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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4.6

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4.8

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4.7

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4.3

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100% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 1, 2010

Truly an outstanding dinning experiance. Wonderful food preperation, delivery and presentation. Impecable service, magnificent wine list. Definately worth returning to Acquerello on future trips to San Francisco.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2010

The best meal I've ever had-superb!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2010

Acquerello remains one of San Francisco's finest. There are few if any places left where one can dine as in the past. The food and wine are so well matched as not found many place in town. Both are excellent, but paired to perfection. I hate to tout it for fear reservations will become even more difficult. It is a pleasure to experience n evening here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 27, 2010

The food was very rich and very, very good. The only negative was that we had to ask TWICE for BREAD after being seated. We were told by the waiter that bread was brought after the order was placed. He said this with a straight face. My wife said her stomach was upset and asked if could please bring it right away. He agreed but we had to ask again. RIDICULOUS. We thought it was going to be a disaster. Fortunately, that was an exception and the rest of the service was cordial and responsive. The food was innovative without feeling like it was forced. It's definitely worth checking out their great selection of Italian wines.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 27, 2010

Wonderful! The only minor quibble we had was a longer than expected wait for our orders to be taken. After we were seated, it took about 10 minutes for our waiter to even acknowledge that we were there. That's the only reason I didn't award 5 stars for service, because after that, the service was outstanding.

Unfortunately they ran out of our preferred wine, and the recommended substitute wine wasn't nearly as enjoyable, even though it was slightly more expensive.

Overall, a terrific special occasion dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 27, 2010

Acquerello offers outstanding Italian-influence cuisine. While not as traditionally Italian as, for example, Ristorante Milano or the North Beach, Acquerello's food quality is exceptional, unexceeded by any restaurant in The City. The ridged pasta with the foie gras-and-Madiera based sauce was one of the best pastas that we have ever eaten. The wine list is superb with a particularly notable selecton of interesting dessert wines, headed by a great Vin Santo (Isole e Olena)and the under-appreciated Fausto. The caramel semi-freddo was one of the best desserts we have eaten in years. Service somehow manages to be elegant, helpful, and attentive without being intrusive or pretentious. Go to Acquerello - you will not be disappointed!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 27, 2010

Best Italian restaurant in the Bay Area

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2010

The food, by and large, was quite good. The price,as could be expected, was expensive. Service, including the man who kept the water glasses filled, was excellent, although, at first, a bit chilly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2010

One of the best dining experiences we have had - mostly because the service was so attentive, thoughtful, and complete. The food was also delicious and perfectly prepared. The lobster panzarotti is simply one of the most luscious dishes I have ever tasted. We particularly appreciated the sommelier who listened carefully to our wine preferences and selected a great bottle for us from their rather staggering wine list. All the little extras such as the apertif cocktail and the little "bite" with it make this a great place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2010

immpecable service and amazing food in an atmosphere of subtle elegance.
Quite the dining experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2010

Food was fabulous. Service was as you would expect except sommelier who seemed intimidated by the 2 questions we asked. He was very reticent which is surprising for a restaurant of such stature. Otw, our experience was very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2010

Outstanding all around. We had the prix fixe, with wine pairings. All was perfect. There is no better pasta in the world than their fois gras/truffle tubes.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2010

This was one of the best northern Italian-style restaurants that we have ever dined at. The menu was unique, creative, and exciting. We loved everything that we ordered. The Italian-sourced cheese cart was broad and a special feature. Great desserts. The collection of Italian wines is huge. But note: no spirits due to absence of license for same. They used a wide variety of nifty wine decanters. The ambiance and service were top-class, at Michelin 2-star level. A very refined experience in the SF dining scene.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 20, 2010

Overall, fantastic dining experience. Inventive, fabulous food. Would definitely return upon another visit to San Francisco.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2010

My dinner at Acquerello was the best meal of my life. It's expensive, for sure, but the food and service were amazing. The lobster panzerotti is a must get item. My fantasy "what would I do if I won the lottery" list now includes a banquet for 25 of closest friends at Acquerello. Fingers crossed!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2010

totally worthy of their Michelin star...some of the best food that we have had in a long time...service was impeccable (professional but not snobby). Excellent small touches like a small stool to put your purse and asking if you wanted a black napkin if you're wearing dark clothing. They seemed to anticipate every need. The room was quiet enough to feel romantic but no so quiet to seem stuffy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2010

Do not be fooled by Acquerello's odd location - it is an absolutely fabulous restaurant that has rightly earned its Michelin Star. Spectacular amenities, an exceedingly impressive wine list, and attentive and courteous service are just some of the highlights. The chef/owner even came out to the dining room and chatted for 10 minutes with some guests.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 18, 2010

The cuisine was an unbelievable mix of the freshest items impeccably prepared. The experience was worth the trip to San Francisco.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2010

After reading about Acquerello and checking the ratings out on Zagat we found our experience very disappointing. The sommelier was more attentive than our waiter. We had the tasting menu and the wine tasting. The food was good but not great and the wines were average. After catching our waiters attention 4 times in a 45 minute period he never came over to see what we wanted, which was the check. We finally had to get the maitre d'. Will not go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2010

Outstanding food, especially the prifix seven course choice, service was excellent and wait staff very friendly and not condescending. We will definately be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2010

This was one of the nicest restaurants we've ever been to. Every detail was provided to be sure we had a wonderful time. The food was unbelievably delicious. Of the many restaurants of this caliber, (Masa's, French Laundry etc) we enjoyed this one the most.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 13, 2010

The food was incredable, everything met our expectations and more. We went for my boyfriends birthday so he of course went all out and chose the chefs tasting menu with the wine pairing. I had the 4 course and the waiter asked if I would like a wine pairing with the courses I chose which I thought was nice! The service was amazing! I fell in love with every person there! :) It's a little pricy but well worth it! I would go back for another special occasion!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 13, 2010

Solid! The folks behind Acquerello continue to deliver consistent service and food. They're very good with the details and the wine list is mostly Italian and wonderful. Portions are small, but by the time your done with dinner you will be more than satisfied.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 13, 2010

We did the tasting menu, along with the recommended wine selections. The food was very good and beautifully presented. The wines were pretty good but not outstanding. Service was attentive and efficient. It was an enjoyable evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 13, 2010

The food here was surprisingly mediocre. We gave them the chance to make it up to us by ordering their amazing-sounding Meyer Lemon Gelatto with Orange Beignet, but since it was only on the tasting menu, we weren't allowed to have it. Bad show, Acquerello. Bad show.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 13, 2010

Impeccable service, no pretense.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2010

Closet restaurant to Cyrus in the Bay Area and good value for price and food. Not cheap but for what you get not over priced.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2010

Typically, I'm not a huge fan of Italian cuisine but Acquerello's tasting menu, accompanied by the beautifully selected (and large pour!) wine pairings was truly memorable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2010

Was looking forward to this one Michelin star meal with anticipation. The restaurant is nicely decorated and romantic. Unfortunately, the seafood soup was not any different than cioppino at Fisherman's Wharf. Pasta with foie gras and truffle cream sauce as well as the lobster pasta were both over salted and not quite al dente. Kobe beef stew with winter vegetables also over salted and uninspired. Dessert was a huckleberry fruit crisp without any twists. Service was slow and waitstaff did not even top off our coffee cups at dessert. Our sommelier did chose an excellent Tuscan merlot though. Recently dined at Cyrus, Manresa and Aziza whom all deserve their Michelin stars. Aquerello, sadly, does not.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 6, 2010

I now consider this the best restaurant in SF. The service was hands down the best of any restaurant I have been to and the food was divine. Excellent all the way around!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2010

This was my first fine dining experience, and it was an exceptionally memorable one. I took my significant other here for his birthday and both him and I enjoyed the food, the ambiance, and the customer service. By far the most attentive (yet unintrusive) staff, great time.

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 (London)·Dined on March 5, 2010

Elegant and measured....a very nice meal and evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2010

Lovely evening with terrific food and great service. A little quiet and subdued to start - we thought it might remain overly formal but as more people came into the restaurant the staff seemed to relax and enjoy the evening along with the patrons. Sommeliers were very helpful, friendly, passionate about their role, which added to our enjoyment. Food was excellent as expected - you must try the unique parmesan souffle starter and meaty lobster ravioli!

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on March 4, 2010

Another wonderful meal at our favorite San Francisco restaurant. Continues to use freshest ingredients in novel ways. Only "off" note was the pasta with Marsala sauce, which was overly sweet.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2010

The food was excellent and very well done. Service was impeccable and the atmosphere was very nice. Did not seem as pretentious as I expected. I wonder how often they change the menu. It is definitely pricey so be prepared for it. Parking is easy and across the street from the restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 2, 2010

I was humiliated to not have discovered this restaurant sooner.The experience was greater than anything else I have had and I havebeen at Postrio, Farallon, Masa's at their prime.I will be back for many meals.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 26, 2010

Under-rated at Michelin 1-star. Clearly one of the very best in the City.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 26, 2010

Acquerello knocked our socks off. We were surprised to find such generous portions, when compared to other restaurants in this price point. We had a 4-course meal and each course was wonderful. The most unique and our favorite dish was the pasta with foie gras, black truffles and marsala, simply outstanding.

The dining room is beautiful and very inviting. The service was wonderful and seamless.

When we're back in SF we'll definitely return to Acquerello.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2010

The food was even better than it has been in the past (which has always been excellent) because they are being more innovative. The sommelier was very well versed on wine - we brought a very outstanding bottle and he knew a lot about it. The service is exquisite. I reall think this is one of the best restaurants in town. I also love that this is the rare restaurant where there is adequate spacing between tables to allow privacy of conversation.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 25, 2010

40 person dining room, balanced with at least 20 servers. The food was top notch and the service was the icing on the cake. My girlfriend and I went for her birthday and we were very happy with the results. We each had four courses and struggled to find a winner for the best dish since they were all so good. Expensive, but completely worth it. Highly recommended.

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