What Insiders Are Saying
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.
Nothing to right about. The food is good, not amazing.
I don’t know why this place has a Michelin Star. I’ve been half a dozen times and have never been wow’d. Had a soft carb there tonight which was awful. It was fishy, which it should NEVER be, coated with a hard thick cornmeal crust which overwhelmed the delicate crab, swimming in a pool of some kind of pungent sauce. I’m from Maryland so I know soft crabs and this was definitely not fresh and not good.
Overall the food was outstanding and the service was very good. The negative aspect was that we were seated at the bar with very uncomfortable chairs even though we had reservations. The SPQR hostess indicated that Opentable reservations automatically are seated at the bar ( not a table) even though this wasn't clear when the reservation was made. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the restaurant was very busy, we could not be moved to a table in a timely manner. ( it was our wedding anniversary). I would recommend calling the restaurant to confirm a table reservation if this is someone's preference.
Charged me for a 2015 Barbaresco and they brought out a 2016. When I called the waiter out on the difference he said “they are the basically the same” and didn’t adjust the price. We were also seated 30 minutes after our reservation time. Do not recommend, undeserving of any Michelin mention whatsoever.
SPQR is my hands-down favorite to place to meet friends for dinner in the city. The ambiance is cozy and intimate...I feel like I have been transported to a neighborhood restaurant in Rome. And the food is simply delicious! Sit at the bar, enjoy a sparkling wine, witness the chef at his best and delight in mouth-watering food that warms the soul.
The food was beautiful and delicious and the service warm, friendly with just the right amount of attention.
Very disappointing food and service.
We took friends here the other night for a special birthday dinner and we were all completely underwhelmed with the food preparation and service. Considering their prices we expected a lot more.
Food and service where great. Felt like sardines in a can. Over crowded and very noisy. Not comfortable
Too expensive. Food wasn’t great
Came here with a friend for a birthday celebration. Had an absolutely fantastic time! Our server David was attentive, knowledgeable and generous. He took great care of us! Kitchen staff was interactive and even brought out a special birthday treat. The food was amazing! Every dish was well executed, looked beautiful and treated great. The fresh pasta, so perfect! Definitely feeling the birthday love! Will be back and would recommend to anyone looking for top notch service and great food!
My son and I had a lovely dining experience. The food was delicious, and the service excellent. The evening was definitely a highlight of our stay in San Francisco!
Delicious food, wine and excellent service. Seating is a little snug.
Went to SPQR years ago and loved it. We were able to order 5-6 appetizers, everything tasted amazing! From memories from before, when we had an event in the neighborhood, we decided to go back and didn't even think twice.
Service was great, the menu was limited and the prices for appetizers were 24 dollars + even for 6 pieces of warm asparagus. In SF, I feel that we can do better then that...
4 appetizers later, yes, taste wise it was great but there are plenty of places with the same level of great food, so it needs to be reasonable and it wasn't.
Even at 6:30 the place was half empty, we noticed the same old tables and décor as from before it was new. Our final impression as overpriced and outdated.
Wonderful time sitting at counter. Great wine, food. And conversation.
I used to love SPQR but like Rome, its empire has fallen. Overpriced and uninspired food with lackluster service is now the norm there.
Returned back to SPQR after a year or two off. The wine and food continue to please after so many years as a place to go on Fillmore. The hostess and waiter were ultra professional and engaging. And the close proximity to other diners has not changed, however it felt comfortable and not overly noisy in such a small space. The prices have increased substantially since our last visit and are now pushing the limit for a neighborhood date night out meal. I assume success begs this outcome, but it creates a special occasion only type of vibe.
The menu presented on Opentable and the restaurant website can be a bit misleading as it appears the chefs create daily menus and determines what will be on it daily. The white sauce pasta dishes show online made me very excited but when I got to the restaurant I discovered not one dish with white sauce. And at least 3 of the items on the already small menu weren’t available. Therefore I just chose a dish without having any idea whether I would like it. It was an ok dish but not what I would expect for the price. I probably won’t return. However, this place seems to draw a regular crowd and serves as a gem in a thriving SF neighborhood.
Super and creative food. Tables area a bit close together and noise level high.
We had an amazing time at SPQR!! Service and food were amazing, as was our brief chat with the Executive Chef. We will be back soon.
We were celebrating our engagement just an hour after it happened. This place will hold a special place in our hearts forever.
Outstanding. The assegiati di primi was incredible (particularly the squid ink mezzalune) and the wine pairings were extraordinary (especially the Ligurian cruvin) and beautifully explained by the attentive waiter. Highly recommended
Excellent food and service
I was in the City and wanted to meet with an old high school friend. The setting, the food and service was all fantastic. One note: the butter leaf salad with bacon wrapped apricots was over dressed with the vinaigrette.
SPQR never disappoints, but this time was even better than usual! Every pasta we had was better than the next--rich sauces with an incredible depth of flavor and unexpected combinations of ingredients that somehow worked. The calamari and scallop stew was outstanding as well. Service was impeccable, as always.
I love the food here but the service is substandard for a restaurant at this price point and quality. We were at brunch on Mother's Day and had excellent food but disappointing service, with slow delivery of food and busing. Servers are polite and nice but the distributed service model doesn't seem to work. Also, we were charged $16 for a kids pasta with red sauce, which I found outrageous, even for San Francisco. It's a shame because the food is wonderful but we won't be back.
For a restaurant that requires a credit card to confirm the reservation, it was off-putting when upon being seated and served out water we were told that four out of the six Primi Piatti- all past dishes- were sold out, especially when the three Secondi Piatti were uninspired and quite expensive.
Food quality was solid and generally flavorful (although not so much the capellini in hen ragu), the waiter was very friendly and accommodating, but it left a question about the one star rating.
Extremely strong in every category with consistently great food and service. Tight quarters are overcome by innovative Italian dishes that are not available anywhere else.
We were looking forward to an incredible meal, and while many aspects of the food were excellent, there were some disappointing elements to our dining experience. First, the tables are so closely spaced one feels like one is eating family style with complete strangers. To either side of us we had patrons who carried on loud innocuous conversations to such a degree that a conversation between my dining partner and I was all but impossible.
We had to wait 40 minutes before we were served and when the meal was brought we experienced yet further delays as one if the main courses was incorrectly submitted to the kitchen. Yet while overall the food was good, the proportions were inconsistent-at time large enough to share and for other items, barely enough for one person.
No sabía que esperar y supero mis expectativas!
Excelente entrada y las dos pastas buenísimas.
La recomendación de vino también excelente!
For the first time, my salad was soggy when it was delivered to the table. I love this restaurant, but find when they use a “spring mix” for salad, meal is not as perfect as usual.
My date had the scallop dish was great but was unbelievably garnished with popcorn! For $30 to get something that looked like it belonged on the kids menu was annoying. My pasta dish Marezett was half cold and was so salty is seemed like I was drinking seawater. Service was great.
Stunning, seasonal menu. Excellent wine list. Ideal for a celebratory meal!
Excellent experience all around! We sat at the chef’s table and were able to watch all the cooks in action. They were short staffed in the kitchen and the head chef jumped in to kindly help out his team. The food was beyond five stars including a very unique starter of pan fried scallops with white corn and POPCORN! Service all around exceeded expectations. We loved how diverse the staff was.
Enjoyed a 9 course sampler menu with wine pairings and dessert. Everything was delicious, fresh, and the service was excellent. Highly recommended.
I have been to SPQR many times and it's always a treat. However, my last meal was the least exciting. Innovation on the menu seems to have slowed and the staff has turned over. I think you need to be careful about what you order, consult the staff, and be cautious about the wine prices! I'll be back, but I'm not in a hurry.
SPQR is a good place for a special meal. We ordered several dishes to share. Each was very inventive and super fresh. I was , however, surprised that there were so few leafy greens on the menu.
SPQR is still on our favorite list, although we continue to complain about the excessive saltiness of much of the dishes.
It took 40 mins before we could even order. Very uneven pace of serving (got first dish very fast after having ordered and waited more than 30 mins for the second dish). Hardly any check in or service throughout. Were seated at the counter and there was constant freezing cold air blowing, so we all had to put on our outerwear and wearing that throughout the entire dinner. When mentioning the cold air the waiter just replied “yeah, you got the breezy seating”.... The food was a mix of really good and disappointing (unfortunately mostly the latter) - eg the ricotta salad was really boring and bland and the buckwheat pasta dish was very salty and underwhelming. The best part (and it’s really good and highly recommend) was the pecan cake with salted caramel and meringue. We also really liked the ricotta/salami appetizer.
Loved our evening-had an amazing waiter,
Pasta special was perfection, music awesome!
SPQR is, to my mind, the best place for pasta in San Francisco. In my most recent visit, a few days ago, all of the 8 pastas on the menu had ingredients that were new to me, and the two that I tasted were extraordinarily delicious. My friend and I shared an appetizer of duck liver mousse with jam which was plenty for the two of us and the best such dish I have had anywhere in town (I order duck liver mousse or pate whenever I see it on a menu). It came with 2 pieces of toast made from levain (country) bread, which were a perfect match for the mousse but insufficient to contain more than half of the mousse we had been served. My only complaint about SPQR is that when we asked for more toast for the remainder of the mousse, we were charged $7 for 2 pieces of toast. That seems exorbitant and unworthy of an otherwise-admirable restaurant.