Semilla

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • Tim H.
    "vegetarian-friendly prix fixe menu"(11 Tips)
    Honghui Y.
    "sunchoke chawanmushi"(2 Tips)
    Madm F.
    "Great treat for adventurous foodies for a special occasion"(3 Tips)
    Sara R.
    "We are vegetarian, and they did a great job of accommodating us."(6 Tips)
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  • Ben S.
    Ben SternDecember 30, 2016
    You won't miss the meat at all. Fantastic meal. Best in BK right now
  • Loreana G.
    Loreana GonzalezNovember 2, 2016
    Amazing everything is amazing!!
  • Madm F.
    Madm FiaJuly 10, 2016
    Great treat for adventurous foodies for a special occasion
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Semilla has a relentlessly inventive menu that explores every possible thing you can do with every possible part of the season’s veg, all in the pursuit of maximum flavor and zero waste. Read more
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinMay 27, 2016
    Take a sit, relax and let the staff take care of you. Food is amazing!
  • Kat C.
    Kat CMay 14, 2016
    Great, inventive tasting menu. Focus is on vegetables with meat and seafood used sparingly.
  • John D.
    John DuncanApril 26, 2016
    Big, big fan of this place. Great for a special occasion.
  • Tom W.
    Tom WolfsteinMarch 30, 2016
    Despite the fact that their "must-listen-to" recorded message says they are open on Tuesdays, they appear not to be. You could find that out if they answered the phone after 530pm. Alas, they don't.
  • jon f.
    jon ferrerFebruary 29, 2016
    They're doing something really special here. If you have an open mind about creative cooking, aren't a unyielding carnivore, the you'll love this place. The bread and desserts are also so so on point!
  • IrmaZandl T.
    Delicious, tasting table only. Lots of small courses. Love it but not a place I would come back to frequently.
  • John D.
    John DuncanJanuary 5, 2016
    Courses can come a little too fast, but this place is something special.
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WuDecember 21, 2015
    one of the best meals of my life. i'm a die-hard meat eater and this all-vegetarian tasting menu was amazing. sorrel ice cream? yes please!
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 14, 2015
    Semilla was one of the three spots awarded best restaurant of 2015. Even if you rarely eat meat,the vegetable-centric Semilla will challenge your notions of what's supposed to taste good.
  • GQ Magazine
    GQ MagazineDecember 3, 2015
    The best course (which is saying a lot) will be the bread. The slices arrive about halfway through, crisp on the outside, chewy-soft inside. Read more
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle ElliotNovember 12, 2015
    Everything was phenomenal, from the service to the decor to the meal. We went on a Friday with no reservation, tried our luck at 8:30 & she was able to seat is at 10:30, so we just got a drink nearby.
  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca BeaNovember 7, 2015
    Every dish was memorable, wine pairings spot on. Such care and attention to all tastes. Billy and Gaby took very good care of us. Vegetarian tasting dream! Must have rezzie.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinOctober 11, 2015
    For all the hype, only the broccoli salad and the bitter almond custard were delicious. Wonder if all the hype is because of the ever changing menu? Decent but doesn't live up to expectations
  • Nicolas
    NicolasSeptember 27, 2015
    Dessert is good. But the menu was disappointing. Bread is a course? Tomato for every course? Tomato again? Please, no more tomatoes. Vegetables are not limited to tomatoes...
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyAugust 30, 2015
    Intimate and delicious. 8 courses. Most vegetables. $75. The mirror in the bathroom is one way and looks into the kitchen.
    Upvoted Mar 12
  • Cuauthemoc S.
    Cuauthemoc SandovalAugust 26, 2015
    They are vegetable magicians I tell you! Drink pairing had tons of unique selections. Quite the unique bathroom experience.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DahanAugust 23, 2015
    Eggplant and pepper
  • Adam F.
    Adam FJuly 22, 2015
    One of the best meals that I've had in NYC.
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GabeJune 25, 2015
    Experimental menu that is Very accommodating to vegetarians! Also, check out the bathroom!
  • Alyxa L.
    Alyxa LeaseJune 24, 2015
    Semilla was amazing. Artistic and delicious. The bread selection changes by the day and is amazing. You can't go wrong with their tasting menu. Make a reservation in advance!
  • Emily K.
    Emily K.May 13, 2015
    That BREAD though.
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GabeMay 10, 2015
    Oh and make sure to check out the restroom ... Really though
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GabeMay 10, 2015
    So perfect for vegetarians! Every dish was amazing. I wouldn't change one thing.
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuApril 15, 2015
    Chefs Jose and Pam work magic with their 10-course "vegetable-forward" tasting menu. My favorites were the sunchoke chawanmushi and roasted carrots in pea shoot broth.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachApril 11, 2015
    Eater's Ryan Sutton gave Semilla 4 stars. His bonus tip: "One-way mirrors in the restroom give diners an intimate peek into the kitchen (not the other way around)." Read more
  • st
    stApril 10, 2015
    salad with cocoa dressing is great and all, but at least on my visit, both desserts were clear winners. Gewürztraminer too.
  • Sara R.
    Sara R.March 14, 2015
    What a great meal! Loved pretty much every course. The sourdough rye bread was a highlight. We are vegetarian, and they did a great job of accommodating us.
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyMarch 5, 2015
    2015 James Beard nominee for Best New Restaurant
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JorgensonMarch 5, 2015
    The tasting menu is thoughtful, perfectly paced, and heady. The natural wines compliment the earnest food, especially the eccentric contact wines. Bravo.
  • Oskar v.
    Oskar von HauskeFebruary 12, 2015
    Great tasting menu, go to the restroom
  • kate k
    kate kFebruary 4, 2015
    Ask to be seated closest to the kitchen, where you can see all the action
  • Whitney F.
    Whitney FishmanJanuary 17, 2015
    Tasty but tiny.
  • Ron Z.
    Ron ZemberJanuary 17, 2015
    Semilla should open a bakery...and close the restaurant.
  • Ghostface M.
    Ghostface MillerJanuary 11, 2015
    Small plates prix fix menu.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HettlerDecember 22, 2014
    This vegetarian-friendly prix fixe menu is excellent for romantic dates or special occasions. All other bread must bow before their Einkorn-Buckwheat bread.
  • Eater
    EaterNovember 12, 2014
    Go try the entirely vegetarian $75 10-course tasting menu at Williamsburg newcomer Semilla. It features everything from pumpkin soup, & shaved sunchokes, to ice cream with fig. Read more
  • Martin M.
    Martin MataOctober 31, 2014
    Wow. The team here does some amazing things with veggies.
  • Christian G.
    Christian GloddyOctober 31, 2014
    Simply amazing food.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 16, 2014
    Semilla opens in Williamsburg. There's no fixed menu, but the $75 vegetable heavy prix fixe may include dishes like grilled matsutakes with charred pear, and kabocha squash pureed with anchovies. Read more
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