Acacia of Lawrenceville

4.6
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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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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M
Dallas
71 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Acacia has been consistently very good over the years. This visit was no exception. They worked well with my wife’s food allergies and everything was delicious and generously portioned. The BYOB aspect seals the deal. Highly recommend!

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this cozy restaurant where we can always count on outstanding food and excellent service.

JB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still great after all these years: Creative menu, excellent quality sustainable ingredients, an attentive and experienced waitstaff...what more could you desire in a top restaurant? We say nothing, which is why we return year after year.

g
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family from NYC visited us. They were impressed with the food. I thought service was very good.

SC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had lunch at Acacia during the Central Jersey Restaurant Week promotion. We enjoyed the $20 3 course lunch, and look forward to returning.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Will be back!

SP
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is amazing! Seasonal and inventive dishes AND great service. It is truly a gem. I plan to return whenever we have guests in town!

P
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife for a date night. 1st time we went. The food is worth the cost. Combined with the environment made for a really nice night out. We will be returning. Thanks

m
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is such a neighborhood gem that we tend to overlook. We had dinner with friends and from start to finish, it was outstanding. It was a Sunday night and they only had 2 other tables. We ordered salads to start that were very good but it's the entrees that really shine. Three of us ordered steak and the fourth had Griggstown chicken. Our plates looked like we licked them clean...that's how much we enjoyed our entrees. We will be back! We need to support our local, neighborhood establishments.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acacia is our favorite local restaurant. High-quality, high-end food without being crazy expensive. Service is always amazing and the owners are so friendly. We try to go once a week when we can. The menu changes pretty often so we get to try a lot of different stuff. But the staples of the menu are so solid and satisfying too. Love this place!

VL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience3

I’m not sure how to rate my recent dinner experience. We had 6pm res on a Saturday night. Only a few tables were occupied when we arrived except for a large party of adults & a few children (about 20 in the party). The noise level was loud and got much louder as we awaited our meals. We started to regret not leaving. The meal arrived and the noise was so bad that after just about tasting our meals we asked for our check and left. Now all I can say is if you do not have a separate room to host a party, please don’t host the party. All the other patrons had to pay good money for a miserable night out.

WD
New York Area
1051 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I 've tried several things since they changed to an autumn menu in September, but this is the second time that I've enjoyed the duck. The restaurant was filled with a large party (and fairly loud), but despite the number of entrées prepared that evening by the kitchen, they did mine perfectly.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything tasted great! Ambience was nice and less casual than our usual weekly places. Can’t wait to go back & try some more dishes !

D
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional in many ways! Great location with no stress free parking and easy access from 206 and 295. BYOB makes it economical and interesting. Nice square room with tables overlooking the Lawrenceville School and good spacing between tables. Menu is eclectic with moderately priced three course dinner or a four course a la carte. We chose the latter with an exceptional pear salad, handkerchief pasta, seafood paella and a wonderful bread pudding. Service was seamless and friendly. You will not be disappointed and be prepared to be dazzled for value and taste. Very highly recommended!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific food and wonderful serivice.

M
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food quiet atmosphere excellent service

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, nice atmosphere. One of our favorite restaurants.

PM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third visit within 2 months and we found the food to be consistently excellent. I had the swordfish on one visit and the maui maui cajun style with dirty rice on a recent visit. Both times the fish was perfectly cooked and well seasoned without overpowering the dish. My husband had steak and filet and that too was perfectly cooked. Salads are excellent and good size. The shaved brussel sprout was just delicious and a bit more unusual than others. The flat bread appetizer with mushrooms was outstanding, not overpowered with cheese and puffy and light with lots of flavor. Portions are good sized and we have not yet had room for desserts, but they are very tempting and look good. Service is friendly and not intrusive but always thoughtful to check if all the dishes have come out well.

JL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent with good service. Recommend this place!

D
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beet salad was arugula salad with a few bites of beets but otherwise food was very good. Definitely pricey but portions were good size

K
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I especially appreciated Acaci's willingness to accommodate me as a vegan. The wait person was very helpful, knowledgeable, attentive, without hovering, and patient.

CB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu and quality restaurant

K
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I ordered salmon bowl which came with grilled salmon just perfect with about 1/3 cup quinoa and 1/2 slices of cucumber and a few cherry tomatoes, a few olives and a dab of sauce. Not much food even for me who is a small female so that I ended up eating some bread which I rarely do. My guest is an elderly woman and she ordered her favorite pear salad with chicken. She ate very slowly as she had challenges in chewing food and decided to take half of food home. For the value there’s wasn’t enough. The presentation was beautiful. A fly was annoying as it kept coming towards our table. Rather quiet and good for talking.

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating two family birthdays , and selected an outdoor table at acacia. The appetizers and entrees were all very well prepared and delicious. Our waitstaff went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. The outdoor lighting and music were lovely.

l
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have patronized Acacia over 20+ years. The current chef-owner is creative and talented and the food
is always fresh and beautifully presented. Terri always provides excellent service with a smile!!!

BC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner there. Everything was delicious and service was great. Will definitely go back again!

d
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We will definitely dine there again.

Many thanks!

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food here was good, but service was slow (they only had two waitresses for the whole restaurant) and the noise level was very high.

PD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The wait staff was great but the food was good. I had expected more and was hoping to have a great experience. I had steak which was done very well. My son’s dinner was just okay as was my wife’s. Desert was disappointing. It was gluten free and we did not want gluten free. It was not mentioned that it would be.

WD
New York Area
1051 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I don't eat a lot of beef, but the 16 oz strip offered was done to perfection. I left it to Chris and came out medium rare. A while back, the flatiron steak was served rare. It's great to be able to leave these things to someone who knows his business and can bring out the best in the products!

b
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a very nice place for dinner.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acacia is up there with the best restaurants in the state. Amazing specials. Incredible apps. Even better mains. Been here three times, and will definitely be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

To start with both the gazpacho soup and fresh oysters were served in warm dishes, not iced ones. Then two of the four diners had the venison osso bucco which was to be served with creamy polenta. The polenta was like water, waitress was told to tell the chef but no accommodation other than to be given a soup spoon!

Then we requested a cappuccino for desert and it came lukewarm. Sent it back and received a very hot version but no real froth on top.

Maybe an off night? Not sure we will try again.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari appetizer was fabulous as was the Seafood Risotto special. Waitress so upbeat and friendly. Coffe cake was way too big! Will return soon.

EM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We like the restaurant a lot. Only problem is dessert. Not up to food level

R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed outstanding dinner with our friends. Our server, Jamie, was very knowledgeable with the exact right balance of making sure that we were well served without undue 'hovering'. The food was excellent - I had the scallops and they were both delicious and beautifully presented. We will look forward to another visit soon. Oh - I should add to my previous response - you asked would I recommend Acacia to a friend - I will not only recommend it - I will bring another couple and I will come back again soon

s
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both enjoyed scallops - they were out of this world. We sat outside - at our special table.

j
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were taken for a business lunch having found the location near to our offices. I like to support local restaurants so I arranged lunch for 4. We ordered the following: The Salmon Bowl, the pear salad and two Shrimp bowls. The salad was amazing, full plate fresh and delicious. The salmon bowl was also very good and served over a quinoa. The two blackened shrimp bowls were 5 medium grilled shrimp (very tasty) which circled a small scoop of cold black beans and corn in the center with an aioli and a .25 of an a sliced avocado fanned out on it. Out of the three dishes, the shrimp was the skimpiest and the other diner said it perfectly as she grabbed a piece of bread from the bread basket "Well, that was tasty but much more of a snack than an entrée for lunch". The inside is beautiful, the waitress was friendly and attentive, but the portion of the food lacked in terms of the price. I will have to try a couple of times before I send someone there on a recommendation.

JC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. New summer menu didn’t disappoint

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All our dishes were very tasty. The services was great. Love that it is a BYOB.