Acacia of Lawrenceville

4.6
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645 reviews
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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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WD
New York Area
1068 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The mid-winter menu has offered up some wonderful food in the past few weeks. Last evening's combination of octopus skewers and spinach and ricotta agnolotti was outstanding.

TS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Great service. Will definitely go back.

PE
Boise
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful location, great food, friendly service.

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife said we were at this restaurant years ago. I didn’t remember being there. I promise I won’t forget about this restaurant again. Everything great topped off by the best desserts I ever had

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the roasted carrot starter. Husband’s duck was perfectly cooked.

u
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had dinner on Saturday of Valentines day weekend -

The wait staff as well as the water staff etc. did a great job with a overflowing group of dinners.

Hats off to them and the quality of the food did not suffer -- excellant

L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day +1. Had a wonderful time with friends!

NJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Acacia has a $20 Power Lunch menu where one selects an appetizer/sou, or salad and a main entree. With that, one also receives a selected dessert menu. Food was delicious and the price can't be beat!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We passed this restaurant so many times while our daughter was a student at Rider University...finally visited 8 years later. So glad we did, and so sad we didn't sooner. Great food, great atmosphere, and BYOB to boot!! Will definitely go back again!

P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed at Acacia! Birthday dinner with friends and I requested Rack of Lamb for 3 of us. The lamb was prepared to perfection along with the whipped potatoes and sautéed spinach.
Service is attentive, friendly and professional. Thank you Lauren and Chris for your innovative and delicious menu each season!

KL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely dinner at Acacia; the food was terrific and the server and kitchen even created a special meal for one of our party who had special dietary requirements.

AK
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

menu a little limited and not exactly what was listed on their website.food was excellent. very good service
our waitress gave excellent recommendations, the only downside was the restaurant was very loud.an added bonus is that it's byob, adds to the value.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it

l
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Crispy calamari is a delicious appetizer. The paella is also very good. Our server was attentive and friendly. We like Acacia and will return.

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good company with friends. It was a bit noisy so it was hard sometimes to have a consecration

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely evening.

s
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Quiet night but food still reliably good.

MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, Service, and Atmosphere are excellent. One of our favorite places in the area for a special occasion. Have never had a bad mean there.

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

very pleasantly surprised. food was great, had a paella and a short rib. Best short rib i have ever had.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The Calllimari app was pretty good, but some fishy pieces. Caesar salad very good. The $35 porterhouse pork chop in a sweet and sour sauce was awful. The pork was overcooked. The sauce was nothing special. The cauliflower pieces were overcooked mush and burned .... actually black. The polenta was good. This meal was not worth the money. We will not be back. This was the 2nd visit to this restaurant and we were hoping for an improvement over last year in the summer. Another expensive disappointment.

JC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

NYE dinner perfect as always

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Great choices for individuals who have to eat gluten free and want delicious options.

m
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 4 had a wonderful dinner to celebrate daughter and husband’s birthdays on Dec 21st. After attending Christmas Carol in Princeton on Christmas Eve, we decided to return and had another outstanding dinner! It was much more crowded than our previous visit but everything was flawless. We started with the calamari that was light and crispy and had the most delicious sauce! We all enjoyed salads and we asked for special add ons, e.g., goat cheese, beets, etc that the server cheerfully responded “not a problem.” For entrees, three of us wanted to try something different than our last visit 4 days ago and ordered the swordfish, gnocchi, and cacio pepe. Husband ordered the steak again and said it was just as good as he remembered! The swordfish was a huge, thick delicious fillet prepared perfectly. And the pasta dishes were also outstanding. Next time we need to leave room for dessert!
Think we’re going to be regulars!

MJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to Acacia for years and our adult kids had never been there. The food was delicious, and the service was excellent. It turned out to be the perfect spot for our early Christmas celebration.

WD
New York Area
1068 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our holiday party let me know how great everything was for the second year in a row. How does one pick a restaurant to please different tastes? Acacia has made it an easy choice.

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent! The Red Snapper special was delicious.

K
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every entree was stupendous. Several vegetarian options available. Best duck we ever tasted. Swordfish moist & flavorful. Dining room packed to capacity but our server was a pro & always available when needed. BYOB an added plus. Also free parking in lot out back.

CH
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always excellent.

M
Dallas
74 reviews
Dined on 27 November 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
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 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 23 November 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
97 reviews
Dined on 23 November 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 12 November 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 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Will be back!

SP
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 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 8 November 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
42 reviews
Dined on 3 November 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 2 November 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
13 reviews
Dined on 2 November 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
1068 reviews
Dined on 1 November 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.