Acacia of Lawrenceville

4.5
504 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm- close, Saturday, Sunday: 5:00pm - close
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Phone number
(609) 895-9885
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christopher Voigtsberger
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Catering
ON and Off Catering available.
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Neighborhood
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 504 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
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
916 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
4 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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FG
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good and the service was as well
The only concern was it gets very loud very quickly as the tables fill up.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love this place! They always offer unique menu items that rarely disappoint. This is one of our go to places for a nice intimate meal with great service and a charming location in the heart of old Lawrenceville. We highly recommend it.

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JA
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite local restaurant. The food is cooked to perfection and made with love. The owners are dedicated to feeding you with healthy ingredients and delicious food.

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SS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and menu options - everything was tasty and well seasoned. Love that their menu reflects the season!

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Overall a big disappointments. It seems to us that the restaurant used to be a lot quieter, but it was so noisy it was very difficult to have a conversation. Probably the next worst thing about the restaurant was the service which was very slow and apparently they were not staffed properly. Next, the food was OK. My entree just had to be sent back for more cooking, and the soup’s which were the special that evening, apparently contained tons of garlic which was not even on the menu as an ingredients. Overall it was a disappointing evening and absent a rebate of some sort, we will not be returning.

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

Delicious venison osso buco; this has just recently been added to the autumn menu and made a wonderful surprise. There are only a few very good places where I enjoy game and Chris has certainly created an outstanding, seasonal entrée.

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I had the pear salad and my husband had the garden salad. Both were great but wayyy too large! His pumpkin soup was great - the mushroom risotto had to much risotto and too little mushrooms and broth. Dry. My husband's pork was too salty - he send it back and got swordfish. My duck was dry and a bit too much salt, also. Must have been an off day for the chef.

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TF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Excellent food, value, byob. Highly recommended! Quality of food for the price can’t be beat.

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r
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner at Acacia is always a treat. We don't dine there often enough, but when we do, the food is always great, it's a nice, quiet place for a couple's night out, and it's unhurried. Bring your own wine to enjoy with your favorite meal. Their selection of vegan and vegetarian isn't the best, but you can definitely challenge the chef to come up with something special (which is part of the adventure, no?).

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c
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Everything from the ambiance to the service to the limited menu was adequate but not inspiring.

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LH
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

There were too many flies landing on us and our food.

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KD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is delicious- we’ll be back again!

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L
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was restaurant week, and nice to see Acacia was lively and tables were full. Our food was

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 2

Great restaurant week deal!

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FF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Used to come here a lot and then fell off. Glad we're reacquainted, great food and good value. BYOB is a big plus. Came Restaurant Week and had the three course meal for $35!

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WD
New York Area
916 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice start to the Restaurant Week in Lawrenceville; the three course menu offers a nice selection that shows how good the food really can be.

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OT
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

No warm n fuzzies from this staff. Our first time here, hostess was not welcoming, and server was helpful but not very friendly. Beet salad was average. Duck breast with fig and quinoa was very good. Pork Milanese was average. BYOB and convenient location.

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FT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We choose Acacia for post theatre with friends we are only occasionally since we are both from a distance. Food is consistently very good. Service is perfect and ambiance is comfortable.

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B
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were delicious. I'm glad I saved room for the coffee cake dessert!

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D
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoy meeting friends for lunch here. Food is wonderful and service is very pleasant. Nice location across from lovely Lawrenceville Private School with great parking in the back.

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c
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great appetizers and dessert, friendly management, romantic atmosphere!

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LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Their 3 course lunch is my favorite. Service always good. Have always had a positive experience there!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acacia is one of our favorite Go to restaurants. Excellent food and service every time!

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L
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Its a pleasure for me to be in a quiet, attractive restaurant where I can here my partner. It was Sunday night and pretty empty, which for me was fine. All positives, professional, friendly, welcoming. I will return.

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WD
New York Area
916 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

There are some wonderful items offered on the mid-summer menu that use great, locally-farmed ingredients. With such excellent food, and so near to home, dining here is a pleasantly frequent occasion.

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s
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reliable as ever, never disappoints after 15 years or more going there. We might go even more often if the menu was updated more regularly.

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LF
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, three times in one week is pretty unusual, but quite merited! I needed a central location for three lunch weekday lunch meetings and Acacia fitted the bill! The menu here is always interesting and food freshly prepared and the lunch choices did not disappoint! The lunch menu includes both a la carte and a three course special which has 4 choices for appetizer and entree and the dessert of the day and is quite the bargain for $19. I chose this lunch special twice and particularly enjoyed the delicious salmon over a leek and chickpea compote and a bright piquant pesto. The grilled shrimp entree was also delightful with its pillow soft gnocchi. However, it was slightly demoted from top choice due to the pieces of yellowing kale in both diners' dishes. The portion sizes were perfect for a 3 course lunch. We all enjoyed the pear salad as our appetizer and appreciated the slices of crisp ripe pear in the summer with the cranberries and Gorgonzola. On each occasion, our servers were friendly and attentive. I ordered the Tuna poke bowl on the third occasion a la carte and requested no peanuts and if possible to substitute almonds, which they kindly did. The dressing was tangy, the nuts crunchy and the high grade sashimi tuna was beautifully cubed to make another delicious lunch choice. The flourless chocolate cake dessert and the mango cheesecake were both a sweet way to end a great lunch meeting. All diners cannot wait for our next meeting, definitely scheduled for lunch at Acacia!

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G
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at Acacia, and we have never been disappointed with both their food and service. Each time we dine there, we find a new dish. This time, it was swordfish on a bed of vegetables and orzo, plus crab-stuffed zucchini flowers. The chef prepared a squid ink sauce, which was truly delicious. This is a great restaurant all around.

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We dined outside. The service was outstanding and the food was beyond our expectations. We were celebrating a family birthday and the wait staff made it very special. We would definitely return and we highly recommend it. Noise level a bit high but they accommodated us by honoring our request for outside seating.

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