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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4.7

service

4.8

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4.7

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4.4

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (17)
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Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

The food was outstanding and creative. The service staff was super friendly and the somm was great and guided us to the perfect bottle of wine for the night that fit our budget.

There were a few lulls where it seemed too long between dishes (we ordered the tasting menu), but other than that, it was superb and so many fun surprises throughout the evening.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Acquerello has to be the best value in the Bay Area for high end restaurants. The quality of food and service rivals that of the three star restaurants but at half the price. Got to meet the chef as well who seemed to take a genuine interest in the people dining there. Overall an incredible experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Outstanding high end restaurant - maybe a bit overpriced, but all in all a gratifying experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

The service was impeccable, the wine list was astonishing and the food was marvelous. We have already recommended it to friends.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Food & service were outstanding. Highly recommend. A definite high mark for San Francisco.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2017

First time there and it was a great meal with fantastic service!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

My new favorite restaurant. Perfect in every way!!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Ridged Pasta and the Parmesan Pudding are perfect.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

I went with my husband, the ambiancewas great , food was very good, service and wine list impressive.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Please keep that tranditional & classical while others chase fashion style.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 28, 2017

This is an outstanding restaurant in every way. Exquisite food, service and wine list. Acquerello is one of the finest restaurants I have experienced in the US and well deserving of its Michelin stars.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Acquerello is the most unpretentious fine dining experience I have yet to experience in the city. Romantic, comfortable, and warm.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Truly a gem. Came here for the second time and had the tasting menu. Every dish was top-class.

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

It was wonderful, as always.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Amazing. Period. Excellent value and spectacular food. Beautiful presentations and perfect service. Thank you. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We are here with our daughter while visiting San Francisco for Spring Break. We couldn't have been more pleased by our meal. The hazelnut crusted venison was out of this world. What an amazing way to end our trip.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2017

We had an fabulous meal at Acquarello. The food was innovative and traditional at the same time. Their Piedmonte wine and French champagne selection is outstanding. The service was impeccable. We came to celebrate my husband's birthday; we will be back to celebrate mine!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Great experience

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2017

A classic Italian fine dining restaurant. None better in SF.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Wonderful environment with terrific wine list (especially Italian), great service and perfectly prepared and delivered dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Food was good, although the crab dish was riddled with shells. The chef was quick to apologize and sent out the signature dish. Nothing was exceptionally bad, it wasn't exceptionally good overall. We left expecting something a little more.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2017

We had a wonderful experience at Acquerello! Fantastic food - so flavorful and thoughtfully prepared. The service is impeccable. I would highly recommend for a special occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Excellent food and great service, great choice for special occasion.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Acquarello is a gem. The food is unbelievable. There's basically a future star chef hidden in the kitchen. I mean who uses bichotan in an italian restaurant and manages to make something so incredibly delicious. One of the best meals I've had in San Francisco.

The atmosphere does not match.
It's quite dainty. It could be dapper white table cloth but it's too 70s for that. The wait staff does a great job but it's hard to overcome. I'm a sucker for a dessert trolley mind you. This is really too bad because I'd go there all the time otherwise.

I HIGHLY recommend any food lover to overlook this daintiness to go eat there. This $90+ dollar prix fixe will provide you with better, more elegant food than Lazy Bear, yes I said it! Just close your eyes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Excellent food and service. Take time to have the 3 courses . Amazing Italian cellar

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

There are very few restaurants of this caliber and sophistication left in the city. I only ordered three courses, but with all the additional items, I was full. My husband ordered four courses, which was just a bit much for him. Our sommelier was great. Our server was fantastic. We love the old school charm and feel of the restaurant, like Masa's or La Folie. My dungeness crab appetizer was delicious. But, I mostly loved the lobster. It was cooked perfectly. The two pieces served differently was a nice touch. I haven't had lobster this good in years. The bread and butter, and the amuse bouche were scrumptious. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion. I must admit that I was happy to see a more sophisticated crowd, with few millenials. Patrons were dressed up, phones were mostly out of sight, and no one was talking too loudly. It was nice to really enjoy my meal in a romantic environment for my birthday. I was also pleased that the restaurant was not stuffy or snobby.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 2, 2017

The menu was exquisite and the service spot on. Best dinner we have had in Bay Area . Chef Suzette is amazing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Acquerello is magical and we so loved our experience. The ambiance is pristine and romantic, the tables situated perfectly for maximum privacy. The colors and table decor fabulous and then service that was totally 5 star.
The food was just divine. We all did a 4 course selection and had the veal, sturgeon, risotto, lobster and salmon offering and everything was just fabulous.

The sommelier was excellent and took the time to really listen to our tastes and then suggest the perfect wine.

I place this restaurant at the top of my list in san francisco and would come again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Great food and wine and very attentive service. Very deep Italian red list.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Outstanding ambience and service. The food was excellent, though this time we had the tasting menu with pairings and we decided we preferred the regular menu and interaction with their wonderful sommelier better. Already planning our next trip back when we return to San Francisco next fall.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Best restaurant is SF. Very classy, food is outstanding as well as the ambience and service. It's a small restaurant with the absolute best service! I've dined there at least ten times and loved each experience. Quite pricey, but well worth it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Excellent Food, service and presentation. One of our favorites for special occasions and a romantic evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2017

One word - Transcendent!

It was a special occasion and I reached out to the restaurant in advance to organize wine and they offered to even print special menus without pricing for my esteemed guests. The attention to detail was something reminiscent of the old days in San Francisco (like Ernie's, Masa's, Fluer de Lys) where the staff does this as a profession and possesses the desire and attention to make it so by really knowing the food and explaining it to the guests.

Each coarse was a work of art and treat to the eyes and palate. The dishes were placed in front of the 4 of us simultaneously making each of us feel important. Each dish was then immediately explained in detail. The wine flowed with precision and expertise as the evening flowed on with special treat after special treat.

This is a very special restaurant, I recommmend an early reservation so you can enjoy a fabulous evening focused on what Acquerello offers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 9, 2017

El menú es bastante bueno, su carta de vinos espectacular y el servicio muy bueno. Muy buena opción para una muy buena cena

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Took my boyfriend here for his 35 birthday. I wanted a super duper extra special and fancy dinner to show him how much I love and appreciate him and this was the perfect big ticket wow I was looking for. Not at all within my usual budget but well worth the splurge and there are more expensive places, for sure. Wonderful little surprises from the chef throughout the experience so a 4 course ended up feeling like 6 or so with little tastes of things here and there. Service was PERFECT and very friendly. We were dressed to the nines but there were people around us who were dressed no where near the formal attire requirement the restaurant has (didn't bother me, just wanted to mention it) but we did have a very late seating so maybe they were more lax as the end of the night nears? Either way you are dressed- highly recommend this place. It was beautiful, delicious and fun. For the money, I would recommend putting your phone away and just enjoying the experience, the food, and the company. Bon appétit!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 9, 2017

One of the finest meals I have ever eaten. Creative and brilliant. Soothing without pretentious room. Meticulous staff. Incredible wine list with a great somellier. I can't wait for my next opportunity to dine there. Don't think of the cost, it's immaterial to dining at this restaurant. If it was closer to my home, I would dine there once a week.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 9, 2017

The food was nothing short of spectacular. The flavors were incredible and the chef's use of local ingredients was flawless. The other amazing part was the sommelier

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 7, 2017

I was a bit nervous to try Acquerello because I had heard that while the food was good, the value wasn't really there. Boy, am I glad I didn't listen to that. I dined along and had the seasonal tasting menu, and I have to say that everything they served was delicious, flavorful and a delightfully creative endeavor.

From the opening "surprises" (served in a succession of bite-sized morsels) to the Parmesan Budino, the fish, pasta and meat selections, each new dish dazzled the taste buds, and the presentation, especially the seasonal salad with chicory and egg yolk, was equal to the taste.

The desert was primarily fruit based, and I asked the server if they might substitute something more on the chocolately side of things. Not a problem, they created an amazing chocolate-bourbon sauce drizzled intermezzo kind of thing, followed by a chocolate cake with some sort of pink goodness inside.

Great good, service and lovely, spacious (both in terms of the ceiling and the proximity of the tables to one another) make this place worth every penny of the admittedly expensive (at $195) tasting menu. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Outstanding as always. We first came there at least 20 or more years ago. The cooking was as imaginative as ever.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Not sure if our seating was the latest seating for this reason. Some of the food are a bit salty and overcook a bit. Wondering if the main chef have left for the evening. Service was great. Noise level is too high for a Michelin two star restaurant.
Recommend not to take the last seating of the night if you want the food taste better. 9 courses tasting menu is a lots of food for the value. Wine pairing not bad. Good for group of friends but a lot of couples too.

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