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Ambrogio by Acquerello, San Diego, CA
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Ambrogio by Acquerello

4.6
4.6
14 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary Italian
At Ambrogio by Acquerello we seek to operate within the frame of a New Italian Cuisine, built on concreteness, innovation and respect for our great Italian Culture and Materia Prima, as well as the amazing resources San Diego has to offer.
Working away from trends and social fads we focus with all our knowledge and skills on the pursuit of taste and pure execution.
We work without employing sous-vide or parboiling techniques but cooking "à la Minute" to accomplish maximum quality and an integral respect for the “materia prima”, seeking to sweep away the customer through the experience and hospitality that we strive to offer.
Italy, France, Korea, Japan and California: the five countries that define our cuisine and allow us to create a unique set of masterpieces where the traditional flavors of Milan typical foods meet the exoticism of Pacific Asian influences.

“It matters not What you paint, but How and Why you paint it”

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Fusion / Eclectic, Kaiseki

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 412-3432

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Silvio Salmoiraghi

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day at Acquerello

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Join us for a special Valentine's Day Tasting Experience: 8 Course Chef’s Signature Valentine's Tasting Experience ~ $ 179 per person 8 Course Vegetarian / Vegan Valentine's Tasting Experience ~ $ 159 per person Upgrade your experience by choosing one of our Wine Pairings: Natural & Boutique Wines: $129 Old, Vintage, Rare & Private Collections: $199 To better accommodate your culinary experience, we gently require a 48-hour notice for allergies and dietary restrictions. A full vegan menu is available only upon request. A $50 Deposit is required upon booking and will be discounted from final bill.
  • Valentine's Day at Acquerello

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 13, 2023 only
    Join us for a special Valentine's Day Tasting Experience (2/13/23): 8 Course Chef’s Signature Valentine's Tasting Experience ~ $ 179 per person 8 Course Vegetarian / Vegan Valentine's Tasting Experience ~ $ 159 per person Upgrade your experience by choosing one of our Wine Pairings: Natural & Boutique Wines: $129 Old, Vintage, Rare & Private Collections: $199 To better accommodate your culinary experience, we gently require a 48-hour notice for allergies and dietary restrictions. A full vegan menu is available only upon request. A $50 Deposit is required upon booking and will be discounted from final bill.

What 14 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Innovative

  • San Diego

    Healthy

  • San Diego

    Hot spot

  • San Diego

    Neighborhood gem

  • San Diego

    Great for fine wines

  • San Diego

    Innovative

  • San Diego

    Healthy

  • San Diego

    Hot spot

  • San Diego

    Neighborhood gem

  • San Diego

    Great for fine wines

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  1. RC

    RichC

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we’ve had in San Diego.
  2. JS

    JeanneS

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience was incredible. The tasting menu was unexpected and we were very pleasantly surprised. The focus on the palate and the combination of flavors sent us on a culinary journey. We did the wine pairing, which was selected and delivered by one of the owners who was so friendly and passionate about each choice. We had such a special meal.
  3. IW

    IngridW

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambrogio by Acquarello is a total work of art culinary EXPERIENCE! The magic is in the highly creative and surprising combination of ingredients used to delight both eyes and taste buds. Highly recommend this delicious restaurant bound to reach for the stars, right there in La Jolla!
  4. R

    Rockingfood

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and fantastic food
  5. E

    Ericka

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The duck dishes and desserts were mediocre. The "surprise omlet" was a somewhat pompous "guess what's in here" exchange with the waitress. The bathroom is out in the little mall.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing all around! I’ve been there when they were called Semola and I was a fan of this place. Ambrogio By Acquerello is just leveled up. We were in a group of 4 people. Two of us got the Chef’s Signature tasting menu, and the other two friends got the vegetarian tasting menu. The entire 7 courses tasting menu was incredibly delish. I can’t highly enough about the food. It’s hard to tell my favorite dish because they are so different and have a different mix of flavors. As I am a pescatarian, they replaced the duck course with the vegetarian one. Honestly, I would have that vegetarian Rossini again. I took pictures of most dishes, but some I couldn’t wait and eat before! Haha The service was very knowledgeable and friendly, and made us feel welcomed. They gave us excellent wine recommendations. The entire experience was 10/10. I will be back to try the vegetarian menu and do the wine pairing. I would recommend you go as soon as you can. This place soon enough will be hard to get reservations. Very well done, guys!
  7. JC

    JennyC

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service was excellent . We had a fabulous time.
  8. KE

    KERRIF

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Would not recommend. Space was so small so this table of drunk, loud, totally inappropriate people dominated the entire room. Bathroom situation was totally absurd for the price point and just plain dangerous, you have to get a key and walk down into a deserted ally at the foot of a parking lot. Though the staff was very kind and friendly, the marginal food and terrible atmosphere made this experience a nightmare.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! The vegetarian menu is out of this world.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first experience was absolutely above expectations! I had already eaten in the group's restaurant that previously existed in the same place and, although it is the same space, the atmosphere has changed considerably: very cozy and elegant at the same time. And the positive change extends to the menu, which is unique and completely different from other Italian restaurants in San Diego: Two tasting menu options with seven courses, one being vegetarian. I chose the vegetarian and I don't regret the choice. The combinations of ingredients and flavors are magical and indescribable. Each course offers a unique experience, with creations made by chefs from Italy that blend the essence of different cultures. Pictures of my top favorites: Spaghettoni alla Nerano, pasta with mint zucchini, tofu and almonds (I could eat this dish every day) and the Piccola Pasticceria, a heavenly and artistic dessert. Approved and already planning my next visit!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just had my best dining experience ever in San Diego! I was curious after reading the article on San Diego Magazine and i went to check out this new restaurant in La Jolla, and i can tell you, it was incredible! You can choose between two different tasting menus and although i am not necessarily a vegetarian i was curious to try the “walk in the garden” Every bite was so perfect, every ingredient was thoughtfully paired to elevate the dish The Vegan Rossini was probably the most futuristic dish i have ever tried in my life, reinventing a classic meat dish in a completely different way, where eggplant is the star, and daikon replaces foie gras in a perfect way The wine list is focus on natural wine and the wine pairing was fantastic, i got to discover some varietals i have never even hears of! Service was really knowledgeable and it was an interactive experience, really fun too! I think Ambrogio by Acquerello will soon get a Michelin Star, and it definitely deserves it
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience at this newly opened Restaurant in La Jolla. This is a dream for lovers of fine dining. The tasting menu takes you on a journey with fusions of different cuisines and the flavors are absolutely incredible. I opted for the wine pairing and every dish was paired perfectly. The staff was absolutely incredible and explained everything. Truly a michelin star worthy place. I can’t wait to be back.
  13. TP

    TonyP

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was probably the best dining experience I've ever had, and I dont say that easily! The tasting menu was so impressive we were still talking about it today at breakfast, something we won't forget. We started with an amuse bouche that reminds you of an eggplant parmigiana, but deconstructed, followed by a sashimi salad with cauliflower mushrooms, so unique and creative! The stravaganza I was told was one of Chef's signature dishes from his Michelin Star restaurant in Milan, a tuna sashimi and tempura calamari in apple vinegar, so damn good! The star of the night, however, was the pasta parmigiano e menta, I felt like my entire Italian cuisine experience was reflected in one single dish, so simple but so perfect and iconic. And the duck, oh man the duck! pekin duck in Florentine sauce with greek endive, technique and flavors were so amazing! We finished with a chocolate and caviar dessert that sent us straight to heaven, im not kidding, soooo unique! Service was on point, knowledgeable and nice, they make you feel at home at every step of the tasting, I got the chance to meet Chef Salmoiraghi and I was so impressed by how humble and nice he was, given his incredible curriculum. I will say this folks, this will be soon considered the best restaurant in San Diego, no doubts! 10/10 +
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to the new ambrogio by acquerello with my girlfriend to celebrate our anniversary! The staff was so kind they even brought us a glass of champagne for the occasion I had the dancing with the star while my gf the walk in the garden. Both were so good! My fav dish was the omelette surprise, fun and cool! Gf loved the spaghetti nerano Wine list is great Overall not a cheap dinner but worth every buck, well be back

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ambrogio by Acquerello is rated 4.6 stars by 14 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Ambrogio by Acquerello

7556 Fay Ave, San Diego, CA 92037-4829

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Fusion / Eclectic, Kaiseki

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Silvio Salmoiraghi

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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