Sitka & Spruce

4.5
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669 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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About

Sitka & Spruce, located in Capitol Hill"s Melrose Market, is a restaurant centered around the unparalleled bounty of the Pacific Northwest. We work very closely with our community of farmers, foragers, fishermen, and purveyors to procure the best possible ingredients of our region. Our menu changes daily, and we do our best to showcase the beauty of our region's beautiful food ingredients.

Join us for lunch or dinner on weekdays, and for brunch and dinner on weekends.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Monday thru Friday - 11:30 am to 2 pm

Dinner:

Tuesday thru Thursday - 5 pm to 10 pm

Friday & Saturday - 5 pm to 11 pm

Sunday & Monday - 5 pm to 9 pm

Brunch:

Saturday & Sunday - 10 am to 2 pm
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Phone number
(206) 324-0662
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew Dillon
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Private party facilities
Our Private Dining Room is located in the Melrose Market Loft space. An elegant room surrounded by brick and wood interior. The room has one large wooden table that seats up to 16 people.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (844) 513-9951
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Cross street
Pine and Melrose
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Parking details
Street and private lots are available in the area. Please allow extra time for parking.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Austin
1 review
Reviewed on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

It was simply, the best gnocchi I've ever had. You will not regret this choice.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second year we've come here for our team's holiday lunch. Everything, as always, was fantastic. Love sitting at the long table extending from the kitchen. A great place to gather with friends and enjoy a meal.

C
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I think one of the dishes was oversalted, which was a shame. One of the duck entrees had a cut of duck that was mostly tendon or cartilage, which my friend did not appreciate for a $28 entree. The service was adequate and less than attentive, although I understand that is a fine balance to strike. The server returned two minutes after everyone received their entrees, so we hadn’t discovered the cartilage/tendon issue yet. Then the server returned 20 minutes to clear our plates and ask if we wanted dessert.

For the quantity and quality, there are better restaurants in Seattle that offer similar menus at a lower price with better service.

m
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked this reservation for my son and his fiancé on her birthday. We had all eaten here before and loved it. The tasting menu is delicious and the ambience here is lovely.

JN
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delight find! We had the theee corse lunch and it was fantastic. Chef really knows how to deliver a taste filled meal. Bring your friends bring your family.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very little variety
Basically two choices for dinner

LD
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We've been a few times, but the last couple we've been underwhelmed with the food. We found a couple of the dishes bland and under-salted, or just ill-conceived. The cocktails were lovely, and we love the space, but for the price we're likely to just go elsewhere.

LG
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I travel to Seattle often and have eaten at many, many fine restaurants in town. This may have been my favorite....

o
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Sadly, the meal we paid for was not worth the hype. The wine was delicious but the food felt underwhelming and even clumsy at times. Cold flavorless fat (pork terrine), poor plating, and tough gristle-laden porchetta were the standouts for us.
Beyond that, our 9p reservation must've pushed the staff to the end of their night, possibly far later than they wanted to be there. Understandably, I would not be energized at the end of my night either but please don't offer reservations past 8p or let us know the tasting menu is not available. Rushed courses, tired responses, and minimal conversation does not justify a $100+ per guest price tag.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It was fine

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in Seattle. The perfect place for a quite business dinner or romantic date. I wish every city I go to had a Sitka & Spruce.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food awesome, music great, hip and cool. The server was good but not very personable. Wasn’t very engaging or welcoming. But overall a great experience.

PD
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great lunch at Sitka! They have a wonderful wine list, small but amazing menu, and cozy atmosphere.

C
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

There was nothing inventive about this food. It was meh, overall. Coupled with service by a server who was super unfriendly, and a kitchen that was in the weeds the entire night made for an unpleasant experience. Will not be going back when there are so many other good restaurants nearby.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were traveling for our anniversary and someone recommended Sitka and Spruce to us. What a delight.. the food was delicious and the service was great. There wasn’t a huge choice on the menu so we decided to opt for the tasting menu and so glad we did. It allowed us to try things we would normally not. I would highly recommend if you are in the area. It is small so get reservations.

JT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service every time we go. The wine was overpriced in our opinion and the lamb was salty and rich. I would still definitely recommend and we will be back, but not leaving blown away like other restaurants in similar genres.

OT
New Orleans
37 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the fresh fish and the intimacy of sitting at the wood block table right next to the cooking station, so we could see our food being prepared right with us. Very nice! Loved it!

M
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The tasty bread and whipped butter is a great way to start the meal at Sitka and spruce. Extensive wine selection, and the numerous cocktail choices leaves you very indecisive.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambience, food and service!

M
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Rilettes were amazing as was the halibut and duck confit.
The eclectic wine list always has hidden gems.

m
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fantastic, have never been disappointed here. It is fresh and flavorful. Service is spectacular, I never feel rushed but I also feel well-attended to. Cocktails are always really good here!

t
Seattle
65 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been there a bunch of times. It is always good, but sometimes not great. The menu is pretty limited and its sometimes hard to find something you really want to eat. The food is interesting and always well prepared,

MG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

One of my favorite places to go. On the positive side always good food. The entrees seemed on the sparse side this time. Only two, fish or duck. My fish was perfect. I was also surprised that the bread was a baguette vice the normal country loaf.

HH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Brought a visiting foodie friend. Melrose Market is lovely and Sitka & Spruce is a great venue. Opted for prix fix menu. Food was unremarkable at best. Flavor balance, portion sizes, etc. were all off. Wine pairings were good though, as was the service.

SM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Above and beyond expected! Front row seat to meal prep, ambient flame cook stove visible from dining area. Amazing host! Brought family with a variety of food preferences and everybody found something they loved!

M
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Loved the vibe and the entire pescatarian adjusted tasting menu! Great date night.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came here for our 3 year anniversary. We had the tasting menu and everything was excellent! Ambiance, food, and wine all incredible. The only thing was I wish the server would have given a more in-depth description of the courses as she placed them down. I get that sometimes it’s overboard when a server does that. But since we ordered from the tasting menu, each course was a surprise and it would have been fun to know more about what we were eating.

t
New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Sterile room, interesting concept, attracts the kinda wanna be cool crowd, but the food just falls way short. Food as soulless and dry as the environment. They are sincere and the service is great, but hire a chef that can turn this culinary disaster around.

AK
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Used to be my overall favorite restaurant but it seems as if the food as declined from its former glory. Would love it if it made a comeback as I love this place

KM
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great and affordable food in a nice setting. A small daily menu for all tastes.

PW
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very happy with our meal. I love to come here. Sitka and Spruce has a wonderful take on small-dish/pacific-northwest-style/local/seasonal food. I also love the ambiance and the service.

Our only complaint was that someone outside the restaurant window (in the alley?) clearly smoked a joint. The smell of marijuana wafted in through the window and my wife, a doctor who is troubled by legalization, was extremely annoyed that the smell was so strong. S&S: Maybe consider closing that window or ensuring that the staff go a little further before they light up.

JS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitka and Spruce is always delicious! It's fun to go there with a group of six, so you can order everything on the menu and share!

OT
Tokyo
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, simple, clean, fresh and absolutely delicious.

HW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I had high expectations for this restaurant. The food was cooked well, but the ingredients/flavor combinations were ill-conceived and ultimately unsuccessful. Dishes were either bland or way over-spiced. The bread and butter was awesome and so was the sparkling rose.

e
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose to do the tasting menu. The food was incredible and the chef was wonderful in providing alternatives that avoided my tomato allergy. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the service was spectacular. We got the tasting menu for my boyfriend’s birthday :)

SN
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitka & Spruce was recommended to us by a friend who said it was one of his favs. He was so spot on! We celebrated our anniversary while visiting Seattle and wish this place would fit into one of our carry on bags so we could take it home. The food was amazing! Our server was personable and fun. On the top of our list for our next trip to the Northwest!

HH
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious plates of local cheeses from Vashon Island, house cured pickles, and house made charcuterie! A great spot for lunch in Capitol Hill.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I thought the food was excellent, fresh and delicious. I eat out a lot and fine dine also. I thought the value here, however, was just not there. They advised that each dish was to share, and the menu divided into small plates and large plates. The large plates were not the typical large plate size, however. We filled up on white bread and butter, which you had to pay $6.50 for. The large dishes we thought would be more filling were extremely small... really the size of a small plate somewhere else, yet the prices were around $30-$35 for the large dishes and close to $20 for apps. The smalls were about one bite of food per person with the exception of the cucumber salad where we could have a few bites. The larges were about two very small bites per person. We started by ordering seven dishes for a group of four. We were all still hungry after devouring them, and given the price, portion size, and how hungry we still were we decided to cut our losses, pay the pricey bill and went for an artisan pizza. I have NEVER gone to dinner before after a dinner... I realize for a group of four we could’ve got more plates but the prices and portion sizes just didn’t make it worth it. You’d need to order three to four dishes per person I think, which would be at least $100pp without drinks and this place is not the type you’d walk into thinking you’re going to spend that much. All that said, and that was a lot, the food was very very good.

KB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

So the first time I came here it was amazing, unique, delicious and to die for and every food combination was intricate and complimented each other perfectly. So, I decided to take my boyfriend here and hyped him up, we decided to go big and get the family style option on the menu BECAUSE the waiter encouraged it and said she can switch things out if we don't like them ($60) a person and I was very disappointed. First of all the salad was just cucumbers and some lettuce and a dressing that I could have easily made and was quite lacking in flavor and pretty much everything... the gazpacho "course" was just one tiny shot glass filled with gazpacho. The salmon course was great, but again not much...just salmon, zucchini and some green tomato sauce. What really disappointed me was that our waiter said that she can kind of twist it based off what we like, but she didn't ever ask before the next course whether what she was bringing was alright. So the next course came and it was a super fatty piece of pork with mushrooms (I DISPISE mushrooms, and I do not like very fatty pork so I really didn't have much of this course and gave it to my bf. Our palette cleanser" was one small strip of cantaloupe and we each only got 3 pieces less than the size of a thumb (common guys!). For desert it was something pretty simple too, just heated up berries, and a peach sorbet with a (tiny!) bit of merengue crumbled... For $60 a person I expected something much better, more creative, and NOT something I could have just made my self at home. None of the sauces were delicious or special in any way. I was just overall disappointed because we ended up spending around $140 on disappointing family style meal that the waiter talked us into when we would have just ordered off the regular menu.

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