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About Spruce Farm & Fish
Spruce Farm & Fish serves creative and contemporary brunch and dinner menus utilizing the highest quality ingredients. Brunch is served every day of the week and offers savory items including Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits with house-made pork green chili to indulgent sweet Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. Partnering with sustainable oyster farms and fisheries, seafood at Spruce is flown in daily. Spruce offers rotating dinner specials, including certified angus beef house smoked prime rib.
The bar offers espresso drinks, an extensive selection of wines, and locally sourced spirits and craft beers. Happy-hour specials are available from 3 - 6 pm daily and include seasonal small plates and fresh cocktails.
Boulder, CO 80302
Contemporary American, Seafood, Breakfast
Hours of Operation:
Brunch daily from 6:30 am - 3 pm
Dinner daily from 5 pm – 10 pm
Happy Hour daily from 3 pm - 6 pm
13th St & Spruce St
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call for information.
Valet parking available at Hotel Boulderado for $2 per hour.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Spruce Farm & Fish is able to accommodate parties as small as 2 people up to parties as large as 100 people. Our beautifully decorated dining room is the perfect place for a rehearsal dinner, holiday party, or reception. Please call for information.
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Spruce Farm & Fish can accommodate all of your special event needs.
Spruce Farm & Fish Ratings and Reviews
New management has done a fantastic job. Previous management was a lot more difficult, and we always had an issue, not to mention the food suffered (I think the hotel was managing at that point). I had some of the nastiest eggs of my life a year ago and didn't come back here until just recently. Whoever's in charge of the kitchen is doing a great job! The menu has great selection and the food is excellent. Staff was able to accommodate a special request regarding my 89 and 87 yr old grandparents beautifully and with no difficulty. This place is definitely back on my list.
They did not appear to be overly busy, only about half to 3/4th full, but the service was quite slow, especially our drinks throughout dinner. Food quality was ok, but nothing special. If anything the sides were the highlight of the dish and the steak was secondary. The bar area looked fun, so probably a good spot to sit at the bar and have a few drinks and apps. But I would not go back for dinner or recommend. There are plenty better fish or steak places in Boulder.
Holiday atmosphere was great. We have been here before and really enjoyed it, but so much depends on service. It can make a meal a very pleasant or outstanding experience or less than that. The service was below average on this visit. Seemed like the waiter seemed to be a novice and wasn't all that accommodating, seemed in a rush, didn't give our table a lot of attention during the meal.
Table wobbled, candle was out then burnt out after lit. No offer of more bread after two rolls. Overall, very average experience and below the standards we expect at Spruce.
The atmosphere at Spruce is lovely and quiet with a wide variety of seating options. The bar scene and the hotel lobby was vibrant but the sound did not spread into the dining area. Our booth was just perfect. The meal was very good although the scallops seemed a bit pricey compared to other places. The drinks were also expensive, especially the $14 cappuccino with Kahlua. Other dishes were moderately priced so I give it four stars overall. Excellent date night place. I was happy to see that the lobby, bar and restaurant were all busy.
My husband and I were disappointed. It was Thanksgiving, and the place was busy, but we still felt underserved.
Our main waitress was very sweet, but it was really hard to get her attention once we’d ordered. We were well into our main courses when we learned the champagne we’d ordered was sold out. We asked to see the wine list again. No one brought bread until we begged.
A male server came around with a wine menu when we were eating the last of our main course. He said they were busy and really didn’t seem to care.
This place isn’t cheap. We wish we’d gone somewhere else.
This was the second time we made reservations at Spruce Farm & Fish for a Thanksgiving meal. We probably won't do it again. The food was good - not spectacular- which it should have been for the $69/person & automatic 20 % gratuity price tag. It felt a lot more like production line than a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner. The waiter was very nice. It wasn't his fault that the coffee wasn't ready to be served with our desert . It came when we were done. Ambiance: Half way through the meal (which took 1 hour including parking), it got pretty chilly. I first noticed ladies around our table putting on their jackets and coats, then I had to do it as well. Something wasn't right. Oh well, not a fabulous experience, but OK. I don't like disgruntled people who only write reviews when it wasn't good - but I did get upset when we returned home. A message from Open Table was waiting for us, inquiring why we were no-shows and didn't cancel! Really? I called the restaurant and inquired. The very friendly lady answering the phone said: "Oh, we get that ALL the time!". Hm. I'm not sure where the chain is broken, but I'd love to get feedback about this.
Wanted to try a different seafood restaurant on a date with my wife. Our server was new but very courteous and attentive. The food was expensive and mediocre at best. Scallops were over cooked as was the salmon and the greens that came with the salmon were too salty to eat. The cauliflower accompanying the scallops was very dry.
I won’t come back. Will stick with Jax for good seafood in Boulder.
We went for First Bite 2017 to see what the restaurant might feature during this iconic "restaurant week". We have generally had very good dining experiences at Spruce. Unfortunately, this meal was a mixed bag. Our starters were a mixed green salad and New England clam chowder. The salad was nothing special but the chowder was outstanding and we are picky about clam chowder having spent 20 years in Boston. Our entrees were steak with frites with some mixed greens and salmon with a mushroom veloute sauce, sautéed greens and a mushroom, leek bread pudding. The steak was delicious, nice cooked with crispy fries. The salmon was tender with a nice pan-fried finish but then slathered in a tasteless, unappealingly-hued brown sauce aka the veloute. A touch of citrus or balsamic vinegar might have brightened the concoction but let's just call it a miss. The sautéed greens were salty and garlicky and perhaps might have stood tall against a better protein but were worth skipping and the bread pudding cube was simply inedible. Kudos to the server for noticing and the asking and offering a replacement but appetites were diminished at that point. The only choice for dessert were profiteroles filled with mint chocolate. Flaccid dough, served cold with a smattering of what seemed like decent chocolate fighting a losing battle against the overwhelming mint flavor. Our server was very nice and solicitious but the team serving approach needs some work as a dining experience feels rushed and perfunctory.
Great service this time around (last time the server was pretty flaky) . Brussel sprout appetizer was delicious even though I went there with a friend for brunch...very nice Mimosas, although the lattes just don't come out quickly (same last time) , but will go again. Brunch menu is just different enough to be interesting, and the server's honesty about who was cooking in the kitchen relating to how the quality of food was, was really refreshing. Will be back!!!
My boyfriend and I hosted a dinner for some of his key partners and colleagues after the CU vs. USC game on 11/11. I knew the restaurant would be busy, but assumed that they would be able to handle our party since it was an early reservation. It was an unbelievably bad experience. Our server clearly hadn't been trained to handle a large (7-person party). He took our order for wine, brought out glasses and then disappeared for several minutes before returning with the bottle. When we ordered a 2nd bottle of wine, he took the order, brought new glasses and then inexplicably took them off the table. He then returned with our wine and asked us if he had brought fresh glasses. At that point we assumed he was high.
Our food took more than 45 minutes to arrive after we placed our order, however we were given no explanation or apology. When our server brought our salads (which were drenched in dressing and lacked most of the ingredients), we noticed that he held the bowls with his thumbs in them. Needless to say, we didn't eat them. When our entrees finally arrived (delivered by other servers and bus boys), it was cold and unappetizing. No one, including our server, stopped by our table to ask how our food was. And no one cleared any empty plates or wine glasses - we had to push them to the center of the table in order to make room for our entrees.
I was astonished to see the managers hanging out at the front of the restaurant. They weren't checking on any of the tables, even though it was quite clear that the staff was in crisis mode.
7 people + starters + entrees + 3 bottles of wine = a very large tab and a horrible dining experience. My boyfriend and I will never go there again.
My husband and I dined here for the first time. The food was very good but there are major problems with the service. Our server was very polite but inattentive. We only ordered water and a soft drink for our beverages and got those right away. We ordered an appetizer to share and two entrees. We waited a very long time for our food. Our appetizer was deviled eggs so that shouldn't have taken long. During our wait the server never checked to see if we needed more water or soft drink. Our food was brought by a person other than our original server. Our appetizer came with our entrees. We didn't want the appetizer at that point because now there was too much food all at once. We kept it anyway but this is no way to serve a meal. Our server came to our table when we were halfway finished with our meals and got us more water. She then quickly brought our bill without checking if we wanted dessert. We planned to order dessert but that didn't seem to be an option so we paid the bill and ate dessert elsewhere. Also, there were several servers doing prep work and training behind the table where we were seated. They spoke loudly enough to be quite distracting. The restaurant was not busy at all on a Saturday at 2PM. I can't recommend this restaurant because of the poor service and the timing of the food. These are rookie mistakes and should not be an issue for a restaurant like Spruce Farm & Fish.
Lacking in value; $30 for 4 small scallops and minimal additions on the dish. Overcooked as well. One person got the trout and it was literally half the size of a normal serving at other restaurants, also lacking the additional ingredients.
Hostess was confused it seemed; waitress was not friendly; lighting was really weird. Bright ceiling lights; terrible ambiance.
I read other reviews before going, found them to be mixed, so I thought I should give it a fair chance, now I wish I hadn't. For the price I paid for a dinner for 3, we could have been over the top pleased elsewhere.
This is the third visit to Spruce Farm & Fish. Although the restaurant was busy; it seemed way understaffed. My dish was supposed to have chorizo, cheese and homemade green chili. If they were in the dish; the amounts were so small the flavor failed to come through...
Will most likely not return.
Our primary waitress was really good, but wait times were sketchy.
This is our third time here. The first time was nice, the second time we waited over an hour for our oysters. We finally cancelled the order and left the restaurant. This time the service was poor. Our first round of drinks took about 15 minutes. When we ordered our appetizer, we told the server that we were not in a rush and were hesitant to place the rest of our order. He assured us that he would stage our order but our appetizer came a few minutes before salads and entrees came before we were finished with salads. Very rushed. A second drink was ordered during appetizers. The drink came very late (probably took 20 minutes) and was delivered when the bottle of wine came to the table. We should have sent the 2nd drink back because it came so late, but we were too polite. The Caesar salad was below average. The chicken on the Caesar was extremely over cooked. Fish dishes were nothing to brag about and the service was terrible. We had to ask another server to fill our water glass. We refilled our own wine glasses during the meal. We stacked our dishes to the end of the table because the empty plates sat there for 20-30 minutes while we waited for our check. The family at the table next to us, continued to wave their arms to try and pay their bill. The couple at the table across from us patiently waited a long time to receive and pay their bill. We were celebrating my husband's birthday, which was part of the reservation. There was no reference to the special occasion. Such a disappointing experience. A nice and historical venue with much potential, but after two bad experiences it will be hard to consider another $250 evening at SF&F. With all of the great restaurants in the area, this one will not be on the short list.
Spruce Fish and Farm is one of my favorite restaurants because the food is of high quality, the portion size is appropriate, there are coffee drinks, and the ambiance is wonderful. Service is friendly and when you ask for a table in a quiet area, you get one!
we are first timers to Farm to Fish. Friday night before a Buff game and the place was packed but everyone was super friendly. We hung out at the cool bar set up and were seated right on time for our reservation. Food was great especially the trout...to die for. Would highly recommend.
My husband and I have made it a Sunday breakfast ritual to go to Spruce Farm and Fish. The food is exceptional and consistent with high quality ingredients. It's a treat for us after a typically long work week. Lately we have both ordered the Verlasso Salmon Hash (a sustainably ocean farmed salmon). It is incredibly good. Happy Hour is great with nice food options and bartenders making classic and craft cocktails with great skill. And all in the beautiful historic Boulderado Hotel.
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