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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vipJKayH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Celebrated my husband's birthday and Acquerello made it a very special night. Everything was perfect. Thank you!

Acquerello
Responded on March 18, 2020

Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on you recent dinner at Acquerello. I will share your comments with Suzette, my partner and Chef who I know joins me in appreciating your feedback, critical for us in the pursuit of excellence. Best Regards, Giancarlo Paterlini Acquerello San Francisco

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vipMSublett
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the nicest restaurants in San Francisco. One of the few places left where you can get dressed up and enjoy a quiet meal in a great atmosphere with impeccable service.

Acquerello
Responded on March 14, 2020

Dear Mr. Sublett, Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on you recent dinner at Acquerello. I will share your comments with Suzette, my partner and Chef who I know joins me in appreciating your feedback, critical for us in the pursuit of excellence. Best Regards, Giancarlo Paterlini Acquerello San Francisco Acquerello - Contemporary Italian cuisine 1722 Sacramento Street San Francisco CA 94109 [415] 567 5432 [415] 567 6432 f

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a guy next to us who spoke at volume 10 the whole night. I heard about his recent IPO and a lot of other stuff I would have preferred to skip.
Otherwise it was great.

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WilliamN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful, inventive dishes! Bravo!

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Kittysou
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we had expected, fantastic dinner, great staff, can't wait to go back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food was great and the service was even better! If you’re looking for that perfect spot, Acquerello is it! Just be prepared for a check comparable with the experience.

Acquerello
Responded on March 14, 2020

Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on you recent dinner at Acquerello. I will share your comments with Suzette, my partner and Chef who I know joins me in appreciating your feedback, critical for us in the pursuit of excellence. Best Regards, Giancarlo Paterlini Acquerello San Francisco Acquerello - Contemporary Italian cuisine 1722 Sacramento Street San Francisco CA 94109 [415] 567 5432 [415] 567 6432 f

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DianeE
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than the French Laundry in Napa which we had dinner 2 nights before

Acquerello
Responded on March 14, 2020

Dear Diane, Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on you recent dinner at Acquerello. I will share your comments with Suzette, my partner and Chef who I know joins me in appreciating your feedback, critical for us in the pursuit of excellence. Best Regards, Giancarlo Paterlini Acquerello San Francisco Acquerello - Contemporary Italian cuisine 1722 Sacramento Street San Francisco CA 94109 [415] 567 5432 [415] 567 6432 f

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vipLarryS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful service , fine dining, reasonably priced.

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vipmarcoamico
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a fabulous combination of exquisite food, wonderful service and tranquil setting.

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vipSteve
Columbus
35 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the world’s best restaurants. I’ve been going here for 30 years and it is better each time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service & exquisitely presented food! Get the panna cotta dessert!

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Kathy
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, food, ambience.
IF in search of elegant dining, look no further

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vipEdward
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a very elegant, formal dining experience. The staff is excellent and always around when you need them but never intrusive.

The food was superb. We had the 4 course tasting menu. It was preceded by a number of small bites that we interesting and tasty. The presentation was simple and elegant, the food tasted great.

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vipAnthonyE
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our top San Francisco restaurant ... bar none! Service is beyond impeccable.

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vipBesserFresser
New England
58 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This landmark Italian cuisine establishment hits most of the high marks. It's a beautiful dining room, the cathedral-ceilinged space a former church interior. The four prix-fixe menus are extensive and interesting, offering 4 price points . The extensive seasonal menu is, to use a current cliché, epic in scope and variety. Though a bit expensive, it's likely worth every penny. Wine list is deep and wide, its Italians as broad a selection as one might encounter anywhere, the proud result of 30 years of careful curating, purchasing and refinement according to the knowledgeable and attentive sommelier. Several intriguing and delicious amusés-bouches were offered before and after the entrées. The waitstaff is old school, unobtrusive, helpful, friendly, thoroughly professional, so rarely found anymore - a major plus. The food I ate was just one tiny notch below superb. At these prices it really should be better. Having said that, I urge patronage of this very fine establishment. There are too few restaurants anymore that reach the heights as this venerable and worthy temple of gastronomy and superb service. Grazie, Acquerello!

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vipDavidL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great high end Italian tasting menu

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Hibiscus5
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was sublime. Relaxed 2.5 hour four-course dinner. You can order anything, it will be fabulous. There is so much attention paid to EVERYTHING. Ambiance, table top items, food presentation, service, decor, flowers. There is even a little ‘footstool-like purse rest’ for your handbag. Everything is immaculate and beautifully composed. Our meal was perfectly paced. The amuse bouche appetizers were delightful as were the petit desserts from the dessert cart. The finale was being presented with a red ballontin filled with tasty biscotti to take home.

A lovely venue for a special occasion.

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MelD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acquerello was the perfect establishment for celebrating special occasions such as birthday and anniversary. We got the 3-course prix fixe meal, which turned out to be more than enough food for me as there were many other surprise appetizers and desert. I got the cuttlefish "tagliatelle" with lobster, Sonoma duck and panna cotta, whereas my boyfriend got the duck egg with caviar (supplement $), Pumpkin and ricotta gnudi and lamb. They also gave me a supplementary salad when my boyfriend had the appetizer (steamed egg) and a birthday lemon tart for him when I had my panna cotta. The wine list was 100-page thick and the sommelier made excellent recommendations to go with our dishes. Service was impeccable throughout the night. I could see how Acquerello was able to stay popular for 30+ years and has 2 Michelin stars!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some amazing dishes such as the octopus with ink brittle on the top, squab with sour cherry and fennel, perfect lamb, and two great desserts. Great service from the sommelier to pick a reasonable wine to match our food. The service throughout was impeccable as usual, with all the little extras that Acquerello so so well. The ambiance is great with the vaulted roof, and quiet enough to have a good conversation.

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BennyB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food tasted amazing. The wine list is impressive. The wine steward could do better-asking questions about the types of wines we like, then make recommendations.

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vipSeanW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional as well as the ambiance.

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ChadC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for a celebration. We appreciated that the ambience was so comfortable.

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AndrewDiese
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An unparalleled dining experience. Service was second to none. Will be back again.

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AlbertB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as always. Best restaurant, best service in the city.

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vipEatinfool
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always creative and beautifully presented and exceptional tasting. Trekking to SF from the east bay is worth it for such a treat. Delightful cozy dining experience. Cannot wait for our next visit.

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SteveE
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Exceeded our expectations
Can’t wait to return

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vipIheartfood
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acquerello is a lovely restaurant for special occasions. The food was delicious, the staff was warm, professional and attentive and the atmosphere was inviting and intimate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding cuisine and service minus attitude
Warmth and keeping it real

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fanciful, experimental, and exquisite.

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vipFoodlover
Miami
71 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After so may years still outstanding!!!!

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vipusedtolovethisplace
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

acquerello has been a favorite for many years. this year the tasting menu seemed overly strange with ingredients that didn't appeal. the trend in michelin star restaurants seems to be pressure to be more and more outre, with less regard for delicious.

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vipChrisH3040
Orange County
188 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here to celebrate my birthday on a trip to SF. We chose Acquerello because we wanted to try a Michelin starred restaurant on our trip. We were not disappointed! Our greeting was warm and friendly. We were shown to our table and offered black napkins. Water choices were shared and soon we had a lovely amuse bouche or two while we perused the menu. The food is Italian with a modern twist. There is the option of the Chef’s surprise menu, which on this night featured truffles. The second option is your choice of three, four or five course prix fixe menus. We chose the three course and found it to be plenty of food. The wine list is extensive and specializes in our favorite, Italian wines. The highlight for us was talking with the very knowledgeable Sommelier and appreciated the information he shared with us. He made perfect recommendations to go with our food and even gave us a sip before pouring to make sure we liked it.

The service is very professional but also warm and friendly. The breads were tasty as was the house made butter with lava salt. Desserts were incredible as was the strawberry, lemony meringue birthday treat!

Overall Acquerello was everything we had hoped for in

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vipGeorgedi
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection in every sense!

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viplulu
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acquerello is an exquisite dining experience. Our latest meal was to celebrate two birthdays and a couple of months ago we celebrated a family member's engagement there. It is always a magical evening. The warmth and knowledge of the staff is a great foundation for phenomenal modern food. From the first sip of our vermouth / citrus drink (a treat from the chef, and there are many) and every morsel after, we all raved about the dishes we had. The ingredients of every dish and every flavor from those ingredients is at a level deserving of the TWO Michelin stars chef Suzette has earned. From the raviola to the parmesan mousse (a treat from the kitchen) to the lamb entree to the fabulous panna cotta that looks like an egg, but isn't, the innovative wonderful meal is sublime. The menu is constantly changing, but every time it does, it is always unparalleled quality and presentation. And then after the meal the special small bite desserts arrive for our choosing. This restaurant is a gem ... it has transformed many times over the years as tastes and preferences have changed, but at the direction and leadership of chef suzanne and her restaurant partner, this is a meal that is not to be missed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant for a special occasion. Lovely food and excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was not impressed with the food... I had high hopes for a Michelin 2 stars...

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vipFoodluvr
Denver
52 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and wine in a beautiful and unique setting. The staff is very professional and yet “down to earth.” Sommelier is outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular service and food

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JessicaM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service and great way to celebrate our anniversary!

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