Dinner Monday-Saturday 5:30-10:30, Sunday 5:30-10
Weekend Lunch Saturday-Sunday 11-2:30

about us

SPQR is a Northern California restaurant inspired by Italian cuisine and wine.

An acronym for Senatus Populusque Romanus, SPQR translates to “The People and Senate of Rome” and was the emblem of the Roman Empire.

Led by Chef Matthew Accarrino a Food & Wine “Best New Chef” in 2014 and celebrated Sommelier/Owner Shelley Lindgren.

A proud recipient of a Michelin star for both 2013 and 2014, we strive for balance in offering the highest quality of food, wine and service for each guest’s experience in a intimate and inviting atmosphere.

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