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1722 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
415 567-5432
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Ranked #19 of 5,039 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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New York
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126 reviews 126 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I have eaten at Scala Bistro probably 30 times, though mainly for lunch. Every time, my meal was good. The pasta dishes are excellent, sandwiches and salads are good, Service is very professional, courteous and attentive.

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Geelong, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We came here for dinner to celebrate our engagement courtesy of close friends. Service is fantastic and the food is even better. I had the three course and my partner the four course and we were so full when we left. We were well looked after by Michael In particular who was warm, friendly and informed us of our dining... More 

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California, U.S.
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

When we received an email from the restaurant confirming our reservation, we thought the place might be a bit stuffy since it suggested that gentlemen wear a jacket. However, when we got there, we find the dining room to be cozy and intimate but with a relaxed atmosphere. The staff was super friendly and helpful. When the wine we picked... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This place really has it all. There aren't many tables and it has been designed well so the atmosphere is very cozy and romantic. The staff is outstanding and know their wine. The food is just mouthwatering. Have been back several times and always end up with the large tasting menu.

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Melbourne, Australia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I guess Michelin stars can set unreasonable expectations, as can the price point of a restaurant. It's not that we were particularly disappointed by our experience of Acquerello, but we weren't blown away either. The ambience of the room is great, with a generous amount of space between tables - full marks for that. The staff were very professional as... More 

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San Francisco, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This was our first visit to Acquerello and we are happy to say it met expectations very nicely. We arrived and were seated promptly in their main dining room. The decor is warm and understated. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Very extensive wine list. We found the food to be very good. The duck... More 

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Aptos, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I tremendously looked forward to dinner tonight at this well reviewed restaurant. I thought that perhaps I would have a dinner for a scientific advisory board dinner but I was not treated well enough and the food not amazing, albeit some was excellent. The reason this restaurant did not get the great review others have given is that I have... More 

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

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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289 reviews 289 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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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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