Acquerello

4.9
2306 reviews
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For 28 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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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was beyond excellent, service was impeccable, he was kind and so helpful. Food was fabulous. There was a douchbag millennial I could hear clearly across the room who wouldn’t shut up for three hours taking about women negatively, and how great he was he was with two other guys who seemed mildly embarrassed. But I can’t fault aquarello for that. 😉 I know it’s delicate balance but maybe in the future someone could tell a guy like that to curb it. Thank you we did have a wonderful time.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sent my parents here for their 30th wedding anniversary. They had nothing but wonderful and beautiful things to say about the food, wine, and service.
Even the coordinating of handling the bill a ahead of time and having a note ready for their table was a smooth process.

Acquerello: A+

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pricey but very nice for a special occasion. Service was wonderful and sommelier recommended a great bottle in our price range.

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AL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is excellent. Desserts were quite mediocre. Excellent wine pairing The service could be better...more smiles please?

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Sacramento
34 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the great restaurants of San Francisco. The two stars are well deserved.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience in every way.

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JR
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Service and knowledgeable staff makes this a great experience. It is pricey, but if you are looking for 5 Star dinning and a truly memorable experience, this is the place.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Couldn’t think of a better place to spend my birthday.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

It was quite a disappointment starting with the unfriendly hostess at the door. Then the ravioli was under cooked and spinach creste di Galli with dry and hard skin. We were so surprised at how average and mundane the food were and didn’t understand how they got their two stars.

Silver lining, our server and sommelier were great, but a server with grey hair was rude. The experience was so unpleasant we will not go back there again.

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M
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal.Even better staff who do everything to accommodate your enjoyment of the abounding and delicious food.

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NL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at Acquerello is the best you will find in San Francisco. The staff are polite, truly care about their guests, and professional. The sommelier, David, is knowledgeable and very helpful. The food is impeccable. My fiance and I plan to make this an annual treat!

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PJ
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around fabulous. Every visit is special.

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Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very deserving of its Michelin stars. Elegant, gracious, delicious, beautiful.... true food as art. Perfect destination for a romantic and memorable evening.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for making my 29th birthday so wonderful!

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o
San Francisco
122 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisitely prepared dishes. The staff is attentive, but not obtrusive. Dinner is a wonderful dining experience.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was way more than we expected, every single person in that place went above and beyond to make our experience unique, thank you so much

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JS
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant for a special occasion. Service was very attentive and meal was very good, but it was missing something that I can’t put my finger on. Not the same feeling I get in other Michellin Star restaurants in San Francisco.

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JD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t say enough about this place. Service is impeccable. Probably the best I’ve ever had. They pay attention to every detail and make the whole experience extremely special. The food is incredible. You can’t go wrong with any dish. This place is probably one of my top 5 favorite restaurants in the city. Don’t hesitate. Just go!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our Anniversary and we had an amazing experience! Everything was perfect!

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1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of the best amazing experience, love the place, service, food, alllll

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the Bay Area. My go-to for VERY special occasions. Chef Suzette and her entire staff is so impressive. The experience is just as impressive as the food. Extremely well executed on every level. And I can just stare at the beautiful wood ceiling for hours. Stunning experience all around.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating for special diets. You will not be disappointed

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SR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. I think the menu was good but not great. I’m sure it was due to fact I’m picky .

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Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting an special restaurant at San Francisco. Awesome!

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PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous waiter. The food is fabulous and a lovely setting

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N
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Italian restaurant in the neighborhood. Something of quality. Thank you.

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E
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food. Exceptional presentation. Marvelous service and care during the meal as always. This place never disappoints.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Acquerello team makes you feel so special. Absolutely worth it.

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MR
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my boyfriend's birthday and had a fantastic time. The service and ambiance were warm, and the food was creative and intriguing while still providing the comfort that I expect from Italian food.

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B
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A bit disappointed with main courses

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F
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals I ever had. Started with two amuse bouche. Both were great. Then a crazy celery root and parmesan Budino that I thought was great and might be the best thing of the evening. Never had anything like that. Then, had the confit duck egg, grilled chicory, cauliflower, truffle balsamic. Then I thought this would be the best dish of the evening. But I gave up and just let the deliciousness wash over me. King Crab, ridged pasta in foie gras, the most tender wage beef I ever had, a tort filled with truffled cheese, and so on. It was a really good meal. Good pace. Desserts were spot on. And the service. It was really good. Like a dance when they served and picked up the dishes. Choreographed. And the waiters actually know the dishes and could answer questions. Wine was good and the sommelier knew his tuff. The wine was good, but did not always match what I expected. Good to try new things. Some were spot on to me. Others were lost on the dish and you could not taste.

I wish I had the money to go often, but alas, I do not. One time shot for a special night out. Worth it.

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w
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime, a gracious entrance to a hushed space. The colors uplifting and warm. The gilded ceiling beams invites one to dine, to enjoy, to indulge. Every bite delicious and unique, enjoy!

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday! Exceptional food and service! Well deserved stars!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, go for the tasting menu if you want a gastronomic extravaganza, but also have 3.5 hours to spare. Worth every penny :)

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday celebration, food was amazing!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place

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MS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Loved it the first time and loved it each time since. I believe the food is very delicious and creative. The service is extraordinary and very personal. I have food allergies and I did call ahead to let them know, and the chef and staff were very attentive to that. Yes, it’s not inexpensive, but for me the experience is worth it.

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DR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not be much better. A real SF gem! Food is exquisite in both it's taste and presentation. The Julia Morgan dining room is beautiful and tasteful. And I love it that jackets are still required ( ties optional ).

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SG
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The ambiance doesn’t live up to expectations of the location and fails to take advantage of it. Entree was served late and cold.

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l
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly exquisite culinary experience is always what one receives at this fantastic establishment. The best time to visit is during white truffle season, where the very best white truffles are imported direct from Italy and not spared on any dish. The tasting menu, Including several special treats from the chef, was 15 courses of food. Add a bottle or two of the finest Italian grapes from the superb wine list and you might just have the best meal of your life. Or, At the very least, the best meal in recent memory. The service is friendly and attentive. The ambience is classy and utterly romantic. Certainly, a must try.

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