SPQR

4.5
3074 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 3074 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent ambience. Dress code is a little dressy. The wine selection seemed excellent. There did not seem to be any cocktails or liquor.
Entrees were pricy, but it's still a la carte so it's more affordable for a Michelin Star restaurant.
Chef was able to make something special (off-menu dish of vegetables) when we requested a vegan dish (we let the kitchen know earlier that day). There was also one vegetarian pasta on the menu, and it was delicious.
The waiter brought out very good complimentary prosecco, as we were celebrating an anniversary.

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

One of our favorite restaurants!

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P
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good. A bit expensive, but the food was good, so go.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and wine were superb

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent dinner at SPQR, which I've visited many times and is consistently good. The octopus was on the menu and was as amazing as ever.

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JA
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another AMAZING dinner at SPQR--celebrated our 18th anniversary. Great wine pairings (let the staff bring wine to you--the best way to go), spot-on dinner recommendations and service, delicious gelato for dessert. Bucatini "straw and hay" is a favorite, as is the ragu. So special!!

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AL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I only learned that they are only have lunch service on weekends, not sure if this is a recent phenomenon, but obviously mgmt did not plan the staffing properly. There were meant to be 3 front of the house staff but when we showed up at 1pm (which was only mid-way through lunch service), there were only 2 and one was manning the bar, which left one guy to take orders, bring out cooked food, take dirty dishes back to the kitchen and bring drinks. We sat at the table with the menu for 20 mins without the server returning to us to take the order. What a horrific experience for a 1-star restaurant. The food was solid, I felt bad for the overworked staff and will prob never return again

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T
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time. Food wine and service excellent

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

A little uninspired, dishes we ordered were unspectacular vs. description. Meticulously constructed, beautiful presentation, but expected a bit more. Pasta was decent, but flavors muted.

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ST
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and enjoyed excellent service from the bartender. The food was amazing. We had the biscuits and bread (both with prosciutto) for an appetizer. So good. I had the bacon-wrapped rabbit for an entree and loved it. My gf had a pasta dish that she really liked as well. Definitely a must-hit spot when you are in San Francisco.

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BG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very disappointed in the food and particularly the restaurant layout. SPQR should be ashamed for putting so many tables close together. I also found the food very bland and tried two appetizers and two mains. The waiters did their best but it was clear that this layout does not allow for the waiters to properly do their job (which is provide great service and a great experience). With that being said, we couldn't get out of there fast enough. It was my worst dining experience in SF since moving here and I wish I had read the reviews from others (who voiced the same concerns I'm bringing up) sooner thus saving money.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wanted to come here for a while, finally got here. The menu is interesting though flawless execution it was a bit blend. The wine selection as far as I could tell was mostly northern Italian or like vintages. A few miles from Napa where amazing things have been done with grapes here is a place that focuses on overpriced Italian imitations....
I think the cellar honestly adds the blend theme of the food, I would rather get a nice Pinot than “ this is like a Pinot.” And, one slightly overpriced meal you can get a full education on why you can avoid most Italian wines for the rest of your degustory career...

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A
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Service was fine. Minimal veggie options even with substitutes. Gnochhi was mushy. Cake as dry. And if you have a dessert that takes 20+ minutes then tell me before dinner is done and you’re looking for the dessert meal.

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KM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great service, went out of their way to honor our anniversary!

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JM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 50th anniversary and we loved every minute of it. The wait staff was fabulous. The chef. Was kind to us. I really loved the food and presentations. I would say it was first class! Thank you SPQR.

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TS
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was perfect. Lots of flavors that all come together. Third time here and just when you think you know the highest level SPQR has to offer, bam, the notch is raised. Well done and thank you for a beautiful time.

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j
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a 3.5 star rating. My third time here.

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SP
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting San Fran for a wedding. Had been at SPQR about 4 years ago with my husband and loved it. Thrilled to go back with my sister who is not an adventuresome eater. She was skeptical but loved every bite. Terrific meal!

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AN
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved it! The food was delicious and very creative. It was our anniversary so they started us offwith a comp glass of bubbles. The special appetizer with beets, beef tongue and shishto peppers was so tasty. My shrimp risotto was perfectly cooked and my husbands beet gnocchitti was such different and amazing dish. The seating is a bit tight but as long as you are friendly you will have a very memorable meal.

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N
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The roasted squab and lasgana meals were delicious. The wine paring was spot on. The chocolate dessert was delicious but a little on the small size so plan to have your own.

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CG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good service, from front of house to bussers. Delicious and creative food, especially for pasta. Great wine list—one of the best Italian wine lists in town—but you pay for it. Pretty good corkage policy, should you choose to bring your own.

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DB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, inventive, thoughtful food. Chef's menu highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good food! Tables way too close together, washrooms were not clean, wet floors, crooked toilet seats, just not up to the level it should be. Wine list is great, but very Italian. Desserts were excellent.

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. We didn't hold back--and I'm so glad, because every dish and every course was really spectacular. If I could eat the chestnut gnocchi every day, I would. It was sublime! Rich, wonderful texture, and the flavors were out of this world. We started our meal with the liver mousse and the night's special biscuits app, and both were beautifully balanced and rich, with house-made jam accompaniments that made them special. We shared the steak as an entree, and there was a zabaglione butter on it that was exquisite. The meat was perfectly cooked and tender and the sides were just right. The whole time we were eating, we couldn't stop raving about each dish. A wonderful spot for a night out--a great memorable date spot or special night out with friends.

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ME
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came up from San Diego to celebrate my birthday with my daughter and this was one of the restaurants I picked. Such an excellent choice! The scallops were amazing! Everything was! I want to come back already!

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LL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

While the food was delicious, I forgot the format of the restaurant changed from the simple Roman food approach, which is what I was expecting. Make sure you are in the mood for a fancy meal.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic, memorable food! Our waitress gave us great recommendations and was very patient with my wine decision. I had time for two special meals while in SF and I’m glad I made this choice!

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SB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at SPQR. It was our last night in town and wanted to celebrate with a good meal. Excellent creative fare and incredible wine list. Its a cozy space but very comfortable and the service is first rate.

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C
New Orleans
114 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Small, unique restaurant in a quaint neighborhood. Lots of locals. Food was very good. We had sea bass entree which we both enjoyed. Only disappointment was the crab appetizer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat at the chefs kitchen bar - great experience and view of the kitchen! We actually added in a dish that we saw them preparing which wasn’t in the menu.
Only downside was that it is crowded at the kitchen bar

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LS
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had an amazing anniversary dinner. Each dish was
delicious and memorable. Thank you
SPQR! You are our favorite restaurant
for any occasion!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice food and servixe

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CN
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very complex flavors and execution of technique, the pasta was perfect along side our recommended wines. Can’t wait for our return, overall 5 stars! I also wanted a fernet and they sent me a Nebbiolo, if you skip desert then this is a must try. Thank you all at SPQR! 🙏

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t
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible. We were expecting a high level of attention — only got checked in on once the entire meal. They didn’t ask to take drink orders and we had to reach out to order wine. The restaurant did not live up to the hype. Most of the food was under salted as well. Will definitely not return.

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N
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Amazing food, amazing wine and amazing personalized service from David at the bar. We love it!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is outstanding! The only bummer is that the tables are practically connected so you’re VERY close to your neighbors and it’s not ideal for an intimate dinner or private business meeting.

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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LS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant, with an ambitious menu. Food wasn't outstanding, and definitely not worth the hefty prices.

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SF
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went for her birthday, but we had been meaning to try SPQR for some time. The food was delicious! The risotto with black truffle was outstanding (they did not scrimp on the truffle). Interesting wine list (all Italian) with reasonable prices. We will definitely return.

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LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service with an extensive knowledge on the Italian wine list. Had a delicious sparkling natural red. Food was exquisite and sitting at the counter was delightful. You get a sneak peak of all the food on the menu so you know what to order ;)

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