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Springhill review, West Seattle


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Springhill review, West Seattle

caraely | | Jun 30, 2008 11:19 AM

Tried Springhill (Spring Hill?) on Saturday night. It's a new spot in West Seattle (which definitely needs more restaurants, in my opinion, but that's another post...)

The nutshell: probably won't be back. They are charging too much for what they're offering.

The experience:
Arrived for a late-ish dinner (after 8pm). It had been a warm day in Seattle and the restaurant was very hot. We were in back and the heat was a bit uncomfortable, especially since there is an open kitchen running down one side of the space.
My companion ordered the cold cioppino to start, and the tagliatelle (which we'd heard rave reviews about). I ordered two oysters to start, then asked to have the butter salad and mussels as my main course (both are smaller plates).
The cioppino arrived, along with my salad. Hmm. I explained that I had requested the oysters as a starter (I had ordered a glass of champagne for this very reason. :) ). Salad was removed, oysters brought. They were delicious. The cioppino was a bit bland but still refreshing.
Next up: my salad came back. No mussels. Okay, I just went with it. Very nice, simple salad. Mussels and pasta arrived. Both tasty. Good amount of mussels for only $10 -- but the overpricing of all other items negated this "win."
No dessert. Four drinks in all (one cocktail, one glass rose, two glasses champagne). Total bill was $100 (not including tip). So that was for drinks, two oysters, a starter soup, starter salad, mussels, pasta. The pasta was the least expensive entree at $19; everything else was $22-34 (if I remember correctly).
Overall, I felt that the prices were too high. No wines by the glass for under $10. Most entrees mid-twenties. They charge $3 a pop for bread and butter. Friday night I went to Matt's in the Market and two of us had four drinks, a huge salad, steak, scallops, bread and butter (no charge of course), and that bill (without tip) came to $120. That meal was head and shoulders above Springhill. If Springhill was a bit less expensive, I think it would be more of a go-to spot in West Seattle. The bar looks like a great place to sit down and have a drink; but based on my experience, I'd probably just cross the street and have a $7 glass of great Italian red at Shadowland.

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