Acacia Food & Wine

3.9
302 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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.

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Please join us to celebrate Valentine Day at Acacia Food & Wine. Enjoy a Four-Course Dinner for $55, Add Wine Pairing for $20. For menu please visit us on acaciabistro.com

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 302 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

strange place with a weird vibe
empty but was a monday
servers were probably 15 years old
food was eh
not fresh - even the special

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R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been a while since we ate here, and once again we were reminded of how good this restaurant is. I highly recommend it for its cuisine, service and ambiance.

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KC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant near UDC. The wine list was very nice, the menu was varied but not too extensive, and the ambiance quite lovely. There were only two servers, the waiter and the bartender, but they were attentive and kept the pace of the meal pretty smooth. At the end, they presented us with a glass of port, which was nice. The crème brulee was so delicious!

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L
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wanted to listen to Jazz and have a nice dinner. Met expectations!

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MJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

My husband and I were eager to try out this establishment for a last minute date night, we tend to frequent places where there is great wine, vegan food, and live jazz. I wasn't disappointed when we arrived, the music was amazing, the decor modern, and classy, and we were seated quickly, ( I made reservations prior). The hostess chose a table for us, which was nice but only ideal to me, unfortunately my husband had his back to the band. After a few minutes of perusing the wine list, we asked a tall gentleman who worked there would it be possible to switch to the table beside us so we both can visually enjoy the band, he hesitated, and relied no. It was a four seat table, so I can understand it being reserved for 4 guests. After an hour or so another couple came in, and they were seated to a two set table behind us, they asked the same tall fellow could they be seated at the 4 seat table beside us, he hesitated but said sure. Now my husband and I both looked confused as to why our requests wasn't granted and theirs was. We decided not to say anything at the time. We thought is it because we were younger than that other couple, (mind you we're in the 40s club), was it because our skin is darker, what? Hmmm I wonder? So for anyone who frequents Acacia food & wine, be mindful.

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AM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had seen Acacia from Connecticut Avenue a few times as we drove by. On the night we went, we had been searching OpenTable for "Mediterranean" and when we got to Acacia, we each (separately) thought "That menu looks fantastic!" so when we each weighed in it was a no-brainer. It was too chilly to dine outside, but we can't wait for warm weather again. Their outside is rather nicely appointed and looks fantastic! Inside, at first we were afraid that the band, which was getting set up, would be too loud, so we requested a table toward the back. As it turns out, the band was first of all, excellent, and secondly, performed at a volume level appropriate for their space. It was an outstanding addition to the ambiance. By the way, the live music is every Saturday. Dinner was wonderful. The appetizers alone, while not always easily shared, were creative and well prepared. Our entrees were equally well prepared, mine in particular, the black and blue filet mignon, was excellent. The staff was excellent. Everyone contributed and were attentive without being overbearing. Hannah, our primary server, was wonderful. The manager also recommended a wonderful bottle of wine, Taplin Cellars Terra9, which accompanied most of our mains perfectly. We've lived in DC for over 30 years and often find ourselves looking for new digs. Acacia definitely was a fortunate new find for us!

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M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Worst service I have ever had at a restaurant. Food was ok. Not returning.

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband I I brought my mother, who is 84 and hard of hearing, to Acacia on Saturday night. Much as I enjoy live music, I was dismayed to see a jazz trio letting up, as we arrived, because I was afraid we wouldn’t be able to hear each other speak. The staff quickly sized up the situation and led us to the patio, where we sat in a gentle summer breeze, listening to muted but still enjoyable jazz in the background, and conversing over delicious bison kebabs, glazed salmon, vegetables, and salads. It was a delightful evening in an unexpected oasis in the city.

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K
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Acacia used to be one of my favs but about five years ago the chef left and it has never really recovered. It’s OK but nothing special.

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance and service were lovely as always. But Mediterranean fish entree (fried fish ?) was a little strange . Kale salad was wonderful. Waitress was lovely

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A little pricey, but great food. Loved the calamari - light, crisp and tender with tasty aioli. Amazing jazz combo performing.

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B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ive always gone for the food and the ambience but now there's jazz every Saturday night so I expect to be a regular!

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JK
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Acacia Food & Wine is an unfortunately (fortunately for me because I can seating) neighborhood gem on Connecticut Avenue, a stone throw away from the Van Ness Metro station and UDC. The bistro style restaurant, owned by Uzi Turker offers more than 70 wines and a menu ranging from generously-sized (and modestly priced) mezze plates to full dinners that are, like the lemon chicken sized for two (or lunch tomorrow). Everything I tasted thus far is super fresh prepared and delicious for someone like me who loves Mediterranean cuisine. On balmy summer nights, my friends and I love sitting outside - listen to the traffic go by and taking our time enjoying our meals and drinks. Just like in Europe. No pressure by the staff to eat and go. Love their special events like wine-tastings, and increasingly more live jazz events.

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SM
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Terrible.Steaks were ordered med rare but came well done and watteryGreek salad was a joke.To top it all they charged me to use a credit card without disclosing this on a$120.tab.Fool of an owner The waitress Hannah was awesome.She can come to work for me.Dont go there He is ripoff.

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RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely dining experience. Service was good and the food was good also. What was so nice is that we had time to catch up, without being rushed. We could talk without having to raise our voices. dining outside under an overhang, was the best!

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B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my very favorite restaurants, presided over by Turker the owner with care. Best place in the Van Ness neighborhood.

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TJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a favorite neighborhood spot. The food is consistently wonderful. The wine choices are varied and pleasing. The outdoor seating area is far enough away from the street, so it's a joy to sit there. We have never been disappointed.

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DC
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were there for a birthday dinner. The staff had apparently mislaid the reservation (made less than an hour beforehand), but smilingly found the two of us a four-top on a very busy evening. I might add that the fact that all the tables were full did not make the dining area annoyingly noisy, despite the proximity of the bar. I can personally recommend the apricot and lemon chicken, similar to a tajine. The wine list is extraordinary. Service is friendly but a bit awkward. The manager, however, keeps an eye on things and at one point repaired a bit of staff neglect. A worthy competitor to the somewhat more soigné Sfoglina, with its more limited menu, across the street.

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R
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant with a primarily Italian focus. While there are a few pizza choices, the other alternatives are very inviting. And very tasty!

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LM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful creative food and lovely ambiance!
Moussaka was delicious.
Generous happy hour also.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The dinner was for 4, not 3 as indicated in email. It was a little noisy, but when we asked that the sound be lowered, that was done.

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EK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

They didn’t have our reservation confirmed, the bartender was rude and the whole restaurant staff seemed weeded even though they weren’t that busy. There are too many good restaurants for them not to get their service on point. The food was excellent, service not so much.

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Great watering hole for wine and beer to meet neighbors far and near. If you live nearby, you'd be wise to join us for good conversation. If driving, park on the street, you'd be wise to take bus or metro.

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V
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I was recommended this restaurant in my neighborhood. However, the wait staff (one woman, seemed to be Russian. Since she was young, these were not Soviet slovenly ways) made the experience unpleasant.
- she slathered mayo on my sandwich without checking
- she spilled water, while pouring, and didn’t clean it up, until we asked her to!
- she had an indifferent, bored, aspect, and seemed to find us, the only customers, annoying

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MV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I have been to Acacia several times and usually enjoyed it but this time everything was off. It was a quiet evening with few people in the restaurant but to my surprise they had already run out of the lamb special. So I hastily ordered a strip steak with Brussels sprouts. It was awful! The meat was full of inedible gristle everywhere I cut it, and the Brussels sprouts were burned to a crisp. So mainly I just ate the mashed potatoes. My friend ordered the tuna special and instead they gave her trout. They forgot about my husband’s order of trout. It occurred to me that what they really forgot was my friend’s tuna. My husband and I ordered a mushroom tart as appetizer. It came smothered with very tough cooked greens (I guess kale) hiding what didn’t look like a mushroom tart underneath. It was just mush.

The wine and tiramisu were good and the owner was very nice, but I don’t think I will go back to this restaurant again after my very disappointing dinner.

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DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tasty food and great portions! Come hungry.

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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The waiter was very inexperienced and slow. The food was awful. Over cooked or cold. Will not return

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JH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. They are also very good neighbors - always involved & supportive in the community. This was an old friends' gathering, and we savored a quiet table outside under the grape leaves on a Friday night - a rare find!! Plus parking is very simple.

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a
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Stopped by for happy hour with a friend last week and had a lovely two-hour chat accompanied by a delicious meal. Loved the ambiance — especially the outdoor seating — and the service was excellent. My only complaint was that the restaurant only served happy hour at the bar (which was full) and the front section of outside seating, which was all reserved, so we had to move away from the stunning outdoor area in order to order off the happy hour menu, which I thought was a pretty lame rule. Yummy burgers and hummus, though, and great drink prices!

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NA
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always reliable, with a great menu of small plates.

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TM
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was empty which seemed odd for a Saturday evening with great weather. We ordered 2 fish entrees. The fish in both was cooked well & flavorful. The accompaniments for both dishes were disappointing though edible. Our waiter seemed inexperienced so we were glad it was a slow night.

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CH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate outside on the terrace and it was beautiful. The service was exceptional.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I recently changed my drivers license to D.C. and the DMV issued a temporary license which I have used at several restaurants already. Acacia's waitress and manager both refused to serve me a glass of wine stating it was not a valid form of license. Instead, they told me to share a glass of wine with my date. I felt that they were extremely rude and condescending. I will not be returning.

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NA
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new chef does wonders. Everything we ordered was delicious. Special kudos for the garlic shrimp.

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BD
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

My partner and I went to Acacia before attending a concert at an embassy nearby, and made a reservation with about an hour to spare. I mentioned to the server that we were pressed for time, and we got excellent, efficient service and a delightful meal with interesting wine (for her) and beer (for me), and we were in an out within 60 minutes. We both want to go back to Acacia when we are NOT presed for time!

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

the food was better than I expected. the server was honest and very pleasant. overall, it was a perfect, inexpensive very good meal.

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U
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

There was a wide range of selections, and everything proved to be delicious. The salmon teriyaki and apricot and lemon chicken were particularly good. The pistachio cake for dessert was enough for three to share, and delivered on taste and texture. Acacia has become a real neighborhood gem.

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DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME! The ambience of this place is very weird. They had a disco ball and electronic euro music blaring in a casual bistro setting. Food was ok, nothing special. Our waitress was sweet, but management is absolutely atrocious. The manager and owner were extremely unprofessional and downright rude to my friends and I when we went in for a casual dinner on a Friday night. The manager offered us shots (which were disgusting) and sat with us chatting and then when the bill came and we questioned why we were charged for the shots that he offered (meanwhile the rest of our bill was $230+) he went ballistic and made a scene. He demanded we leave after paying and it was overall embarrassing and unnecessary. These people have zero idea what customer service is it was a horrible experience.

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P
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good seasoning and preparation of both main pasta dish and a couple of meat based small plates. Low key and charming service from a young lady who was covering entire dining room at a quiet time.

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ES
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Acacia has become my "go to" place for casual evenings with friends. Gluten free options are a big plus. Basics are done very well and the specials provide variety. Great spot!

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