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
286 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (203)special occasion (145)notable wine list (140)neighborhood gem (120)romantic (93)hot spot (72)vibrant bar scene (22)great for lunch (21)great for brunch (9)late-night find (8)great for outdoor dining (6)good for groups (4)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • BebeSharkVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A great dinner out. The brassicas and grains, burrata, avocado, green goddess and olio verde appetizer was delicious...my wife and I shared that dish. My wife had the bucatini pasta dish while I had the semolina gnocchi dish. Both were terrific. A couple of glasses of Prosecco to start the evening with two glasses of Gaglioppo from Calabria went perfect with the appetizer and the pasta. In short, the food is terrific. A little cramped, but the food is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good value for Michelin Rated
    RubberbluesVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is a great reatuarant and definitely a foodie must! I was shocked at the size and quality of the dishes.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPQR Encounter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We two "foodies" read about SPQR in a recent Food & Wine Magazine article. After looking at a sample menu on the website, we immediately made reservations for an upcoming trip to the SF Bay Area. We'd never considered carmalizing a radish. Or braising an artichoke. Or cooking pesto atop a rabbit terrine. With our foodie creativity tweaked, we happily & gratefully departed the 5 star SPQR ready to get back to Santa Fe and begin some new culinary challenges. Do yourselves a favor - do not even think about missing this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodProfessor1VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have eaten twice at SPQR. Both meals have been enchanting. The chef's pride is obvious in each dish beautifully put forth. The unique tastes are a delight to the palate. How fortunate to be able to dine in a restaurant of such superb quality.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    If in San Francisco this is a must! The service was terrific; the food over the top!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FOOD WAS RIDICULOUS!
    littled00d
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    ..RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS! I made a reservation for this nice restaurant because my foodie girlfriend was dying to try this place out. The moment we walked in we were punched in the face by the nice and relaxing dim lit ambiance. We had arrived half an hour early and they already had a spot awaiting for us. We were given the option to either sit at the table or at the counter area in front of the kitchen where you can view the chefs cook. My girlfriend excitedly chose the counter area so that she can watch the chefs work their craft. I ordered the Buckwheat Tagliatelle while my girlfriend ordered the duck cannelloni. Both were out of this world. Both dishes were filled with flavor that I cannot describe. Definitely coming back again for more
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extraordinary
    KellyD
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The staff memorable The food mind numbing The wine list interesting Unreal
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gnocchi light as a feather!
    Flfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Really tasty gnocchi with a lamb ragu. Wanted more! Duck liver appetizer and prosciutto with melon were good but nothing special. Tables on top of one another, but plates were creatively garnished.
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  • Well worth the visit!
    2forever1VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had read about SPQR but never made the effort to venture over to Fillmore Street. Last week we did and it was well worth the visit! Three things were outstanding for us: the duck liver pate (simply the best), the black truffles on our pastas (lots of them), and Kristin, our server (delightful). The restaurant was charming; it is small and intimate (unfortunately for us, the people on either side of us took the liberty of adjusting their tables for their convenience making service to them affect our space, but that was no fault of the restaurant, just the rudeness of the other customers). The food was delicious and beautifully presented (we prefer food a little less involved, but you do not get a Michelin star for simple, direct food).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Everything about this restaurant is outstanding. The staff was excellent and we got to speak with the chef, who was extremely gracious. If I lived in San Francisco, this would be my favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, good food
    Sara
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I previously had amazing experiences at SPQR but this last time I went, I was honestly a bit underwhelmed by the food (the service was on point as usual). We ordered the regular tasting menu (not the seasonal truffle tasting menu) with the wine pairing. The squid ink chitarra was very interesting and delicious but the rest of the dishes were meh. The black truffle raviolo ($50 additional) was cold in the middle so the waitress brought us a complimentary dish, which was a better. The tuscan blood sausage ragu and the eggplant agnolotti were pretty bland. I have to say that I really did love the food here prior to my last visit. Perhaps avoid the tasting menu until the new one comes out..
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pasta spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Outstanding food. We ordered an appetizer, 5 pasta entrees, and a dessert to share between 4 people, which we felt was enough. The food was amazing, and very reasonably pried for its quality (we didn't have drinks and the total came out to $46 before tax / tip). Only thing I thought was lacking was the service -- for a Michelin starred restaurant, the servers sure took their time...
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • The best
    HappyguyVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Consistently the most interesting, amazing food with great service from a very cool, knowledgable staff. My favorite by far in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrid
    MmmGood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    What a horrid experience to be treated in such a snooty, pretentious manner by our waiter. We are all born and raised in San Francisco and were truly shocked at the attitude. The food was mediocre, with one dish that was dripping with a clear sauce with the characteristics of mucus. Our $30 carafe of wine was four ounces. We were expecting a carafe to be the size of most others, but this was barely enough wine for ONE person. Picture a carafe that may have been made for a children's doll house. Four ounces! Unbelievable!
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  • Uniquely Sublime Italian Cuisine
    GormayBink
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    How can you put a price on a dining experience unlike any other you've had in your life? At SPQR, you savor dishes composed of the finest ingredients blended to create sublime flavors that take dining out to its apex. You marvel at delightfully presented delicious preparations that tantalize your taste buds like they never been tantalized before. SPQR is a wonderfully unique Italian dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    If you love pasta, you must visit this SPRQ! Amazing attention to detail & if you have a chance to have the truffle risotto order it and you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Everything about our experience was over the top. The food was incredible, the service was outstanding, the ambiance was fabulous! We sat at the chef's counter and we were entertained by the crew all night! Their respect for each other was great to see. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fiance's Birthday Celebration
    MattC
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had an romantic evening to celebrate not only my fiance's birthday but our engagement also. The food was incredible and we could have picked a better spot. The services was very attentive and never let our wine glasses remain empty. It was a great way to mark these two special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ugh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I hesitate to judge too harshly the overall concept of the menu, but my impression is that the concept was driving the quality of the food instead of a focus on the quality of the ingredients and preparation. And the concept was a train wreck. Our antipasti were mediocre at best, the primo (corn ravioli) was actually tasty (although it could have done without the crushed corn-nuts(?) garnish), but my main 'beef' came with the "degustazione" of pork. Not a single piece of the pork was properly prepared. The skins were tougher than jerky, the belly was dry and overdone, and the ear was un-cuttable and inedible. The scattered pieces of popcorn and mushy padron peppers only added insult to injury. Depressingly, a $37 wreck of a secondo.
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  • Good Food - Attitude poor
    crluv2dine
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our reservation required a credit card and $50 no show fee. I guess understandable because it's a small restaurant. When we arrived the tables were so close together it was uncomfortable so we sat at the bar. We sat down but were asked to move (we were the only ones at the bar) to accommodate even number of guests on each side. Ok, so we did. Funny, 3 people came in right after us leaving a single chair open! The wine list is extensive but only has Italian wines. More variety of regions would be better. We wanted to order two appetizers first but was told we couldn't without ordering dinner. The excuse was it is a small kitchen but I believe it is to move people out quickly. Good food, not a fun or relaxing place to eat! Too many rules!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Disconnect
    mojoetooVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    While good; that's where it should stop. The superlative press is birthed from - nievity?
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unbelievable
    noelle68VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I am not sure where to start - superb evening from the food, to the service, to the atmposhere to the wine - to everything. We walked in for a table at 8, it was packed - I felt like I was in a French cafe, tables close to each other ( great for earwigging!) and the atmosphere was buzzing. Fantastic. We had a mix of small dishes which included Carrot and Lentil salad ( how can anyone make carrots taste sooooooooooo good. Still can't get over that), grilled octopus and a cheese plate. Service was wonderful - attentive but never felt rushed. If I lived on the West Coast, this would be a regular haunt of mine. You have to try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in a nice atmosphere
    Caabal
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I am visiting California from the Midwest and wanted to take in some culinary experiences I can't enjoy at home. The service was attentive and the food excellent. I had the carrot and lentil salad and the duck cannelloni. The cannelloni was superb!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • piccolo pasta
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The pasta is very good. I had the anchiove pasta. The service is nice and the location (fillmore street) and restaurant is cool. The wine is delish, BUT, but....the servings are oh so tiny. Both my husband and nephew went out and bought pizza after. Make the dishes more substantial and we'll be back. I get the hot spot, but I ilke to feel as if I'm getting something for my meal and not an appetizer size plate for that price. Vega's in Bernal Heights can show this place a thing or two, in flavor and portions.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We sat at the kitchen bar again. The whole experience was excellent. Worth the effort and price.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • That wine list though...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    SPQR was phenomenal. Our had amazing wine knowledge. She made excellent recommendations for our many dishes. We had a last minute change in group number and the servers accommodated beautifully. They were incredibly gracious. The wine list was a bit intimidating- I know very little about Italian wine. However the sommelier has made an incredible list and taught the servers very well. Was a bit noisy and the place is very small. Fun decor and a nice ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great expectations
    SFoodfan
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had great expectations after the chef, Matthew Accarrino, was named by Food & Wine magazine as one of their 2014 "Best New Chefs". We were not disappointed. The 4 of us ordered 3 courses and shared 2 desserts. All the food was beautifully presented and delicious. I would mention specific dishes, but the menu changes every day so it's enough to say you can't go wrong. Restaurant is a small SF restaurant, so it's crowded. Moderate noise, though we could converse easily; music choices were good. Service was not rushed and it was excellent. We will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth going out of you way for!
    PasoRoblesChef
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Let me start with this is a good restaurant if you live in the area, not worth a special trip! I am a Chef in Paso Robles. My wife and I enjoy taking special trips for nice food experiences. Since SPQR is a 1 star Michelin restaurant we wanted to give it a try. I made reservation and was looking forward to try the sea urchin PABA cotta. Called to make sure they had it and was told they did. Very excited! Upon arriving it I was told that they only make 6-8 portions a night and they were sold out! So disappointed! The presentation is well done on all dishes, but the food is average at best. Nice wine selection but many other places have just as good selection. Would recommend if you live local but much better places to dine at!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Exceptional service, unique menu with just the right portions (we went for weekend lunch), extensive wine list with great suggestions from our waiter
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Delicious
    PoorCollegeFoodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Made a reservation a couple days before for a friend's birthday dinner! Right when we walked in, they had our reservation and table ready and sat us down immediately. We ordered the two tasting menus (truffle and pasta) and decided to share. It took quick awhile for the first course to arrive but after that the food just kept coming and coming! Each dish was delicious and the typical tasting menu sized small portions. However, with the large quantity of dishes, near the end, we both got very full and ended up not finishing the dishes! The service was amazing and our waitress was very friendly! She folded my friend's napkin everytime she left to go to the restroom! Our waters were never empty! Amazing restaurant! Would highly recommend it!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Credit card reservations required
    SFfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Although I am insulted by the credit card required for any reservation, I note that it has freed up more reservations than usual. As someone who always honors a reservation (or cancels with due notice) I usually stop eating at such credit-card-required establishments on principle, but we are long-time customers and the food and service is superb, so I am giving them a pass.
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  • forget the truffles
    mountainwineryfan
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Overall, lived up to its ourstanding reputation. Most dishes excellent, as was service. However, ordered pasta with truffles and truffles had zero aroma, almost no flavor, and lousy soft texture. Clearly frozen. It was, in part, our fault for ordering truffles in summer; but SPQR should only put truffles on the menu if they are proud to serve them -- and I can't believe you are proud of this product, certainly not at $50 for a dish of pasta. In my view, a pretty shameful lapse in an otherwise exemplary meal.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta Delight
    PastaPasta
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We made the long haul up from Silicon Valley on a Tuesday night to do the pasta tasting menu which had been mentioned in the SF Chronicle's "Top 100" Restaurants piece. It was definitely worth the trip (and expense). The pasta tasting was five courses with the option to add a sixth, a truffle course, for an additional $25. Each course was unique and the portions were quite large. It was a good sampler of the main menu with a touch of off-menu specialties. It is small and quaint. If you can, get the chef's counter where you can delight in seeing the young chefs put together the dishes with incredible design and flair, do. Make reservations in advance if possible, though there is limited bar seating as well (about 10 seats).
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Un-accommodating
    LoveSFVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I took my boss here. I had no idea he had no dairy/no butter requirements or I prob would not have picked spqr. The waitress told us there were no pastas w/O butter so not to look there. We then went down every line item & nothing was an option, nor did she seem to want to ask the chef for it to be. We finally just said surprise us. She brought a salad w a fried avacado on it. My boss LOVED it & given his Crohn's diseased body, that was a treat that he could eat. He asked for more. The answer was no. After we ate a few things that she brought, he was still hungry. He asked for pasta with just olive oil. The answer was no. Everything was no. I felt bad for him. He left hungry & w/ the honor of paying a big bill w/o being satisfied.
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  • Notgoingback
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    After hearing so many good reviews, I expected more from SPQR. The food was fair, but the prices are extremely high.
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    notable wine list
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  • Killer Kitchen
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Snagged a coveted seat at the kitchen counter to watch the masters at work. This crew can take on any kitchen in the country - true pros in every way. There is nothing on the menu that is not brilliantly prepared. Service was outstanding as well. The only note I have for the Chef calling out the tickets and wiping the plates…is don't take yourself too seriously and talk down to the cooks. They don't like it and we did not appreciate the Gordon Ramsey impersonation. Otherwise, this was one of the best dinners of the year.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Just like Roma
    alamedapeacenik
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    For my husbands birthday I was able to get a lunch reservation at SPQR. It is very hard to find high quality restaurants that are open for lunch. We prefer to have our big meal early in the day. What a wonderful feast. Reminded us of our most recent trip to Rome, where we were lucky enough to get reservations at Pipero Al Rex for lunch. Definately a place for that foodie experience.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go here. now!
    evdsluys
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I booked well in advance. Had a great time, good food and service! Loved the ambiance and the server was approachable and friendly.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SF tax
    Fuster
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    After enjoying a fabulous meal with a bill in excess of $350, the restaurant separately states and adds in $6 for employees health care tax. Is this to make a point or is the restaurant struggling such that they need to separately bill an expense. What next, a charge for leasing the table for 2 hours?
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No wonder the Roman Empire fell!
    GnRI
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were given a gift certificate to SPQR. Our server recommended a salad, which we shared, and that was very good. Although for $15, overpriced for what we got. Our entrees, which were $36 and $37 respectively, were awful. I had 3 types of veal, a loin, a sweetbread and some other form which was difficult to identify - this was served with vegetables. Only the loin was edible. The others were dry, and had a very unappealing taste, that stayed with me the rest of the night. The vegetables consisted of one new potato, slightly larger than a grape cut in half, two baby carrots cut in half, and about 6 tiny onions. My husband had pork which was very dry and overcooked. Our bill came to $105, without any beverages and no dessert. BAD.
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