SPQR - Chef's Counter

Pasta Tasting Menu

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The 7-seat chef’s counter at this intimate, Michelin-starred Italian eatery in Pacific Heights is the ideal spot to watch James Beard-nominated chef Matthew Accarrino at work. It’s where the 2014 Food & Wine ‘Best New Chef’ prepares his assagio de primi, an inspired five-course pasta tasting menu offered with wine pairings from award-winning sommelier Shelley Lindgren. Like a modern trattoria, the setting is lively and warm, both a local favorite and a dining destination.

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We offer Chef’s Counter seating for the 5-course, prix fixe pasta tasting menu ($59 per person plus optional wine pairing for $45 per person).

What the Food Critics are Saying

"Matthew Accarrino has developed a cult following among those in the know. He has turned a small restaurant into the place to go for extraordinary pasta. He does it all: butchers pigs, handcrafts all the pastas and painstakingly dips chocolates for an end-of-the-meal treat. He flavors pasta with such things as red beets, nettles, Meyer lemon and charred onion. Smoked linguine may be paired with clams, bacon, tomato and wild arugula pesto. Squiggly torchio is spiked with senise pepper and tossed with beef Bolognese, burrata and kale.” - San Francisco Chronicle

“This is a place where passion and enthusiasm for Italian specialties are palpable—if not contagious. From piccolo (snacks) to dolce, the extensive menu evolves with the seasons, yet remains consistently good. Antipasti deliver pure pleasure, balancing crunchy fried chicken in a sweet honey glaze arranged with shaved and pickled radish, serrano chili powder, a quenelle of ice lettuce remoulade, and drizzles of honey and chili cream. Twirls of homemade pasta are always memorable, as in mustard capellini with an extraordinary guinea hen ragù, chopped Savoy cabbage, and melting mimolette. However, desserts are true showstoppers, so save room for luscious blond chocolate panna cotta with sweet coconut creamespuma, almond brittle, and salted caramel cubes.” – Michelin


The intimate and inviting 50-seat space features dark wood wainscoting, soaring ceilings, and a splash of color from green glassware. The coveted 7-seat chef’s counter offers a view to the action in the small open kitchen. And throughout the space, there's the palpable buzz of passion for food and wine.

On the Side

SPQR, or Senatus Populesque Romanus, is a reference to the Roman Empire meaning "The People and Senate of Rome."


  • One Michelin star, 2015
  • Three stars from the San Francisco Chronicle, 2013
  • Matthew Accarrino: Nominee, James Beard Award for Best Chef: West, 2015
  • Matthew Accarino: Winner, “Best New Chef,” 2014 — Food & Wine
  • SF’s Best for Homemade Pasta — Zagat
  • Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants, 2015 — San Francisco Chronicle
  • Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America, 2014 — Wine Enthusiast

1911 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Intimate, Neighborhood Feel, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
    Good For: Foodies, Hot Spot
  • Noise Level: Loud
  • Wine Spirits: Wine/Beer Only
    Phone: (415) 771-7779
  • Private Dining Room: Yes