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Ranked #166 of 5,642 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $95 - $185
Cuisines: Contemporary, Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
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. "At Acquerello, we believe that refined luxury is always in style. Our desire is to provide our guests an experience of classic and contemporary Italian tastes in an elegant dining atmosphere." The 40 seat dining room has an upscale and quiet ambiance. The room, designed by John Wheatman, highlights the former chapel, graced with arches and a rustic wood-beamed vaulted ceiling, with warm Mediterranean colors of gold and terracotta. Acquerello's contemporary approach to Italain cuisine combines the freshest ingredients available, an innovative approach to classic Italian flavors, and modern techniques. Guests can design their own three, four or five course dinner with the Prix Fixe Menus or choose to enjoy the preset chef's Seasonal Tasting Menu. Acquerello,in its more than 25 years in operation, has received countless accolades and awards, including a Michelin star in the first-ever 2007 Bay Area guide, two Michelin Stars in 2015, and a Wine Spectator Grand Award for the wine list continuously since 2012.
Santana de Parnaiba, SP
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89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Superb dining experience, from beginning to the end with the Classic Tasting Menu. Fantastic wine pairing, bringing flavours to the highest. Service 100%. Will be back for the Seasonal Tasting for sure.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank wmarquart
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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Spectacular dining experience”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

I heard rave reviews of the dining experience at Acquerello. On a recent business trip I made a reservation and had one of the best meals I ever had. The fois gras pasta scented with black truffles and Marsala was the best pasta dish I have ever had. The service was top notch and the wine pairing was perfectly matched to the classic tasting menu selections. Truly fantastic.

Thank mikefromatl
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Murrieta, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Get dressed up and have a great meal”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

If want to splurge and have a first class meal, this is the place. Tasting menu meal and the chef is great (she came out and talked with us and also gave other places to try during our stay). Staff if is excellent. Plan on a long intimate meal with great food and drink.

Visited October 2012
Thank Mike G
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Arlington, Virginia
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful Restaurant, Skip the Classic Tasting Menue”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

My husband and I were on vacation in the San Francisco area and made reservations at Acquerello based on media reviews and trip advisor. It was one of the most beautiful restaurants I've been in and the service was outstanding. The interior of the restaurant is small and romantic.

We ordered the classic tasting menu, but I wish we had gone with the a la carte or the seasonal tasting menu options. The first two courses of the classic menu were quite good, but it went downhill somewhat with the pastas and the main course. I found the pastas a bit too heavy and similar in flavor profile. More variety would have been nice. The entree was a truffle chicken that was good, but not great. Loved the dessert and the after-dinner bites. For the price, I probably would try somewhere new next time, but I'm glad we went.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank lkws
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San Francisco, California
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81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Hyper Fancy Italian”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

If you are on an expense account, you couldn't doo better than Acquerello for highend Italian food. The wine pairings are stellar. Don't even look at the bill.

Visited August 2012
Thank TravisVanBrasch
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