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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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Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Exquisite

We celebrated our wedding anniversaries here! It was just perfect from start to finish. The food was exemplary, the service excellent and the wines exceptional! Worth every cent, looking forward to our next visit!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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UK
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346 reviews 346 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We celebrated our wedding anniversaries here! It was just perfect from start to finish. The food was exemplary, the service excellent and the wines exceptional! Worth every cent, looking forward to our next visit!

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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is one of the best restaurants I ever been! Wonderful service and excellent food and the most extensive a detailed wine list with one of the most complete list of Italian wines. If you are a wine lover, you should stop by.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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71 reviews 71 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Small plates and lavish service. Quiet and refined. we went with friend of the staff and got royal treatment. perhaps a bit stuffy for some. excellent Italian cuisine.

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San Francisco, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
58 helpful votes 58 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 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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30 helpful votes 30 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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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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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: Doing business, Romantic, 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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