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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.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available at the Old First Parking Garage (1725 Sacramento Street) across from the restaurant.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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