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First Crush Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge

$$ - $$$
Union Square
American, Wine Bar
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101 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2129 (Ellis St.)
+1 415-982-7874
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant used to be one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco for nearly 8 years. 2-3 years later, I recommended great friends of mine from overseas to dine here tonight. Sigh! What an unbearable experience. Dry chicken and over sweeten desert kind of made an rather disappointing dining experience. And long gone with my favorite duck dish too.... More 

Thank Kentotchii
FirstCrush, Owner at First Crush Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear you have enjoyed First Crush over its 18 year history. I am sorry to hear your event was not a great experience. We select our meat from a local organic high quality producer. And our chocolate decadence dessert ranked 3rd place in taste of SF. We adjust our menu based on local seasonality and... More 

San Francisco
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67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here several times with decent meals but most recently It was disappointing on a Sunday night pre-theater. The quantum Merlot 2010 was terrific and reasonably priced, medium to full body with nice like spice flavorful; good with chicken or meat but also with spicy fish. The coconut crusted shrimp were overcooked and almost burned black and came... More 

Thank mdgwind
San Francisco, CA
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

We came into the city to try a new place. The wine flights is a great lure and the wine selection was decent. I would stick to the appetizers and share a main dish or two. Unfortunately, my salad and main were very mediocre. For the price, ambiance and location of the bathroom I would not recommend First Crush.

Thank JaneakaJeannie
Overland Park, Kansas
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157 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Enjoyed my meal here (actually two appetizers) as well as a wine flight. But overall, it wasn't the greatest. After going here, we restaurant hopped - went to another wine bar and then a sushi place, so obviously we didn't feel the overall feel here was satisfying enough for a full meal. OTOH, the scallops appetizer we had was tasty... More 

Thank Dan D
Sarasota, Florida
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76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

My sister had receed a gift certificate to First Crush and wanted to take us out to dinner. We had a party of five and were the first people to be seated in the dining room. We ordered drinks and asked for limes for our sparkling water. No limes. What fine dining restaurant does not have limes. We were served... More 

1 Thank Gretchen M
FirstCrush, Owner at First Crush Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge, responded to this review

Hi Gretchen, I am so sorry to hear about your experience. We order our food daily from specialized vendors in order to ensure our quality is fresh and good. I apologize your muscles were not up to our standards and we should have removed them if you did not eat them. We are small, independent restaurant and we only order... More 

Pittsburg, CA
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

Having to do yet another trade show in San Francisco Moscone center, I was moving slowly to my hotel and noticed the First Crush Restaurant. It was just opening at 5PM so I went in for a glass (or two) of Wine before getting to the hotel and its restaurant. This place is GREAT! First the wine selection is wide... More 

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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83 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Every time we come to SF we go to First Crush. Every time we go to First Crush we have a really good meal and wine. This time was no exception. Their CA wine list is extensive and each time we go I find another wine I REALLY like! Their lamb lollipop appetizer was my main course...4 chops with just... More 

Thank Candace R
Bruges, Belgium
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

Catching up with friends on a short visit to SF - this was around the corner from our Hotel. Staff was very accommodating and the wine flights were a fun way to try a few options of our favourite varietals.

Thank Siankat71
Kearney, Nebraska
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

Excellent food, but pricey as is all of San Francisco. Needed reservations, but got right in at our reserved time. Friendly staff. I had the lobster mac and cheese...yummy! Not a lot of items on the menu, but something for everyone I think. Close to Hilton San Francisco Union Square motel. Wine menu is great!

Thank deniseg838
Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Nice little spot close to Union Square. Great wine list, nice small plates. Great place for a couples retreat! We will be back. Thank you, Andy Correa , for a lovely evening!

1 Thank Kimmerdan9000

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $45
American, Wine Bar
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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
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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