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
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.
Spruce Food Picks:
Mojito ($11) was tall, balanced, with hidden potency.
Amuse of Gazpacho shots
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)