SPQR
SPQR

SPQR

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.spqrsf.com/
  • Phone: 415-771-7779 x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm and Sunday 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Lunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Accarrino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Bush & Pine
  • Public Transit: Muni 22 Fillmore, 3 Jackson, 38 Geary & 1 California.
  • Parking: No
A word from SPQR
SPQR is a Northern California restaurant inspired by Italian cuisine and wine.

An acronym for Senatus Populesque Romanus, SPQR translates to “The People and Senate of Rome” and was the emblem of the Roman Empire.

We strive for a balance in offering the highest quality of food, wine and service we can for each guest’s experience in a relaxed, fun, and inviting atmosphere.

If you would like to dine at our Chef counter please mark your reservation. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions as we will try our best to accommodate.
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SPQR reviews from OpenTable diners
275 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (203)special occasion (140)notable wine list (131)neighborhood gem (121)romantic (90)hot spot (81)vibrant bar scene (16)great for lunch (16)great for brunch (10)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (5)good for groups (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • This some of the finest food
    laffalot
    Dined on 11/27/2009
    This some of the finest food I've eaten in San Francisco. I love the ambience, the kind, attentive, and knowledgeable wait staff. Reservations are a a premium so book early.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our dinner at SPQR was the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/27/2009
    Our dinner at SPQR was the highlight of a recent visit to San Francisco. We were warmly welcomed and enjoyed excellent food from appetizers to dessert presented in an appealing but non-pretentious way. We will definitely be returning to this delightful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly staff, excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/24/2009
    Friendly staff, excellent service, yummy/tasty dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love this restaurant, particular
    BobeatswellVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2009
    We love this restaurant, particular now because you can make reservations. The new chef (within the past couple of months) is doing a great job. The pastas are incredible, inventive and unique. The staff are all friendly, helpful and knowlegeable. Have been there twice within the past couple of months and just can't say enough about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was unique and interesting
    KKVV
    Dined on 11/21/2009
    Food was unique and interesting and very good, but the portions were way too small for the price. Definitely needed 3 courses to feel full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was great. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/21/2009
    The service was great. The ambiance was nice. But the food was nothing special. And the portions are tiny for some dishes. If you're not that hungry and looking for a cute date place, this restaurant is a nice choice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very interesting menu, excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/20/2009
    Very interesting menu, excellent wine, uncomfortable to stand around while waiting for a table
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a fan of SPQR and maybe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/19/2009
    Not a fan of SPQR and maybe I would think differently if the service was better. This is my second time at the restaurant and I do not think 3 times is a charm in this case. I will not go back.
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  • The wine list was all in Italian,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/19/2009
    The wine list was all in Italian, we asked for a recommendation, but the server's suggestion did not turn out to be anything near to what we had requested - not at all what we had described. Apparently, she wasn't knowledgeable about the wine she recommended. The food was interesting in concept, but the tastes were rather dull. grilled calamari tasted a bit strange, ricotta fritters, bland, pappardelle - pasta was good, a nice texture, but the sauce fell flat. The space is ok, pretty nice, but the food did not make it memorable, I felt a bit slighted.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/18/2009
    The food was very good, but the portions were too small. I am not looking for oversized portions, but I would like to leave filling like I am full. Also, the restaurant is very small and uncomfortable to wait in when you are waiting for your table to be ready. In the future, I would not go to this restaurant unless it was early and I was able to be seated upon arrival.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service - our waiter
    Sara
    Dined on 11/18/2009
    Excellent service - our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in recommending wines. It was a cozy restaurant with a lively buzz. On the downside, portions were small and expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed our dining experience
    Carol14
    Dined on 11/18/2009
    We enjoyed our dining experience very much. The food was great, lots of terrific flavors - a refined, California-ized version of Roman fare. Interesting pasta dishes: I had the chestnut flower nicchi and my husband had the torchio. His torchio was a good healthy portion, my nicchi was tiny and so delicious I wished there was a bit more. My husband had the lamb which was fork tender and scrumptious, I had the scallops - a mist of vegetables and sliced, beautifully cooked scallops scattered across the upper third of the plate. Dessert was a panna cotta which didn't come up to the standard of the rest of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seemed like everybody was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2009
    Seemed like everybody was holding their breath to see how the "new" SPQR would be with Chef Matthew Accarino. Turns out it's better than ever. The chef has hit his stride and created astounding pastas (all homemade), first courses, and main courses that run the gamut from lamb shoulder to more brazen food like sweetbreads and skate cheeks (didn't know skate had cheeks, actually, but this is a winning dish). Great cheese selection, and the desserts are excellent too. The chef even makes the desserts himself, which is pretty remarkable. Oh, and that wine list? Best in town. Lots of wines (maybe most) that no one has heard of, but they offer each one by the glass as well as by the taste, so there's no risk AND something for every palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really preferred the previous
    I8SFVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2009
    Really preferred the previous style of menu, more small inexpensive options made it really ideal for diners who don't have the same appetite level, and as a great go-to in the neighborhood any night. Now it feels more like a regular dinner restaurant - food is pretty good, but it's not the destination I'd want as frequently as before.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice flavors, but very small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 11/14/2009
    Nice flavors, but very small portions. If you think tapas, then you'll have enough to eat. Prices are on the high side, so you have lots of other choices
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food. The space
    yumyumVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2009
    Wonderful food. The space is small, so crowded or tight would sum it up. Very good waitstaff, friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible scallops! Going
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/12/2009
    Incredible scallops! Going to go back and maybe even get 2 orders of the scallops... But everything we had was delicious...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SPQR - shut down a few weeks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/12/2009
    SPQR - shut down a few weeks ago - and came back with a somewhat diffrent menu and they now accept reservations. We arrived on time and our table was ready. The new menu features a fair anmount of what was on the old one but it is not divided into small and large plates - everything is now a smallish plate and the menu is divided into courses - anti-pasti, salads and cold plates, pasta and then meat/fish. We ordered 4 plates Fritta misto, a salad that I am not rememebring, scallops and braised beef pyramids (raviloi). Each dish was tasty - and most of them felt a little small-ish. We ordered a lovely Italian red that our server reccomended. Our server was excellent, the food was quite good, and I was hungry later when I got home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were a party of four, with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/10/2009
    We were a party of four, with reservation. Seated promptly, good wait staff. Food? Well, I was expecting more. Fine, but nothing I'd go back to have again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative dishes, flavors you
    RivervalleyVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2009
    Creative dishes, flavors you have never tasted is the dining experience you will have here. Rich, subtle and well balanced the portions are small making each dish an experience to savor. I now know why there is a 1 1/2 hour wait for a table on a Tuesday night. This is not your typical dinner, there is something special about about their dishes. Go and try it for yourself...eat slowly and pay attention to the flavors. It's good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I loved SPQR before and was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2009
    I loved SPQR before and was worried when I heard they got a new chef. I shouldn't have been worried, if anything the food was even better then before and now that they take reservations it is not a hassle to eat there. The wine list is spectacular and it seems like most of them are available by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The overall experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/8/2009
    The overall experience was just OK. 1st we were seated across from main bar, the heavy traffic was annoying & how many leans into our table we had throughout the night. First course - pork belly (needed to be salted - pinch of sea salt - right out of fryer) but garlic confit and sweet peppers were nice touch. Ricotta fritters, were great (would work better for dessert). Red wine ristto w/ pheasant - way too sweet, the beets took away any savory from the dish & the little peice of pheasant was lost. The beef cheek and horseradish pasta was a bit dry and there wasn't a hint of horseradish. Panna cotta for dessert, denny's style water glass was a bit dissappointing and mix and match silverware throughout meal left a bad tast too.
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  • While the food we actually
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2009
    While the food we actually got was good, it was a lot like that commercial where they set your plate down, and we just looked at each other like, "Is that it?" The portions were SO small - it did not begin to be what I would consider brunch. We were asked if we'd like a side of potatoes, which was a Yes only so that I would not be starving. Four tiny fingerling potatoes, while delicious, were given to us after we'd finished our eggs. Good food, great service, just not enough food.
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  • SPQR was a mixed bag. After
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/7/2009
    SPQR was a mixed bag. After waiting for 20 minutes beyond our reservation time, we got a microscopic sized table for 2, which was cold and drafty. I don't know if it was the waitress who was serving us, or the overall service in general, but the service at SPQR was PATHETIC. We ordered our first course right after we were seated, but had to wait for 35 minutes for a small appetizer. The food was very, very good, and if it hadn't been, I was all set to call the manager. But the food more than made up for the lack of service. SPQR will be better served if they make their patrons more comfortable and are able to serve their delectable food efficiently.
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  • I used to love this resturant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2009
    I used to love this resturant, Unfortunately after twice as many tables were added (i/e/, crammed in), you can no longer hear what your dinner companion is saying. Also, the pastas have greatly improved, but now this enterprise (feels more like an enterprise than a culinary experience) produces food that feels safer, prettier and sadly has less heart. Come on SPQR--what happened??? I love Roman food and how I used to feel after dining in your resturant. Sadly, I won't be going back.
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  • The two of us were greeted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/31/2009
    The two of us were greeted by a very friendly host (Bridget) who worked to get us the best table available. The waitresses were knowledgeable about the menu and very attentive. The food was excellent. I had the raviolo which was soooo tasty, it was almost like having dessert. My wife had the black pasta which you just don't see on other menus, also terrific. We got lucky because the table we wanted in the window was reserved for 3, but since it was more than 20 minutes past the reservation time, Bridget gave it to us. I was thankful because it was private and away from the other tables that seemed jammed too close together. It was also a lot noisier out there away from our little nook. So, overall a good experience!!!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OMG SPQR!!! Chef Matthew Accarrino
    cabgoesleftVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2009
    OMG SPQR!!! Chef Matthew Accarrino and his line are phenomenal. SPQR is THE place to be now. I come to SF on an expense account - lucky me. I can have dinner ANYWHERE and I went to SPQR THREE nights in a row. No need to go anywhere else. No chance of finding better cuisine. Everything, absolutely everything, was superb: sweetbreads, scallops, chestnut raviolo, chicken livers(!!), skate cheeks and everything - all unbelievably good. And what a great and unusual wine list. Great stuff by the glass. It's a toss up whether the cuisine or the service is better. Service is excellent, even the line cooks, who are working non-stop are super nice. If I "had to" go to SPQR every night, I would have no complaints. Thank you Chef Accarrino.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty dishes and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/29/2009
    Tasty dishes and delicious obscure Italian wines. The new chef is immensely talented and the hospitality is without parallel. It was the most fun I've had in a restaurant in a very long time. A great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SPQR was excellent. The ONLY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/28/2009
    SPQR was excellent. The ONLY thing that was slightly bothersome was how close the tables were to one another. Makes the dining experience a bit less private. But overall, fabulous restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food was excellent. Brand
    joycieVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2009
    the food was excellent. Brand new menu well executed.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food, service & wine were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/27/2009
    The food, service & wine were very good. But the servings were small, both for food & wine. My biggest complaint, though, was that the tables were REALLY close together. It's a small place & I guess that's what they need to do, but it didn't make for a pleasant dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I loved Nate Appleman's genius
    StefVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2009
    I loved Nate Appleman's genius in the kitchen so it was with great skepticism that I went back to try the new chef. Sorry Nate- it's just as good and perhaps a bit better! As usual, the choices were frustratingly wonderful but we split 4 dishes: tuna crudo w/ grapefruit, chicken liver crostini w/ fig jam and wild arugula, grillied whole calamari w/ parsley pesto and pappardelle w/ chicken ragu and olives. Everything was amazing!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SPQR is a great neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2009
    SPQR is a great neighborhood dining spot. A small, vibrant, bustling restaurant in the style of an Italian osteria, SPQR is the place to be if you want to feel like you are in the middle of it all. Maybe not the best place for a quiet evening. The service was outstanding as was the food. A definite addition to my list of eateries on every trip to SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The wait staff was attentive,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/24/2009
    The wait staff was attentive, accommodating and knowledgeable. The food was simple, forthright and tasty; however, compared to their sister restaurant (A 16) I was left wanting more from each dish. The wines were slightly over priced considering their quality, but I also understand that both A 16 and SPQR prefer to showcase hand crafted smaller production wines that aren't readily available state side. Overall, delicious and enjoyed but nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They didn't lose a step with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/24/2009
    They didn't lose a step with the departure of Nate. Indeed, the redo of the space and the new menue are improvements. Let's hope they can keep it up and the economy doesn't hurt their customer flow.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Being nearby, I go to this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/24/2009
    Being nearby, I go to this place quite often and SPQR never let me down in every way!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SPQR's new executive chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2009
    SPQR's new executive chef Matthew Accarrino has employed his creativity and talent to good effect at this charming Pacific Heights restaurant. Along with a refresh of the decor he's brought imaginitive new ideas to the menu. The restaurant still retains the high energy atmosphere and excellent wine list which quickly made it a neighborhood favorite during its first iteration, but the recent changes have elevated it to a new level of fine dining. Mr. Accarrino is still training some of his cooking staff, trying to find the right chemisty of talent and efficiency, so we can only expect greater things from this darling place in the future!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the new menu - I could
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2009
    Love the new menu - I could eat here multiple times a week. Now that reservations are accepted, it's much easier to access. Under Shelley's guidance, the level of service continues to be outstanding. The changes have made a good restaurant even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food! We just returned
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/21/2009
    Wonderful food! We just returned from a trip to Rome where we ate in some very fine osteria's and the food at SPQR rivals some of the ones places we enjoyed eating the most.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service were absolutely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2009
    Food and service were absolutely stellar - the new chef has clearly made a difference. Sadly, prices are also a bit higher.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate