About Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar

We specialize in Mediterranean Food emphasizing Italian, Spanish, French, Turkish Cuisine all of which can be paired with our extensive collection of 60 plus wines by the glass.

4340 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Washington, DC 20008
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3.30pm,
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.

Cross Street:
Yuma

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 537-1040

Website:
http://www.acaciabistro.com/

Catering:
Please call us for special catering menu.

Parking Details:
Cross the street from tennis courts, upper level of the garage.

Public Transit:
Conveniently located two blocks north of Van Ness-UDC metro stop on the red line.

Executive Chef:
Mr. Naji

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

service

3.6

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3.8

value

3.9

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75% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Business Meals (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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Tapas (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 17, 2014

I started with one of their small plate specials of Roasted Eggplant which was cold and bland. But they made up for it with two really good tapas. One was a seared Ahi tuna that was great. The other was Cigara Borek which are cheese filled cigarillos served with a fruity (Mango) sauce. These were amazing and I'll go back for them if nothing else. The service was a little uneven, but the food made up for any minor blunder on the server's part.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2014

Good food. Friendly. Great ambiance. Finally a fabulous restaurant in the neighborhood.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2014

This neighborhood wine bar should probably stick to being a wine bar. The restaurant is forgettable as well as a disappointment. Some positives: nicely-priced wine list, excellent suggested wine and pleasant service (from the one and only server). Drawbacks: lentil soup was super-bland (a subsequent spicing simply dumped something like green-chili sauce into it); hamburger was so-so; their special dessert was suddenly unavailable. The place is not very attractive (hard floors, full windows) as a restaurant. If it weren't for the kind service both from the server and the wine steward who offered us a compensatory dessert wine, this would have been a long commute for less-than mediocre fare. Thankfully we got the 1000 points.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 2, 2014

I have been to Acacia many times-- always been a very nice neighborhood place-- good food, well prepared. the kale sald was a fine chopped mess, lentil soup had no flavor. Pasta dish good but way too much oil.
I had a guest and was disappointed. Not a real cheap place. Casual dinner for two, with no alcohol and sharing a main was 50 without tip. this would have been ok but not good food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 28, 2014

The food is fresh and creatively prepared. The chef is talented and always willing to accommodate the customer's special needs. The waitstaff are excellent and add to the enjoyment of the meal, with friendly and professional service, with a touch of humor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 1, 2014

Acacia is a wonderful restaurant to have in the Van Ness neighborhood. It is great on its own -- great food, wine, etc. But it is especially appreciated here.

The owner and servers could not be nicer or more helpful, and the chef continues to make creative, delicious dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 22, 2014

The interior & decor could use an update.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2014

I believe the owner of this restaurant wanted my husband and I to have a wonderful time dining on Valentine's Day. However this special occasion was a bit challenging for this restaurant. They were late in seating us and the service was slow. The waiter did not appear to truly be a waiter. He was missing the charm and knowledge of a good service provider. Our meals were fine, but nothing special. The tables were too close together and we could hear every word of our neighboring table. We recommend less patrons and a more manageable menu. Keep working on it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Departed disappointed, with sadness for the owner. Completely unprepared & overbooked, the overwhelmed waiters were abrupt, confused, and constantly chased by an exasperated owner. Delays in seating, drinks, and mediocre tasting / poorly presented food. In turn, we were bemused by cook and service staff screaming in the kitchen, bartender quitting, flamboyant arrival of the owner’s wife, (understandably mad at her hubby, and ((not-cool)) unpleasantness to customers for being called in as cavalry. So, while the copious complimentary booze, profuse apologies, and (periodic) moving explanations by the owner of his miseries took the edge off, the blown romantic evening (and $250.00 bill), remain, alas, a still plenty gloomy memory.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2014

We came with great anticipation. We left declaring this as our worst dining experience ever--and we're fond of eating out. The food was fair, and start to finish the service was unacceptable. At the host stand we were ignored for at least 7 minutes and had to find someone to seat us. Finally seated, we were presented an over-priced V-day pre-fixe meal menu. Though the restaurant called to confirm our visit, we were never informed that pre-fixe was the ONLY option. Still, despite the limited menu with the world's smallest crab cake, the items served were out of order and with very long waits between selections. The sounds of our stomachs grumbling were outweighed by the voices of the kitchen and service staff screaming at one another.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Our reservation was at 6. They told us to arrive early because they were completely full and would be busy. That being said, we arrived at 5:45 and the staff was not ready and we were the first ones in the restaurant.
We walked in and the staff was arguing over which table was 12. The server was nervous and had did not know much about the menu. Not 100% sure of the menu e asked him for recommendations, he had none. A different woman brought us our first course and asked if we wanted to add the wine pairings. Also, the food was OK at best. My chicken tasted like something I have made at home many times and the cake was crumbly and seemed old or like it had been sitting out all day. I was extremely disappointed and will not be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2014

We frequently dne at Acacia Bistro. There are many elegant and unusual options for vegetarians as well as for carnivores. The soups are always a favorite. Don't miss the chocolate lava cake. The service is always excellent and the staff always offer warm greetings.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2014

Acacia may seem stark from the outside, but the food and the service are brilliant. They clearly understand how to create a great dining experience from using high quality ingredients to offering a thoughtful wine list to providing even people with food issues (e.g., gluten) a wonderful array of dishes to choose from. The service is low in pretention and high in food knowledge and caring about the people around the table. Go with their wine suggestions and go hungry!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 15, 2014

This was our first visit to Acacia and we found it attractive. They did seem understaffed that day. It took a while for us to be greeted even though there were few occupied tables. After we were seated, it took perhaps 10 minutes before our waiter appeared. We ordered and then waited an hour for our sandwiches. They were delicious. Then it took another 10 minutes to flag down our waiter for the check. In all, a quick sandwich lunch kept us in a nearly empty restaurant for two hours. The staff was polite but largely unavailable.

What could have been a nice lunch experience was made annoying because the restaurant wasn't staffed appropriately.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2013

Great food; terrific personal attention by host/owner
interesting Meditarranean cuisine

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2013

We are so glad the bufallo burger is back! I recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the embassies nearby.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2013

Acacia Bistro has terrific food, with a menu of both small and main course dishes. There's a mild Middle Eastern bent to the restaurant but it's better categorized as eclectic. Dishes like kale salad, seared tuna, scallops, pastas, are uniformly good and nicely presented. It's a relatively small restaurant so the noise level is quite manageable. A real find.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2013

After visiting Acacia at lunch and happy hour, I was excited about taking a group of friends there for dinner. Unfortunately, the experience did not live up to my hopes. The service and wine selection were highlights, but our meals were uneven in quality. Two people ordered a pasta that was mediocre -- both complained that the dish was lacking in flavor, even though the menu description suggested that it would be a very flavorful dish. However, two of us enjoyed our meals a great deal, so it was awkward to be enthusiastic about our meals while our companions had 'buyer's' remorse' about theirs. Consequently, I would not recommend the restaurant to others for dinner unless/until I had another -- hopefully better -- experience there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2013

I have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed - and this time was no different. The food is fresh and prepared wonderfully. The service is also terrific.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 19, 2013

Introduced a friend to this restaurant on this visit. We were both happy with the whole experience. She said she will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2013

Have enjoyed Acacia in the past but were disappointed with our last visit. The waitress was indifferent and when we asked for her opinion of an entree she responded dully " I have never seen anyone order that and don't even know if we have it!" We had to ask for water and bread after she said it would be right over, never took our appetizer plates off the table when dinner was served so we did! The food was just warm so was returned to warm up with no apologies. She left for the evening walking by us without saying anything. However the evening was redeemed by another waitress DeDe who couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. They did start closing everything down by 9 which we thought was early for a Friday. Would have stayed longer!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2013

Prices are high for the quantity of food. The lamb sausage pannini, for example, had good quality bread and the sausage was good but there was very little of it. Some dishes were too greasy and the talpia sandwich was bland.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2013

Acacia is a delightful place to dine. The food is interesting and delicious. Best of all is the nice and welcoming environment provided by the owner and the staff of the restaurant. Wonderful for almost any occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 26, 2013

Do not recommend the food (risotto was good but prosciutto, breads, etc. terrible); service inexperienced, slow and/or difficult to communicate with.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 14, 2013

We had several small plates, many of which were very good with the exception of the kale salad, which was dry and waaaaaay too much (there's only so much kale one person can eat). The service was good and we enjoyed ourselves.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 6, 2013

We had the 3 cheese and meat charcuterie boards then ordered 3 dishes from the small plates. Their by the glass selection was pretty good however the first glass I had was a bit off like the bottle had been opened for a while. I didn't send it back just switched to something else afterwards. They were out of the blue cheese but the rest of the selections were nice. Of the small plates the risotto was good nothing special but not bad. The gnocchi however was not, they were greasy and the mushrooms completely overshadowed the honey and white truffle. By far the best dish was the shrimp on a bed of paprika aioli and bulger wheat. While it was fine, it was overpriced. For the money there are too many great restaurants to return there.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 31, 2013

Had read a number of good reviews of this restaurant in otherwise restaurant desert near Van Ness. Went at lunch and food and service were subpar, not busy either. Not worth a visit unless you are in need of something in the neighborhood.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 23, 2013

Unbelievably great food. Four "small plates" more than adequate for two people. The kale salad and Brussel sprouts were superbly prepared and served, as were the other two dishes. A truly wonderful AND healthy dining experience. GREAT!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2013

We've been going to Acacia Bistro ever since it opened. We usually order a variety of small plates rather than entrees; salads are always good. The chef goes heavy on salt but is happy to oblige salt-free requests. Desserts can be hit-or-miss: tart shells tend to be thick and on the hard side. Try the berry cobbler if it's on the menu; the ricotta walnut cake was a winner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 18, 2013

The food was delicious - the lentil soup, the salad, the risotto...it was perfect for a graduation dinner and for my parents to meet and talk with my boyfriend's parents!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2013

We went to Acacia for post-graduation Brunch. We waited 45mins. just to order. Had to ask for water after 45min. Horribly understaffed. The food was good, but the experience was the worst!,,,

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 12, 2013

Went to Mother's Day brunch. Apparently, two of their staff did not show up and the result was a disaster. Very slow service, very disorganized. With 3 kids, it was a nightmare! They were very apologetic, but seemed incapable of making any adjustments. Maybe just bad luck....but if they had handled it better, I might have given it another chance....but I won't.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 10, 2013

Came here after work with a group of work friends and we really enjoyed ourselves! We all decided to get a few small plates so we could try out a few things as well as some drinks. The wines we a hit as well as the mojitos with fresh mint grown from the restaurant's own herb garden! For small plates we tried the cigar börek (turkish cheese pastry) which was on special, the oven-roasted brussel sprout dish, the hand-toasted ricotta gnocchi with wild mushrooms and the vegetable risotto. All were fantastic! Really incredible! Then we decided to split the chocolate ganache tart which comes out deliciously warm with a side of homemade vanilla bean ice cream. I can't say enough how much we enjoyed our meal! We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 1, 2013

In a neighborhood (Van Ness) where there are almost no restaurants for grownups, Acacia is a gem. They have great mediterranean food, many interesting specials, and delicious desserts. It is a lovely atmosphere and they also have outside tables when the weather is warm.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2013

Close to Dutch Embassy and a great place to have a quick meal before attending an event!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 27, 2013

excellent menu, much improved in the last year. service could have been a little more attentive

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 26, 2013

Charming maitre d' from Istanbul. Great service; very good food.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 17, 2013

Food was fantastic. Great menu!

Trying to "get by" with one server during lunch will loose them move customers than worth the labor $. It took over 2 hours for lunch - we weren't in a rush but, the delay between ordering appetizers/delivery and re-checks after entree were VERY noticeable.

Would only recommend if not in a rush or not trying to impress a client.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 13, 2013

Really a pleasant surprise. A neighborhood restaurant that is much more than it appears! We will go back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 13, 2013

Food was creative, well-prepared. Sad that the tap beers weren't available. Amazing dessert selections.

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