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“Deserves six stars” 5 of 5 stars
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Acquerello
1722 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
415 567-5432
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Ranked #11 of 4,945 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $82 - $110
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.
Venezuela
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Deserves six stars”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Visited Acquerello in a family trip and were extremely happy to become part of the thousands of people that love this restaurant.
The place itself is elegant and tastefully decorated yet simple enough not to compete with the reason to be there: the food.
They suggest gentlemen to wear jacket and believe me the place deserves it.
Nissa is the kind of person that can make your night a memorable one. She took the service to a whole new dimensión, being so warm, nice, knowledgeable and helpful that we started misssing her as son as we stepped out the restaurant.
She spoiled us with countless details, even allowing us to make a few changes to the structure of the menus.
There are three, four and five courses menus, plus a tasting one which consist of 14 plate.
Among many exquisite dishes, the Foie-Gras Truffled linguini was the winner of the night.
We are not big fans of desserts, but the three we tried were delicious: Fluorless Chocolate cake, Carrot Canolli and Bourbon caramel.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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308 reviews 308 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Amazing in every regard. Acquerello understands taste, temperature, texture, color, balance, and fragrance at such an intimate elevated level you'll think it was divinely inspired. Impossible to pick a favorite course from my 10 plus plate Tasting Menu (and the additional off Menu surprises). I'm not going to brag about all the cool places I eat because honestly there are not many Restaurants at this level regardless of where you are in the world. It's clever, the ingredients shine and it feels slightly old school...that is until you wrap your brain around the ebony bowl of delicate dashi broth and sweet briny par cooked prawn, reinvented "foie gras"
sauce that gently coats your tongue with just the right amount of butter and cream, bean "risotto", brioche toast with airy truffle...Gorgeous food that
will amaze and delight your palate.
Dessert, cheese and Wine as brilliant as the food (unimprovable). Pairings are exceptional and not an easy task with many of the dishes but perfect. Background on the wines was interesting but geared more towards someone that doesn't know a thing about wine or a cork dork that doesn't know how to converse about anything else.
Service is all around excellent from start to finish.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas, Tx.
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Perfect ending to a wonderful trip to SanFrancisco and Napa. Food, Atmosphere, service were all 5 stars! Will definitely come back next time we're in San Francisco. One of the best meal experiences we've ever had, and we've been to some of the best restaurants in the country!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carlsbad, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Favorite Special Occasion Restaurant in San Francisco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We've been dining at Acquerello since it opened and it has turned into our favorite special occasion restaurant in San Francisco and we have celebrated many anniversaries there. It has only grown better over the years. It is elegant and romantic, and the service is unsurpassed. The food is wonderful. The wine list is very large and deep in Italian and California wines. Unless you are a wine expert, I would suggest you ask them to pair wines with what you have ordered. For that romantic dinner, it is perfect.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A 5 stars restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

In a short trip to San Francisco, and with a tripadviser help. I could taste one of the best fine culinary in town though.
My partner and I, couldn't make reservation before, but even getting there quite late, luckily or not. We got a nice table and had a wonderful treatment. Such excellent staff working there! They really know how to make you feel comfortable and what they're talking about.

The ambient it might be a bit too serious, but doesn't change any of the tasteful, delicious, supreme 3, 4 or 5 main courses that you may choose.
Excellent wine list as well.

Recommendable!!!






  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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