About Acquerello

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.

1722 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Polk

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 567-5432

Website:
http://www.acquerello.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is available at the Old First Parking Garage (1725 Sacramento Street) across from the restaurant.

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.

Executive Chef:
Suzette Gresham

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.

Private Party Contact:
Teresa Wagner: (415) 567-5432

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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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Acquerello Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (14)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Authentic (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Organic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Not good value for the money.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Outstanding!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Unbelievably delicious. This is how dining should be !

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful flavors. Creative exciting food that will delight you.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful meal and dining experience .

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Amazing food, great value for 2 stars!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 18, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Unbelievably amazing!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Fantastic experience. Everyone involved was on point

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 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.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 26, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 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

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Holds up to two Michelin stars. Epic

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

my and my guests dinner was great my husbands pork was lacking in flavor and tough

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great restaurant! We went for our anniversary and I have no regrets. Pricey, but excellent!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Amazing, so nice, incredible food, maitre and garcons more than gentle!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The service at every level is excellent. The food is superb. Every so often they throw in a small bite for free. I got the 5 course prix fixe, my wife the four course. We had the sommelier choose our pairings for us. I was particularly impressed with the minerally Northeast Italian white paired with the lobster cup pasta. My wife, not a fan of white wine, tried mine then ordered a glass for herself. The key to understanding Acquerello is that the chef/co-owner loves what she does and that attitude filters down to the entire staff. We look forward to our next visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Everything was just perfect: the food, the wine, the place and the people. We had a wonderful night there, and out of the Michelin starred restaurants I have been too, this one is definitely one of the best I've tried !

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We have been at this restaurant before and it was a very good experience in the past. This time service got to be overwhelming with endless descriptions of tiny portions. You could barely put something down before it was whisked away to the point of becoming clear that they wanted us out of there as soon as possible. The clever little portions were mostly decorations rather than substance. For my main course which was advertised as a steak I got two tiny strips of beef about 1 inch wide by three inches long over salted and not very tender. Dessert was very nice. Sorry to see a fine restaurant place so much emphasis on show.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Everything was just as exceptional as we expected. Food was outstanding and the service was flawless.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food was not good and the service was terrible. The waiter was extremely rude and seemed angry and unhappy to be doing his job. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 18, 2017

My husband and I had not been there for 4 years and it was as fabulous as we remembered. Our fabulous waiter Franco remembered us. The food and service is as good as we have had anywhere in the world. Definitely recommend for a most special evening.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Overall great experience. Good tasting menu. The meat dishes ( rabbit and squab) could be better in flavor. Foigras truffle pasta dish was awesome. The winner was dessert!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Simply the best meal on the entire West Coast over the past 30 years. We had the seasonal tasting menu with wine pairings and every course was spectacular. The flavors, textures, colors and plating were exceptional. Also, the pacing was perfect- not too fast and not too slow - 9 courses with a few extras. The service team were professional, knowledgeable and friendly. The dining room is beautiful with lovely flower arrangements.

I look forward to returning again and again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

First time dining @ Acquerello, was recommended by a friend. It was our anniversary (marriage); the whole evening from when we first entered until we left was amazing. Great service, wine selection and amazing food; I will be returning for another fine dining experience in the future.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Outstanding in all categories. Food was creative and delicious. The crab cannoli wrapped in cucumber was refreshing and tasty. Dessert was crazy good and fun! So unusual and unexpected but really flavorful. The service was genteel hospitality. A great experience. So good the price didn't sting!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Another fabulous experience! Amazing food, impeccable service, fabulous wine selections. Will keep going back, for sure.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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