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Jeffo405 Jul 22, 2010 05:59 PM

I know the food at these two restaurants is way different from each other. So I'm not asking for that kind of comparison. More, I'm wondering which will be the "better" overall experience - service, atmosphere, vibe - for kind of a special evening out. All opinions welcome!

  1. Tom Armitage Jul 22, 2010 10:22 PM

    That's a tough question to answer. Neither has an elegant or particularly striking interior. Both interiors are fairly plain and simple. I've found the service at both to be good so, in my experience, there not much difference in this respect. The "vibe" at both is casual and relaxed. I really think the difference in the approach to and style of the food is the significant differentiating factor.

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      staffstuff Jul 31, 2010 10:47 PM

      I agree about the vibe & ambiance being similar. Poppy's decor is more dramatic in it's color and attention to architectural detail...so in that respect it's a clearer winner.
      The parking would be alot easier at Spring Hill. The food, IMO, is much better at Poppy....more interesting, more seasonally inspired and more unique. Poppy's desserts are some of the best & most creative in Seattle.

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      Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar
      4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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        FoodDee Aug 1, 2010 01:45 PM

        Ate at Spring Hill last night. The noise level is deafening - so uncomfortable that we couldn't wait to leave. The food was hit and miss. The beef tartare and the other app with sopressata and smoked oysters were very good. The pate was nothing special and the oyster cornmeal fritter was mostly cornmeal and couldn't find any evidence of the ham that was supposed to be in it. Actually left it after 2 small bites. Two of us shared a burger which has had rave reviews. It was ordered medium rare and came raw in the middle. While tasty, it wasn't worth $17 by any stretch of the imagination.

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        Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar
        4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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          staffstuff Aug 4, 2010 10:08 PM

          I agree...the noise level at Spring Hill IS deafening and the food is hit & miss and pricey.

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          Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar
          4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

      2. amyh18 Aug 6, 2010 10:21 PM

        Poppy. The food is great, especially the soups that are part of the thalis, the eggplant fries drizzled with honey and the desserts are fantastic. And you can hear you dining companion, actually have a conversation. I went to Spring Hill once for brunch. Saturday, about 11am, and it was so loud the server couldn't even hear our order. I won't go back.

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        Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar
        4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

        1. landguy Aug 7, 2010 04:30 PM

          If you enjoy lukewarm, mushy, buffet style food then Poppy is the place for you. I have never had a "bad" meal at Spring Hill nor have I ever noticed an issue with the noise level.

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          Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar
          4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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            BuffaloBandit Aug 7, 2010 05:55 PM

            I 100% agree with landguy. I live two blocks from Poppy and want to like it, but I've been 4 times and haven't been impressed on any occasion. Spring Hill on the other hand is somewhere I continue to return. I wouldn't say that I haven't been disappointed a few times at Spring Hill, but for me it's no question: Spring Hill is a better choice. And get some oysters. However, I have noticed it can get loud at times.

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            Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar
            4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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