Restaurant Reviews

Seven Hills

February 10, 2015

Hyde street is full of great restaurants and this weekend I took it upon myself to explore. My out-of-town aunt and I were headed to another restaurant, but ended up at Seven Hills.

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version: 

Orgasmic.
The service was great and the food was delicious!

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

We got lucky because they had a cancellation and we were seated within 5 minutes. However, a reservation is highly recommended! They do have a small bar (I mean tiny) where you can try your luck, they serve their full menu at the bar. Seven Hills is a quaint restaurant (with about 14 tables) where you can actually hear the person across from you. It felt cozy and home-y, which I really liked. A far cry from the night before where we were shouting to each other (at La Mar). The atmosphere lends itself to slightly dress up, however, casual is okay as well. Since we were not planning on going anywhere fancy, we were in jeans and didn’t feel out of place.

Hours
Mon – Thurs   5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fri – Sat    5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sun          5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

What we ate:

  • Marin Roots Chicory salad ($11)
  • Charred Spanish Octopus ($16)
  • Spaghetti Neri ($20)
  • Pappardelle ($18)

Thoughts?

Before sitting down, a waiter (Mike) gave us a menu and went through it with us, describing everything and letting us in on his favorites. I already knew I was going to love this place! There’s nothing like a waiter who knows the menu really well and can give you his honest opinions on each dish. Before sitting down, we had our whole meal planned out. I should point out that we headed to this restaurant because a business owner about 5 blocks up told us about the “amazing ravioli and octopus”. After Mike went through his favorites (and didn’t mention the ravioli), he told us he thought it was overrated, explaining that it was a vicious cycle of people ordering it and everyone talking about it, so everyone else ordered it and reviewed it and so on. This sentiment was also echoed by our waitress who said that it wasn’t her favorite and it definitely wasn’t the chef’s favorite. Needless to say, we did not order the ravioli.

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We started with the chicory salad and it was delicious! Simple, but very tasty! The bitterness of the chicory was balanced with slices of apple and a simple dressing. The greens really stood out and the dressing complemented everything really well!

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The octopus was fantastic, it was charred and served on top of a parsley and Meyer lemon aioli with mustard greens and a lemon and shallot vinaigrette on top. The flavors were so unique and the dish was amazing!

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I was a bit skeptical because squid ink pasta has always resulted in a less-than-satisfying meal that is always too fishy. Hats off to the chef on this one though, because it was my favorite dish of the night. The spaghetti was topped with rock shrimp, green garlic, chili, red onion and bread crumbs. The chili added some depth of flavor and the bread crumbs added a nice crunch. The dish also had a bit of a preserved lemon flavor that I loved. There was no fishy smell or taste to the dish and the shrimp were perfectly small bites that added to the spaghetti.

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As an afterthought we ordered the pappardelle because it was recommended by both waiters. This dish was definitely the richest. The red wine, tomato sauce and lamb made it a littler heavier than the other dishes, but each bite was very tasty! All their pastas are made in house, so the freshness really stood out. If you only have room for one pasta, I would definitely recommend the neri spaghetti. I should add that there pastas can all be served as half sizes (the price you see on the menu) or full sizes (an additional $7-9).

I loved Seven Hills and will definitely be returning! I noticed that although all the food was filling, it was very light and I didn’t feel stuffed afterwards. The flavors of each dish were unique and absolutely delicious! I had a great time and I know you will too!

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