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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.
Washington, DC 20008
Mediterranean, Italian, Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3.30pm,
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call us for special catering menu.
Cross the street from tennis courts, upper level of the garage.
Conveniently located two blocks north of Van Ness-UDC metro stop on the red line.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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