Acacia of Lawrenceville

4.6
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652 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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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vipIsabelM
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a superb dining experience. Our waiter and other server were so good and personable. The food was exceptional! Unfortunately, due to the ongoing virus the restaurant aa totally empty . We were the only customers! But, we would definitely go back.

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vipcDav
New England
68 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Everything was wonderful but the service was uncharacteristically slow. The server indicated it was due to having Pork Chops but we have had that before and they came out more timely. It wasn't terrible by any means but it is the first time we ever had to ask when our food was coming. Otherwise it was great as usual.

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Cathy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I have a gluten allergy and they were very accommodating and the food was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend.

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JustinS
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Went for the power lunch . Was very food. Service was nice . Beef stew and the coffee cake were very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed gluten free options.

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Pookie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Easily one of the best meals I've had in the past few years. Excellent creative dishes providing a balance of flavors and preparations. The top appetizer among the 3 ordered was the Salmon tartare. Perfect combination served with a Ponzu sauce, ginger, peanuts and crunchy nappa cabbage. Short rib croquettes and grilled Octopus skewers were good, but the Salmon was excellent.

The table ordered the duck special, day boat scallops and pan roasted salmon. The duck was the most tasty of the 3 though all were enjoyed enough to be ordered again. The duck was tender with a balance of flavors satisfying in a single bite. One of the orders came out rarer than expected and it was whisked away and returned quickly, without a fuss and cooked perfectly.

Service was exceptional. The server provided information about each dish and made recommendations based upon our questions. She was spot on with her recommendations. We had various servers over the course of dinner, we never felt that there was missed beat or a drop in service.

Desserts are worth saving some space for and seemed made on the premises providing a variety of fresh options. Pear Frangipane, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Coffee Cake were the 3 ordered . The Frangipane was perfect for anyone that loves almond flavor but not too overpowering for those that don't worship at the alter of Marzipan to enjoy. The Sticky Toffee Pudding had the faintest hint of spice to it, toffee pieces and looked like it would be a dense cake but quite light. I didn't try the Coffee Cake myself, though the friend that ordered it and the server had a discussion how many think, 'Boring, coffee cake', and it was anything but. They commented about how light and airy it was.

After lingering for well over 1/2 hour talking at our table and the staff never rushed us. I can't believe that in the over 10 plus years I've known about this restaurant this is the 1st time I've gone. It definitively won't be the last.

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vipWineandDine
New York Area
1071 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
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.

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TomS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. Great service. Will definitely go back.

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PhilE
Boise
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful location, great food, friendly service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipupscalediner1
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

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Levy4nj
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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viprgoody
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Very nice. However it was quite cold in there. Food and service was good tables not too close

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NJFamily5
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!!

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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vipPatty
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!

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vipKimL
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.

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AlanK
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love it

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vipluv2eatout
Los Angeles
90 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.

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JeanS
New York Area
3 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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely evening.

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vipscotchontherocks
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Quiet night but food still reliably good.

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MichaelS
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.

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markp
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipJohnC
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

NYE dinner perfect as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipmissylrp
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!

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MoJane
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.

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vipWineandDine
New York Area
1071 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipKacy
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.

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vipCH2NY
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service always excellent.

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vipMortgagemaster
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!

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Sharon
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this cozy restaurant where we can always count on outstanding food and excellent service.

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vipJeffreyB
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.

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vipgail
New York Area
100 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.

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StephC
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.