2012

Spruce Restaurant Review, San Francisco

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Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Spruce

3640 Sacramento Street

San Francisco, CA 94118

415-931-5100

Spruce Website

Book Reservation

Spruce San Francisco Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – Spruce is a popular American restaurant in San Francisco’s upper crust Laurel Heights neighborhood. This restaurant has one Michelin star and has been packed ever since it opened. This is our third visit, with our last meal here several years ago. The chef Mark Sullivan also oversees Village Pub in Woodside. We recently had one of the best duck dishes there, in a long time.

Insider Tip – Make reservations by phone as online reservations didn’t show all the tables that were available.

Cuisine – Contemporary American
Location – San Francisco Laurel Heights Neighborhood
Opened – 2007

Spruce San Francisco Interior Decor

Service – Spruce had very good service. The waiter was sociable and good guidance. Wait staff passed by every couple of minutes.
Verdict – Spruce continues to attract the upper class, middle-aged crowd. The food was excellent as was the surroundings. No mystery why this place is so busy. If you are on a budget, sit at the bar and order a Spruce Burger ($16).

Spruce Signature Dishes – Duck, Pork Tenderloin

Spruce’s Menu included 8 different entries that change all the time. Not a lot of options for vegetarians.

Website Spruce Menu

Spruce Food Picks:
Mojito ($11) was tall, balanced, with hidden potency.

Amuse of Gazpacho shots

Spruce San Francisco Foie Gras

Hudson Valley Foie Gras ($23) Vadouvan waffle, Strawberry, Pistachio. The ban was coming up, so it was time to order more Foie. This dish included both a sauteed and a torchon. Simply awesome.

Spruce San Francisco Salad

Spring Harvest Salad ($14) Romesco, Hazelnuts, Shaved Pecorino Di Moliterno was beautiful and featured some very fresh greens, a huge flat bread covered with high quality cheese shavings.

Spruce San Francisco Sablefish

Pacific Sablefish ($32) Chorizo, Black Trumpets, Artichokes, Caper Parsley Pudding. The day before, we had a pretty below average Mahi Mahi at the Fish Market. They need to send their cooks over here to see how fish should be cooked. This dish was superb, fresh and tender.

Spruce San Francisco Duck Breast

Liberty Farms Duck ($39) Smip Ranch Salsify, Huckleberries, Smoked Honey Jus, Shaved Foie Gras done table side. A very good dish with an excellent sauce. Perfect medium rare and some fun chips.

Spruce San Francisco Coconut rice pudding

Coconut Rice Pudding, Passion fruit Sorbet, Pineapple, Batons ($10) was a nice desert although the Passion fruit sorbet was a bit too sour.

Complimentary salted Carmel and Chocolates rounded out the meal.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Spruce on Urbanspoon

Spruce Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full bar
Attire:Dressy
Parking:Paid Vallet, Street
Reservations:Yes
Posted on May 30th, 2012
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