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.
The food was interesting and I just enjoyed experiencing what they put on the menu, but almost nothing on their tasting menu blew me away. The staff were efficient and pleasantly helpful, but not intrusive. I’m happy I went, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back again. I might try their tasting menu again during a different season when they explore different ingredients.
Great environment, friendly servers, amazing food.
Three of us sat at the bar...Alex our server was above and beyond...food amazing...wine list fantastic...lots of values and gems as well. Embarassed to ask but had Chef sign two cookbooks for friends who are chef's and he was more than happy to.
Great evening all the way areound
We love this place and are regulars. The staff treats us extremely well. Recently learned I have some food allergies and they fell all over themselves trying to make sure that I could eat safely. Can't say enough for the creativity and service. Top notch.
An exquisite menu with creative dishes and over-the-top service. Although all of the wait staff were efficient and attentive we trusted our palates and ultimate decisions to Dia who was extraordinary. She steered us in the right direction from antipasti to dessert, suggesting a perfect wine pairing for each course. We chose this restaurant for a special anniversary celebration and for any future indulgence will definitely think of SPQR par excellence.
Great food overall! The service and cleanliness of the bathrooms need some improvement, but the food made the journey worth it.
The starters were amazing and my gnocci over a bed of beef was outstanding.
I go to SPQR every time I come to San Francisco when I can plan enough in advance to get a reservation. The food is phenomenal and my favorite restaurant in town. The menu changes with seasonal items. This time around the crab pasta dish was amazing. Our favorite was the black garlic and beef with nettle and fried sage veal ravioli! Definitely a place for a foodie!
Great food and excellent service!
In our opinion, this is the best place in the Bay Area for pasta. All of the pasta dishes we've tasted are outstanding. While they reliably represent the classic pastas, there is also a creative edge associated with each dish. SPQR pasta is particularly outstanding not only because of the quality but also because of the number offered (~8 - 10). Almost none of the pastas are ordinary, such as spaghetti, but both linguine and gnocchi (my favorite) are on the list. IN ADDITION we love the ambience. It is totally non-pretentious, but there is a quiet elegance. The emphasis is on quiet, since we were able to converse comfortably. It is one of the quietest restaurants we've gone to recently - a gem. We recommend it without reservation, especially if you're looking for great pasta and antipasto dishes.
The service was fantastic and the server was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. The food was over priced, underwhelming, and not even that big enough to share with the other person.
Pasta was outstanding and all dishes were so delicious.
Wonderful, intimate experience sitting at the Chef's "bar" and watching the fine detail and craftsmanship of their work. Loved it.
Food average at best and very overpriced. I’ve eaten at many fine places, ie Manhatta, Tavern on the Green, Gramercy Tavern and there food is of a higher quality than this place.
We went on nye, and they had a prefix menu. It didn't look like the kitchen was comfortable executing a prefix meal. While the food was good, the pace of food service was inconsistent and each plate was not explained. We had to keep referring to the menu to understand what was in front of us. Most dishes were prepared well, but unimaginative and the blend of tastes on the plate did not always compliment each other. Presentation was inconsistent between my partners dish and my dish. The $ value was not very good compared to other restaurants.
The food was average at best. It would have been an okay dinner had it not been so extravagantly expensive. A two top with a bottle of wine for $600 is beyond unreasonable for such average food. The short rib was over cooked and many of the dishes lacked the depth of flavor that one would expect for fine dinning. The tables were also extremely cramped together and the ambience generic at best.
I will not go back.
A friend and I recently dined at SPQR to celebrate New Year’s over good food and wine. Overall, it was a negative (and grossly overpriced) experience unbecoming of a “fine dining” establishment. A few highlights below:
-Restroom facilities were unclean with used towels and liquid scattered all over the floor at 5:45 pm
-Extremely slow and lackadaisical service, with up to 40 min delays between courses
-Protein “main” course consisted of a single, bland scallop
-Extremely small portions in general— felt more like an d’ouevre sampling than a proper meal
Michelin Guide— take note! This place was an extremely far cry from a proper one-star restaurant. For the money, you are better off trying out Cotogña or Flour & Water. Absolutely unacceptable.
We ate at SPQR on New Year’s Eve when they had a five course meal with limited options with respect to salad or risotto, shellfish or ribs and chocolate vs cheese for dessert. Everything was nicely presented and many of the items, such as Dungeness crab with black truffle oil were unbelievably good. It was a fantastic special evening. Service was prompt and friendly and we loved being there.
The management was terrible. We were early. They were late. They didn't care. They were out of several menu items. My date got leaked on in the bathroom and his shirt got leaked on and they told us to call if we wanted it dry cleaned. Why should WE call if THEY made a mistake? Also, they told us our first round of drinks would be covered and it was not true. I think for a place like that the service, timeliness, management and food-availability didn't perform.
They ran out of 4 of the featured entrees by 8:30 on a Saturday night. They offered an alternative entree of Parmesan & white truffle linguine for $88/plate.
We visited SPQR before, and it was fabulous. This time, while the food was very good, our service was not. Juan was not helpful, and didn't even seem to know the menu all that well. His service was perfunctory at best. This not an inexpensive dinner, and we expected the same service other tables seemed to be enjoying, and that we, in fact, enjoyed on previous visits. We will not be returning. Hugely disappointing.
Way overpriced, your paying for Michelin star not food
Unique recipes, unique ingredients, and helpful staff, made for a great meal and dining experience. Expansive wine list, and helpful server gave us a very nice bottle of wine.
The server was a lot of fun and the food was phenomenal. We enjoyed the risotto and pork chop!
Superb food and wine, great service. The only minor downside was cramped table
I had pasta tasting menu. Every dish was excellent
Great! Love the food and service is great.
Maybe it was a case of ordering poorly, but I felt my dinner was heavy (scallops followed by timballo) and not as yummy as Michelin starred food should be. Wish there were more green vegetable and salad options on the menu.... Our dessert had a chocolate mousse that was very delicious and a chocolate paté that was not. Lovely service, but I wish (for the very high pricing) they would have had cloths on the tables.
Buenísimo!! Estupendo servicio!! La comida deliciosa!!
This place never disappoints in its creative take on traditional Italian dishes and outstanding attentive service. Although it can sometimes be hard to imagine how the combination of ingredients listed on the menu will turn out, just trust the chef and go for it. My favorite way to explore is the 3 course all house-made pasta tasting with the wine pairing - always a worthwhile adventure!
Absolute fantastic Italian food. Pasta was spectacular. Great service, quite pricey but lunch deal is pretty food.
Pastas were well made, but did not have good balance of flavor and everything tasted off.
Ive been to SPQR and had a nice experience, but this time they seemed off their game. We sat at the chefs counter which was fun, but everything was extremely slow and it seemed to be so just for us. As an example, it took us 45 minutes to get our appetizer, after the couple sitting next to us (we sat at the same time) had already been served both an app and their meal. The rest of the courses were quicker, but we spent a lot of time just sitting and waiting. The food was also uninspiring. I won’t be rushing back.
Wonderful meal, pastas were delicious and I'm generally not a pasta fan. Only complaint is the proximity of neighboring tables. One was right up against our table, more like communal seating. We were on a date so it made it uncomfortable to have the conversation we wanted to have. ;) Interior is rather cold and hard edged, (modern lines) and echoey. I wouldn't take another date here but might bring some friends for a quick bite before a show.
My wife and I went to SPQR for a special occasion (birthday) on the basis of the Michelin Star and a recommendation from a neighbor. We were greatly disappointed. The food, while perhaps once tasty at the kitchen, was uniformly barely warm when it arrived. (We did point this out to the staff.) My pork main dish was very fatty which became more pronounced with lukewarm meat. The service was extremely slow. Our waiter noticed this delay and felt compelled to bring us bread to bridge the gaps. In addition, the noise level was quite high and the seating (especially for a very expensive restaurant) was uncomfortably close.
We (my spouse and I) are not novices in travel or high end restaurants. We have dined all over the world at famous and Michelin starred restaurants. If SPQR does not improve the service and get hot food to the table we predict they will soon lose the "Star".
The food was good but took over 45 minutes to get our order. When we asked about the delay in getting our food, the server said something lame and did not check on it. The portions are small, so don;t go here if you are hungry.
Great food and experience!
Food was good though a bit pricey for what it was. Wine recommendations were great.
Very cramped restaurant - we were a group of 2 and sat at a 4-top essentially (about 2 inches between tables) with another couple not in our group. It was fine, lively feel but definitely a bit crowded.
Fabulous Italian food. Second time in 6 weeks and it did not disappoint.
Truffles were in and to die for. So worth the price.