Modern Italian

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  • 2015 Best Italian
  • 2015 Best Wine List

This two-Michelin starred Nob Hill restaurant has been the standard bearer for refined high-end Italian dining for more than 20 years. The offerings are both classic and contemporary, the dining experience is elegant and intimate, and the wine list (a Wine Spectator Grand Award winner) is robust.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“…one of the best high-end Italian restaurants in the Bay Area” – San Francisco Chronicle

“For years, devotees of chef-owner Suzette Gresham-Tognetti's high-end but soulful Italian cooking have been swooning over her incomparable Parmesan budino (pudding). [...] Classics pepper the menu but there are also some cutting-edge touches, techniques, and flavors. Dinners are prix-fixe, with three, four, or five courses and at least six choices within each course. Tognetti also tempts with a seasonal eight-course tasting menu.

The cheese course is not to be missed, with rare cheeses from Piemonte, and other regions, rolled tableside. Co-owner Giancarlo Paterlini and his son, Gianpaolo oversee the service and the roughly 1,900-bottle list of Italian wines. The room, in a former chapel, with gorgeous wooden vaulted ceiling and terra-cotta and pale-ocher palette, is refined but never stuffy—and neither is the service. […] This is a true San Francisco dining gem that is worth every penny.” – Fodor’s

From the Chef

“I am a purist at heart. I adore food and nothing brings me greater joy than sharing my passion for Italian cuisine. Very simply, I pour my heart and soul into the dishes I create and enjoy relaying my love for food to other people.” – Suzette Gresham-Tognetti

On the Side

Acquerello is the Italian word for watercolor.


  • Two Michelin stars 2015-2017
  • One Michelin star 2009-2014
  • Semi-Finalist: James Beard Foundation, Outstanding Restaurant 2015
  • Three and a half stars from the San Francisco Chronicle
  • AAA Four Diamond 2010-2015
  • Three stars: World's Best Wine List 2014-2015- The World of Fine Wine
  • Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants 2014-2016 — San Francisco Chronicle
  • Wine Spectator Grand Award 2012-2014
  • San Francisco's Best Restaurants 2016 - Zagat
  • San Francisco's Most Popular 2016 - Zagat
  • Best Italian Restaurants in San Francisco — Zagat
  • Five of San Francisco's Most Underrated Restaurants 2013 — 7x7 Magazine
  • Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants 2011 — SF Chronicle
  • Zagat rating of 4.9 out of 5

Menu for Acquerello

1722 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

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  • Price Range: $$$$$
    Atmosphere: Refined, Romantic, Upscale
  • Dress Code: Dressy
    Good For: Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
  • Noise Level: Quiet
  • Wine Spirits: Wine/Beer Only
    Phone: (415) 567-5432
  • Private Dining Room: Yes