Crush - Solana Beach
Crush - Solana Beach

Crush - Solana Beach

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solanabeachcrush.com/
  • Phone: 8584812787x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday-Friday 11:30am- 2:00pm, 4:00pm-Close. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 4:00-Close. Happy Hour 4:00pm-6:30pm everyday.
    Now serving Sunday Brunch 10am-2:00pm
  • 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, 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: 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.
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Crush - Solana Beach reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)fit for foodies (24)great for outdoor dining (24)notable wine list (19)good for groups (19)special occasion (12)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (10)great for lunch (7)romantic (7)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Mad Decent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food was good, service was friendly, and reservations were easy. I'd definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and ambiance
    GamsNEggsVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have gone to Crush a number of times; I love it every time. They are always accommodating, letting us sit where we want, which is nice because sometimes the outside—which I prefer—is full, but in that instance, we found a seat at a high-topped table, and they opened the floor-to-ceiling doors, and it was as if we were outside. This might not sound like much, but after nine years in the Bay Area, waitstaff willing to acquiesce to one's reasonable wishes is refreshing. The salads, pizzas, and drinks are all very good (the pizza crust is superb!). I even prefer the food here to the old Pacific Coast Grill which was in this same spot for years, then moved to Cardiff. One waitress at Crush, Lindsey, even remembered me, which is very touching.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice dinner with fun decor
    LunchReview
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We sat outside where it was a little quieter but the table was really cute, it felt like you were sitting in a garden. The food was also good and did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but...
    Mello
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A good neighborhood spot should have good food, good service and reasonable prices. Crush has all three. But, it should also have a comfortable feel. These guys are trying to make the location work for them, and they say it's better with some of the changes they've made. Hopefully, they'll move to better digs, in the meantime this is an effort worthy of your support.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Luv2Hear
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I selected the restaurant based on the Open Table reviews and that they could take a reservation for 10 at the time I needed. I didn't know what to expect. I received a call from the maitre D that afternoon acknowleding my request for a patio table because I thought it would be quieter. She suggested the Chefs table. I then knew that this was going to be good because they took the time to appreciate that I might need a quieter space for a meeting. It turned out to be awesome. The location, service, food, wine etc...was outstanding and excellent value. Definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Crush
    Jordan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We dine her frequently. Excellent food and nice ambiance. Also kid friendly. The kids love the chicken Parm. My wife had the Mahi Mahi. Everything was very good. Service was fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Much Improved Crush Experience!
    Cookie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bengal55VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our first visit. Very impressed. Server David. Exceptional. Food excellent. Nice wine list. Reasonably priced!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, nice wine prices!
    pcegeek
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was fabulous and the wine list was extensive enough and the wines were priced nicely. Would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Three times in ONE week!
    GolfinggalVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ALL AROUND GREAT!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Dakota11
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine Out
    OntheTown4
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great food and wine/beer choices. Service a little slow. Prefer to sit outside but don't expect a view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Notable Bolognese!
    NMNATIVEVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crush is killing it!!
    Suzanny
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meatball Monday Madness!!!!
    GoToMauiVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JudyVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We will definately go back to this restaurant....loved the Happy Hour! Delicious food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Miss Out on this little gem..
    WONDERFUL
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not terrible, but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Curt
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I took my group there for lunch - not the waitresses fault, but sometimes your just looking for a quick lunch - it took too long.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Rodakesq
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crush: Great Food, work on Service
    mayson12
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • group dinnner
    fatnhappy010
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad first impression
    trdliteVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice food
    Paul1945
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a good meal
    Wally
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 218 reviews are from the Crush - Solana Beach reviews archive.
  • The great rip-off
    Robbery
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood find
    Agnieszka
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Everyday Place
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Night with Friends
    pmcrick
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • crushes it!
    HappyguyVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The staff and food at crush is always a winner! Just love hanging out there. Upcoming changes should make it even better!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crush - a nice improvement
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    FireandRainVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crush - 19-Apr-2014
    DelMartianVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Quite Italian
    SurfTownSailor
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Meal
    PattiJo32VIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pass on this place
    OCDiner
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Loveitalianfood
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.