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 20, 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
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    I had lunch with 4 people on a Friday at Crush. Arriving at 11:45, the restaurant was completely empty. I was surprised that it took quite a while for our waiter to arrive at the table and take/provide our drink orders. The menu is not very large, but here are several nice options. Everyone at our table seemed happy with their food, however, I didn't hear anyone "raving." My friend asked for an alternate to chips with her chicken sandwich and this seemed to throw off the waiter. Ultimately, the sandwich was served with a side salad. As the restaurant began to fill up, our waiter obviously had too many tables to attend to, so our service slowed to a snail's pace. The food was good, service was lacking.
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  • The food at Crush was simple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2012
    The food at Crush was simple and ample and our server was very good. It was, however extremely noisy, we almost decided to leave before sitting down at the table. The tables are also placed very close together and you are just a likely to be having a conversation with someone at the table next to you, as you are talking to someone at your own table. Food was good though and i would go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambiance, food delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/31/2012
    Great ambiance, food delicious and service incredible and quick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bella, Bellisimo and Bravo !!
    TheGuy
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    Great night spot for diner and a little dancing ... sophisticated wine list and the food is FAB ITALIANO !!! The owner, John extremely friendly and knwos he is in the hopitality industry ... others could learn ... excellent design and decor !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JDB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2012
    I hosted a business dinner for a party of seven, two guests had gluten free food issues. From the minute we arrived at Crush, we were attended to with perfect service. The wait staff handled our group beautifully and from the pouring of our wine to the presentation of the food. The shared appetizers were wonderful (calamari, meatballs, and scampi), my favoorite was the meatballs - the salads were fresh and more than enough to be shared by the group (one ceasar and one chopped). Everyone raved about their entrees (steelhead salmon special, ribeye, chicken piccata, roasted chicken, and the bolognese all excellent). I had the ribeye charred medium and it was cooked perfectly. I say give this place a try. you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our new favorite restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/2/2012
    Our new favorite restaurant. We absolutely love the food, the service is excellent and they have gluten-free items available.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinning experience!
    dinningdelites
    Dined on 12/30/2011
    Great dinning experience! Food and service were excellent. Will reccommend!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There for a birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/26/2011
    There for a birthday celebration and I wrote a note to restaurant prior to arrival. There wasn't one mention of the birthday. The service was terrible. I had to have the manager track down my waiter, bring my food and bring my bill. I shouldn't have to search all around a restaurant in order to find my waiter, whom I assume expected a 20% tip. Guess since he decided I wasn't going to order a lot of alcohol, he would focus on other tables. Very disappointed and will never dine there again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff were very friendly and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/22/2011
    Staff were very friendly and accommodating. I would highly recommend the restaurant
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very professional service
    RBIII
    Dined on 12/16/2011
    Very professional service and excelent food. Ambiance is good but the room is like an echo chamber....backround noise is a bit loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this place, but the
    SDFoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2011
    I love this place, but the music was SO loud all night long that I couldn't hear my friends. I love the food and the service but may not come back b/c the music just made conversation so hard. bummer b/c I really like the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • George was a wonderful waiter,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2011
    George was a wonderful waiter, the food was excellent, we will be back!
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  • Go for drinks but not for dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/2/2011
    Food was average, lighting is horrible, and the noise level was very loud. Great place to meet friends for a drink and apps but not for dinner where you want to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great addition to North County
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/29/2011
    Limited menu but all items are very outstanding. We will put this restaurant on our regular return list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the bruschetta with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/28/2011
    Loved the bruschetta with the smoky grilled bread. It was apparent that the kitchen takes pride in the food presentation. All of the flavors were distinct while complimentary. Everything was fresh & well prepared. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu, great food. Beautifull
    Sunny
    Dined on 11/28/2011
    Great menu, great food. Beautifully appointed inside and out, with large firepit table outside. Offer glueten-free pasta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Now open four months on site
    winophile
    Dined on 11/26/2011
    Now open four months on site of former Pacific Coast Grill. Wide open, exposed ceilings, a little noisy as the place fills. Good wine list, excellent service. Enjoyed the calamari appetizer, lightly breaded, with onion rings and zucchini. Shrimp special had unusual aftertaste, hard to determine the seasoning. Pork special had excellent flavor, rich sauce, tender pork, but was about one third fat. Will probably give it another shot in a month or two.
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  • Overall, my family enjoyed
    CabogalVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2011
    Overall, my family enjoyed our dinner here. It took a long time for the server to realize she was serving our table, but once she figured it out, she was terrific. While it is advertised as an Italian restaurant, we didn't find it to be very authentic, as butter was used in most dishes instead of olive oil, which made the food extremely rich. We had the chicken piccata, linguini with clams and a Crushburger. The main courses were very well-prepared and tasty, and the servings were generous and attractively plated. but the vegetables are cooked with some kind of smoke that overpowers their natural flavors. They were beautiful and fresh, but not enjoyable. Too bad. We will go back again, but make some changes to the food preparation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for work or date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/14/2011
    Great meal. Upscale casual stylish dining room perfect for our casual business dinner. Nice mix of diners. Service and food were excellent. Our party had both eggplant and chicken Parmesan, a pasta boullanaise dish, the prawns scampi appetizer, the meatball appetizer, the tuna appetizer, a beet salad. Manager came over and politely inquired our meal and offered. Two in our party have already made plans to come back with their wives.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Informal business dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2011
    We were with a group of 5 ladies for a relaxed business dinner. Our waiter was very knowledgable and friendly without being too intrusive or interrupting our conversation. I ordered the chicken piccata and it had just the right amount of lemony tang that I love! The portions of the eggplant parmessan and the bolganase were generous and four of us took leftovers home. I thought the prices were a good value. As it was my first time dining at Crush...I was impressed with the design of the restaurant. It was a very quiet night when we were there and not many customers for a Wednesday night, but I would definitely try it on a week night or during Happy Hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy to have found it on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/6/2011
    Happy to have found it on a Monday night when many restaurants are closed. Well done menu. I bit on the heavy side - we were glad that we split our pasta.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • The service and atmosphere
    Foodiemom
    Dined on 11/2/2011
    The service and atmosphere is nice. The menu is very limited and a bit on the heavy side (think Chicken Parmigiana). They have a nice selection of wines by the glass. Pricing is reasonable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have a Crush on Crush
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/27/2011
    Had an excellent dinner last week at Crush. This new restaurant to Solana Beach is a welcome addition. The food was superb in every way - taste, preparation, presentation, etc. They had several gluten-free options that pleased my dinner date. The wine list was fantastic and the waiter offered some other options not on the menu (we picked one of these - a great Zinfandel). The atmosphere is comfortable and the noise levels just about right. The band played some very nice dinner music at a reasonable volume. Lighting is perfect. One tiny criticism is the closeness of the tables - hard to feel very private. The noise level was reasonable enough to not be overheard. Will definitely come again and recommend to anyone. Nice j
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service were great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/27/2011
    Food and service were great but live music in the bar overwhelmed conversation. We left early -- before dessert -- because of the noise.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very reasonable and good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/16/2011
    Very reasonable and good. If you want to catch the sporting event on the tube, it will be on the big screens in the bar. If you dont want that visual stimulus, there is plenty of room to move away from the bar / TV area.
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  • An attractive, well appointed
    vegasbill
    Dined on 10/5/2011
    An attractive, well appointed dining room and bar with very good food and cordial service. We ordered Apple Matchstick and Burrata salads to start and the salmon and gluten free spaghetti bolognese as a main course. The food was served hot and was delicious. The bread basket was excellent. Wine by the glass was served in a carafe, nice touch. Two somewhat negative issues, the food was slow coming out of the kitchen on a moderately busy night and the parking is a challenge.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service were great,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2011
    Food and service were great, music was awful. Very senior center meets cruise ship cheesy.
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  • The waiter recommended a bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2011
    The waiter recommended a bad wine which was overpriced. Also the food was very average. The slow cooked pork was too dry. Not coming back.
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  • Great for lunch. Build your
    Lauren
    Dined on 9/15/2011
    Great for lunch. Build your own salad a creative and unique idea - mine was amazing. Unique wines to accompany made it memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Finally, delicious Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/7/2011
    Finally, delicious Italian food south of Encinitas! Food and service were terrific. Noise level makes conversation difficult. Outside seating may be quieter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good service and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/4/2011
    Good food, good service and nice, upscale Italian restaurant. We enjoyed our experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fun place to join friends
    EZieVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2011
    A fun place to join friends for a drink and a bite to eat. The menu is somewhat limited, with an Italian slant, but it is possible to order a nice combo of small plates, salads, and entrees. Rather loud, so I would not recommend for large groups. New decor is hip and with clean lines.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food! Lots of energy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2011
    Although the restaurant has only been open for 4 weeks so far, the place was packed! It looked like everyone was having a good time. It’s very noisy and casual, so I wouldn’t recommend it for a romantic dinner. The wait staff (Chelsea) was very attentive and friendly, despite being extremely busy. The food was fantastic! I recommend the Fuji Apple salad...very different and delicious! I had the skirt steak and my wife had the chicken rigatoni. Both were great! A couple of glasses of wine and dinner cost us around $100…which, in an affluent neighborhood like Solana Beach, seems par for the course. The manager came by and checked on everyone to make sure we were all happy…very classy. Reserve with more than a days notice.
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    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our friends suggested this
    Gigi
    Dined on 8/18/2011
    Our friends suggested this restaurant since they've been there four times since its opening. We were very impressed! Everything from our service to dinner/dessert was exceptional. Unfortunately we live in No. CA but will definitely be back next year during Del Mar's racing season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had wine and apps by the fire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2011
    Had wine and apps by the fire place and loved every minute! Everyone there was super nice and attentive, my friend and I were ready to come back again the next night!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ho Hum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2011
    New restaurant easy to walk to, so we were eager to give it a try. Unfortunately, except for maybe going over for happy hour, we will not return. The limited menu looked appealing, but for the price, the Italian food was just not good enough. There are several established Italian rest.'s in the area that offer better tasting food and more variety for less money; close to $20 for a bowl of pasta or eggplant parm. is just too much. Also, the staff needs to be trained to leave all plates on the table until all are finished eating.
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  • This is the third place I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/13/2011
    This is the third place I have been up in del mar or solana beach that gave me the same impression. Nice resteraunt, good vibe, ok service, ok food, yet a lil pricey. There are so many resteraunts in san Diego and if you are going to charge a premium then I feel you should raise the bar. That being said the calamari app was great! And my salad (even though prepared incorrectly) was also excellent! Entrees were all below average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic
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  • My husband and I had the chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2011
    My husband and I had the chicken Picatta and it was the best we have ever had chicken was perfect thickness sauce very delicate lemon cooked to perfection We will definitely come again and again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First off, to call this an
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2011
    First off, to call this an Italian restaurant, or to claim that this is Italian food is an insult ones intelligence. The owner comes to the table and says, "this is how they cook in Italy". Give me a break...I've eaten all over Italy, this is a ridiculous statement. This is production line chain restaurant dining. Some of dishes are fairly good, but not Italian, more of a 'california casual modern' menu. Italian ? Forgettaboutit.
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  • Good food and service....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    Good food and service.... noise level way too loud....and table where we sat way too cold. Would recommend the grilled veggie side dish, and the lamb was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic