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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.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Hours of Operation:
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Between Bush & Pine
$31 to $50
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Muni 22 Fillmore, 3 Jackson, 38 Geary & 1 California.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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