Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $35

Relax in a leafy, park-like garden in the suburb of Ellerslie. Acacia Garden Bar offers a refreshing dining experience and makes the most of its ample outdoor space and green surroundings.

Tucked behind Ascot Lane, this intimate dining space is perfect for alfresco dining. Break out of the office and dine with friends and family under the evening skies at Acacia. Inside, you’ll find modern décor and furnishings with a chic yet warming atmosphere.

The award-winning restaurant and bar offers a modern New Zealand menu, featuring fresh Pacific flavours. Fresh fish dishes and local and seasonal ingredients will get your mouth watering. Acacia’s executive chef has designed a simple yet varied menu offering dishes to suit all tastes. Wash it all down with a refreshing drink; there’s beer on tap, a selection of local and international beers and an extensive wine list.

Known for its outstanding customer service, Acacia is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day.

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Acacia Restaurant & Garden Bar
72 Green Ln E, Ellerslie
Auckland 1051

Open Hours:
Everyday 6am - midnight

Phone: 09 529 9098
Website: www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-3060-novotel-auckland-ellerslie/index.shtml

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Acacia Restaurant & Garden Bar
Location: Ellerslie
Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Mains: $15 - $35

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This is a great place for an intimate get together or a group. The service was excellent from the the parking for a person with ‘mobility’ concerns to the managing of orders and the payment of the bill.
There is an excellent are set up for juniors - where they can be kept an eye on from the dinner table-,and their menu looked good to
The food - everything was very good- and couple of dishes were outstanding- the fig entree was sublime!
Thanks for a relaxing evening.

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Lisa Collinson

The ambience was very pleasant, the food was delectable and the outstanding service made for an exceptional experience. We tasted the lamb and pork which were both wonderful and the deserts were a delight. Cannot remember enjoying a meal out so very much.

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Chizuko Kawamoto

Stress free for parking. Relax atmosphere and staff know about dish.

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Lovely ambience. Attentive staff. Great menu selection

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Cecilia Liu

We had a really great meal here! It was quite empty when we dined here, and staff were attentive but we found them a bit hard to approach. This was mainly because of the layout leaving staff at the back of the venue whilst our table was closer to the front. This is a review for a meal split between 3 people.

We tried the fried chicken and tomato salad (technically a side dish) for entrees - the tomato salad was especially good. The vinaigrette and basil in the salad ended up being great for cutting down the richness of the mains.

For mains, we ordered the seafood linguine and the beef cheeks. The beef cheeks lacked flavour, and the red wine jus ended up being a bit flat. The mashed potato in the beef cheeks was quite creamy, so it was good we had ordered the tomato salad to even it out. The seafood linguine was really good but a tad rich.

For dessert, we ordered the rhubarb crumble, which was lovely and warm. We also had the white chocolate cheesecake which was quite rich - I am not sure I liked the basil dressing here as it was missing the tartness to offset the creaminess of the cheesecake.

Overall we had a great night, the food was decently sized and the service was fast and attentive.

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Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Will be back to dine!

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Service & food was good

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We happened to visit the restaurant on a very busy night, they had several events booked and were flat out preparing to feed the hoards. Because of this we waited at the desk before the maitre'd spotted us for several minutes so we could be seated.
Once seated our waiter was superb and the food was absolutely top notch. We enjoyed the Steak and marinated souve Chicken, along with the seasonal vegies and Pear and Blue Cheese Salad. Presentation was spot-on, taste was up there with any fine dining restaurant in NZ.
We'll definitely be back when we visit Auckland again.

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We dined at Acacia on a Sunday evening, while it was quiet on arrival we were warmly greeted and taken to our seats. Our 2 kids were provided with kids menus and activities with coloured pencils so that kept them happy and their meals were generous sized portions. Our menus had a great range of options and our entrees and mains were delicious, our steaks were cooked to perfection and were accompanied by fresh side salads. We couldn't go past the desserts and we weren't disappointed! The service was faultless and we will definitely be back. The kids play area was a very nice touch.

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Helen Rollo

Enjoyable dining experience thanks.

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Greta Paris

A fantastic family restaurant. Kids corner to play, kids meals and they even sing happy birthday when it’s yours. Love this restaurant, we will be back.

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Very enjoyable.

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Excellent food and service

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This is a great place for an intimate get together or a group. The service was excellent from the the parking for a person with ‘mobility’ concerns to the managing of orders and the payment of the bill.
There is an excellent are set up for juniors - where they can be kept an eye on from the dinner table-,and their menu looked good to
The food - everything was very good- and couple of dishes were outstanding- the fig entree was sublime!
Thanks for a relaxing evening.

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all very good

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We had a delightful meal last night. Delicious food, generous portions and cheerful service. The ambience was convivial until the room began to fill, and the background noise level increased. Thank you to all for a lovely occasion.

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I am gluten-free and dairy-free among other things, and this has often lead to some problems eating at other restaurants. However the staff at acacia were very helpful and attentive, checking with the chef where necessary when I requested modifications to the meal offered on the menu, and the food was beautifully presented. The other 3 of us have no such restrictions. We were all delighted with the meals, and unusually for me, we ordered deserts as well, which were great!

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Went to Acacia with 4 friends for my birthday. Me and my friend - both vegetarian - were served meat after ordering the vegetarian version of a fig starter. When we pointed this out to the waitress she tried to blame my friend, who had clearly stated we wanted the vegetarian option. Shortly after another waitress visited our table and was super lovely. Felt like we got the same salad 3 times when each of our dishes came out. The only reason I’m giving a 2 star for the food was due to the rest of the people I was with really enjoying their steaks. Definitely wouldn’t recommend dining here if you are a vegetarian.

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Good food. Helpful staff. Child friendly staff and menu, plus indoor play area.

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Great menu to choose from with very generous portions. Prompt service and pleasant ambience. Will definitely return.

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Debbie-Leon Schoeman

The quality and portion size of the food was very good. The waitress was very polite and well mannered. We did find that the food took quite a while to come out but they did have a big function going on in the other room. We will definitely dine here again. A+++

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Barbara-Anne Lewis

Friendly and accommodating staff. Great play area to keep little ones occupied. Comfortable bar area for pre-dinner drinks. Good food. Delicious desserts. Free parking in hotel carpark. Nice outdoor area.

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Nathan Pese

Really nice location and family friendly. Food was also very nice. Would recommend this place.

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Dipica Arora

Food was great especially their desserts and they are also not stingy with their serve size. Staff members were pleasant but they were unattentive.

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Karolina Willoughby

First time dining at Acacia. We took our two little boys with us. Food was nice, although not spectacular. Service was amazing though! Very attentive and accommodating, great with kids. We had a lovely time, kids enjoyed it too. Definitely recommend for families.

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The waitress was great! Very friendly and made the dining experience even better. Lovely food thank you.

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The waitresses were very attentive, and the food was great.

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Friendly service, food was good too, enjoyed the atmosphere of the place.

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Lisa Collinson

Lovely setting and the staff were friendly and helpful. The food was outstanding. We totally enjoyed the whole dining experience and would whole heartedly recommend.

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Viktoria Jowers-Wilding

Dining at the Acacia was very pleasant, sitting in the garden area for a pre-theatre dinner before we made the easy stroll to the Pop-up Globe. Food was good, as was service.

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Donelda Cutforth

The staff were very helpful with one member of our party being in a wheelchair. The food was very nice but not sure I’d want to pay full for the steaks. Flour free chocolate cake was very delicious.

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Service and food was great. Also had a kids play area so very child friendly. Highly recommend.

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Jay Paterson

Very comfortable and pleasant celebration dining with family. Service and food excellent.

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Fabulous service and delicious fresh food. There is a great selection and it would be wonderful is this buffet was available for more than two times per week. Being only on two days, it does become quite busy. The staff were faultless - a perfect blend of making sure you are okay, without bothering you at all. Thanks for a great evening :-) We will be back.

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Zhe Min Shao

Went to Acacia for a quick Friday dinner before a night event as it's local. Pretty much had the entire restaurant to ourselves.

Nobody was at the counter when we arrived and when I asked the person at the bar about seating, she told me to ask someone by the kitchen who then told me to go and ask the person at the bar. Very confusing....

When we sat ourselves down, the menu looked completely different to the sample menu on First Table but that could just be the fact that the menu has recently changed....we asked the waitress about this and she went to ask the manager who advised that we can still have the sample menu from First Table....then the manager came over and said that we can't....delayed the whole ordering process by about 15 minutes.

When the food eventually came, the arancini balls were delicious, however I found a strand of hair inside one of them, brought it to the waitress' attention who apologized and advise that I won't be charged for that entree along with asking me to select another entree on the house. I was happy with the outcome as they addressed it right away.

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Michelle Liefting

Fantastic place to have dinner with friends and family. There's a great little play area within sight of the restaurant seating. Four kids and four adults thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food and excellent service. Very highly recommended!

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Lovely food! Service was great. Have to say pleasantly surprised. Had two small children with me and they loved the play area. Was a nice night out

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Lu Hunter

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Rachelle Young

The food was relatively average - not much flavour. The service was really nice and welcoming. The play area for the kids was fantastic.

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We had a lovely meal at Acacia. I really liked the fact that they had a meal where if you ordered it an amount was donated to CureKids. The bearnaise and red wine jus accompanying the scotch was delicious and balanced the meal perfectly.
They also have a great area there for kids so my 4 year old was happy!

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I've been to the Novotel many times for conferences and the buffet spread they usually put on is pretty decent, however dining a la carte last night was a bit disappointing - definitely paid the "hotel price" for seemingly average food due to convenience and nothing else near the area within walking distance... My partner paid for a 500g T-bone alone which was more like 300g! I ordered the lamb ragout papardelle and found it to be a bit dry and too many elements going on in the dish. The pasta was perfectly done though. In summary, I thought paying the first table price was acceptable but I didn't like it enough to want to come back especially when there are proper steak restaurants in town for 2/3 the price... Sorry Acacia but Accor definitely need to revise these prices to reflect the quality and value equivalent to mass foodservice type recipes rather than fine dining!

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Greta Paris

Staff were fantastic and extremely attentive. Food came quick and cooked to perfection. The staff even came over to sing happy birthday to our daughter making a very special evening. Highly recommend to family's with young children as they have a lovely clean play area for kiddies to enjoy and a fantastic kids menu.

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Lu Hunter

Always wanted to go back to Acacia restaurant since first went a few months ago. The discovery of first table allowed us to have this experience again! At a great price. What's more, we had the three persons option and could choose either to use it at the a la carte restaurant or their buffet restaurant. The service was really great, too. They served us with very warm and nice attitude, took our empty plates away just in time. Had a great time eating out with my loved ones in a cold winter evening. Thanks for the opportunity!

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Oksana Zhang

We had high hopes to celebrate our 100 days here; I had dined here previously about 10 years ago and left me with a very good impression.

Disappointing to say, this place was a let down. The waitress forgot what we ordered and had to come back to confirm...and then forgot about one of our mains and so we had to wait another 15 minutes for it. We had to ask twice for her to bring us sharing plates; can’t people here use their initiative and observation skills? Lack of professionalism.

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I booked in for a mother's day dinner here. Service was lovely and they greeted patrons with a complimentary glass of bubbles which was a nice touch. The buffet area is quite small compared to other buffet restaurants. Food overall was lovely and the apple crumble was delicious. Hope to visit again soon.

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Both meals and services were excellent. Thank you

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Helen Rollo

Really enjoyed our meal, great dinning experience!

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Great service. Food is nice.

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steve benson

The food was delicious, very well presented and lovely flavours

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had a first table last friday and was pleasantly surprised. the interior was lovely and the food nicely presented. we were going to go for a menu meal then after seeing the buffet quickly changed our minds! loved being able to get an ice cream in a cone. would definitely come back.

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Bryony Sian

Yummy food and amazing service, highly recommended the gnocchi and flour less chocolate cake.

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Great service and atmosphere!

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