SPQR

4.5
2999 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Dinner:
Daily, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 771-7779
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matthew Accarrino
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Bush & Pine
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Public transit
Muni 22 Fillmore, 3 Jackson, 38 Geary & 1 California.
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

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.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 2999 People Are Saying
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 3 days ago

We had to wait even with reservations. The wait was made worse by having to wait outside in the cold, because the place is so cramped. We had to practically sit on top of the two tables next to us. There was about 6 inches or less between tables and we had to move tables around for people to leave. The food was not good at all. My girlfriend was able to eat about 3 bites. The server had no desire to help us choose from the menu. I will never go back or recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food and service! What a treat!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was amazing. Had the tasting menu and every course was delicious. Will return in the near future

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Good for a small group, ideally no more than 4 because it’s very small. Try to sit at the bar, tables are very close together. Service was excellent and food was great, especially the deconstructed s’mores for dessert!!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Stunning! Excellence service and inspirational cuisine.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Overall, expecting a bit more for the price. The appetizers and salad are very good. The Primi pastas are not worth the trip. Secondi Halibut tasted frozen.

The restaurant does not have a sommelier so the wait staff helps with the fully Italian wine list. We were steered wrong when asking for full bodied red. Got a very light Pinot style instead.

So if you are going for appetizers and drinks and do not mind doing your own wine app research then I say give the place a try. Otherwise the foodie city of SF has better options.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food and wine were fantastic as always! Sitting at the chef table was a fun change of pace.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

SPQR was recommended to us by a friend who is Celiac as she said there were plenty of options on the menu they could accommodate. On the given night we went, there was very little from a pasta standpoint but the experience was still fantastic. The room is warm + cozy and we ended up engaging in lively conversation with both of the couples on either side of our table. One of them recommended Tony Niks afterwards and we ended up there for Fernette after dinner. The food was on point, service was fantastic and we would definitely recommend for a special occasion, first date or business meal. Ensure you make a reservation ahead of time as it is a very busy spot.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The food was great, but I'm not a fan of tables smashed together so you can't help but share conversation with the couple next to you. Take out a few tables and it would be a nice place.

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

They accept reservations for 10 pm, but when we arrived they told us the kitchen closes at 10 pm!! And we should order quickly!! If the kitchen closes at 10 pm they should not take reservations for 10 pm!

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Our dinner was delicious and the service was really good, particularly the advice on Italian wines. Strongly recommend!

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

This is an over-hyped restaurant. The food was just ok and definitely not worth what you pay for.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Our 5th time and always wonderful. Wish the space were not so cramped.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Reputation preceded actual dining experience. Like the Golden Gate, not disappointing. Yam gnocchi, hemmingsly oysters, all divine. Dreaming about them now. Great wine list, modern ambience. Menu is key.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Deliciousn meal and attentive service.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Went for an anniversary dinner. We were greeted with some complimentary bubbles and given great service. The meal was very good and for the most part pricing seemed fair. One of our secondi dishes was a little higher priced than I liked but the dish was still good.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Burrata, apple, roasted brussels sprouts, polenta salad was amazing. So refreshing and light. I've made a bad choice with primi: triangular ravioli (do not remember the proper name). Too dry to my taste and too much oil. However, secondi made up for it. Fish was just perfect. Dessert was a piece of heaven to end the night. Wine recommendation ( rosati from Calabria) was excellent. Overall, very happy with experience.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I would say it is creative in the choice of ingredients, but it doesn't have the wow factor. As others stated portions are small. Some dishes have lost its Italian roots because it has been so fused with other countries' cuisine. I.e.: the puttanesca with squid ink.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

My “go to” restaurant in San Francisco. I rarely drink wine but always do here and am never disappointed in the advice and selection.

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3.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Food was good though very rich.
Rather expensive relative to value

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Very attentive service. The food was excellent. Our waiter was fine. Very pleasant evening

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The food was pretty good but nothing memorable. It's hard to believe that it has a Michelin star.
Service was attentive and very good.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Much gratitude to my server David for his wine knowledge and wonderful pairings!

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

A real miss.

I asked the server for a recommendation and she said 'I don't like to order for people.' Didn't know how to interpret that- should I strive to be more menu independent, am I a needy diner? Evidently she was reluctant to suggest because the food is terrible. She clearly didn't want the blame when we inevitably didn't eat our food, which we did not. Smart woman.

The manager was swift to offer something else off the menu but it was too late. We already had one foot out the door- a long walk was necessary to digest the few bites we managed.

In short the dishes were heavy, oily, surprisingly bland despite the amount of cheese on top and all wrong for a lunch. I think they were going for hearty?

There's a burger place down the street. Smelled delicious. Go there.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Delicious, different, Italian food. Great for foodies willing to try things out of their comfort zone. The blood sausage was incredible.

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2.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Overly priced, service was poor, kitchen was so dirty...saw people eating while cooking...so surprised this received a Michelin star. Bummer. I recommend going elsewhere. For Italian try Belotti in Oakland, amazing quality and fantastic service under $30.00.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Great culinary experience. I would highly recommend to anyone who appreciates fine dining. We sat at the bar overlooking the kitchen which was quite entertaining. Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy a meal here.

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2.0Dined on May 21, 2018

I wouldn't recommend your dining here. You can find a much better restaurant. Great wait staff. Food was quick to arrive at the table. Nicely plated. However, fair to poor food. Chicken liver mousse was almost bland. Stuffed quail meat was tender, but dry. Steamed cheesecake was texture of Jiffy cornbread. The food wasn't bad; but it wasn't great. When you've had the most succulent French cuisine...or a real New Orleans Creole Feast...or the seafood dishes of the Carolina low country, SPQR cannot compare or compete. I would not recommend this place...

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I really enjoyed the service at this restaurant. They were attentive and gave great recommendations. The food is a great portion size to share with another individual.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Disappointing when compared with past dining experiences here.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Room was quieter than I remember. Food was superb. All ingredients well chosen.

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2.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Food was so over sauced you really couldn’t distinguish the flavors. Prices were exorbitant considering the value. This was my first and last time dining here.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Brought my mom to lunch here for Mother's Day! Food was great! A little overpriced, but tasty. We shared the Chicken Liver Mousse, and I had the Bucatini for my entree. The menu on their website is not up to date so the lunch menu on 5/13 was a bit of a departure from what we were expecting. We were interested in sharing the linguine from their tasting menu, but we didn't want to do 3 courses of pasta dishes. Upon asking if we could share the linguine a la carte, our server immediately declined. Not accommodating our simple request was disappointing for a Michelin Star rated restaurant; I've been to many in SF and all do not fail to surprise & delight, especially for a special occasion. This was a slight disappointment.

Side note, the music is absolutely AWFUL. I don't particularly want to listen to J.Lo and Justin Timberlake while eating $30+ pasta dishes... Music wasn't a right fit for the restaurant's ambiance and was very distracting.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The kale and cabbage salad one note and that was overwhelming anchovy. Focaccia bread with burrata very dry. Dumpling bland but sauce was so salty and tasted like a pool of soy sauce. A disappointing Mothers Day meal especially when my favorite part of the meal was coffee. The dessert was great and wonderful accommodating waiter, a big meh,

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Small, cozy with outstanding food.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was absolutely amazing. Get the wagyu beef tortolli! A little loud if the groups near you are having a loud conversation but the food more than made up for it.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The Octopus Appetizer was sublime and divine:-)

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1.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The host was extremely accommodating. When we told her it was our anniversary, she gave us both a glass of sparkling wine on the house. The service went down hill from there. The server was horrible. Never once asked us how we liking our dinner and when we thanked her never said “you’re welcome” back to us. I’m someone who eats at upscale restaurants and understands what “al Dente” truly means. The pasta was too hard. We ordered two pasta dishes which were both inedible. The texture on the filling was off on the scallop pasta dish. The appetizer was no thing special at all. Asparagus with a fried egg. The sea bass we had as an entree was great except for the skin. The skin was inedible because it was too salty. The host listened to our feedback with grace and open ears. She compt almost the entire check. This was not worthy of a Michelin Star. I hate ranting but this needed to be written and read. Our anniversary dinner was one of the worst dining experiences that we have encountered.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Totally amazing from start to finish. Pastas are some of the best I’ve had and our fish was perfection

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

I hadn’t been to the restaurant in about a year. I recall the wine list being much more impressive than it was on my recent visit. Wondering if the previous wine list was dramatically paired down. Also, unlike previously, there seemed to be no one with meaningful Wine knowledge. When I asked a server to send me the Somm, she told me that she was a somm. I then asked her about two particular wines on the list and she responded by telling me that she didn’t know anything about those two wines and that the Wine list changes all the time. I asked her to find somebody who could give me some insight, but she never returned to my table or sent anyone my way. Very odd. I’ve always thought of SPQR as having a sophisticated wine program. This was disappointing.

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