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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Acquerello reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (96)romantic (92)notable wine list (83)fit for foodies (78)neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • over the top
    Phillip
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Well if you can afford this dinning experience it was like none I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    GeorgetownProfVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Special night out. Celebrated 30th anniversary in style. Good and service was outstanding. Great wine recommendations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recent Diner
    luv2eat
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Sadly, I have to say this restaurant is grossly overrated. The service was fantastic, but the food was good not great and the cost was ridiculous - approximately $450 for two people including a $125 bottle of wine and four course meal. That is the most I have ever spent on a dinner and I would have said it fell short at even half the price. It was a major disappointment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow!
    Yogismom
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The meal was fabulous, service was great, and it wasn't noisy at all! I would go back there any time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NigelA
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    First visit - absolutely fantastic and we will certainly return. Service, food and wine were excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Johan
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    One of the most memorable meals ever. From food to service to ambience, it could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LikeItIsVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Exquisite food & service. Just as I remembered. A must for anyone celebrating a special occasion or just wanting an amazing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent in every respect
    trekkievet
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This, by far, was my favorite restaurant experience during our week in San Francisco. I had an amazingly flavorful vegetarian meal, and my husband loved his steak. They even made a steak off the tasting menu for our daughter even though we didn't get the tasting menu. They compiled a salad for each of us based on our likes, and had a wonderful cheese selection. The waitstaff was so attentive that we felt like we were the only ones in the restaurant. The sommelier made great suggestions, and our waiter, Todd, was amazing. I really appreciated the quiet atmosphere and being able to carry on a conversation without having to speak loudly. I recommended Acquerello to others at our hotel, and will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite for special occasions!
    Jutta
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    For our wedding anniversary, I had tried to get a table at Gary Danko's - but no such luck! I had heard good things about Acquerello again and again over the years, and so I decided to give it a try. The exterior is unassuming, to say the least, and the location isn't glamorous, either. But open the front door, and you are in a different world: elegant, polished, sophisticated, but not a bit snobby. Just friendly and very upscale. The food was fantastic with an emphasis on freshness and on authenticity, bringing out the best in everything - and (thank God!) not as contrived as in so many "hot new places/chefs..." where new dishes are created for the sole purpose of doing something new, not necessarily convincing. So - this was a revelation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not perfect but pretty dang close
    BayAreaNativeVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This was our second time to Acquerello but we brought a first-timer with us, who was appropriately awed by the service, physical space, wine list, and food preparation as we were the first time. This was a fantastic dining experience though it felt a little short of our prior visit because the restaurant was full, thus not as 'sanctuary quiet' as we had remembered. Still, it is calm and unrushed and the service remains truly spectacular. Our fish entrees did not meet the otherwise amazing first/second/dessert courses; not sure why. Wine pairings were fantastic with unusual Italian wines which are their unrivaled specialty. This is very expensive but we will absolutely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It really doesn't get any better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Gnocchi & Prosciutto San Danielle with killer Friulano. I wish I could eat & drink that everyday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The best Italian food in the bay area....wonderful,wonderful, wonderful. The multi course option on the menu is perfect for sampling a variety of dishes. The ambiance is perfect for an evening with friends, business, or special companions. The restaurant is beautifully understated, and elegant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WONDERFUL!
    carpediem389
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The dinner I had at Acquerello was one of the top 10 best meals I've ever had in my life! I went with my mother when she was visiting me in SF and we were both BLOWN AWAY by the incredible food and warm, friendly service. Each dish was clearly given an exceptional amount of thought and care, and I did not consume one thing that I didn't absolutely LOVE. The sommelier also recommended a wonderful wine (it was actually a wine that is served only at Acquerello) and told us the story behind it. And even though the food is somewhat expensive, the quality far exceeds what I've experienced at much more expensive restaurants. All in all, I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    There were many very lovely dishes and lots of amuse bouches, which were nice. The main reason I haven't rated the food excellent overall is that my veal loin, while very tasty, was a bit chewy rather than tender as I expected. Every thing else was subtle and very interesting. The waiter, while competent, was too insistent on asking how everything was during each course, even the many amuse bouches, which became monotonous, and it was obviously done as a matter of routine and not genuine concern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    JohnDoughVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    9 course tasting menu does not disappoint! Wine pairings were spot on and refreshingly not your typical varieties. Obviously a lot of thought had gone into them. Very knowledgeable and skilled staff on hand. One minor detail that could be adjusted was that almost every single food course was overly acidic (heavy handed on the vinegar, citrus etc) and after so many it really built up. Otherwise a truly enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience Overall
    shorty4444
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Food was amazing - service equally as great! Cant wait to go back again
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 1539 reviews are from the Acquerello reviews archive.
  • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • How do you rate perfection?
    WhiteRabbit
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Exquisite food. The house extras complete the dining experience.
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    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • 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!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet