Acacia of Lawrenceville
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.
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
Beautiful place, great food, attentive service. We went for Valentine dinner/ Loved it!
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.
Food is always excellent. Seasoned waitstaff. Never disappointed when I bring guests there for luncheon meetings.
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!
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.
Love this place! Nice atmosphere for a date night, and the food is amazing.
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.
Our first visit was fabulous! The restaurant has a great atmosphere and the food and service was fabulous
The food was old and reheated. The taste was awful. I honestly feel cheated out of $100.
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.
Great food, we were a group of 6, service was great, and the food was fantastic.
Lovely food. Loud table of Trump supporting women who were annoying but otherwise food was terrific and service was good.
The food was excellent, the service was excellent and attentive. Overall a great experience, especially on New Year's Eve! Happy New Year!
New Year’s Eve
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.
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.
An excellent dining experience. Very efficient considering a New Years Eve crowd.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
Excellent, as always. A go to restaurant for business and for leisure
We chose to have our 2018 Office Christmas Celebration at Acacia!!! What an excellent choice!!!
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.
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.
The service was great. The server was knowledgeable, friendly, and concerned with our satisfaction.
I have been an Acacia fan for 26 years--since it first opened. The food is really good and the staff are attentive.
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.
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.
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.