Aquitaine

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$30 and under
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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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew and his team are completely amazing. The food is exquisite, and the wine pairings are to die for.

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RominaB
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

I've made reservations at this place because I was looking for quite/romatic place. This is NOT the place. Keep looking... probably some days of the week might be quieter, but on a Friday night, this place is extremely noisy and crowded. Expensive and only a few dinner options.

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vipNEBrado
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent wine selection and classic French food. It is small so make a reservation.

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vipSusanW
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I stopped for lunch while delivering gifts to our favorite downtown salespeople. We shared a huge duck salad and a grilled duck sandwich. The attentive staff served us in a dining room reminiscent of an authentic bistro in Paris with bottles of wine on the shelf. Unfortunately, the restaurant will be closing in two weeks and relocating at Church and Market.

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vipSanFranFoodie
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aquitiane is a an amazing experience: like we flew to France but no jet lag! The service is impeccable and the food so fun but let's do thumbs up to the French wines and Champagnes! Amazing Amazing

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vipTerryD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a charming gem and has the feel of your neighborhood restaurant with great food and service.

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vipbenhur
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Perfect for drinks, bites, or dinner. Service, as always, is excellent. Andrew and Leo are great!

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vipJenna
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Happy Hour options. Enjoyed the wine very much. Excellent service!

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JimH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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.

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vipElena
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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vipjohnno
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like this place. Come here every few weeks and it feels like home.

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vipKateC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipsfgirl
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant- just a bit noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Bonne ambiance et nourriture de qualité!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and knowledgeable service!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipTerryD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipChristelA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipEileenA
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipSaraR
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SFJonah
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMichael
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!!

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TexanInCalifornia
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipjohnno
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipExpdiner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAndrew
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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 👌👌

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jeanbean
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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NellyH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipFauxfoodie
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

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vipJanH
San Francisco
233 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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!

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WMsf01
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

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.

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vipEileenA
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipNicholeW
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CarolineM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipLynnL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Aquitaine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 402-5290.

Aquitaine is rated 4.6 stars by 203 OpenTable diners.

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