Excellent service and food.
Excellent service and food. I had their special which was lamb shank. It was out of this world.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was for the most part
This was for the most part a very pleasant dining experience. The ambiance was good. All the dishes were well prepared and presented. Service was prompt and friendly. I had lots of questions that our server patiently answered. My dinner choice was the Chicken Picatta on mashed potatoes with spinach. Delicious! I was not familiar with too many of the wines on their list so went with the servers’ suggestion of the Du ut Des Toscana. Nice choice. My mother had the lamb shank and absolutely loved it. The only dish that I thought needed some work was the Apple Strudel. Not good! Hardly any apples and the pastry was burnt. On the other hand the Butterscotch "Bundino" elicited rave reviews all around.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Lunch Spot
We've been to Crush a few times, but never for lunch. They have this great menu where you get to create your own salad by picking your ingredients. I did this and added chicken to it. The chicken was outstanding and the balsamic vinaigrette was one of the best I've ever tasted!
Will absolutely return for lunch again!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everything was easy except
Everything was easy except finding the place. The special Surf and Turf of which theree version was short ribs and diver scallops. I asked to have it over linguini instead of with broccoli and corn and they were happy to. Both the ribs and the scallops were perfectly prepared. Worth the price $44.00 which was the most expensive item on the menu.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had tried this restaurant
We had tried this restaurant shortly after it opened, and found the food to be so-so, at best. However, this time everything was delicious (though, admittedly, we tried only a couple menu items). One fun thing: they bring the bill in an old Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went on Groupon, would go back.....
We went to Crush on a groupon. Yes we are grouponers sad to say. The good part is we get to try a lot of new places. My review is simple, would I come back and pay full price? Answer, yes. I can't come close to saying that for most of the places I've tried on groupon or other deals.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love this place . I hope the
Love this place . I hope the food stays consistent.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went for my birthday dinner.
Went for my birthday dinner. Good service, good food.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best happy hours in the area. Delicious food, great service and wonderful ambiance. Crush never disappoints.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Interacted with co-owner,
Interacted with co-owner, Patrick Riley, and adored his attention and guidance our entire evening. Great food and wine.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were there the same night
We were there the same night as a singles mixer was taking place, so it was very noisy. In the past that has not been the case. It usually is calm and quiet, and that is one of the reasons we chose it. Just bad luck this time, but it was not a huge problem.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really outstanding food and
Really outstanding food and gracious service, particularly for San Diego. The owner takes great pride and care in the food preparation and presentation, paired with a thoughtful wine list with something at every price point. Everything is fresh and meticulously seasoned, which results in nuanced flavors that are a testament to the kitchen's confidence in their creations. No cheap filler or obvious resorts to salt or fat to enhance the taste. Just clean and crisp. Particular stand-outs are the ahi tartare stack, salmon en papillotte, and the house-made gnocci. Otherwise, the meatballs are genuine homemade italian house specialities.
Highly recommend this often overlooked gem for a reasonably-price, high-quality fine dining experience.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
All the food was excellent, but I'll go back just for the bruschetta alone. The live music was appreciated too.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at Crush and enjoyed oh very much . Eggplant parmigiana was great and the gazpacho soup was very refreshing. Can't wait to go again .
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time going to Crush and we thought it was great! The hostess and waitress couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. They were very accommodating to me (a vegetarian) and my picky kids. Food was delicious! Bruschetta was excellent as were the pasta dishes. Would definitely go back!
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Attracted to Crush for the fresh, creative menu, we immediately liked the ambiance, and the good service. A young, vibrant singer with back-up instruments made the evening an occasion. The food leaned toward delicious, with a touch of spotty. Best bread ever, both dark, crusty slices and a wonderful cibatta. Delicious blended gazpacho was poured at the table over an artsy cucumber sculpture. An amazing chicken picatta was recommended by the waiter. But, ahi tartare was marinated in oil and perhaps tomato juice, leaving it slimy and just so, taste wise. The tiramisu was downright disappointing. Next day at Solano farmer's market we tasted one so good, we recommended they introduce themselves over at Crush. Overall, do it.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
On vacation, and this was a treat to dine here. Enjoyed everything.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and great food!!
Our server was prompt and pleasant. She has waited on us a few times and has always been on her game. I don't remember her name, sorry. She's the best. We bring our small dog and she always makes us feel welcome. If it helps she's blonde and very pretty. Thank you!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were pleasantly surprised to find this gem and expect to return soon. We've already spread the word to all our friends that Crush is incredibly delightful. Every bite of every dish was impressive! A must for folks with discriminating taste!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Disappointed in my entree selection
I orderd the shrimp pesto linguine. The shrimp were not very fresh and the cut up squash was bitter.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best dining spot in Solana Beach
I have been to crush with groups of 20, for intimate dinners of 2-4, and family dinners. It is my go-to spot! To say that Crush can "handle" large groups really does not do them justice. They excel at large groups! The waitstaff coordinated our group of 20, we were seated when we arrived, we all had drinks within a few moments, and our appetizers, dinners, and desserts were served to the group simultaneously- no one was waiting to start enjoying our delicious food for others to be served, the timing was perfect!
The food is out of this world- short ribs, gluten free pasta creations, beet salads to name a few. The Chef is a consummate professional, the wait staff is hyper organized, and the ambiance is beautiful. Thank you Crush!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always enjoy Crush!!
We always enjoy an evening at Crush for dinner. They always make you feel welcome. The food, service and ambiance is very good and consistent. They also have good musical entertainment and dancing is allowed.
I believe it's Thursday through Sunday. The wines are well priced and they have a full bar. Try the Mom's Meatballs..........you will have them again as with all of the entrees I have tried. The Budini dessert is to die for!! Enjoy!!!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!
I want to first start off by saying I went there with 4 friends and it's very rare these days to find a restaurant that will offer to give you separate checks...made our life much easier. The bar and the restaurant both split checks for us!
Love the ambience of this place, very cozy with a nice fire pit table outside that I would love to reserve for a larger group (I think it fit 12 comfortably). The food was amazing as well, everyone loved their dish. I personally had the short ribs and they were so very tender and flavorful. The mashed potatoes tasted like homemade and the corn sauce thing they put on the top was an added bonus. Very homecooking but in a very elegant modern way!
I will definitely be back!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Crush delivers every time!
We live around the corner from Crush so it has become my "go-to" when friends and family want to grab a bite to eat after a day at the beach or the pool. We have dined at Crush with groups of 20+ as well as small groups of 2-3 and they consistently deliver excellent service, delicious food, and a perfect overall experience. Try the beet salad- trust me, a-maz-ing...
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a 10-person group to celebrate a birthday and the food was terrific, group needs were met, and overall, it was a very pleasant experience.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The choices for appetizers
The choices for appetizers and entrees were great. The food was wonderful. There was only 1 dessert choice, and of our group, only 1 liked it.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, nice atmosphere
The restaurant had a good selection of typical Italian fare. For appetizers, we ordered Mama's meatballs appetizer and the caprese salad with burrata and pesto. Both were very good. Our entrees were the chicken parmiagiana, which was average, and the macaroni and cheese with Italian sausage, which was good, but a slightly small portion for an entree. The wine selection was a bit limited, but our waiter consulted with the bartender and they recommended a bottle that we enjoyed. The staff was very attentive, filling our water and clearing dishes quickly. Our waiter was very enthusiastic and pleasant. I would return for a meal here.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another nice meal at Crush
Enjoyed Restaurant Week at Crush. Delicious bruschetta. Eggplant tasty but wouldn't order again (very heavy). Nice cocktail, great atmosphere, friendly service.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and wine are great, very good place for a special occasion
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We (me and two other women)
We (me and two other women) visited Crush for Restaurant week/girls night out. The food was very good, and my friends each had special diet requests and they both found something delicious to try. The service was unfortunately very slow for us. We noticed other tables who had been seated after us were being served quite a bit sooner than us, even with the wine! Also, our waiter was not very knowledgeable in their wine selections, thankfully the one we randomly chose was very good. Overall, it has great ambience, there was some live music which was great, and the food is pretty good. I would go again, but it's not somewhere that I'll crave anytime soon.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Crush is always great -- we
Crush is always great -- we love the outdoor patio seating!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate with a group of six during Restaurant Week, and it was fabulous. The interior is well decorated and spacious. Great ambience for a romantic evening or just a girls night out. The food was delicious, and the pricing is reasonable.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining with our Chico Family
The service was fabulous. If hard of hearing you will have some difficulty in this restaurant. The food was delicious, had the Short Ribs, tender and juicy, mashed potatoes flavorful with the corn and broccolini sauces. The salads are refreshing. The half chicken was good on flavor but the breast meat a little dry. The presentation of all the dishes were impressive. The owner came over and chatted with us. Very nice.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local spot!
The meatballs are the best!!! Once again, great atmosphere, service and the food was excellent. We love going to Crush!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great eatery in Solana Beach
Great neighborhood gem right in the heart of Solana Beach on PCH 101! Trendy vibe inside, definitely happening place on a Friday night. Food was outstanding and the menu interesting and many good choices. Service was excellent--attentive without being overly so. We will recommend to friends and be back for more ourselves!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was early date night taking advantage of their early bird 2 for $25 (4:30-6:30) deals. The bolognese tagliatelle was amazing. Spare the meatballs. Good wine list.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & drink
Absolutely no complaints. Food was excellent, wine was excellent and the service was delightful.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girls. Night Out
Went to Crush to celebrate several birthdays. We had a group of 14 ladies. Everything went smoothy. Drinks were perfect and food was delivered hot and delicious. No complaints, everyone had a great time !!!! I would definitely book another event at Crush!!!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Work night out
All was great! Except, the busboy cleared the plates while I was still eating. This is a training issue.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Great Service and Great Ambience. Can not say enough good things!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great recipes with a twist
The idea of having spaghetti and meatballs at an Italian restaurant may sound passé, but given the exquisite sauce, seasoning in the meatballs, and some sort of cream cheese (?) in parts of the sauce made it a most memorable meal. Everyone enjoyed their meal, and the desserts were good, too. I ride my bike past this place a couple times a week and never knew it was there, but WOW...glad we found it.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Back for more
Been there twice and both time the staff has been super friendly and the food is outstanding. I love the VIP Appreciation Night, you cant beat a free bottle of wine! I will be back again!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good local restaurant in SB
Good local restaurant in Solana Beach, it was our first time there, two couples, had two lamb dishes, one Salmon and one scrimp dish. My Salmon dish was very good, large piece prepared well. The menu is pretty simple and limited but offers an adequate number of meat and sea food dishes. The prices were average to a little above and the ambiance was great. The service was a little slow but the restaurant was pretty crowded, Saturday night, 7 pm. The noise level was a little high but acceptable. We would probably go there again if it were closer but there are a number of similar restaurants nearer to our house which are as good or better.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Too loud to talk
The food was very good; we enjoyed everything we ordered. Unfortunately the noise level was so loud it was difficult to have a conversation. If something was done about the acoustics I would enjoy it more. Dinner is a social event and when I go out to dinner I like to talk with the people I'm with, without having to shout.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM