252 California St., (between Battery & Front)
San Francisco, CA 94111
Monday - Friday (11 am - 2:30 pm & 5:30 - 10 pm)
Saturday (5:30 - 10 pm)
Cuisine: Continental, Mediterranean
|Aqua is consistently rated among the top ten in San
Francisco year after year. A soft even downlight field over the dining area
contrasts with patterned light in the Bar and waiting area. The banquets and
oversize mirrors have integrated lighting, creating "sconces" out of the
architecture. Art and grand flower arrangements are discretely highlighted
to provide accent and sparkle within the room.
This quietly elegant and ultrafashionable spot is possibly the city's most important seafood restaurant ever. American classics: Expect mussel, crab, or lobster soufflés; lobster gnocchi with lobster sauce; shrimp and corn madeleines strewn in a salad; and ultra-rare ahi tuna paired with foie gras.
|Despite the departure of chef
Michael Mina, this "glittering Downtown" destination that "drips with
beautiful people" - "continues to perform swimmingly", with "floral
arrangements as spectacular" as the "staggeringly good" seafood and
"cutting-edge wine list"; while "professional" but "holier-than-thou"
service and being "squeezed in" like sardines "dampen" some spirits, most
"food sharks" willingly "mortgage the house" to power-dine here: when the
"fish is this fantastic, you can put up with anything."