101 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.785599 -122.408862
Neighborhoods: Tenderloin, Northeast
Not impressed – My first visit to First Crush was a disaster and I can honestly say I will never go back. Despite the fact that we had reservations, apparently we didn't reserve far enough in advance and were seated in the bar area upstairs. There is nothing remotely romantic about this area as it is loud and there are waiters rushing back and forth with drinks, and I couldn't move my chair back because there was a pipe sticking out of the wall blocking it. We tried asking the hostess if we could be seated downstairs, and clearly she was used to people getting upset by second rate seating because she tossed her hair and gave us an incredibly rude response. In fact, I think she made me more mad than the bad seating did!
This trip really ruined our evening and put both of us in a bad mood. We should have done what we saw several other people do and leave as soon as it was clear we were getting 'second rate' seating.
my review.. – With so many places in SF to eat at, very few can be a memorable experience..
First Crush is not one of them. I am now a fan of this place! Although it was just me, table for one, I was treated like a VIP. Seriously, I was greeted and seated from the moment I walked in, catered to without having to famously ?flag ? my server down, and yet, with all of the attention, I was still able to relax peacefully and enjoy my flight of wine. The food was excellent and my chocolate dessert was very rich and sinful..
I Couldn't have chosen a better spot for my quiet dinner alone.
A crush indeed! – Went to dinner here with my friend and I already have plans to return! Although our reservation was at 7:30pm, we showed up at 7pm, thinking that we maybe, just maybe that our table might be ready for us. It looked like a busy night there (or it could be that its a small place) but the hostess immediately brought us to our table. Not knowing what to order, we bombarded our server with questions and based on her recommendations, ordered the ribs for starters, and for dinner, the Halibut for me and the steak for my friend.
One word to describe our food: fantastic. The ribs were just perfect for the two of us, a little on the spicy side, but very tasty indeed! My dish was very delicious. Very light and extremely flavorful. I would definitely return just for that dish alone. My friend's dish must have been good as well-she didn't want to share with me and cleaned her plate.
Can't tell you how dessert was though. We were too full by then.
All in all, our experience, service and of course, dinner was a pleasant experience. I definitely will return, if not for dinner, then at least for a glass of wine. Maybe even two!
Fun, flirtatious restaurant and wine bar with distinctive Californian appeal. – The Scene
The attractive street-level dining room is busy with tourists, shoppers, and yes, first dates. A low, tin ceiling and tinted windows deepen the room's wine-red walls and accents. Hand-thrown, eggshell-hued dishes in irregular shapes add touches of whimsy to crisp, white-topped tables. Service is smart, efficient, and patient with the exclusively California wine list. A small, back bar upstairs accommodates after-work oenophiles, while downstairs a larger, cavernous wine "grotto" lures private groups.
The menu of simple California favorites is divided into small and large plates. Appetizers are fresh, colorful and presented like gifts--"Crush" oysters served warm with bacon and chard, and sashimi of tuna crudo with green olive tapenade. Larger dishes include pan-roasted chicken breast, diver scallops with a cauliflower puree and grilled rack of lamb with cranberry beans, pearl onions and glazed radishes, all with sweet, tangy sauces and reductions.
Worst Service Ever Actually No Service! – We sat for 10 minutes no one even bothered to bring us a water or ask for a drink order. The manager simply said "sorry ladies" when we walked out and complained. Prentencious! Rude! Went to the food court in the WestField Mall down the street where there was nice people and decent food.
Horrible waitstaff service & subpar cuisine at First Crush – Two words, CRAPPY SERVICE. Don't waste your hard earned money on bad/rude and unmotivated servers, a ton of ugly attitude and average to subpar cuisine. What's worse was that it was my sister's bachelorette dinner party w/ a total of 14 people. Just glad my sister was happily distracted by her friends. The only good things about First Crush were the host/hostess and the bus staff. Management needs to interview their employees a bit more carefully or at least train them in how to treat customers properly. Not disappointed since there were no expectations on my part...but if you're running a restaurant that was named Best Date Restaurant, there should be a level of service that matches up to that accolade. 2 Thumbs WAY DOWN for FIRST CRUSH IN SF.
Valentines Day Delight! – My boyfriend and I were looking for a resturant to go to on Valentines day, we stumbled across First Crush on City Search as it was voted "most romantic resturant". We couldnt have gone to a more perfect resturant. The ambiance was romantic yet chic, perfect! Because it was a holiday there was special menu, the food was absolutley delicious, I had the Filet Mignon which was cooked to perfection. We also chose to do the wine pairings which were spectacular. I would highley recomend this resturant for a special occasion dinner or for a "just for fun" night out.
horrible late night service, NOT fine dining experience – My wife and I tried the restaurant for the first time last night and were left with a horrible taste in our mouth. We were very excited to spend our anniversary dinner there after reading several great reviews and hearing from friends who liked the place.
We went to a comedy show around 730 so we had a late dining time, a 1030 reservation. (They told me they seat and serve til midnight)
We were sat promptly but immediately our service from our waiter was awful. He never introduced himself (by name or as our server) but he was a tall, fairly young (late twenties?) and found out his name is Jackson.
He asked if we wanted drinks and after we ordered a $100 bottle of wine and the cheese plate, he asked if we were "having an entree or what?". We both thought this was a bit rude, especially since he had not spent more than ten seconds at our table up til this point.
We wanted to enjoy our wine and the menu so we had a salad and soup as our next course, followed by the scallops to finish up.
Around 1130, the scallops were dropped off and we asked him for share plates and never saw him again...until 5 minutes later when we saw him walk out the door in a different shirt.
He had apparently transferred his table (and another sitting near us) and left...without telling us a word!?!? Our new server was nice enough but she dropped off our check as we were on our first bite of scallops and said "the kitchen closed at 1130 so here' s your check".
WE WERE AND ARE APPALLED!
First of all, we were never told that our server left, never given an option of seeing a dessert menu, and never told the kitchen was almost closed until after the fact. I usually get treated better than this at Chili's, much less a well reviewed fine dining establishment in San Francisco.
Our new server half-heartily apologized and removed the cheese plate off our bill but we ultimately were left confused, rushed, unwanted and hugely disappointed.
(the busboys were amazing...)
Lovely ambiance, great food and service. – I love romantic restaurants with great food and candle light. I came here for my birthday and enjoyed the toy box salad and the halibut. The food was excellent and very fresh. Our server "D" was extremely attentive and was able to answer any question we had about the menu. The restaurant was very crowded and we had to wait to be seated. This spot is definetly worth a 15 minute wait. Do yourself a favor and eat here on your next romantic date.
Great Date spot great food! – All the food we ordered were excellent. The short ribs were delicious. I highly recommend First Crush.
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