Acacia of Lawrenceville

4.4
484 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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Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 484 People Are Saying
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c
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
888 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
114 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
8 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
33 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
56 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
888 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
78 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
16 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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P
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, not disappointed with the food or service. Ribeye steak was grilled to perfection and the grilled portobello mushroom with sliced heirloom tomato was the perfect compliment to the steak. Service is always friendly, attentive and professional. Thank you Terry and Denise!

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b
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Food just okay; nothing special. Decor dated. Service poor, despite a near empty restaurant.
Very disappointed.

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NJ
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Menu had something for everyone....and had to make choices! Waiter did not know price of special....ordered anyways and delicious!!!

Knew it was a special occasion but did not offer a dessert for birthday. Surprised about that.

Would definitely return.

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D
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy getting together for lunch with friends here.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was excellent. The chef was not happy with the scallops and would not serve them to us, three of the six ordered them. The staff quickly subbed us into other delicious entrees and gave us complimentary appetizers and desserts for the inconvenience. Patrick and Lauren were great. We had out of town guests who were very impressed with Acacia.

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DN
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant outdoor dining on a beautiful summer evening.

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WD
New York Area
888 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The quality of the food, its preparation and its presentation could all be summed-up in one word: outstanding.

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BN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal for a local spot

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JH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We made reservations at Acacia for Father's Day after a concert at the Princeton Music Festival which was across the street. We were seated promptly even though we were about 30 minutes early. There were six of us and we brought our own wine. The waitress was fine but not terribly friendly. The bread was fair. The soups were either watery or tasteless. The duck was disappointing as were the steak and crab cakes. Lemon dessert was good but chocolate/espresso mousse was awful. There was hardly any water pressure in the Lady's Room which gives one pause. Never will we visit this overpriced place again.

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OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated Fathers Day with a lovely dinner

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K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We came late and they were very accommodating. Food was very good. Service attentive.

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P
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The rack of lamb was perfection along with the ricotta dumplings! I'm never disappointed with the food and the attentive, professional and friendly staff.

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

quiet and pleasent. good gluten free options. terrific service. it is a byob

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WD
New York Area
888 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve some very good selections from the spring menu. This was the second time for the duck. I thought there was a bit too much garlic on the rice; otherwise, it was a very enjoyable experience.

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b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Our server was perfunctory and brusque, possible because he and a busboy appeared to be the only staff when we had lunch. I fault the staffing rather than the server, who appeared to be doing his best.

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DN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful meal with unusual pairings and friendly service. Nice atmosphere for friendly conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Our waitress was very nice. Unfortunately, our entrees took over an hour to come out. Food was excellent but the food took awhile.

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F
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Mother’s Day dinner but service was very slow. We waited close to an hour before our main entrees were served. Waiter was pleasant but no explanation given and restaurant was just beginning to get crowded. No more holiday dining!!!!

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B
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always delicious and cooked perfectly to your order

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