SPQR--A SAN FRANCISCO GEM!Provides a very special dining experience--the menu, wine list, service and ambiance blend into a most perfect combination.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMPasta to dream aboutLove SPQR -the most creative and delicious pasta, and salads entrees and desserts are also wonderful. Fusilli with veal and spinach a month ago was so good I dreamt about it. This visit had an amazing spaghetti with black trumpet mushrooms and duck bolognese. Carrots five ways including a carrot top fritter was a delicious salad to share. Amazing chocolate dessert.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Dining ExperienceThis was my 1st experience eating at a Michelin Star rated restaurant. I had taken my wife there for her birthday on Wednesday May 8th, and I knew that we were in for a treat when the only reservations available for mid-week were either 5:30 or 9:30, when booking 2 weeks in advance. Upon arrival we were greeting by a friendly & professional wait staff. The restaurant was edgy, and current in decor. The menu was hard to decipher but our server was extremely helpful. My wife admitted that having looked at the menu before hand, she would have not chosen this restaurant as it seemed a bit more challenging than she usually likes, although she is a foody and enjoys fine dining experiences. Needless to say, we loved it! DELICIOUS! SPQR = 10!5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMYes!Excellent food that was creative and balanced in taste and texture . Prices moderate and value worthwhile. Parking may be problematic but well worth a visit. Will go again during another season for a different take on their menu.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMPet FriendlySPQR is pet friendly and human friendly. With ever visit which has been with 3 couples or our family dog, the food is excellent and we feel we get exceptional attention and service. SPQR is truly a neighborhood gem.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had five dishes, and eachWe had five dishes, and each one was delicious. We followed the advice of on line reviewers and our waitress, so maybe we got the best of the menu. Each one was full of wonderful flavors and a mix of textures.
The only downsides are that it is pricy (over $200 for the two of us) and very crowded. They make maximum use of their small space, which means servers and customers have to turn sideways to squeeze past each other. I prefer a little more elbow room, personally. But the prevalence of wood in the furnishings and decor absorb a lot of sound, so at least the noise level is reasonable, in spite of the close quarters.
Would definitely do it again as a special night out.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOUT OF THIS WORLDOur experience at SPQR was wonderful. We started with a bottle of excellent recommended white wine. We enjoyed one small plate prior to the main course. I had the white asparagus, which was out of this world and gorgeous. My main dish was the tuscan kale francobolli with goat cheese. Absolutely fabulous. For dessert, I had this amazing smooth caramel-like sweet creamy dish in a small drinking glass topped with a macaroon-like biscuit. The menu seems to change very frequently. Honestly, I wouldn't hesitate to order any of the desserts on the menu. I can't find words to do this meal justice. I had a business dinner at Boulevard the night prior, but I enjoyed SPQR significantly more.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMChef's Counter makes the mealSitting at the Chef's counter was definitely the most memorable part of the meal - watching them work was absolutely fascinating. The food was quite good too, although possibly not as mind blowing as I would have expected given the Michelin rating.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMSPQR is a very special placeSPQR is a very special place and I wish that I could come more often.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMSPQR - Fabulous!My husband and I had a wonderful time at SPQR. If you go try the chicken mousse. It's amazing! The service is impeccable. This restaurant is definitely not for kids, but it's a great place for adults.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing experience, wonderfulAmazing experience, wonderful food, service and ambiance. Highly recommend.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food, wonderful serviceAmazing food, wonderful service but very, very loud.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service from beginningGreat service from beginning to end. The food was delicious and we had a fantastic time. I can't wait to go again.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMhave been to sister restauranthave been to sister restaurant A16. went with local couple one of whom is in the wine business and knows his eats as well. had multiple small dishes and shared one main- from duck heart salad to suckling pig. every course nicely plated and delicious. the wine list was extensive and strictly italian so was glad had expert along although the sommelier picked the main red. finished with nice dessert wine. not inexpensive but would highly recommend and look forward to my next visit.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMSimply "very, very good"My first visit for almost 3 years did not disappoint. Courteous, efficient service, excellent wines by the glass at affordable prices, beautifully executed food.... One of the best all-round meals I've had in a long time in SF.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMBest in SFBest restaurant in SF. Been here 10+ times and cannot stop thinking about it.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a wonderful meal. VeryHad a wonderful meal. Very reasonably priced for the quality. One of San Francisco's best.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMTotally high level cuisineTotally high level cuisine and lovingly prepared. The highlight of our trip to SF.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMDecided to go at the lastDecided to go at the last minute, and got an early reservation. Great chicken liver mousse, chicory salad with smoked bacon and pecans, followed by fettuccine and a lovely spicy pasta dish. Good Sicilian wine that tasted like a full Pinot Noir, and finished with a great chocolate dessert with ice cream and a warm bread pudding. Attentive service when you want it, otherwise just a delicious and relaxing dinner in the neighborhood.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, great service,Great food, great service, but tables were so close together that we had to move ours out of the way in order for the people next to us to get out. That was super annoying, and it was like we were sitting at the same table.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMSPQR was exceptional! WonderfulSPQR was exceptional! Wonderful service, lovely atmosphere and fantastic, inventive dishes!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is absolutely outstanding!The food is absolutely outstanding! Unbelievable creativity and execution make it easy to understand why this restaurant received a Michelin star. On the downside, the entire restaurant feels cramped and tables are literally less than 12 inches from each other (you may have more room and privacy at a communal table). This atmosphere is fine if you are a SF foodie or live in a nearby neighborhood, but anyone going out of their way for a romantic night out at an Italian restaurant may feel encumbered by the lack of privacy.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a creative and enjoyableWhat a creative and enjoyable restaurant. The wine list has so many intresting and affordable selctions to go with the delicious and very creative menu. The tables here are quite close together as the amount of seats are very limited. We had a reservation that had a slight delay but we had a drink next door as recomended by the staff at SPQR while we waited for a short while. We had a great dinner here.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed dining at SPQR forEnjoyed dining at SPQR for a special occasion.. They have a quite a few Vegetarian choices and the food was excellent! Being a small place, was fully booked that night and the ambiance was great. Our waiter was knowledgeable and courteous and she helped us with the vegetarian menu selections. The black truffle special risotto was excellent and so was the carrot salad- beautifully presented. Overall we really enjoyed dining here..4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMI discovered SPQR on a busyI discovered SPQR on a busy Friday night, and I have been so impressed by the complexity of their pasta dishes that I went back for a special Easter lunch with my nephew. Not disappointed at all the second time.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had dinner at Frances theWe had dinner at Frances the night before we dinned at SPQR. What a difference. While Frances was decent and technically good food. SPQR exceeded on all accounts. The service was attentive, friendly, helpful and hospitable. The atmosphere is beautiful, warm, inviting and comfortable and the food is outstanding. I can't recommend SPQR enough.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThe way the chef combinesThe way the chef combines interesting ingredients is amazing!! We have never been disappointed with our dining experiences at this restaurant. The staff is very knowledgable and helpful in wine pairings.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience and goodGreat experience and good solid food...would definitely good back3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything about this placeEverything about this place was perfect. A local recommended it. What a gem. Modern Italian cooking with huge local California influence.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways my favorite in SanAlways my favorite in San Francisco. The staff are so nice and knowledgeable. The food is innovative and amazing. Makes me feel like I'm in a great small restaurant in Italy with a cool hip San Francisco vibe.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMSalmon crudo was good butSalmon crudo was good but a very showy plate. Carrot salad was the best! Wife's noodles were salted too much for her, but OK for me. My cod was perfect. Great service.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMReally enjoyed our first visitReally enjoyed our first visit to this Fillmore gem. It's a small place and obviously very popular. Great food and a very extensive wine list. Really appreciated the service including excellent advice on wine pairing. We totally endulged.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMI made the reservation forI made the reservation for my parents, who were celebrating my father's 81st birthday. They could not have been nicer, and my parents had an incredible experience. Everyone was so nice, they went out of their way to welcome my dad, who was so thrilled. The food, as usual, was outstanding. I have been several times - it is my favorite restaurant - and I was so glad that my parents now can be added to the restaurant's fan list.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMSimply the bestWOW!! Our meal was out of this world. This overnight became our favorite restaurant in SF and THE one we will bring all our guests to. Everything was perfection leading to a memorable evening.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredible food! AmazingIncredible food! Amazing service -- waitress could answer ever question and recommended excellent wines in our price range from the extensive list.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, great service.Great food, great service. I can't have dairy or meat, and they were very accommodating. Much appreciated.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall, their food qualityOverall, their food quality is excellent. Service is very attentive.
Seating is tight and the place is kind of small.3/2/2013 12:00:00 AMSome of the best food I'veSome of the best food I've had in SF for awhile, and virtually all of it vegitarian, amazingly enough. Chocolate spaghetti was out of this world; poached egg with cauliflower spectacular. Don't miss it.2/24/2013 12:00:00 AMSPQR continues to raise thatSPQR continues to raise that bar on great Italian food. My meal there was fantastic, as always, and made me wonder why it had been so long since I had been to the restaurant. The hamachi crudo was fresh and well dressed - really refreshing and a perfect portion size. We also had the torta, which was different from anything i had had there and I really enjoyed it. I had the gnudi with meatballs for my main course and it was one of the best things i've ever had there. My friend also had a great pasta. The service was outstanding, particularly the sommelier, Jeremiah.2/4/2013 12:00:00 AMSmall and cosy - with tablesSmall and cosy - with tables nearly touching - the service is warm and personable. The food is creative and new, without crossing over the line to weirdness. Prices are a bit high, but it's hard to compare it to what others serve. We will definitely go back - soon.12/6/2012 12:00:00 AMSPQR has been a favorite ofSPQR has been a favorite of ours since it opened and its luster has not dimmed or faltered with the awarding of a Michelin star. The food here is truly exceptional and the unusual pairings of ingredients really work! The crudo with coconut foam and pink grapefruit was just one example. The special smoked fried sturgeon bites were excellent and the pasta dishes always deliver. They are complex and not over-sauced. It was our anniversary and that was remembered and recognized. Only minor note on the service is that the hostess who greeted us upon arrival could have been more welcoming rather than grudgingly inquiring if we had a reservation. Our waitress was excellent and had good recommendations for wines to try.11/28/2012 12:00:00 AM