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1722 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
415 567-5432
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Ranked #9 of 5,005 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $82 - $110
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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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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English first
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

My friend and I get together for dinner whenever we are both in the City and neither one of us had ever been here. I made a reservation for first seating and when we arrived we had a bit of a wait while the restaurant opened for the evening. The hostess took our coats, provided the wine list for us... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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279 reviews 279 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This is fine dining, a setting and an experience of affordable luxury. The menu is exquisite, each and every dish a composition of tastes, textures and beauty. The wines on offer are unlike any I have ever seen on offer, so perfectly curated and presented. Every member of staff, seen and unseen, are thorough professionals intent on providing the diner... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

From the start, this was a wonderful experience. The hostess explained the history of the restaurant's building which was lovely (a former chapel). My husband and I had the tasting menu with wine pairing. It's pricey but spectacular. The wait staff and sommelier were so attentive and friendly! We really enjoyed ourselves!

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Amalfi, Italy
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This is an Italian contemporany restaurant, great food, great service. Deserve the 2 star Michelin. Bravi....

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Alameda, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

A delicious meal in a very romantic setting, with absolute 5 star service. The Restaurant: The dim romantic setting and the small dining room is really nice. I thought it was going to be quieter than it was. With a full restaurant and some low music in the background it can get a little loud. Don't get me wrong, this... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

Seldom do I go to a restaurant of this stature and get let down, but this place really disappointed. From a overly dramatic waiter who spoke so low and with an over the top Italian accent to average plate presentations we were underwhelmed. But the biggest disappointment was the little finger size lobster tail, it was served rolled up and... More 

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Los Altos, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I live here in the San Francisco Bay Area -- born and raised. This restaurant is old school formal (love it), expensive, and so worth it. I only come here on very special occasions. There's a reason this restaurant has been around for awhile. Service, food, ambiance -- all perfection.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a one of a kind restaurant, where everything is perfect. Fabulous, interesting food and extraordinary service. My family held a birthday celebration at the restaurant and the food, wine and service was perfect. To top it off, one of the guests left an important folder at the garage across the street - not only did the staff retrieve... More 

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Larchmont, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful meal here for a special occasion. The service was impeccable and the food truly spectacular. If you like steak tartare, have it here. The gnocchi were also magnificent. Then be sure to share the unusual Italian cheese course. Can't wait for another visit.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is a classy high end Italian restaurant. Food and service is top quality, beautifully presented and exquisitely flavoured. The Prix Fixe menu was perfect. The wine list is extensive and expensive if you want it to be. We enjoyed superb local Pinot Noir from Kosta Browne. Thoroughly recommended for special occasion or serious business.

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Additional Information about Acquerello

Address: 1722 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone Number: 415 567-5432
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 82 - 110
Cuisine: Italian

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