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Spur Gastropub

Map & Directions 113 Blanchard St.
Seattle, WA 98121
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Street


Seattle Weekly's Description

The problem with so many of today's flailing attempts at modernist cuisine and molecular gastronomy is that, in their breathless fascination with all the goop, gear, and gadgetry involved in turning cheese into pasta and fish into foam, many chefs forget that they're still being paid to make people dinner. That means that the food itself still has to be a recognizable part of the "dining experience" and not get completely lost amid the chemicals and lasers. This, then, is the strength of Spur in Belltown—a kitchen where a grounding in locality, seasonality, and recognizable ingredients (hedgehog mushrooms, salmon, potatoes, leeks, bacon) balances the impulse toward abstract gastronomic modernism, always elevating the trout above the almond foam and the sockeye salmon and house-made mascarpone above pure gimmickry. Because Spur's crew can manage this (at prices considerably lower than those at many of the country's other temples of molecular gastronomy), dinner here can be an event and an eye-opening indulgence without ever slipping over the line into a piece of egotistical performance art staged by cooks solely for their own enjoyment.

Member Reviews

  • AnyaS wrote a review for Spur Gastropub
    on 03/16/10

    Small Plates & Fancy Drinks... Recommended to us by Eric from Zig Zag, we cozied up at the bar and ordered the miner's greens with roasted artichokes which had the most amazing smokey yogurt sauce. We then went for the parmesan, olive and garlic gnocchi and finished with short ribs with au gratin. I had a glass of pinot and the bartender made my date a bourbon cocktail - we... More >>

  • hallways1 wrote a review for Spur Gastropub
    on 09/11/09

    With a delicious rotating menu by Chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough, cocktails by Bar Manager David Nelson in a hip but fine dining environment, how can you not love a fabulous happy hour, dinner or drinks at Spur Gastropub in Belltown.

  • keithwaldbauer wrote a review for Spur Gastropub
    on 05/20/09

    Spur gets it right better than anyone else in town when it comes to the combination of food and beverage. The kitchen is first-rate and the bar is well-staffed and the spirit selection is wonderful.

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  • Eater on 07/28/11

    This Belltown destination has major cocktail credibility, but chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough produce food with a modernist flair that feels memorable, not gimmicky. [Eater 38 Member]

  • The Seattle Times on 05/14/10

    It's an unpredictable happy hour here. You may snack on foie gras beignets with crème fraîche one evening, only to see it gone the next day. But special cocktail menu stays consistent. Happy hour 5-7

  • Seattle Met on 03/09/11

    Tavern Law’s sister bar can feel acerbic in the early evening, but things sweeten up as the night goes on. Late at night, the communal table by the bar spurs true camaraderie among strangers.

  • Jenny S. on 12/10/09

    on the late night happy hour, they have cans of rainier and french fries. Soooo good.

  • Jessica H. on 10/30/09

    Try the salmon crostini. They'll change your life! The chicken confit are also amazing and the West Coast Pimms is my favorite drink.

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