dry pond cake that was grilled with a tasty cream sauce and strawberries.
We still like the place but the meal we had today was only so so.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Made a 6:30 reservation for a Wednesday night. Arrived around 30 minutes early and was seated no problem. Host staff and wait staff was friendly and made our experience exceptional. Menu had a good variety as my date is a picky eater and she had no issues finding a good meal. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a nice, easy night out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined 5 days ago

I love my meal! I took a dear friend there to lunch!!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Witherspoon Grill has gotten into a bad habit of overbooking tables. The bar gets overcrowded as people wait for their tables. We waited 25 minutes, even though we had a reservation. The hostess sent over two appetizers due to the length of our wait. We ordered wine, a bottle of $110 champagne, appetizers and dinner and after less that an hour and a half, the hostess had another patron come to our table and ask us if we were done because he was hungry and ready to eat. Shame on you Witherspoon Grill—very tacky!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Witherspoon is consistently excellent on food and service. It was simply an off night on service standard of excellence. We were seated but never served. Observing tables arriving after us receiving beverages, I felt I needed to return to hostess and request a server be sent to our table after 15 minutes without being greeted. We simply wanted to begin enjoying out night and feel Whitherspoon is consistently a sure bet. When the server did arrive we felt it was not typical experience, drinks remained empty, where we noticed. It's always busy but we never experience anything other than top shelf service. Perhaps it was an off night or perhaps statistically the off night was bound to happen. This was our night, as we fell between the high standards we always enjoy. Will we return...yes of course, simply to feel assured it was a one time thing.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

When suggesting a featured wine, the wait staff might mention the price. Was quite surprised when the bill showed $18 per glass. My mistake for not asking.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Accommodated our small group so that we could linger and talk for as long as we desired. Wait staff was very helpful. Food was tasty. Portions somewhat smaller than expected, but ok.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The staff were fabulous as usual. They had us in a booth and we prefer non-booth. They moved a table from the other side of the restaurant to accommodate our request (it would have been so much easier for them to just say no).

Cocktails are great. Also we also have the oysters - they have a good selection that changes regularly.

This week we had the fish special which was cod in a lemon butter sauce - very good. They do a really good chopped salad too- crunchy with s lovely dressing.

Our server was so cheerful and made us feel like we were her favorite customers.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I love this restaurant! I come here all the time and am never disappointed. I went with a friend for my birthday and we only spent $50 in total after getting a meal and dessert for both of us. It was definitely worth the money. Although this is a nicer restaurant, it is fairly kid-friendly. This is the type of place that you could wear a nice dress or a pair of jeans and still be dressed correctly.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always enjoy my dining experience at the Witherspoon Grille. Service staff is a professional yet friendly and the food is always top-notch.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and it was our first time dining there. It exceeded our expectations and then some. Maurice, our server, was extremely professional and accommodating. He also wrote us a beautiful note & placed it in our check presenter after processing our payment...so sweet! We will definitely return to the Witherspoon Grill!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have always enjoyed sitting at the bar and ordering the wedge salad and a glass of wine. This time we made a reservation for 5 in the dining room and were disappointed. We arrived early for our reservation and were told that the kitchen was closed. They offered to seat us as soon as the kitchen opened. We accepted that and my husband took our daughter outside to get some fresh air while we waited the 30 minutes for the kitchen to open. In the meantime, several parties arrived and were seated and brought drinks and bread while they perused the menus-- despite our request to be seated so we could just get some bread for our hungry child. I fully accept that restaurants have a lot to balance and didn't question being told to wait but to sit there and watch a parade of people being seated, one much larger party than ours, made no sense and if I have been the Maitre d I would have offered some sort of explanation. When we did order our food, they were out of the lamb my husband had intended to order and the veal he ordered as a back up arrived raw. Literally raw. This place is best for a drink but don't go expecting an extraordinary dining experience, the same cost will get you a better experience elsewhere.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great upscale food and atmosphere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was very good and our waitress was pleasant and helpful. I like the fact that the menu can accommodate lots of different choices.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our meal was excellent as always but our server was not up to par, we usually have no complaints but this time she was not very attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Witherspoon Grill is a popular and convival restaurant, always crowded. The food is quite good however the prices are a bit steep, about the same as dinner in Manhattan. Service is attentive and the meal moves along briskly.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was very good and service was excellent. They were willing to accommodate our family in a busy night when we told them we were headed to an event in Philadelphia and would not linger.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

WG was at it’s usual level of excellence. We never go out on Thanksgiving and found ourselves in the position to do just that this year. After considering several resatuarant options we went with one of our favorites, WS. They did not disappoint, the food and service were great. Never felt rushed and everyone had a great time!

Tags: Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Celebration! Food was great, service outstanding and ambiance festive. We would come again for sure!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Witherspoon Grill is consistently one of the best restaurants in the Princeton area. Their burgers are fabulous (10 oz.) and always cooked to perfection. The fries are terrific. Their steaks and chops are legendary and the pours are generous. Although it can be noisy, there is a back area that is quieter. Always crowded so reservations are a good idea.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We do lunch the day before Thanksgiving.....drive in from Bucks County,use to live in Princeton.
Food and service are excellent and consistant.....The pricey menu is worth the food and experience.....been eating here over 10 yrs.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food is always great. I was shocked when we were done and the waitress scraped and stacked our dishes at the table, leaving an oily mess underneath that we had to be careful not to get our clothes in. We were shocked actually that she did it and remained speechless. When 5 for lunch is $115, you don’t expect someone to scape and stack at your table I front of you with the dishes on the table. Not sure if we will return anytime soon.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great as usual .
I always enjoy going there . The food and atmosphere are always great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Witherspoon Grill is one of our favorite go to spots. The staff there are friendly and always seem to be happy to work there. Maurice was our server the night we were there and he is one of the best!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The thousand island dressing on the lettuce wedge was inedible... so spicy and had NO resemblance of 1000 island desssing . No one at table was able to eat it and waitress agreed HOWEVER, never offered to credit us (very bad business ).
Entrees were good .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always a great meal! The Sunday night turkey is the best! Has a great kids menu! Only gave 4 stars because the restaurant is very dark, which makes it less good for dinner with the kids. Still a great meal though!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, People Watching, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food, as usual, was good. meat was properly cooked to order. Waitress was not really up to the task and seemed a little lost. Appetizers were all liked by everyone and were substantial in quantity. After spending a week in Italy where the wine is typically $20 a bottle served at dinner, the wine was closer to $50 a bottle. Quality was good. Pretty place.

Going there at night is better than lunch. I always seem to leave still hungry at lunch time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This was our first visit. It’s not often everything works well, but it certainly did at Witherspoon.

The hostess, Erica, was friendly and highly responsive to a last minute seating change request. She made it all look effortless.

Jennifer, our server, was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and candid about menu selections. She steered us in the right direction and our meal was absolutely delicious.

The other wait staff were efficient and friendly as well. Everything was well paced and we didn’t feel at all rushed.

We’re glad we listened to the Nassau Inn’s recommendation. Excellent food, a relaxed atmosphere and great teamwork among staff made this an outstanding experience.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

INCREDIBLE service and food. Reasonable prices as well. Can't beat it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very tasty meal. The acoustics were not very good and we had trouble hearing each other.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

As frequently visitors we always have been pleased by Witherspoon's food and service; once again they lived up to expectations.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Ambiance is always lively here. Service is fantastic. Burger consistently good. The fish special was outstanding on this night and wine offerings were great.

Nice spot for a birthday or group. Noise level is loud but tolerable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Had a great lunch at Witherspoon ! Excellent service !Highly recommend !

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great service, food and ambience

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My fav !!!! Food and service always on point! Love this place for any and all occasions .

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

First problem: my Open Table reservation was disregarded, so I received a "No Show" email from OT later that day. As for the food -- Pretty sub-par. Artichoke hearts that were promised to be fresh were absolutely canned (briney and mushy). Trout was VERY dry, French fries were pale and greasy, and chopped salad was insultingly bad -- iceberg and some thick-chopped carrots bathed in a completely flavorless white "dressing". (My friend's salad had tomatoes; mine did not.) Plusses: the Ahi tuna "martini" and the bread.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 22, 2017

One of our favorite places to eat AND drink. We just love the atmosphere and whenever we leave we can't wait to come back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Normally LOVE this place. However, we were disappointed with the service and food the last time we went. Of course it had to happen on a day we brought out of town guests to dine with us. The children's salmon (my daughter usually cleans her plate) was left because it was greasy and did not have the nice, crisp skin outside as per usual. We also thought the price went up on this menu item. Again, I am unsure if there was a different chef? The service was slow, inattentive and lacking overall. We just left feeling sad about our experience after having given such rave reviews in the past.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We live in NYC and meet our grandson in Princeton for lunch. We always select The Witherspoon Grill because it has consistently good good, good service and it is a well run, organized restaurant. The crab salad is fantastic for the price, as are all of the other dishes we have tried.

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