Where to Eat in Trenton: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Randal Brittian

Famous for its pivotal role in the Revolutionary War, Trenton is a city steeped in history, boasting several museums and monuments, including the Old Barracks Museum, the country's only remaining British Barracks. But Trenton is not only for the history buff; sports fans will enjoy cheering on minor league baseball and hockey teams while art aficionados will enjoy the many galleries and the 35-acre Grounds for Sculpture park, as well as a number of theaters and auditoriums.
Things to do in Trenton

1. Malaga Spanish Restaurant

511 Lalor St, Hamilton, NJ 08611-3233 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 609-396-8878
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 212 reviews

Malaga Spanish Restaurant

Reviewed By Larry H - Trenton, New Jersey

If you like authentic Spanish Portuguese food this is the place. The quantity and quality is outstanding. Save yourself to the Newark Ironbound section my a visit here. The catering is super with abundance of food that keeps coming. I suggest you have your next party here. They also have Flamenco dancing once a month.

2. Halo Pub

4617 Nottingham Way, Trenton, NJ 08690-3819 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 609-586-1811
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

Halo Pub

Reviewed By Urbie99 - Bordentown, New Jersey

Halo Pub is a old time ice cream house. The inside is dark but charming in it's antique "cow" décor. The ice cream is served up just the way you ask. There are plenty of delicious flavors to choose from. Seating is limited.

3. Cafe Antonio

107 E Trenton Ave, Morrisville, PA 19067-1064 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 215-428-3999
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Cafe Antonio

Reviewed By Brendan S - Arlington, Virginia

Great meal after a business trip here. The pasta dish I had - spaghetti bolognese, was large, full of flavor and very good. The decor is pretty fancy, although the building is unassuming. The service was a bit slow, but it's not somewhere to go if you are in a hurry.

4. Toscano's Ristorante

136 Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown, NJ 08505-1345 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 5 - SGD 41 +1 609-291-0291
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Toscano's Ristorante

Reviewed By jphillips12 - New Jersey

This was my first visit to this lovely restaurant. My family celebrated my mother's birthday here and we were not disappointed. The service was friendly and professional. The dining room was clean and decorated with beautiful holiday décor. The food was unbelievable. The steak melted in my mouth. The veal chop was done to perfection and the seafood could not have been fresher. Highly recommend this restaurant and will be returning again!

5. Vault Brewing Co.

10 S Main St, Yardley, PA 19067-1511 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Brew Pub, Gastropub Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 9 - SGD 21 +1 267-573-4291
Excellent
41%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 249 reviews

Vault Brewing Co.

Vault is a Brewery and Restaurant located in an 1800s bank complete with a vault. They offer an ever-rotating list of beers brewed in house and a seasonal menu featuring creations out of a copper-clad wood fired oven

Reviewed By thesuburbangirl - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

First time visit and found parking difficult. Street parking was all blocked of by temporary police order so that made it even more difficult.

The ambience is really nice inside, although we were seated in a corner by a doorway and I was chilly. There was plenty of room elsewhere so I am not sure why we were seated where we were.

A good beer selection - even though I don't drink it. My husband had a flight.

I had the crab cake sliders and found the bread too doughy and thick that they completely overpowered the crab cake. They were better eaten without the bun. They were ok. I've had better.

My husband had the Beef Brisket Sandwich. He liked the bread but over all said it was ok.

The service was amazing. Very efficient and quick delivery.

6. Erini Restaurant

1140 River Rd, Ewing, NJ 08628-2106 Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover American, Bar, Mediterranean, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 21 - SGD 46 +1 609-882-0303
Excellent
85%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 973 reviews

Erini Restaurant

Full service restaurant, private events, and bar serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Weekend reservations highly recommended. Drop-off catering, take-out, and children's menus available. Corporate and social events up to 130 people in 4 newly remodeled private rooms. Menu descriptions available on website.

Reviewed By 622eagle - Toms River, New Jersey

Excellent food and great ambiance. We started with the French onion soup and raspberry baked brie. If you like onions you must have the onion soup. It is loaded with onions. Both items were delicious. I had the veal parm and my wife had the lump crab cake. Both entrees were delicious. For dessert the house made cheesecake and carrot cake were exceptional. This is a restaurant you keep coming back to.

7. 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.

8. 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!

9. Settimo Cielo

17 E Front St, 2445 Kuser Rd, Trenton, NJ 08608-2105 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 609-656-8877
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Settimo Cielo

Reviewed By Jan B - Bordentown, New Jersey

Delicious food, very friendly and attentive staff, everything is fresh it's just a little hard to find since it's literally in an office building but once you find it you will never forget how to get there since it's so worth the hunt !

10. 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.

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