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Ranked #188 of 5,693 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $95 - $185
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
SF Bay Area
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Chef Suzette Gresham continues to dazzle with her unbelievable ability to please the palate. Not only is the cuisine outstanding but the presentation is nothing less than a masterpiece. This is fine dining at its best.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank KatieSFBay
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English first
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent food taste, excellent staff, quiet location.”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We're invited to this restaurant and didn't know much about the place. The food we had was amazing.They provide us a five course dinner with wine harmonization.( I really don't know if this menu is the tasting one, because it was a private event ).First course was a white fish carpaccio with caviar and mint among other spices.Wine was wonderful. Second course was a souffle dish cheese combination, very good.Good wine also. Third course was a flavour pasta. Another wonderful white wine. But none of these could beat the fourth and Oh my God! meat course.I don't remember to had such a perfect cooked and soft filet mignon ever.Red wine completed the perfection.And dessert finished this meal and I left the restaurant happy as a child.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank drix08
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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150 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“One of the best restaurants I have ever been to”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

I celebrated my birthday at this restaurant and I had an experience to remember. The service was perfect and the food was very good.

Visited April 2013
Thank andrea782
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Napa, California
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117 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Looking for quiet spot with excellent service and cuisine to match...this is it! We did the tasting menu...wonderful flavors, perfect presentation.
The menu changes but the really stand outs were Ridged pasta with "foie gras" black truffle and Marsala & the Black Angus Beef is espresso barbeque sauce! Desserts well... and after all that the "candy" trolley" I wanted to ask one of each...but better manners prevailed! Ugh!
Service is extremely attentive, small details, like black napkins for black clothing, little stools for ladies hand bags, first class all the way.
Don't miss this foodie spot!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Napafoodlover
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New York City, New York
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249 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Creative old school Italian”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

We went with a group of 6 and the services and timing of the dishes was as good as it gets. The menu is set as a course tasting but they let us mix it all up. One member of our party has to be gluten and dairy free and out waiter was right on top of it. Food was exceptional, if you have not room left for dessert make it. Great space if you are with a group, we could easily hear each other and dinner didn't go on and on as is usually the case when you get to a table of 6+

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank alexandhoney
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