First Crush Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge
First Crush Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge

First Crush Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.firstcrush.com/
  • Phone: 4159827874x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Weekend Brunch
    Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Neil Marquis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: SHN patrons - show your theater tickets for a free dessert with purchase of any entree.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ellis St.
  • Public Transit: Muni, BART Powell St. station is 1/2 block away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Closest Parking garages at the corner of Mason and O'Farrell or the Ellis and O'Farrell garage with valet service. Both a block away.
A word from First Crush Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge
First Crush promotes a “casual upscale” atmosphere for individuals, private events and large parties in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square district, offering hand-crafted quality food using the freshest ingredients complemented with a massive all-California wine list - served affordably with professional service in an energetic, lively environment.

The restaurant has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2001-2014.
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First Crush Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (46)fit for foodies (40)great for brunch (26)neighborhood gem (24)special occasion (22)romantic (16)good for groups (14)late-night find (9)great for lunch (7)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (4)Show More
  • Unusual dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Interesting blend of tastes cooked to perfection. Cozy and comfortable with a lively atmosphere. Large wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend a friend?---maybe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Given their reputation the food was disappointingly a little above average perhaps; interestingly they seemed unable to cook anything to order this night but, since we were on the way to a play, no one had time to send it back or address the issues with waiter...still, the waiter was great and, given a better night in the kitchen, this could be a great place for groups!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite spot
    BizLuncher
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I love First Crush! This is my favorite place for Halibut, and the wine is delicious! It is a bit pricey, but worth it! I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    AmazonLocalDeal
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was good and $$$ if not for amazon local (13 for 26) it would have been to much. People and staff could not have been friendlier that was nice. There were only two other tables eating so the service was outstanding ( everyone over and over stopped to ask how is everything the attention was nice but just a little to much, let me eat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday brunch
    SweetieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Met a good friend for her birthday brunch Sat. We enjoyed a very fine meal, the staff brought her the world-famous chocolate decadence for her birthday cake. Needless to say, after the candle was extinguished and the singing done (mine) she and I lingered...yum! Very nice place for special occasions...staff very attentive without being intrusive. I just wish chef would bring back apple scramble! Check it out. You will be pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent food, very nice facility. We make a short notice reservation for a group of 10. First Crush was very accommodating. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What has happened?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Have not dined here in over a year and feel the quality of food and service has diminished. I ordered a $37 Rib eye and it was the thinest, over cooked (I ordered it rare and it came out Medium Well) bland piece of meat. Definitely not worth that price. Use to think this was a hidden gem but feel this did not meet up to past experiences especially for the price. I think you can find many better options now in that neighborhood with better food and service. I won't be hurrying back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fancy flights and food!
    theatremom
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Brought a friend who fancies herself on being a wine connoisseur and foodie, and I think she was quite happy with First Crush! We both prefer reds so she chose the reds flight and I chose the Pinot flight, and we shared and enjoyed our selections. A lover of stinky and cow cheese, my friend was a little disappointed in the cheese selections since she doesn't like goat or sheep cheeses (which I didn't know), but we nibbled away at a double-bleu cheese and brie flight of their cheese platter. We ordered small plates of the ravioli and lobster mac cheese to share, and swiped both delicious dishes clean with the soft light bread that accompanied every table, including a yummy pesto dip I might add. Hope to return again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    ten4587
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The server was initially attentive but once we ordered that was the end of any attention from the server. Took almost 15 minutes to get our wine. We had to ask for bread and our entree's arrived 30 seconds later. Apparently they were in a hurry to move us along. We were never asked nor offered any additional wine. I ordered the halibut and truffle fries. The fries were great, however the halibut was tasteless. My husband had the cioppino which was the worst he has ever had. It was extremely salty, so much so that he couldn't eat it. The owner asked if we wanted something else but at this point we were done. The owner comp'd dessert for my husband, strawberry shortcake which he said was good. Needless to say, we won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Excellence
    SandyOVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wonderful food and service.wine list- all California- is excellent. The restaurant is small and very noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • good food but too loud
    oldfoodcritic
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The scallops were excellent. seasoning and taste were very good. However, the salmon was slightly overcooked. the lamb was also a touch beyond medium rare (what we wanted) service pleasant. wine list impressive WORK ON THE SOUND LEVEL. IT'S PAINFUL
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • glovesmVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was fine, nothing seemed to wow me. The plates seemed a bit complicated with too many things going on. My favorite thing was the pan roasted scallops. The steak had a weird sauce, almost barbeque on it, and not a nice sear so I was quite disappointed with it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hospitality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We found First Crush to be very accommodating to our group of 5 with a last minute reservation. Menu has lots of variety and I had enjoyed a delicious flounder earlier in the week here. Tonight I was in the mood for a burger and the Kobe burger was done just the way I wanted. The wine list had lots of variety for our group as 3 enjoyed flights of red with generous glasses given. Service was very friendly and we enjoyed ourselves very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tatianna
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food are good but a bit pricey. Service is good , prime location, recommend for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place if Union Square is busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Managed a table for 6 on a fairly busy night well. All in our party enjoyed their meals. Biggest highlights were probably the scallops and the salmon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Texan say's best brunch ever!!!
    SlimShady
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our first stop on the way to Napa. Great restaurant with very unique items for Brunch. Homemade, fresh squeezed Bloody Marys were a hit. Food was fantastic as was the service. The sides were great, with the candied bacon a must try. The potato side with chorizo was enough for two easy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Please is very nice
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've been here twice. This time I ordered the crab sliders which I didn't care for very much
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, inattentive staff
    LoveMyFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Excellent food. The lobster mac & cheese never disappoints. However, the server waited way too long to approach us to take our order, both for the appetizers and the main course, and then they waited far too long to serve the wine we ordered before ordering our food. We didn't get our wine until after dinner was served because they "forgot."
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch!
    Melen82VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I had come here years ago for dinner with an old classmate and thought it had a nice atmosphere. I can't remember much about the food but I must have liked it enough to try brunch here. The brunch is AMAZING! The menu is small but the food is delicious with generous portion sizes. I had the apple-scrambled eggs with the chorizo hash and was very satisfied. I definitely recommend the locals try it (even if it is downtown with the tourists). I'll probably make it back soon for drinks and dinner. :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food ok service poor
    Meab
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    If you want alright food and particularly bad service this is the place for you.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tourist Trap
    JBRCVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Line cooks, no chef. Food is terrible. Should just be a wine bar.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great wine, not so great food.
    candasmom
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We were excited to have a nice anniversary dinner here. The wine list was great and my husband had a tasty cocktail. The kale salad was really good to start. My husband's burger was ok. I ordered the local seared halibut and it was very bland. For the price ($32 for the fish), the food was not great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is a sleeper!!!!
    Search4bestnnjVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Had a work banquet there one night and the food was so fantastic we could not wait to go back for a regular dinner. Well... went back we did. The ambiance is not great but the food it! My wife had the lobster ravioli an she loved it! The past was homemade as was the stuffing. I had a vegetarian main of stuffed mushrooms that was really not to be believed. The service was GREAT! Cannot say enough about the place. It is someplace that tourists would pass by, but.... if you like good food, great service and a creative and reasonably priced menu THIS BE THE PLACE!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great wine and food
    TonySF
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We tried First Crush on a Friday night after work for dinner and drinks. We started with a wine flight and picked one of the wines from the flight to go with dinner. The food was delicious and the waitstaff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find near Theater District
    vitalmhVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We were looking for a place to get some wine and a small meal before the theater and found First Crush on Yelp. Nice selection of wine by the glass (or in flights) with very good food. Ordered the scallops small plate and a side of veggies. All flavors were terrific and the dishes were presented well. Server was mostly attentive although when it got busy upstairs, he lost track of us. Will try the downstairs room next time to get away from louder bar patrons.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service. Inept waiter.
    Unhappy
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Uncorked wine next to table and splashed wine on two of our party. Also spilled plate on another when clearing. Food good but delivery poorly timed and our second bottle of wine did not appear until we were finished with dinner. Party of 8 and a fixed tip of 20% for poor service. Will not go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Maintained, but not Improved
    TopHatCharlie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I ate here many years ago and the food is very much the same as are the above average service. We were there early, it may get louder later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu choices
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great place for brunch. I would go back here again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Crush
    SFdiner
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Delicious food. Convenient to Union Square and our hotel. Second visit better than the first.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful service
    RonlroVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    On arrival, checked in with front desk, confirmed reservation, and was seated. Server asked if we would like to order drinks before brunch, replied yes. Took almost 25 minutes to be able to place food order, yet drinks still were no shows. Finally, drinks and food showed up at the same time (really, how long does it take to make a bloody Mary...not as if the restaurant was all that busy). To top it off, the restaurant reported us as "no show" to open table. Big change from last time we were here. We won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scallops saved the day!
    smkarizonaVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Service was very relaxed for our group...not that we were ready to go party, but we often waited quite a while to see our server. Three of us ordered potato soup, which was very bland and didn't have a single chunk of potato in it (there's smooth and there's tooooo smooth!). Then the pan seared scallops arrived and we forgot we'd ever had bland soup. Perfectly seasoned and delicious, they were some of the best I've had. I would have even liked them more with a bit more of a sear on them, but I was forgiving a lot for that seasoning. Also, the wine and bubble flights were spectacular. Truffle flight is a great idea but some warning about how bitter they would be would have been much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Portabello "stuffed" mushrooms were very tasty and satisfying. Salmon was cooked just right. Scallops were tender and delicious. Started with a mixed green salad. Everyone at the table was quite pleased. Just didn't have room for desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    rmoh
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    had a wonderful meal - boullabaise was very flavorful, with lots of fish, not much broth. never had peas before but they were fresh!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great Wine List
    RunningSF
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food and service were very good at this restaurant. The Wine list was extensive and expensive. It is a very intimate setting. The dining portion is small and tables close together. It was difficult to have a private conversation. The waiter was very attentive and offered good advise for wine selection. The food was good with a good selection. We were in and out fairly quickly.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disgusting food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was terrible, I wouldn't eat there for free. Even the Mac and cheese is gross
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    OnceFriends
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This restaurant made our trip to SF the best. We loved the food and the service was amazing. Great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater dining
    Light
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I have season tickets with SHN and always dine at First Crush where they have a special menu for theater goers. I was there a few nights ago and was disappointed to see that they no longer offer the pre-theater fixed price menu. I had looked it up on the SHN website that afternoon and they still showed a special offer for people with tickets. I was disappointed (although it was not their website that had the incorrect information) and hope First Crush will arrange to have this corrected. As a result, our dinner was considerably more costly than we had planned. I have always enjoyed First Crush but would be inclined now to try other options since they no longer offer the special for theater-goers.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rather mediocre
    DineoutqueenVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We had gnocchi and aji tartare. Gnocchi was greasy; aji arrived grey with little flavor. The beet salad was good but not great. The crab bisque was good. The best item was a chocolate brownie. That was delicious. When I pointed out that the aji looked grey and not fresh, there was no recommended fix for this. I asked about wasabi and they only use a powder so it was of no help to add some flavor or tang. Won't go back to this place. All entrees looked expensive (most over 30) so we stayed with small plates. Coffee was weak.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Really?
    shanagementVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    For a wine bar our waiter had no knowledge of wine. "They're all ..." was part of the description of the difference between the Sauv Blancs on the menu. No mention when the bottle was brought out that it was the only one until we were ready for the second bottle. Food was really boring. The best thing on the menu was the cheese plate, which was served with a good size portion and nice honey, nuts and grapes. I doubt this restaurant will stay open much longer since it was mostly empty tables and now I know why. It was super expensive and not good. Sorry but I will not return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We have dined at First Crush many times. This time we were seated in a corner to the left of the bar and it was very noisy; at times we could barely hear conversation at our table. When we return we will definitely insist on a table location away from the bar.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.