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“Amazing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Acquerello

Acquerello
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Ranked #215 of 5,492 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $95 - $185
Cuisines: Contemporary, Italian
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Restaurant details
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.
San Diego, California
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“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
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Dallas, Tx.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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
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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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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
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“One of the top restaurants in San Francisco.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Our son treated us to A fabulous 4 course tasting menu for our 50th anniversary. After being seated the waiter delivered a small stool for my purse - great idea! Then arrived a little vodka mix drink to whet our appetites before tiny cheese puffs amuse Busch. Each delicious course, paired with perfect wine, included an elaborate description of the food, background of the wine, by the wait staff and wine expert (how to spell the other name!). I've eaten in best restaurants in the world. This one excelled. They even asked if we had any allergies or food we didn't like. To the waiter's dismay my husband doesn't like vegetables, and wanted French fries! Can you imagine. But his request was handled gracefully with roasted potatoes. I enjoyed yellow fin tuna, and especially the flour less chocolate cake with licorice ice cream. On our way out, we received a nicely wrapped box of biscotti.

  • Visited June 2013
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