Who can ask for anything more?. This review is for the bar only. I prefer to eat at the bar because (a) you don't need a reservation and (b) you can order the burger, which is amazing. You can also order off the main menu. The food is always impressive and the service is outstanding. Even seated at the bar, they treat you like royalty and they never rush you. The only downfall is it's an expensive restaurant so take a date you want to impress or make your client take you and pick up the check!
fabulous food!. love eating at the bar! had great seafood. drinks are inventive, but a little on the sweet side. great for girls night, or a romantic evening with your beau.
I am currently visiting San Francisco from New York. I must admit, I am a food snob and believe food, service and price come hand in hand when rating a restaurant.
Service was great, atmoshphere was mature and chic.
The food was just over priced for what it was.
I thought the shortbreads were the best appetizer among the six that were ordered.
The lobster was WAY over priced for the $40 they tagged it at and the sea bass was good.
Dishing out $120 (with tip) for each person that included a few cocktails and 1 bottle of red wine was just not worth it.
I don't mind dishing out $120, just give me something to sing about!
In all honestly, if the dinner were to come out a bit cheaper, I think the whole experience would have been different.
Overrated food, great customer service.
We also got to the restaurant 20 minutes early as recommended and were seated at our reservation time. It took about 15 minutes before a server came to our table to ask if we wanted drinks - by this time, we had already read the entire menu and were ready to order. Our waiter, Charles, and sommelier, Andrew, were both great. Very knowledgeable and fun. The food on the other hand, was mediocre at best. The handmade cold cuts appetizer was really good but the scallops appetizer was just ok. I had the venison with red cabbage and spaetzel. The venison was cooked to perfection, but the red cabbage was overseasoned with cloves or something that was very overpowering. The spaetzel was panfried and had the consistency of styrofoam with absolutely no flavor. The cheese plate had large portions, but they were out of several cheeses so they substituted with larger portions of one of the other selections.
The bill was a whopping $300 for dinner for 2 with appetizer, entre, bottle of inexpensive wine, and cheese plate. All in all, I was disappointed after reading all the great things, especially in Wine Spectator. With all the great places in San Francisco, I would go elsewhere for a better value.
Didn't live up to the hype!. We went to dinner on a Tuesday night and had a disappointing experience. Based on everything I had heard and read I expected more. We arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation and were not seated for 30 minutes. Our server was not particularly friendly. He brought the wrong first course for one of our party and the wrong main course for another. My soup was just lukewarm and the Dorado was nothing special. We ordered dessert(which was very good)but were never offered coffee or tea-we had to ask for it. I would not recommend the restaurant to my friends.
Lovely, Excellent Charcuterie, Avoid the Mussels. I had lunch here recently with a friend. We ordered the charcuterie plate, the house burger, mussels, and house coffee to finish. Everything was lovely and dainty, except for the mussel. The charcuterie plate is not the type of shiny and marbled workingman's indulgence gloriously slathered across a wooden block like one gets in European countries, but much more controlled and refined. I would claim the duck liver mousse the best thing since butter on bread had they not already served the rich-like-cheese butter that made me calm down and put things in perspective. The hamburger was excellent with white cheddar, came with sliced tomatoes, sweet and tangy pickled zucchini and onion on the side, which were crisp and refreshing, and which you would need to cut through the burger's meaty richness. The mussels, I don't really know why I ordered the them except maybe to see if the restaurant could do any wrong, too often good restaurants do bad mussels. Mussels are like mackerels and sardine, when they're good they're awesome, when they're bad no amount of wine, garlic, lemon, or butter could save them. I'm one to love my seafood to taste like seafood and not "chicken from the sea" but these mussels reminded me of dead unidentified sea animal carcass by dirty piers, and should left the kitchen in the other direction -- into the green compost trash bins. I know I was asking for it, but hey, maybe they just had a bad seafood day. I would go back to the restaurant in a heartbeat.
Beautiful space, superb food, excellent wine list. I was totally impressed with everything about Spruce; the wait staff is highly knowledgeable and attentive, but not too attentive (I can't remember our waitperson's name, but she was Russian, and deserves personal kudos for her social grace and perception re the art of waiting tables), the wine list is fabulous and very fairly priced, and the food, the food! Mark Sullivan has outdone himself. The polenta with short rib sugo was outstanding; the bavette steak cooked perfectly, the desserts (William Werner's, I believe) mouth watering. I also loved the seating...booths set into the wall for comfortable side-by-side dining, tables well spaced, a fireplace, excellent bar both for choice of libation and atmosphere...hey, I'm going back again. And again. Definitely one of my new favorites.
Wow what desserts!!. We had a fantastic dinner. The service was excellent as well as the dinner. The highlight of the evening were the desserts. They were perhaps the best we have ever had. Don't forget the wines..... some very unusual and hard to find wines. Our group highly recommends Spruce.
A stylish, winning combination of high-end dining, bar scene, gourmet take-out and intimate sitting room livens up sleepy Presidio Heights..
Housed in a 1930s-era car barn (the entrance arch was built to allow for the passage of Model Ts), the well-thought-out space hits the mark on dark, contemporary sophistication. The entrance is flanked by a take-out cafe and a sitting room/library, while the 70-seat dining room is separated from the hopping bar area by a wall of glass panes. A ceiling highlighted by exposed steel supports and a black-and-chocolate color scheme set the tone for the hip, well-to-do clientele, who, lounging in faux-ostrich chairs and on mohair couches, are seemingly imported from all corners of the city and beyond to lend a dose of in-crowd to a neighborhood that's mostly changed into 'jammies in time for the 11pm news.
Heirloom-tomato gazpacho showcases Chef Mark Sullivan's commitment to serving organic, locally sourced produce; each dip is a veritable garden on a spoon. Buttered Maine lobster is served out of the shell, while a perfectly grilled bavette steak comes with duck-fat potatoes, a companion piece so hearty that anything more than the modest portion would be overwhelming. For dessert, chocolate-and-caramel fondant with chocolate sorbet and chocolate paper is, as one might guess, a love song to the cocoa bean; a stone fruit "bruschetta" lemon verbena ice cream provides a sweet finish with a lighter touch.
Hits: The service is personable and efficient, even when put through their paces by the dinner rush hitting this popular spot--and the host or hostess will give an honest wait-time appraisal on packed nights.
Misses: A very small quibble: The gnocchi in the lobster dish is a competent effort, but leaves some room for improvement, given the high bar set by SF's numerous Italian specialists.
Hip spot in a quiet neighborhood, exceptional service. Stylish spot in Presidio Heights: I went for the first time recently with a co-worker. It was a Thursday evening about 7:00 and crowded - no tables available. As crowded and busy as it was, all of the staff I met, from hostess to bartender to waitress were exceptionally warm and helpful. The bar's not the most comfortable place to hang out when it's standing room only, but it was worth the wait for foo. I had the gazpacho and duck breast; both were lovely. Spruce is one of my new favorites.
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