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Pushkin Russian Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Pushkin Russian Restaurant

4.5
4.5
347 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–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 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

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What 347 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience for a group of us attending a conference and the convention center. Excellent attentive service. We all did the chefs menu so unique dishes kept coming that we all enjoyed. All very good. Great wine and spirits. Fun atmosphere. Was a highlight of our groups conference trip.
  2. NM

    NathanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was awesome, drinks and food delicious and the honey cake wow!
  3. EM

    EricM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was good for what we ordered. The signature drinks are good. Ambiance was great.
  4. E

    Eastcoaster

    Central Coast

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always a great experience at this Russian/Ukrainian restaurant. Food offered is like babushka made…almost.
  5. AM

    ArleneM

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bday. Great food $ service, menu suggestions & complimentary bday dessert. Pretty ambiance & lovely relaxing music
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good we came two nights in a row!
  7. J

    Joey

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    Customers should never be addressed as, "GUYS", that was so bad. Prices are $2 to $8 dollars more than website. Beet salad did not have the golden beets as mentioned, only CANNED red beets! Mushroom and potato pierogis were good but could be warmer. Winter rabbit was boiled, lukewarm at best, no carrots only a cold carrot strip of puree. The duck breast, which is no longer on the website did not have the "crispy skin" as advertised, was far from crispy, we requested medium rare and got one breast that was not edible, very raw. We got our salad and pierogis on time but waited 10 to 15 mins. for our entrees. We were asked by one of the servers, "you GUYS ready for food?" they forgot to turn our order in to the kitchen.
  8. J

    Jpv48

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Decided to try something different. We don’t have Russian food back home. Wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved my borscht and stroganoff! And the honey cake was the perfect ending.
  9. MA

    MARYM

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most delicate, flavorful Beef Stroganoff we have ever had in our lives! And I had never had a Pelmeni (a type of Russian Dumpling) and it, too, was so flavorful, delicate wrapping, and the broth it was in was scrumptious. The Borscht was good, but very different than the other two I've had before, so not sure which was authentic - this one was more brothy and light, I sort of missed the heavier beet taste, but still good. And then there were the desserts!!! Oh my!! There were three of us at dinner, so we tried all three and they were each amazing!! We all agreed thr Russian Honey Cake was our overall fave, but the Sour Cream Cake was a close second. All the multi layers on these desserts was astounding. So be sure to save room for dessert - these aren't ones you will find most anywhere else. Nice server, interesting surroundings and delicious, from scratch food worth the wait! We also saw Vodka Tasting Flights that looked fun and the rest of their menu will bring us back to try more!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience!! Absolutely order the Mixed Appetizer Platter...you get a great sampling. Borscht was just like my Grandmother used to make. Drinks were stupendous!!! We will definitely be going back!!!
  11. CG

    CarolG

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was “homemade” & really good. Atmosphere & ambiance good. Service incredibly good.
  12. F

    Fitgirlsinspire

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place ever! We fly in from Denver specifically to eat here
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Great service and beautiful interior but… terrible food. No taste, greasy, way overpriced. Low quality products and recipes. Traditional Russian food is way tastier than this place offers.
  14. M

    Misha

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the food, ambiance and music. We’ll be back!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there with several colleagues after a trade show. The food was delicious, staff was great and so was the experience.
  16. CE

    CarolynE

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little find in San Diego. The pierogis were great, but we loved the honey cake we got for desert as well. Strongly recommend!
  17. W

    Weena

    San Diego

    48 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    So, I had been looking forward to bringing my husband and daughter here to introduce them to the food of my childhood. We had planned our entire menu ahead of time: the pirogi, the herring, the golubtsi, beef stroganoff, the duck and of course the vodka shots. We got all dressed up and so excited for our big evening of Russian food discovery. We couldn't wait. We got seated and handed the menus. And then we waited. And we waited. And we waited some more. The waitresses sashayed past our table time and time again looking over our heads. I felt like I was sitting under an invisibility cloak. It was truly a new experience for us, and the worst service we had ever encountered. After 20 minutes of sitting there with the menus and trying to attract someone's attention to at least get some water, we had had enough, got up and walked out. Pushkin could have been our new go-to place, a place to take our many friends who love to visit us in San Diego. Tonight they missed out on a large dinner order, and lots and lots of future repeat business. Bye bye, Pushkin. You've got a lot to learn.
  18. AG

    AnnaG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pushkin is my daughter’s favorite restaurant. We celebrated her high school graduation. The food was very tasty, the server was nice. It was overall awesome experience.
  19. r

    richgor

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Our entire dining experience was outstanding. I recommend this restaurant highly and will definitely be returning here again SOON!
  20. HS

    Hungry1SD

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We arrived just after 6pm and a man with a top hat showed us to our table. We ordered drinks and the salo appetizer, which I didn’t know what it was until I googled it. It was good, especially when smothered on the rye bread they brought to the table. My partner ordered the rabbit, which he cleaned to the bone. Dessert was the honey cake. I’m still thinking about how delicious that cake was. The music was upbeat and loungy. The staff was very friendly and thanked us for supporting them. We’ll be back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place! Will be back!
  22. j

    jozak

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we lived in San Diego, we ate at Pushkin a lot. We now live in Maine, and when we visited, it was on the list of must dine restaurants. I did get a little push back on going to a Russian restaurant during these difficult times, however, not only are the owners not from Russia, I don’t care. The food here is so good, and so are the drinks. I believe many Russians are against the war in Ukraine. Let’s be good citizens of the globe, and not punish good people for the deeds of their leaders. Have the Pierogis, have the lamb, have the delicious stroganoff, and let’s drink to getting along with American’s who heritage is different than ours. Best of luck to the wonderful folks at Pushkin! See you next time!
  23. JC

    JudyC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service, and venue are very good. The canned "music" is annoying. For the entire 1-1/2 hours we were at the restaurant the same "techno AfroPop" played over and over and over again. When we asked the server about it, she said she couldn't do anything about it.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience all around. Food and drinks I have never had. All delicious. Loved it. Felt like I could be in another country wirh the food and the patrons. Can't wait to go back !
  25. SE

    ScottE

    San Diego

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Interesting menu, and outstanding service.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was absolutely delicious!! The ribeye and the rabbit were perfectly cooked and the portion sizes were perfect. Their house vodka infusions are definitely worth trying and their signature cocktails are wonderful. Their service was amazing and the food came out very fast. I would definitely recommend Pushkin and I would come back if I lived anywhere nearby
  27. E

    Eastcoaster

    Central Coast

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. DS

    DrSam

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing food and service!
  31. 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
  32. E

    Edwin

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the great atmosphere
  33. 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!
  34. C

    Chris

    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.
  35. 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.
  36. HB

    HalfBrit

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 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.
  37. 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
  38. 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!
  39. MR

    MishaR

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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!
  40. DS

    DrSam

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One word, Fabulous!

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 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 4.5 stars by 347 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 Russian Restaurant

750 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    F St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 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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