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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
17:00 - 21:00
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

We stopped in on our last night for a light dineer. The wine list was acceptable - Californian. The beer list was limited but good. The Brussel Sprouts - advertised as blackened - were cooked a bit lighter and superb. The cheese plate was first rate. The waitress did not intrude. Very nice.

Thank Safety101
Region of Waterloo, Canada
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was quite near our hotel and it's fare was Californian. Their wine list was quite extensive...Californian based. The portions were very generous and very tasty. Prices were typical for other restaurants and the staff was very professional. We had reservations for a Saturday night and it did seem to be very popular. A nice cozy little restaurant..very good.

Thank Patricia A
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 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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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016 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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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 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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160 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 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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87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 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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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 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 

1 Thank Sailor32948
Fountain Hills, Arizona
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82 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 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
Newcastle, Australia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 June 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$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
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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