Acqua Al 2 Ristorante
Acqua Al 2 Ristorante

Acqua Al 2 Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.acquaal2.com/
  • Phone: 6192300382x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner, Sunday – Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Martin Gonzalez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Martin Gonzalez 6192300382x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: J Street and K Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There’s a public lot across from the restaurant.
A word from Acqua Al 2 Ristorante
The original restaurant was born in Florence in 1978, on Via dell'acqua, right next to the oldest museum of the world. The idea is to give an alternative to the traditional cooking. The passion for the creative Toscan cuisine using the finest and freshest ingredients, makes this one of the most loved restaurants in Florence. Tonight come and dine in the new culinary adventure guided by Martin in the Gaslamp Quarter.
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Acqua Al 2 Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (4)great for outdoor dining (4)special occasion (3)good for groups (2)romantic (2)neighborhood gem (2)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • NiniVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Delicious food. Seating somewhat uncomfortable (wooden bench without cushion). Tried the tasting menu; excellent food, albeit a bit pricey.
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    fit for foodies
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  • great service and food
    kittVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The price was a bit high for the value, (esp. The appetizers) but food and service was excellent
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!
    kima
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I make sure to dine here at least once every time I am in San Diego. I have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just satisfactory
    Vegasplanner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Celebrated my birthday and although the server was nice, the whole experience was satisfactory. We had 2 chicken entrees that were not edible and a steak entree that was cold. We did have risotto and pasta entrees that were good. They did offer us a complimentary dessert but only have half off for one of the chicken entrees. We were in the corner of the rear of the restaurant and it was really hot. Won't return, there are many options in SD.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yuck
    Brrats
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was beyond inedible. Not one person out of 7 was able to eat more than a few bites. Even though it was virtually empty, the service was slow and not very friendly. Would never go back!
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  • Interesting
    chances
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We chose this restaurant for a special occasion because of our experience with its sister in Florence, Italy. The menu and food preparation are the same. Their most interesting menu item is small portions of 5 different pastas and 3 different meats, followed by 4 different desserts, all chef's choices. It was more than enough food and should you like something specific, you can always go back and order just that item. A little on the expensive side but an interesting concept.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 487 reviews are from the Acqua Al 2 Ristorante reviews archive.
  • New favorite Italian restaurant!
    WineLover
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Great service and amazing food! It was a little on the pricey size but it was definitely worth it. Will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blueberry Filet is to Die For
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    This is the second time that I have been to this restaurant and I will go back any time that I visit San Diego. The blueberry filet is something that I dream about between visits. The extensive wine list and chef recommended sampler options are reason enough to dine here. The servers are extremely knowledgeable about the menu and take the time to listen to your preferences prior to making a recommendation and they have always been spot on. We take clients here anytime we are in town and it is always a hit. I would definitely recommend visiting whenever you are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food and service was incredible. I'm from out of town and every time I'm in San Diego I'm going to this restaurant. Thanks to the chef and the great service. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Service
    PAfoodie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our Easter dinner at this restaurant was truly special. While we didn't get all of the courses as recommended, we totally filled up on appetizers, pasta course and delicious bowls of Italian ice cream for dessert. While the food was terrific, and the atmosphere great, it was the tremendous service that made this experience exceptional. Everyone made sure we were taken care of, and our waiter went above and beyond to help us select the best wine and best food. He was great, and we will definitely go back the next time we are in San Diego!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Good
    CaminiteVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We love this place. The food is good, the wine list includes some good bottles at reasonable prices, and the service is usually prompt and friendly. After visiting the original in Florence, Italy, we find Acqua Al 2 to be a good San Diego version of the original. Bread comes in a brown paper bag [reason for this is unclear], and they give you a white bean spread for the bread - something different from the usual olive oil to dip. Like many restaurants we visited in Italy, we find the lighting a bit bright for an evening dinner. During this visit, the lights would dim, then get brighter, then dim again, and get brighter...went on for 20 minutes until someone decided they were happy with the lighting.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not up to publicity
    Been2Firenze
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    This is a good Itlaian restaurant some nice innovations, like the beet risotto. But it is not up to the outstanding original in Firenze.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food just ok
    Frank
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I was surprised that none of the pasta was fresh or homemade. I ordered pasta, which was good enough, but nothing special. My wife ordered the steak which arrived overdone. On a positive note, the service could not have been better. It was truly excellent.
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  • Overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was overall not very good. The quality of the meat was good but it was drenched in a sticky sweet mess of a sauce, the risotto was tasteless, the pasta dishes underwhelming. Overpriced and overhyped. Only good attributes, the salads and the location. Not recommended.
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  • #service fail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I made a reservation for a business lunch. When I arrived, there was no host or hostess. I waited for 15 minutes without seeing anyone. None of the waitstaff checked in either. So I left.
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  • Never Disappointed
    TheLadyStephanieVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I am never disappointed when I go to Acqua Al 2. We had the pasta tasting plate and the meats tasting plate. I highly recommend this, as you get to sample different items - you will be pleased. The service is always great. We returned from and after dinner stroll to have a coffee and the bartender was super nice. This is definitely a must go to. If you want to venture out on a filet mignon try the one with the blueberry sauce! The other with the balsamic is equally tasty. A great appetizer is the eggplant with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese! Molto buona!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much "authenticity"
    lanriVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The restaurant pride's itself on the menu being identical to the original Acqua Al 2 in Florence, Italy. And indeed, all the pasta appetizers we tried were al dente and tasty. However, they were all vegetarian -- not ideal for anyone who still enjoys meat sauce over pasta. And although our waiter graciously comped me a 2nd cup of coffee, their standard practice is to charge for it. Although all-in-all we had an enjoyable dining experience, it was not inexpensive. There are many places in San Diego that serve equally good or better food and don't charge for coffee refills. For patrons in the US, that's carrying "authenticity" a tad too far.
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  • I think the kitchen had an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I think the kitchen had an off night, but we have never been there before so no way to judge. it took over an hour and half to get food, and all we ordered was a caprese salad, veal chop, and pasta to split. There were some tables that just got up and left. We were joking around with the table next to us, that we should order a pizza and have them deliver it to the restaurant since we were all so hungry. In this instance you would think that the manager would walk around and apologize to people, but he didn't. Food was eh, nothing to right home about. Having been in Florence, this restaurant capitalizes on having a sister restaurant there, but it doesn't even become close to it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian Menu
    markVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Acqua Al 2 is a great upscale Italian Resturant in the Gas Lamp District, close to the live theaters so is good for before show dinners., We were there for a very early dinner so the restaurant was not crowded and the noise level was low.The Risotto ai Funghi was some of the best I have had and the wine selection was good. We will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian Downtown San Diego
    DanTable
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    There's a great choice of traditional and innovative dishes to enjoy here. I love this place. Don't knock the idea of blueberries on top of your filet mignon until you've tried it here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    BigDaddyVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    On business travel in San Diego and wanted to try something new in the Gaslight District. Had the Prix Fix Restaurant Week menu and much to my surprise other than the bread being a little stale, the dinner was great. Will return next time in San Diego.
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  • Delicious
    Positano
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Service and food were superb. The pasta selections, salads, and frites de mar were group favorites. Our server was professional grade and very relaxed and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally an authentic Italian place
    Zluvs2eat
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    I had such a good meal here. Actually the best Italian meal i have had in downtown and I have tried at least 3 other Italian places in the area! I did the tasting menu that was offered. It was delicious and offered such a good selection! It would be enough for 2 to share. I had 4 different types of pasta with different type of pastas and sauces. My entree consisted of a petite filet mignon, chicken and another cut of beef on top of their home made focaccia bread. The balsamic reduction on the filet was fantastic and the Parmesan cheese that was shaved on top of the focaccia was the best that I have ever had! Our server was very personable and knowledgable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved all the menu options,
    kalawren
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Loved all the menu options, and the waiter recommendations were great!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK restaurant
    lisaVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Everything was OK with our dinner. Food OK, service OK, etc. However, there are just too many other outstanding restaurants in SD I would not go back.
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  • One of my favorite restaurants
    SP27
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants from Florence in San Diego! Blueberry steak is the best.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We really enjoyed our New
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We really enjoyed our New Year eve. Leann,the bartender was very nice. Thank you again Aqua Al2!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • left feeling dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Overall the experience was so-so. The food was edible, but nothing special (in my opinion), and didn't seem very authentic Italian. Maybe we just chose poorly or they were having an off night. I've only been once, so I don't want to totally poo-poo the place. The service was ok, but delayed and sporadic. People that sat down after us were paid more attention and we felt as if we were forgotten in the back corner. We left feeling like we spent way too much money for a so-so experience. We probably won't go back because we're not local and there are a lot more restaurants in the area to try.
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  • Excellent Italian food
    Carl
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    I took my family here for a Christmas Eve dinner. It was excellent. The food was fabulous. There was an extensive wine selection, as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion, but specifically a special one.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold food and undercooked pasta
    Ilikefood
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Simply put, I shared the pasta and meat sampler with my dinning companion. 4 out of 5 pasta samplers were cold and undercooked and all three meats were cold.
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  • Wow. Yum!
    Julie
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Amazing food. A-mazing. Amazing! My husband and I ordered the 2 different filet mignon preparations and a side of gorgonzola gnocchi, and wow! I mean wow. So ridiculously good. It is also the exact same menu as the original location in Florence, Italy. And the service was some of the best we've had in a very long time; it was truly what you expect from fine dining. Friendly and professional; water getting immediately refilled when the level drops; plates immediately removed when you are done; yet you never feel like they're staring at you or hovering over your shoulder. They even brought over a personal, tableside coat rack for us, as we each were wearing long coats. The tiramisu was also delicious. This place is now a new favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a winning bet
    Manny
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The food is very good, there are very oginal dishes in The menu, It is AN italian Restaurant with character and good quality food. The pasta sample is a must for firstcommers, good italian wine list.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Yummy
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Yet another delicious meal at one of our favorite San Diego restaurants.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Validation of a great restaurant!
    PID50
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Brought my wife to Aqua Al 2 to celebrate her Birthday and the overall experience was excellent! Our waitress helped us decide what to eat and the quality of the food was superb. I also must say our waitress had very good knowledge of the wine menu. Our waitress added to over the all experience by helping us decide which wine would be good for our meal. This is our 2nd time here and Aqua did not disappoint! Acqua's overall food quality and experience has set the bar!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make sure you try the tasting-optio
    uncleJoe
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Make sure you try the tasting-options for all four courses = the best way to get an overview that will lead to making better choices for your next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent cuisine/splendid ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    I give it the highest rating I could give. This is a must go for a date, birthday, anniversary or any occasion!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite when we
    moronVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    Always a favorite when we come to San Diego. The pasta sampler was great as an appetizer. Five different types of pastas and sauces. The portions are not as large as they used to be, so you won't be full before your entree. The veal chop was great as was the contadina dishes. The roasted potatoes make a great side. Service was again great with attention paid to detail without being overbearing. We'll be back again. Lots of choices on the menu to still try.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Disappointed
    Tokyo
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Third visit for my wife and I (SD - 2007, Florence - 2005) While our earlier experiences were wonderful, this one was somewhere between terrible and very disappointed. Pastas were over-sauced (gorgonzola gnocchi so covered that as it cooled the gorgonzola coagulated). Filetto Balsamico was completely hidden under the glaze. Service was substandard. Ordered a $90 bottle of wine that server forgot to bring. I got up and asked bartender (server had disappeared) who then made up excuse about not being able to locate the bottle. Server then gave a different excuse. From this point on, we were ignored. No real followup again, no offer of dessert, and I had to flag down a different server for the check. Wow! Acqua al 2 has seen finer days.
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  • The Prix fixe menu on the
    HealthMirror
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    The Prix fixe menu on the first page everyone in our group of seven ordered, with inidivudal wine or drinks. They had five significatnly sauses with different pasts, but still too much pasta - ...perhaps through in a bruschetta, anitopasto. VERY Good entrees. even despite some skeptiscm about what blueberry fliet mignon was going to taste like. put olive oil out with bread...bean topping for bread was unique but was underwhelming. Service excellent. Ambiance excellent. Easily accommodated group of 7. attentive yet non-distracting service. Excellent excellent desserts. Price appropriate to all of the above.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • the halibut tasted fishy,
    KennyL
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    the halibut tasted fishy, I told the waiter and he said I don't think so
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