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Acacia of Lawrenceville
Acacia of Lawrenceville

Acacia of Lawrenceville Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.acacianj.com
  • Phone: (609) 895-9885
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:30pm- close, Saturday, Sunday: 5:00pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Acacia of Lawrenceville
Our passion for inventive American cuisine is matched only for our passion for using the freshest, local ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful food, great service! A wonderful experience every time we go"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food continues to excel under the new chef. Dining here 2 or 3 times a month, I have noticed some very nice changes to the menu that include the ingredients and the preparation, as well as the choices. This restaurant, which I thought pretty good for many years, is certainly now on my short list of the best BYOB places in Mercer County."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We had a Friday reservation and the restaurant was very quiet when we arrived, but filled quickly . The salads and entrees were excellent , service was great and well timed, the kitchen executed perfectly , no glitches at all. One of the best BYOBs we've been to in the area ."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Three nice courses from the power menu were delicious. The cauliflower soup was excellent, as well as the monkfish, which I have had before, and both made a great combination for a summer lunch."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The new owner are doing a great job. Definitely good menu. Well prepared."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our first visit under the new owner/chef was a pleasant experience. Plating and composition were excellent. Food could use a bit more assertive seasonings. Seemed like every dish had one of the new 'in grains' as an accompaniment-maybe overkill. We will give it some time before a return visit."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have been dining at Acacia for more many years and this was perhaps one of our best experiences. Bread: extraordinary Soup: unusual but delicious (English pea soup) Salad: fresh, crisp with excellent salad dressing Entrees: filling Tea: replenished Sadly, no room for dessert"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Delicious crab cakes and salmon. The Asian pear salad was also very large and very good. Chef Chris came out to talk with us and it was a very enjoyable evening!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "One of the best meals that I've had here (and that includes many). The English pea soup and monkfish made a perfect spring meal."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was tasty and the service was fine and accommodating but the prices are out of this world expensive. Beyond local town run business expense; crazy expensive. Luckily it's a BYOB. They were accommodating to the children by making them a bowl of pasta but it barely had 15 noodles in the bowl and only a dab of butter sauce. And all that for $9.00. Dessert was nothing special actually overally sweet. Dinner was delicious -we had the special but again insane pricing. Due to the pricing it's not a place you can frequent often."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is a great place to have lunch and dinner with family and friends. The food and service never disappoints. The staff provides friendly service to small and large groups I highly recommend Acacia for a dinner for two or for a celebration of a special event!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food was good, I had duck and my husband had the NY strip, both were great. We had shrimp and grit for appetizer, it was OK. The grit was just different that what we usually have. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "For a rainy Tuesday night, not unexpectedly, it was pretty quiet, only 5 other tables. Yet, the service was slow. Not sure if it was because there were only two servers or the kitchen was understaffed. Menu offerings were quite different from the online menu, which is not a tragedy but disappointing when the menu was rather limited. Pear salad was very nice, brisket just ordinary. Dining partner's beet risotto was unremarkable. Previous visits were much more enjoyable. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I made an excellent lunch on the black bean soup and the pork loin special. The meat was perfectly prepared and absolutely tender."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "beet terrine - beautiful and delicious house salad - fresh, but looks like something you get at a diner fish special - perfect vegetarian selection - undercooked vegetables, missing wild mushrooms, sauce too sweet, button mushrooms added when mentioned, but they seem to think the customer can't tell the difference between a trumpet and a button mushroom"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We enjoy Acacia occasionally, but never for a romantic, quiet evening out. The food is interesting, tasty and somewhat eclectic. But the acoustic aren't good and even though the restaurant was only half full, the noise level was annoying. We were at a small table crammed in next to a noisy party, and so left for dessert and coffee elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Came in for a later lunch (2 pm) and found a quieter dining experience after some larger parties left. All in all, it was great food and great service without being rushed through the meal and the wine that I bought. It was a very nice way to end the week."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We last visited this restaurant when it was new, which was about 20 years ago. I recall thinking it was good at the time, but clearly we weren't blown away since we've never left the area but also never returned until last weekend. We won't be rushing back. We dined on a Saturday night at 8 pm. The place was about half full. I had a mixed grill special that I asked to be prepared medium rare. The duck was the right temperature, but the lamb and the beef were overdone. My wife had a salmon dish that is on the menu. It was prepared as she requested but in hindsight she probably erred asking for it medium rare; salmon tends to need more cooking. Overall, while nothing was particularly bad, it also wasn't good enough to get us to return."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We took our adult children and their partners to Acacia on a sat. night at 6 PM for a birthday dinner.We had a very friendly waitress and the food was overall delicious. Appetizers for the table were outstanding. We were rushed to order dinner too quickly without a reason. Everyone seemed to really enjoy their dinners which were presented beautifully. My order for sesame tuna came with scalloped sweet potatoes and asparagus. Unhappily, the meal was cool, even the potatoes & the tuna a little mushy. Desserts were absolutely fabulous! They did create a happy Birthday plate in chocolate drizzle which was very nice. I would definitely go back. This restaurant is expensive but offset by being a BYOB. Worth another trip!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our party of four booked an early table at Acacia prior to a Saturday evening concert at McCarter Theatre. We were seated promptly in a lovely corner table with additional cushions for comfort and back support. The service was very attentive without being excessive. Our appetizers of shrimp bisque and tuna tartar were quite tasty. The wild boar shank was a hit with the meat eaters in our group and the seared muscovy duck was perfectly done. The fish special was tasty, but not outstanding. The plate of three chocolate desserts was plenty for four to share and each one was delicious. A wonderful meal was enjoyed by all!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I always enjoy my lunches (and the occasional dinner) at Acacia. I've found the soups and entrees always well-prepared and always very good to outstanding in their quality and originality."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Acacia. We knew that it would be the perfect place for that occasion. The setting is intimate, the service is attentive and professional, and the cuisine is outstanding. We shared a tasty goat cheese and beet terrine to start, My husband enjoyed succulent short ribs. I almost never order chicken in a restaurant, but I was intrigued by the prosciutto-wrapped breast of chicken. The portion was generous and the flavor was delicious. A diner simply could not go wrong at Acacia."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The food was amazing but while our waiter was polite he wasn't very attentive. The menu is not overwhelming and don't forget it's a BYOB. The noise did get loud at times but we were seated at a small table so we were still able to hold a conversation."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Acacia. The table was ready as soon as we arrived. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The food was outstanding my wife and I had the Duck on the menu . It was delicious . The specials pricing was in line with the menu which I like for obvious reasons."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We've been here many times and, once again, Acacia did not disappoint us. Great food, well-prepared."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I have dined twice now for lunch at Acacia and the food and service were excellent both times. The first time was around Christmas and the restaurant was hopping and noisy. The second time was in January and the restaurant was quieter. However, no matter how many diners both times the service was excellent and attentive and the food was unique and delicious. My first time I had a duck confit wrap and the second time mushroom soup (which hit the spot in 16 degree weather) and wild mushroom quesadilla. As my dining partner said about the soup "can we lick the bowl." I would recommend this restaurant most definitely."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated while the hostess seated a party the same size who arrived much later than us almost immediately. We were seated close to the door, which was opened repeatedly, usually by waiters carrying chairs in and out of the restaurant, and gusts of cold air came into the restaurant. My wife and daughter had to put on their overcoats! After we ordered, it took at least 50 minutes for the food to come. The waitress did not keep us posted and was inattentive. When we ordered dessert, she returned to tell my daughter that they were out of what she ordered, then didn't return to get her second choice until she brought the beverages. Generally slow / inattentive service marred our dinner at an expensive restaurant."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We were immediately impressed with the inventiveness of the appetizer, a crispy egg roll filled with a kind-of souffle of sweet potato and grilled portabella mushrooms. The acidity of the mushrooms countered the creamy and light marscapone-type sauce perfectly. Very good. The escarole salads were well blended and tasty. A little heavy on the dressing for my taste, but my wife loved hers. The prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast and the sesame crusted ahi tuna were classically done. I would expect that as much care would be taken with any of the entrees. The entrees we chose pared perfectly with the wine we brought, so all-in-all it was a delightful experience and one we regret not having had sooner."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "A very good lunch on some seasonal, holiday items: loster & seafood bisque soup and a nice piece of lightly salted cod. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I've written numerous reviews on Acacia, so I won't go into details, except to say that, as always, the welcome and service were superb and the menu and prices were excellent. The friends who joined us drove there from Princeton, where there are many restaurants, because Acacia is their favorite as well."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Surprisingly quiet on Saturday night after Thanksgiving. Food very good. Appetizers and dinner served very quickly almost too quickly."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Always 4+ stars for food and service. I can visit several times a month and never concern myself that it will ever be less than great."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "My daughter had given my wife and I a restaurant gift certificate and Acacia was one of the restaurants on the list. We had never heard of it before but figured we would give it a try. Halfway into the meal, my wife and I agreed that this was now our favorite restaurant. The décor was elegant, it gave a romantic atmosphere and the service was handled quite professionally. In addition, everyone was friendly, without going over the top. They made you feel that you were the only guests in the restaurant. We have been there several times since and have brought friends along as well. Everyone has thanked us for making them aware of this gem."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "This was a great way to end the week with a lunch at Acacia. This is a restaurant that I value for it's dependable, high qualiy food and service."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Three old friends dine together twice a year and we linger. Our very attentive waitress never hovered and we were made to feel very welcome. The food was delicious -- from appetizer to dessert "to go." Excellent value as well."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Great celebratory meal. We'll be back there again. Salmon and filet were fantastic."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "When my husband and I want a good dinner in a pleasant setting, we choose Acacia almost every time. The friendly, professional service is one of the main reasons we dine there -- along with the extensive menu that offers dishes that have just the right degree of creativity without being fussy. This time we had duck, which was served in both sliced breast and confit, and it was superb. My husband's appetizer was a generous serving of perfectly fried and spiced calamari, and I enjoyed a tasty kale salad with radishes and avocado. The ability to bring your own wine makes a grourmet dining experience truly affordable."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "As always, this place never disappoints. Great food and attentive staff. We make it a point to visit Acacia atleast twice a year."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "My "almond crusted" grouper was acceptable, but just, swimming in a dull butter sauce. My wife had a half chicken, supposedly with fava beans and asparagus. The vegetables appeared only after she inquired why they were missing (a mixup in the kitchen, it appears). The chicken breast was cooked to the consistency of cardboard. The waitress was very nice. Our assessment of service addresses the inattention in the kitchen. This was a meal one would expect to have at a diner, not at a restaurant that charges $33 for a fish course."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Food is constantly +4 stars and the service is always outstanding. They're always a great choice for a lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 10/4/2013