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Crush - Solana Beach
Crush - Solana Beach

Crush - Solana Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solanabeachcrush.com
  • Phone: (858) 481-2787
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Friday 11:30am- 2:00pm, 4:30pm-Close. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 4:30-Close. Happy Hour 4:30pm-6:30pm everyday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Lina
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Crush can customize a menu, or choose from one of our menu packages. Crush has appetizer packages, as well as full seated dinners either plated or family style.
  • Entertainment: Live Music Wednesday-Saturday
  • Special Events & Promotions: Birthdays, anniversaries, holiday gatherings, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, total-buy outs and much more.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Coaster Station less than .5 miles
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Crush - Solana Beach
Our passion is to serve the best cuisine and provide the most exciting dining experience at our Solana Beach location. Every employee will make the commitment to achieve excellent through gracious, friendly and professional service. Crush takes pride in serving the highest quality of food in a unique and inviting atmosphere. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We live in the neighborhood, and our first couple of dinners were just ok. The food was fine, but a bit overpriced and the restaurant felt like a big noisy room. Nothing to draw you back on a regular basis. With new management/ownership, the prices are down, a new pizza oven is inplace and the seating has been rearranged to create a warmer, quieter atmosphere (although it still can be a bit loud when full, as it is lately!) Loved our waiter and everyone working there seems friendly and well trained. Pizza is excellent -thin crust crunchy, and the beet and burata salad excellent. Had a bite of a wonderful chicken piccata as well. We'll be back often!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Our first visit. Very impressed. Server David. Exceptional. Food excellent. Nice wine list. Reasonably priced!!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Food was fabulous and the wine list was extensive enough and the wines were priced nicely. Would definitely go back again!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We stumbled upon this gem of a restaurant during our first trip to Solana Beach! The food was delicious, creative and so fresh! From Meatball Mondays to the fresh halibut... you can't go wrong! The service IMPECCABLE (specifically due to their amazing server Hannah)! They handled our small group to our large party seamlessly throughout the week! The covered patio is very charming and wonderful place to dine on a nice evening! Corkage fee is reasonable, if you bring wine. But the wine list does offer many great bottles! We will be back next year for sure! Great place to dine!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were entertaining out of town guests. Great food, great service and fabulous atmosphere. We had a great time and will surely go back again."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "What a great experience! The servers were great the food was delicious and the whole experience was wonderful. We had 8 in our party and everyone loved the food! We will definitely make it a must next year when we come to the track!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great food and wine/beer choices. Service a little slow. Prefer to sit outside but don't expect a view."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We had a group of 12 people on a Monday night and it felt at times that we were imposing on this restaurant's staff, even though we were nearly the only ones in the place. The food was very good, especially the bolognese. One in our group had eggplant parm and said it was soggy.. Dresser was yummy although served so slowly... Wine list was average."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The whole experience with crush Cafe was Great. From the moment we entered, we were greeted very pleasantly and we were an hour early for our reservations and they accepted us anyway... The menu and wine menu had excellent choices and everything we ordered was to die for!! Highly recommend the Pizza, the Beet Salad, house salad and the angel hair pasta!!! Will recommend to friends and will visit again when in town... Sincerely, S.S."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "On Mondays the meatballs are $2. It comes with marinara, ricotta and pesto... Have a salad and a martini and you're set. Sit in Ryan's section-- he's great!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We will definately go back to this restaurant....loved the Happy Hour! Delicious food!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Above average food..one of the best Italian restaurants in San Diego country. It's just minutes from Del Mar nestled in a small business center in Solana Beach."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The wait staff was very friendly & accommodating. The rest of our visit was mediocre. The noise level inside was high so we asked to be seated outside. Unfortunately, we were seated under a speaker; the combination of music from the speaker & the live music was very distracting. The food was overly salty & mediocre. My daughter ordered root beer and was brought Dr. Pepper, no biggie except when the waitress returned she told us they were out of root beer. After I ordered the halibut, she returned to tell us they were out of halibut. When the waitress asked if we'd like to order dessert, she warned us that they were out of cobbler. Bottom line: You may as well go to California Pizza Kitchen next door - less pretentious & better quality food."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I took my group there for lunch - not the waitresses fault, but sometimes your just looking for a quick lunch - it took too long."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food and live music were perfect. Very attentive staff, and every bite was delicious. This was our second dinner at Crush, and we brought kids and friends this time. Starters were meatballs, bruschetta, ahi stack. All fresh and flavorful. My husband ordered the chicken parmesan both times we had dinner at Crush. Hearts and smiles, it's his favorite. I have ordered the chicken piccata and the halibut, terrific both. I would say anything on the menu will be a winner, and there is a good variety of dishes to choose from. The new remodel looks great, and there were lots of folks sitting in the outdoor area. We chose to sit inside. I thought the indoor dining area had an open breezy feeling, plus we could hear the music better."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The service was not the waiter's fault. He was the only server in the dining room. There was a fairly long wait between us getting seated and taking our order. We ordered an appetizer, but the entrees arrived before the appetizer (after another long wait) so we cancelled the appetizer. The waiter did apologize, which was nice, but again, he seemed overworked. The food was outstanding. I have one of the pickiest eaters on the planet for a son, and he said his woodfired pizza was one of the best he'd ever had. That is high praise coming from him. My eggplant parmesan and my husband's shrimp pesto linguini dish were delightful. We will definitely give Crush another try and will hope that the restaurant is properly staffed next time."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience dining here as a group of 7. All of the staff was very attentive and friendly, our waiter Ryan was great, knew the menu very well and just made for a fantastic overall experience. Our group had a variety of tastes and everyone was happy with their food choices from the wood fired pizza to the chimi churri steak to the sea bass. I must say I never write a review but we all enjoyed our dinner so much I just had to leave a comment."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My first time here started out bad and got worse. First they didn't have the kind of gin I wanted. This was told to me after the server talked the bartender. I opted out of gin and asked for their house merlot. They first brought a bottle of supposedly VERY expensive bottle that was "opened by accident". I liked the first glass and asked for another. But of course they ran out!! Overall it was one frustration after another. It was also VERY loud in there. It's very difficult to carry on a conversation. I don't expect to return again. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Crush is being remodeled and made lighter which is a great decision making it look better goes with the already great menu and fabulous $2 Meatball Mondays...They have music on the weekends from Friday on and they are in my book a great place to eat. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My wife and I chose to have three of the "starters" and it was plenty for both of us. Wonderful fresh bread and a nice wine list."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My wife and I went with another couple a week ago, May 17, 2014. We order a couple of appetizers and a couple of salads with a pasta dish and then included dessert. The bill came to an astronomical $140. I could not believe it. Do not go to this restaurant if you want value for your dollar spent. The taste, except for the dessert, was not anything special. The meatball were overdone, contrary to rave reviews elsewhere. At 8pm on a Saturday night, the restaurant was empty. Maybe that should have been a warning to us."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "It's a nice place in Solana Beach. I liked the local feel. I had the Ahi Tuna. It was very good. My friend had the meatballs and she said they were delish. I'll bring my boyfriend back one night for sure. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Good go to place for a quality meal. Stepped up their game as local competition has increased. Service is always good. The bar & lounge scene can distract from the dining experience."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We ate at Crush with some friends from FL. The menu was clear and diverse. The wine list was supportive to the meal without being overwhelming. The wait staff was attentive. Our server, Ryan, was very amicable, gave good suggestions to support the menu and pretty much catered to our every whim. The food was excellently prepared and presented."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The staff and food at crush is always a winner! Just love hanging out there. Upcoming changes should make it even better!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Crush is the replacement for the Pacific Breeze restaurant which used to be in the same spot. Definitely an improvement in food choices and quality. Wine is the focus and the list is quite extensive. Service is pretty good and friendly. Ambiance is the same with live music on weekends which fortunately was not overly intrusive - one could still have a conversation. Generally a nice experience!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "While the food was good, the service was excellent. Admittedly it was early and a slow night before theconcert at Belly Up only a few blocks away."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Our server was great and very knowlegeable about the food preparation and menu. We have always had a good experience here, but the music and our server made it exceptionable. The night we were dining there. There was an accoustic guitar played who was fabulous. Noticable but not intrusive. He definately added greatly to the ambience of the restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "A very hip hangout in a strip mall on Coast Highway in Solana Beach. Great drinks, food, and wait staff! Next time we'll try a Pi."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I ordered Chicken Parmesan, an Italian classic. The chicken was only so-so tasting and was presented atop a rather small pile of spaghetti. The marinara sauce was tangy but otherwise bland. I was not offered any parmesan to add to the pasta nor was I given a spoon to use with my fork for eating it. I shouldn't have to ask for these items in a restaurant that purports to be Italian. I did enjoy the fresh Italian bread and the olive oil/ balsamic vinegar. One other small omission was that they did not record me as honoring my Open Table reservation. I had to correct that."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We have so many restaurants to choose from here in the North County, and yet we find ourselves gravitating to Crush again and again. The food is truly outstanding, and service always with a smile. I would recommend this to anyone who would like a great dining experience!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food was mediocre at best, and overpriced for what you get. Seafood was previously frozen - not fresh. Filet Mignon was charred and burnt on outside - red in the middle. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We found this gem on Yelp and absolutely loved it. The food was great, the service perfect. Just a great dinner. We had the brucshetta which a few people had recommended and they were right, it was amazing. Wish we didn't live so far away, otherwise this would be our go-to place for Italian."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This was my first time to Crush with friends who live nearby and it was a great experience . The food was very fresh (I had the halibut) and our server David made an impeccable recommendation on a great bottle of red . The live music from the bar area fit perfectly with the vibe of the restaurant and added to the evening."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "After a trip from Seattle to this pleasant coastal community, we experienced a wonderful dinner surprise with a remarkable menu, excellent service,and low background noise. All of the serving people were friendly and attentive. Chef Michael was remarkable in his creative renditions of what is often standard fare. Don't miss this opportunity to eat well!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our server was excellent, there when we needed him but allowed us plenty of time to enjoy our wine and conversation before making up our minds on our meals. My sea bass was the best I had ever had. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great restaurant. We visited for the first time and were not dissapointed. We will definitely retutn!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Every Monday night is " meatball Monday"!!!! $2 meatballs that are delicious and filling! Get a meatball or 2 with a yummy Caesar salad and you will be in heaven. There are comfy couches to lounge on and the service is always attentive. Crush is my new favorite!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I made reservation for 4 for the birthday dinner for my husband. I mentioned on open table that it was a birthday. The service was outstanding, very nice selection of food and all our questions on sustainability of types of fish were answered. The food was very good. We ordered a selection of 4 appetizers and all four of us chose different entrees. This way we had a chance to try a variety of foods and everything was good. My husband received a very nice birthday dessert on the house as well, which was a very nice touch. The owner was there and stopped by our table at the end of the dinner and asked how we liked it. It was a caring and nice conversation. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Menu offers a wonderful selection of well presented and good size potions of very tasty food!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014