Roman style osteria in San Francisco: SPQR in Pacific Heights


I love San Francisco’s small plates (tapas) restaurants because you get to try so many different dishes with your dining companies. One of my recent favorites is SPQR, Roman-style osteria in Pacific Heights (see SF Chronicle review). SPQR is located on Fillmore Street where Chez Nous used to be. I loved Chez Nous and used to eat there frequently, so when I walked by one day last year to find out that they were closing, I was filled with dread: who would take its place? I’m glad to see that Chez Nous has a worthy replacement.

SPQR stands for Senatus Populusque Romanus (the Senate and the Roman People), an inscription you find on many edifices and monuments built by the Romans. The menu consists of small plates to be shared between friends. You will find Roman favorites such as pasta with amatriciana or carbonara sauce but also salads such as chicory with anchovies and lemon.

  • Vibe: located on one of San Francisco’s shopping streets, SPQR is lively, modern and chic with warm interiors (wooden floors).
  • Pros: very delicious small plates or tapas; good wine list; good service; excellent place for dinner with a close friend or a date.
  • Cons: the tables are a bit too close to one another (like the old Chez Nous) and when the place is packed it can be quite loud; they do NOT take reservations so it is best to go early (6pm or late 9pm).

1911 Fillmore St.
San Francisco
+1 415 771 7779

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