Acacia of Lawrenceville

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533 reviews
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$30 and under
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Here at Acacia simplicity is the key, Chef/Owner Christopher Voigtsberger believes in using local ingredients whenever possible. We don’t try to mask ingredients with heavy sauces, instead we like to let the ingredients shine. We believe in showcasing what New Jersey has to offer and putting our own spins on familiar dishes. From the food to the service we believe in giving the guest the ultimate experience, one that they can come to expect time and time again.
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BP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise this little gem of a place was? Went there for the first time for Valentine’s Day and it was an awesome experience. From the time we got there until we left the experience was great. The service, food, ambience and the overall experience was truly amazing. Strongly recommended place.

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JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Acacia is one of our favorite restaurants and even on special days i.e. NY eve or Valentine’s Day that NEVER disappoint excellent as always

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MC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, great food, attentive service. We went for Valentine dinner/ Loved it!

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This has become my go-to restaurant for lunch. I haven’t had dinner yet. Food is great and so well prepared! Service is attentive but not cloying.

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DN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent. Seasoned waitstaff. Never disappointed when I bring guests there for luncheon meetings.

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P
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acacia never disappoints! Dinner on 2/2 was a birthday celebration with family. I requested that a filet mignon special be available and they accommodated the request! The filet was grilled to perfection and was so tender it could be cut with a fork. The salads and appetizers were perfect. Several family members had the Braised Monkfish...another dish prepared to perfection.

Service was spot on! Thank you Lauren, Terry and Denise and Chris, for innovative and delicious meals!

Dinner again at Acacia on 2/8 with friends!

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DB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very quiet night at the restaurant as the temperatures outside were in the single digits. It was a Thursday night not very busy but I’m sure the weather was the reason for being so quiet. The food was delicious and the pace that it was served was just right. They gave you time to relax, enjoy the meal and the company you were with for the evening.

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AM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place! Nice atmosphere for a date night, and the food is amazing.

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WW
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good although this was the first night of their winter menu and the food was overall too salty. Ambience was nice and good place to chat and relax comfortably. The server was rushed and not that friendly - felt more like the brisk service one gets at a diner.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit was fabulous! The restaurant has a great atmosphere and the food and service was fabulous

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DL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was old and reheated. The taste was awful. I honestly feel cheated out of $100.

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WD
New York Area
946 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was an excellent dinner; the pork tenderloin was tender and moist and the tagliatelle was a delicious pasta starter. While the chef/owner was not in the kitchen this evening, his team gave me a meal that was really well-prepared and presented.

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SS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, we were a group of 6, service was great, and the food was fantastic.

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r
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food. Loud table of Trump supporting women who were annoying but otherwise food was terrific and service was good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Holiday. Ooooii

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JP
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, the service was excellent and attentive. Overall a great experience, especially on New Year's Eve! Happy New Year!

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JB
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

New Year’s Eve

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OA
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Not sure what happened. I was there for Christmas Eve and all was wonderful. Returned again on New Years Eve and the main meal was not remarkable at all. I had the same entree, the pork tenderloin on both evenings. The second time was flavorless & looked reheated. Even the mashed potatoes were off.

The atmosphere was lovely & the wait staff attentive. Unfortunately it will be awhile before I consider returning again.

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YO
New York Area
187 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a true treasure. The service is friendly and attentive and the food....omg, the food! Everything we ate was perfectly prepared and delectable. The portions are perfect. The desserts were to die for. An added plus is that there’s ample parking in the parking lot behind the restaurant. It is byob, but everyone does it and I think it’s nice that we get to bring our own favorite wine. Great place near Princeton.

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TB
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent dining experience. Very efficient considering a New Years Eve crowd.

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SD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acacia NEVER disappoints!! Chris is a MASTER chef who always has new and innovative additions to the menu. Lauren does an AMAZING job running the front of the house and make everyone feel welcome, and Terry is a wonderful, informative server. If you're not lucky enough to live near Acacia, it is definitely worth the trip!! 5 Stars all the way around!!

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KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas eve

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JM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Have been going to Acacia for many years, almost always for dinner, under previous ownership and the current one. The most recent, menu is a significant improvement, no longer trying to mix too many 'chic' elements in each entree, but letting the few 'sides' properly support the main. Service was excellent, as always. I'll be back, but not Christmas week if I can help it!

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WD
New York Area
946 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our holiday party and by all accounts everyone was happy and pleased (6 of us). Despite many other parties, the food and the service were what I so often experienced on evenings with fewer diners.

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PD
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I have been dining at Acacia for many years, and this was the first time I had a disappointment of any kind. I ordered the black bean veggie burger, and it was a mistake. The patty didn't hold together because it was so dry, the beans kept falling out of the bun, and there was little or no taste. Avocado was advertised as an ingredient, but the "whisper" of avocado was so small that I asked for some extra (and was cheerfully accommodated);. On the other hand, I started with an absolutely delicious broccoli soup -- one of the best I've ever had. My dining companion took the $19 power lunch (a steal) and enjoyed her caesar salad and salmon. Terri, our favorite server, let my friend substitute the dessert on the prix-fixe lunch with a capuccino. I will happily return to Acacia many times, I just won't order the veggie burger again.

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JB
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything outstanding

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IK
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had Salmon Tartare & Ricotta Dumplings for appetizer & home-made pasta (w/ Shripms) for entree. Overall great ambience and good food. I liked their Salmon Tartare.

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JA
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our neighborhood favorite restaurant. I love the food and I have never had a bad meal. In fact we love it so much that we had our wedding there two weeks ago. Our friends and family loved it and people are still talking about how delicious the food was. They also accommodated for the various dietary restrictions and were very careful not to have cross contamination because one of our relatives has severe celiac condition. The venue is small so only accommodates about 70-80 people. We had about 60 people so that allowed us to have room for dancing. This is a wonderful place for wedding showers, work parties, or a small wedding like ours. Lauren,one of the owners (owned by a husband and wife), is so thoughtful of the people she serves and she pays attention to detail. She even helped with planning and managed the logistics involved in the ceremony part too. If you are looking for an intimate place for a small wedding this is the place! The price was more than reasonable and you get so much for your money. And because it is a restaurant that prides itself in having fresh local ingredients it is high quality and better than than most wedding banquet food. My friends are still talking about it!

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m
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Ambiance - We expected an intimate experience, but the noise level was very high, especially since there were two large parties in the dining room for their holiday celebrations. Two people in our party were a bit hard of hearing, so it was not a good experience for them.

Food - We shared a couple of appetizers. The portion size was huge. The beet salad was excellent, with very fresh greens, but the sauce for the fried calamari was way to sweet, even though it had a good bite.
With regard to the entrees, the ingredients were good, but the portion size of the meat/fish was small, although the accompanying starch/veggie was good sized. Didn't get to taste the salmon and swordfish, but the duck breast I ordered didn't have a a crispy skin, and wouldn't have much taste if it wasn't for the sauce. The crab cake had great ingredients, large chunks of crab meat, but unfortunately, it was quite dry.

Overall, food was decent, but ambiance left something to be desired. May give it another try on another night.

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BH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The room temperature was very cold when we arrived but felt better when the restaurant filled up. The service was very good. The salads were large and tasty. All of us had the John Dory fish special. It was good until I got a “fishy” bite and lost interest.

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l
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Rarely do you find service, great food, and an atmosphere worth noting, all coupled together in one location. This restaurant is a gem, a true diamond...to be treasured and appreciated. It was our first time dining here, but I came home and immediately made another reservation. You will NOT be disappointed...

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MD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always. A go to restaurant for business and for leisure

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MB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose to have our 2018 Office Christmas Celebration at Acacia!!! What an excellent choice!!!

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends from England were visiting so we chose Acacia. We hadn’t been here in several years, and we were very pleased that the food and service were still first rate.

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff here was amazing, attentive and on point. We had a great time eating wonderful food. Will definitely come back soon. It is a great value, love a BYOB with amazing service and creative food.

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B
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great. The server was knowledgeable, friendly, and concerned with our satisfaction.

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EH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been an Acacia fan for 26 years--since it first opened. The food is really good and the staff are attentive.

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WD
New York Area
946 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I came with a friend whom I told about the venison and some of the other dishes. He agreed with me about the excellence of the food.

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h
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Calamari, Venison Osso Buco, and Swordfish were outstanding. Duck Breast and Octopus very good.
Service was excellent.
BYOB works well; keeps a high end restaurant cost reasonable.

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NI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to Acacia. We went there because it was close to Trenton-Mercer airport, and we were very happy with the choice. The menu was interesting and had a number of offerings that were unique. The presentation was excellent, the server was pleasant and helpful. We went there on a Sunday evening so it was a low key environment. I had venison, which is not common on the local menus and I really enjoyed it. The service was excellent. We live about 40 minutes away, and it will be worth the trip when we return.

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