Acquerello

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Italian
For 30 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 two Michelin stars since 2014 and one Michelin star since the first-ever 2007 Bay Area guide. Our extensive Wine list is the recipient of the Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2012-present.
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San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection in every sense!

l
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acquerello is an exquisite dining experience. Our latest meal was to celebrate two birthdays and a couple of months ago we celebrated a family member's engagement there. It is always a magical evening. The warmth and knowledge of the staff is a great foundation for phenomenal modern food. From the first sip of our vermouth / citrus drink (a treat from the chef, and there are many) and every morsel after, we all raved about the dishes we had. The ingredients of every dish and every flavor from those ingredients is at a level deserving of the TWO Michelin stars chef Suzette has earned. From the raviola to the parmesan mousse (a treat from the kitchen) to the lamb entree to the fabulous panna cotta that looks like an egg, but isn't, the innovative wonderful meal is sublime. The menu is constantly changing, but every time it does, it is always unparalleled quality and presentation. And then after the meal the special small bite desserts arrive for our choosing. This restaurant is a gem ... it has transformed many times over the years as tastes and preferences have changed, but at the direction and leadership of chef suzanne and her restaurant partner, this is a meal that is not to be missed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant for a special occasion. Lovely food and excellent service!

F
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and wine in a beautiful and unique setting. The staff is very professional and yet “down to earth.” Sommelier is outstanding!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular service and food

JM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service and great way to celebrate our anniversary!

JP
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exquisite.

r
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were patrons at Acquerello for the 2020 NYE dinner. This was our first experience with a tasting/7 course meal menu and we were extremely happy with the food, service, and ambiance of the dining space.

Each dish was tasteful and the presentation of the food exciting. We enjoyed looking forward to each new course up to the last one. Although each meal separately was a smaller size, by the end of the evening both of us were full after finishing the 7 courses.

I would recommend the NYE dinner at Acquerello to any of my friends who would appreciate a highly detailed, upscale dining experience with flawless service.

MS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience2

Disappointing experience at NYE dinner. We got the wine tasting menu but they removed wine glasses from our table because they could not bother to make room to fit them all in. Everybody working at the restaurant - from servers to bussers to greeters seemed very stressed, which totally ruined the experience. The NYE ambiance was a total failure with cheap balloons used for decoration and nothing else. Meat was brought completely raw without even asking us for our preference which caused delays in the tasting menu and threw our schedule off track. We were virtually kicked out to the curb literally five minutes to midnight without so much as a new year's wish. We were also charged extra for some menu items without being advised - about a hundred extra on what is already a thousand dollar plus meal. Will not be visiting again, huge letdown really. Cannot recommend the place to anyone on good conscience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service is excellent. This place is quite. The restaurant size is perfect. Not crowded and not big.

R
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, as always

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from start to finish. Service, vibe and food are all top notch. Very deserving of its Michelin rating. Can’t wait to go back!

e
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service is outstanding, food is excellent, immaculately prepared.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience, from every perspective, that my wife and I have enjoyed in many years, perhaps ever! Our highest compliments to all the staff.

Randolph E. Heubach
San Anselmo, CA

a
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great service. Make sure you bring a US issued credit card, otherwise, it will not work.

Acquerello
Responded on December 11, 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on you recent dinner at Acquerello. I will share your comments with Suzette, my partner and Chef who I know joins me in appreciating your feedback, critical for us in the pursuit of excellence. Best Regards, Giancarlo Paterlini Acquerello San Francisco

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food

R
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The highlight of out trip to SF!

E
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional fine dining experience. The service and food is great if your willing to pay for it. It was a memorable meal for a special occasion.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun food journey with continuous pleasures. Thank you for making our anniversary special.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible dining experience and would recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in fine dining. The food is not only delicious but gorgeous works of art! The ambience was amazing and the service from everyone was simply outstanding. It is the perfect place to go to celebrate any occasion and best of all the acoustics are such that you can have a quiet conversation and actually hear your table mates. It was simply perfection!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is a little slow to serve.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super amazing restaurant!!! It was just ver expensive but food was amazing! Wine amazing! Service was some of the best I’ve ever seen!

E
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic delicious food. Exceptional service and care. Beautiful ambience. An excellent way to pass Halloween away from home and relax and enjoy absolute perfection. Never disappoints.

JR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was exceptional from beginning to end. Staff were consummate professionals, attentive yet not intrusive, caring and accommodating. The food was beyond outstanding. The ambiance, from the artwork to the gorgeous floral arrangements was perfect for an intimate dining experience.
My new favorite special occasion restaurant!

SW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A throwback but nice to have a change of scene from typical SF casual. Beautiful food, thoughtful service.

GH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Un énorme merci ! Absolument délicieux sans fausse note. Pâtissier extraordinaire et chef fantastique. Et très bon service en salle. Bientôt la troisième étoile !

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cumpleaños

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Food was average, for the price and since it has 2 star I was expecting much more

CO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This will be the best meal of your life. Service was impeccable. Food was well balanced and not rushed. Flavors were spot on.

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful restaurant with superb service and a talented chef. More of a special occasion restaurant, not recommended for budget diners!
The service was so amazing that courses came & went invisibly. The chef sent out remarkable small dishes between the appetizers, and they did not stop even after
desert. All of the dishes were unique & delicious.

SP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acquerello is truly outstanding, Italian cuisine with a modern touch (coming from a born and raised Italian). Service is perfect, we got a great suggestion for a Californian wine. A must!

TJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are times in your life where you must
take the time to experience perfection. Take that time at Acquerello.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Not worth the money. The food itself was mediocre for a lower price point, terrible for the price point it is at. Some of the courses were inedible because it was so salty. I get it's a reduction but let's still try to make it taste ok? The service was good but I felt like they knew the food was bad.

JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go there it’s a nice restaurant, food is so delicious, and wine also!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was above and beyond. We had an extremely Loud couple next to us and the manager and executive staff handled it beautifully.

JM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Some dishes were outstanding others not so much & the ambiance is in need of a considerable upgrade. It felt like 1983 in there. Everyone was nice but it was ridiculously overpriced & I felt like I got ripped off. One time was enough.

KA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I am a regular diner at Michelin 1-3 star Restaurent’s primarily in Paris and London. Based on what I am accustomed to Acquerello falls well short of the mark. Ambience and service are very good but where it truly misses the mark is where it counts the most, the food. Presentation is nice but taste is not.

TC
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acquerello elevates food. I am a foodie and this was one of the best meals of my life. I highly suggest the tasting menu with the paired wine. Frankly, it was a journey.

Bravo Acquerello.

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