Seattle >Food & Dining > Spring Hill
4437 California Ave Sw, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811647.564048 -122.386776
Neighborhoods: Junction, West Seattle
Now known as Ma'Ono, this stylish spot in West Seattle is a fried chicken palace that has a Hawaiian accent. Great weekend brunch, too.
Excellent in every way – This tops my personal list of eating places. Everything I have ever had at Spring Hill has been delicious and expertly prepared. They have a wood-grilled menu on Monday nights that I was especially delighted with, and their cocktails and wine selections impressed a good friend from out of town. The service is always friendly, and I always feel elated after I finish a meal at Spring Hill.
Disappointed – There's nothng like a great burger. And yea they are a bit greasy.
Imagine high quality beef perfectly seasoned. A beautiful artisan bun. Lovely sharp cheese and thick cut bacon.
Shredded lettuce with creamy dressing.
Now take take that and dip it in a vat of beef fat. Oh my. I t could have been perfect but it was totally soggy. The lettuce was like the worst overdressed salad ever. And all of those beautiful flavors had to be sought for because the entire thing was overcome with grease. Heartbreaking.
Fries...bland...but there are no good fries in Seattle...anywhere.
My friend had mashed potatoes..oh wait they called it "gnocci". There were supposed to be peas in it...didn't see any. Saw some green bits of something though.
Disappointed – We had heard so many positive things about Spring Hill so my husband & I decided to give it a try. We were sadly disappointed. The food was interesting and very tasty, but the price to serving size was horrible. It was a good thing we went there not feeling overly hungry. We'd much rather drop over $100 for the two of us (sans alcohol beverages) at a restaurant downtown Seattle or at Mashiko's!!!!
I've fallen in love with a restaurant – Spring Hill has quickly become my favorite restaurant in Seattle. Innovative cuisine with impeccable flavor and beautiful presentation in a refreshingly simple setting. The service has been top notch every time I've visited. Their Monday night fried chicken dinner should not be missed, $80 for 4 people is an absolute steal for all the delicious food you get. Also, their brunch is incredible and also an amazing value for the quality of food they are serving up. I highly recommend the Saimin noodles on the brunch menu. I'm already booked for brunch the next few weekends and am planning a dessert night to try out all the new offerings from their new addition, pastry chef Garrett Melkonian (formerly executive pastry chef for Tom Douglas restaurants).
Love its execution and everything – good execution, presentation and price points. My g.f. and I were very happy with the whole dinner. Very knowledgeable staff and owner/chef, Mark Fuller. Wine list is not extensive but good enough. I am on the food and wine committees of Columbia Tower Club. I read some people bitching about the price points and I disagree. Some of the items mark prepares take a long time to do, and it costs labor and money. I love the place and will bring my friends back.
It's hot alright - very HOT – The temperature in the restaurant was worthy of Dante. It was 77 degrees outside and probably 90+ in the restaurant. The hostess was covered in sweat. Are there other aspiring "serious" restaurants in this city without AC? Of course we left, wouldn't you?
One of the best restaurants you'll ever find! – This is part of what makes Seattle worth enduring month after gloomy month. We are blessed with a hand full of truly stand out restaurants and Spring Hill is right up there.
The excellent, mostly local wine list plus original and delicious cocktails start you out right from the professional and just the right casual staff. A fork appears right when it's needed.
Bay scollops and smoked oysters were just wonderful. The pork belly pasta and grilled lamb were truly unique combinations that you will talk about for weeks to come.
The bread pudding and coffee press (rather weak Victrola's product) made for the right ending. They just need an espresso machine, of course. And go with Vivace or even Starbucks would be better.
Online reservations were super easy and worked perfectly.
They make Quality look easy – These folks know what the heck they are doing. Take a seat at the corner bar, grab a drink from Sarah, and watch Mark and the whole team go Pow! Shazam! during any dinner rush, and you can still hear your date if you aren't too busy eating. Huge style points. But it gets better. Duck egg yolk raviolo...WOW. Who woulda thunkit - the parsley oil, duck ham and ginger chips are perfect complements to the incredibly fresh piece of pasta, and boy do these folks know how to make and handle fresh pasta. Everything I've eaten is worth having again, and the value has been there every time. Beef hot and cold makes me drool, the textures are complementary like peanut butter and chocolate. The steak, I think it was a rib eye, was seared and seasoned with an expert touch, holey tamoley. (Bring back the side of spinach please!) The hamburger - order it medium rare and it will melt your mouth I mean melt in your mouth, even without the bacon, but why would you want to do that? To taste the oregon beef solo, that's why...we can tell they spend TIME on their burger, it rocks, even without the bacon (heresy, I know, I know). The fries are the crispest, freshest, most flavorful potatoes ever to grace this tongue. *drool* And still, it gets better. Ice cream flavors are from the moon, incredibly original like popcorn truffle. I'm the quintessential vanilla fan but now I changed my mind. Stay downtown at your peril. This is a truly professional new restaurant with simple, classic flavors and ingredients in West Seattle. We're never going back again, until we get hungry again.
Why wait 45 minutes for table when you had a reservation? – Why continue to wait when the food is "good", not amazing?
Why even bother to take a wine list seriously when all it offers is NW wines?
Why sit down to a dinner with friends when you cannot even hear each other?
Why go back?
Why not just go downtown?
West Seattle has waited a long time... – My husband and I ate at Spring Hill for the first time last Sunday and it is definitely our new favorite restaurant in town. The menu is not long, but we had a really difficult time deciding what to order since everything sounded so good. On our server's recommendation we had the duck raviolo, the crispy sweetbreads, and the razor clam sausage. For entrees we had the short ribs with potato dumplings and the duck, which a friend had recommended to us. The short ribs were so tender and the duck was perfectly cooked. All of the food was comforting but at the same time very interesting. We will definitely be back to try all of the raw bar items...there are not too many restaurants in town with such an excellent selection of oysters, and we can't wait to try the geoduck. This is definitely a restaurant for people interested in food. Our server was extremely knowledgeable, and her suggestions for wine pairings were perfect. Finally, a restaurant with a downtown atmosphere and sophisticated food that we don't have trouble finding parking for!
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