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SPQR
SPQR

SPQR Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.spqrsf.com
  • Phone: (415) 771-7779
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary at the chef's table. Very relaxed, but impeccable. Extremely efficient and relaxed team crafting our plates. Brilliant wine pairings assisted by our waiter."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Overpriced, pretentious and too crowded for comfort."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We had the eating experience of a lifetime, as we had seats at the bar and the outstanding line chefs/cooks were front and center giving us a real show in terms of their unbelievable preparation and execution of all of SPQR's dishes. Executive chef Matthew was directly in front of us as well as he directed all activities, putting his signature on each and every dish the kitchen produced. I would highly recommend SPQR to anyone in San Francisco, and is truly one of the finest restaurants I have ever eaten at, bar none."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food and service was very good as has been our experience twice before."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Hadn't eaten at SPQR in a while and found it, if anything, better than I remembered. Great pasta and extensive wine list. Professional and friendly service. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "If you have the opportunity to sit at the chef's counter, take it. We were dazzled watching the chefs make dish after dish. We also loved the food. Flavorful food with unexpected tastes combining and colliding. Loved it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Yummy for the populous! Foodies must March over to Filmore!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was variable, being on average good but far from exciting. In my opinion, prices are higher than they should be quality-wise. Wine list is very good but I do not like the system adopted of not showing the bottle when patrons order wine by the glass. Even if they pour it from an Enomatic machine, showing the bottle is to my mind de rigueur."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We have been wanting to go to SPQR for years and now with the SFgate writing up the new chef, we thought it would be this year's SF exciting restaurant. We were seated right away ad service was very good. The Pasta's were so good we ordered the tuna with egg plant but his turned our to be predominately a five spice powder dish which has been so overdone in the past ten years. The Guinea Hen pasta was really good and my wife loved the smoked clam, arugula pesto pasta. The salad was very fresh, but we did not find this restaurant to be as stellar as its prices. You can find better in SF."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My friend and I wanted to order from the pasta tasting menu. She doesn't eat meat. We did ask the server if they can substitute or have the meat taken out. She told us the chef won't be able to do either, which was fine. It does require the whole party to order the tasting menu, not just one person. The least for them is to make an exception to allow one person to order the tasting menu and have the other order from the full menu. Didn't seem like the server wanted to work with us and seemed annoyed at our questions. She pretty much tried to avoid our table after that. She'd explain arriving dishes to the tables around us, but would just drop ours off without a word. The food was fresh, but it was too salty. I may give it another try."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Our party of four ordered 6 appetizers, 4 mains and 4 desserts just so we could try as much as possible. Everything was delicious - in particular the amazing chicken liver mousse, the pork belly appetizer, the squid ink spaghetti and the pasta specials with shaved truffles (one with veal and one with porcini mushrooms). Desserts were all outstanding as well, but don't miss the stonefruit or hisbiscus based desserts! amazing service, excellent wine recommendations, and delicious moscato d'asti to end the night perfectly. Best meal of the week in SF/Napa Valley."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We just expected better. Server was nice enough but spent kept glancing out the window behind us when he was speaking to us; we felt we were in the way of whatever he wanted to really be doing. A special "australian truffle" was offered on a few courses that night for an extra $25 per plate; despite huge amounts on the top of he pasta, it was just about flavorless and scentless,. Of the four pasta dishes we ordered, three were pretty uninspiring. The corn soup was great. Despite arriving on a Monday at 9:30 and being the last there we never felt rushed. Dishes arrived with descriptions from serving staff,.with the exception of the cheese plate that was dropped on our table with no description whatsoever. We found that odd."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Delicious good. Enough said. Everything is do unique and we'll flavored. We had a black truffle pasta special and it was one of the best pastas we have ever had."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "More hype than anything; expensive;and food was only so-so."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The meal was delicious, unique and beautifully executed. The waitstaff was cheerful, welcoming and informative. The overall experience was perfect for our early anniversary celebration. Lunch SPQR will be a memory that sticks out in our trip to San Francisco."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "i gave spqr another shot after a so so experience last visit and this time did not disappoint. waiter was attentive and gave us good menu recommendations. good wine, good food, good dessert. tough table to get but worth the wait."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Both socks and shoes knocked off! We are frequent SF restaurant diners. To our very well-experienced palates, SPQR is creating the best food in San Francisco today. Ordered the tasting menu. Each course uniquely creative and mind blowing - a delightful and surprising trip through six different pastas and one rice dish - Dirty rice with roast duck (the tiniest little duck breasts, succulent and perfect). How often do you remember every single dish served at a restaurant - and two days later? At SPQR you will! Each dish was so balanced and nuanced and the flavors quite different from the dish preceding and the one that followed."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Jeremiah the sommelier was awesome. The food was good but very pricey. The space was small and a bit cramped. OK overall but do not feel the need to hurry back."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "SPQR used to be one of my favorites in the city. This last visit was a shock. Prices have jumped considerably--the entrees are all in the mid-$30s and pastas (which are still appetizer-sized) are all in the mid-$20. At the same time, the dishes seem to have grown unnecessarily complicated. Italian food sings when there is an underlying simplicity that lets ingredients shine. The menu today has too many ingredients, and the dishes come over too fussy. Less would be more. Even the liver mousse, which used to be the best I'd ever tasted, was over-salted and had too much fruit compote accompanying it--it was totally out of balance. I did not eat anything that would excite me about returning. I miss the old SPQR."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My only complaint about SPQR is how difficult it is to get a reservation. The food is imaginative and always remarkable. Love it."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "SPQR is flawless. The food was not only excellent it was transcendent. I loved everything about my meal here. I strongly recommend it."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "When initially seated, we were left without menus. Our server rectified this as soon as she was told (10 min in, during which several other staff visited our table and no one noticed), but it set an amateur tone to the night. The dishes served ranged from exceptional (the corn and squash ravioli) to overcooked (the veal. I mean, come on - it's the finale/secondi and it's veal. It should not be tough!). My husband ordered an off-menu special, a truffle risotto (primi), which he loved. The duck foie gras was plated beautifully and tasted divine, though it could have used more than one tiny profiterole to spread on. All in all we were satisfied, but not wowed."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was our first visit to SPQR. We requested a seat at the chef's counter and SO enjoyed our evening watching all the action of a well orchestrated kitchen. The menu had an amazing array of interesting combinations and the food was delicious and well presented. The service was attentive and well informed. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Again, we had a wonderful evening with delicious food, elegantly and creatively prepared, accompanied by fantastic wine, all served by conscientious staff (and sommelier) who are part of the dining experience by being friendly, efficient, and solicitous. We relish going to the restaurant. It is pricey, so can only go occasionally, but it is well worth it."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I was very skeptical before eating based on what I had heard and read about the service, portion size and people with over all bad experiences with the restaurant. Turns out I didn't experience any of those things. Server was extremely friendly and helpful explaining the menu and helping pick wines. The Tables are somewhat close together but similar to every other restaurant of this size in SF. Portion sizes are exactly what I expected, and the food was fantastic. Overall it was one of the best restaurants experiences I have had in SF an the best for $ spent."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This place is a gem even in a foodie city like San Francisco. Creative little additions transform familiar dishes into intense bites of deliciousness. I will be back for the pasta, the chicken liver mousse and the salad with beets and sturgeon bacon!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had the 3-course pasta tasting lunch ("Assaggio di primi"), which was very interesting and tasty. There is a great assortment of good Italian wines, but they are pricey. Service was friendly but inconsistent, with an unacceptably long wait between the 2nd and the 3rd course. The ambiance is spoiled by the fact that the place is so small and the tables spaced so closely together."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food and service was very good. However, it was a bit over priced. For example, five dollars for water!! I know that water is precious in our area but that was a bit extreme. Any good restaurant should have some wine that is more reasonable than what was on their list. I know it is an Italian restaurant but how about some reasonable California wines."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great restaurant that really blew me away. Felt too nice before going to see SonVolt at the Filmore but I'll take it. :)"
    Dined on 7/30/2013
  • "My favorite restaurant in the city. Always amazing creative food, wine pairings and such perfect friendly service. The vibe here always let's you know that you're in for an amazing time with everyone on the team doing their utmost best to achieve the perfect dining experience for you all."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was good but not outstanding. Tables are too close together for my comfort. Have to try again since I did not enjoy the sea urchin flan .Pretty dish but the flavor was too fishy."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The wine pairing with the pasta tasting menu was truly wonderful. Each wine was unique, unexpected, delicious and a perfect complement to the unpretentious yet refined pasta dishes served in the five course menu on 6/10/14. Tables were close to each other which detracted from the intimacy of our party of two's dining experience. The food, service and exceptional and generous wine pairing made up for the less than desirable seating. This is a must try for foodies in San Francisco. Loved it!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Sit at the chef's table. And bring a lot of money. And enjoy! It is a special place, with a Michelin star for a reason. Perfect service. Really impressive machine. Delicious and interesting menu choices. And lots of items to choose from. Delicious Italian wines."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Fantastic! If you opened in Atlanta there would be lines out the door. You would need to double your floor space."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "my only upset of this restaurant is how instead of 'quaint' , its turned into a crammed seating to maximize profit style setup. The fact that a waitress has to pull the table OUT just to seat someone ( where they are trapped pretty much until the meal is done) is crazy to me. This is NOT a place to go for romance or a quiet evening of any kind, unless you get the window seats, and again you will be packed in there like cattle. I was upset that I couldnt even talk to my dinner partner without the couples on either side of us hearing it & vice versa. They should remove a few tables & widen the spaces, even charge more & get more return diners. Next time, i will be sitting at the bar"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed everything we ordered. Our favorites included the chicken liver and blood sausage pasta. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "From the moment we sat down, great service, incredible food. Tiny space and a little difficult to move around, but wine pairings fun and great people."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We love this place and been coming for years....since the almond granita days. Please, SPQR! Improve your desserts! Maybe bring back that almond granita. (Yeah...we know....that was a previous chef.) Otherwise, I can't find a thing to fault. It's much more difficult to get into, but worth the wait and/or the effort to do so. Love the staff. Probably the best pasta in the city. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Lovely room, albeit if you're seated at the door, can be bracing. Reservations are a must; we must have seen 5 or more couples/groups turned away at the door. The portions are not large, but I would rather have a terrific taste of something great than heaps of mediocre. A note on this, however: the desserts are ample. Plan accordingly."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Wonderful, deep flavor food, unfortunately served in a diner like atmosphere where one would expect to get eggs and bacon for $6.99. Not a place to celebrate a special occasion, but perhaps the celebration of its' food is reason enough to eat there. I had the chicken liver mouse followed by the dirty rice. Both wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014