Spruce

4.7
3334 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.

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 3334 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
SF
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the burger and ambiance. Great wait staff.

Report
Helpful
U
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The birthday lunch was made extra special by the attention Spruce gave with a birthday card and special piece of cake. Very nice touch.

Report
Helpful
AR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal, fantastic service, wonderful setting and it wasn’t too loud! Pricey, but that is expected for the quality of the meal. Hope to be back soon!

Report
Helpful
S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Great food great service!

Report
Helpful
R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people who run and work at Spruce are professionals: nothing is left to chance. From the moment you step through the entryway you are treated with a degree of respect that never for a moment feels false or unctuous. The layout is well-designed, with high ceilings, a striking glass-enclosed display case for the alcohol, and a kitchen entrance close to the action but tucked away from the tables.

The wait staff, which for us included the hostess, our waitress, Spruce’s sommelier, a second wine steward, several plating assistants and three or four assorted clearers, bread and water servers, were attentive and friendly without ever intruding. The sommelier took the time to chat with us and to answer our questions, and our waitress somehow managed to be smartly arch but not obnoxious. Everyone came across as real, a welcome departure from the phony, manufactured manner one sometimes encounters.

But enough about the staff — however good they may be, they aren’t the reason you dine at an expensive restaurant like Spruce. What you want to know is, how’s the food? Fortunately, Spruce is superb in that respect as well. I ordered the vichyssoise, which came in two stages. First, an elegant bowl with a few small potatoes at the edge and, in the center, a crisp fried potato ring topped with caviar. Then a soup-pouring specialist added the vichyssoise itself, which was warm with a velvety texture achieved both by really good butter and careful straining. I’ve had good vichyssoise before but never quite like this — I almost cancelled my entree in favor of a second bowl.

Actually, I’m glad I didn’t, because the NY steak and encrusted short rib that followed were almost as good. The steak was done perfectly and was tender and flavorful. It was the short rib, however, that was the true revelation. It was smokey with just a hint of sweetness, and it simply melted in my mouth.

Wine list — many pages, all excellent, but not inexpensive.

Out of space. First-rate!

Report
Helpful
N
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was good but not worth the price. Server was nice but very slow. Entree was served cold.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There before theater and they accomplished something quick and top notch. Martinis and dinner (tortellini app and steak/short rib entree) were perfect and the grapefruit dessert refreshing. Service was incredible and the manager was very attentive. Nehru the waiter was extremely pleasant and professional and really knew his food and wine pairings. We will be back soon!

Report
Helpful
JH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable.

Report
Helpful
LP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place- it’s expensive but the food, service and ambiance was lovely so it was worth the cost!

Report
Helpful
OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was a little disorganized because multiple people asked to take my order, asked if I wanted flat or sparkling water but got it wrong, etc. But it got corrected right away and everyone was really really nice, taking the time to explain some of the cocktails and dishes, asking what brought me to SF, etc. The cocktail (greyhound tooth) and food (braised beef cheek tortellini, pistachio crusted duck breast) were EXCELLENT and I only wish I had room to try their dessert menu which looked delicious.

Report
Helpful
D
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is elegant dining in beautiful surroundings. The dishes are unique - from very expensive entrees to smaller plates, if that’s your pleasure. From the first step in the door, you are greeted by people who truly seem to want to be there. The food shines!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mom brunch. Service here is excellent. You really feel how they earned every Michelin star.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was impeccable!

Report
Helpful
j
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for an impromptu brunch date in the City! Restaurant was beautiful, food was fantastic. A little slow to bring us our drinks, thus 4 stars for service. However nice touch with request to take out coats prior to seating us. Will have to return for dinner.

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for the Saturday brunch. Great food and good service at a terrific value.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight to be taken care of by the staff at Spruce. Top notch dining.

Report
Helpful
GL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spruce fulfilled all expectations. The service was top notch. They really care about your experience. Waiter was fairly knowledgable about wine. The food was fresh, and dishes were creative. Spruce lives up to its hype.

Report
Helpful
EH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for lunch. Highly recommend their prix fix menu.

Report
Helpful
V
London
36 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had the chicken salad and it was delicious! Nice wine selection too! The restaurant decor is beautiful. Wait staff very attentive.

Report
Helpful
RK
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Spruce! It was our second time there and it did not disappoint! Thank you!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating the arrival of a new baby who was with us, happily sleeping throughout. The staff was very welcoming and accommodating which was most appreciated.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent. Staff was very knowledge. Great ambience.

Report
Helpful
F
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat in the lounge area. Didn’t have a reservation but they worked hard to get us a table. Wonderful service, excellent wine list, and wonderful food, but very expensive.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and fun waiter. Turned a family dinner into an event. Food delicious and beautifully presented.

Report
Helpful
G
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great space, excellent atmosphere, excellent simple menu, great wine list, you can’t miss no matter the occasion.

Report
Helpful
BR
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife ordered the Harvest prix-fixe lunch with three courses and wine pairings. The appetizer was a Foraged Mushroom Tart made with Taleggio cheese, fresh pea shoots and sherry vinaigrette. It was extremely fresh, light and delicious. I chose the velvety Pumpkin Velouté finished with toasted pepitas and sage crème, which our server poured into the warm bowl before me. Her entree was the Pine Nut Pesto Gnocchi with sauteed scallops. The pesto was creamy and flavorful. The scallops were cooked perfectly…the gnocchi light and airy. It was topped with Grana Padana cheese, which made for a superb blending of flavors and textures. My main was a pastiche of two dozen mussels elegantly arranged on a silver platter, topped with a stack of local Acme Crostini for soaking up the Pernod-infused broth in which they sat. We shared a desert (part of her prix-fixe lunch) called Orange Blossom Tropézienne, a pastry with caramelized pears and apple compote and blueberry cream, whimsically arranged to look like a small burger. Homemade vanilla ice cream with a wedge of candied orange completed the delicious dessert and presentation. Spruce Restaurant served up a superb lunch meal that exceeded our expectations. Impressive was the quality of service, presentation and taste that delivered in all senses!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional dinner !!!

Report
Helpful
SK
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The service was truly the very best in SF- caring, interesting, present but not intrusive. Food really was not so special to warrant the pricing. I would not choose to go to Spruce again.

Report
Helpful
R
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the upscale neighborhood feel!
Staff was wonderful. Food very good.

Report
Helpful
DM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great, the drinks were perfect 🥃, the food was good, but not spectacular, the price was a bit on the expensive side (halibut for $60.00 & the cocktail drinks at $20.00 each)

Report
Helpful
D
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Unconscionably slow Sunday brunch service though lots of staff apparently bustling about.Odd.

Report
Helpful
DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate at the bar ... Spruce does not disappoint. EXCELLENT FOOD! Although the "by the glass" wine list could use improvement -

Report
Helpful
j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fabulous service!

Report
Helpful
CC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was impressive! We wanted for nothing. The perfect place to go when you are looking for a delicious meal where you can relax and be taken care of.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

Report
Helpful
Y
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to restaurant when I want our dining experience to be wonderful. The food is always amazing, and everyone makes you feel special.

Report
Helpful
CB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration.

Report
Helpful
JN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great burger from the bar menu for me. Tiny steak entree (2 little pieces) from the main menu. I guess the lesson is stick with the bar menu. Nice ambiance and the service was excellent.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband ‚s Birthday. We had the most enjoyable experience. The Food was exceptional and beautifully presented. Service was impeccable.
Thank you for a lovely evening!

Report
Helpful
DC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spruce is one of our favorite San Francisco restaurants. Love everything about it. Most recently, we had the duck which was out of this world. We plan on coming back soon.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
84