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Permanently Closed - First Crush Restaurant & Wine Bar

3.8
1719 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Top Tags:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 982-7874
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Dario Pantoja
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Cross street
Ellis St.
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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.

We are now partnered with LUXE Valet service. Download the LUXE app and enter code "FIRSTCRUSH" to receive your first valet service for free.
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Public transit
Muni, BART Powell St. station is 1/2 block away.
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Special events & promotions
SHN patrons - show your theater tickets for a free dessert with purchase of any entree.

Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
3.6
ambience
3.1
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

It was a great Thanksgiving dinner! But alittle pricey.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

We reserved a table for Thanksgiving since we were visiting San Francisco over the holiday week. I specifically chose First Crush because they offered a holiday menu that had fish and vegetarian options for me and my husband, as well as traditional turkey for my daughter. My husband ordered the vegetarian casserole and it was FROZEN in the middle. He requested that it be returned and got the salmon instead. The rest of the food was mediocre at an inflated price (65/person). The restaurant tacked on a 20% gratuity. Our server was great and we would've given him 20%, but I found it irritating that this was added on for a table of 3 (as well as an additional service tax tacked onto the gratuity...maybe a SF thing? There were 3 different taxes on our bill.)

The music was loud and at one point the CD started skipping. I wish I had paid more attention to other reviews. This was not worth the almost 300 we paid. In hindsight, I wish we had gone to a local diner.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 22, 2016

I was disappointed that because it was the week of Thanksgiving, they didn't offer specials and they didn't carry any bread. It was strange.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on November 17, 2016

The Resturaunt was poorly staffed. Server and hostess not friendly. Food was so so. Would not go back. We went before the theatre.

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vipGuest (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2016

We were in the area for business and wanted a light meal with wine. We had walked by earlier in the day and decided this was appropriate and it certainly was. We shared the Brussel Sprouts and a cheese plate. Both were generous. The sprouts were nicely done - not overcooked despite advertised as blackened - cooked with bacon. The cheese selection was very good. Bread was ample, fresh (crisp crostini with cheese plate). Seating is 'intimate' with little space between tables. The tables on either side were occupied, each in deep conversation. We did not find it intrusive. The view is street level with the floor below street. Reasonable view of the passing cars and people. This isn't far from major hotels and worth trying.

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vipTeresaM (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 9, 2016

Brussels were incredible! Wine options were ok but not exceptional for a wine restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Took forever to take our order, and we're not very helpful when asking about the menu. Servers did not seem like they wanted to be at work.

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vipCholy (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Get a new cook. Awful cioppino.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

Our experience was excellent the service was great the food was delicious and can't say enough about how we were treated. Would definitely recommend to others.

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Kgolfer (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2016

The wine was amazing and paired so nicely to the fabulous variety of food served. We tried a variety of dishes - beet salad and chicken were nicely prepared, the flavors were amazing. We left feeling like we had found a gem in Union Square area. Enjoy!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
2.0  Dined on October 24, 2016

Unfortunately the food took over an hour to arrive. There was 1 server and 1 support staff.
My sense is that they were unprepared for the number of tables. The waitstaff was friendly, but overwhelmed. Nice bread and dips, and it was great to have a bottle of water available on the table. With so options in San Francisco, I'd suggest trying another.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

This was a terrible experience. My plate was dirty, the service was terrible, and the food was just a huge salt dump.
I had out of town guests and I was embarrassed by this.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

This was a great place with good food and great wine.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on October 18, 2016

Cute place. Good food. However, we were tucked away in a corner and the waiter rarely came by. They forgot to put in our entrée orders and we waited for over an hour before they figured it out.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

Food here is very good but the service was very disappointing. The waiter brought out the side dish 30 minutes before the main dish, forgot that we were splitting the dishes and didn't even acknowledge the lack of attention. Usually they have a very good wine list but was different than what was on the website. They also ran out of the wine we were drinking.

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