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

Crush - Seattle Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://crushonmadison.com
  • Email: nicole@chefjasonwilson.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
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Came here on a date and did the 3 course meal with wine pairings. Both of our selections for each meal were exceptional and exceeded Crush's reputation!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Have been going to Crush for years, I don't know what has happened but the food was horrible. We were so disappointed! I feel like we should get our money back."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We have been fans of Crush since it opened. Our recent dining experience there was terrible. It wasn't busy but the service was slow and the time between courses way too long. We ordered multiple items from the menu. The portions were tiny, presentations fussy and the food was almost inedible or unmemorable yet very expensive. We went home and made grilled cheese sandwiches. We don't know if Jason is too busy with his new restaurant but the food and service at Crush are really struggling."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Crush is in a lovely, small house on Madison, with understated, modern decor, making it a charming venue for a romantic date. The chef rules here; dishes are gorgeously presented, with unique, delicious, complex flavors. Sometimes I felt I was in a Portlandia episode, like when a beaker was lifted off a small dish to reveal a waft of special smoke--a bit over the top. Although I deplore the gargantuan portions at most American restaurants, here they are a bit too small. We enjoyed the three-course meal, for which one chooses a starter, an entree, and a dessert, and left not just "un-full" but actually still a bit hungry. The wine pairings were spot-on, and service was exceptional. The waitstaff were attentive, knowledgeable, and charming."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "A group of 4 attended this restaurant on NYE. Prix Fixe Tasting menu was amazing, even though 3 of us have some type of allergy/diet restriction. The ambiance is gorgeous white & silver, and our server was very fun and classy. Overall a remarkable experience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We went here once before and had such an awesome experience (food, service, etc), we were almost afraid to come back. What if it didn't live up to our expectations? What if we were romanticizing the past? Well, we went back and it was just as delicious and the service was still amazing. You really can't go wrong here! Spendy but worth it!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Went here for Seattle restaurant week with some friends. I'm glad we went then because the food was good, but not worth what they normally charge for their food. Service was pretty good, but considering we were one of the few tables in the restaurant, it could have been much better. The wine pairings they recommended for the various courses were all great. Overall though, I wouldn't come back here as the price for the quality of the food didn't seem to be quite good enough."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "Came to Crush on high recommendations of a friend and a colleague. A third friend gave a lukewarm recommendation, describing it as a place you'd take your parents to dinner, a sentiment I totally agree with. It's hard to judge after just one visit, but my experience can be summed up as "nice, but not my style." The ambiance is sleek; I prefer warmer tones. The service is professional, frequent, and prompt, but not warm and fuzzy and bursting with energy. The noise level is a quiet, library-esque murmur. Loved the menu when I looked at it online. So many interesting ideas! Loved the sweetbread dish, as well as the bacon n eggs, but the others didn't hit the mark for me flavor-wise. Fortunately, the boyfriend loved all the dishes I didn't."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We enjoyed our Christmas Eve dinner very much. The Prefix menu for Christmas Eve was wonderful! Thanks for a memorable evening."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Went to crush for Holiday dinner with my fiancé and her family. Food was absolutely amazing. There were a few timing glitches in service (30 min between course 3 & 4 and 20 min between course 4 and 5), but I wouldn't really count that against them considering there were 6 of us (and I'm an industry guy). Service was impeccable. Wine pairing were spot on. Well worth the price. I will return! And to those out there that don't know, Chef Wilson's new spot, Miller's Guild, just opened up and it is on the short list of have to's!"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "High expectations were met with each of 6 courses paired with perfect wines.Favorites were the Octopus and Wagyu Beef! Oregon Pinot Noir and Andrew Will Red Blend were superb.The service was attentive, knowledgeable and timed just right."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Every dish is unusual and perfect. The tastes all combine to bring out the 'true' flavor of the vegetable, meat, or fish. There is no hearty dumping of sauce on top of everything but rather an exquisite attention to what is required, and no more. The service is also laid back yet perfectly timed. Lots of small treats inbetween each main dish makes one feel pampered and happy. The wine pairings were perfect. This is a real treat."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "A very disappointing evening in terms if ambience, service and food! :-( Total waste of time, money and effort! And a shame as it was a birthday celebration."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Seattle has lots of great restaurants, but no other has food that is as unique, special or delicious. The service is superior. This is definitely special occasion food."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We took visitors to Crush this summer because they like good solid American cuisine. We/they were not disappointed. Although in the past I have had some issue with server ''attitude'' and some over-salted dishes, everything was perfect. Beef and fish dishes alike were well-prepared, properly seasoned, and served hot. The chef had developed deep flavors with the beef and lamb. Service was attentive. We brought our own wine, so did not order off the list. For Sunday, an early dinner the room wasn't very noisy. It can be as there are no sound absorbing materials at all."
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "Good things come in small packages.....this is definitely true at Crush. The restaurant is located on the main floor in a small house. It is charming on the outside and clean and crisp inside. The food is beyond creative. There were 4 in our group and we ordered across the board. We rated the "Bacon&Eggs" absolute #1..... And it's nothing like the name. The duck and lamb were also favorites. The Foi Gras not on the hit list On the desert menu the cheese board and mousse were winners. The food combinations are so amazing.....i The one disappointment was the wine list. Small and overpriced. Definitely a foodies haven."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "The location was good, if a little out of the way. The decor, etc., were very nice and appealing. The menu was interesting and exciting to read. The servers were very good, but the service was really slow. REALLY slow. Unacceptable. "We just got really busy." Really? Were they surprised on the Saturday night to be busy? If they keep this up they won't be busy. They'll be out of business. Three hours for a three course meal. The comped the wine but we didn't want that. We wanted prompt service. And for all that, the prices were too high. One tentacle of octopus and three pieces of pasta don't add up."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Four of us ordered the three course menu, each us selecting different dishes. None of them disappointed. The complementary intermezzos were delightful. A special side dish, an egg flan, was truly amazing-a series of taste explosions. Service was professional and it was quiet enough that we could have a conversation without shouting. Jason's food continues to be inventive and prepared with precision. A great evening"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "My wife and I eat at some of the best restaurants in the world. We've eaten at Crush for years and last year asked Jason if he could go anywhere to eat, where would that be. He said he'd eat at Michel Le Bras' restaurant in Laquoile, France. So, we went there. It was incredibly good and very, very special for sure, but when we ate at Crush last week, my wife and I agreed - Crush is better in many ways. The food is on an equal footing to be sure - it is amazingly sophisticated and sublime. Beautifully plated. The service while casual is still perfect: extremely considerate but distant if needed. Excellent wine list. And all way less expensive than going to France. This is certainly the best special night out in Seattle. Go."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I was able to get a reservation with very short notice for my birthday and I am so grateful I did! The food was outstanding. The service was impeccable. I look forward to coming back!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013