Acquerello

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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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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visita a l ciudad con mi esposa. Habíamos estado ya antes. Hace 5 años pero es un Restaurant que mantiene su calidad gastronómica . Es un Gourmet único en su estilo .

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and it was perfect for a special occasion. The service was excellent. The sommelier was on spot!

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

Top notch!

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San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Acquerello is always a wonderful experience. The duck was a stand out in an overall outstanding meal. The wine pairings were a perfect match to each course and the staff could not have been better. Can’t wait to return!

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Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal with great service. I can't believe restaurant wasn't busier.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and ambience as well as level of service. Everything was perfect!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 year anniversary

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Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Marvelous evening. This is the place for important occasions

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j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best fine dining meals I’ve had in San Francisco. Great flavors, wine pairing was on point and ambiance was nice.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing birthday dinner!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, great Food

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KA
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easily my favorite formal restaurant in sf is always consistent and rivals the best in the u.s. The outstanding food is matched by the very best service and an outstanding wine list. Acquerello is by far the best operation in sf for a major celebration in a classic setting.

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Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and unique. I did the wine pairing which made my meal an event. I do not eat out a lot, but when I do, I want an experience--I have been lucky to be able to eat at some of the world's best restaurants. I am also by myself so I am particularly sensitive to the entire atmosphere at the restaurant.
I found that the service here was a bit robotic--very precise and efficient, but a bit off. Everyone had a specific job to do, but they would rush from one table to another. Maybe understaffed?

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

I will not return in the future and wished we had selected somewhere else

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best dinner I’ve ever had. The food was magnificent, beautiful works of art that tasted delicious.

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

Superb, as usual. Brought a couple friends to celebrate a birthday. Chef Suzette and team took excellent care of us. The whole experience is just amazing; the food, the service - all of it! Since I’ve been a few times now, my favorite thing is to just really watch the new people I bring get thoroughly blown away and enjoy themselves! This is the go-to place to really treat yourself and your (lucky) friends!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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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
4 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
35 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
16 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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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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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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San Francisco
123 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
2 reviews
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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