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

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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 (18)
Romantic (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
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Good for a Date (15)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Local Ingredients (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (5)
Seasonal (4)
Business Meals (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Cozy (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful flavors. Creative exciting food that will delight you.

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful meal and dining experience .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Hawaii)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Unbelievably amazing!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Fantastic experience. Everyone involved was on point

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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

Tags: Special Occasion
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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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 (Miami)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Superior service. Very creative a exceptionally well presented courses. The introductory gratis appetizers and final dessert selection were special treats. Although expensive, the food was definitely worth it for a special occasion. Wait staff were very accommodating and gave excellent explanations of the food choices and ingredients when the food was served. All in all an exceptional evening of dining.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We had a very good and pleasent wedding anniversary dinner.
We will be happy to return in the future, the only problem is the long flight from Sweden

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I had been wanting to have dinner for a couple of years. It is fantastic experience: the quality and food creativity, the superb wine selection and the outstanding service is hard to beat. We were pampered all night...it was great!!!! We chose the 3 course prize fix. The Squid ink risotto and the Hazelnut-crusted venison loin were memorable. Thank you for amazing night

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Best experience I've ever had at a restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Remarkable! Foie grass and truffle pasta to die for!!! I will have to go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

After hearing so many wonderful things about this restaurant, and having eaten at several other fine dining establishments over the years, we were still pleasantly surprised at how consistently marvelous and creative everything was. The welcome and service and ambiance were a great start, then once the amazing food began to show up, again and again and again all of our greatest expectations were exceeded. We both tried everything, all wonderful, a really lovely dining experience all around. Very special!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Beautiful room, impeccable and charming service; amazing, artfully presented food. The value for this high quality food and service is, I think, unmatched in the Bay Area!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

A most beautiful restaurant with the sort of service that is too hard to find these days. When our server saw my red lipstick, he exchanged my napkin for a black one so it wouldn't show. Lovely interior, quiet, romantic - you can actually hear your companion speak. Interesting wine choices plus the expected show-off bottles if you just have to get that champagne magnum. I had a lovely evening. It was comfortable, delicious, and unpretentious for such a luxurious place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We made a reservation at Acquerello for my friends birthday. A lot of the times when you
travel to a restaurant you don't have time to wash your hands and they started with complementary appetizers from the chef. I politely asked for a fork and the waitress just barked: "That's 'finger food'..." How hard is it to turn around and grab a few forks lady?!
I used to order expensive bottles of wine for dinner all the time but now me and my guests have been taking time off from drinking for a while. You can tell right away that their attitude have changed immediately since we did not order $$$$$$ bottle of wine.
Don't get me wrong the food is great at that place but it's like eating at a European train station. Before you blink an eye they are taking away unfinished plates that you were still enjoying, bread that you were in the middle of eating, Pellegrino water that was still left in the bottle.
I know that they only have a few tables but at the same time don't make me feel like I am at a drive through window at McDonald's.
Would come back for the food but not for the service.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Good taste, presentation and friendly staff. My favorite restaurant in San Francisco!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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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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