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Acquerello

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1722 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Polk)
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.
415 567-5432
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Acquerello, named for its original watercolors, envelops guests in a warm...
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 145
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  • 22
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Some of the best flavors I've ever had in my mouth

We went here for my partner's 50th birthday. The ambience of the restaurant is a little hard to describe. It feels small and is well decorated. We ordered the prix fixe menu, which promised surprises from the chef. They didn't lie. One of our favorite bites of the evening was a Cauliflower Custard... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
SfTraveller2014
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We went here for my partner's 50th birthday. The ambience of the restaurant is a little hard to describe. It feels small and is well decorated. We ordered the prix fixe menu, which promised surprises from the chef. They didn't lie. One of our favorite bites of the evening was a Cauliflower Custard flan. Absolutely delicious. As starters my partner... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

If I could give it 4.5 stars, I would. This is a great restaurant overall, but next time, I would plan better and go to Gary Danko's. The tariff is steep in either place, ($500 minimum with a bottle of good wine) but the food is better at Danko's for us. My wife and I visited for our anniversary. They... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

My wife ended up violently ill, curiously after being berated for asking that a dish with a main ingredient to which she is allergic and which was not identified on the menu be redone without it. The dish was replaced within several minutes by the smirking server who roundly chastised us. The rest of the evening was tense and uncomfortable.... More 

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Belmont, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Acquerello. The server, cuisine and sommelier were outstanding. We chose a variety of dishes from the menu so we could share among us. The server surprised us between courses with additional treats that were not only delicious but beautiful. Also, the room was beautiful with very good spacing between tables. Everything... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We visited Acquerello expecting great food and great service and our expectations were definitely exceeded. We tried the sample menu and it was beautiful, dish after dish, flavor after flavor, we couldn't decide which one we liked most. The service is professional and the atmosphere lovely. Highly recommended.

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere and elegant decor. Impeccable and highly professional service that was not intrusive. Amazingly inventive Italian-themed food includes some real winners. They added all sorts of delicious items to the a la carte meals we each ordered. When we visited, the restaurant was full but (bliss these days) the five of us were able to talk in normal tones... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I took a friend to Acquerello two weeks ago, and we shared the Seasonal Tasting Menu with the wine pairings. This was a sumptuous extravaganza, the highlights being the cauliflower budino and the roast rabbit, which I notice on their website has since been replaced by squab. The courses were well-apportioned so as to prevent over-stuffing, and wine selections were... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Atmosphere and service are excellent. However, we went there for excellence in food and that was disappointing. Wife had fish that was dry and over done while my duck breast was tough. It seems to us that the additives to dishes were so excessive that the delicacy of the dish was lost. We had high expectations which were sorely missed.

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San Francisco, California
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37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Business meal there was very good. Service and food was very good. High end on price and this is a quieter place .....perhaps civilized is a good word. You feel very well looked after from start to finish. Wine selection is very good

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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The food at Acquarello is some of the best in San Francisco. Plus the atmosphere is beautiful and conducive to a special evening. The scallop crudo was light and flavorful. The mushroom agnolotti with sweetbreads was a perfect cool weather dish with its earthy flavors. The poached lobster was another standout dish. We really enjoyed the lychee dessert. Truly wonderful... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1722 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
    (Polk)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighborhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: 415 567-5432

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 82 - 110
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
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

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Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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