Hill's Restaurant And Lounge

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4.05 w/ 2 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

401 W. Main
Spokane, Washington, 99201
United States

(509) 747-3946 | map

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Added by woemad on 06-29-2008

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3.66/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

During my latest visit to Spokane, I decided to try Hill's

It has a nice corner location, walk through the restaurant to the bar (I think there is also a street entrance directly to the bar). They have kind of loose L shaped wooden bar that has a break in one leg for the servers to enter. It seats about 15. There is some exposed brick and a suspended white tile ceiling. There is carpet on the floor and tables along the walls and in the middle of the room.

Nice toons on sound system. I’m not sure if it was Sirius or local station, but I like it,

10 mostly local beers on tap. Nice mix of styles and brewers. Excited to see them offer a Berliner Weisse by Grand Teton. 20 or so bottles and cans with 6 or so standouts (highlights Deschutes Stoic and Hair of the Dog plus Stone Self Righteous).

They offer a large and varied menu that makes use of locally sourced ingredients. I was going to eat, but the bartender was also helping out in the dining room and I never really got a chance to place in order.

Friendly service that could discuss the tap choices. The owner was there and chatting up some of the regulars. Glad to see that.

There was only a very small bar crowd at happy hour and it was pretty subdued, depends on what you’re looking for. The restaurant had a nice crowd.

I think I will go back next time in town to try the food.

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4.45/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Hill's has been open at their present location at Main & Washington for about a year and a half or so. Before that, "Hill's Someplace Else" was a longtime fixture of Spokane's drinking (and eating) scene. But the old location was razed in order to make way for a parking lot, and two years were spent finding and then re-habing a suitable new location.

Now safely located in a location that - amazingly enough - was most recently a pawnshop, Hill's occupies a niche somewhere between casual and high end among the restaurants of downtown Spokane. They also deliver on the beer front, which is where I'll start.

Ten taps are present in the lounge. There are a few bottled & canned options - the usual macro suspects, but with a sprinkling of craft offerings from the likes of Oskar Blues -, but the small tap selection is all quality. Steve Hill has somehow managed to get Fish's Detonator Doppelbock as a semi-regular offering (I've only once been here when it's not been on). In addition, there's always something from at least one of the local and semi-local breweries (Laughing Dog, Northern Lights, Coeur d'Alene), along with regional offerings from the Seattle area and farther afield places like California and Colorado. The point is, they're all craft. They're also not above hosting the occaisional brewer's dinner. Last time I was here, they'd recently had one featuring Georgetown, and had several of their brews on tap. Hill's has a pretty good relationship with their distributors, as they were one of three bars in town that received kegs of the Abyss, and on my last visit, had a tap handle prominently displayed to indicate they'd soon be receiving kegs of Black Butte XX. Prices are competitive with other local watering holes, with beers generally about $4 per pint, with "big" beers a bit higher (I think Detonator is $5.50 or $6 per pint).

The food is pretty good, too. The menu highlights steaks and chops cooked to order, and they offer a choice of eight (!) different sauces for them. The prices are a bit high, as one would expect, but there are also some sandwiches and burgers available that, while not dirt cheap, are more reasonable, and the quality is every bit as good. The Philly Steak and Rueben are both top notch. If you order tartar, they will charge extra for it, but it's homemade tartar sauce that compares favorably to any you can get around here.

Only once have I dined in the regular dining area. The waitress was prompt, friendly, and more than willing to fetch tasters of any beer my father and I inquired about (yes, I got the old man to drink beer - a minor miracle, that). I usually dine in the lounge, where the full restaurant menu is offered. Once I was served by the owner, and on every other occasion by a middle-aged woman named Jill that seems to be the main bartender. On every occasion the service was flawless, especially from Jill, who seems the type that senses through some spooky supernatural skill exactly what your next request will be almost before you realize it yourself.

The atmosphere in the restaurant portion consists of high ceilings, muted earthtones and tastefully unobtrusive artwork. Booths and tables are available for seating. The lounge is a smaller space, as one would imagine. The ceilings seem a little lower, and the walls are brick, with some wrought-iron artwork on them. At the bar, there are wines and hard alcohol available as well as beer. The lounge, while located to the rear of the restaurant, has it's own entrance on Washington Street, so you don't have to run a gauntlet of tables and servers if you are on a beer-mission.

I don't go into Hill's that often because the food is a little expensive for me at my current income-level, and to come here and not eat the tasty food would just be sad, but whenever I do, I leave happy. For over all quality, this is the best food & beer option in Spokane.

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