Top 10 restaurants in Lawrenceville, United States

April 14, 2018 Osvaldo Hartline

Lawrenceville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Lawrence Township in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 3,887. Lawrenceville is located roughly halfway between Princeton and Trenton.
Things to do in Lawrenceville

1. Blue Point Grill

258 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542-4623 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 609-921-1211
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 730 reviews

Blue Point Grill

Fresh & simply prepared seafood served in a casual atmosphere with a gorgeous patio for warm weather dining.

Reviewed By sra2801 - Lawrenceville, New Jersey

It has been a few months since we visited Blue Point Grill ( we frequently purchase take out cooked shrimp at its adjoining Nassau Seafood) and once again had a very good experience. For entrees we had the flounder and fried shrimp; both were excellent and the portion sizes good. Our server (and her associates) was very attentive (she kept the iced tea coming for me...thanks). Some might consider it a little 'pricey' but for the overall quality of the food and service; it is worth it.

2. Vidalia Restaurant

21 Phillips Ave, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-1072 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout Italian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 24 - SGD 41 +1 609-896-4444
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 308 reviews

Vidalia Restaurant

Welcome to Vidalia, 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.

Reviewed By darin t - Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Booked Vidalia on Open Table the day before and we were lucky to get a table at 645pm. Reserved it bc NJ.com gave it best of Mercer County for Italian restaurants and I respect them bc they gave our favorite, Cafe 2825, it's due as best Italian in NJ.
Despite the slow greeting we were met by a nice and attentive server. We were tempted by the specials offered but stuck to what we came for. We did the avocado tower app, caesar salad, and vidalia onion soup to start. The tower was very good, think caprese salad with a twist. The onion soup was great. The caesar was good; cold/crisp lettuce, heavy on garlic flavor and could use more caesar taste to overcome the garlic. For the main course, my wife had eggplant parm with a side of penne vodka, which was a special request that was easily accomodated. I had the chicken saltimbocca. Both great. However, eggplant could have brought more flavor. Penne vodka and the saltimbocca both brought it, and the side of spinach was nice too. For dessert we had the chocolate lava cake, served with vanilla ice cream and espressos. All good, but nothing great there. All in all, this has become my 3rd favorite Italian restaurant. Cafe 2825 and Chef Vola, in AC, are tops but this follows close behind. A nice ambiance, but did not feel as personable as the other 2 and the food was just not as good. However, if you don't want to make the trip to the shore, this is where you go.

3. Cugino's Italian Market

147 W Delaware Ave, Pennington, NJ 08534-1602 Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible Italian Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 609-730-4100
Excellent
73%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Cugino's Italian Market

Reviewed By jmedeiros89 - Pennington, New Jersey

Picked up a couple of sandwiches for lunch. I liked the broccoli rabe sandwich I ate and thought my wife enjoyed her caprese. Would go back again for lunch. Also this place has a coffee setup and also is a small market type of place. Saw some desserts I'd try for the next visit.

4. Rat's Restaurant

16 Fairgrounds Rd, Hamilton, NJ 08619-3447 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 34 - SGD 50 +1 609-584-7800
Excellent
60%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 758 reviews

Rat's Restaurant

Reviewed By bluejeanfood - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chef Ed Crochet oversees Rat’s, a French-focused restaurant famous for its unique setting within the 42-acre Grounds for Sculpture park. We REALLY enjoyed our visit to Grounds for Sculpture and anyone looking for a nice day outdoors and some cool art indoors as well should visit. The restaurant, Rat’s was conceptually designed to be reminiscent of Claude Monet’s beloved Giverny by sculptor Seward Johnson. It is named after the gregarious character “Ratty,” from Kenneth Grahame’s famed children’s story, The Wind in the Willows. The restaurant patio, noted for its sweeping views and al fresco dining, overlooks a lily pond framed by weeping willows, and the “Monet bridge.” We had a fabulous meal here. Things started out with their seasonal lemonade which during our visit was Blueberry Lemonade. 1rat4

Then things got started with a delicious appetizer of CHARRED WAGYU BEEF with Porcini, Mustard Greens, Rye Crouton that just melted in our mouths.
To follow-up that tasty treat was an even tastier morsel of FRENCH ONION SOUP with Croûton, Gruyère that was one of the better versions I have had in a long time.Ending the meal was their COQ AU RIESLING with Griggstown Chicken, Bacon Lardon, Oyster Mushroom, Cippolini Onion, Pommes Pureé that was AWESOME. Every bite was more flavorful than the next and was cooked perfectly. I would definitely drive all the way up here again just to dine at Rat’s, but making a day of it combined with Grounds for Sculpture made it a day to be remembered and enjoyed by all in the party. It’s a great time topped by a great meal!

5. Enzo's La Piccola Cucina

1906 Princeton Ave, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-4520 Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Italian, Grill, Healthy, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch SGD 26 - SGD 52 +1 609-396-9868
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 93 reviews

Enzo's La Piccola Cucina

"Still Field to Table 3 Decades Later"Welcome to Enzo's La Piccola Cucina" (the little Kitchen) Enjoy our specialties - Northern and Southern Italian cooking, traditional Homemade Pastas, Veal, Chicken, Fresh Seafood, Steaks ,Chops, The Family at Enzo's takes much pride in the freshness and originality of our food. Vegetarian/ Vegan/ Gluten Free Available. For that reason we would like you to relax and enjoy our cozy atmosphere as we prepare each of your dinners to order with the freshest seasonal and locally grown ingredients available. Hidden away in the south end of Lawrenceville, NJ Monthly readers voted Enzo's "The Best Undiscovered Restaurant in Central NJ" - We are one of Mercer Counties best kept Italian restaurant secrets! The accolades speak for themselves!"Someone was in the Kitchen with Mama and captured the Bright Flavors of Italy" ---NY Times Buon Appetito

Reviewed By Phyl800 - Lawrenceville, New Jersey

My husband and I have been Enzo fans since 1995. It gets better every time we eat here. The food remains outstanding (best chicken giambatta in the whole of Western Civilization). The room is small but cozy and rarely ever too noisy even on a Saturday evening. My favorite is being greeted by the hostess-owner -Anna - with her great personality and warmth and charm. Like the food, that has been a constant over the years.
Last evening we were with a party of 8 and the food was outstanding from the veal parm to shrimp and scallops to cavaletti and clams to eggplant parm to chicken cacciatore and my choice of pork chop with apples and gorgonzola cheese. Appetizers were excellent.
The whole experience for all 8 us was sensational.

6. Seasons 52

3535 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ 08540-5903 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 609-799-2152
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 333 reviews

Seasons 52

Reviewed By Buffalogirl41 - Santa Fe, New Mexico

We ended up arriving quite late because of flight delays associated with the"bomb cyclone" but they were patient and accommodating. They have a very decent wine selection and several interesting cocktails. I don't recommend the Thai steak and noodle salad, but the scallops and the hummus plate were very good. The restaurant has a lively feel to it, it is a bit loud at times, but they have several private rooms if you want to avoid that.

7. Acacia

2637 Main St, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-1012 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, International, Contemporary, American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 25 - SGD 42 +1 609-895-9885
Excellent
57%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 179 reviews

Acacia

"Inventive American Cuisine"- We are a BYOB restaurant.- We are closed Mondays.- We are less than a mile from Rt 95 and just a few miles south of Princeton. - We have free parking.- We are street level and easily accessible for wheelchairs.

Reviewed By czb_JerseyShore - Sea Girt, NJ

Enjoyed dinner with friends at Acacia last night. Absolutely wonderful meal and service. Have previously been here for lunch but never for dinner. Food, as always, is fresh, indentifiable and locally sourced whenever possible. Had a shredded brussel sprout salad to start while others at our table enjoyed a huge platter of unbelievably good calamari. For my main, I had an Acacia staple, the Griggstown chicken (delicious), while others at the table enjoyed salmon, surf and turf and filet mignon. Topped our meal off with homemade cakes (crumb and orange dreamsicle) a la mode. Reservations recommended.

8. The Peacock Inn Restaurant

20 Bayard Ln, The Peacock Inn, Princeton, NJ 08540-3006 Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available American, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 79 - SGD 111 +1 609-924-1707
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 215 reviews

The Peacock Inn Restaurant

Welcome to The Peacock Inn! The only boutique hotel and fine dining restaurant situated in the heart of downtown Princeton, New Jersey. This landmark is an attractive colonial-style mansion that has been transformed into a modern luxury 16-room hotel, restaurant & bar. As a proud member of the Ascend Hotel Collection, The Peacock Inn embodies the commitment to service excellence. For your dining pleasure, The Peacock Inn's refined, yet relaxed restaurant & bar serves New American Cuisine. The Peacock Inn has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past seven years & has also been recognized by AAA with a 4-Diamond Rating, as well as Zagat & New Jersey Monthly as one of the Top Restaurants in New Jersey. For special occasions, The Peacock Inn is available for corporate & social functions for groups up to 85 guests. We are here to provide personalized service from the moment you walk through the door, and make your experience at The Peacock Inn both enjoyable & memorable!

Reviewed By amynaadi1 - Pennington, New Jersey

We had been to the restaurant for brunch at least 5 other times as a whole family. We are family of 8 with 3 grandkids. We always had the same number of adults and grand kids and good experience. But now I have to give a negative rating for our most KIDS UNFRIENDLY experience this past weekend.

When I called for reservation, Anna asked how many high chairs we needed which surprised me since this restaurant had not provided any high chairs for kids. We were excited to see that the restaurant has become kid friendly (?!!) by adding highchairs. When we were dining, the 2 kids (6 and 3) were seated in their seats and talking happy and the 6 month infant was trying to talk (!) but made baby sounds. My daughter then started to feed the infant when Steve the restaurant manager came to tell us that the baby has to be taken outside. He didnt even say first that he is sorry to interrupt us nor ask if everything is ok. We were shocked to hear that the sound coming from our table could have interfered with other tables which were located at least 6-8 ft or away from us. My daughter responded to Scott again that she is feeding the baby. When I went out to the restroom I asked the receptionist Anna if she heard loud noises and if the kids were behaving unruly. She said she did not think so, wished me happy birthday and apologized for our experience. She offered the business card for Scott Sussman.

When I called a few days later Scott connected me with Barry who is the "proprietor". While I was trying to explain the story, he went on say that if the kids were screeching, that would be reason for Scott to tell us that they need to be taken outside, before hearing my full story. He kept saying our kids were not behaving. If the establishment is accepting kids, they need to understand the difference between normal versus troubling behavior of the kids. This not a courteous and an acceptable behavior of the the management staff/establishment. Huge disappointment and we are not going back!

9. CAFE seventy two

72 W Upper Ferry Rd, Ewing, NJ 08628-2722 Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 609-882-0087
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 121 reviews

CAFE seventy two

Reviewed By George Y - Houston, Texas

I only had breakfast here, but it was great, and the menu for dinner looked outstanding. It is improbably located next to a 7-11 and a barber shop and shares a parking lot with a seniors facility. My standard American breakfast with 2 eggs was filling, delicious and prompt. Great welcoming service too. The area needs options and this is a good one.

10. JoJo's Tavern

2677 Nottingham Way, Trenton, NJ 08619-4109 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 609-586-2678
Excellent
54%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

JoJo's Tavern

Reviewed By Xman_7 - New Jersey

This place has great pizza in the Trenton thin-crust tradition, although with more cheese than die-hard places like Di Lorenzo's (either branch of the family) or Papa's. An advantage over those places is that if there are people in your party who aren't in the...MoreHi Xman. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It is always nice to hear feedback like this from a satisfied customer. I hope you will come in and see us again soon.

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