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First Crush Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge

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$$$
Neighborhood:
Union Square
American, Wine Bar
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101 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2129 (Ellis St.)
Muni, BART Powell St. station is 1/2 block away.
+1 415-982-7874
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: First Crush offers a "casual upscale" atmosphere for individuals, private...
First Crush offers a "casual upscale" atmosphere for individuals, private events and large parties in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square district, featuring the largest all-California wine list in the city. Low ceilings, polished decor and a cool backdrop of ambient music contribute to an intimate setting for enjoying First Crush's elegant American French cuisine. The restaurant has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for fourteen years running.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best in SF

Just happened by this place, but food was excellent and service just right. Wish we had come back for dinner the second night! But decided after terrible dinner elsewhere to come back for dessert. Not disappointed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
Suzanne K
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Missoula, Montana
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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248 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Missoula, Montana
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Just happened by this place, but food was excellent and service just right. Wish we had come back for dinner the second night! But decided after terrible dinner elsewhere to come back for dessert. Not disappointed.

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

i came here one evening before Christmas with friends. We had to wait for 1 hour just to get served. The head waitress told us off for just sitting there until we told her that we were waiting to order but no one had served us! 3 of the group took the menu 4 courses and 4 different wines to... More 

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Tustin, California
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This intimate restaurant is conveniently located near Union Square. The dinner was wonderful (I love the food and wine pairing). The service and ambiance were both delightful. I will definitely go back again.

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San Francisco, CA
Top Contributor
222 reviews 222 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I've been here several times for drinks and appetizers, because of it's location. I ate lunch there with a friend because I had a Groupon, and I was underwhelmed. With so many other options for a decent meal around the area, I will stick to just having drinks here.

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FirstCrush101, Owner at First Crush Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge, responded to this review

I am sorry, we only serve dinner service. We are open from 5PM-10PM nightly. I am glad you enjoyed the drinks as we specialize in all-California small production wines and offer a tasting experience with over 30+ wines by the glass. Hope to see you again soon at First Crush. More 

Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

WOW! Once agian this place was awesome! This year was there first year they did a set menu dinner for Christmas and I think they did it perfect. We did the whole menu plus the wine pairing and was very impressed and treated awesome. The staff and management did a great show and perfect options and pairings. We were here... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This little restaurant is in an intimate space near Union Square and the Theatre District. It came recommended by our Hotel front desk and are we glad we went! We ordered the "Holiday Buzz" -- an albeit expensive three course meal with wine pairings (we were celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary). There are many very good restaurants in the area,... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We did walk-in as I was craving for wine and cheese. It is a busy Christmas Day and I do appreciate the accommodation. Maybe it was a busy night but that should not be the reason for such bad service. We ordered the cheese plate and they delivered the wrong cheese and our waiter was at a loss. The charcuterie... More 

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Saratoga, California
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We selected this for dinner after a Cirque show at the last minute because it was on OpenTable, had a table open and offered wine and cheese pairings along with small plates. There was a nice selection of different wine flights and 5 cheeses that you could get as a 1, 3 or 5 plate (portion size was on the... More 

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Clayton, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Please listen to the other bad reviews and don't waste your money or your time. I don't know how this restaurant stays in business. Having restaurant experience I hate to leave bad reviews because I understand the behind the scene workings of a restaurant, however when its a clear case of poor plate design and execution at a high end... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We liked the small bar, food and atmosphere. We do not have any dislikes to share. Good location wrt Parc55.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2129
    (Ellis St.)
  • Public Transportation: Muni, BART Powell St. station is 1/2 block away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
  • Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: +1 415-982-7874

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 45
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

First Crush offers a "casual upscale" atmosphere for individuals, private events and large parties in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square district, featuring the largest all-California wine list in the city. Low ceilings, polished decor and a cool backdrop of ambient music contribute to an intimate setting for enjoying First Crush's elegant American French cuisine. The restaurant has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for fourteen years running.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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