SPQR

4.5
3157 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
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 3157 People Are Saying
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San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Might be the best Italian dinner we’ve had in awhile! Great atmosphere and service was outstanding.

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KC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like foie gras, SPQR Is the place to have it. Delicioso! Excellent food, wine and vibes. Friendly, down to earth staff. Always a fun experience here. Grazie.

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fourth visit. It never disappoints and always leaves us wanting more and looking forward to our next visit. The ambience is so welcoming, the service is a high level of hospitality with great knowledge. And the food is just to die for. No liquor here. Just beer and wine. But you won’t care.

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S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food. Allow the sommelier to choose a wine -- you won't be disappointed and will most certainly experience something special. We had a wine from the tiny Italian DOC of Molise that was out of this world. Would have never thought to order it myself.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always welcoming and delicious.

David, at the wine bar, a kind, humorous and, above all knowledgeable, wine savant eloquently describes the wines he serves and perfectly pairs them with each course.

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CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service but pasta dish (rigatoni) was extremely salty. Unfortunately won't be a regular here.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Seated 20 min after reservation time( they charge a customer $25 if a customer changes but what about when they do?).
Hair in salad, was replaced but not mentioned.
Seating is extremely cramped . We had booked chefs table but could only get a table after 20 min wait.

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c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was overly salty and not very remarkable. Not sure how this place has a Michelin Star. None of the other tables near us were happy with their food. Not worth eating here

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Miami
51 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was overly complicated for Italian and wines by the glass poor and ridiculously overpriced

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, terrific entertainment if you sit at the chefs bar.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Insanely bad everything

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great, but

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. The Chef's Counter is the best experience!

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ND
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome white truffles on risotto

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Expected more welcome .

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AG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best Italian food. The tasting menu
was delicious and the white truffles are highly recommended. The service was very friendly and professional. Will be coming back.

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N
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

We looked forward to having a wonderful meal. In the end, we were very disappointed with the "Italian" pasta's. Guess we are just OLD school. And for the price, very expensive. We shared an antipasto, we each had a Primi dish, with a glass of wine, and my husband had the sea bass. I will say the serving sizes where good, just not the flavors we had expected. Total cost for the 2 of us without tip was $180.00...

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c
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Buffalo Milk Ricotta and Basil
Zucchero pasta with beef Ragu
Great wines by the glass
Great service

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HP
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for an anniversary. Everything was super good! It wasnt a pretentious place neither.

The bistecca is highly recommended and the chicken liver mousse as well. Unfortunately, the night I went, they ran out of the bufalla ricotta, but all was still good.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The waiter forgot the items we ordered. The food is good!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

AppetiZers were really good

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No disappointments here. Especially enjoyed how relatively quiet it was. Food, great. Service, great. Well worth the price.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was mediocre at best --- and prices are very high for what you get. Definitely overrated. Would not recommend.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was fine, not great: octopus wasn’t grilled great and the sea food in the squid ink pasta just average and not very tasteful. The mushroom with wagyu beef and bread pudding was very good. Overall it’s not the greatest place to sit, they try to squeeze in just too many people on both the tables and bar to have zero privacy and simply don’t have enough space to properly sit. All in all fine but doesn’t live up to the hype.

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Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and wine for a special occasion!

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LM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Everything was great except for one--- the hanger steak. My husband said that the potatoes were undercooked and the steak was mediocre. The pasta dishes, fettuccine uni and bucatini were our favorites. Would go back again to try another pasta dish.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

It took 45 mins to get our third course. By the time we got the food we were not even hungry anymore.

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall, the

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B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the pasta tasting menu, and while most of the courses were great, some were better than others. The wine pairings were a little on the light side; I'd advise just getting a good bottle instead. Service was fantastic, as always.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The seating is a little tight but the food and service are excellent. I felt like i could pay a lot more for similar food elsewhere so the value was great as well

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David was an excellent server and very knowledgeable about the wines and pairings. The beet Bologna’s dish was SO divine - I don’t normally like beets or beet flavored things, but I still like giving it a chance, and man, am I glad that I did. It was out of this world, and even though I was full, I forced myself to finish it because I don’t think I will have another exceptional beets dish like that. Would definitely go again. Ambiance was quiet but pleasant.

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KJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great experience and food! My only complaint is that we were so close to the table next to us, it was as if we were sitting at a table for four rather than two tables of 2.

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very mediocre meal for the price. Rather bland food.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Had lost its luster. Food was good but the flavors all seemed to be a bit flat.

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LS
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Matthew Accarrino is an outstanding chef! His dishes are delicious, inventive and truly fantastic. Thank you Chef Matthew!

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BS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place has amazing food and our waiter was fantastic. We sat at the bar and had such a great overall experience. I want to go back and try everything else on the menu.

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BH
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent. Helpful servers. Spectacular choices. Chicken liver mousse and octopus, kale sprout appetizers plus squid ink spaghetti with octopus and mussels following, not to be missed.

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JA
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another AMAZING dinner at SPQR! Took very good friends here--enjoyed every bite, every course, every glass of wine, every last spoonful of homemade graham cracker gelato. Fall menu is absolutely lovely and so well thought out. Hands down--favorite restaurant in SF!

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SP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 2

Pasta. That's the only word you need to know at SPQR. The best pasta in SF, full stop.

My ratings are based on the fact that the management went above and beyond in addressing the lack of flavor in our starters.

This is a very popular spot. We are lucky to have it in the hood. Luckier still that the management and presumably chef, really care.

Because of their concern, I will visit again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Wonderful flavors, exquisite wine and selection, attentive service, but alas, left unsatiated from the minuscule portions. Be prepared to find a dinner 2.0 spot after this :-)

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