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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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The food here is really an experience. The flavor combinations are unique and work wonderfully in your mouth. The sommelier Sam will make excellent suggestions for wine so trust him to do so. The service is personal and impeccable. It's worth every penny! Treat yourselves to a special experience
We were disappointed with the attempt the restaurant is trying to make with the food. It’s as if they are trying to get a Michelin star by overdoing it with the ingredients. The quality of the ingredients was very good but they just didn’t go together. It used to be a simple and delicious neighborhood restaurant , now it’s overpriced and trying too hard.
Friendly service. Delicious home-made pastas with creative sauces. This was the nest pasta we have ever eaten. Anything with pork also delicious. A mistake was made bringing a wrong appetizer, and we were allowed to keep it complimentary. We knew nothing about the Italian wines, and the waiter was so helpful in a way that did not make us feel ignorant. This is a gem of a restaurant.
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