Pushkin Russian Restaurant

4.4
246 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 246 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Prices do not match service.

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ThomasV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Never had Russian food before, was great.

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AlexeyF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good restaurant, I would call it new Russian style

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vipSanDiegoDJ
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food has gone downhill. Everything overly salty. It is sad as this was a standby. Additionally servers never brought serving spoons for shared dishes during COVID!!!

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PQGolfer
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What can I say great food, great service. Considering our reservation was during COVID we had to sit outside on the sidewalk still wasn't that bad. I would definitely recommend this restaurant the people were great

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We waited an hour for our appetizer but it tasted delicious

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vipTomM
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Overall three stars because the food was wonderful. But the service was poor. We had 12 people in our party, which was reserved two weeks in advance. 45 minutes after we arrived we had ordered our meals and eaten our starters. But our first main meals didn’t arrive for another hour. And they brought out the meals over 45 minutes (after the hour delay) so everyone was eating at different times. And they missed two orders so two of us didn’t eat at all. Worse, another party of 12 came in about an hour after we did, and they got all their starters and meals very timely and finished before we did. We won’t go back, despite the high quality of the food.

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vipdiningguy
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I love Russian food. Having said that, I've had much better elsewhere. Perhaps it's a geographic difference, but I was surprised, for example, that the "Fur Coat" herring salad had no sour cream (a staple whenever I've previously had it), and just one small piece of herring on a cracker, rather than lots of herring cut into small bits so that the flavor was more forward and in each bite.

The pelmeni was served with a thick brown sauce on top, which would be better suited for beef stroganoff than on this delicate appetizer.

The service was incredibly slow.

So overall, a big disappointment.

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vipJoyce
Hawaii
101 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt I was at a safe and snazzy bar/restaurant with the animal prize heads and interesting decorations. Beet dishes rule here. Lots of choices, especially for the gravylicious Stroganoff. Lots of drink selections, too. Truang was a great server. Jazz music on a speaker, but one can carry a conversation nicely.

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LaurenK
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pushkin is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. The ambience is excellent- classy but relaxing. The menu selection is lovely and every detail of the food is perfect.

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vipJenniferH
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service was slow. Had to ask for a server after 20 minutes after being seated. After 45 min we were still waiting for our appetizers. Appetizers came out after our dinner was delivered. Food was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service where exceptional. Ambiance was nice and relaxing. Our server was knowledgeable about the food and wine offering. Will definitely be going back again.

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IgorS
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was great!
The ambiance isn’t the best.

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Rodger
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Due to COVID-19 sat outside where street noise was high. Otherwise very good

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vipterrbearg1
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional authentic Russian dining. Excellent service and food exceptional. Menus choices has something for everyone. Appetizers incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

No one checked on us for 45 minutes. The manager then asked if we had a server. We said we hope so. Waited for our drinks another 20 minutes and then left without ever being served.

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chickie
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! They had interesting options for all, I got the potato mushroom pierogies and my husband the salmon .It was hard to choose ! They had russian salads,soups and lots of different and delicious entrees and alot of teas to choose from as well as interesting cocktails .
Everything was mouth watering good also blinis for dessert and the best pickled vegetables made by the owner. It was hard to find a restaurant in town that was nice and had good vegetarian options as well as meat for others and we were happy to find this one and be able to support this local place !

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vipAnnaAbram
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. The best Russian restaurant if you want to try Russian food. Very recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers day

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Esther
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Delicious food cooked to perfection. Can't wait to go back and try more dishes.

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vipNOELI
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the food my mom is a very picky eater and even she did not have a complaint will be coming back soon

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benica
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting food choices and wonderful ambiance. Strongly recommend the white fish dish, Georgian white wine and Russian Honey Cake.

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vipHollyC
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While it took a longer time that I thought to get drink or dinner ordered, the food was phenomenal and delicious. Great atmosphere. Fun restaurant. Highly recommend. Perfect for a fun birthday, happy hour, date or just a really great meal

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Poor service and not worth it . Second time I’ve been here , love the menu. First time they were sold out of half the menu but we had a good time .

Second time , we went to celebrate and ordered $65 caviar , and asked for the caviar to come out as a first course ... pretty normal . They bring everything out at once and also tell us what they served us borsch, which it wasn’t , and continued to argue us. I had the borsch last time I was there.

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vipFuzzyBeaver
Toronto
180 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was extremely good. We had beef stroganoff and rabbit. Both were very tasty. Service was attentive. Good wine list. Prices are very reasonable

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michaela
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

excellent food,reasonable prices,good service ,you wont be disappointed.

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vipMargaret
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great the service however was a little off there was a delay And the arrival when we ordered a second round of drinks. The appetizer and an entrée arrived within five minutes of each other, so we were unable to enjoy the appetizer with the concerned the entrée would get cold,

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DrStanK
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This was my first time to visit this restaurant. My friend and I chose Pushkin’s because we like to try different types of ethnic food. The food was excellent, if not a little on the high side. The service was okay but nothing out of the ordinary. Our waiter was initially very attentive but then seemed to be unavailable when we needed him later, during the meal.Our dishes included Moscow Duck with black currant sause and Khinkali. It was also early in the evening and they were out of two of the teas of our choice.

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DianeL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pushkin was so delicious. Really authentic and tasty Russian food. The service was outstanding which is so rare in San Diego. We will definitely be eating there again. The honey cake dessert was just perfect, as was all of our food. The caviar is a must try as well!!

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vipMattG
Palm Springs
66 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the delicious food and Pushkin Cabernet wine. Ivan, owner, Dimitri and Julie, servers, very pleasant and attentive. I am Polish American and found sone of the dishes brought back fond family dining memories. Loved the blini ice cream, fruit desert. Nice Eastern European gem.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Owner comitted to his business

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MarkB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a great romantic setting with great service at a fair and reasonable price! What more can you ask for? Highly recommend to anybody as a go to restaurant or a special occasion.

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vipTeeTimeMike
Philadelphia
213 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Pushkin is a fine place for dinner. Many different items to try on the menu. Grilled elk steak was delicious. Nice wine and drink selections.

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viptennesball
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowledgeable staff and delicious food, will patronize again.

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MadelineA
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was phenomenal and the service was impeccable. We were here from out of town and the unique menu offerings caught my eye. I'm so glad we decided to go! Everything was incredible. Next time I'm in San Diego, I'll definitely be coming in again.

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CarlaE
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely authentic Russian food, I will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

our first time ...

Food was amazing !
There was a party and the muzak was a bit too loud ( bothersome ) to carry a simple conversation. It could have been lowered just a hair. We did not complain. Service, this is for customers, be mindful of welcoming the Russian service perspective : it is a bit dry when compared US type level service. We were absolutely fine with it.

We are definitely coming back, very soon...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Amazing food
Highly recommend the braised rabbit

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vipEsha
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Unique Russian restaurant. Only one server working the night my husband and I went but that was ok- only 4 tables at the restaurant. Food was good, can’t say I have much to compare it against since I don’t eat Russian very often. Restaurant decor is unique. The chocolate honey layer cake is AMAZING.

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JessicaM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the Russian Feast, Chef's choice, Amazing! It was all awesome, cool vibe and such friendly team!

FAQs

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

Pushkin Russian Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 246 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.