Permanently Closed - Acadia

3.6
37 Reviews
$30 and under
Cajun

About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Acadia brings the best of New Orleans cajun / creole food, cocktails, beer, & music to Philly.

Our Vietnamese - Cajun (Viet-Cajun) crab & seafood boil fuzes Louisiana with Vietnam.

As Best of Philadelphia, Most Authentic Cajun/Creole Restaurant, Acadia serves up gumbo, chargrilled oysters, étouffée, jambalaya, red beans, po-boys, bread pudding, & beignets.

Crawfish season is here! Get your crawfish boil, or try one of our crawfish dishes.

Our cocktails include classics such as the Sazerac, French 75, & Hurricanes. We also have the best selection of Abita & NOLA Brewing beers in Philly!

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Acadia features traditional New Orleans favorites such as Shrimp & Grits, Grillades, & Acadian Poutine.

We have a great kids menu, & several vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.

On Friday & Saturday nights, enjoy live music, and a live stand-up comedy show on
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3.7
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4.0
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3.8
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Ivette
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday dinner celebration for my boyfriend here. The staff was so welcoming and amazing. From the moment we walked in we felt like family. The food was delicious. We will be coming back again! We were able to catch some live music as well. Just a great time overall with family and friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

If you were hoping for New Orleans inspired The food at Acadia wasn

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JonH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Was looking forward to the jazz band as in the advertisement, but for some reason no music.

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vipAnitaL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best New Orleans-inspired food I’ve ever tasted outside of New Orleans! Pretty inside, good and friendly service!

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kerriannep
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went there for Father's Day. My parents had the grillades and grits, my son had the southern pancakes, and I had the eggs Acadia. It was all delicious!! Including the crawfish po'boy, buttermilk pie and blackberry cobbler!!

JS
JaniceS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great brunch meal with my best friend! The fried chicken there is AMAZING. Seasoned to perfection! We also had the beignets and the pancake breakfast. Delicious! The best part was definitely the bottomless mimosas for $18. Great price. I’ve been to places that charged $12-14 for just ONE mimosa so I was happy with that. I most certainly plan to go again.

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vipOTRegular
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Stopped going there years ago because they decided to serve only locally produced alcohol. That’s changed and there’s a good chance you can get your favorite import. We bring our own wine and corkage isn’t cheap. But it’s a comfortable setting, food is great,and they’re very accommodating about sharing and making custom entrees. E.g., they have an entree that combines one soft-shell crab with crawfish etouffee. But they made a plate of 2 crabs for me and a plate with a double portion of etouffee for my wife. Volume of the background jazz makes it difficult to have a quiet conversation. Not crowded on the two weeknights we’ve eaten there.

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DAWND
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was excited for gluten free waffles! When my order came, I was served cold microwave waffles at the price of $14! I sent them back as they were cold and I did not want to cause an issue, the second set of microwave waffles came out and you can see where the waffle must have been touching the coils of where the hot spots are as it was dark brown and crispy on one end and not quit warmed through on the other. I did not eat them, yet I was still charged.

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vipPatriciaM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Worst meal ever! Sad, dreary ambience. Inedible food.

JA
vipJimAndLau
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Three strikes, you’re out. I am honestly so disappointed to be writing this bad review… I had hoped that after one bad experience when they first opened that the next would be a little better… It certainly was not. I then hoped that by waiting six months to try again, it’d be better... it was the worst - and on Mother’s Day to boot! The real shame is that the it’s was not solely the service staff to blame - the owner/manager/chef situation must be. Each time we’ve been, they ran out of ridiculous items… Once it was champagne AFTER we had ordered their bottomless mimosas… Another time it was tomato juice when I asked for a bloody Mary, and the multiple times they had run out of key ingredients/items on the menu - instead of letting you know upfront, they went back-and-forth from either the bar or the kitchen to tell you that they were out of it and try something else. On two of the three occasions, food wasn’t brought out for over 45 minutes... and that was just for one of us... everyone else had to wait 10-20 minutes for their meals, thereafter. So much for “wait until everyone” is served etiquette. We had only been offered an apology one of those three times, and it from a bystanding hostess. The sad thing is that I pride myself on not being overreactive when it comes to poor restaurant experiences… I’ve vowed never to leave a bad online review before attempting first to speak with the owners not any problems. I tried THREE TIMES via three different methods... in person (she was not available), an email, and through instagram inbox - all three resulted in zero response. There aren’t many restaurants like this one in the area so we were so excited when they opened, but it seems useless now. They have stolen my time and money and ruined a part of my day for the last time. Customer beware!

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charnisseF
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I took my mom and aunt for Mother's day. My mom didnt like her food she said it was bland.. she had the gumbo and jambalaya. The waiter was super attentive even though he was working alone the whole night.

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vipFarmersMarketMaven
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! Delicious food, excellent service and live music on Saturday nights. Cocktails were just right. And who doesn’t love Abita on draft?
You could come for the Cocktails (especially Hemingway daiquiri - not too sweet and La Petite mort cocktails and multiple orders of the Charbroiled oysters and have a stellar meal. But you would miss out on the rest of the delicious, authentic menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow...this place was outstanding! Tasted just like I was in New Orleans.

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vipLisaT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was pretty bad overall. Everything was “over” fried- chicken wings, hush puppies etc - to the point we had a hard time eating it. Service was also lacking. We would not go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside, which was just a few tables out on the curb, but a personal preference, so was enjoyable. We ordered the boil bag and very much enjoyed it. The beignets were excellent as well, but very dense. The hush puppies were dense and not sure I'd order them again (although I did like the dipping sauce). I don't eat Cajun normally so I can't compare flavor for flavor to other places but I do order boil platters often and this was comparable to many others. Very seasoned and a good mix of seafood.

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vipMacrooster
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Acadia a number of times and have enjoyed most everything they have to offer. They have a robust Happy Hour that runs from 5-8pm Tue - Fri with $5 food and $5 drinks. Until $8pm !! Incredible deal for late working folks.

My favorite cocktail is Le Petit Mort which has a rosemary infused vodka, gin, lemon juice, rosemary simple syrup and grapefruit juice, shaken and then strained into a glass with a blow-torch seared spear of fresh rosemary (such a dramatic sight for the whole bar to see). I want to try other cocktails, but always am drawn to Let Petit Mort. The Hurricane is also delicious. They have fresh beers on tap flown in direct from NOLA, so Acadia is the only place in Philly that serves Abita Amber Lager. Red and White wines are also on tap and served by the glass, 1/2 carafe or full carafe.

I love the Viet-Cajun Boil which is super flavorful as is, while my husband likes Burn Yo' House Down style, which is super hot. The shrimp Étouffée has deep flavors and the Creole Jambalaya is outstanding. I also enjoyed the Blackened Catfish with collard greens and mashed potatoes one evening. The remoulade sauce on the Shrimp Po Boy is classic tasty. While the roll is about 6", it was plenty for me as it is served with seasoned fries. The chicken wings are the best I've ever had, with deep, soulful Cajun flavors.

I just went for brunch this past weekend and was not disappointed. Bottomless Mimosas with whatever juice you prefer for $18. All the classic lunch and dinner Acadia dishes and then some great new breakfast options.

The beignets are a winner and they also serve chicory coffee.

Did I mention that there is Comedy Night on Wednesdays with no cover and you will find live music regularly? They also show Saints games on Sundays.

This is a great little spot with beautiful decor and furnishings and very caring staff. Always a diverse crowd and always a great experience. Like a trip to New Orleans without the airfare.

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Jason
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acadia was wonderful! The waiter was fantastic and the food and drinks were as well. Being a southerner here, it was great to find a place that had the food I grew up on. I highly encourage anyone to visit.

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vipAnthonyP
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good weather Saturday night and placed was empty, creepy empty. waiter was good, food was ok. Could not get in any of the popular Passyunk Ave’s Restuarants they were all Jam Packed. Open Table had seating at Acadia so we gave it a try. Nice people but wouldn’t go back

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GStrustee
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good New Orleans style seafood; nice appetizers; a bit noisy

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Phl918
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and friendly staff. Nikki and Brian provided us with outstanding customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Do yourself a favor and order the wings.

AH
vipAnnaHughes
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

*SPICY!*
The Milk Punch cocktail was ideal because I found the meal super spicy! To start we shared the wings (5/8) which were good, for the entree I had the shrimp étouffée which was too spicy I couldn't eat it.

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Jgolato
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing Nola food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service by Sean is amazing as always. I’ve been here most sundays for football and the boil!

FP
vipFrancescaP
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went for dinner. Server greeted us and demanded we sit at the bar for faster service bc they were short staffed. Bartender was in training, so you can’t blame him for his lack of knowledge. But we ordered food and after waiting 40 min and only being served one drink, we found out our food was not even ordered.

So disappointing and we will never go back.

I recommend not even giving this place a chance.

RD
RuDawg7890
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

One of the worst service experiences ever. My girlfriend and I had reservations for 7 last Saturday night. We were on time. The place was unusually slow, should have been a clue! We were seated a few minutes after standing up front. We ordered drinks, an appetizer and our meals. My beer came fairly quickly. Next came a side. Who brings a side before drinks, appetizers, and the meal?!? Took 15 minutes to get water. 40 minutes in to it, my girlfriend still didn’t have her sprite nor her bar drink, and the only food we received was one side dish.

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SathimaJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had dinner at Acadia. It was New Years Eve, and there was a great Mardi Gras themed event going on, but we weren’t going for the celebration- just the food. The staff were very helpful and attentive. They seated us right away and told us about all the menu offerings for the night. The food was so delicious! We had the chicken wings and ordered a second order because they were so good we couldn’t get enough. We also had shrimp etouffe which was very well seasoned with generous portions of shrimp. The goat cheese appetiser was also really yummy. The prices are extremely reasonable for the quality of food. The vibe was great with friendly staff ready to feed you and chat with you!! Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab sauce is right on the money!

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PhillyDiners
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We went for brunch as a couple. First they did not write down the order for one of us. By the time that was fixed, the other was done with the meal. Okay, that could happen but still not good.

Then, they ran out of champagne for the unlimited Mimosas one of us had ordered. Keep in mind that the place was empty with 6 guests in the building. Only two guests in the restaurant had ordered Mimosas to our knowledge. How can you have a brunch menu and run out of champagne at 10:30 - 11:00 AM on a Sunday morning with only 3 tables occupied?

Overall a bad experience and cannot recommend.

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vipharvey
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique authentic cuisine

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Reba
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Brought out of town guests here for brunch. I thought we'd try a new place was hoping an Acadian menu would impress. They were out of a number of things; about 1/2 the food menu and no tomato juice for bloody marys. Rather than tell us up front we each had to order something, then be told it wasnt available. Yes, we should have left, but we'd all done a 1/2 marathon and were tired and hungry and its hard to find a place for brunch in that neighborhood that doesn't have a long wait. We ultimately did leave still hungry because the menu was so sparse. The service was really slow even though there was only one other table. The server did not know the items on the menu -- my friend had to repeatedly order Cheerwine, a southern cherry-flavored soda which is on the menu. When my friend said 'its a cherry flavored soda' the server asked if she wanted Sprite or ginger ale -- I guess she thought she was asking for a mixed drink even though she kept pointing to it on the menu. This went back and forth and the server eventually said 'I'll have to see if we have that.' She'd now left our table mid-order for the 3rd or 4th time. Once I finally got my bottomless mimosa, it sat empty after the first pour. The beignet was like an adequate muffin. The owner came out and was friendly but made some excuses as to why they were out of so many things. She did not seem to have a good relationship with the staff. No one seemed to know what their tasks were; the operation seemed mismanaged.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and drinks. A real hidden gem in South Philly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time at Acadia, can’t wait to go back. Wonderful and interesting food and drinks. The bartender was engaging and knowledgeable.

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Angie
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I took my friend to Acadia for his birthday. I saw it featured on FYI Philly earlier this year. We both have been to New Orleans so the grilled oysters on he menu peeked our curiosity. We both agreed they did not disappoint. Delicious. We enjoyed our meals and the beignets were very, very good- just a little heavy on yhebpowered sugar. I will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers are really friendly! This place has such a NO feel! Defiantly somewhere I would go back to. Bottomless mimosas have various flavors and they play the Saints game on Sundays.

FAQs

Permanently Closed - Acadia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 922-7200.

Permanently Closed - Acadia is rated 3.6 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.