Compare to 2015 the wine list has declined markedly and the pastas-while still inventive- seem to be a little too edgy and not as good.
Was supposed to go with my mom but I booked the wrong date so my friend came with me instead. Since my mom wasn’t there I paid the bill and was very happy with how reasonable the price was for such an unbelievable and delicious meal. Very generously poured glass of wine! I will be rebooking for the weekend that my mom actually does visit so she can enjoy!
Even though it was my birthday (I've had many), and we knew the noise level would make it hard for this old man to hear his wife across the table, we booked. It was loud when we sat down and through part of the meal. But ah, the pasta with truffle was superb, the Braida wines complemented our dishes. Our waitress was polite, informative, and missed nothing. If it weren't so far away from Sacramento, we'd eat there more often.
Pasta was good. Scallops over salted, hair found in food, over crowded.
Great food and service.
Alas the mighty have fallen: all the experiences servers are gone and the once bright light of sf is now an overpriced and underserved fossil ifs former self. Once upon a time this would never happen: we spend several thousand a year there since the opening, and we got asked to finish outside on a cold night when one of us had a bad cold.
Once upon a time, the servers knew wine well - their former Jeremiah started as a food runner and now is at Gary Danko. Alas the new servers can’t explain the wine well. And - can you believe this- my rabbit was cold by the time I finally got the wine with which it was paired.
The pasta was once complex works of art like 21 layer rabbit lasagna. Instead we got a super pricey gnocchi with a hint of fish eggs and a heavy sauce.
A firmer chef was at contrada, and we liked that a lot fir a fraction of the price. Also much better food at Mourad and Frances although Mourad is a bit too West LA and corporate fir my taste.
I know this is very negative. I called to offer to discuss today but didn’t hear back. Sf is great restaurant city, and you can do a lot better for a lot less.
Food was interesting and adventurous, but hit-and-miss. After spending $180 on dinner for two (two apps, one primi, one secondi, one beer), I went home and made a cheese omelette because I was still hungry.
Delicious food, cozy atmosphere, on the expensive side-good for special occasions.
Took my girlfriend for her birthday. We had a lovely time. It was a little cramped and noisy, but that was expected.
The service we had was great. Our waitress wasn’t knowledgeable and even brought a custom wine to my partner that paired well with her meal - my partner left it up to the waitress to choose and she chose something perfect.
The tables are close together, so you hear other people’s conversations. However, it’s good for a date. The lighting is low, the ambiance is good, and the menu is good. You will spend a good amount of money but you should go in knowing that with an upscale restaurant.
Overall my experience was good - not tainted by the fact I was 10 mins late and they canceled my reservation and placed us at the end of the bar underneath a freezing AC !!!
I had called but they do not pick up and I left a vm about 10 mins in advance. So - I felt punished and disappointed to be seated at the END of the bar !
That said - the staff were friendly, somewhat unapologetic but under a lot of stress which is obvious. the food was fabulous and the wine pairing suggested really good.
I will go back - I liked the place and it was kind of fin watching the kitchen staff do their very tight dance around each other in a very pressured kitchen.
The worst service. They would not accommodate any minor change in meal. Being vegetarian there was no single dish for me, and they wouldn't even give me a small bowl of kale or any other veggies they had on the menu with other dishes to eat so I didn't starve. Water went unfilled the entire dinner. We ask for our check and left before we even got our dessert (that we paid for) because the service was that bad. Not going back!
We have dined here 4 times and every meal has been excellent. The menu is creative as you would expect for a restaurant at this level. If you are new to the restaurant, the menu might seem difficult to understand the verbiage, but the wait staff is very knowledgeable and can help you with choices. If your are a foodie, this place is a must! Make sure to ask a lot of questions so that you get something you will enjoy.
This was such a pleasant surprise-only my 3rd visit and the tasting menu with wine pairing really hit the spot. Pasta dishes like you've never had and generous sizes-Italian wines were perfect and very proudly poured by the gracious staff. Sat at Chef's counter and enjoyed the very busy Chefs trying to keep up with all the orders. Exceptional experience-very nice people work there. Truly a gem of a restaurant.
We were at the table for 30 minutes before drinks were finally served. We were not in a hurry, luckily, so this was merely concerning and annoying rather than evening-ruining. The food was decent, at times interesting, but not nearly Michelin-star level. It was a Monday night, so it is possible that they have consistency issues, which is a key variable that requires exceptional management to avoid. But I have only been once, so I have no actual data on variance. But on this particular Monday night, the food would 50/50 get honorable mention... and given that the ambiance is very sub-par for the Michelin list, the food has to be fantastic to make up for that. Considering all this, the prices were too high, but not outlandish.
delicious food, most notably the following 2 items:
filo and bufala ricotta “pie”, kabocha squash, pumpkin seed pesto, sesame honey
broccoli and hen of the wood mushroom, aged gouda “budino di pane” and acorn ham
both were creative, tasty, and well executed. we also had chestnut gnocchi and a meatball dish, both of which were delectable.
our table was way too close to the one next to us but unfortunately that is the setup and the only way people on the other side of us could get in and out of their table.
I liked it. My wife thought there were too many flavors in the dishes that “confused her pallet “!
They rushed us through our courses to get the table back. When we asked for a bit of time they said “no sorry, it’s a Chef driven kitchen” whatever that means! But clearly it was not a customer driven experience.
Nice ambiance and great food. Fun to watch the chefs from the counter.
We love this restaurant and we come here every time we’re in San Francisco, the menu needs some freshening up
I visited with my daughter during the FOG Art Fair. We showed up a little early and it was awkward as there is literally no place to stand. We went outside but we didn't have enough warm clothing. Came back in to see about a drink while waiting and were seated at the bar. Waiter never got to us. Seated at our table. The overall vibe felt like they wanted to turn the table. Food was generally good. Gnocchi w truffle was great. Smoked fettuccine we ordered w/out bacon for pescetarian but it needed that bacon. Dessert was built around a fried donut that was raw. We couldn't eat it. Mentioned to waiter but didn't get much response. Overall mediocre experience but figure it was a rough night and could have ordered better
For a restaurant that i have frequented regularly since its opening in food and service left lot to be desired. The foot was very salty. The server never checked in on wine we had to ask the host. He had no idea about wine (not his fault). As we were winding up dinner the host and couple of people were right behind our table hovering with a worried look discussing and giving an impression they wanted to turn the table. We took under 1.5 hours for an expensive meal.
This is as nearly a perfect restaurant as one will find. The food is divine and on this night the service was equally spectacular. The menu is incredibly innovative. We three shared four appetizers, the best of which was the burrata. For entrees we had three incredible pasta dishes. Desserts were wonderful. This deserves its Michelin star.
Great wine. Great food. Awesome dessert. We sat at the chefs bar. COol to watch them make all the dishes.
A great culinary experience, bad service.
Came here for my birthday dinner, and it was one of the best meals I've ever had. Haven't stopped talking about it to friends.
The food was not great and the options were limited. The desserts were especially horrible.
Enjoyed a lovely date, service was phenomenal and food was outstanding. We went with the tasting menu and the dishes were each very tasty and unique. An SF favorite.
Great meal, small space but the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Only complaint is that we didn’t receive the bread plate, which I heard was very good, but we left full and satisfied.
Went for NYE dinner which I didn't realize was a tasting menu, but wasn't super surprised to find one before me. I would like to go back and try regular menu, as I think the NYE menu was designed more to be a rich and decadent experience, even the "lighter" dishes. The food was tasty and well prepared. I wish the wine pairing had come with more information from the servers. It was fun to see the different moments of service happen while sitting at the chef counter.
Not at all worth the money, crowded, too close beteende the tables and dishes that are so tasteless and without texture, felt Quesy when leaving the place
Enjoyed the food and the service.
It ain't cheap, but the food is so good it's worth it.
The only small downside was the host was not at all friendly and kind of snooty. The server and bus boys, on the other hand, were all very friendly and not at all pretentious.
Food was fantastic, but the tables were placed too close together. It felt very cramped and we were forced to listen to the conversation at the next table the whole time. Our server was great.
What a wonderful experience! We sat at the chef’s counter and were fascinated by the choreography of the kitchen. The food was amazing!! Even things I don’t usually enjoy (parsnips) were delicious!! I wish I had had more room in my stomach so I could eat more.
Food was great, wine selection was terrible. No California wines and none that were similar to CA wines.
Spqr started as an authentic restaurant for Roman cuisine, but has morphed into an eclectic, maybe even weird, foodie haven with an extremely exotic menu that is strangely limited. The place is packed, though, so people must appreciate it. In fact the place is overseated, and moving around between the staff is awkward at dinner time. The bar is now a chefs counter and every seat is booked. The staff could not be nicer, though, and are also most professional. Chefs counter seats are good if you want to watch the kitchen, but useless if you want to talk with your dining partners.
It was our 39th anniversary. We enjoyed the prix fix dinner of 5 courses with matching wine. Delicious.
Went for a an anniversary dinner with my girlfriend, and we mostly went with recommendations from the staff for each of our plates, which we shared. Every plate was delicious and unique in taste. We both agreed it was certainly one the best meals in our lives, highly recommend.