About Acquerello

For 26 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 in 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 2012-2015.

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

4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (12)
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Good for a Date (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Authentic (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (2)
Business Meals (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Organic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Entertained some business associates from Asia and Europe, all savvy food and wine people. Everyone loved the restaurant, the food selection, preparation, presentation, wine. And the service was impeccable! I'll be back again for certain.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great service (Michael), GREAT wine & new young, savvy sommelier, good food, good atmosphere, fairly quiet (compared w most restaurants these days!!). Would certainly go back for any special (or other) occasion !! Dr Richard G

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We had an amazing dinner experience. I have a food allergy and they were unbelievably accommodating. Everything we ate was not only fabulous, but presentation was beautiful. We definitely recommend for a date night or special occasion. We will be back when we visit the area again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Never fails to disappoint. Our second time here all the way from Australia. The staff, service and menu are all a true testament of what a fine dining establishment should entail. Simply faultless. Amazing dining experience!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Amazing experience, precise cuisine and perfect service !

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Beautiful dining experience. Creative cuisine, exceptional service, and overall lovely.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

This old world-style of dining, where manners and dressing up appropriately, needs to be practiced more often in the restaurant. Will definitely come back here again!

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 (Amarillo)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Staff was very friendly and helpful. The food is just top shelf, an adventure really. Not just food you're getting, but an amazing experience. We had the pleasure of having Chef Suzette come to our table and praise her for her exquisite staff and food. Absolutely fantastic restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Wowwww what a meal. One for the books. Everything from the courteous service to the food was impeccable. But what really put the cherry on top was the amazing sommelier Rafael santos that paired each meal with the perfect wine. He was so informative yet not aggressive. He selected wines from all different price ranges. I will never forget this meal. Thank you everyone at acquarello.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Best restaurant in SF in my opinion.
Most elegant dinning room and deftly prepared food served by impeccable staff. Magnificent fairly priced wine list built by somm's that really get it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

There is a reason Aquerello has two Michelin stars. The chef's suggestions are not to be missed, especially the fois gras pasta. We had a WONDERFUL, (and reasonably priced) evening. Huge shout out to the entire staff, for their hospitality.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Best dining experience in SF hands down. Excellent service, food and people. We had an exceptional connection with our sommelier whose recommendations were perfect.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

There's no doubt it is a 2 star Michelin rated restaurant! Impeccable service, unbelievably outstanding food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Acquerello is a fantastic restaurant! It was a marvelous dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

This is the third time we've been here. It's very expensive but you are paying for a unique, quiet, romantic dining experience with the best service ever! You should be adventurous and willing to try new foods. I think that it is one of the top restaurants in San Francisco. It helps that there is a parking garage right across the street too. Dress up and go for a special occasion!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Everything was excellent until they were unable to accept my OpenTable gift card even though I had activated it when I made the reservation. The email I received from OpenTable upon activation said to simply show the card to the waiter. I did and he said he'd never seen one and his colleagues hadn't either.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Ensured our anniversary treated ad very special event. Thank you everything was perfect

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The restaurant is cute and cozy and properly spaced; you can definitely feel the old-school vibe from the decor. The service was amazing and all the servers were very kind, jovial, and genial. Plates were taken promptly after finishing, and our water was never empty. Our main server took great time to slowly and properly explain each dish as they were served to us. One of their somms also helped us choose a fantastic bottle of red wine from their expansive and daunting Italian-focused wine list. I will definitely come back for this wine list alone!

As for the food, you're given 3 incredibly delicious amuse bouches that may change with the seasons, but our favorite was a mini corn souffle with pistachio sauce. As for the main dishes, although they were perfectly executed some were unbalanced in flavor.
-The dungeness crab stuffed inside a zucchini roll was overwhelmed by the creamy and slightly salty flavor of the squash gezpacho, losing the sweet crab flavor. Although texturally the dish had nice contrast.
-The venison was PERFECTLY cooked and not as gamey as I expected, would return for this again! But the prune sauce was slightly too sweet and almost cloying, although it is a necessary choice to compliment the venison.
-My friend's dishes (veal tartar, squid ink risotto) were well executed with no complaints, although the Maine lobster with a bisque was an interesting combination.
The pastas here were incredible though and must be eaten firsthand to experience their depth of flavor and richness.
The desserts were also great, especially the bourbon semifreddo.

My only slight gripe would be that we were celebrating a graduation, but nothing special was done! I'll still come back though.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Amazing food and top notch service. Food presentation and taste exceeded our expectations.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Chef is in the top three best chefs in the Bay Area. Win win all around; food, service and atmosphere

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

This restaurant continues to be exquisite both in the food and service. Very special occasion restaurant, one of the top restaurants in Northern California.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2017

This Michelin 2-star has food and service equal to a 3-star, but priced like a 2, ie it is outstanding. By way of example, the corkage fee is $75, or $37.50 for 375ml - they go to the trouble of pricing the half bottle! And, parking across the street is half the price of most valets in the City.
Service? Impeccable. The 2 of us watched as they served a table of 5 with simultaneous plates for each client for each course. Class!
Food? Portions were almost perfect, and the plating works-of-art.
We had been here before a few times, but long ago. It was very good then, but has gotten even better, to be classed as a great establishment.
Run, don't walk, to this superb restaurant.
PS: we considered 'Saison' for this anniversary dinner, but reconsidered after reading their severe, and unacceptable, cancellation policy. Acquerello's is much more forgiving, and they apologize for it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary. Besides a note to wish us happy anniversary, the restaurant also made an effort to create a special dessert for us besides the dessert we have ordered. Food was great except the sauce of my husband's duck dish was a bit too overpower he could not smell or taste the earl grey.

One thing the server or the kitchen missed is I have already mentioned to the head waiter that I cannot eat strawberry before the meal and during reservations. The kitchen still served us strawberry as a surprise dessert.

Other than the one miss, the overall experience was great! Would definitely recommend the restaurant to our friends.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Our evening at Acquarello was perfect. We will definitely return. The menu had great variety and our meal included many lovely surprises from the chef. The service was impeccable and everyone was remarkably kind to us. The food and wine were outstanding and the ambience was upscale but very comfortable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Fantastic service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Always a favorite-- extraordinary in every way. Worth every penny.

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Great restaurant - wonderful food and service. Quiet ambience - Rafa the Sommelier was knowledgable and helpful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Amazing food, people and service. We will be back!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Amazingly prepared food excellently presented and served. Every star is well deserved.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Top notch. Excellent. Delicious.

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 (Austin)·Dined on April 27, 2017

I had wanted to attend this gem since I was a poor resident attending a medical meeting in SF. The wait was worth it. Exceptional food, beautifully presented, with solicitous service. I would be happy to return next time I'm in SF.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Would have rated much better if not for the Sommelier and the delay in getting our wine order.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Second time to Acquerello and again it did not disappoint. The food was outstanding, service impeccable and ambiance was amazing. The biggest standout this time around however was the wine pairing and the sommelier, Raphael, he was wonderful to talk with and his pairings were absolutely perfect. Not to mention he noticed that it had been 5 years to the day since our last visit and deducted it was our anniversary (We always try a very fancy dinner each year for our celebration, Acquerello is our first repeat endeavor). Neither my wife or myself have ever such a good pairing as we did last week with Raphael. He is truly and asset to the restaurant. It might be and expensive night out, but this place is tops in the City! If you havent been, run dont walk!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2017

We truly enjoyed our dinner. Food with excellent quality and presentation.
Every dish is a delight. We highly recommended this fine dinning restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 21, 2017

That was an amazing experience, very posh. They even offered two colors of napkins depending on what the patron wears, and my purse got a separate seat at the table! It looked like a poof for a lap dog, my purse was very honored :D
Food and service were also amazing :)

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 18, 2017

The place: beautiful and nice
The service: great and caring
The food: no doubt, exceptional, delicious and very tasty

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Excellent food and service, the wine pairing was amazing.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Service was excellent, food was delicious. The only thing we would change is offering a full bar.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Amazing, memorable dinner for hubby's birthday. Service and food were outstanding. We had ordered the five course prix fixe, and the chef sent out a few compliementary courses prior to the start. Especially memorable were the smoked trout appetizer, the lobster main course, and the cheese course where I selected a cheese called "Cassie" that may have been the best I've ever had. They had no problem dealing with my gluten allergy, and had excellent substations ready.

The server and sommelier were terrific. Friendly, knowledgeable and professional without a hint of overbearing and stuffy.

Considering the extraordinary results it felt like a good value and worth every penny.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Elevated, refined, attractive & very tasteful.

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