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Pushkin Restaurant & Bar, San Diego, CA

Pushkin Restaurant & Bar

4.4
4.4
361 Reviews
$30 and under
Russian
Pushkin Restaurant proudly bears the name in honor of the great Russian writer Alexander Pushkin (May 26, 1799 - January 29, 1837) - Russian poet, play and prose writer, critic, literary theorist, historian, a publicist who laid the foundations of the Russian realistic trend.

Since our opening in October 2015, we have focused on bringing out the authenticity and deep history of Russian cuisine through our traditional and family recipes. At Pushkin, we pay tribute to the Russian as well as former Soviet Union cuisines from counties such as Ukraine, Armenia, Uzbekistan and Georgia which had a tremendous impact on what is considered Russian cuisine today. We believe this notion creates both unique and new dishes for you to try out!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Russian, Mediterranean, European

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 496-1908

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Collin Douglas (San Diego)

  • Catering

    Pushkin Restaurant offers catering and deliveries in San Diego county areas. Please contact us if you have any questions . 619-496-1908

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Pushkin Russian Restaurant can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator : (866) 289-5130

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    F St

  • Parking details

    None

  • Entertainment

    Live music every Friday and Saturday evening. Open late on on weekends.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 361 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Romantic

  • San Diego

    Romantic

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  1. E

    Eastcoaster

    Central Coast

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Conveniently located near Civic Center and hotels. The “czarist” Russian themed restaurant with Ukrainian flag in the window is a different place to visit and try new foods and cocktails. Not the finest dining but decent for pre theater.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    This is a restaurant staffed by Ukrainians, and I think it’s nice to show support. Some people have thought, due to the name, that it’s Russian, And if it actually threatened it. Even if it were Russian, ads are good it’s immigrants, not loyalists, so they deserve support to. But anyway, it’s Ukrainian and Armenian. That said our experience the other night was below par. We’ve been before and know The service can be slow and the choice is limited.The service was slower, and they were out of three out of fourOf our entrée choices. Maybe I’m just annoyed because I didn’t get my beef stroganoff. Theirs is so delicious. I hope they get this fixed. Certainly, if people are making reservations, they should be able to staff up and order supplies properly. Go to show your support. Be patient. It’s a lovely place with great food.
  3. MN

    MrsN88

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been a few times and we always enjoy it. This past Saturday was a very busy night downtown (concert) and my husband never found parking. The staff was very nice and helpful with packing everything up and the host even allowed me to use his personal cell since I forgot mine and my husband needed to call me.
  4. DS

    DrSam

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing food and service!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my new favorite restaurants. The good is amazing! Will keep coming back
  6. E

    Edwin

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the great atmosphere
  7. L

    Lizzylocks

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made a reservation on Open Table for two on a busy holiday weekend. We arrived an hour early and the staff was very accomodating and got us seated. The live musical guest on Saturday was a great addition to the beautiful ambiance and wonderful food choices, all very good!
  8. M

    Mark

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    The food, once it finally arrived was as advertised and was very tasty. Unfortunately every step of the process leading up to receiving it was painful: from the host ignoring us upon arrival and passing by us, within arm’s reach, three separate times before acknowledging our presence, to being offered a table pinned next to a large party, to the delay in a server making introduction, to the long wait for cocktails, to the forgotten salad, to the entree received a full hour after ordering. At no time did anyone check in to take the temperature of our experience at a time that would have made a difference. If time has no value to you, there is no reason not to dine at Pushkin. If you value service and your time, recommend avoiding until changes in personnel are made.
  9. LG

    LizzieG

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Winter Rabbit and the Moscow Duck dishes. Absolutely WONDERFUL. Our lovely waitress was very attentive and helpful with recommendations. I was so excited to try some of the wines on their list; we had our first Georgian wine and it was phenomenal. I definitely will be back for the honey cake. They had a live singer the Saturday we were there and it just made the whole experience magic.
  10. HB

    HalfBrit

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    We did not eat at the Pushkin. Went, saw the place and left. This was a birthday dinner and I wanted something special. This place was awful -- not at all inviting. Left and went across the street.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Come for the Russian home made food and stay for the horseradish infused vodka and amazing service with reasonable pricing
  12. SD

    SteveD

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    The chairs and tables are most uncomfortable. The chairs are so low that you sit just to low to the tables which are put long ways instead of short way. We order "Red Square Beet Salad". There were no beets in it. When I said something the waiter said they were out of beets. The beef stroganoff had the lowest grade beef possible. Even the wine sucked. Save your money!
  13. MR

    MishaR

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the closest you can get to being in Russia, minus the snow! The menu is full of flavors that are comfortable and familiar to those who know Russian cuisine (caviar, smoked meats, and so on), but are not so foreign to be intimidating to those who are unfamiliar. The decor is really smashing, not kitschy but very cultural, and there is someone up front with a karaoke machine to enrich the experience of dinner with music--something that was true in every supper club-type restaurant I set foot in while in Russia. The drink menu is excellent, though I will confess it was more expensive than I expected for a bottle of vodka; the house-made cocktails were lovely and they have a full range of vodka infusions for the enthusiast. In all, it was a really lovely birthday dinner, well worth the experience and we will be returning!
  14. DS

    DrSam

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One word, Fabulous!
  15. AD

    AdamD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    We have a favorite Russian restaurant in North Park but we'd been eyeing Pushkin and finally decided to give it a go. Portions were decent but the food wasn't really good, my lamb was half raw where it should have been melting off the bone. Drinks were ok but nothing great and as I've looked around I saw a lot of tables with almost full cocktail glasses after diners left. The menu isn't really compelling and though our server was very nice my overall experience was spotty. I'm never cheap when we eat out but this time I felt very sorry for spending so much money on food that we could have bought better and cheaper somewhere else.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The salad starters were very nice, borscht soup was mediocre. Then we waited 80!! Minutes for the main courses. The fish and stroganoff were also mediocre and very salty. There was also a temperature difference between both the fish and the meat and the purée they were served on, probably because the potatoes also waited for a while for the fish and meat to join them. The vegetarian dolma on the other hand was really very good although also a tad too salty. The server was very nice and helpful and to make up for the long wait gave us a 10% discount. We skipped the desert and coffee as it was already getting late.
  17. JT

    JamesT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party really enjoyed dining at Pushkin. Fun ambience and comfy seats. Terrific mixed appetizer board. (The Olivie salad was a standout for us. I don't usually like that sort of salad, but it was delicious.) We went with our server's suggestion to try a bottle of Karas Armenian dry red wine, which was full bodied and very tasty. Our entrees were really good and despite the place being very busy and the night chilly, they were all warm when served. They had some tasty sounding cocktails on the menu, which we didn't order because we were drinking wine, so I think we may have to head back there soon for drinks and appetizers at the bar.
  18. LK

    LaurenK

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Pushkin is one of my absolute favorite spots! Very traditional, impeccable Slavic dishes served in an interesting literary ambiance.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was great, ambiance was nice - something different and more traditional which was interesting. Our waiter was nice but service was slow. It was rather busy so that may have had something to do with it. Would recommend as a night out if you’re looking for more eclectic fair.
  20. ST

    SteveT

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    The duck was tough and had an excessively "gamey" taste. When you order beef stroganoff over noodles, they put it over spaghetti -- not exactly Russian. The meat in the stroganoff tends to be grisly. The borscht was significantly under-seasoned. The food was WAY overpriced compared to its quality. With tip, two entrees, a cup of soup and two lowest-priced glasses of white white cost more than $100. We will never go back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    It was our first time here coming for thanksgiving dinner. The food and service was okay. I really like olivie with chicken. I actually never tried with chicken in it before. We ordered winter rabbit, chicken tabaka and golubtsi which is stuffed cabbage rolls. Rabbit was tasty. Chicken was dry and golubtsi was too blend in my opinion and it had cilantro so I couldn’t eat. Cocktails don’t have alchemy in it I ordered Dill Martini and Armenian Old Fashion none of them has alcohol at all. As you know martini is straight vodka. So there is no way not to feel alcohol taste. At the end we ordered honey cake and sour cream cake I really like honey cake but it was very sweet. We were 4 people and after 2 hours ended they asked us to leave. Honestly this is a new trend they limit your seating since pandemic started but I don’t agree If there is an another available table we don’t really need to leave right away.
  22. LG

    LisaGirl

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We placed 2 orders of the steak stroganoff and ordered it medium and it was too well-done. The rabbit dish was the best. Flight of infused vodka was interesting, but the rye soda was the best! I highly recommend the sampler platter if you like caviar and herring! Great staff and beautiful and COZY atmosphere!!!
  23. K

    Kirky

    San Diego

    166 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    166 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous dinner - can’t wait to return!
  24. NC

    NileshC

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Great food. Lamb shank is delicious. Rabbit is good. Chicken was very well cooked but the sides with the chicken are odd. Good ambiance but service was very poor. We waited a long duration to put in our order, to get our food and drinks and were ignored for the rest of the night.
  25. F

    Foodie4ever

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Unfortunately our service was very slow and this affected all the ratings. I understand that restaurants are having difficult staffing issues but feel that if they know they are understaffed they should seat less tables. When the wait staff is stretched so thin the dining experience is marred.
  26. ND

    NeilD

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    All I can say is BORING!! The borscht tasted like minestrone soup, no beets to be found. Tasty, but not borscht! The potato-mushroom pierogi were swimming in a somewhat tasty broth, but the pierogi were tasteless. The stuffed cabbage was ok, my diner in NY makes it better. My mother’s are so much better. Sorry we went there!
  27. D

    Dino

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, I’d definitely recommend it!
  28. AG

    AnnaG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place to celebrate Birthday Party! Very tasty food and nice service!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Waiter was disengaged and apathetic, failing to provide serving utensils, debating with my friend when she complained that her fish soup didn’t have any fish, not apologizing for the extensive delay in serving her drink but instead blaming the bar for being backed up. The bus boy ended up providing service to us. Also, the restaurant had an amplified singer whose volume was far too loud for us to be able to hear each other. Food was okay.
  31. HA

    HermanA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Don’t come here unless you want to wait for 45 minutes for an entree and then get yelled for asking about your food.
  32. DJ

    DocJ

    Las Vegas

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We especially like Russian food. On our trip to San Diego we were delighted to find what we hoped was an authentic Russian restaurant. We were seated promptly (we had a reservation), and found the staff to be friendly and accommodating. Our appetizers (blini and pelmeini) were excellent. Unfortunately are entrees we’re not. The lamb shank was hard to get off the bone and a bit chewy. Normally we would expect it to almost fall off. The beef stroganoff was dry, and the meat more in chunks than shredded. Neither met our expectations. The singer had all sorts of technical problems and by almost 8 still had not sung a single song. So I cannot comment on how good or bad she was. Overall a mediocre experience at best.
  33. j

    johnr

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Superb dinner. Moscow in the Gaslamp district!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our experience here. Service can be a little slow but give it time and patience and you will have an unbelievable experience. Be sure to ask your server for their recommendations. We had the Russian feast and will be talking about it for years.
  35. MS

    MeatSweats

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was tremendously good! I would consider this a great date-night location, whether it's first-date or 10th Wedding Anniversary. Cool interior decor and vibe. Can accommodate bigger groups of 6+. Lots of smaller tables and people seem to enjoy sitting for long periods of time and savoring the cuisine and ambiance. Make a reservation ahead of time-it gets full.
  36. FD

    FoodieinDavis

    Sacramento

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very tasty. Only one other person in the place, but we did have 4pm reservations in order to make an early baseball game. Borscht was a little watery, but good flavor. The duck was exceptionally good. My companion had the Pierogi topped with Stroganoff. She is a fan and had this growing up a lot, so it is comfort food to her.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find! I found it off Groupon and will certainly go back. The lamb shank was deeeeelicious!!
  38. MJ

    MJF3

    San Diego

    126 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    I will be back. The entrees were uniformly good, and the appetizer was delicious. Solid service.
  39. R

    Randy

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I love the beef stroganoff!
  40. RS

    RogerS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Pushkin Restaurant & Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Pushkin Restaurant & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 496-1908.

Pushkin Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 361 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Pushkin Restaurant & Bar

750 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    F St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Russian, Mediterranean, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Collin Douglas (San Diego)

  • Entertainment

    Live music every Friday and Saturday evening. Open late on on weekends.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 496-1908

  • Catering

    Pushkin Restaurant offers catering and deliveries in San Diego county areas. Please contact us if you have any questions . 619-496-1908

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Pushkin Russian Restaurant can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator : (866) 289-5130

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