As most restaurants with "confidence" Semilla doesn't advertise its presence to the outside. It would be easy to walk by and miss this place (or even notice there's a restaurant located here from the discrete sign and rusty steel outside).
The inside consists of a U-shaped bar where diners are seated on either end. The servers utilize the space in-between to serve the customers, a truly great use of the narrow space.
Semilla (spanish for "seed") is a vegetable forward restaurant which only includes fish or meat in dishes when extra depth of intensity in a dish is needed. This is a great starting-point for creating interesting dishes that doesn't revolve around meat in particular, a concept that got us excited.
We're greeted by our charming server Brittany which helps us pick an interesting Pinot Gris from Crooked Acres Vineyard.
The menu starts off with a lovely corn broth with cuttlefish. The dishes are very light and clean.
The bread here is simply outstanding!
The set menu at Semilla is very seasonally focused and we noticed a heavy focus on highlighting tomatoes in several of our dishes.
We left the restaurant happy, but none of the dishes left a lasting memory on us. Clean, fresh and seasonal, but nothing that truly excited us.