Spruce

4.7
3235 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Spruce welcomes you into a warm and inviting 'neighborhood' restaurant that feels sophisticated yet relaxed, comfortable, and formal. Enjoy a glass of Champagne by the fireplace in our Library; unwind and dine in our spacious bar and enjoy our extensive spirit selection; experience the pleasure and richness of our formal dining room lined with dark brunette mohair for a multi-coursed meal. Chef Mark Sullivan highlights his classic American seasonal menus with ingredients from local farms and ranchers while Wine and Spirits Director Andrew Green has crafted an exquisitely rounded and extensive wine selection to pair your every need.

We at Spruce, the sister restaurant of The Village Pub in Woodside, look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the neighborhood. Let us excite your senses and arouse your expectation. We await the opportunity of taking detailed and gracious care of your time with us.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Spruce! Enjoy a lovely $160 per person, four-course prix-fixe menu with optional wine pairings ($95). Our cancelation policy is 72 hours in advance. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

Fancy fine dining, San Francisco style. Bring your elders.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 3235 People Are Saying
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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding server.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. Incredible meal with impeccable service.

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HR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Spruce has always been one of my favorite restaurants in SF, until this last visit. I was extremely disappointed with the service and unfortunately, I will not return until I hear of significant improvement.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved loved loved everything about Spruce. The ambiance was perfect; open; room between tables; attentive service; the crab-filled canalone is to die for.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place to have a birthday brunch with close friends!

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ML
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Greeting was terrible. We we're apparently not a priority. When seeing was made final service was improving and what would be expected.

New York was plain. Nothing special.

Salad was excellent..deserts were fine.

Drinks were acceptable.

I would have expected more for the money.

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KK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shhhh....hidden Gem! Don't tell anyone that it's amazing!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daniel was a spot on server and a choice semolie. Absolute choice service that made the meal.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here is AMAZING!!!! The food is consistently fabulous. We love love love love this place.

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MD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding, food was excellent. Thank you!

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k
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! we went for an early Sunday lunch - the food was just fabulous. i had the duck confit benedict (with a GF English muffin) and - omg - was really great. The kids at the next table had the most amazing looking pancakes (seriously I am not joking, they were puffy like freshly basked pita bread). My two buddies both had sides of bacon. I mean bacon, right? Thick, tasty and super hot.

The service is fantastic and the ambience is high end, serene almost. Will definitely be back for dinner some time.

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Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

メニューのセレクションが少ない。パンが自家製の焼きたてでなく、普通の購入したもの。食事は美味しい。サービスはよいが帰る時はレセプションに誰もいなく見送りなし。

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comida genial, ambiente fantástico, buen servicio .

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TF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were a large party and were crammed into a table by the door. Fortunately the room was warm and we felt no breeze, just waitstaff scooting by constantly. The food was very good, but service was slow. There was a half hour wait between when we sat down and when our order was taken. We had no cocktails. A 2.5 hour meal took 4 hours. We will try again when the holidays are over. Don’t think they deserve a Michelin star.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was not hot, too many tables in the dining room results in your chair being constantly bumped, freshness of ingredients were questionable, prices too high considering issues.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Best hamburgers in the City!

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CN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The overall ambiance of Spruce is comfortably elegant and understated which appealed to our group. The menu had a wonderful selection of unique choices that addresses most tastes, particularly ours! And it was divine. We enjoyed how it was served as a group, rather than individually, which meant that several servers presented the food concurrently. Nice touch. Unique desserts were beautifully presented on the plate and "garnished" with an extra pour of espresso on the Butternut Squash ice cream - that was an experience! Service was a bit slow, both in getting to our table (odd, since we were almost the first customers) and in taking orders. But all in all, a wonderful experience and we'd definitely recommend and go again.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Great service and a wonderful meal. Loved the fois gras. And the one pairings were really great too.

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San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I was so disappointed with almost every aspect of my dinner at Spruce last night. It was my second time eating at the restaurant and the experience couldn’t have been more different. The first time I sat in the main dining room, this time we were seated in a small, outer room which had nice ambience, however the service was abominable. The slow service started with drinks and didn’t end until I paid the bill. The food was fair at best, and severely overpriced. We ordered the special, a 32oz rib eye, neglected to ask the price and it wasn’t disclosed. When the steak came it had good flavor however it was riddled with inedible gristle. The rest of the food was average at best. The vegetables were forgotten and took 15 minutes to come back; the steak was shown to us and then whisked away to be sliced, which took at least 10 minutes to come
back to the table as our potatoes and vegetables got cold. I was disgusted by this time and simply wanted my bill, which took another 15 minutes. Oh, the cost of the gristly steak? $190 ... none of us in my party will return for another meal.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Christmas Eve- limited fixed price menu that we were not informed about when we booked.
90 minutes between arrival and serving
Absent waiter
Overall - a horrible experience

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday with family.

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San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For starters, the hosts at the front desk appear genuinely pleased that guests have arrived, with a quick update on the status of the table, followed by information about any delays and an invitation to wait in a quiet area beside the bar. Food is well prepared and beautifully presented, with lunch prices only a dollar or so above that of other far less welcoming restaurants. Wait staff are gracious and handle spills with alacrity and finesse (water glass turnover). The decor of Spruce is understated, harking back to an earlier era of fine dining--lovely setting to be in but not cloyingly Notice Me. All three in our party were as pleased as we could have been, and look forward to a return.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another memorable dining experience at Spruce in our favorite city to celebrate in. A treat was the potato vichyssoise.. perfectly executed and robustly flavored. Worthy of another visit... as always everything was on spot well prepared and we enjoyed every bite! We’ll be back ...

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BL
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Spruce numerous times. That is saying something because we live in Marin and need to come in to the city. We have enjoyed every visit. We even had our daughter's post wedding party by taking over the restaurant for the evening, and they did a wonderful job then.

Each of us had a lovely lunch and would recommend everything including the caviar starter.

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New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting family in San Francisco, I was born here so I know my restaurants. Well we happened into Spruce and it was so amazing that we cancelled a reservation later in the week to go back.

White and black truffles we in season and added the special touch. Also, the wine list is huge. I mean huge like the now long forgotten phone books of my era

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

What happened to our dear Spruce?? We weren't seated until 30 minutes past our reservation time, which it's fine to be backed up but not even acknowledged or even a friendly apology? The menu and food also seemed to be a drastic turn from what I remember... which was a memorable flavorful meal I couldn't wait to get more of. It took over two hours to serve one appetizer and an entree.... also ill timed and spaced apart unevenly. For dishes that they charge $40+, I would expect much better service. Sadly not coming back here again.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a special spot and special food.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special dining experience!

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CS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for a birthday meal and really enjoyed it. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and the food was really good, especially the braised beef cheeks and the halibut ( a special on the menu). We also had a pre-dinner drink at the bar, and I would recommend the Spruce Goose for a cocktail.

It was a good value for the quality of food

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1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply exquisite.

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JS
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, beautiful surroundings and excellent service. Great for a special occasion.

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L
West Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very impressive decor. Interesting menu and wine list, patchy quality of food and service.

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W
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an outstanding establishment in almost every way....

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a
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spruce was an elegant dining experience
In a comfortable but beautiful setting. The food was delicious
and service was professional and helpful.
We enjoyed every moment and every bite.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wine list is superior. Food excellent. Loved every part.

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DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect - a great setting for a business lunch. Outstanding food, excellent service, and the atmosphere was accommodating for conversation and decision making.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is absolutely my “go to” restaurant when I want the most perfect experience. So classy.
And you know, I just realized that I didn’t hear a single word from any other table’s conversations (of course I was probably relishing in our own pleasures!). The walls are upholstered in the same mohair fabric as the banquette. Very sound absorbing and beautiful!

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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the ambiance even better!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic sommelier, attentive service, excellent caviar service.

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DW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

We felt very unwelcomed! Sometimes you can tell what type of experience you’re going to have by the table to which you’re taken. Although, we were escorted to the only 2 person table in the restaurant, which sat in the dark corner adjacent to the coffee service area, which was only covered by a curtain, and which was fanning back and forth as servers went in and out. I simply asked for a different table and looked forward to a delightful dining experience. However, it was not to be. We sat at the table for close to 20 minutes with no one acknowledging our presence, until I flagged down the Hostess to inquire if there was a Waiter for our table. Someone was there instantly with a lovely smile, but no real explanation for the wait in a restaurant that was not full. Although, full or not there really is no explanation for such an occurrence. At the end of the day, the food was average at best and the experience was very sub-par. Certainly not a place I’d send my friends, family, colleagues, or clients! I usually don’t write reviews, but this was so overt I felt the need to let others know.

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