We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great food & great, inexpensive wines” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Aquitaine, San Francisco

Aquitaine, San Francisco
175 Sutter, San Francisco, CA (Financial District)
Improve this listing
Ranked #424 of 5,102 Restaurants in San Francisco
Cuisines: French
Neighborhood: Financial District
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Financial District
San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great food & great, inexpensive wines”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Southern French food and wine. The menu is not large, but everything on it is excellent. The wine list is extensive with a wide range of prices. There are a large number that are very reasonably priced and excellent - many you have probably never heard of - it is a great opportunity to try new things.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

17 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    14
    1
    1
    0
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Amazing food with phenomenal wines to pair and a charming feel.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

My husband and I were in SF for a few days and ate at Aquitaine. We were so thrilled with the food, wine and service that we came back a second time during our trip and were equally happy! The popcorn, duck confit, the polenta, and cod were amazing. Not to forget the incredible wines that complimented all of our food. The service was spot on and the owner even came to our table and spent time talking to us. We have been dreaming of going back

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Marin, CA
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Wonderful little bistro and wine bar - a delightful slice of France in San Francisco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I was here for lunch recently and felt as though I had found a little slice of France both in the bistro decor as well as the food. No fancy Californian fusion food here, just a delightfully straightforward and delicious French bistro menu. I had the Salad Landaise which was quite good and the accompanying chicken liver mousse on toasted french bread was excellent. I was in Paris last February so I was delighted to return there this February, albeit in San Francisco. I will be coming back for dinner soon.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“verdadero bistro”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We aren't that familiar with actual French restaurants, never been there, but we go to Spain several times a year, and this was the most European-seeming place we have been to in this country. The portions were reasonable, so we could sample several items, just as if in a tasca in Spain, there was a reasonable selection of beer or wine, price was higher than in Spain,(but what would one anticipate in Downtown SF?), and everything we tried was good quality. I have had many restaurant meals as good, here or in Spain, so the rating as one of the best is a bit open to interp., but for the type of establishment (bistro, meson, tasca) it was good enough to merit more than a single visit. Location is close to Union Square and assoc shopping traps, sort of between it and the financial district. so it's nearby for a lot of the downtown hotels, and while one can assemble a large meal if desired, it is also a place for a lighter supper. Our favorites were the warm sardines with a French-style potato salad, and the rosemary shrimps. Staff were uniformly welcoming and efficient, friendly enough to chat but not intrusive. We hope to see them flourishing, so we will have some place to go in the area.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Spearfish
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“A small gem of a place...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

While accidentally in San Francisco due to flight delays...we decided to see what we could see and hopped on the BART to go downtown to find a place to eat. The Aquitaine's brightly colored awning and outdoor seating caught our eye so we checked the menu and went inside. Loved the French farmhouse décor, primary colors and tinned ceiling. Nice wine selection by the glass and by the bottle. The calamari with fried parsley was very good and had a unique flavor which the server identified as the fried parsley. Pork rillettes with apple salad and sliced toast was almost more of a small plate size but delicious. The fries, served in a wooden shoe (a large one) were terrific and no ketchup was offered...the sauce that was served with them was perfect. Other menu selections looked equally interesting. The serving shoes represent the Aquitaine region of France and the writing on them roughly translates as 'a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away' as per our server. Servers were pleasant and knowledge. If ever in San Francisco again, I'd have to have another shoe of pommes frites!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Aquitaine, San Francisco also viewed

San Francisco, CA
 
San Francisco, CA
 

Been to Aquitaine, San Francisco? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Aquitaine, San Francisco, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.