Acquerello
Acquerello

Acquerello

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.acquerello.com/
  • Phone: (415) 567-5432
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10.00pm

    Sunday & Monday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Suzette Gresham
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Two private rooms are available:
    The larger Gold Room can accommodate up to 14 guests at one table or two tables of 10 (seats 20).

    The smaller Wine Room overlooking our newest cellar is ideal for smaller parties of six or eight guests. Buyouts are also available.
  • Private Party Contact: Teresa Wagner (415) 567-5432x
  • Special Events: Wine dinners are held on regular basis, featuring Italian and California winemakers. Please join our mail list for dinners and special events updates.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Polk
  • Public Transit: Van Ness Avenue is serviced by Muni bus lines 42,47,and 49.


    California Street is serviced by the California Cable Car line.


    Sacramento Street is serviced by Muni bus line 1.


    Polk Street is serviced by Muni bus line 19.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available at the Old First Parking Garage (1725 Sacramento Street) across from the restaurant.
A word from Acquerello
For 25 years, Acquerello has offered an unparalleled Italian fine-dining experience in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood. The restaurant, operated by Giancarlo Paterlini and Executive Chef
Suzette Gresham, has been heralded for its cuisine, wine, and service.

Keeping ahead of the ever-changing dining scene in San Francisco, Acquerello showcases its brightest young talent in the kitchen as well as with its wine program. “At Acquerello, we believe that refined luxury is always in style. Our desire is to provide our guests an experience of classic and contemporary Italian tastes in an elegant dining atmosphere.”

Acquerello has received countless awards, including a Michelin star since the first-ever 2007 Bay Area guide, and the Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2012-2014.
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Acquerello reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (75)romantic (63)fit for foodies (60)notable wine list (60)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (5)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Right Place, Wrong Night
    GoWithGrace
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Having dined here previously, we came back with high expectations. Only reservation open during our visit to San Francisco was on a special anniversary chef night. The menu was done by alumni chefs, one of whom tried to adapt sub shop food into 2 star dining. It didn't work for me. I was disappointed in every course based upon taste and quality of ingredients. Presentation was excellent. Fortunately, the service remained at the usual high Acquerello quality. The noise level was loud and the crowd seemed younger and more boisterous than we remembered. We may return to Acquerello on a future visit to San Francisco, but only if the usual menu is offered.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exquisite!
    thompson
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    As ex restaurant GM in the best restaurants in London (The Savoy, The Dorchester), Paris (St. James's Hotel), Beverly Hills, Milan Italy (at 3* Michelin restaurant) and traditional butler trained in London, I can say few things. Best service in US I've seen, hostess to GM, like a silk scarf and smooth with exquisite food. Veal dish very intricate, chocolate mousse perfectly balanced with vanilla cream and hazelnuts. Wine list is one of the best on Italian wines I've seen, very comprehensive by the regions, favorite Amarone's and Gaia wines, included. Only small down point was Somellier's snotty attitude. Atmosphere is romantic/private with great space between tables for privacy, lightning discreet. Nice touches all around. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant In Bay Area
    gjgeorge1
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Excellent food...... Great service. I had the beef carpaccio for appetizer, the salmon for the main course the chocolate mousse for dessert. All 3 were amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I took the wife there for her birthday. The food and service was excellent. Each serving is explained in detailed..
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb
    AaronCBVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My second (and definitely not last) time here. The food, service, et al., are superb, the wait staff super organized (and appear just when needed), and Acquerello is my favourite restaurant in SF. Wonderful place, clearly deserving of more accolades (then again, maybe not: as it would become even harder to get a reaervation).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acquerello A-Plus
    Scare0103
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My partner and I ate there May 27, and what a meal! Besides the dishes we ordered (including cuttlefish sliced into strips like pasta and a tremendous risotto), there were several extras as we each orders three courses. My partner was given a small version of my cuttlefish and I was given a small version of her dessert. Wine steward picked out a very good and reasonable Soave. One of San Francisco's true pleasures.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Dining at Acquerello was definitely an experience. The food was incredible and the service was flawless. The only downside was due the people dining next to us. My boyfriend and I were by far the youngest people there and we feeling pretty judged by the group next to us. Fortunately they left early. The staff, however, was awesome and made us feel very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    They really looked after us and made it a special night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lisa
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This was our third or fourth time at Acquerello and we have never been disappointed. The service is superb and the food exceptional. The extra attention to detail makes the evening very romantic and special. This was a birthday celebration and the dessert brought the whole evening to a wonderful completion. Thank you for making the evening another memorable occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Evening
    Rock
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This was the finest dining experience I've ever had. Beautiful, quiet dining room; superb, friendly staff; and the most delectable food. I have to save up to go to places like this so I don't eat like this very often. I would unhesitatingly recommend this place as one of San Francisco's finest ever restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SFexperience
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    an outstanding experience, my wife and I go for the complete experience, better than the top rated resaurant in San francisco. If you like quiet, with polished personnel, some of the best food I've eaten, with great wines, this is the place. It's the little details, like a cushion to place your handbag so its not on the floor, the teamwork, where everyone seems tuned into your dining experience, and step in to help. The wine is pricey, so we like to bring our special bottles with a generous corkage. I can't think of a better place, really.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    jimkVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is great restaurant with outstanding service. A truly romantic place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply amazing.
    Diningshouldbespecial
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Perfect in every way is how I would describe our dining experience at Acquarello. I had heard from friends that we were in for a treat, but it exceeded and surpassed all of our expectations. It's a small restaurant that is beautifully decorated. It is cozy and intimate with about 15 tables, which explains the need for reservations as far in advance as possible. The sommelier, Rafael Santos, was outstanding. He was knowledgeable and helpful, but never pretentious or pushy. Outstanding. The food was unbelievably delicious. Every time we didn't think a course could be any better, the next one was! One of my top dining experiences worldwide. Cannot wait to return. Fine dining the way it should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    OT123VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Wonderful service and fantastic food. This is clearly one of the top 5 restaurants in the city. Everything was done right...service, pace of the meal, wines, food, perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treat Yourself
    GeorgediVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    If you want to eat, grab a burger. If to want to dine like you've never dined, this is your place. An unforgettable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Wonderful fine dining restaurant with great service and wonderful lighting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, Creative Dining
    SusanneVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Acquerello is always a wonderful dining experience. There is nothing on the menu that is not absolutely delicious and inventively presented. Ask the sommelier and you will have the perfect wine recommended.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • How do you rate perfection?
    WhiteRabbit
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Exquisite food. The house extras complete the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous!
    BirthdayJoy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    It was my husband's birthday and I have to say the Service was the BEST we have ever experienced in our 50 something years! The food was incredible and paired perfectly! All in all an very delectible and delightful experience. It was pricey, the most we've ever spent for a meal, but no regrets! A great experience and great way to celebrate a special occasion!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The ambiance was poor . it was too sedate the menu was very limited and truthfully I expected more options the food quality was good but not that tasty. overall I was disappointed
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  • Fabulous for special occasion
    queenofcuisineVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Wow! Superb spot to dine on special occasion or just for a great evening of wonderful food. Service is outstanding, terrific spot for a romantic evening. The tasting menu is perfect to sample a selection of what the chef does best. Wonderful wine list. Every dish is a visual treat as well as a total adventure in great dining. Everyone seems to go out of their way to make the guests feel comfortable and to make it a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Notable food and experience
    potreroplanter
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The staff all gave helpful attention without intrusive presence. No one interrupted to ask if we were pleased or if the food was to our liking. Hallelujah! The servers, waiters, and busmen all knew just what to do. Service was always there at just the right time. Health issues limit our wine so it has to be right. We ordered individual glasses for our different foods and to taste three different wines and the excellent sommelier guided us to perfect choices. Food was as extraordinary as we expected with amuse-bouches appearing throughout the meal. A clean napkin any time a diner left the table became entertainment because one diner left the table multiple times (pollen allergies). He tried hiding his napkin but to no avail. We had fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Restaurant in SF
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We visit the best restaurants in the City on special occasions. We like to try all of the top restaurants. This is the only one that we repeat, we love it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Food! Excellent Service!
    BettinaVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I've eaten at Acquerello a couple of times and the food and service have consistently been EXCELLENT! The cuttlefish 'tagliatelle' and veal loin with truffle bone marrow sauce are not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food in town
    Main5ManVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Been going for ten years and still our favorite restaurant in the Bay Area!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elite
    Lucho
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Forest service, ambiance and creative cuisine. Expensive. Particularly the wine list. Why not make it possible to at a good value permit purchase of the ideal wine without tripling your revenue on it.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great food and service. Took my wife here for birthday. In the past we've dined at French, Japanese and American Michelin star restaurants, this was the first Italian one. We had the tasting menu and were very impressed with all of it! I would recommend dining here for anyone.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The most memorable restaurant!
    Pasha
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Everything from the initial greeting to the very end was amazing. The food is different from anything else we've tried before. Portions are small, but we left quite full. Service was beyond excellent - very attentive and the staff was trying to accommodate every request we had. It is not an everyday place to go to, but excellent for special occasions and romantic dining experiences.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service
    DLF2
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We had not been to Acquerello for a few years and found it had become a gourmet experience. They only have prix fix menus and we elected the "3" course choice for $85/person. Each course was an interesting surprise. It turned out to be more like 7 courses with the succession of an amuse bouches between every course, and a surprise assortment of gourmet cookies and candies after dessert served with our coffees. The decor was restful and the service attentive but not cloying. It is perfect for a "special occasion" or if you're feeling flush. The wine selection is huge [ and expensive ] and we were pleased with our choices aided by the sommelier.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the finest and most
    charles12VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    One of the finest and most refined restaurants in San Francisco. Excellent personal and professional service at every level. Sommelier was extremely knowledgeable, conversatinal, not condecending, pleasant, and a gentleman. The dining experience mirrored an evening at a Relais et Chateau in Italy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine evening at Acquerello
    DonE
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My date and I arrived a few minutes early and were seated on time at 9:15. The wait staff is excellent and treated us as you would expect for a fine dining restaurant. There were several amuse-bouche offerings that were elegant and tasty. The Seasonal Tasting Menu was no longer available and one item on the Prix Fixe menu was not available. The first course of Black Angus beef carpaccio and the Hamachi with Bronte pistachios, ginger, and Osetra caviar were excellent. The second course of Smoked potato gnocchi with crispy sweetbreads, Maitake mushrooms, and pancetta cream was also excellent. The third courses, Chinook salmon and Stuffed chicken breast, were less flavorful and not up to the preceding amuse-bouche and menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Palette of Colors for the Palate
    Anthony
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Enjoying the tasting menu at this restaurant is an artistic experience. This is a gallery of culinary delight. The expense is steep, especially with the wine pairing, but it is one of the most lavish eating experiences I have had. Be prepared to absorb the food as you would fine art. You will not be disappointed. I enjoyed my vist and I will return with family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just any date night...
    LAfoodie
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    My sister was in town so I chose this place to have a nice, quiet dinner with her since we see each other very seldom. The wines by the glass are only Italian...so it was hard to get a heavy-bodied white. If that is what you like (which we do) then you are forced into buying a bottle and none of them come cheap. Neither of us are big eaters, but the portions that they serve would rival any French restaurant servings! . The desserts were OK... Our service was quite good...very attentive. However, he had such a strong Italian accent, I had a hard time understanding him. I say "not just any date night" due to the cost. It is not often that I spend over $400 for a meal...and when I do, it had better by a special occasion.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    Pat07
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Been a few years since last visit and it's been too long. One of the few restaurants in town that seems to have found the sweet spot for food/service/noise. If you're looking for a place to have a conversation AND a great meal and even at a reasonable price for the quality, then this is the place. Quieter than Gary Danko and just about the same level of quality. If you're an auditory overload junkie who can't think of anything to say, then skip it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For a special occasion
    JEMPVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The service and beautiful meal made this an evening to remember. Acquerello is expensive, but we have paid as much at other restaurants and have not received a fraction of the value.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exemplary service, great food.
    Bobk
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    From when we arrived to when we left the service was attentive without being overbearing. The only other restaurant we have experienced that level of service was the French Laundry, which is quite a bit pricier. The portion size meal pacing was perfect. We left satisfied without feeling stuffed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exciting food and exemplary service
    Regularvisitor
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I don't know if I love this restaurant more for the food or for the service. Each dish excites for a different reason. The sommelier loves to help you pair a wine and explain why it will work with your menu choices, and will help you find something in your price range. Understand that this place is expensive, but the exceptional care is worth it. I know of no restaurant whose service staff is more gracious and caring. And if that isn't enough, they seem to love what they do. And that's taking care of you.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always!
    DaveandKat
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Simply one of the best dining experiences we have had. Fantastic food full of subtle flavours all perfectly balanced and delivered with style. Flavour always being priority. Perfect portion sizes with plenty of little extra tasty morsels throughout the meal. Attentive, knowledgeable, professional service throughout with a great sommelier. Nice sized dining area with an intimate feel but well spaced tables so that you feel private. This was our 3rd visit over a year and it hits the same mark every time. Book ahead though as it's deservedly popular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Obnoxious Patrons ruined our dinner
    Sthardy
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The food was amazing and the service was just excellent, BUT it was all relatively ruined by an obnoxiously loud & vulgar group of 6 sitting right near us. Loud screaming, swearing and other informal behavior I would expect in a hotel bar not a fine eating establishment unfortunately made this special occasion a nightmare. I'm sorry that the management didn't feel it was their responsibility to ask them to settle down or leave. I am not a wealthy person and spending $400 on dinner for two would have been worth it if the ambiance hadn't been so disturbing. I guess, I would say if you are planning on going here for a special occasion you had just better pray you don't have loud, rude, vulgar people sitting near you or you will be out of luck.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benicia Babe Goes to Acquerello
    BeniciaBabe55VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I think this is one of the most romantic restaurants in San Francisco. The food is excellent; I think the pasta I ate with a creamy brown sauce was about the best pasta I have ever eaten. In addition, the veal was outstanding, and the carpaccio was the very best I have ever had in my life. This place is outstanding folks. And I do mean outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate