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First Crush Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge

101 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2129
+1 415-982-7874
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Ranked #586 of 4,947 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $45
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
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ellis St.
Transit: Muni, BART Powell St. station is 1/2 block away.
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.
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Scotland
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201 reviews 201 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The waiter had no manners and was not interested whether we enjoyed our meal. Felt rushed and was glad to leave. Food was just ok.

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

I am so sorry to hear about your experience. Our servers should always be attentive, friendly and knowledgeable about our products. I am sorry we missed the mark with you. I am interested in hearing more about what happened and a description of your server in order for me to directly address the issues. We strive on feedback to continually... More

Meyreuil, France
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201 reviews 201 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

If you're looking for a light meal and you're in the Tenderloin/Union Square area, First Crush would be a good choice. It's a local cocktail bar with a nice little menu and excellent wine list and easy to spot on the corner. Inside there are two dining areas, one slightly below ground, and the second around the bar on the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Our concierge recommended this place. We had just arrived and wanted something we could walk to with our son. The place reminded me of a small restaurant in New York. Eclectic menu, friendly staff, and good wine list. If we lived here, we would definitely be back!

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Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Walked by this place on the way somewhere else. Turned around and didn't regret a moment of it. Perfect service, delightful food (I had the scallops, unbelievable). Great wine list with knowledgable wait staff to help you decide. It's small and tucked away in the middle of the Union Square area but it was not at all touristy. This may... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Went with a group of 8 colleagues attending the IUPAC Congress. Staff were helpful and attentive. Appetizers were excellent especially the Frito misto. I had the halibut. Was okay - maybe a little dry but still pretty tasty. Wine selection was excellent. I would also recommend the truffles to share to finish off!

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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103 reviews 103 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I was one of a party of twelve and had dinner in the downstairs dining room. It is a bit dark as any windowless space will be but there is attractive lighting and a series of curtains between tables that can be arranged to provide implied privacy. Our group ordered a variety of entrees. Prior to the full dinner our... More

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Irvine, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I was looking for a spot to have a nice glass of wine and something to eat. Came across First Crush in several online sites. Located very close to several major hotels as well as the Powell Street BART station/Cable Car Turntable, First Crush is in the heart of the lively downtown area. I chose to eat at the bar,... More

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Calgary, Canada
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207 reviews 207 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

As we walked down from our restaurant looking for a late night spot for a drink, and some food, as we had just arrived in San Fran. We came across this little place on the corner. Looked good, and the menu also looked. We were seated immediately, and our server was on us with sparkling water. I have never seen... More

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

Thank you for finding our little gem! I am so glad you enjoyed the scallops and Lobster Mac and Cheese (they are our top sellers). We offer a premium all California wine list and thank you for recognizing the efforts of our wine director. We look forward to your next visit. More

Lulea, Sweden
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Restaurant has recently started with brunch and it's amazing. Portions are solid and Bloody Mary is awesome. Eat most awesome apple scrambled eggs and coconut pancakes, delicious! Will definitely return and so should you!

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review. I am so glad you enjoyed your experience and the food. We look forward to your return! More

CA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We had tickets for "Once" at the Curran and wanted a restaurant close by. First Crush is a great find for the future and we will recommend to theatre-going friends. The menu is very eclectic - with fun small plates that are perfect for sharing. Excellent wine menu and the server was very helpful in selections - how many small... More

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

Thank you for the glowing review. I really appreciate you sharing your experience. We look forward to your next visit. Thank you! More

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