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An ambitious restaurant, and a good one at that. SPQR is making a run at the San Francisco pasta crown, mostly with ingredients we can't pronounce.

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About 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.

1911 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Between Bush & Pine

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 771-7779

Website:
http://www.spqrsf.com/

Public Transit:
Muni 22 Fillmore, 3 Jackson, 38 Geary & 1 California.

Executive Chef:
Matthew Accarrino

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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SPQR Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

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Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Good for a Date (31)
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Neighborhood Gem (27)
Special Occasion (25)
Notable Wine List (21)
Cozy (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Authentic (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Romantic (10)
Casual (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Seasonal (7)
Business Meals (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Organic (4)
People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing personalized experience. Entire staff treated us so nicely for my girlfriend’s birthday. They made it so memorable.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was great, one of the best deserts I’ve ever had!

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·Dined 4 days ago

very creative menu..prepare to be challenged in making selections .excellent service ..for visitors to SF, should be on your top 5 list.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Another lovely dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a nice anniversary date at SPQR, with good wine and service, however the price point for the quality of the food is why I give this a 2* value overall. It was a good meal, but not outstanding and should be priced about 20% lower for the quality:cost.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Disappointing. Very small restaurant. Very cramped with no privacy at all. Food ok - not awesome. Small portions. Not worth the hype.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A fantastic evening from start to dessert! Thank you!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Table to close to each other. Hard to hear each other talk. Specials that night were good but my date didn’t care for it. I should have done the tasting menu. It looked better.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food Quality and presentation out of this world.
Service was also expectional.

Well done

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

SPQR is pricey for sure, but definitely worth it! Pastas were AMAZING.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Ridiculously high prices (pretty much the same for everything g -$32) for small quantities of food that taste good but not great. They were out of 3 menu items, which of course we wanted.

This was a favorite of mine for many years. Have not been there in 14 months. Won’t be back again.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Highly anticipated dinner at SPQR and they delivered!! The salmon was the best I’ve ever had.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was exceptional, that's to our lovely waitress Dia!! She's did an exceptional job. Food and ambiance were also really good. The Biscotti donut for dessert was killer!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was excellent. The service very poor.
Right when we sat down, our server showed up and didn’t introduce himself or anything and just launched into what the specials were.

The food was excellent but the service so poor and really the overall ambience of sitting so close to other tables, makes it so I would not recommend it to anyone

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Solid on every front with the exception of the wine list. The food is nuanced and has tremendous depth. I suspect having the tasting menu with the wine pairing is the way to go here to hedge against a misfire on the wine list.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Not our first time at SPQR but our first tasting menu there and it was fantastic. I seldom would get caught saying the portions might be too big....but, I also didn’t leave any food behind. The service was amazing and we had the pleasure of our waiter, who was patient and willling to go above and beyond with our wine choice, and the host / wine steward who also made the evening spectacular. From start to finish, the evening was incredible. Everyone that came into contact with our table was professional, friendly, knowledgeable and down to earth. SPQR has every right to have a snobby or pretentious staff but they don’t. And yes, the pasta might be pricey but it’s also pasta that you most likely have never tried and a combination of ingrediates that might seem odd paired with one another but end up working together in a mind blowing way. Synergies? SPQR has it in spades.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

I feel like the restaurant has changed. Very expensive and the food was just ok....our pasta was pretty average and one of the dishes was very salty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I would put this in my top five all time in SF. I get the feeling that you really can't go wrong with the food. We had two pasta dishes, which were both incredible. Great options for both meat eaters and vegetarians. The menu is creative -- there's nothing ordinary about it -- but not in an obnoxious way. Wine was excellent. The dessert was even amazing. You know you're in great hands at this place. Can't recommend highly enough.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service was great!! Food was delicious but not epic. My expectation was very high for the food and I tend to be sensitive for overly seasoned dishes, so I found a couple dishes were way too salty for me. However, I know some people love well seasoned dishes, so I can see they would love this place. I was happy with the overall experience as the server was very attentive and nice. I liked broccoli and hen of the wood mushroom, aged Gouda “bundino di pane” and acorn ham (antipasti) and Meyer lemon linguini.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Meh. For this price point I expect a lot more effort and care. The space is non-descript. The menu was shooting for the moon but the actual food was pedestrian. Service was borderline laughable/non-existent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food with a variety of flavors and options. Chicken meatballs were very tasty. Underwhelming service that created frustration.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My only problem was we wanted to have wine and appetizers and take minute to chose an entree. We were told we had to order everything at once because this is what the chef required. My friend asked to speak to the chef and the server said ok. Left and did not return for a very long time. Instead of causing a scene we rushed to decide everything we wanted so we could order before the server disappeared again. Not a good feeling.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food! The escarole salad, ravioli nuda and the strawberries with kaffir lime ice cream were standouts. We love this restaurant.
Fantastic service too

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Solid meal. Rissoto was bland until the black garlic exploded in your mouth for the party to begin. The scallop dish would be better served with a larger scallop in the future but still quite tasty. Octopus app was outstanding.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Three out of five dishes on the tasting menu were excellent. The other two were ok. Got a wine recommendation from the waiter, which could have been better. Overall for contemporary Italian food, it is worth the experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Absolutely the best Sunday lunch experience
Amazing !!!!!! Food and service

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food here was great but the service was maybe the worst I've had in SF. After being seated the server walked by our table about five times over ten minutes and never said a word; I had to get her attention to let her know we would like to order. She looked at me shocked as if she didn't know we were going to eat there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious and I wish I lived in San Fran so I could eat there all the time!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our meal at SPQR was amazing, our every need was looked after. The service was exceptional. We sat at the counter and the staff looked after all of our requests and questions. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone travelling to San Francisco

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was great, but service left a lot to be desired. They were not overly busy, but waitress seemed like she didn’t care at all. Not even a Thank You at the end of the meal. Would repeat for food, but if service was as equally miserable then I would not go back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We shared a break-apart four-top, which was a little tight but not terrible. The service was a tad slow at times, though when we had our waitress, she was very knowledgable and helped make great selections. The wine list had me feeling like a teenager again, it doesn't say Cabernet, Merlot or the like anywhere, so required a couple recommendations from our waitress. We had two carafes of different suggestions and they were both very unique and delicious, not "just another red" which I would've selected for myself most likely. The food was superb – I'm not usually one for fine dining, but on this special occasion we went all-out and were very happy we did. Everything we got tasted incredible, and we got their (extremely expensive) truffle pasta special which was unbelievably savory. This place will not be cheap, but it will be a delicious experience. Would recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Key West)·Dined on October 15, 2017

very good food: their version of caprese was outstanding (tomatoes were perfect).
A little dark and crowded for me, though my spouse loved everything about the place and experience. Lovely ceramic pasta bowls. Pasta dishes were pretty good as well.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I've dined at the restaurant before which I thought the food was extraordinary for the price. This time the food wasn't that great, the food was still good, but it wasn't like the last time. This time I didn't think the food was worth the price they charged -- 2 person dinner cost $200 including tips. I'm not sure if I will go back again. I thought this restaurant was special, but it has turned out to be another fancy restaurant that just charges too much for ordinary food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I normally love SPQR. The food is fantastic and the staff gracious and knowledgable. But, on this occasion, I was hugely disappointed in the behavior of the staff, who rushed us through each course in a very ungracious way. (We were eating at a normal pace for people enjoying their food and wine.) This negatively colored our experience, and I found myself apologizing to my friend for having brought her there, not withstanding the fact that the food was still delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great food and staff. Super douchy clientele who like to yell at each other about finance and tech and Michelin Star restaurants they’ve been to in Europe or whatever at tables way way way too close together. Even for SF 2017 this was pretty bad. Over all, medium. Can’t keep our the techie riff raff, I get it. But could you at least put them in their own section or something? Some of us want to enjoy a meal and talk about real things. Or at the very least rearrange the dining room for a more intimate experience.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Overrated and over priced
Come on-$7.50 for tap water

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Wonderful food, but even better service. Excellent knowledge of the wine list, and made recommendations for very good, reasonably priced wines.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

The food was excellent. Capellini with white truffles, bucatini, the Burrata, the chicken liver mouse...everything was excellent. And the wine list was quite extensive.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 10, 2017

from the service to the food, not a single thing i would improve upon. it lived up to its stellar reputation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Excellent restaurant . Very good value for 1 star . Will come back.

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