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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
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.
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.
Acquerello has been a favorite of ours for more than 20 years. There is a lot to love about this place (see the latter part of this review.) This year, however, we ordered the seasonal truffle menu, which was a very expensive mistake (over $700 for dinner for two with a bottle of wine but without the shaved truffle supplement.) Shaved white truffle came on one dish (you could pay even more for more shaved truffle on all the courses--don't) and the truffle was relatively flavorless and didn't have truffle aroma -- it was clearly over, which should have been spotted before the truffle came out. The first course, a truffled custard, was outstanding. The middle course, the signature tube-shaped pasta with foie gras, truffle and Marsala, was also outstanding as usual. The desert was also something to behold. It looked for all the world like a hard-boiled egg served on a fancy plate of greens, but it was really panna cotta, mango puree and a bunch of other stuff I didn't write down and it was very good. The rest of the menu was a disappointment, unfortunately, and we wouldn't order it again. The presentation of each course was, as always, beautiful, but wasn't up to Acquerello's established par (for it's still pricey but less expensive regular menu.) Service was excellent as always--never felt ignored and never felt bothered. Just right.
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.
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
Thank you for a great evening
Leslie and Rick
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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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