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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.

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Phone: (415) 567-6432

Fax: (415) 567-6432

Special Events, Wine, Private Dining
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master card, visa, amex, discover, all major credit cards
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Polk Gulch, Nob Hill, Northeast San Francisco

Acquerello Restaurant

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Italian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Fine Dining Restaurants, Restaurant Delivery Service, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Delivery, Mediterranean, Family Style, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Classic Italian Food- Phenomenal Meal Snobby Inflexible Service

Unusual neighborhood location for this high end classic italian cuisine. Amazing white truffles in season, outstanding hand made pastas, meats, cheese cart for dessert. Mouth watering food at competitive prices
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snobby, out of date service! We brought our own wine for special occasion. Usually we always order the restaurant's wine, but like I said- special occasion- restaurant cap on brought in wine per party 2 bottles. 2 Bottles of 6 people? Wouldn't make an exception or explain their rules, very rude management.
A top restaurant but, expect to get hung out to dry on their wine mark up and don't even think about bringing your own if there is more than 2 people. We'll be holding our reunions at other top Italian restaurants with friendlier serice and more welcoming management.


Lobster Ravioli To Die For

Recently went with friends to celebrate special event and we were all extremely pleased with our dinner. DO NOT miss the Lobster Ravioli or the Salmon Carpaccio. WE WILL be going back soon.


Provided by Citysearch - 
best italian gourmet food in town, possibly in California,no jeans.

A friend of mine knowing that I moved here only few years ago from Italy recommended to try Acquarello for a special occasion. I went there with my husband on my birthday.
What a delightful surprise. The ambiance is really warm and welcoming. I felt like being transported to one of my favorite restaurants in Milan. Acquerello is a refined restaurant so don;t show up in snickers and jeans.
We were welcomed with a complimentary prosecco from the house and few other complimentary appetizers. I order a Budino di Parmiggiano, possibly the best cheese souffle ever had before. I had lobster ravioli so tender and flavorful that melted in my mouth. My husband had the best Rib eye ever. Wines are expensive, the only 45$ bottle is a Rosso di Montalcino which I recommend. We shared a chocolate cake to die for and few of their complimentary cantucci biscuits. Don;t miss the famous dessert wine Recioto, which is a rarity in San Francisco. The service was superlative with an extra surprise for all the women in the room. It is a gourmet style restaurant so don't expect to spend little money. If you are on a low budget just try Acquarello for a special occasion.


Provided by Citysearch - 
great food, wine and service

When I first walked into the restaurant, I wasn't very impressed with the decor, but after I had their tasting menu with wine pairing, I thought the food, wine and service was amazing. This is not a hip place to meet people, but if you like to enjoy food and wine, and have a nice dinner, this is definitely the place.


Provided by Citysearch - 

Went to Aquarello with high expetations. Nothing was terribly wrong with the place, but the whole thing just felt tired - like it's past it's prime. The food was good, but uninspired. The decor of a restaurant does not usually make a difference to me, but the decor at Aquarello was pretty ugly. The place felt like it was meant for old people and it seemed that way too as most of the guests were definately over 50. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but this is definately a place to take your grandparents when they're in town - not somewhere you would go with a big group or for a romantic dinner. The one impressive thing is the 700+ bottle wine list, which is mostly italian, but impressive nonetheless. For this kind of money you are much better off at boulevard, myth or any number of places.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great dining experience!

Had dinner recently, enjoyed the chef tasting menu with paired wines, we thought it
was very good value as well. Understated elegance, great service and excellent wine list. We will return.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Tired and funky

This place is just tired. It's in a run-down part of town and is shopworn. Put it out of its misery and shot the place. The food is just not that good and unless you're an old Lady with a lot of money you won;t like it.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Simply Stunning

While this place might be a bit too ""old-world"" to younger diners, the food and the service were simply first rate. A true gem in the city. Perhaps people who have been to Europe will appreciate this place a lot better. You have to try the ridged pasta with melted foie butter, black truffle, and the amazing Marsala reduction - it's pure heaven. And probably one of the BEST Italian wine list I have ever seen in this country. Overall the place gives you an elegantly rustic Michelin star deserving feeling.


Provided by Citysearch - 
fabulous evening

We highly reccomend this fine restrauant. Everything was great-service, food, presentaion. We will go back if we visit San Francisco again.
John and Debbie from Waco, Texas


Provided by Citysearch - 
Very good but lacking Italian soul

The food at Acquerello reminds me of restaurants in Italy that look towards France for inspiration such as Osteria Saddler. While the food is very good, it is overly worked and too elaborate in presentation. The wine list however is stunning. All things considered it is a fantastic place to celebrate a special occasion.

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