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1722 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
415 567-5432
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Ranked #35 of 4,919 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $82 - $110
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Polk
Transit: Van Ness Avenue is serviced by Muni bus lines 42,47,and 49. California Street. is serviced by the California Cable Car line. Sacramento Street. is serviced by Muni bus line 1. Polk Street. is serviced by Muni bus line 19.
Description: Acquerello, named for its original watercolors, envelops guests in a warm and gracious atmosphere the moment they arrive. A recent renovation of the 22-year old restaurant, led by designer John Wheatman, highlights the former chapel, graced with arches and a rustic wood-beamed vaulted ceiling, with warm Mediterranean colors of gold and terracotta. The 50 seat dining room is softly illuminated with light from polished brass lamps which dances off an extensive collection of crystal decanters and a large floral bouquet greeting guests as they enter. Co-owners Giancarlo Paterlini and Suzette Gresham-Tognetti work together to provide an unparalleled Italian dining experience. Acquerello has received countless awards, including a Michelin star in the first-ever 2007 Bay Area guide.
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145 reviews from our community

91% Recommend
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English first
Austin, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

As a vegetarian, I have a hard time in my husband's "steak" places, but not here. I had the best vegetarian meal of my stay, and my husband and daughter loved their steaks. The restaurant is quiet and relaxed, with superbly attentive waitstaff. There is a sommelier to recommend a wine if you have questions, and our waiter and chef... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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73 reviews 73 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Acquerello is a unassuming restaurant on Nob Hill in San Francisco. It is a beautifully understated oasis of 15 tables or so where they strive to deliver the best food and service. Our adventure began with a call from the restaurant where they asked for a mangled version of my last name. It took me a moment to realize who... More

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Washington DC
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

took some friends for a treat to this place. my first time visit as I am not from SF. The location is not near any type of tourist attraction. and, is on the expensive side so one would not be bothered by casual tourist traffic looking for an Italian place. Food was exceptional. Service was very good. One member of... More

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Plainfield, Indiana, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

My husband and I spent a week in the SF area for the first time. LOVE the city. We were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. A hometown friend recommended Acquerello and said it was the best dinning experience they had ever had. The dining experience was delightful, however the food was very dissapointing and very expensive. Just not what we... More

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Napa, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Returned last night for our second meal at Acquerello in the past 4 months, both times to celebrate an adult child's birthday. We cannot say enough about the restaurant as an overall dining experience. When we judge a restaurant, we consider the food, the service, the ambiance and the overall vibe in making our opinion. The first time we dined... More

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We returned to Acquerello for the second time this year, and from the moment we entered we felt like very special guests. From the "welcome back" by the Italian owner in his elegant suit, to the waiter being sure we had all food restrictions addressed, I am "lactose intolerant", to the serving of the complementary cocktail our first 5 minutes... More

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McLean, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Beautiful decor, romantic setting in the hart of San Francisco. This restaurant is worth its reputation. The food and service were spectacular. We opted for their regular prefix dinner menu vs. the truffle menu since we didn't want to overwhelm our taste bud with truffle. They came out with perfect portion and you can taste the food with your eyes... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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118 reviews 118 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We opted for the tasting menu. The dishes are delicious and perfect harmomização of flavors and textures. We were met by Marco (an Italian who had lived in Brazil) he was very attentive and at the end of dinner decided to samba for us ..... lol. Not a cheap restaurant, but certainly worth the experience.

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San Francisco, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Acquerello has perfected the ART of food presentation... and I don't just mean presentation in the aesthetic sense. Here, they don't just serve the food, they literally present each dish as if offering you a precious, exotic gift, describing in great detail the gastronomical delight you're about to receive, building anticipation for the first savory bite. My husband and I... More

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Louisville, KY
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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Great meal in a quiet location. Romantic, italian and expensive but deserving of the discrete hype. Outstanding courses throughout with an excellent wine-list. Definitely formal, but disagree with any concerns that is is overdone, in any way. Maitre d' and sommelier went out of their way, repeatedly, to make it a fun, enjoyable, memorable experience.

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