Green star Sitka & Spruce (Capitol Hill)

1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, Washington 98122
(206) 324-0662

Matt Dillon's locally focused Sitka & Spruce is world-famous, and rightfully so. Preparations revolve around simple, clear, lovely flavors; sauces are sparing; nothing's overwrought; and the freshest produce, meat, and seafood meet again and again with the utmost care. Originally in a tiny spot in an Eastlake strip mall, Sitka & Spruce moved on up to bigger rustic-chic digs in the Melrose Market on Capitol Hill in 2010.
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  • 3.86000/5 Stars.
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Food is way overrated. Chef does not deserve James Beard award. Pretentious, bland, arrogant, stupid food.
Fuck the James Beard Foundation, Chef Matt, Sitka Spruce.
Posted by Elang on May 14, 2012 at 8:58 PM · Report this

Snotty Manager

We ate dinner at Sitka and Spruce a few months ago. This was my first trip to the restaurant since it moved into its current space. We were a party of four. We ordered cocktails, a couple bottles of wine, digestifs, and all courses of food. After being seated for barely two hours, the manager approached our table and rudely informed us that the next reservation for our table had arrived, so he asked that we finish up and leave. Our waiter was obviously embarassed, especially being that we were clearly one of the largets checks of the night. While we treated our waiter fairly for hig good service, I will never eat at Sitka and Spruce again due to the manager's rudeness and a ridiculous tight booking of tables. I understand that it is a small restaurant, but that was ridiculous. I guess they rather turn tables than provide good service to good customers.
Posted by jetset on March 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM · Report this

Fresh, Simple, Perfectly Prepared

I ordered the roasted sardine with cauliflower, hummus, and picked red peppers yesterday for lunch, and it was wonderful. Sardines are incredibly nutritious and one of the most sustainable variety of seafood that you can eat, but suffer from unfavorable associations with their canned incarnations. I'm so glad S & S is reclaiming them with an incredibly fresh and simple preparation. If you care about eating fresh, seasonal, local, beautiful, and honest food in a beautiful setting, Sitka and Spruce is a great choice.
Posted by frivolousmelancholic on October 28, 2010 at 9:13 AM · Report this

Wonderful Experience

This was a great dining experience. The host made us feel welcome and sat us at one of the communal tables. We tried several small plates from the menu and I love the variety of vegetables be it beet salad or mushroom and squash ragout. Wine recommendation was spot on.
Posted by KM on January 12, 2008 at 3:34 PM · Report this


It's easy for me to get excited about food, so I practically cream my jeans at the thought of another meal at S&S. The food is wonderful, homemade, unpretentious, loads of umami to be found in an array of creative dishes. There's always a couple of ingredients featured that I've never heard of before, or things prepared in ways I'd never thought of. The best part is that for dinner you can order several small plates and try so many different things for the same price you'd pay for a single entree elsewhere. Also, heed their wine recommendations, they have never disappointed.
Posted by S. on December 9, 2007 at 9:31 PM · Report this

Way Good

Don't be scared away by the location, which is in a small strip mall just off Eastlake. Sitka Spruce boasts of one of the best menus for the price that you can get in Seattle. The seating's limited, so it pays to get in there a bit early, and in some cases, you may have to share a table with other people, which didn't bother me at all. The menu's meat centered so I wouldn't suggest bringing a vegan. The pork belly is definitely a must if it's available. We also were able to meet the chef that owns the restaurant (Matt Dillon), who seemed nice and was not pretentious at all.
Posted by skykomishsunrise on July 10, 2007 at 10:22 PM · Report this

Fantastic Restaurant

I was a visitor to Seattle for the summer. During my trip, my aunt retired, and Mr. Matt held her get together at his restaurant. The food was amazing, along with his personality and the setting.
Posted by c on July 2, 2007 at 10:53 PM · Report this

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