Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar
Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar

Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.acaciabistro.com/
  • Phone: 202-537 1040x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3.30pm,
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call us for special catering menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yuma
  • Public Transit: Conveniently located two blocks north of Van Ness-UDC metro stop on the red line.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Cross the street from tennis courts, upper level of the garage.
A word from Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar
We specialize in Mediterranean Food emphasizing Italian, Spanish, French, Turkish Cuisine all of which can be paired with our extensive collection of 70 plus wines by the glass.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)great for outdoor dining (16)notable wine list (12)fit for foodies (10)great for lunch (9)romantic (3)great for brunch (3)special occasion (3)good for groups (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great big bowl of okay.
    NoVaDiner
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    We had the 3 cheese and meat charcuterie boards then ordered 3 dishes from the small plates. Their by the glass selection was pretty good however the first glass I had was a bit off like the bottle had been opened for a while. I didn't send it back just switched to something else afterwards. They were out of the blue cheese but the rest of the selections were nice. Of the small plates the risotto was good nothing special but not bad. The gnocchi however was not, they were greasy and the mushrooms completely overshadowed the honey and white truffle. By far the best dish was the shrimp on a bed of paprika aioli and bulger wheat. While it was fine, it was overpriced. For the money there are too many great restaurants to return there.
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  • Not What I expected
    GWpfVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Had read a number of good reviews of this restaurant in otherwise restaurant desert near Van Ness. Went at lunch and food and service were subpar, not busy either. Not worth a visit unless you are in need of something in the neighborhood.
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  • Fabulous Food
    Babsp
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Unbelievably great food. Four "small plates" more than adequate for two people. The kale salad and Brussel sprouts were superbly prepared and served, as were the other two dishes. A truly wonderful AND healthy dining experience. GREAT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go-to neighborhood spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/20/2013
    We've been going to Acacia Bistro ever since it opened. We usually order a variety of small plates rather than entrees; salads are always good. The chef goes heavy on salt but is happy to oblige salt-free requests. Desserts can be hit-or-miss: tart shells tend to be thick and on the hard side. Try the berry cobbler if it's on the menu; the ricotta walnut cake was a winner.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    Marjorie
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    The food was delicious - the lentil soup, the salad, the risotto...it was perfect for a graduation dinner and for my parents to meet and talk with my boyfriend's parents!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We went to Acacia for post-graduation Brunch. We waited 45mins. just to order. Had to ask for water after 45min. Horribly understaffed. The food was good, but the experience was the worst!,,,
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  • Bad experience on Mother's Day
    DanS
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Went to Mother's Day brunch. Apparently, two of their staff did not show up and the result was a disaster. Very slow service, very disorganized. With 3 kids, it was a nightmare! They were very apologetic, but seemed incapable of making any adjustments. Maybe just bad luck....but if they had handled it better, I might have given it another chance....but I won't.
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  • Perfect spot for our TGIF!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Came here after work with a group of work friends and we really enjoyed ourselves! We all decided to get a few small plates so we could try out a few things as well as some drinks. The wines we a hit as well as the mojitos with fresh mint grown from the restaurant's own herb garden! For small plates we tried the cigar börek (turkish cheese pastry) which was on special, the oven-roasted brussel sprout dish, the hand-toasted ricotta gnocchi with wild mushrooms and the vegetable risotto. All were fantastic! Really incredible! Then we decided to split the chocolate ganache tart which comes out deliciously warm with a side of homemade vanilla bean ice cream. I can't say enough how much we enjoyed our meal! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neigborhood gem
    caroleVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    In a neighborhood (Van Ness) where there are almost no restaurants for grownups, Acacia is a gem. They have great mediterranean food, many interesting specials, and delicious desserts. It is a lovely atmosphere and they also have outside tables when the weather is warm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little find!
    Fabulous2dineVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    Close to Dutch Embassy and a great place to have a quick meal before attending an event!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • in the neighborhood...
    DrDaveVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    excellent menu, much improved in the last year. service could have been a little more attentive
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming maitre d' from Istanbul.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Charming maitre d' from Istanbul. Great service; very good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Food was fantastic. Great menu! Trying to "get by" with one server during lunch will loose them move customers than worth the labor $. It took over 2 hours for lunch - we weren't in a rush but, the delay between ordering appetizers/delivery and re-checks after entree were VERY noticeable. Would only recommend if not in a rush or not trying to impress a client.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really a pleasant surprise.
    GeneVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Really a pleasant surprise. A neighborhood restaurant that is much more than it appears! We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for dining in Van Ness
    Sheri
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Food was creative, well-prepared. Sad that the tap beers weren't available. Amazing dessert selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Acacia is our go-to neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Acacia is our go-to neighborhood place. The current chef is more adventurous than the founder, but the food is still very good - especially the specials. They tend to go heavy on the salt. I ask for no salt and it comes out fine. Desserts are hit-or-miss. Last time 2 of 3 desserts (berry cobbler and chocolate ganache) were very good, pecan pie was so-so. The cobbler was baked to order.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Acacia is a lovely bistro,
    caroleVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Acacia is a lovely bistro, with very good food, and a wonderful feel to it. The waiters are very helpful, and we are very fortunate to have this gem in our neighborhood.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Acacia Bistro wants to be
    ProntomacVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    Acacia Bistro wants to be a neighborhood place with good food and drink. It is an attractive place with a nice bar and very outstanding bartender. Acacia has a decent Happy Hour until 7:30pm with nice nibbles at the bar area. The owner is omnipresent, and that can be very helpful. Acacia is still evolving--and doing so in the right direction.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    We had a wonderful dinner -- the food was excellent and the service very attentive. The menu provides a range of options, with fresh ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The owner is wonderful - caring
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    The owner is wonderful - caring and attentive to all the needs of his customers.
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  • This was our first time back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    This was our first time back since the original manager left, and althought some of the food was good, other courses were lacking. The wait staff is nice but quite disorganized, particularly the manager. The tables were not completely filled on a Saturday night, but each request seemed overwhelming to the untrained staff. I don't think we will return soon.
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    notable wine list
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  • Once was even better
    robertadcVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Service was excellent--particularly wine recommendations and samplings. My chicken coq au vin was plentiful, but a bit more salty and oily than I would have preferred. My guest ordered the Moroccan tagiene, which she said was "ok". This is a very nice neighborhood spot, but should not be thought of as gourmet. I will come again, but that is largely based on its location, ambience and service--not the dinner.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • A total disappointment!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    This place was an absolute disappointment. My wife and I went there for dinner on Valentines and we were nothing more than disappointed with the quality of their food, ambience of the place (or the lack there of, I should say) and price. We spent $160, which could have been spent elsewhere. Will never return to this restaurant or recommend to anyone, ever.
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  • A simply wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    My wife and I were blown away with Acacia Bistro. Both of us have worked with restaurants, she all over DC. The owner/manager was on the scene, making sure in a quiet professional way that all was going smoothly. Superb cuisine. An uncanny wine list for a small restaurant. Staff was unusually well trained. All in all, a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Restaurant week features scaled
    1234
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    Restaurant week features scaled back items from regular menu -- and very limited options. Ambiance was like a Baskin and Robins ice cream shop. Service was poor: one waiter for the entire area. I've been told that al fresco dining is lovely there. The interior is not.
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  • Washington Restaurant Week
    Rich
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    Wait staff very attentive. Recommended a very nice red wine to accompany the meal. Service pace was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Duck ragout with papardelle
    IsisVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2013
    Duck ragout with papardelle pasta was underwhelming and tasted ducky-y. Not palatable at all and felt it was not properly cooked or seasoned. The dark meat of the duck was better tasting than the white, but overall was not a good dish
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  • Food was good. Having read
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Food was good. Having read reviews on-line, I was expecting better. It was very slow. Service was not good.
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  • An unexpected pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    We chose Acacia for the location but were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. The pear salad special and butter lettuce salad were good. The beet and sweet potato salad (really a kind of terrine on greens) could have used more salt but was an interesting combination. The scallops and the duck ragu were both quite savory and satisfying; the shrimp pasta special was good but could have used stronger seasoning. The dark chocolate tart was excellent. Wines choices were pretty interesting. The staff was pleasant, competent, and attentive. Not much atmosphere here, but we enjoyed the relative quiet from our table near the back. We think this counts as a "neighborhood gem" and hope to be back.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • I think they do an excellent
    nateVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    I think they do an excellent job and a very interesting menu---some unusual selections. The outdoor eating is really quite nice---sheltered from the street and facing a side street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We made a very late reservation
    LongTimeFansVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2013
    We made a very late reservation on Jan 2nd during a "slow restauant night" and they responded by providing excellent meals and service, staying late to serve us after all other guests had left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • The service was very good
    Joseph124VIP
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    The service was very good and attentive until, at the end of our meal, our waiter was replaced by another who came with the check. We two had asked for separate checks and he said he would deal with it. He returned to our table at least twice to ask questions about the checks, took our credit cards, and returned with a charge to the person who had the least food which was almost double that of the person who had the most food. Not impressive! - which shouldn't put anyone off this restaurant. It's not happened before and the food is really very good.
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  • The food was great and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    The food was great and the wine selection was also wonderful. The happy hour menu is a real treat, too! great food and wine selection for both menus. However, the fact that I wasnt recorded as having checked in for my reservation--despite being one of 4 people in the restaurant, is disappointed. the service was not good, the waiter kept forgetting about us and there was confusion over who was serving us. Overall, sub-par service, great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • We have visited several times.
    WUCsFavorites
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    We have visited several times. The food is inventive and delicious. The service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good spacing of tables in
    diner
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Good spacing of tables in relatively quiet room makes it easy to visit
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  • Service was excellent. Our
    robertadcVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Service was excellent. Our waiter knew the menu was helpful with suggestions to meet our dietary restrictions. She had wonderful sense of timing and let us sit and talk while still watching for clues as to when we wanted attention. We shared three small plates, and the liver was the star, with the vegetable rissoto also an excellent choice. Acacia Bistro is a wonderful asset to the Van Ness/UDC neighborhood. Give it a try!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We chose this place because
    LawrenceofSuburbiaVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    We chose this place because it was mutually convenient for our meeting. The food was excellent. Servers were very attentive and knowledgeable. Place has a very nice easy feel. Lots of interesting choices on the lunch menu and the desserts looked great though we didn't indulge as our meals were substantial and filling. I will definitely return with other friends.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • This was a birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    This was a birthday celebration and we were treated well. The food is excellent. The service is sometimes a bit slow, but it is worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our table was not ready -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Our table was not ready - they didn't have any record of our Open Table reservation. Had to wait for tables to be put together to seat 4. Service was not as good as usual. Interesting seasonal menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and attentive
    pickydiner
    Dined on 11/20/2012
    Excellent food and attentive service both my visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate