Pushkin Russian Restaurant

4.3
274 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 274 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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vipCourtneyf27
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Food was very authentic, fresh, delicious and great presentation

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Lala
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very expensive and very poor services, menu was poor too

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SeanD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Our experience at Pushkin was disappointing given the cost of the restaurant. Prices were different (and higher) than what were shown on the online menu. There was a significant wait to receive basic drinks, like beer, that required no mixing, even though the restaurant was not full. We had the chef's appetizer platter and red caviar to start, but decided not to order anything further based on the quality of these dishes. In addition to presentation issues (the caviar was served unchilled in a metallic bowl) the food was rather basic all around. If you are willing to buy yourself some caviar, lox, and make some crepes, you can easily recreate the same dishes at home. Overall, expect the quality of the food and service to be much below what the average review score suggests.

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DRMA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not a lot of options on the menu for food and drinks. The place looks nice and service a bit slow but good.

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EdsonL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

expensive for someone in my socio-economic position, but the food was really good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Russian food with Russian Decor!

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LoveFood
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It was ok but the online menu was VASTLY different than what was really offered. The online menu had 3 items I wanted to try but only one was on the actual menu. It was the veal and even though it was a 5:15 reservation they were out. The food was ok but the overall experience was somewhat uncomfortable. The stroganoff was nothing more than a VERY fatty ribeye steak with a cream sauce on it. The elk was tough and dry.

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vipKENT
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Unique, well executed menu. Only place that I know you can get rabbit (gasp) in greater SD. Very well cooked, not the usual dried out formulation. Interesting Georgian wines. Some of which I liked very much and one not so much.

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CarlosWong
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and service. The food is tasty and authentic. I felt like in Russia. I highly recommend this place if you want to take your special one on a date. Also, try kvass, you won't regret it!

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MichelleL
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my initial time eating Slavic dishes and they were amazing. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone willing to explore food options, outside of the norm.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dishes reminded my husband of his Mom’s cooking. Everything we ordered was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the lamb shank!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cool ambience, excellent service and enjoyed the hearty food. The veal chop and beet salad were our favorites

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alex
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

A terrible experience. Awful service. Mediocre food. High prices. Dirty restaurant. Zero stars.

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vipAlexeyS
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ‘ve celebrate my son birthday. Super enjoyed Russian food and infusion vodka. Highly recommended salo,
Broach, golubtsi

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vipLoMac
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother would be proud of Pushkin. You can get comfort food (like borscht and cabbage rolls) and fine cuisine like duck. It’s all very good. Be sure try the Georgian wines too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and outstanding eats.

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vipreviewer
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner and wonderful service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The host in the magician getup seemed annoyed when We showed up for our 630pm reservation. The food was a huge let down. The potato mushroom dumplings and the Georgian soup was the only decent thing. We asked the server for the popular dishes and ordered two of them (the Moscow duck and Corning hen). My duck dish arrived room temp/cold. Horrible. Honey cake dessert took a long time to arrive and we thought it was being made fresh or something but it wasn’t.

Service was meh. Poor guy had to attend to 9 tables by himself. His mask didn’t cover his nose. And they do not seat you 6ft away from other tables. When people made that comment the host just said “yeah I know. This is all we have” and of course being Valentine’s Day no one wants to go and find another place to eat last minute. Made the whole experience uncomfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience. Service took a bit long but with COVID that could have been an aberration so all in all this place is authentic and very good

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vipRosy
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

We had the worst waitress. Mariana. Waited 40 mins for a drink when I asked about it she said it was busy and I had to wait. She came to our table twice once to take the order and once to drop off the check. No I wouldn’t not recommend this place. Unfortunately the rest of the staff was amazing and the food was delicious however her attitude and lack of common courtesy and proper manners was enough for me to never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and a good atmosphere. Will definitely go back again.

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RachelR
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb and ambience were incredible! I definitely will be coming back on my next visit to San Diego!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food and drinks, great service

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NeilR
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We choose something a little different to celebrate New Years Eve with friends! None of us had tried a Russian restaurant before. We had a good experience here and would go back again sometime 👍

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful, fantastic service, great food! I love this restaurant and can’t wait to return when they open their indoor space.

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vipCosmo7
Los Angeles
513 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was a late night find in San Diego! We have been trying to find someplace to eat, and it was right across the street from our hotel! Service was great and he spoke fluent Russian! We look forward to coming back and having a full meal on the next event, thank you.

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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
25 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
24 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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Christina
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks, great service. Highly recommend the sour cream cake.

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vipdiningguy
Los Angeles
63 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
132 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
38 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
12 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.

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 4.3 stars by 274 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.