Aquitaine

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Enjoy the wines and cuisine of southwest France in an exquisitely comfortable setting. A joint venture between Andrew Fidelman, Laurent Manrique and Chris Condy, this cozy restaurant/wine bar was inspired by the cuisine and wines of Gascony. Enjoy our favorite recipes from southwest France, bar bites before an evening out or our fabulous French fare for a hearty lunch or dinner. Michael Bauer of The San Francisco Chronicle says Aquitaine offers “The Best Mussels in the Bay Area” and calls it one of “Best Places to Dine around Union Square”. Aquitaine also offers a large retail selection of wines at 30% off the list price that represent the grapes of southwest France & from countries like Argentina, Chile and the United States. Don’t forget to ask about “The Cave” – our private room available downstairs for your special events for up to 40 people.
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JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Three of us dined here for lunch, and we specifically requested a quiet table. They put us right next to a table of probably 10 people celebrating a birthday, and they were very loud, to the point it interfered with our ability to hear each other. This is why I'm giving only two stars for ambience. The second problem was the food - one of us thought his dish was very good, mine was decent but nothing special, and the third person thought her lunch was actually bad. So they really need to step it up a notch in both the kitchen and the front of the house. I would not return here.

E
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place for a casual dinner. The food is very greasy though. Not anything sophisticated, just large size homemade dishes.

KC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was lovely and a fun group! The good was incredible, all the suggestions they made were perfect! I had just gotten back from France and this brought me back!

s
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding even though the menu was a little off putting at first. The lunch choices were rather strange, with a heavy emphasis on duck in several dishes. Our waiter recommended the special of the day, grilled shrimp over mashed potatoes, which was amazing. Overall I really liked this cute little French spot but the menu needs some standard items and the wooden chairs were uncomfortable.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is round the corner from my work, and I LOVE it. It’s chilled. The staff are friendly, as is the owner. They remember our favourite wine.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant- just a bit noisy.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Bonne ambiance et nourriture de qualité!

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, highly recommend

OT
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and knowledgeable service!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience at the restaurant with an old friend. Service was fantastic as was the food, will definitely come back!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent and all at great prices. A great place to actually have dinner conversations without shouting. The service was unhurried and the staff very warm and friendly. I can’t wait to go back and try more of their delicious food.

CA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem in the city! Fantastically attentive staff, delicious food, and lovely ambiance.

EA
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aquitaine is a comfy, cozy retreat from the bustling downtown intersection of the Financial District and Union Square. Its arrival on the scene is enormously welcome and overdue. When you want a lunch out that is special but not brutally expensive, Aquitaine is a perfect pick. The menu is full of tasty and healthy choices. They are inventive without being overly complicated. Not at all trendy but the place is bursting with flair. The service is fantastic and personable. These guys love their wines and are happy to discuss them at length. GO. TO. AQUITAINE.

SR
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

And... I’m back in France 🇫🇷! Tres Bien! What a gem in every way. Small, adorable and the food... oooh la la!

SF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiters always know how to select the best wine to enhance our meal!

M
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a good place for a bite or a meal before a show or lecture!...service is always exceptional!...one waiter in particular always seems to go above and beyond!!

TI
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went with my SO for a dinner out and got the burrata salad and steak frites (split between the two of us). The service was excellent and the food was well-made. It’s a cute place which we’ll likely go to again.

j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place for a quick bite. Check out their reuben.

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Took 2 hours to get served after sitting down. Ridiculous!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing secret lunch place. I am so excited to have found it!

A
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a hidden gem on the outside of One Montgomery Tower. Service is super personable and friendly. Food came out in quick order and tasted great. Prices were a lot more reasonable than I expected. Inside is a little crowded and can get pretty loud but it adds to the energy of the place. Came for lunch and would come back 👌👌

j
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely lunch spot; solid entree choices with reasonable pricing. Friendly & professional wait-staff.

NH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and priced well, not outrageous for French food!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Four of us went for lunch at 1 o’clock on a Wednesday. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. Two of us shared the duck rueben and little gems salad and it was plenty to eat. The other diners had the burger and pancetta and onion tart. The tart was a flatbread rather than a quiche and the salad was made with romaine rather than baby lettuces. We had seen another patron served the “tart” before we ordered and asked the waiter what it was so we knew what to expect. The salad may have been made with romaine because little gem lettuces were not available, but we were not bothered by the substitution and did not inquire. The burger was juicy snd perfectly cooked (medium rare). We did not order wine or dessert. Service was prompt. The chairs are traditional bistro style and were not very comfortable. I thought the food was well prepared and a good value. There are not that many lunch spots in the financial district that are fairly casual and take reservations. Aquitaine is a good option.

F
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is terrific, and the muscles are to die for. Truly the best in the city. The only downside is the very high prices for a glass of wine.

OT
San Francisco
230 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We found the food, ambiance, and service all to be very good, with the only difficulty to be parking on the street. We ended up going to the Stockton Sutter garage. But the restaurant is very pleasant and worth it. Maybe taking Uber or Lyft is the answer!

WM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

I have always liked Aquitaine. My disappointment in this visit was the service. People who arrived and ordered after us were served first. When we asked where our meal was the waiter said it was on its way but offered no reason for the delay. After we had eaten, we sat in front a table full of dirty dishes. As much of the other patrons had left (around 2:00) I had to get up tell the staff that we were feeling neglected.

The noise level is always quite high. The tables are very crammed together. After we were seated and I was quite close to the table the waiter came and asked to move our table a little further away from the adjoining one as the patron at the table was complaining he didn't have enough room.

All-in-all, I'd say that Aquitaine is one of the better choices in the financial district if you are having a fairly quick non-business meal, but if you want conversation and reasonable service, you will be disappointed.

EA
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Aquitaine is conveniently located where the Financial and Union Square districts meet. It's the perfect lunch spot for shoppers and business people who love good food and a great value. If you are tired of food that is so complex and expensive, you have to think about whether you even like it (or are too inexperienced to understand cuisine), Aquitaine's food is sophisticated bistro fare that is easy to love because it's just tasty. And affordable. Period. Wine lovers will have their hearts go pitter pat with the abundant selection and knowledgeable, friendly staff. Merci!

NW
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their food. Deviled eggs, charcuterie, mussles and fries. Fries are delicious.

CM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place! Have been a few times and decided to return again this past weekend. Everything was cooked to perfection (the steak has been amazing every time I've had it), service was fantastic, and wine was delicious. Perfect date night or spot to catch up with some friends.

LL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! It’s one of my favorite restaurants. The beet salad is phenomenal. The owner, Andrew is always welcoming and gracious.

MP
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, amazing wine selection, & great service! We highly recommend Aquitaine!

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Andrew was a delight! Wonderful experience!

KC
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was perfect....except it was freezing in there. The staff said they turned up the heat, but we never noticed a difference, and everyone who came in the door talked about how cold it was. Other than that, great food, great service, great wine; you could hold a conversation with your companion without yelling or straining. We will definitely go back!!

MD
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing deviled eggs, fries & duck confit!! Yes I would go back and especially for the 30% off wine deal :)

P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was especially accommodating to our business needs. It was a perfect spot for our business lunch.

t
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good standard French fare. Very friendly staff. Nice ambience. Convenient location close to Union Square and Market Street. Chairs were a little uncomfortable.

LH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with our young-adult kids after seeing Cirque de Soliel and wanting to continue the French themed evening. We all enjoyed the food including several delicious vegetarian options, a delightful fromage board and yummy dessert (my husband, who considers himself something of a creme brûlée expert and orders it whenever he sees it on the menu, said it was the best he’s ever tasted). The wine list was fantastic with a broad selection of French and California wines and the proprietor was very helpful in assisting us with our wine selection. A true gem of a restaurant that we will definitely visit again next time we’re in the City!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t usually write reviews, but the folks at Aquitaine treated us so well I felt I owed them a positive report. We made a late reservation for a party of 7 with 3 kids. They don’t cater to kids particularly - no kids menus or crayons - but the whole staff was friendly and accommodating. Service was attentive without being obnoxious, the wine list is terrific, and the food was excellent across the board. My steak frites was perfectly cooked, quality meat, with a very flavorful bordelaise sauce. My wife’s mussels were fresh and the sauce was tangy and yummy. We all left full and happy. A terrific experience all around, 10 out of 10 for a French bistro.

V
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice wine bar with good food. We went in for the happy hour, which was reasonable. Nice cocktails in a cozy environment. Nice for after work relaxation. The food menu is not extensive, but pairs well with the wine - cheese, charcuterie, olives, galettes. There are some salads and plates for those who'd like a little more. Service was friendly.

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