Acquerello

4.9
2336 reviews
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For 30 years, Acquerello has offered an unparalleled Italian fine-dining experience in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood. The restaurant, operated by Giancarlo Paterlini and Executive Chef Suzette Gresham, has been heralded for its cuisine, wine, and service. Keeping ahead of the ever-changing dining scene in San Francisco, Acquerello showcases its brightest young talent in the kitchen as well as with its wine program. “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.” Acquerello has received countless awards, including two Michelin stars since 2014 and one Michelin star since the first-ever 2007 Bay Area guide. Our extensive Wine list is the recipient of the Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2012-present.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good experience

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal! We did the full tasting menu with wine pairings and it was such a wonderful experience all around.

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San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic
Great food one of the best meals we have had in a long time
Fantastic wine list and very knowledgeable staff

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San Francisco
126 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service; superb food exquisitely prepared and presented.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service! Food was superb. Every course was cooked perfectly with little surprises here and there. We would definitely return here in a heartbeat.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was, of course, an incredible fine dining experience. If you're looking for something uniquely Italian, this is not the place. There is a lot of fish dishes on the menu so if you are not a huge fan of seafood, it may be best to skip. I had an incredible time here and the food was all delicious, even if it seemed questionable in description. The wine selection was extensive and the sommelier was extremely knowledgable. He helped me pick a very yummy Nebbiolo.

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1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was subpar.

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Before the starters, many delicious surprises from the chef! We loved it!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The service was great. Todd was very professional .

Brought a bottle of wine there

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DJ
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience with my mom.
My mom is a traditional Chinese women who do not like cuisines other than Chinese cuisine, but she told me this is the first time that she has really tasted the delicacy of Italian cuisine. And today is my mom's birthday, the restaurant gave us a dessert as the surprise. Really enjoy the night.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word. WONDERFUL!!!

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San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was what has become our regular anniversary go-to visit. The food and service are always exceptional and unique. The ambiance is perfect. We wish that we could visit more frequently but the trek from the East Bay to SF can be challenging. What a wonderful way to celebrate. We thank Everyone at Acquerello for an outstanding dining experience.

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MS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairings over the course of a few hours with a friend. The service was focused, friendly and timely providing seamless service with a smile. (One gentleman was very serious in how he approached us which I didn't mind. My friend felt that he was being ignored by this gentleman). In terms of the food, we were happy with the variety and flavors we experienced. There were two big exceptions; 1) there was a fish course in broth mid way which had a very fishy odor to the point that I could smell it as it arrived to the table. (Not fresh...was disappointing) 2) the final dessert course (I believe it was final) had a cheese component which was not to either of our liking which was unfortunate way to bring the dinner to a close. The wine pairs were very well done and wonderful explained. Overall a good experience but at this price point we have had better. I would say it is worth a try but spend some time to consider some other options.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visita a l ciudad con mi esposa. Habíamos estado ya antes. Hace 5 años pero es un Restaurant que mantiene su calidad gastronómica . Es un Gourmet único en su estilo .

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and it was perfect for a special occasion. The service was excellent. The sommelier was on spot!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch!

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San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Acquerello is always a wonderful experience. The duck was a stand out in an overall outstanding meal. The wine pairings were a perfect match to each course and the staff could not have been better. Can’t wait to return!

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Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal with great service. I can't believe restaurant wasn't busier.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and ambience as well as level of service. Everything was perfect!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 year anniversary

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Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Marvelous evening. This is the place for important occasions

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best fine dining meals I’ve had in San Francisco. Great flavors, wine pairing was on point and ambiance was nice.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing birthday dinner!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, great Food

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New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easily my favorite formal restaurant in sf is always consistent and rivals the best in the u.s. The outstanding food is matched by the very best service and an outstanding wine list. Acquerello is by far the best operation in sf for a major celebration in a classic setting.

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Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and unique. I did the wine pairing which made my meal an event. I do not eat out a lot, but when I do, I want an experience--I have been lucky to be able to eat at some of the world's best restaurants. I am also by myself so I am particularly sensitive to the entire atmosphere at the restaurant.
I found that the service here was a bit robotic--very precise and efficient, but a bit off. Everyone had a specific job to do, but they would rush from one table to another. Maybe understaffed?

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

I will not return in the future and wished we had selected somewhere else

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best dinner I’ve ever had. The food was magnificent, beautiful works of art that tasted delicious.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, as usual. Brought a couple friends to celebrate a birthday. Chef Suzette and team took excellent care of us. The whole experience is just amazing; the food, the service - all of it! Since I’ve been a few times now, my favorite thing is to just really watch the new people I bring get thoroughly blown away and enjoy themselves! This is the go-to place to really treat yourself and your (lucky) friends!

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1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was beyond excellent, service was impeccable, he was kind and so helpful. Food was fabulous. There was a douchbag millennial I could hear clearly across the room who wouldn’t shut up for three hours taking about women negatively, and how great he was he was with two other guys who seemed mildly embarrassed. But I can’t fault aquarello for that. 😉 I know it’s delicate balance but maybe in the future someone could tell a guy like that to curb it. Thank you we did have a wonderful time.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sent my parents here for their 30th wedding anniversary. They had nothing but wonderful and beautiful things to say about the food, wine, and service.
Even the coordinating of handling the bill a ahead of time and having a note ready for their table was a smooth process.

Acquerello: A+

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pricey but very nice for a special occasion. Service was wonderful and sommelier recommended a great bottle in our price range.

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AL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is excellent. Desserts were quite mediocre. Excellent wine pairing The service could be better...more smiles please?

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Sacramento
35 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the great restaurants of San Francisco. The two stars are well deserved.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience in every way.

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JR
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Service and knowledgeable staff makes this a great experience. It is pricey, but if you are looking for 5 Star dinning and a truly memorable experience, this is the place.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Couldn’t think of a better place to spend my birthday.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

It was quite a disappointment starting with the unfriendly hostess at the door. Then the ravioli was under cooked and spinach creste di Galli with dry and hard skin. We were so surprised at how average and mundane the food were and didn’t understand how they got their two stars.

Silver lining, our server and sommelier were great, but a server with grey hair was rude. The experience was so unpleasant we will not go back there again.

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Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal.Even better staff who do everything to accommodate your enjoyment of the abounding and delicious food.

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