Acquerello
Acquerello

Acquerello

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.acquerello.com/
  • Phone: 4155675432x
  • 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
111 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (94)romantic (90)notable wine list (83)fit for foodies (78)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • SurfgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My son and I were in San Fran for a 5 day "foodie feast" and booked Acquerello, along with Chez Panisse, Gary Danko, Boulevard, Zuni, Slanted Door and Kokkari. All restaurants, with the exception of Acquerello, were fantastic. Unfortunately, Acquerello's decor was overdone, the servers were pompous, the food was disappointing, and the service was either flamboyant theater or non-existent when needed. Acquerello is the complete opposite of the total perfection achieved of Gary Danko, Boulevard and Zuni.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yehyeh
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We now regard this as the finest restaurant in San Francisco. Not pretentious, but excellent service with finest quality and variety of food choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Meal and Service
    Aceuser
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food at Acquerello was outstanding, the service was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was pleasant and warm. The outside of the restaurant did not give the impression of a 5 star. However, the interior was a pleasant surprise. The food selection was fantastic, my wife and I enjoyed our meals. The wine selection is extensive and very good. Though this restaurant is rather expensive, it is well worth the price for such a fantastic meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Evening
    Foodie23
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Would go back in a heartbeat. Amazing food, great service.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Superb Italian Gem in the City
    opentabler7VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My third visit and what great atmosphere and exceptional service. Very beautiful room and menu choices. There was more than one gift from the chef before starting - outstanding dessert and wine service. Real high end Italian treat. Very good experience. It was a birthday dinner and we were treated like royalty!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    DougVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Acquerello is truly a great dining experience with great attention to detail and all the nice little extras. This is our third visit and we expect to visit again. Rated 5-star across the board before, we lowered to 4 star on food and overall this time because the food fell a little short of our previous expectations. The menu seems to have been narrowed somewhat and the deserts offered lacked imagination - they were good but not of the quality we had come to expect. Perhaps it was because it was a Tuesday night?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best fine dining in the city
    luv2eatndrinkVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Good food, great service and da very classy ambiance. Pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It was an amazing experience. Serice was the best ever. Food was fantastic.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal Food
    bblive
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This has to be one of the finest restaurants in the bay area. We chose the tasting menu which was not outrageously priced and enjoyed 12 or so exquisite courses. The service is great, our sommelier was really knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • expensive fine dining
    booneilVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    the acquerello restaurant had excellent service, great food, a quiet comfortable ambience and a great wine list. however, it is not for the faint of wallet as it is very expensive. good for a rare special occasion...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Exceeded all our expectations...
    Chocopi
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    So often a special celebration dinner is planned, only to disappoint after the great anticipation. Not this time! The warm lighting, and beautifully decorated room, the painted wooden ceiling from a past life, and although an upscale dining room, it felt comfortable. Thoughtful touches like a place to put ones wrap or purse. The wait staff worked beautifully together, with great timing. The dinner began with memorable little bites, and ended with "the sixth course" of chocolates and other sweets. The food was beautifully presented (I was especially taken by the melon soup presentation). It was for us a pretty near perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    An amazing food experience and sensory delight. We've been to 'em all, but Acquerello is #1.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    TheDoctor46
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We wanted an incredible dining experience in San Francisco and that's exactly what we got. Would recommend to anyone. And the wine list is exceptional but also great picks by the glass. Staff was amazing and service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodist
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Loved the chef's little surprises! The appetizers and the pastas were fantastic. The small portions of each dish was a bonus, as it allowed us to try out the eclectic collection of food on the menu. I recommend the peach salad, the beef tartare, the duck, and the foie gras pasta. The lobster though, was slightly disappointing as it lacked taste. Desserts were ok, not too sweet which was a plus, but nothing special either. Overall, a good experience and a good find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is a true five-star restaurant with outstanding service staff and impeccable food. It is an excellent choice for a special occasion. There is no valet parking, but there is a parking lot directly across the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outshines Gary Danko
    Kathleen
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The chef's 25 year anniversary menu was over the top. We are foodies and have dined at many 5 star restaurants in the Bay Area. Last nights dinner experience at Acquerello was absolutely mouth watering. The presentation, quality of foods, combination of flavors and service was divine. This is a restaurant that will impress. If you are looking to impress an important business client, special date, or celebrate a special milestone, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretentious and overpriced
    Tavora
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The kind of place you leave feeling ripped off. I know it is suppose to be fancy and "chique" with the small food portion but $300 per person to leave hungry is ridiculous. The food is good, not great, but good and staff is super nice, but nothing justifies the ridiculous price tag.
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  • Sopraffino!
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We ordered the XXV Anniversary Chef's Tasting Menu with wine pairings. The dining room was beautiful yet quite comfortable and the staff were attentive and engaging. It was a truly memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Unbelievable Experience
    live4foodVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Each bite was an explosion of flavors in our mouths ..... Our meal was outstanding. We live on the East Coast and would visit San Francisco just to dine at this wonderful restaurant again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking for something special?
    AnnaNC
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    At Acquerello expect the best. I'm an italian used to great food, but seldom if ever I found something so outstanding. Do not hesitate to go there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ideal for special occasions
    olddawg
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We ate here for our anniversary - what an ideal experience! Service, food, ambiance, etc. could not have been better. Maybe it is on the pricey side, but at Acquerello you certainly get what you pay for. We look forward to going back to determine whether it was a dream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations
    Swifty
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything was fabulous and exceeded expectations. Four complimentary appetizers all delicious. Five of us 3 different entree's all spectacular. Only criticism is the $75 corkage whether you purchase an additional bottle there or not, open your own bottle-which is NOT on their excellent wine list, $75. Most I have ever paid for corkage here or abroad. Would I go back? A very enthusiastic YES! Although I do hope they review their corkage policy. They do know how to take care of their customers from the time you enter until the time you leave, one of the best staffs around.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Dinefor2
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Absolutely amazing dinning experience! Perfect in every way!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once Again A Hit
    happycamper
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The only false note in our dinner at Acquerello was the server who was concerned that we were taking too long to order and eat and chided us like children. The food was delightful, the sommelier and his suggestions were both superior. I don't live in the state so my visits are not as frequent as I would like but I will be back. Ever food item was fresh and exquisitely prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent!
    David
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Perfect in every way. No need for any more words.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A big disappointment
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We looked forward to an anniversary dinner, after previous wonderful experiences. We were disappointed. Brentwood corn and fresh peas are clearly available, and both are delicious - but in EVERYTHING?? My melon soup was cloyingly sweet, and my husband's tartare was laden with embellishments that obscured the flavor of the meat. Our corn and prawn risotto was extremely sweet from an excess of the corn, and once again was covered with pea tendrils and other "decorations" which made it look and taste cluttered. My entree, the salmon, was quite tasty, but covered with a pea tendril salad. My husband's lobster was poorly cooked and served with a corn mousse and garnished with more corn - once again too sweet. We left without dessert.
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  • Wedding Anniversary
    ivanoiko
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary and we were very lucky to pick this particular restaurant. The service was incredible, from the wait staff, the sommeliers to the bussers, everyone was friendly and accommodating. I had work in the F&B industry for over 20 years and I am extremely impressed by the service at this place. The food, in addition, was spectacular, the presentation and the taste. Perfect, perfect, perfect. The wine list was great as well. Overall I can only recommend this venue. For both business and romantic porpoises, this place is perfect.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware of the Corkage Fee
    RovingGourmandVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I eat all my meals (lunch and dinner) in restaurants, and have for over 30 years. I am accustomed to bringing my own wine and paying a corkage fee. Normally this fee is waived if I also purchase a bottle of wine from the restaurant. At Acquerello, I brought a bottle of wine and purchased a bottle of wine. To my surprise, a corkage fee of $75.00 was charged for the bottle I brought to the restaurant. This fee was slight more than double the highest corkage fee I ever paid in the 30+ years I have been dining out in San Francisco. While the meal and service was delightful, I felt the imposition of this fee was both abusive and offensive.
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  • Amazing
    JoshB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food and service was outstanding. I've been to many 5 star restaurant and this is one of the best. I will visit again for sure!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner of a lifetime!
    SFsquared
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Transcendent! From start to finish this dining was the best of a lifetime. My friends and I are foodies and enjoy fine dining and wine pairing. Chef, Suzzete has perfected flavors and presentation over 25 years! The service was stealth, an yet friendly and enjoyable when engaged, noteably Raphael and Todd!! All our meal choices were perfection!! From the prefix menu, my selections were the Ahi tuna (most interesting complex dish of the night), prawn & corn risotto, and entrée of lobster! Raphael paired by the glass to start, recommended a world class wine, Vietti barolo '05, and we were at a pinnacle of perfection! Great cheeses, yummy & fun desserts, then a cart of profiterole treats added the final lovely touch! Cheers to 25 years in SF!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Italian
    cnalscVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Acquerello is a real star. We had not dined there in quite a while after an unfortunate experience several years ago. In the interim, the décor, food and service have all been enhanced and updated. Incredible wine list that focuses on Italian wines; wonderful Italian themed food (don’t skip the pastas or the melon soup); and a sweet cart to send you off in the night. Portions are a bit small and the prices are a bit high, but it’s worth it. And you can hear your dinner companions as well. Great for romance or special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Season Tasting Menu
    spice5
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had the season tasting menu and it was great! Will definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • A wonderful dining experience.
    Rocky
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Acquerello instantly becomes a special place as you enter and the beautifully appointed dining room, designed, furnished and illuminated with elegance and comfort in mind. We tried different dishes from the Prix-Fixe Menu, and all admired how artfully they were presented and how delicious they were. Smoked potato gnocchi with prosciutto and truffle, cuttlefish "tagliatelle", and slow-cooked pepper-crusted Scottish salmon were standout dishes, as were the rhubarb-port sorbet and bourbon-caramel semifreddo desserts. The wines recommended were perfectly paired with our food. We also loved the delicious savory and sweet "surprises" sent by the chef to begin and end our meal. It was a memorable evening of excellent cuisine and superb service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Acquerello was fantastic. Fabulous food, great atmosphere and perfect service. We loved it.
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  • Never disappoints!
    Carole
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Always a treat at Acquerello! Highlights this time included smoked gnocchi, beef tartare, cheese selection and semifreddo. This is one of our favorite restaurants in the country. It certainly can't be half bad if Bill Cosby is dining nearby. Big night out, but worth it!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My favorite restaurant in many respects. I tried their only Chardonnay by the glass for $22 for a small pour. I didn't like it and said so when they asked if I wanted another. The wine guy indicated he couldn't get me what I described except by the bottle. Seems a classy place like that could have tried harder. Super beautiful and romantic place. Wonderful complimentary treats between courses. Desserts were excellent.
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  • JohnC
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Acquerello is a great find. the food is exceptional! tasty, inventive with beautiful presentation. the sommelier recommended a great white chardonny from northern Italy to start and we found a lovely red from Howell mountain in Napa that went well with everything. The rissoto and gnocchi were wonderful as were all the other dishes. not a miss in the lot. service was very professional yet warm and informative without being intrusive. The owner is on the floor participating with the service which is probably why it is so excellent. all the little treats before, during and at the end of the meal were super. Highly recommended!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AAAAAAAAAAAA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
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  • A true dining experience
    happycamper
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Excellent food, prepared and served beautifully. Every single dish was an amazing explosion of taste, texture and aromas. We chose the pre fixe menu and selected 5 courses. As first time diners, the chef also included several "chef's surprises" that were outstanding. I can't say enough wonderful compliments to Chef Suzanne and her staff for a truly memorable birthday dinner. I can't wait to go back and try more items on the menu. And the service!! The best I've ever experienced in any restaurant...ever! Seamless transitions between courses, glasses always full, fresh napkins after each course, and timed perfectly. First class service. I'm out of adjectives...have to go get my thesaurus and finish! :=)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Night before last we had the most amazing event called dinner at the absolute best restaurant I've ever been to. The food and sparkling wine were like nothing I've ever enjoyed. The service was impeccable. We celebrated a wedding engagement in a remarkable and memorable manner. I highly recommend you try Acquerello if you are ever in San Francisco. Bring an empty belly and a full wallet and expect a complete reversal as you depart. However, the food and the experience are worth every calorie -- and every penny.
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