A perfect special-occasion restaurant, this hidden gem has somehow remained “hidden” for decades, while offering the city’s most delicious, refined contemporary Italian fare in an elegant and intimate setting. Don’t let its obscure location off somewhat gritty Polk Street fool you. Inside, it’s classic fine-dining luxury, from polite request for proper attire (jackets for men, equivalent for women) to the surprisingly spacious dining room (you can actually hear your dinner companion), to attentive service and a Michelin-starred menu and wine list (and don’t miss the cheese cart!). Owners Giancarlo Paterlini and chef Suzette Gresham-Tognetti have been here since 1989, and continue to ensure a most special experience. For a quiet, memorable meal, this is your place. Best of all, you won’t leave feeling overindulged, as is so often the case with fancy multicourse meals.
San Francisco› Restaurant
1722 Sacramento St (between Polk & Van Ness sts)
Our Rating Neighborhood Nob Hill/Russian Hill Hours Tues–Thurs 5:30–9:30pm, Fri–Sat 5:30–10pm Transportation Bus: 47, 49 Phone 415/567-5432 Prices 3-course menu $105; 4-course menu $130; 5-course menu $150. Cuisine Type Italian Web site Acquerello