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Acquerello

4.7
2205 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: open at 5:30pm, last seating 9:30pm

Friday & Saturday: open at 5:30pm, last seating 9:45pm

Sunday & Monday: Closed
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Phone number
(415) 567-5432
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Suzette Gresham
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Private party facilities
Two private rooms are available:

The smaller Wine Room overlooking white wine cellar is ideal for smaller parties of 6 to 8 guests.

The larger Gold Room can accommodate up to 14 guests at one table.

Restuarant Buy-outs are also available.
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Private party contact
Teresa Wagner: (415) 567-5432
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Polk
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Parking details
Parking is available at the Old First Parking Garage (1725 Sacramento Street) across from the restaurant.
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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.

Closest Bart Stations are Hyde or Civic Center.


Polk Street is serviced by Muni bus line 19.
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Special events & promotions
Wine dinners are held on regular basis, featuring Italian and California winemakers. Please join our mail list for dinners and special events updates.
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Banquet, Beer, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 2205 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We did not know what we went in to and were blown away!
Thank you for a great dinner!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

A fantastic place for a celebration and we had a wonderful 5th anniversary with friends at this classy, old school italian in Nob Hill. Following drinks at Top of the Mark we enjoyed 3-4 courses each of wonderfully flavourful food. As the booking was late I didnt have a chance to enjoy the excellent looking cheese trolley but maybe next time. The service was warm and professional and the sommelier was amazingly knowledgeable and passionate. I am definitely looking forward to coming again. What a memorable night. It is expensive, and the wine is especially so which is why I marked it as such. But this is after all, two star michelin food in a very expensive city!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Amazing staff, food and vibe.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I enjoyed everything from the moment I arrived to the moment I left.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Half-way through every meal here I begin to plan my return visit: it's exceptional on every level.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Best meal and dining experience I've ever had!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

A. Is always a superb dining experience, and this time there were no loud guests to ruin the mood.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

One of the best dining experiences I've ever had. The food was delicious and imaginative. The service impeccable.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Everything is perfect but the food is a little salty.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Acquerello is an exquisite dining experience. Service is impeccable. Tables arranged so you have adequate space. Wine list is extensive. Food planning and preparation are worthy of its 2 stars.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food, fantastic service, great atmosphere

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Outstanding

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We love the food, the various surprises, the service, the ambiance. We’ll go back!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Amazing birthday dinner for my hubs!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Outstandingly restaurant. Spectacular meal. One of the best ever.

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Sommelier was personable and helpful.
When asking for assistance in orienting us to the menu, including my 16yo daughter, server seemed irritated.
This restaurant may be more suited for sophisticated foodies. Still though, the staff should welcome a new guest’s curiosity and not demean them for not knowing what all of the fancy foods and accompaniments are.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Sometimes Michelin-starred restaurants end up being disappointments, e.g., pretentious staff, microscopic portions, exorbitant prices, etc. But Acquerello fulfilled all of our expectations, and gifted us with a memorable dining experience. The complimentary extras were a great surprise!

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We were seated right next to the heat vent and I asked if they can kindly turn it down but the staff was rude that he couldn't and gave me attitude. It made me sick and sleepy. The food service is super slow. I know it's a 3 hour dinner but they could of picked up the pace a little.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Incredible service - literally perfect. And the food was, of course, excellent :)

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2.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Not good value for the money.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Outstanding!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Loved the Caviar, Foie Gras Truffle Pasta, and Duck Breast. A bit dated on the ambiance. Excellent Service as to be expected.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Unbelievably delicious. This is how dining should be !

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

The food, ambiance and service was incredible. This is not the first nor last time we will frequent this restaurant. Remarkable experience.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Every single dish was excellent. Service was spotless. Best dining experience in San Francisco, definitely

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Wonderful flavors. Creative exciting food that will delight you.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Wonderful meal and dining experience .

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Amazing food, great value for 2 stars!

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Acquerello probably doesn't need another great review, but once again, everything we had was amazing. Covered in truffles for my husband cause it was his birthday,but equally great for me, the picky eater. It tastes Michelin starred and it is one of the few restaurants in SF that is. It's pricey, but worth every penny for the food, service, ambiance, etc.. Don't overdo and miss the cheese plate and dessert.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

One of my favorite dining experiences ever in SF. Foie gras/pear dish was memorable. Very high quality food, but even better service.

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1.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Waiters pester you continuously. You don’t have 30 seconds to have a conversation without being interrupted. They poured the wine into a carafe and then put it on another table and we had to keep asking for it so eventually I had them put the carafe on our table but they did not seem pleased about it.

All in all the food was good and the atmosphere was quiet. But the constant interruptions ruined the enjoyment. Plus they give you about five “chef surprises” and by the time your meal comes you’re full.

Wouldn’t go back and I wouldn’t recommend it.

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2.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Acquerello has been a favorite of ours for more than 20 years. There is a lot to love about this place (see the latter part of this review.) This year, however, we ordered the seasonal truffle menu, which was a very expensive mistake (over $700 for dinner for two with a bottle of wine but without the shaved truffle supplement.) Shaved white truffle came on one dish (you could pay even more for more shaved truffle on all the courses--don't) and the truffle was relatively flavorless and didn't have truffle aroma -- it was clearly over, which should have been spotted before the truffle came out. The first course, a truffled custard, was outstanding. The middle course, the signature tube-shaped pasta with foie gras, truffle and Marsala, was also outstanding as usual. The desert was also something to behold. It looked for all the world like a hard-boiled egg served on a fancy plate of greens, but it was really panna cotta, mango puree and a bunch of other stuff I didn't write down and it was very good. The rest of the menu was a disappointment, unfortunately, and we wouldn't order it again. The presentation of each course was, as always, beautiful, but wasn't up to Acquerello's established par (for it's still pricey but less expensive regular menu.) Service was excellent as always--never felt ignored and never felt bothered. Just right.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Unbelievably amazing!!

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2017

Fantastic experience. Everyone involved was on point

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

this is the best and most expensive dinner I've ever had. It definitely fits the saying, you get what you pay for. Every detail was in place, even different color napkins based on the pants or dress color. The wine list was beyond belief. I'd love to walk through the cellar! I ordered a magnum which they did not have and the wine steward replaced it with a much better bottle at the first choice price. A special surprise were the three small courses that started the experience before we got to the ones we chose. And the thoughtfulness of a small taste for the guests who did not order a mid-course so they wouldn't have to sit there and watch the rest of us eat! This is as good as it gets. The flavors of various courses were explosive.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

This was, hands down, the best food I have ever eaten. It is very expensive since it is a 2 Michelin Star restaurant, however it’s 100% worth it if you can set the money aside.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent in every aspect. Recommended wine pairings were perfect with dinner courses. Wonderful restaurant particularly for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

We got the truffle tasting menu with the wine pairing, and it was literally the best food experience of my life.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

We were so lucky to happen upon this restaurant
We were in town for a wedding and wanted a great romantic date night the evening before the wedding
I came across this restaurant and WOW
How lucky we were
We did the seasonal dinner with wine pairing
We dined for 3.5 hours and the time was wonderful
Each and every course
Each and every pairing were over the top
Service impeccable
Atmosphere perfect
Thank you for a great evening
Leslie and Rick

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2017

My third visit to Acquerello and it was better than ever. Every course was wonderful as was the service. Not inexpensive but it seems reasonable compared to other restaurants similar quality.

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