BYOB Restaurants in Central New Jersey


Central New Jersey is home to restaurants that allow patrons to bring their own alcoholic beverages. Diners often like to bring their own wine if they know a certain menu item in the restaurant would complement their choice of beverage. Some of the towns in central New Jersey that have bring-your-own-bottle restaurants include Princeton and Lambertville.


  • Acacia is in the town of Lawrenceville, right off Interstate 95 and less than 10 minutes from Trenton, and allows patrons to bring their own wine. Acacia serves lunch Tuesdays through Fridays, and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays. The restaurant is closed Mondays. The lunch menu at Acacia includes stacked grilled eggplant and penne with salmon, and dinner entrees include Peking duck confit and black Angus fillet mignon. A separate dining room is available for private parties.


    2637 Main St.

    Lawrenceville, NJ 08648


The Ferry House

  • The Ferry House in downtown Princeton is a five-minute drive from the campus of Princeton University. This upscale dining establishment allows patrons to bring their own wine and serves French-American cuisine. The Ferry House serves lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays and dinner on Sundays. Dinner items include Cajun-crusted striped bass and tuna tartare, while the lunch menu offers wild mushroom and fresh herb risotto. The restaurant is a nonsmoking establishment, and reservations are recommended.

    The Ferry House

    32 Witherspoon St.

    Princeton, NJ 08540


Karen and Rei's

  • Karen and Rei's, in Clermont, New Jersey, is an approximate 45-minute drive south of Trenton and is located in a house. The restaurant permits customers to bring their own bottles and has a private dining room for parties. Reservations are strongly recommended. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Wednesdays through Mondays and is closed Tuesdays. The menu offers seafood selections such as Maryland crab cakes and red curry seafood cioppino, which is a combination of clams and shrimp in a tomato broth. Desserts include the white chocolate macadamia tart and the Original Chocolate Peanut Butter Buzz, which is a brownie topped with peanut butter and chocolate mousse.

    Karen and Rei's

    1882 Route 9 N.

    Clermont, NJ 08210


Ota-Ya Japanese Restaurant

  • Ota-Ya Japanese Restaurant in Lambertville is less than five minutes from the New Jersey-Delaware border and allows patrons to bring their own wine. The menu consists of sushi items, such as the hoso maki mix (a combination of a tuna, California and yellowtail roll) as well as the tuna avocado roll with a spicy tobiko sauce. Other Ota-Ya locations are in New York City and Newtown, Pennsylvania. The restaurant serves dinner seven nights a week.

    Ota-Ya Japanese Restaurant

    21 Ferry St.

    Lambertville, NJ 08530


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