Acquerello

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For 30 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 since 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-present.
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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant with superb service and a talented chef. More of a special occasion restaurant, not recommended for budget diners!
The service was so amazing that courses came & went invisibly. The chef sent out remarkable small dishes between the appetizers, and they did not stop even after
desert. All of the dishes were unique & delicious.

SP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acquerello is truly outstanding, Italian cuisine with a modern touch (coming from a born and raised Italian). Service is perfect, we got a great suggestion for a Californian wine. A must!

TJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are times in your life where you must
take the time to experience perfection. Take that time at Acquerello.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Not worth the money. The food itself was mediocre for a lower price point, terrible for the price point it is at. Some of the courses were inedible because it was so salty. I get it's a reduction but let's still try to make it taste ok? The service was good but I felt like they knew the food was bad.

JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go there it’s a nice restaurant, food is so delicious, and wine also!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every way.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was above and beyond. We had an extremely Loud couple next to us and the manager and executive staff handled it beautifully.

JM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Some dishes were outstanding others not so much & the ambiance is in need of a considerable upgrade. It felt like 1983 in there. Everyone was nice but it was ridiculously overpriced & I felt like I got ripped off. One time was enough.

KA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I am a regular diner at Michelin 1-3 star Restaurent’s primarily in Paris and London. Based on what I am accustomed to Acquerello falls well short of the mark. Ambience and service are very good but where it truly misses the mark is where it counts the most, the food. Presentation is nice but taste is not.

TC
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acquerello elevates food. I am a foodie and this was one of the best meals of my life. I highly suggest the tasting menu with the paired wine. Frankly, it was a journey.

Bravo Acquerello.

GL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was impeccable. Still thinking about the Truffle pasta and Lamb. Excellent service. Informative and add extra, small courses in between.
The value is actually really solid for the overall dining experience. I will definitely be back eventually.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

With Michelin came the decline

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from start to finish. Get the tasting menu and the wine pairing and you’ll be whisked away to heaven on earth.

CD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant. Best in all of SF.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a PERFECT dining experience, especially for a special occasion. Everyone makes you feel like royalty and the food is amazing - not only delicious, but beautiful and unique. Thank you for a fabulous birthday celebration!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

An experience that I would not recommend at all, a never ending waiting time where the direction is to try to demonstrate a kind of high-level cuisine far from the reality. The food as well is nothing really impressive and overall it’s overpriced.
Finally just the name has lasted to remember an Italian restaurant.
Terrible.

m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far the best dining experience in my life time. Suzette’s culinary expertise is unsurpassed. The dishes were amazing, the presentation and service impeccable! The staff were engaging, knowledgeable, and true professionals! The wines paired with our food were delicious! We were all astounded by Suzette’s kindness and generosity.
Thank you all so much for making my birthday one that I’ll always remember 💕
Mary B.

l
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acquerello is a very special experience. I prefer it to French Laundry or other similar restaurants. The food is beyond words ... full of flavors, unique combinations and much more. It is some of the best food and service I have ever had the pleasure to have. The presentations are beautiful and served with joy and enthusiasm. The wines are incredible with a list that is phenomenal. Do not miss this experience. This is my third visit and I look forward to going back very soon. Already booked!!

MF
San Francisco
326 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been in yrs but the food and service were as good as we remembered— if not better

J
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply an amazing experience and the food !! Extraordinary flavors!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner here with my best friend was very intimate and incredibly tasty. Would love to return again soon

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service as you would only see it at the very finest Italian and french restaurants, food that makes the angels sing, and the best Italian wine-list in the Western Hemisphere.

c
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant. We have been 4 times before and it is consistently excellent.
We all had the seasonal tasting menu and it did not disappoint. We also had the sommelier that was perfect.
the fist course was tasty and delicious and the the lobster soup was a second taste delight. we had black cod, short rib tortellini, ridged pasta with black truffle and marsala. fabulous Italian haut cuisine.
Then we did the squab . The desserts were to die for
All served in a delightful room with flair. Quiet room and just a wonderful experience.

R
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service definitely worth 2 Michelin Stars. Price is reasonable as well. Highly recommended for special occasions.

S
London
40 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent evening of excellent services and well executed food. This restaurant remains one of our favorite in San Francisco with one of the best gourmet Italian cooking outside of Italy.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Every course was beautifully presented and super delicious. Lovely place and friendly staff.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my top 10 favorite restaurants in the US. The service is absolutely top notch.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good experience

MS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Best meal I have eaten! Well worth the money.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal! We did the full tasting menu with wine pairings and it was such a wonderful experience all around.

M
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic
Great food one of the best meals we have had in a long time
Fantastic wine list and very knowledgeable staff

AD
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a late dinner here our last night in San Francisco after our NoCal vacation. Recommendation from my cousin who has lived in SF for 40 years was spot on. Service was impeccable. Food and wine was delicious. There’s a reason this restaurant is so special. They go above and beyond to make your dining experience one you’ll remember.

o
San Francisco
130 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service; superb food exquisitely prepared and presented.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service! Food was superb. Every course was cooked perfectly with little surprises here and there. We would definitely return here in a heartbeat.

J
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was, of course, an incredible fine dining experience. If you're looking for something uniquely Italian, this is not the place. There is a lot of fish dishes on the menu so if you are not a huge fan of seafood, it may be best to skip. I had an incredible time here and the food was all delicious, even if it seemed questionable in description. The wine selection was extensive and the sommelier was extremely knowledgable. He helped me pick a very yummy Nebbiolo.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was subpar.

OT
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Before the starters, many delicious surprises from the chef! We loved it!

FF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The service was great. Todd was very professional .

Brought a bottle of wine there

DJ
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience with my mom.
My mom is a traditional Chinese women who do not like cuisines other than Chinese cuisine, but she told me this is the first time that she has really tasted the delicacy of Italian cuisine. And today is my mom's birthday, the restaurant gave us a dessert as the surprise. Really enjoy the night.

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