Dec
03

Witherspoon Grill, Princeton, NJ

If you’ve read one of my earlier posts, you’ll know that I really don’t have a great opinion of Princeton area restaurants, except for the Witherspoon Grill. I first went here over the summer and since have been back 3 times. There are very few restaurants I go to so often, but I just love the food here.

The restaurant seems to be packed every evening and they don’t take reservations unless you have 6 or more in your party. They do allow you to call ahead and put your name on the list. I always do that and usually don’t need to wait for a table when I get there. During the summer you can sit outside which is highly recommended.

Witherspoon is known for it’s steaks and seafood which isn’t surprising since it’s owned by the same group that owns Blue Point Grill in Princeton. Everything I have tried in terms of appetizers and entres are top notch here. I have had the baked five onion soup, crab cake as appetizers and seared tuna, aged steak and short rib as main courses. All were excellent except for the short rib whihc was merely good. The short rib was probably one of the largest portions of short rib I have eaten anywhere. Other items that I hear are good, but have not tried include the beet salad and artichoke hearts francaise appetizer. They have daily specials and I have ordered a couple of times from the specials and have yet to be disappointed.

Desserts are a different story. I have only tried the key lime pie which is really tart and decent, while the apple pie isn’t good.  I don’t eat dessert too often and if I am going to deal with the guilt later, it better be worth it.

Service is good and the friendly wait staff are eagar. The tables are pretty close together and the place is pretty noisy. One night the service staff spent over an hour re-arranging tables near my table for a large party due to come in. They must have tried 5 or 6 different set-ups, moving tables, scraping chairs and making a general racket. So damn annoying.

The wine list is decent and relatively inexpensive. Last time I went they had a series of moderately priced wines on the menu. Great idea and much appreciated.

Overall, this is a really welcome addition to Princeton. I will definately keep going back. I want to try the burger one of these days. I am always on a quest to find a really good burger.

Here’s a link to the restaurant.

http://www.jmgroupprinceton.com/index.html

3 Responses to “Witherspoon Grill, Princeton, NJ”

  1. […] on going somewhere else, usually Witherspoon Grill which I love (here’s my Witherspoon blog http://foodielifestyle.wordpress.com/2007/12/03/witherspoon-grill-princeton-nj/). I almost went back to Witherspoon Grill instead of Blue Point a few days ago, and I’m […]

  2. […] on going somewhere else, usually Witherspoon Grill which I love (here’s my Witherspoon blog http://foodielifestyle.wordpress.com/2007/12/03/witherspoon-grill-princeton-nj/). I almost went back to Witherspoon Grill instead of Blue Point a few days ago, and I’m […]

  3. […] on going somewhere else, usually Witherspoon Grill which I love (here’s my Witherspoon blog http://foodielifestyle.com/2007/12/03/witherspoon-grill-princeton-nj/). I almost went back to Witherspoon Grill instead of Blue Point a few days ago, and I’m […]

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