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.
Things we liked: allowed to enter before the actual opening, and wait until 5:30; when we asked to have the piped-in music turned down, it was! and right away; having space with empty table next to most parties for quite a while. My chicken liver mousse was served in a small mason jar, cute but hard to get all the food out. My friend's halibut was strangely not flavorful, even counting the foamy orange sauce. He was surprised and a little disappointed. My meatballs were quite tasty, and though tiny could be made into two bites apiece without trouble, cheese balls were rather flavorless, I suppose to accent the pork, the braised leaves were a charming garnish. My tiramisu was very fine, the best part of my meal.
I had read wonderful reviews of this restaurant and the food was indeed wonderful. I was there with my children and husband while on holiday. We didn't find the hostess well suited for her job...didn't even manage a smile!! We were seated at a table for four right next to the door even though other tables were available....including a lovely table near the window. It bothers me when people
see a family and feel they aren't 'serious' diners and are not 'worthy' of a nice table. Our children have travelled to Europe and all over North America and I cannot recall such a cold attitude. It's too bad, it started the meal off on the wrong foot and for my husband and daughter, the food didn't make up for it..we didn't stay for dessert.
The food really good and the ambience very local, very stylish. Great wine selection!. We loved it!!
My aunt and uncle sent me to SPQR; they are very picky about Italian food so I knew I was in for a treat. The restaurant is small, busy, and loud; which I enjoy for a night out. It has a sleek, modern feel and an impressive tower of wine dominates one wall.
The staff are all incredibly friendly and helpful. We asked for help in making food and wine selections and were not disappointed.
We started with a duck liver mousse. My friend was not sure he would be able to help eat it, but he soon realized that pate is good. My only complaint about the food was that the rabbit wrapped in bacon was rather dry. Other than that, everything was terrific.
Outstanding food, but the tables are packed intoo tightly so that you can't have a private conversation with our dinner date and you can hear everything the couple next to you is saying. Fortunately it's so noisy and loud that it works in your favor to keep your converations semi private. Maybe take out one or two tables so we aren't packed in like sardines. But the outstanding one of a kind food made up for that.
We had the pasta tasting menu with wine pairings. It was delicious and very filling. Our favorite was the pasta with green bean 'bolognese' - really flavorful and 'meaty' considering it was vegetarian. All the pastas were fun and inventive. Service was knowledgable and attentive.
Terrible Service. I won't be back.
We each had the excellent summer corn soup. We shared 2 antipasti plates, the suckling pork confitura and the baby artichoke. These two dishes were substandard; the various ingredients seemed to have been thrown together without much thought. We remained optimistic about what surely would be SPQR's forte, namely their pastas. Two of us ordered their smoked fettuccini with sea urchin, smoked bacon and quail egg and one ordered the squid ink spaghettini with crab, shrimp, trout roe. The fettuccini was overly salty. The squid ink spaghettini was briny (and we love sashimi!) and sandy/gritty with a shell remnant that our friend spit out. Shame on the kitchen for such poor quality control! This is by far the worst meal we can ever remember.
SPQR is literally the best restaurant I have ever eaten at barnone. The food is simply divine- each morsel of food prepared to absolute perfection. I went with a friend of mine who told me to save my appetite for dinner, so we went very hungry. We had the red oak salad with fried bread, sweetbreads, melon salad, pasta with sea urchin, pasta with sweet corn, sweet corn soup, broccoli rabe ravioli and for dessert the semolina cake and chocolate cake. It was out of this world. the Sea Urchin pasta was so silky and perfectly rich. The best food I have ever had- and I have eaten at many, many restaurants! Can't wait to go back!
Came here for our one year anniversary. We were both impressed, the food was Amazing, and the food and wine pairings were outstanding! Service was great!
Lots of changes, some good, some not so good, but we still love it! New leather chairs are comfy and chic. New art...Same artist as at Bar Crudo, but we miss the vintage Italian posters and the mermaid theme doesn't seem right. Also, no more amber ale! My beer-drinking husband hates Belgian beer. No more dedicated ice cream from Mr. and Mrs. Oh well, we are adjusting. The pastas are the best in the city and the unusual preparations are what keep us coming back. Food is simply outstanding and after all, that is what WE go to a restaurant for. And the excellent staff is just the cherry on the gelato!
New remodel looks good, the food is great, the service adequate, but the hip-hop music has to go!
Each dish was consistently unique and amazing. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
I love this place... Yelped it 5 stars
Great place to celebrate my birthday with friends!
It was our first time at SPQR, and we were not let down. We arrived at 9:15pm on Friday night for dinner. The atmosphere was energetic, the wine was amazing and the food was unbelievable. I would definitely recommend SPQR. Prices are reasonable and the service was great.
Reserve a seat at the counter (chef's table) to see the team do their art in the kitchen.
The food was fantastic. The corn soup really stole the show. The beet raviolini was a sauce less wonder with a modest and delicious topping of goat cheese and shaved green onion. And the ricotta gnudi and sage lamb meatballs were savory and satisfying. When service ran a little slow our wine glasses were refilled on the house. An absolute gem!
Great restaurant,would recommend.
Chef swings for the fences, but doesn't always hit homers.
Food was awesome..having read previous reviews we had high expectations. Those expectations were exceeded.Great wine list with some hidden gems.Tables are tight together but if you're relaxed it's a non issue. You won't go wrong here!
Very hip and modern place, and a great place for a lunch date. The tables are pretty small, and your seats are very close to other people. I wouldn't recommend this place for dinner because it doesn't have that "private" feel. Food is very unique, and a perfect place for foodies
Our favorite neighborhood spot for special occasions. Has yet to let us down. Two thumbs up.
The waitress made very good wine recommendations. The food was excellent. We've been meaning to go for a while, and sometimes when this happens, the experience is anticlimatic. Not in this case. We will definitely go again.
Another amazing dinner experience!
I went with a group and we all did the 5 course pasta tasting. Food was absolutely amazing! Also highly recommend ordering the wine pairings. great ambiance-- good for small groups or a great date night.
A very good restaurant. I like the idea of a pasta focus menu. Service is great. This time the pastas I chose were a bit bland. The raw Tuna and chicken liver mousse were great. The seating is tight and the noise level is high.
over priced. ridiculously small portions but food itself was good. nothing outstanding or groundbreaking. service poor, very crowded, you eat on top of other people basically and really loud. would not go back.
Our meal was excellent, as was the service. The restaurant and server seemed very knowledgeable about our need for a gluten free meal and were very accommodating. Our server was also very knowledgeable about & helpful with appropriate wine pairings.
I am a diner from outside the U.S. so I came at the recommendation of a friend who knew that I love pasta and recommended the pasta tasting menu. I didn't know that it was only served on certain days and so I came on a day that they didn't serve pasta tasting menu. My server informed that the kitchen would put out the plates for me so I was really happy. The food was amazing and would gladly go back.
Great food well prepared, original, not overdone in anything. excellent service, low key yet special.
This was our second visit. The first time we had not made a reservation but were able to secure a table (as long as we ate quickly!) This time we made a reservation and went for the more leisurely pasta tasting menu with wine pairing. Well worth the time and expense. We will definitely be back.
Seating for most of restaurant is vertical banquette with chairs outboard. This assured that half your party will be uncomfortably seated. Once squeezed in, you could gaze at the paintings hung crooked and hope that more care would be applied you the preparation of your meal. The wine list has depth and the staff knows it well, but are anxious to sell you an $18 glass. Once I explained that seemed a bit rich, a perfectly acceptable alternative was provided. A parsimonious pour was noted. I ordered the rabbit, but what I got was a ham sandwich. No it was rabbit, but the, as menu described, prosciutto wrap completely overwhelmed the dish. The dish itself was beautifully presented.
Our experience was phenomenal! The corn chowder was the best we've ever had. The gnudi was awesome. There wasn't one thing we tasted that we didn't like. We will definitely be back!
Unbelievably good food in a tight space.
Pretty decent experience and service is good. But A16 is better.
Food, wine choices, and service were great. Noise level, crowding, and ambience were not what I wished. I would go again, but I would try to pick a time when it was less noisy. I could hardly hear my partner.
Superb menu choices, beautiful presentations without being ostentatious; all ingredients are fresh from the market;excellent wine selections; experienced professional staff--friendly & efficient without being intrusive.
Having looked forward to trying SPQR since moving here in 2010, it did not disappoint. The food was wonderful. Really enjoyed a lentil & carrot salad and the fresh pastas were delish. From the hostess to the bartender to our server, the service was so spot on. Our favorite part of the experience was dining at the chef's counter and watching the kitchen- truely impressive. Highly recommend reserving seats at the counter.
I've heard a lot about SPQR and finally got to experience it! What an amazing experience, incredible food, excellent service and delicious wine selection. Our waitress was helpful with all our dinner suggestions and I'm still thinking about the uni pasta - absolutely a 5+ star restaurant!