A Lovely Evening. I took my husband here for his 30th birthday. We had never been to such an upscale restaurant and we were a bot nervous. The waistaff were so nice and gracious to us! They even moved us to a table where we could sit next to each other and hold hands. They recommended a lovely wine for us, and made a special dessert for my husband when they found out it was his birthday. The food was delicious, and the service was unrushed, so we could sit and savor every bite. We recommended this place to my parents for my mom's birthday and they loved it too!
I have been going to Acquerello for several years. The restaurant has evolved and has been consistently excellent. Not your typical fare but more refined and sophisticated dining similar to one or two stars Michelin Italian restaurant. Contrary to the many comments I believe the tasting menu' with paired wines is a very good deal (four courses and four wines poured liberally) In addition this is one of the best wine list in town with proper service and glassware.
Keep it up!
The absolute best..
Over the ten years I've lived here, Acquerello has easily become my favorite restaurant, to the point that I now visit about once a month. The five course tasting menu, with perfectly matched wines, is the way to go. Choosing from the menu, which changes with the seasons, is equally rewarding... a first visit should include the pasta with foie gras, a dish sent from heaven. The service is gracious, timely and non-intrusive. In all my visits, I honestly can't think of one thing that ever displeased me.
(** Best of all, even when the place is full, the acoustics allow for normal conversation without shouting. That alone is worth a few points in my book.)
Pretentious.. This was stiff and pretentious. Uncomfortable and overdone. Food was good, but atmosphere was ridiculous. Restaurant was virtually empty, but still wasn't private because of the bull pen where the tables don't offer individual privacy. Maitre'd was pretentious. Servers were warm enough, although it all felt fragile and like you are eating at your overly critical in-laws with their irreplaceable fine china.
Loved it. All the food my group had was cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful. No mistakes from the kitchen or the waitstaff and the wine makes the meal even more pleasurable.
Blissful. Finally, SF offers a real dining experience, service impeccable, food delicious, wine outstanding. This place is truly wonderful! THANK GOD a place that knows how to space out courses, i will go back for this reason alone. So tired of restaurants trying to move you through. Americans who don't get that? Get with it! Not everyone wants to rush home for TV.
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