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Crush - Seattle
Crush - Seattle
  • Address:
    2319 E. Madison Street
    Seattle, WA 98112
    Leschi / Madrona / Madison Park
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Crush - Seattle Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://crushonmadison.com
  • Phone: (206) 302-7874
  • Hours of Operation: Crush is open for walk in dining and reservations:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Wilson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Whether in our facility, or at your home or business, our unique food, service and beverage selection are sure to make your event memorable.
  • Private Party Facilities: CRUSH private dining is available for business dinners, cocktail parties, receptions, etc. Please contact the restaurant for more information. We also host events here at the restaurant upstairs!
  • Private Party Contact: Nicole Wilson (206) 302-7874
  • Entertainment: The Bar at CRUSH offers a the best view of the kitchen and an opportunity to interact with the chefs and taste their latest creations.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We are always up to something, hosting wine maker dinners, cocktail dinners, guest chef nights and cooking classes, get on our mailing list to stay up to date. www.crushonmadison.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23rd Avenue
  • Public Transit: directly in front of the restaurant
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample Street Parking in front the restaurant
A word from Crush - Seattle
Crush began as the dream of owners Nicole and Jason Wilson in 2003 when they set out to remodel and build an original 1903 Victorian house into a Modern American Restaurant that showcases the best in Jason's Cuisine and seasonal ingredients of the Northwest. Opening in 2005 CRUSH has quickly become a destination for an unparalleled dining experience in Seattle. Jason's approach and inspiration to food has been noted as Modern American, with personal influences and French technique. Using the best ingredients, focusing on quality first, the seasons & relationships with the best producers and growers dictating the ingredients has been the philosophy to our cuisine. Jason was chosen by Food and Wine magazine in 2006 as a "Best New Chef", nominated in 2008 for the Best Chef Northwest by the James Beard Foundation among many other accolades. A similar approach to our extensive wine list has given Crush multiple years of national accolades from wine press.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Great effort in presentation. Some plate were too salty where other where just not enough. Way too expensive for the experience. The ideal would be to have different fixe menu such as 4 plates for 60$, 5 for 70$, etc"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Exceptional tastings of rich food combinations was a real treat. We can't wait to come back and explore more of the exquisite dishes. Hats off to the chef!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Dining at Crush was one of the most memorable dining experiences of my life. Our waiter was wonderful and provided perfect wine pairings with the most delicious food ever put in front of me. My wife and I will make a point of returning to this amazing restaurant."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Dear Crush Thank you for helping me with my husband's birthday dinner. Your food was perfect and yet the service was somehow better:-) There was no question that your staff went completely out of their way to provide a very special occasion meal and environment for our family. WE look forward to celebrating something special with you again. Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "While the menu is rather difficult to navigate, our server was patient and understanding as he explained all the options. The chefs were very willing to adapt for food allergies. This restaurant is a gourmet's dream! But might be hard for an older, more traditional diner to appreciate. Lots of small plates to enjoy varied food flavors- and chefs don't use spices to mask the taste of the locally-sourced ingredients."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Making a reservation in advance and passing along some notable information regarding the special occasion in which we were celebrating, the staff at Crush went out of their way to accommodate us, even surprising us with a complimentary glass of wine to begin our meal. The ambiance was relaxing and the food was innovative and beyond delicious- I wish I could have tried everything on the menu! Massive kudos to the entire staff- hostess, wait staff, and chefs for making this such a fantastic night!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Server took too long to address the table when we sat down. They just changed the menu so she had no idea what was on the menu. The food was overpriced and quite pretentious, the value of what you got was low. They just tried to hard and fell flat. When we left they overcharged the bill and didn't seem to sorry about it. There are much better places to eat on cap hill/madison valley than here."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This place was great! The service was a little stuffy, and of course it was expensive. The food was however like nothing I have ever had before: innovative, delicious, unique flavors, super sense combination. We ordered the 5 course and I think it was a good call as it was nice to try several different dishes in succession. The restaurant is in a restored historic home that has a classy romantic special feel to it which was perfect for our first anniversary."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Crush was a recommendation of the friends we were visiting in Seattle. It was recommended because it was not far from their condo on Lake Washington, but it turned out to be a memorable gastronomic experience even if we had had to drive across town! The food was absolutely sophisticated, delicious, creative, and had tastes that challenged and delighted us. We would recommend Crush to all who are looking for something outside the ordinary!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We travel extensively and my husband is an outstanding chef. We were impressed with every aspect of the meal. Unique offerings..delicious ingredients..thoughtful menu..one of the most memorable meals...ever..."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This 14 course tasting menu experience was mind blowing. In my reservation I stated it was a birthday. They greeted us with a complementary glass of sparking wine that set the tone for the evening. Now the food...each course was fantastic. The amuse-bouche, a savory fennel macaroon filled with goat cheese infused with Earl Grey smoke was unbelievable. The dungeness crab and and whipped green peas was such a wonderful complement to each other. The foie gras...the salmon...the sweet bread...all fantastic. They ended the evening by bringing us two different desserts and left us with a bottle of sherry. At no time did we feel rushed. Given that the dinner spanned 5 hours make sure to make your reservations for an early time slot. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My sister and I took my mother here for Mother's Day dinner. We were all so impressed by the imaginative and just tasty food. The service was exceptional too. My mom and I had the tasting menu with the wine pairings. My sister ordered a la carte. It was perfect. We were able to try so many different dishes. The savory, smoked macaron was amazing as was the short rib. Oh, and "Eat Your Peas" was also a winner. I am looking forward to coming back and sitting outside in the summer with my husband. I think it will be magical (our waitress said so). Just the perfect Mother's Day dinner. They made my mother very happy, and that made me even happier. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Every course in our 5 course meal at Crush was succulent and delicious, beautifully presented, and not so much food that we were bursting at the seams when we finished. Our wait person was right on it throughout the meal, so we felt very well cared for. Though the setting is rather formal, the atmosphere is not stuffy, and the tables are spaced far enough apart that you can hear each other, and feel you have some privacy. My only objection is that the price is a bit high, given the size of the portions. I wouldn't want larger portions, just smaller prices. $27.00 for a 1 1/4 " piece of fish or a similar size piece of steak is rather over the top. It would keep us from returning right away. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Visiting for the weekend, did my home work and chose Crush based on its menu variety, wine list and it's skilled chef/staff. I wasn't failed.!!!! Chose the 5 course meal, so did my partner and both of us walked away with being quite happy. Highly recommend this place for true food advocates, if your looking to gorge yourself with a big steak and potato then Crush is not your place...if your looking to develop your pallet, educate your mind and simply enjoy what food can be, then go! ALSO- Service was extremely good! "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The food: pretentious presentation on mismatched white plates on white p-lam tables, ranged from bland to inedible: service: indifferent to insulting. Appetizer, beet salad: attractive, tasted ordinary. Steak entree: laced with connective tissue: so tough that sharp knife could not cut it. Waiter cleared plates without acknowledging uncut steak on my plate. I said to him, "My steak is too tough to cut". He replied, "I will tell the chef." After we received our check, I asked, "What did the chef say about the steak?" Response: "He said, it is an inconsistent cut of beef. Sometimes this cut of beef is not good but a better cut of beef is too expensive." He wished he could do something but he could not.That's just how it is at Crush."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Chef Jason Wilson has truly crushed it here. This is our new favorite place. Every one of the 7 courses were fantastic, especially the sweet pea flan, the duck and the Hamachi crudo. Truly great cuisine, paired with truly great wine complements."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food, atmosphere and staff were great at Crush. I highly recommend this place to all who want a romantic and fine dining experience. The only cautions are that parking is a bit tough and you should not expect "American" portions. LOL. It was great to see that the portions were appropriate and not what we all are used to in the states. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This is just one of my favorite places during any of the Seattle restaurant promotional weeks."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I dined at Crush for Restaurant Week and was very impressed at the quality of the plates we got given the restaurant's usual price bracket. It was a great value and way to check out a restaurant that would ordinarily be prohibitively expensive."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Jason and his staff have set a very high bar for upscale cuisine served in an elegant setting and the courses plated to perfection. My wife and I gave it a 10 and commented that it compares very favorably with the food we were served in Paris at the world famous Jules Verne Restaurant in the Eiffle Tower. We are from Bainbridge Island and when we want to show off to our foodie friends, we take them to Crush. Cheers to Jason and his servers and Kitchen Crew. Art and Suzane Bartel of Bainbridge Island."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We loved everything about our meal at Crush. The one exception being that with the new Prix Fix menu options the portions have all been made smaller, even when you order the non prix fix menus so you pay measurably more for the a la cart but still get the smaller portion - an adjustment that should be made..."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had not dined here for a while and were truly wowed by the food we had- all was delicious and meticulously prepared/presented/served- we can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We went here for a romantic birthday and it was lovely. The sommelier was well informed and the wine list was well composed. The 7 course meal was delightful. Highlights were the frog legs (a first for me!) and the "bacon and eggs" that wasn't like any bacon and eggs that I've ever had, but AMAZING. A few things that keep me from giving it a 5 star: The prices are high and there were a few dishes that missed the mark. One was a oversalted, and the desserts weren't a direct hit. I should've orded the chocolate thingy... The service was very good, though they seemed a bit rushed. But we had an amazing meal and a lovely night out. They remembered my husband's birthday from my reservation, and gave us a fantastic table."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My boyfriend & I have adored Crush for many years. It has been the go-to special occasion spot. However.. they recently changed their menu. You now must order the multi-course tasting menu. (Diners *could* order a-la-carte, but the portion sizes are now so small; it just wouldn't be worth it for the price of each item.) The actual offerings have changed as well (no more short ribs, pork 5 ways, or even their opening bread service with salted butter). Cost and menu changes aside, it honestly just didn't taste as good! We walked out having spent more money than normal, but having had a *less* enjoyable dinner to show for it. I'm so disappointed to say that after many, many dinners at Crush, we've determined that was our last."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "You created some truly inspired dishes that were a pleasure to eat. My favorites were the octopus and scallops. Thank you for a wonderful meal and a memorable evening!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Girlfriend and I came out to seattle for a short little "getaway" from the east coast life.. and we ended our four day stay in Seattle with a almost private and beautiful dinner at Crush.. the atmosphere was amazing.. gave us a personal experience, the food was outstanding and service solid.. it will be an experience that we will both won't forget, and when we do come back to Seattle which we will Crush will be on our things to do again! Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The restaurant had great service, style and ambience. The flavor of the food was great though the portions were small. I am a former Executive Chef and have worked in fine dining. For a course, 1 lamb chop on a plate or 1 scallop or 1 slice of rib eye doesn’t constitute a meal. I would recommend going here for a special occasion but there is other restaurants in Seattle you will feel a better value for the money."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We came to Crush with high expectations and they were met and immediately exceeded. We ordered the Chef's Choice and had dish after amazing dish brought to us for the next couple of hours. The food was delicious, our server was exceedingly kind and helpful, and we had a great time, definitely a meal and experience to remember for years to come, or at least until we return."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I took my wife here for a Celebratory dinner. We were both very impressed with food, decor, service and overall experience. We took several of the waiter's recommendations, and were happy we did so - including the "Bone-in, bone Marrow desert". She and I were both thinking of friends we want to bring back to Crush. We eagerly anticipate the next time we get to enjoy Crush."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Stunning presentation. Immaculent setting. Dining experts. Stellar experience. Thank you"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Interesting dishes with some bullseyes and a few far misses. Some of the wildly clever items were interesting in cincept but off in taste and/or texture."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "For their 9th Anniversary they have an amazing tasting menu with 11+ items. Each was fabulous."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "....this restaurant delivered an exceptional experience, but that was long ago. What happened? Highlights included all the little extra amuse bouche: Grougeres, macaroons, cauliflower soup, strawberry fresno pepper sorbet The other 6 courses (12 dishes between my husband and me) we ordered from the menu were either simply horrible or not remarkable in any way. The duck breast was far overcooked - one bite in your mouth and it dissolved into meat paste - gross! The servers that evening seemed tentative and not fully seasoned in the art of fine dining service. But the tip of the iceberg to sink the ship was being charged $18 for a glass of pinot noir that we later found online to be purchased for an average of $21. We won't be back."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful 6 course meal paired with recommended wine....it was outstanding! Highly recommend Crush!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This place is not for picky eaters, but if you can eat pretty much anything it has much to offer. Before I get to that, I must say that I'll never return simply because the parking is horrible (hard to find street parking and muddy when you do find it) and the price was obscene (two people with one who didn't drink and a 15% tip was $325). If that doesn't scare you off, then read on. This is a place I'd call more French than American based on the style of the food served. The evening we visited the choices were simply the 6 course dinner (which my wife selected) or the 9 course dinner (which I selected) - that's it. I did the wine pairing with mine and my wife just had one non-alcoholic drink. What came was pure food art and delicious."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Tasting menu was amazing, service was perfect, and the entire dining experience was worth every penny!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We went for Valentines day, thought it would be a good treat. However thought the food/experience was very overpriced and wouldn't recommend to others. There was far too much truffle in every dish and it really overpowered any of the other flavors. After awhile everything began to taste like butter. The service wasn't great either the waitress did not do a good job of describing the dishes and it didn't seem like she was interested. The ambience was pretty but I was placed right beside a vent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dining at Crush is a not-to-be-missed treat. The food is imaginative but not overly pretentious, and the service is ultra-competent without being stuffy. The room is chic and sophisticated without being cold. A perfect spot to celebrate, have a romantic date, or make an ordinary day special."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My small group had an excellent experience over a business dinner. While clearly a great spot for a romantic dinner date, it also provided the right level of everything for business. The service was attentive and perfectly compatible with our non-food related goals for the evening."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed the 6 course menu at crush which highly recommend because you get to try almost every dish. The food was well executed and creative. The service was good but our server did not seem confident fielding questions and describing food. we had a wonderful wine but I wish there was more to choose from. I would most definitely return."
    Dined on 2/1/2014