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Acquolina

Acquolina owner Dario Nicotra hails from Livorno, a city on Tuscany's western coast and serves the food of his native Florentine region. Acquolina, which means "mouthwatering" in Italian, is reminiscent of his old days of hanging out at the beach in Tuscany and frequenting a local family restaurant. Acquolina offers casual brunch and lunch options, with omelets, breakfast pizza, pastries, and espresso in the morning and pasta, focaccia, and pizza made in an imported, stone oven in the afternoon. Dinner is more sophisticated, with meats and seafood plus pizza and pasta. Chef Meri Serpillo prepares all of the pasta daily and freshly for each dish. A selection of wines and beers from Italy (and California) complement all the dishes and the fresh fruit cocktails are the perfect aperitif before your meal. Acquolina offers outdoor seating directly in front of Washington Square Park for a classic San Francisco outdoor dining experience and some of the best people-watching in the city.
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37 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
(37 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 37 reviews
5 stars
(14)
4 stars
(14)
3 stars
(3)
2 stars
(4)
1 star
(2)
Food 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Service 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Ambiance 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Noise Level
2.2 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(12)
  • great for outdoor dining(11)
  • fit for foodies(8)
  • great for lunch(8)
  • good for groups(6)
  • kid-friendly(6)
Acquolina Reviews List
Review 1 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Awesome New Haunt

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"I love that the pasta is homemade and was cooked to al dente perfection!"
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 2 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

I enjoyed my dinner and Music!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Acquolina is a wonderful place in North Beach to enjoy the talents of my friend, Carol Peters,
On a Thursday night and order a great salad and Pizza with a selection of great wines. The prices were very good and the Music and ambiance exceptional!
Italian food with Jazz! What more could one ask for?
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Dined on 1/21/2016
 2015
Special Features: hot spot
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Review 3 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Fantastic wine & apps spot for Wine Wednesday

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Half off bottles of wine on Wednesday is not only a great deal here but also fits perfectly with the warm and accommodating atmosphere. Pair that with affordable and delicious food and you've got a winner! Thanks Acquolina for a lovely evening!"
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining
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Review 4 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/09/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2012
Special Features: great for lunch, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining
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Review 5 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 12/29/2015
 2014
Dined on 12/29/2015
 2014
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/29/2015
 2014
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Review 6 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/13/2015
 2005
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 7 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 1/02/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/02/2016
 2007
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 1/02/2016
 2007
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Review 8 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Not what we were expecting.

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"The staff was enthusiastic but very disorganized. Our orders were completely mixed up and we had to keep asking for bread, water and our wine. We were expecting a much more upscale place. I would return, maybe, with children. Hated the tv blaring in the background."
Dined on 12/27/2015
 2014
Special Features: kid-friendly
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Review 9 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/26/2015
 2015
Dined on 12/26/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/26/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 10 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Fiocchi Di Pere...delicious

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We arrived an hour early for our reservation on a Friday night, but were made welcome and arrangements made to enjoy a delicious meal. The Fiocchi Di Pere was outstanding -- al dente pasta pockets filled with pear and gorgonzloa in a light pesto sauce. We also enjoyed the gnocchi -- whisper light, fluffy gnocchi -- with a salmon sauce. Service was timely but not rushed, and very friendly.
Only down side was the noise level -- this is not the place for a quiet dining experience, but the food and service made up for that."
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2004
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 11 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 12 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 12/12/2015
 2011
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Review 13 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/26/2015
 2008
Dined on 11/26/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/26/2015
 2008
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Review 14 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 11/27/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 15 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2013
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2013
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Review 16 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 11/03/2015
 2015
Dined on 11/03/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/03/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 17 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Neighborhood Gem

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Great choice for casual dining. The pizzas, pasta dishes, and appetizers were excellent. Even better was the service - from the initial reception to the Server, the highlight of the evening."
Dined on 10/29/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Review 18 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 10/17/2015
 2003
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Review 19 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 10/16/2015
 2006
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Review 20 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/16/2015
 2004
Dined on 10/16/2015
 2004
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/16/2015
 2004
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Review 21 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 10/11/2015
 2004
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 22 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/11/2015
 2005
Dined on 10/11/2015
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/11/2015
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 23 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 8/06/2015
 2015
Dined on 8/06/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"My wife and I enjoyed a pleasant dining experience. The service was attentive and the pizza was excellent. We enjoyed our short conversation with the manager. We'll stop again on any future trips to the city."
Dined on 8/06/2015
 2015
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Review 24 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/02/2015
 2005
Dined on 10/02/2015
 2005
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 10/02/2015
 2005
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Review 25 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The pollo ai porcini was outstanding and the pear & gorgonzola pasta was delectable, a really interesting combination of flavours and textures."
Dined on 9/14/2015
 2010
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Review 26 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great food, horrible service

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Food was great, service was horrible. Forgot our order, then delivered the wrong food to our table."
Dined on 9/26/2015
 2015
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 27 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Great neighborhood Italian find! Can't go wrong with any pizza or pasta dish."
Dined on 9/18/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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Review 28 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/13/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 29 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 9/05/2015
 2013
Dined on 9/05/2015
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/05/2015
 2013
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Review 30 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/22/2015
 2009
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Review 31 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 8/07/2015
 2005
Dined on 8/07/2015
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The potato gnocchi was the highlight, and we will be back for that."
Dined on 8/07/2015
 2005
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Review 32 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 7/31/2015
 2012
Dined on 7/31/2015
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 7/31/2015
 2012
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Review 33 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/18/2015
 2010
Dined on 7/18/2015
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 7/18/2015
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 34 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/19/2015
 2005
Dined on 7/19/2015
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 7/19/2015
 2005
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Review 35 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Awful food

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Buratta was like cottage cheese and the pasta was overcooked. not sure if they just changed staff (the restaurant only recently reopened) however the reviews were way off."
Dined on 7/17/2015
 2013
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Review 36 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 7/16/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, fit for foodies
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Review 37 for Acquolina
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Authentic Tuscan food. Great thin crust pizza.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 7/08/2015
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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