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S.P.Q.R. Restaurant

133 Mulberry Street, (Grand & Hester Sts.), New York City, NY 10013 (Little Italy)
212 925 3120
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Ranked #6,336 of 11,599 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Cross street: Between Hester and Grand Streets
Transit: 6, J, M & Z trains to Canal Street, and B & D trains to Grand Street.
Description: Here at 133 Mulberry Street, Ristorante S.P.Q.R. has been created in the heart of New York's Little Italy as a monument to Italian cuisine. Over two thousand years have passed since the time of Romulus. The initials S.P.Q.R. are still today, a monogram in Rome and can be seen throughout the beautiful acient city. The Arches, gateways to Rome, bear the inscription S.P.Q.R. and give a feeling of warmth and welcome to the traveler upon entering the city. It is with great pride that Ristorante S.P.Q.R.-Senatus Populus-Que Romanus uses this monogram. Just as the Senate and the poeple of Rome welcomed friends, travelers and countrymen, Ristorante S.P.Q.R. welcomes you to enjoy a truly fine dining experience.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
New York
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86 reviews 86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This restaurant is all boarded up now. I heard that a Christmas Tree Shop will be taking over the building.

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Pennsylvania
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242 reviews 242 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
394 helpful votes 394 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My spouse and I dined at SPQR for lunch in mid-December 2012. (SPQR stands for Senatus Populusque Romanus, which means the Senate and People of Rome.) Note that this restaurant is not associated with the 1-Michelin starred restaurant called SPQR in San Francisco. This property is located on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, where one Italian restaurant after another line... More

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is a very nice restauranr. Good service and good food. However, for the prices that they charge the main courses are small. So you need to have dessert if you are still hungry after the main course. Desserts are also not cheap.

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Among the multiple Mulberry Street restaurants in Little Italy, SPQR wins the street-side battle. It looks elegant from the sidewalk. However, the food is average at best and the wine and service could be better. There are better options along Mulberry Street - don't be fooled by the decore.

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So Cal
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

In the city for our annual December shopping trip and we always go to Chinatown and stop in Little Italy for lunch. This year, we got a recommendation for S.P.Q.R. and decided to try it. The restaurant had classy Christmas decorations and the inside is very spacious, unlike many of the restaurants in that area. Dark hardwood floors, white linens... More

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New York City, New York
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88 reviews 88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Large dining room with good selection of tourisy Italian food and wine. Large gathering banquet hall upstairs for large party.

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Staten Island, New York, USA
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79 reviews 79 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

After spending the day in the city, my husband and I decided to go to dinner in Little Italy and found SPQR. It was a beautiful summer night, so we decided to sit outside. I don't usually like to sit outside at places in the city, sometimes the waiters tend to forget about you, but that didn't happen here. There... More

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Binghamton, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

I stopped here as part of an organized tour group and found the meal to be fair. The large party accomidations were tight and uncomfortable, the music was too loud(and i'm 43, not 80) and it was hot. I realize they were serving over 100 people all at once, but i felt herded in and out and didn't really think... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

We liked that no one was harassing us to eat there like many of the other restaurants on the street but once we say down, it took a long time for anyone to greet us, acknowledge us or even bring a menu. There were so many waiters standing around but no one interested in offering anything to us. The bread... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We knew Little Italy was a bit of a tourist trap but we were in the area and wanted some pizza. We were harassed by waiter to go inside with promises of pizza big enough for two etc etc. Once we entered we were basically ignored & told we'd need 2 pizzas. We got one only and it was just... More

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