Acme Food & Beverage Co.
Acme Food & Beverage Co.

Acme Food & Beverage Co.

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.acmecarrboro.com/
  • Phone: 9199292263
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Callaghan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Acme offers personalized catered events from 40 to 400. The catering staff has extensive experience in taking care of all aspects of the event. All alcohol permits. Specializing in southern food and hospitality.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available behind the restaurant off of Roberson Street. There is an entrance to the restaurant from the parking lot.
A word from Acme Food & Beverage Co.
The ovens are turned on early. Six o'clock most days. Earlier on Sunday. Within an hour, bread is rising, apples are being sliced. Pecan pies are pulled hot from the oven and left to cool. Ice cream churns in the machine. Cups of coffee steam on the prep table, the baker's cup marked with chocolaty fingerprints. By midmorning, pork shoulder, rubbed with spices the day before, is slowly smoked. And white buckets are filled with sliced onions. Corn is shucked. The stock that cooked all night is taken off the stove and strained. Bags of fresh shrimp are delivered in old grocery store bags. The waiters arrive in groups, shirts and ties on hangers. By then, every burner in the kitchen is being used. Herbs are chopped. Scallops cleaned. Ovens at 500 degrees. All sauces are checked. Bartenders polish their shakers. Silverware is rolled and every surface is wiped down. Music. Lights. Doors are opened. Dinnertime. At Acme. Seven nights a week. Local never tasted so damn good.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Acme Food & Beverage Co. reviews from OpenTable diners
180 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (115)neighborhood gem (106)great for outdoor dining (76)special occasion (76)great for brunch (58)romantic (42)good for groups (36)notable wine list (29)hot spot (20)great for lunch (13)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Awesome meal and atmosphere
    LaGrin
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My family had dinner at the ACME for the first time. Awesome experience, excellent food, and wonderful service. Highly recommend the ACME for everyone, whether its a family dinner or a date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing Eats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I took the girl I'm seeing to Acme for her birthday dinner, and it didn't disappoint. We started with watermelon sangria, which was the drink special for the night. Although it was OK, the sangria was my least favorite item that night. Next, we shared the fried green tomatoes with mozzarella, corn, and sun gold tomatoes, which were amazing. Our entrees were just as delightful; I had the catfish with collards and black-eyed peas (yum!), while she blazed through the pecan-crusted chicken atop mashed potatoes and butter beans. We would've had dessert, but we were completely stuffed. The ambiance is always nice for a date night, although someone on staff seemed to have butter fingers, clanging objects here and there. Best 'Boro eats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nailing it
    food4thought
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great choice of Southern inspired classics with a modernized twist. They always have some good fish dishes. I love the salmon, my husband loves the cat fish. They have a great selection of local beers and their butterscotch pudding is my favorite dessert. Shrimp and grits: nail it, fried oyster salad: nail it, steak frits:nail it. Great neighborhood gem. Don't hesitate to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Why alway so overdone?
    Noonie72
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We always have a very positive feeling towards Acme, it was one of the first places we tried when we moved to the area. But the last several times we have been there the food has been very mediocre mainly because the kitchen just overwhelms dishes with sauces and ingredients. For example, I had the caprese starter with fresh tomatoes but they were doused in pesto sauce, just drowning and you couldn't appreciate the fresh mozzarella or tomatoes at all. The same with the stuffed pepper appetizer, and essentially all the full meals, doused in gravies and additional items that overwhelmed rather than refining the taste of the great quality bases, whether that be a meat, veggie or fish dish. I think we will stick to a hamburger next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • INCREDIBLE
    kpmoore
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This restaurant just shot up to my list of best in Chapel Hill. The food here was nothing short of a work of art. The outdoor dining is more relaxing than anyone's backyard I've ever enjoyed, plus full-service and a water feature. The service was stellar. The waitress was attentive with excellent recommendations, and the whole staff was very attentive. Back to the food though, the balance and complexity of flavors in every dish we ordered was incredible. My shrimp-filled chile relleno was covered in a complex mole sauce that was unlike anything anywhere. They managed to class-up southern sausage and bacon on a glorious charcuterie plate. This restaurant is absolutely a destination, and will be our Chapel Hill special occasion go-to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Local Food
    localisbest
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My wife and I went for a significant anniversary. We were very pleased by everything from the cocktails and wine selection all the way through desert. I'm a big fan of eating locally, and they serve fresh NC seafood and many local vegetables and meats. Everything was well prepared and well served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Idyllic dining experience
    Sunny
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had a great dining experience sitting outside on a beautiful evening. The waterfall and greenery surrounding the outside dining area made it very idyllic. Our group of four women was using the event to celebrate our long-time friendship as one of our members was moving away. We each had a delicious meal; mine was crab cakes over a shrimp jambalaya. It was suburb! Some of the best crab cakes I have ever had. The service was quick and efficient, but we never felt rushed. We had plenty of time to enjoy the meal and time together. All in all it was an outstanding dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • rfgab
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    ACME is the apex of the presentation of heirloom tomatoes! The red snapper was very good and the Blue Moon Pork was excellent. The key lime pie to top it off was most fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lived Up to Their Slogan
    JoAnne
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Thank goodness someone got a gift certificate to Acme!! They totally lived up to their slogan "Damn Good Food". EVERYTHING we had was unique and flavorful. The chefs really work their magic! And so did the bar with the watermelon sangria! We will definitely go back even though we live 40 minutes away.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent food for our party of 6 with varied tastes. Service attentive but unobtrusive and well timed. Only problem was noise level, as conversation so important--this was a reunion after 30 years, so we wanted to hear every word.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food every time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Relaxed atmosphere and excellent food with very good wait staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite place
    daddyruchir
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We love going to Acme. We just went with a couple from S.F. foodie friends. Even they were blown away by this place. I'm a vegetarian, so the one thing is I wish there were more options for me. But, 95% of the top dollar restaurants out there are not super-veggie friendly, so I can't really complain. My vegetable risotto was pretty awesome anyways. The best thing about this last visit was the farmhouse funky wine our waiter produced off the wine list. it was a mushroom, earthy wine for $40. Loved it!!! The only thing that wasn't fantastic was the butternut pudding. was mediocre at best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nancy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Acme is one of my favorite go-to restaurants. I go there when I want a special experience, when I'm blue and want to feel uplifted, when I want to be with good friends, when I want to celebrate something special. The food is always delicious, the service pleasant, and the experience never fails to meet my expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific birthday dinner!
    lunchproVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It was my choice on where to dine for my birthday and Acme didn't disappoint me! I've never had a bad meal there and the seasonal offerings are always terrific. I still had the salmon and again wasn't disappointed. All of our appetizers were amazing and the French rose I had by the glass was terrific as well. Love Acme every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A local treasure
    maxsparks
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Acme features the best of southern cuisine with seasonal favorites from many local farms. The appetizers and desserts are to die for they also have a great wine a cocktail selection. The specials on Tuesday night are must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great local food!!
    elvis
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Acme is wonderful. The menu changes often enough that there's always something new, seasonal, and interesting. Luckily, they also keep old favorites on the menu (their fried chicken might be the best i've ever had). Our server overhead that it was my friend's birthday and brought our dessert with a lit candle which delighted my teenage friend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice
    retiredinNC
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was a little wary when I choose a restaurant by the name of Acme Food but it was absolutely great. Food and service were excellent. The only problem is that they do not split a bill for two couples so my husband and I ended up paying more than our share when we split the bill.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for grad students
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    In my time as a grad student at UNC, I loved getting together with a group of friends to go to Acme on Tuesday nights for their recession special. I probably went there 15 times in 3 years, and never had a bad experience or a bad plate of food. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service...
    BBob
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food at Acme is great, but I will never go back again due to the rude waitstaff and poor service. I've been to Acme several times and the service has not improved. Each time I have made reservations at Acme, the food service was slow and my group was rushed by pushy, rude waiters. Also, Acme refuses to provide separate checks for large parties, which is fine; however, Acme is the only place I've ever dined that considers a party of 5 a "large group". Typically, that number is 6 people. The separate check policy is something that the waitstaff should mention to diners before they are seated. This would save a great deal of time and awkwardness when the bill arrives.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a try
    Appmarine
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We dined at Acme with neighborhood friends with whom we eat out on our birthday months. The restaurant staff was friendly and the service was prompt. Everyone liked their food, though I had a ribeye special, which was tasty, but exceedingly grisselly (sp). Except for the steak and the fact that the tables were so close wait staff kept bumping into our backs, Acme is well worth a visit. Good food, good wine list and nice lively atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food, great service!
    919to212
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Absolutely delicious! Must try the cornbread, vegetable risotto and watermelon/peach sangria!! Job well done, ACME! Will definitely be back and refer everyone I know.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sassysue
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a great time! We sampled many different items from the menu & everything was great! Can't wait to dine here again...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT food and service
    MrPaul1
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised of the variety, quality and quantity of Amce dinners. Awesome. To make reservations on online website. Each time someone for the restaurant called see if I had any special requests,etc -very classy and professional !!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    T2SPVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Excellent service, delicious food! I dine here often and the personal service along with consistent local, fresh food are just several reasons I return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • remains on our top-10 list
    EBBr
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My wife and I had dinner with her mother and our daughter (who is a chef). My mother-in-law asked to have her fries extra crispy, and that's exactly what she got. My gumbo was very good; my wife's tomato plate and charcuterie were both excellent; our daughter's fried okra, flash fried peppers, and pulled pork salad were also great. The beers were good, though my mother-in-law was disappointed that there was no hefeweizen available (e.g., Blue Moon). We ate everything! And our waiter was knowledgeable, helpful, and funny without going over the top. Very nice dinner, once again, at Acme!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant discovery
    Xmodel
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Loved this place!! Being a spoiled New Yorker I've see it all. I was pleasantly surprised to fine a great dining spot in a cool neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    deedub84
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We love to go to Acme in Carrboro. We went for our son's 21st birthday. The server was awesome, friendly, vibrant. The food was delicious. Tuesday is $12.99 entree night, so great food at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two Nights in a Row
    DinerDoug
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Acme is usually so good that I recently went two nights in a row. Both times the meal was good and the atmosphere was great. Dinner was nice, but brunch is really their forte.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed reviews
    ltopher
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    A friend brought me to Acme the first time I visited Chapel Hill, so I wanted to return now that I've moved here. I LOVED the food and drinks during the first meal, but on this second visit I was really disappointed. My calamari salad was tasty, but pretty greasy. And then my main dish of crab cakes was really salty and not very flavorful. My partner ordered the salmon and the fish and grits were great, so I'm glad I had a chance to enjoy that. Our server was great, but he never asked me how the food was and didn't notice that my plate had most of the food left on it. It was such a stark contrast from my first visit there. I hope this was a blip.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, But . . .
    gjetson
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Tasty comfort food, well prepared and fairly priced. Heirloom tomato appetizers were out of this world. Our waiter was friendly and professional but had too many tables and was not very attentive. It didn't spoil the evening, but we didn't like the tight spacing of the tables and the long wait for our main courses. After our appetizers were cleared, it took about 40 minutes for the entrees to show up. It was a busy night, but still. We'll definitely go back, but maybe on a weeknight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    JAPwPDP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I have been to ACME several times with friends, family and for special occasions and have always enjoyed the food and service. I'll be back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service and decor!
    Chgogal
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I went based on positive reviews found online. We were very happy with our meals, the service and the charming patio. We went with the pecan chicken and a soft shell crab special. There were many other items on the menu that we want to try and are definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, local, and fantastic
    FamilyInTown
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Celebrated my 25th anniversary with my employer here. The wait staff was fantastic. Knew all about the specials, wine pairings, etc., and made recommendations to the table that we all enjoyed. Shared appetizers and passed the entrees around, everything we had was first rate. And they specialize in local produce direct from local farmers to your table. Living near Acme is one of the great things about living in Carrboro.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good local restaurant
    famniteout
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good local restaurant with farm to table mentality. Food is good. Service slow. Cocktails fair. Tomato dishes, Hamburger, steak and tuna good choices. Spaghetti and meatballs, roasted pork, charcuterrie disappointing. Desserts good especially peach cobbler and brownie. Wines a bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food not what it used to be
    292929
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I have enjoyed Acme's food for years, but I am sorry to say that it is not what it once was. The crab cakes I ate last week were not near as good as the dish I enjoyed a few years ago. The crab was not that fresh, the rice/tomato/okra accompaniment was bland, and there was something in the dish was far too sweet. I couldn't say what that was, but the sweetness didn't go with the crab cakes and overpowered the dish. The tomato plate appetizer was pretty good, but the olive oil in the pesto topping was tasteless and thin. It didn't really taste like olive oil. I also tasted some of the scallop fritters, but found them to be essentially a moister hushpuppy with corn kernels. I couldn't detect any scallop flavor. Disappointing.
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  • Terrible seating, too crowded
    Foodlove
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was tasty, but everything else was terrible. The hostess was rude and there are way too many tables crammed into that small restaurant. Also, we were stuck in some reject corner--I didn't even get to choose where I sat.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Amazing service and food. What a gem! We were there for part of the tomsyo festival and had anamazing heirloom tomato appetizer, as well as the fried oyster salad. Entrees were perfect; I think the forever pig might be the best BBQ I've ever tasted. The salmon was also amazing. Perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Carrboro
    dcfoodie
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Acme is consistently one of the best restaurants in Chapel Hill/Carrboro. The food is always excellent; the service is very good; sitting outside is very pleasant. It has become my "go to" place for a nice dinner. The only issue is that if you are sitting inside, it can become loud and hard to have a conversation
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Excellent and exceptional. Unique cuisine with amazing flavors. I was thoroughly impressed.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM
    food4thought
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    A southern flare and delicious food. Fried catfish, tomato plate, great and wine beer selection and the butterscotch pudding is amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic