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. Shelley Lindgren Wine Director/Owner Shelley Lindgren’s reputation for seeking out Italian wines made with lesser-known grapes has earned her recognition as a wine pioneer. Lindgren, who has worked in restaurants all her life, feels that her job is less about creating high-profile wine lists and more about sharing her passion for wine and hospitality with guests. A graduate of University of San Francisco, she spent six years at the fine-dining restaurant Fleur de Lys while earning her sommelier certificate. Lindgren also earned a culinary certificate at the Tante Marie Cooking School, where she has been teaching wine since 2002. In 2004, along with SPQR owner Victoria Libin, and chef Christophe Hille they formed the team that opened A16, a restaurant inspired by the cooking of Campania with an emphasis on Neopolitan pizza and Southern Italian wines. Lindgren continues to search for evocative wines to serve at A16 and SPQR. To stay current, she embarks on rigorous tasting trips to Italy twice a year. In the restaurants, she mentors employees by encouraging them to earn their sommelier’s certificate. As a member of Les Dames d’ Escoffier, Lindgren stays involved with San Francisco’s food community. She has taught at the Culinary Institute of America, and is a regular instructor at Tante Marie. Lindgren’s first book, A16 Food + Wine, was awarded Cookbook of the Year and First Book/The Julia Child Award at the prestigious 2009 IACP Cookbook Awards. In August 2009, she was honored with Gourmet magazine’s Sommelier Award, presented to the next generation of wine stars, in the category of Educator and in November 2009 she was awarded the Golden Goblet Award by the Association of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. She has been named: Best New Sommelier from Wine & Spirits Best Wine Director in San Francisco Magazine Nominee for Best Wine Service in 2010 and 2011 by the James Beard Foundation Executive Chef: Matthew Accarrino Matthew Accarrino is the nationally recognized chef of SPQR in San Francisco, CA. Born in the Midwest and raised on the east coast, he moved west to California in 2007. His unique culinary style draws inspiration from his Italian heritage, personal experiences and classical training with some of America’s best chefs. Coupled with the embrace of the bounty of opportunities California ingredients present and a strong belief in direct sourcing, producing, even playing a role in the creation of his own ingredients. The result is an intensely personal cuisine that is both technically polished and soulful; and which has garnered praise from publications such as Food&Wine, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Wall Street Journal, Food Arts, Plate, New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, 7X7 and SF Magazine. Under his direction, the restaurant was recognized with a Michelin star in the 2013 and 2014 guides. Since his arrival, Accarrino has been named a Star Chefs “2010 Rising Star” for his “innovative vision, finesse, and deeply satisfying cuisine,” and in 2011 he took top honors at San Francisco’s Cochon 555 competition. Accarrino has been nominated three consecutive times by the James Beard Foundation as a semi-finalist for “Best Chef: West.” Food & Wine Magazine named him “People’s Best Chef California” in 2013 and editorially selected him to for the prestigious “Best New Chef” award in 2014. Accarrino co-authored and released his first book, published by Ten Speed Press, SPQR: Modern Italian Food and Wine, in October 2012.

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Awards Michelin Star 2016

Executive Chef Matthew Accarrino


1911 Fillmore Street
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California 94115
United States

Public Transit:
Muni 22 Fillmore, 3 Jackson, 38 Geary & 1 California.

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  • Executive Chef:
  • Matthew Accarrino
  • Dining Style:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines:
  • Italian
  • Dress Code:
  • Casual Dress
  • Price Range:
  • $31 to $50
  • Payment Options
  • AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Additional:
  • Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Concierge Recommended 2015
  • Michelin Star
  • James Beard Award


Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm and Sunday 5:30pm-10:00pm Lunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm

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