Neighborhoods: Lower Pacific Heights
Cuisine: Italian, Tapas, American

SPQR is a Italian, Tapas, and American restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped more than 18%.

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 San Francisco, CA

SPQR will satisfy your craving for animal parts

This Italian eatery always packs in a crowd, and for good reason. If you like offal or the internal organs and such of butchered animals, then this Pacific Heights restaurant is a must. SPQR specializes in rich, yummy things like fried rabbit liver, bone marrow, crispy pig’s ear and sweatbreads. Dishes change based upon availability of ingredients, and for people who are watching their cholesterol and calories, there are a few lighter menu items such as Meyer lemon risotto with pea shoots.

Chicken Livers

Part of the joy of eating this dish is being able to dip into the jar of balsamic and rhubarb jam, and spread it along with some of the decadent chicken livers onto crunchy, chewy crostini. Sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy, warm and cold, it’s a gift to the senses.
My four year old daughter loved the rhubarb jam on crostini but found the livers a bit strange.

Columbia River King Salmon

Under the large plates section of the menu, there is a salmon dish with beet fregola and pickled rhubarb which tasted really fresh, was perfectly cooked (they tend to prepare it on the rare side but I requested it cooked well for my child and they did) and had a refreshing amount of acid. Our daughter devoured it. In fact, she liked the salmon so much that she wanted more, so we ordered the Grilled Wild Salmon Belly with golden raisin saor and pepper jam from the starters portion of the menu ($8), to compare the preparations. Both were equally delicious.

Local Sardines

This starter comes with bread crumbs, Lady apple puree and chili oil. I’m a big fan of sardines, so this dish was good, but it seemed to lack a little pizazz. Maybe it’s because I prefer mine marinated (for that, go to Gitane in SF, they do a great job).


I think that if more kids tried this dish, they would like it. Kind of like popcorn shrimp and popcorn chicken. Those little morsels are really addicting. Actually, I don’t think I’ve never met a sweetbreads dish I didn’t like. The best in recent memory were at The Richmond on Balboa Street in the city, and SPQR’s were just about as good. Think grilled onions, morels and black garlic sauce – mmmmm!

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Italian Tapas American
Sun 05:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon-Wed 05:30PM - 10:30PM
Thu-Sat 05:30PM - 11:00PM
Sun 11:30AM - 02:30PM (Sunday Brunch)
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SPQR is located near the cities of Hayes Valley, , Mission District, Chinatown, and Haight Ashbury.
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