Spruce is STILL one of the best in the city

  Posted by - August 31, 2015 - $$$$ (100+)

Remember that one time the leader of the free world came to visit San Francisco? Well, this is where he ate. If Pres. Obama came here to eat dinner, that’s when you KNOW it’s bomb. Right??

And nope, don’t worry- it doesn’t cost a car payment to be able to experience what Spruce is about.

But even if it did, it would totally be worth every penny.

So let me tell you about Spruce, a one star Michelin restaurant nestled in the neighborhood of Presidio Heights.

They serve an impressive menu where their Spruce burger is equally as impressive as the New York strip steak. Basically, it seems like anything short of perfection is considered failure here. Their menu changes quite often, so I won’t bore you with all the details- just know that everything was fantastic, the service was phenomenal, and even all the wine pairings were on-point.

Spruce SF

Oh, and can we just talk about the interior for a second? Everything about this place screams details!! On the right side is the bar with bottles assorted by colors?? And on the left is the glamorous fine-dining room separated by a huge glass wall. Soooooooooo pretty and chic. 

 Spruce SF Review

For our first appetizer, we ordered the sea scallops ($23). These diver scallops from Massachusetts are seared, then bathed in a shrimp confit. It was honestly one of the most delicious and inventive appetizer’s I’ve ever tasted with a perfectly browned exterior.

Side: this photo is actually just half the order. They knew we were sharing, so they split the dish for us (what great service, right?!)

Spruce SF Review

Next, we had the seared Sonoma foie gras ($28).

Let’s just all take a moment and LOOK at how the top is perfectly crisped-!!! Seriously, it was so dense, buttery and pretty darn delicious. The fig, corn bread and walnut puree made a really unique combination of flavors.

Spruce SF Review

Next, I couldn’t help myself and HAD to order the famous burger ($18). Spruce has a nice take on it using English muffins as buns, the extra order of bacon was thick and crispy, and the patty was cooked to a perfect medium rare.

Tip: If you want to experience Spruce, but don’t have the budget for it… come here and grab a bar seat. Get THIS burger. Yeah, it does cost 18 bucks, but you’re eating a Michelin star burger and it’s one of the best in the city.

Spruce SF Review

For our second entree, we ordered the crispy fried quail ($34). Let’s just say that if I wasn’t sitting in such a nice restaurant, I’d totally use both hands to dig in.

The quail had just the right amount of breading and the meat was soft and tender on the inside- it practically fell off the bones-!!! Ridiculous.

Spruce SF Review

So you think you know New York strip steak ($52)?  Well, don’t know anything until you’ve tried their 14-day dry aged New York  steak. And check out that^ bone marrow to dip it in. MmMmm.

Every bite had a nice crispy texture on the outside, while the meat remained soft and flavorful. If this is still on the menu while you’re there, you HAVE to get it. Trust me.

Spruce SF Review

For dessert, we had the strawberry financier ($12) with white chocolate, rhubarb and creme fraiche ice cream. This tasted just as amazing as it looks.

So it sum it all up:

Spruce is the type of place where every single detail matters. Come here to celebrate any occasion and you’ll have a meal you’ll never forget (I’m actually shocked that I haven’t been here sooner!). They’ve been around since 2007 and is STILL considered the best in the city.

So next time you want a BOMB ass dinner that won’t ever let you down–> go to Spruce. It’s also the perfect spot to impress business partners, parents and Presidents.

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  • Ben @Focus:Snap:Eat September 24, 2015 - 2:40 pm Reply

    Wow, everything looks amazing. Can’t believe you had the burger AND the NY steak! You’re the bomb! I still haven’t gone here but I have to make a point to get there.

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  • Veronica N. September 7, 2015 - 10:23 pm Reply

    My friend who lives in SF showed me your blog and I’ve been living vicariously through your writing and photos! I currently live in Vancouver, but you are making me want to plan a trip to SF just to eat at all these wonderful places you write about.

  • Sam Holland September 5, 2015 - 6:05 pm Reply

    Another great post! The New York Strip really does look fantastic. Hopefully I’ll get to try it before they change their menu.

  • Amy and Pat September 3, 2015 - 8:57 am Reply

    My BF and I loooveeeeee your blog. He just showed me this post last night and we immediately went to go try the burger. We sat at the bar and it was the best burger we’ve ever had!! We also got the extra bacon like you said. Thanks for another great recommendation!

    • CynEats September 10, 2015 - 2:08 pm Reply

      You’re welcome! So happy to hear that you both loved it :)

  • Diana Nguyen September 2, 2015 - 9:14 pm Reply

    I’ve been to Spruce once and didn’t get to try their burger! Guess I’ll have to go back soon. Are reservations hard to get?

    • CynEats September 10, 2015 - 2:07 pm Reply

      You have to go back! Reservations aren’t too bad and you can always sit at the bar!

  • Marcus T. September 1, 2015 - 9:42 am Reply

    Amazing photos!! What kind of camera do you use?

    • CynEats September 10, 2015 - 2:06 pm Reply

      Thank you! I use a fuji X 100S

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