Crush

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cant wait to eat here\r

6
★★★★★

cant wait to eat here\r

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The services are quick and they are always on time

6
★★★★★

The services are quick and they are always on time

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The food was delightful and creative, with complex tastes and artistic presentations. The octopus appetizer -- which they thoughtfully split for us -- was perfectly cooked and paired (with sauces and tasty nibbles and such). Both of our

6
★★★★★

The food was delightful and creative, with complex tastes and artistic presentations. The octopus appetizer -- which they thoughtfully split for us -- was perfectly cooked and paired (with sauces and tasty nibbles and such). Both of our

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Disappointing food, we had the hand-made pasta with lobster and bacon, and guess what? All you could taste was the bacon. The delicate lobster (which was hard to find a piece of) was totally overpowered. Then I had the halibut, which was overcooked the top was seared so much it became a crisp cake-like topping, the fish was totally dry. The portions were pretentiously small and overpriced it, reminded me of Citrus in LA in the late eighties, dishes with fewer vegetables than you would dare to serve to a five year old. Decor is subjective, but for me the Stars Wars themed oversized white plastic chairs and tables, against the beautiful historic features of this house just did not jive, lacking neither artistry nor character.
Call me old fashioned but at these prices please give me a white tablecloth! Not your romantic or impressive dining situation. The service was excellent; the white wine we ordered hadn??t been chilled so we were brought a glass of French sparkling wine, compliments of the house, which was very good. It helped a little to get over the awful atmosphere in the dining room, no ambiance whatsoever, walls begging for some art work and some interesting lighting. We were ready to leave, and I visited the ladies room only to spot a lovely outside dining area! No one had offered us this option, not when I made the reservation or upon arriving, if I could at least have sat outside I might not be writing this. I expressed my frustration about the outdoor dining option and they were full of apologies and insisted we give them our email address, and they did of course already have my phone number from the booking. But that was weeks ago, and we have heard nothing, which would be fine if expectation had not been set. At the end of the day I felt like we had paid big bucks to sit in a sort of quasi trendy university-district-type eating establishment, but without the charm. So sad to say, we won??t go back.

2
★★☆☆☆

Disappointing food, we had the hand-made pasta with lobster and bacon, and guess what? All you could taste was the bacon. The delicate lobster (which was hard to find a piece of) was totally overpowered. Then I had the halibut, which was overcooked the top was seared so much it became a crisp cake-like topping, the fish was totally dry. The portions were pretentiously small and overpriced it, reminded me of Citrus in LA in the late eighties, dishes with fewer vegetables than you would dare to serve to a five year old. Decor is subjective, but for me the Stars Wars themed oversized white plastic chairs and tables, against the beautiful historic features of this house just did not jive, lacking neither artistry nor character.
Call me old fashioned but at these prices please give me a white tablecloth! Not your romantic or impressive dining situation. The service was excellent; the white wine we ordered hadn??t been chilled so we were brought a glass of French sparkling wine, compliments of the house, which was very good. It helped a little to get over the awful atmosphere in the dining room, no ambiance whatsoever, walls begging for some art work and some interesting lighting. We were ready to leave, and I visited the ladies room only to spot a lovely outside dining area! No one had offered us this option, not when I made the reservation or upon arriving, if I could at least have sat outside I might not be writing this. I expressed my frustration about the outdoor dining option and they were full of apologies and insisted we give them our email address, and they did of course already have my phone number from the booking. But that was weeks ago, and we have heard nothing, which would be fine if expectation had not been set. At the end of the day I felt like we had paid big bucks to sit in a sort of quasi trendy university-district-type eating establishment, but without the charm. So sad to say, we won??t go back.

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I ate at crush last night, and it was one of the worst restaurant experiences I have ever had. For the price of the meal, it was not the level of quality it should have been. 24 dollars for mediocre beef ribs, and 24 dollars for a small portion of what should be cheap seafood. The staff was friendly, but the service was poor. The gratuity for our group was automatically 20%, which was not deserved. We also requested a bottle of wine from the menu, which they did not have, and they replaced it with a screw-top bottle that was low quality for a high price. Overall, it felt like a nothing more than a rip-off, and I left very unsatisfied after spending over $800 with a group of only 7 people. If they are going to charge as much as they do, I expect much more. I have never written a negative review for a restaurant before, but I certainly do not recommend crush to anybody.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I ate at crush last night, and it was one of the worst restaurant experiences I have ever had. For the price of the meal, it was not the level of quality it should have been. 24 dollars for mediocre beef ribs, and 24 dollars for a small portion of what should be cheap seafood. The staff was friendly, but the service was poor. The gratuity for our group was automatically 20%, which was not deserved. We also requested a bottle of wine from the menu, which they did not have, and they replaced it with a screw-top bottle that was low quality for a high price. Overall, it felt like a nothing more than a rip-off, and I left very unsatisfied after spending over $800 with a group of only 7 people. If they are going to charge as much as they do, I expect much more. I have never written a negative review for a restaurant before, but I certainly do not recommend crush to anybody.

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The dinner last evening at Crush was sublime! From the first bite of the gougere to the last bite of dessert, everything was a flavor sensation. The cocktails were dangerously tasty, the plating was attractive, the starters and entrees were varied and interesting and the flavor combinations were absolutely delectable.

The wine list is quite extensive with many good choices; I only wish they would add prosecco to it!

Thursday evening business was steady without being crushingly busy, and the servers were attentive and knowledgeable. A wonderful experience all around!

5
★★★★★

The dinner last evening at Crush was sublime! From the first bite of the gougere to the last bite of dessert, everything was a flavor sensation. The cocktails were dangerously tasty, the plating was attractive, the starters and entrees were varied and interesting and the flavor combinations were absolutely delectable.

The wine list is quite extensive with many good choices; I only wish they would add prosecco to it!

Thursday evening business was steady without being crushingly busy, and the servers were attentive and knowledgeable. A wonderful experience all around!

Pros: Great Flavors and Creative Menu

Cons: PARKING!!

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This was our fist visit to Crush. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation, but were warmly received and immediately seated. The servers patiently waited the 30 minutes it took for our fourth dinner parter to arrive, checking on us periodically but being neither overbearing or absent.

Our server was incredibly knowledable about both the food and the wine. He described in detail the flavors in the dishes that interested us, as well as the cooking process used to create the flavors.

We started with the beet salad, the hamachi appetizer, and the pinata apple and blue cheese salad with hazelnuts. All the starters were great. For our main course we ordered the fluke, the shortribs and the lamb, all of which were fantastic. The shortribs were particularly fabulous, tender and deliciously rich and complex. Each of the dishes was beautifully presented, "a work of art" according to my husband, who rarely comments on such things.

We hung around and chatted after dinner for at least 45 minutes and were graciously taken care of with water refills, but never did we feel rushed to leave.

The restaurant setting was also very cool, especially the upstairs bathroom with its clawfoot tub (really!).

We'll definitely visit Crush again.

5
★★★★★

This was our fist visit to Crush. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation, but were warmly received and immediately seated. The servers patiently waited the 30 minutes it took for our fourth dinner parter to arrive, checking on us periodically but being neither overbearing or absent.

Our server was incredibly knowledable about both the food and the wine. He described in detail the flavors in the dishes that interested us, as well as the cooking process used to create the flavors.

We started with the beet salad, the hamachi appetizer, and the pinata apple and blue cheese salad with hazelnuts. All the starters were great. For our main course we ordered the fluke, the shortribs and the lamb, all of which were fantastic. The shortribs were particularly fabulous, tender and deliciously rich and complex. Each of the dishes was beautifully presented, "a work of art" according to my husband, who rarely comments on such things.

We hung around and chatted after dinner for at least 45 minutes and were graciously taken care of with water refills, but never did we feel rushed to leave.

The restaurant setting was also very cool, especially the upstairs bathroom with its clawfoot tub (really!).

We'll definitely visit Crush again.

Pros: Delicious and complex food, very knowledgable waitstaff

Cons: None

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Our server was very knowledgeable about the food ingredients and wine selections. The Douglas fir sorbet was amazing! a must!

5
★★★★★

Our server was very knowledgeable about the food ingredients and wine selections. The Douglas fir sorbet was amazing! a must!

Pros: Delectable meal and outstanding service

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In terms of top notch Seattle restaurants, Crush is one of the finest. Crush has a very inspired and memorable menu, diverse cuisines, superb service, and a great wine list. At the same time, its modish seats are not perfectly comfortable and the location doesn't offer the most phenomenal view. Great place for a special date but not the best location / ambiance for a *real* special date (aka Anniversaries, Valentine's, etc.)

4
★★★★☆

In terms of top notch Seattle restaurants, Crush is one of the finest. Crush has a very inspired and memorable menu, diverse cuisines, superb service, and a great wine list. At the same time, its modish seats are not perfectly comfortable and the location doesn't offer the most phenomenal view. Great place for a special date but not the best location / ambiance for a *real* special date (aka Anniversaries, Valentine's, etc.)

Pros: Creative menu, great service, delicious

Cons: Seating / view is slightly uncomfortable distracting

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We were here for dinner last month and the food was great for the most part. My seabass was on the salty side. The best dish was the pasta (very small portion-3 bites), hand made and delightful touch with the caviar. The samples that were brought out were nice. Staff could work on being more classy (hostess had extremely low-breast out summer dress) for this high end dining experience.

3
★★★☆☆

We were here for dinner last month and the food was great for the most part. My seabass was on the salty side. The best dish was the pasta (very small portion-3 bites), hand made and delightful touch with the caviar. The samples that were brought out were nice. Staff could work on being more classy (hostess had extremely low-breast out summer dress) for this high end dining experience.

Pros: creative combination of courses, beautiful arrangement

Cons: overpriced

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It seems that when a restaurant has a mandatory 20% gratuity for a party of 5 or more and you have 5 or more people in your party you are asking for trouble.
I will preface what I am saying by sharing that I have been to Crush before and we had a great experience and that is why we went back, however, based on this last experience I think we will find other places to patronize.

I found the wine markup very high especially knowing that there would be an automatic 20% gratuity added on top of the markup.

Our waitress didn??t seem to have a lot of patience or time for us and we all felt a little rushed to place our order and get through the meal.

Our first course was brought out and we were eager to dig in. While many of the dishes tasted good none of them were hot, most were barely lukewarm. We had the Foie Gras and Sweetbreads on our last visit and had them again this visit, however they were prepared differently and not nearly as good. As I mentioned before they brought us an amuse bouche which was creative, beautiful and delicious. Our main courses were brought out and as we dug in many of us were sadly disappointed. My $30 sous vide fish that looked like a piece of processed fish tasted a lot like processed fish cake and was only served with a few sea beans. It was very disappointing. Some of our other party did enjoy their food but were not a fan of the food not being hot and not being served with a starch and in some of the cases the serving size itself.

My dessert was the best part of the meal and the most generous portion. Although the desserts are not inexpensive it was very good.

We have continued to talk about our meal since dining at crush but none of the comments have been good ones.

1
★☆☆☆☆

It seems that when a restaurant has a mandatory 20% gratuity for a party of 5 or more and you have 5 or more people in your party you are asking for trouble.
I will preface what I am saying by sharing that I have been to Crush before and we had a great experience and that is why we went back, however, based on this last experience I think we will find other places to patronize.

I found the wine markup very high especially knowing that there would be an automatic 20% gratuity added on top of the markup.

Our waitress didn??t seem to have a lot of patience or time for us and we all felt a little rushed to place our order and get through the meal.

Our first course was brought out and we were eager to dig in. While many of the dishes tasted good none of them were hot, most were barely lukewarm. We had the Foie Gras and Sweetbreads on our last visit and had them again this visit, however they were prepared differently and not nearly as good. As I mentioned before they brought us an amuse bouche which was creative, beautiful and delicious. Our main courses were brought out and as we dug in many of us were sadly disappointed. My $30 sous vide fish that looked like a piece of processed fish tasted a lot like processed fish cake and was only served with a few sea beans. It was very disappointing. Some of our other party did enjoy their food but were not a fan of the food not being hot and not being served with a starch and in some of the cases the serving size itself.

My dessert was the best part of the meal and the most generous portion. Although the desserts are not inexpensive it was very good.

We have continued to talk about our meal since dining at crush but none of the comments have been good ones.

Pros: The place is cute and we had some good cocktails, lovely amu

Cons: Very high wine markup and corkage,overpriced, not that good

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My wife of 20+ years and I had a wonderful time here. From the friendly service and good wine list to the superb food and pleasing presentation. We could have been in Paris.

5
★★★★★

My wife of 20+ years and I had a wonderful time here. From the friendly service and good wine list to the superb food and pleasing presentation. We could have been in Paris.

Pros: Intimate dining

Cons: Not a place to bring young ones

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The minute we walked in the door, we were treated like honored guests. We even created our own tasting menu and the waiter checked with us before pairing an "expensive" wine with one of our courses. The food is simply the best in Seattle. And when we got the bill, we were surprised at how reasonable it all was. There is simply not a better restaurant in Seattle.

5
★★★★★

The minute we walked in the door, we were treated like honored guests. We even created our own tasting menu and the waiter checked with us before pairing an "expensive" wine with one of our courses. The food is simply the best in Seattle. And when we got the bill, we were surprised at how reasonable it all was. There is simply not a better restaurant in Seattle.

Pros: perfect food, warm and friendly service, incredible ambiance

Cons: none

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January 29, 2009 - The atmosphere and food are absolutely outstanding, however, the portions are (insultingly) small. Order the Lamb and you'll find three pieces the size of your pinky, along with sausage the size of the tip of our pinky?all for a mere $36.00. Unless something changes I don't think we will be back.

3
★★★☆☆

January 29, 2009 - The atmosphere and food are absolutely outstanding, however, the portions are (insultingly) small. Order the Lamb and you'll find three pieces the size of your pinky, along with sausage the size of the tip of our pinky?all for a mere $36.00. Unless something changes I don't think we will be back.

Pros: excellent food and atmosphere

Cons: very small portions

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I had always heard that getting into Crush could be quite a difficult task, but much to my surprise I called on a Friday afternoon and was able to get a party of 6 in that same evening with no problems whatsoever. The host said he could definitely fit us in and we had a beautiful table overlooking the open kitchen. We opted for the chef's tasting menu and boy am I glad we did. We were continuously amazed with 9 courses of the most beautiful and exquisite food I have ever seen. We started with what our server called "Bacon & Eggs(!)" which was a parsnip flan with salmon caviar, bacon & black pepper creme fraiche, and a maple syrup that had been aged in bourbon barrels! Oh my goodness! It was to die for. We also had a beautiful Japanese hamachi crudo with pickled carrot & ginger and spiced Asian pear. Soooo good. Even the bread was amazing, made in house and topped with black Alaskan sea salt. Other highlights included the sturgeon which was sourced fresh directly from the Quinault Indian tribe right here in Washington, amazing foie gras with quince, endive, and cinnamon brioche, and of course those legendary short ribs that Chef Jason Wilson has become known for, which are cooked sous vide for 24 hours. No detail was left out during the course of our dinner. Our server was really seemed to enjoy talking about all the amazing food. Cocktails were delicious as well, I really liked the Northwest Sidecar which was had a Douglas Fir syrup that we were told was made with fir needles from the back yard of the house. Our server also brought us out an extra dessert and a plate of hand made chocolates. All in all a very memorable night, best dinner I have had in ages and well worth the money. Highly recommended.

5
★★★★★

I had always heard that getting into Crush could be quite a difficult task, but much to my surprise I called on a Friday afternoon and was able to get a party of 6 in that same evening with no problems whatsoever. The host said he could definitely fit us in and we had a beautiful table overlooking the open kitchen. We opted for the chef's tasting menu and boy am I glad we did. We were continuously amazed with 9 courses of the most beautiful and exquisite food I have ever seen. We started with what our server called "Bacon & Eggs(!)" which was a parsnip flan with salmon caviar, bacon & black pepper creme fraiche, and a maple syrup that had been aged in bourbon barrels! Oh my goodness! It was to die for. We also had a beautiful Japanese hamachi crudo with pickled carrot & ginger and spiced Asian pear. Soooo good. Even the bread was amazing, made in house and topped with black Alaskan sea salt. Other highlights included the sturgeon which was sourced fresh directly from the Quinault Indian tribe right here in Washington, amazing foie gras with quince, endive, and cinnamon brioche, and of course those legendary short ribs that Chef Jason Wilson has become known for, which are cooked sous vide for 24 hours. No detail was left out during the course of our dinner. Our server was really seemed to enjoy talking about all the amazing food. Cocktails were delicious as well, I really liked the Northwest Sidecar which was had a Douglas Fir syrup that we were told was made with fir needles from the back yard of the house. Our server also brought us out an extra dessert and a plate of hand made chocolates. All in all a very memorable night, best dinner I have had in ages and well worth the money. Highly recommended.

Pros: Food, Service, Decor

Cons: none that I can think of

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Five best reasons to visit Crush in November!
1. Jason Wilson - James Beard 2008 Best Chef NW finalist for 2008
2 .Crush is fun, young, loud, trendy
3. Crush has THE BEST NW Cuisine available!
4. Crush is in Dining Around Seattle $30 3 course dinner Sun-Thurs.
5. You will never get a better deal one of the best Restaurants in the NW

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P.S. no I don't work there - just a huge fan.

5
★★★★★

Five best reasons to visit Crush in November!
1. Jason Wilson - James Beard 2008 Best Chef NW finalist for 2008
2 .Crush is fun, young, loud, trendy
3. Crush has THE BEST NW Cuisine available!
4. Crush is in Dining Around Seattle $30 3 course dinner Sun-Thurs.
5. You will never get a better deal one of the best Restaurants in the NW

Go to urbanspoon to see more profession reviews, blogs, user reviews and other useful links on Crush.

P.S. no I don't work there - just a huge fan.

Pros: The food and the experience

Cons: parking can be challenging

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This was a special romantic evening that was perfect in every way! We were greeted warmly at the door and seated quickly. The service was impeccable! The decor is modern as is the food (it's New American). The dark wood floor and off white furniture and white orchids serve as the backdrop and canvas so that all you see (focus on) is the food. Pleasing music plays in the background, but softly enough that when we cut into the sweetbreads, all we heard was "crunch" . We started with the Foie steak (absolutely amazing) and the sweetbreads, moved on to the lamb (lovely) and braised short rib (a MUST). Even if you don't save room for dessert, it is worth forcing yourself to experience it. We had the peach "pie" which was more like a cake but had the best damn peaches and crust I've ever had. Not your traditional dessert, but oh so much better! I would skip the chocolates as they sound better than they actually tasted, and we just did not like the bacon chocolate at all. Open your mind and mouth to experience all CRUSH has to offer and you will enjoy a meal you will never forget!

5
★★★★★

This was a special romantic evening that was perfect in every way! We were greeted warmly at the door and seated quickly. The service was impeccable! The decor is modern as is the food (it's New American). The dark wood floor and off white furniture and white orchids serve as the backdrop and canvas so that all you see (focus on) is the food. Pleasing music plays in the background, but softly enough that when we cut into the sweetbreads, all we heard was "crunch" . We started with the Foie steak (absolutely amazing) and the sweetbreads, moved on to the lamb (lovely) and braised short rib (a MUST). Even if you don't save room for dessert, it is worth forcing yourself to experience it. We had the peach "pie" which was more like a cake but had the best damn peaches and crust I've ever had. Not your traditional dessert, but oh so much better! I would skip the chocolates as they sound better than they actually tasted, and we just did not like the bacon chocolate at all. Open your mind and mouth to experience all CRUSH has to offer and you will enjoy a meal you will never forget!

Pros: service, experience, incredible food, impressive wine list

Cons: extremely hard to find parking

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My wife and I went to Crush the other night and had the best dining experience we have ever had in Seattle.
First off, the wine list is amazing. A great combinations of both old world and new world wines. We picked a great bottle of Chapoutier Cornas 2001 to go with our meal. it was incredible and a very difficult vintage to find theses days. The only thing better than the wine was our food and service. We began with seared foie gras served on a cormeal waffle with a fantastic huckleberry sauce, and sweetbreads that were described as "chicken fried". Our waiter explained they were first poached then wrapped in chicken skin and fried. They were out of this world and served with a cabbage slaw and a bourbon and mustard sauce. For entrees I had the short ribs which were mind blowing. The meat just fell apart it was so tender. My wife had the sea scallops served on a pecarino risotto topped with apricots and as our waiter described it proscuitto dust!!!!! He explained how the Chef renderes the fat and adds tapioca starch to it and it truly becomes dust like. it coated your mouth with a ham flavor which enhanced the sccallops and the apricot, outrageous. We finished with an amazing bacon chocolate cake. Our server really new his stuff. All in all a memorable experience. Can't wait to get back soon

5
★★★★★

My wife and I went to Crush the other night and had the best dining experience we have ever had in Seattle.
First off, the wine list is amazing. A great combinations of both old world and new world wines. We picked a great bottle of Chapoutier Cornas 2001 to go with our meal. it was incredible and a very difficult vintage to find theses days. The only thing better than the wine was our food and service. We began with seared foie gras served on a cormeal waffle with a fantastic huckleberry sauce, and sweetbreads that were described as "chicken fried". Our waiter explained they were first poached then wrapped in chicken skin and fried. They were out of this world and served with a cabbage slaw and a bourbon and mustard sauce. For entrees I had the short ribs which were mind blowing. The meat just fell apart it was so tender. My wife had the sea scallops served on a pecarino risotto topped with apricots and as our waiter described it proscuitto dust!!!!! He explained how the Chef renderes the fat and adds tapioca starch to it and it truly becomes dust like. it coated your mouth with a ham flavor which enhanced the sccallops and the apricot, outrageous. We finished with an amazing bacon chocolate cake. Our server really new his stuff. All in all a memorable experience. Can't wait to get back soon

Pros: You name it

Cons: Tough to find parking

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We went to Crush on a Sunday night with friends. It was a group of four adults and one child. I must say that the juxtaposition between the traditional vibe of the house and the very very modern vibe of the furnishings still has me wondering. Not sure about the white, plastic chairs and white formica tables. A bit cold. That being said the food is very good. We started off with the sweetbread app. They are wrapped in chicken skin and fried. Not for the calorie adverse but they were delish. The two sauces complemented the sweetbreads very well. We also tried the fresh asperagus soup topped with a poached egg. The soup was vibrant and extremely fresh. A definite A+ at our table. For entrees two of us had the black cod with minted peas. The cod was cooked perfectly with a nice salty crust and the peas tasted like they were picked and shelled just before cooking. Yummy! My husband had the lamb dish and I have to say, it was very tender and not to lamb-y. Our other friend had the famous short ribs that she said were very tender and flavorful. We all thought that the portion size was just right, nobody left hungry for sure. For desert we tried the panacotta crumble and the bacon ice cream/cake/cookie. The panacotta was heavenly, it literally floated in you mouth and it was not too sweet, but just enough to take the edge off the rhubarb crumble. None of us got excited about the bacon dessert though. It's just strange and I would defintely not order it again. In terms of service our main waiter must have had an off night because every time he poured a glass of wine he would splash some on the table. Luckily it didn't get on anyone. Either he was going to fast or was inexperienced at pouring. The assistant server was pretty good, but would sneak up behind people to pour water and I saw many people "jump", not just our table. Overall we all thought it was very good and will come back for more.

4
★★★★☆

We went to Crush on a Sunday night with friends. It was a group of four adults and one child. I must say that the juxtaposition between the traditional vibe of the house and the very very modern vibe of the furnishings still has me wondering. Not sure about the white, plastic chairs and white formica tables. A bit cold. That being said the food is very good. We started off with the sweetbread app. They are wrapped in chicken skin and fried. Not for the calorie adverse but they were delish. The two sauces complemented the sweetbreads very well. We also tried the fresh asperagus soup topped with a poached egg. The soup was vibrant and extremely fresh. A definite A+ at our table. For entrees two of us had the black cod with minted peas. The cod was cooked perfectly with a nice salty crust and the peas tasted like they were picked and shelled just before cooking. Yummy! My husband had the lamb dish and I have to say, it was very tender and not to lamb-y. Our other friend had the famous short ribs that she said were very tender and flavorful. We all thought that the portion size was just right, nobody left hungry for sure. For desert we tried the panacotta crumble and the bacon ice cream/cake/cookie. The panacotta was heavenly, it literally floated in you mouth and it was not too sweet, but just enough to take the edge off the rhubarb crumble. None of us got excited about the bacon dessert though. It's just strange and I would defintely not order it again. In terms of service our main waiter must have had an off night because every time he poured a glass of wine he would splash some on the table. Luckily it didn't get on anyone. Either he was going to fast or was inexperienced at pouring. The assistant server was pretty good, but would sneak up behind people to pour water and I saw many people "jump", not just our table. Overall we all thought it was very good and will come back for more.

Pros: food, accomodating to kids

Cons: tough parking, a little cold

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The food was great, except for the raw fois gras. I know its supposed to be served rare - but not raw. Other than that the meal was wonderful, especially the to-die-for short ribs.

But the service, while attentive, was really pretentious. The guy kept calling me Madame. Where are we - Paris? It was so over the top my mom and I started giggling at one point. True, I am 43 and probably had a good 10 years on the waiter, but Madame? It was too much. The wine steward comes over in jeans and has a 'what's up dude' kind of attitude and the waiter calls me Madame.

Jason - have a litle chat with your wait staff.

4
★★★★☆

The food was great, except for the raw fois gras. I know its supposed to be served rare - but not raw. Other than that the meal was wonderful, especially the to-die-for short ribs.

But the service, while attentive, was really pretentious. The guy kept calling me Madame. Where are we - Paris? It was so over the top my mom and I started giggling at one point. True, I am 43 and probably had a good 10 years on the waiter, but Madame? It was too much. The wine steward comes over in jeans and has a 'what's up dude' kind of attitude and the waiter calls me Madame.

Jason - have a litle chat with your wait staff.

Pros: Delectible Food

Cons: Tables too close together, loud, pretentious wait staff

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Parking is awkward in this "edgy" part of Madison Ave & 23rd. The restaurant is a house and garden--whose entrance is very inviting. Unfortunately, the front door opens smack-dab in the middle of kitchen noise, bar noise, and waiters weaving through you with nicely plated dishes. The word reservation should be taken loosely here, since chances are your table will not be ready when you arrive and you'll have to wait. If they offer you to dine at the bar, stay clear of the traffic and draft from the door. Personally, for $35 a person the experience I want is more cozy and less plastic bar chairs and posing chatter. The food is solid reduction fare--though nothing really "pops" as innovative--surprising since Harvest Vine and several other foody haunts are just down the road. May come back in 2010 if they're still there.

3
★★★☆☆

Parking is awkward in this "edgy" part of Madison Ave & 23rd. The restaurant is a house and garden--whose entrance is very inviting. Unfortunately, the front door opens smack-dab in the middle of kitchen noise, bar noise, and waiters weaving through you with nicely plated dishes. The word reservation should be taken loosely here, since chances are your table will not be ready when you arrive and you'll have to wait. If they offer you to dine at the bar, stay clear of the traffic and draft from the door. Personally, for $35 a person the experience I want is more cozy and less plastic bar chairs and posing chatter. The food is solid reduction fare--though nothing really "pops" as innovative--surprising since Harvest Vine and several other foody haunts are just down the road. May come back in 2010 if they're still there.

Pros: Beautiful garden, and home interior

Cons: Noise, plastic chairs, spendy for normal food

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After a friend told me about the food at an event that the chef catered, I had to try it. My wife and I made reservations and when we got there, we were warmly greeted and promptly seated. We ordered the fois gras for an appetizer, and WOW, I've not had better in my life. The portion was more than i expected and was easy to share and feel satisfied.

My wife ordered the scallops, and i ordered the duck breast, both came out in perfect timing after we finished up the appetizer. The scallops were top notch, not only in flavor, but in preparation and texture as well. The duck breast (a rarity as it was twice the amount other restaurants serve) as tender enough to cut without a knife and so flavorful I never wanted it to end.

By the time the dessert menu came out, we were too stuffed to eat it. In looking over the unique creations that were on it, I can assure you that next time we will save room, or perhaps even go one evening for latenight for cocktails and dessert.

5
★★★★★

After a friend told me about the food at an event that the chef catered, I had to try it. My wife and I made reservations and when we got there, we were warmly greeted and promptly seated. We ordered the fois gras for an appetizer, and WOW, I've not had better in my life. The portion was more than i expected and was easy to share and feel satisfied.

My wife ordered the scallops, and i ordered the duck breast, both came out in perfect timing after we finished up the appetizer. The scallops were top notch, not only in flavor, but in preparation and texture as well. The duck breast (a rarity as it was twice the amount other restaurants serve) as tender enough to cut without a knife and so flavorful I never wanted it to end.

By the time the dessert menu came out, we were too stuffed to eat it. In looking over the unique creations that were on it, I can assure you that next time we will save room, or perhaps even go one evening for latenight for cocktails and dessert.

Pros: Friendly Staff, Amazing Food, Top Notch Beverages (Wine/Cocktails)

Cons: That we didn't find it sooner.

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Went there because of the reputation. My expectations were high, I will admit. I was disappointed with the a food (average), cheap decor, noise level and difficult parking. Best thing about the place is the attitude of the wait staff. There are much better restaurants in Seattle that command these high prices.

3
★★★☆☆

Went there because of the reputation. My expectations were high, I will admit. I was disappointed with the a food (average), cheap decor, noise level and difficult parking. Best thing about the place is the attitude of the wait staff. There are much better restaurants in Seattle that command these high prices.

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We went there about few days ago for our 6 yr anniversary... i have heard great things but we left somewhat disappointed with the food. When I arrived (reservations for 6:15) - I was told that since i was 15 minutes late, that the next guests would arrive at 8:15, but that i should have plenty of time, she just wanted to let me know. Very odd to greet a guest that way I thought. What was so strange was that there were SO many empty tables all night at least on the first floor. For a friday night, It felt very empty. Plus, we called a week ahead and asked for 7pm reservations, they told us they didnt have anything other than 6:15. Based on that, alot of people must have just not shown up. The good: Great server, younger blonde waitress with pony tail. Im glad we got her since the other servers didnt seem as friendly. The foie gras as people suggested, was Amazing. Great flavors, rich and worth the $20 appetizer price. Short ribs were good. Cocktails were great, the lavendar lemonade was surprisingly good. The not so good: The ahi tuna entree was below average, the vegetables were over salted. Our dessert was one of the worst desserts I have ever had in my life. I swear a betty crocker cake would have been better. Although nicely presented, the brown banana tart was stale, dry and powdery, the brittle ice cream which had a nice flavor was a block of ice, not creamy at all. They stated ice cream on the menu, but it was more of a hard frozen slushie that would break when we tried to cut into it. Should have asked the watiress what to order for dessert. All in all, the price was 109.00 + tax/tip which was rather affordable... i think we prefer restaurant zoe for the same price range. I give it an average rating more for the food than the service. Its a cute restaurant, has a lot of charm from the outside. Its possible we just ordered the wrong things, but I probably wouldnt recommend it. Thanks for reading!

3
★★★☆☆

We went there about few days ago for our 6 yr anniversary... i have heard great things but we left somewhat disappointed with the food. When I arrived (reservations for 6:15) - I was told that since i was 15 minutes late, that the next guests would arrive at 8:15, but that i should have plenty of time, she just wanted to let me know. Very odd to greet a guest that way I thought. What was so strange was that there were SO many empty tables all night at least on the first floor. For a friday night, It felt very empty. Plus, we called a week ahead and asked for 7pm reservations, they told us they didnt have anything other than 6:15. Based on that, alot of people must have just not shown up. The good: Great server, younger blonde waitress with pony tail. Im glad we got her since the other servers didnt seem as friendly. The foie gras as people suggested, was Amazing. Great flavors, rich and worth the $20 appetizer price. Short ribs were good. Cocktails were great, the lavendar lemonade was surprisingly good. The not so good: The ahi tuna entree was below average, the vegetables were over salted. Our dessert was one of the worst desserts I have ever had in my life. I swear a betty crocker cake would have been better. Although nicely presented, the brown banana tart was stale, dry and powdery, the brittle ice cream which had a nice flavor was a block of ice, not creamy at all. They stated ice cream on the menu, but it was more of a hard frozen slushie that would break when we tried to cut into it. Should have asked the watiress what to order for dessert. All in all, the price was 109.00 + tax/tip which was rather affordable... i think we prefer restaurant zoe for the same price range. I give it an average rating more for the food than the service. Its a cute restaurant, has a lot of charm from the outside. Its possible we just ordered the wrong things, but I probably wouldnt recommend it. Thanks for reading!

Pros: Foie Gras, Drinks, good service

Cons: Average food, Felt empty, Lacks a warm cozy feeling

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I ate here before and it was fantastic. Unfortunately this time we couldn't even get seated for our reservation. And either could the big crowd gathered at the door with many asking about their table situations. The snobby host didn't do a good job and it took forever to get our drinks so we just left. I would suggest going on a weekday.

3
★★★☆☆

I ate here before and it was fantastic. Unfortunately this time we couldn't even get seated for our reservation. And either could the big crowd gathered at the door with many asking about their table situations. The snobby host didn't do a good job and it took forever to get our drinks so we just left. I would suggest going on a weekday.

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Well after all the stories about how great Crush was suppose to be I decided to give it a go. In fact, I decided to have my girlfriends birthday dinner there. Expecting that it would be a great atmosphere, and of course great food. However, I was completely let down! After waiting around almost 30min past our reservation time, and then being met with extremely lack luster service. Our server treated us like we weren?t good enough to be at Crush (which was nice seeing as that I spent $200 + at the restaurant), and to top it all off it took an hour and a half to get our food.

So if you like restaurants where they treat you like garbage, I would recommend Crush.

Bon Appetite!!

1
★☆☆☆☆

Well after all the stories about how great Crush was suppose to be I decided to give it a go. In fact, I decided to have my girlfriends birthday dinner there. Expecting that it would be a great atmosphere, and of course great food. However, I was completely let down! After waiting around almost 30min past our reservation time, and then being met with extremely lack luster service. Our server treated us like we weren?t good enough to be at Crush (which was nice seeing as that I spent $200 + at the restaurant), and to top it all off it took an hour and a half to get our food.

So if you like restaurants where they treat you like garbage, I would recommend Crush.

Bon Appetite!!

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This is probably the only restaurant I have ever eaten in that every dish was a pleasant surprise. Even those items I tried at others urging (fried anchovies) were superb. I am puzzled by a previous poster's remarks about uneven dishes and steep prices. Compared to other places touted in Seattle this was a bargain. Extremely pleasant staff, great building (except for parking) wonderful wines, and hardy entrees. Don't miss this place if you are visiting Seattle. You can't walk there from downtown, but it is worth the very short ride to get out of the tourist trap places. The short ribs and the lamb are exceptional!

5
★★★★★

This is probably the only restaurant I have ever eaten in that every dish was a pleasant surprise. Even those items I tried at others urging (fried anchovies) were superb. I am puzzled by a previous poster's remarks about uneven dishes and steep prices. Compared to other places touted in Seattle this was a bargain. Extremely pleasant staff, great building (except for parking) wonderful wines, and hardy entrees. Don't miss this place if you are visiting Seattle. You can't walk there from downtown, but it is worth the very short ride to get out of the tourist trap places. The short ribs and the lamb are exceptional!

Pros: Great food, great wine list, great staff

Cons: parking

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Let me preface this by saying that I went there expecting to dislike some aspects of the experience that is crush, but in the end my expectations were proven wrong and as such had nothing to do with my rating.

After reading many of the reviews on this site I decided that Crush would not be for me because any place that has snobby staff is not for me but encourages by a friend I finally accepted to try it.
Much to my surprise the staff was nice courteous and very helpful; the food on the other hand was not up to par with the prices and atmosphere. The wine selection was however fairly extensive if not a bit on the pricey side.
I would compare Crush to cafe Juanita in many ways but the food at crush seems pretty off and on. we had 5 dishes total (two diners with appetizer, entree and 1 desert) and out of those I can honestly say that one was very good (the sweet onions tart) 3 would have been fine at a lower price and 2 were not acceptable for any restaurant without a $10 menu (duck breast, desert).

As a whole it is a very romantic setting, the staff is great, the food isn't on par with the price/setting and parking can be quite a pain.
I would go back but not on my dime.

3
★★★☆☆

Let me preface this by saying that I went there expecting to dislike some aspects of the experience that is crush, but in the end my expectations were proven wrong and as such had nothing to do with my rating.

After reading many of the reviews on this site I decided that Crush would not be for me because any place that has snobby staff is not for me but encourages by a friend I finally accepted to try it.
Much to my surprise the staff was nice courteous and very helpful; the food on the other hand was not up to par with the prices and atmosphere. The wine selection was however fairly extensive if not a bit on the pricey side.
I would compare Crush to cafe Juanita in many ways but the food at crush seems pretty off and on. we had 5 dishes total (two diners with appetizer, entree and 1 desert) and out of those I can honestly say that one was very good (the sweet onions tart) 3 would have been fine at a lower price and 2 were not acceptable for any restaurant without a $10 menu (duck breast, desert).

As a whole it is a very romantic setting, the staff is great, the food isn't on par with the price/setting and parking can be quite a pain.
I would go back but not on my dime.

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Very nice place with balanced food and fine service. Scallops were excellent and a couple of apps that we had were very good as well. Desserts are well presented and tasty. Parking was somewhat difficult but we will go back to enjoy more of the menu.

5
★★★★★

Very nice place with balanced food and fine service. Scallops were excellent and a couple of apps that we had were very good as well. Desserts are well presented and tasty. Parking was somewhat difficult but we will go back to enjoy more of the menu.

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My husband and I went to Crush last night. We were running a bit late for our 5:30 reservation, but I called and they said it wouldn't be a problem to seat us. We were greeted at the door + shown to our table by a very friendly hostess. Our waitress was fantastic! She made great recommendations for us. I was disappointed because they had changed their menu and I had been looking forward to the rose cocktail. She and the bartender put their heads together and made a rose drink that was as similar as they could without the proper ingredients. I really appreciated them going beyond my expectations to fulfill my request. I had the Sweetbread appetizer recommended by the waitress as her favorite thing on the menu. I have never ordered them before because I thought they were a bit of a strange item, but they were amazing! The presentation was fantastic and the wide array of flavors blended very well. My husband had the razor clam chowder, and it was the best chowder I have ever had in my life! I had the seared halibut with morel mushrooms on gratin greens and it was the best fish I have ever had. The flavors blended well to add an amazing richness to the dish. My husband had the seared scallops with foie gras and that was a phenominal dish. I helped him finish a lot of his meal. :) The coffee service was great. We each had our own french press. My husband had a deconstructed carrot cake for dessert and it was very good. I had churros with a chocolate dipping sauce. It wasn't my favorite part of the evening, but it wasn't bad. I thought the spiced chocolate dipping sauce would have cayenne in it, similiar to Mexican chocolate, but it seemed to have an almost liquorice aftertaste to me. That being said the churros were very light and had a generous coating of sugar and spice. My husband loved my dessert. We were shown out with the same friendliness they showed throughout the meal. This is our new favorite restaurant in Seattle.

5
★★★★★

My husband and I went to Crush last night. We were running a bit late for our 5:30 reservation, but I called and they said it wouldn't be a problem to seat us. We were greeted at the door + shown to our table by a very friendly hostess. Our waitress was fantastic! She made great recommendations for us. I was disappointed because they had changed their menu and I had been looking forward to the rose cocktail. She and the bartender put their heads together and made a rose drink that was as similar as they could without the proper ingredients. I really appreciated them going beyond my expectations to fulfill my request. I had the Sweetbread appetizer recommended by the waitress as her favorite thing on the menu. I have never ordered them before because I thought they were a bit of a strange item, but they were amazing! The presentation was fantastic and the wide array of flavors blended very well. My husband had the razor clam chowder, and it was the best chowder I have ever had in my life! I had the seared halibut with morel mushrooms on gratin greens and it was the best fish I have ever had. The flavors blended well to add an amazing richness to the dish. My husband had the seared scallops with foie gras and that was a phenominal dish. I helped him finish a lot of his meal. :) The coffee service was great. We each had our own french press. My husband had a deconstructed carrot cake for dessert and it was very good. I had churros with a chocolate dipping sauce. It wasn't my favorite part of the evening, but it wasn't bad. I thought the spiced chocolate dipping sauce would have cayenne in it, similiar to Mexican chocolate, but it seemed to have an almost liquorice aftertaste to me. That being said the churros were very light and had a generous coating of sugar and spice. My husband loved my dessert. We were shown out with the same friendliness they showed throughout the meal. This is our new favorite restaurant in Seattle.

Pros: wonderful food, friendly and knowledgable staff

Cons: parking was a bit difficult to find

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We sampled several dishes and nothing was memorable. I felt like I could cook most of the food at home with better results and less annoying atmosphere and patrons. You definitely get the vibe that everyone feels like they are quite the foodies "ooh and aahing" over dishes that are lackluster. And the price point is just not worth it. We tried it once and I don't think we will bother trying it again.

3
★★★☆☆

We sampled several dishes and nothing was memorable. I felt like I could cook most of the food at home with better results and less annoying atmosphere and patrons. You definitely get the vibe that everyone feels like they are quite the foodies "ooh and aahing" over dishes that are lackluster. And the price point is just not worth it. We tried it once and I don't think we will bother trying it again.

Pros: Ummm???

Cons: Food, uncomfortable seating

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I have been to Crush a few times and I have always had a fantastic experience. I love to take my foodie friends here. Particularly love sitting at the bar so that you can see kitchen staff at work. If you like Foie Gras it is a must have when you dine here. The short ribs are always popular with everyone I?ve taken to Crush. Perfect comfort food. The staff is professional and the atmosphere is hip and modern. The presentation of each dish is beautiful.

5
★★★★★

I have been to Crush a few times and I have always had a fantastic experience. I love to take my foodie friends here. Particularly love sitting at the bar so that you can see kitchen staff at work. If you like Foie Gras it is a must have when you dine here. The short ribs are always popular with everyone I?ve taken to Crush. Perfect comfort food. The staff is professional and the atmosphere is hip and modern. The presentation of each dish is beautiful.

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It's true -- there are some dishes here that are really outstanding -- like the foie gras -- but for the most part, we left incredibly dissappointed from:

- meats that were completely oversauced and overdone
- a completely ignorant waiter who had no idea of the basics of recommending and serving wine
- an eye popping bill (over $200 for a mid range wine and 2 courses each)
- a hostess who clearly who too much attitude.

If you're looking for that over the top dining experience, you're better off down the street at Rover's.

stevela

3
★★★☆☆

It's true -- there are some dishes here that are really outstanding -- like the foie gras -- but for the most part, we left incredibly dissappointed from:

- meats that were completely oversauced and overdone
- a completely ignorant waiter who had no idea of the basics of recommending and serving wine
- an eye popping bill (over $200 for a mid range wine and 2 courses each)
- a hostess who clearly who too much attitude.

If you're looking for that over the top dining experience, you're better off down the street at Rover's.

stevela

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Perfect night on the town, its my monthly dinner and a movie with my boyfriend. We start the night off by watching a movie downtown, doing our best not to eat much popcorn. My boyfriend mentioned we were going to attempt to sit at the bar at a restaurant on Madison afterwards. As we walked in to the restaurant, I was in love with the decor. The restaurant, quaint, elegant, and very cozy. You?re walking into an old manor house, and the whole place feels very homey. Your first breath is filled with delicious food, and the mood is friendly. This was Tuesday, of this past week, it was about 8pm, and we were greeted by a hostess, who had a table for us. She did give us the tip that sitting at the bar is much more fascinating your first time. She was right, it was great to see all the gorgeous food being prepared by the open kitchen. Though it was great to sit at the bar, my only complaint would be that everything looked so good! It was hard to decide what to order, though that is where the bartender came in handy. Telling us of specials, and some of their personal favorites, and recommending some wonderful wine from the extensive wine menu. I am going back for a girlfriends 40th birthday party in a few weeks, I will write more than. But as far as I am concerned you just have to try this restaurant, you will be in love, just as I am.

5
★★★★★

Perfect night on the town, its my monthly dinner and a movie with my boyfriend. We start the night off by watching a movie downtown, doing our best not to eat much popcorn. My boyfriend mentioned we were going to attempt to sit at the bar at a restaurant on Madison afterwards. As we walked in to the restaurant, I was in love with the decor. The restaurant, quaint, elegant, and very cozy. You?re walking into an old manor house, and the whole place feels very homey. Your first breath is filled with delicious food, and the mood is friendly. This was Tuesday, of this past week, it was about 8pm, and we were greeted by a hostess, who had a table for us. She did give us the tip that sitting at the bar is much more fascinating your first time. She was right, it was great to see all the gorgeous food being prepared by the open kitchen. Though it was great to sit at the bar, my only complaint would be that everything looked so good! It was hard to decide what to order, though that is where the bartender came in handy. Telling us of specials, and some of their personal favorites, and recommending some wonderful wine from the extensive wine menu. I am going back for a girlfriends 40th birthday party in a few weeks, I will write more than. But as far as I am concerned you just have to try this restaurant, you will be in love, just as I am.

Pros: excellent service, extensive wine menu, great food, beautiful old manor house

Cons: not open on sundays and mondays

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Often, when I dine at restaurants, I find that the service more than anything is careless, uninvolved, and mindless. Not the case with Crush, I am happy to say. My first experience with Crush was exceptional, start to finish. Service was warm, friendly, and knowledgeable. The menu; inventive, tasty, and fresh. I find it refreshing to know that there is a restaurant in Seattle who is willing to bend over backwards for it's guests. Chef Jason Wilson and his staff are truely "Servants of the Craft." During our dinner selections, my wife and I found it difficult to pick a single appitizer or entree; everything was describe is such succulent detail. The Point Reyes blue cheese tart and the Berkshire Sausage with Warm Morbier were exceptional. Our grilled Lamb Chops and Sea Scallops with seared Foie Gras were out of this world. Portions were generous but not overwhelming; we were able to enjoy a starter, entree and dessert. At the end of our meal, our server gave us complimentary house made chocolates filled with various creams and jams. Delicious! The service staff was very knowledgeable, able to suggest the best wine with our dinner selections. All in all we would rate our experience as EXCEPTIONAL. Crush is cetainly a must visit for any Seattlelite.

5
★★★★★

Often, when I dine at restaurants, I find that the service more than anything is careless, uninvolved, and mindless. Not the case with Crush, I am happy to say. My first experience with Crush was exceptional, start to finish. Service was warm, friendly, and knowledgeable. The menu; inventive, tasty, and fresh. I find it refreshing to know that there is a restaurant in Seattle who is willing to bend over backwards for it's guests. Chef Jason Wilson and his staff are truely "Servants of the Craft." During our dinner selections, my wife and I found it difficult to pick a single appitizer or entree; everything was describe is such succulent detail. The Point Reyes blue cheese tart and the Berkshire Sausage with Warm Morbier were exceptional. Our grilled Lamb Chops and Sea Scallops with seared Foie Gras were out of this world. Portions were generous but not overwhelming; we were able to enjoy a starter, entree and dessert. At the end of our meal, our server gave us complimentary house made chocolates filled with various creams and jams. Delicious! The service staff was very knowledgeable, able to suggest the best wine with our dinner selections. All in all we would rate our experience as EXCEPTIONAL. Crush is cetainly a must visit for any Seattlelite.

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I saw the chef Jason Wilson on the Martha Stewart show and decided that on my next trip to Seattle I would give his place (Crush) a try.... and I am so glad that I did! Chef Wilson did not disappoint. Everything the four of us had at the table was spot on... flavor, presentation, smell... everything. I loved the Dungeness Crab Cake... melted in my mouth and the Foie Gras was the star food of the table. The place was a bit crowded but that should be expected of anything that is this good.... we were all hungry but felt the wait was worth every second. One thing I really liked was being able to watch the kitchen staff at work... the visual performance only added to our anticipation. Service was good.... parking was tough but I am looking forward to my next visit to Seattle and another trip to eat with Chef Wilson.

5
★★★★★

I saw the chef Jason Wilson on the Martha Stewart show and decided that on my next trip to Seattle I would give his place (Crush) a try.... and I am so glad that I did! Chef Wilson did not disappoint. Everything the four of us had at the table was spot on... flavor, presentation, smell... everything. I loved the Dungeness Crab Cake... melted in my mouth and the Foie Gras was the star food of the table. The place was a bit crowded but that should be expected of anything that is this good.... we were all hungry but felt the wait was worth every second. One thing I really liked was being able to watch the kitchen staff at work... the visual performance only added to our anticipation. Service was good.... parking was tough but I am looking forward to my next visit to Seattle and another trip to eat with Chef Wilson.

Pros: Food, presentation, service

Cons: parking

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Not only do I believe Crush to be the most amazing restaurant that Seattle has to offer, I recently discovered they ALSO have a private dining venue that they hold larger parites and cater at. I was planning an event for my pharmaceutical's company monthly speaker so I called my favorite restaurant, unfortunately couldn't get in there but was told of this other private dining venue. Right off the Mercer Street Exit, this space is just so beautiful for special events. Lit almost entirely by candlelight, it is broken up into two separate areas: one for cocktails and a reception mingling hour and the other for the actual sit down dinner. I reccomend that all you Seattle-ites who are looking for a great venue for any occasion try to make your next event here. The food is as amazing as the restaurant, the prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is gorgeous and the staff is as kind as ever.

5
★★★★★

Not only do I believe Crush to be the most amazing restaurant that Seattle has to offer, I recently discovered they ALSO have a private dining venue that they hold larger parites and cater at. I was planning an event for my pharmaceutical's company monthly speaker so I called my favorite restaurant, unfortunately couldn't get in there but was told of this other private dining venue. Right off the Mercer Street Exit, this space is just so beautiful for special events. Lit almost entirely by candlelight, it is broken up into two separate areas: one for cocktails and a reception mingling hour and the other for the actual sit down dinner. I reccomend that all you Seattle-ites who are looking for a great venue for any occasion try to make your next event here. The food is as amazing as the restaurant, the prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is gorgeous and the staff is as kind as ever.

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There are so many reasons why CRUSH is fabulous. Let's start with the building. A sweet two story house that, although on the inside is filled with modern furniture that makes you feel like you are in New York, makes you have this sense that you are eating right in the coziness and comfort of your own home. The way that the owners have gutted this 100 year old home and made it into a restaurant is just beyond me. This gorgeous home is filled with two amazing qualities: incredible service and over the top to-die-for cuisine. If you sit back and watch while you are eating dinner you will see that the staff works like clockwork together. LIke this tightnit team that knows what needs to be done and gets it done no matter whose table it is. I just don't even have words for the cuisine. It is quite possibly the most delicious food I have ever tasted. Each dish is prepared with such care from the kitchen and is packed with tons of flavor. All in all, I have had many a great night out at CRUSH. I think that some people give it a hard time because it is hard to get a reservation. One suggestion: call EARLY.

5
★★★★★

There are so many reasons why CRUSH is fabulous. Let's start with the building. A sweet two story house that, although on the inside is filled with modern furniture that makes you feel like you are in New York, makes you have this sense that you are eating right in the coziness and comfort of your own home. The way that the owners have gutted this 100 year old home and made it into a restaurant is just beyond me. This gorgeous home is filled with two amazing qualities: incredible service and over the top to-die-for cuisine. If you sit back and watch while you are eating dinner you will see that the staff works like clockwork together. LIke this tightnit team that knows what needs to be done and gets it done no matter whose table it is. I just don't even have words for the cuisine. It is quite possibly the most delicious food I have ever tasted. Each dish is prepared with such care from the kitchen and is packed with tons of flavor. All in all, I have had many a great night out at CRUSH. I think that some people give it a hard time because it is hard to get a reservation. One suggestion: call EARLY.

Pros: FOOD, FOOD, FOOD, decor, ambience.

Cons: Parking

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had heard great things, but everything was disappointing: the food, the decor, the service.

food: the scallops were over-salted and the accompanying risotto was bland. what flavor there was did not work with the scallops. most disappointing: the warm chocolate cake with huckleberries (great combination by itself) sat in a foamy green paste (pistachio?). not appetizing.

decor: poorly executed mod-meets-cozy. Panton S-chairs paired with square white tables against a dark and mismatched palette. additionally, we were seated upstairs and the bi-level aspect made it difficult to view the restaurant and how busy it was. everything took a long time to arrive -- perhaps if we were able to see that (and if) they were slammed, we would have been a little more understanding.

service: we asked for a bottle of wine around $60 and the first one the waitress pointed at was $80. i realize "around" means give or take, but that's more a give or take of $10, not $20 . between 2 of us we ordered 4 things and she came back to ask me again what i'd ordered as a starter. my friend asked for her seared tuna to be more cooked than the normal searing (yes, she knows it's supposed to be mostly raw) and instead the steak showed up more pink than i've ever seen before.

highly overrated. spend your hard-earned money at much better locations nearby: Lark or Harvest Vine.

1
★☆☆☆☆

had heard great things, but everything was disappointing: the food, the decor, the service.

food: the scallops were over-salted and the accompanying risotto was bland. what flavor there was did not work with the scallops. most disappointing: the warm chocolate cake with huckleberries (great combination by itself) sat in a foamy green paste (pistachio?). not appetizing.

decor: poorly executed mod-meets-cozy. Panton S-chairs paired with square white tables against a dark and mismatched palette. additionally, we were seated upstairs and the bi-level aspect made it difficult to view the restaurant and how busy it was. everything took a long time to arrive -- perhaps if we were able to see that (and if) they were slammed, we would have been a little more understanding.

service: we asked for a bottle of wine around $60 and the first one the waitress pointed at was $80. i realize "around" means give or take, but that's more a give or take of $10, not $20 . between 2 of us we ordered 4 things and she came back to ask me again what i'd ordered as a starter. my friend asked for her seared tuna to be more cooked than the normal searing (yes, she knows it's supposed to be mostly raw) and instead the steak showed up more pink than i've ever seen before.

highly overrated. spend your hard-earned money at much better locations nearby: Lark or Harvest Vine.

Pros: seated promptly

Cons: food, service, decor. all the things you look for in a dining experience.

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We went out to Crush with a friend based upon reviews we had read. We felt that it was overpriced and inflexible. For three of us, with one bottle of wine and one dessert it was $170. Not a total surprise, but not worth it. One of us can't have dairy, and most higher-end restaurants are very flexible about making changes, but our server said nothing could be changed. We wonder was it just the server, or the chef. They serve water from fancy looking bottles, but if you ask, it is just tap water. They say it is just to be fun, but it seems more like trying to fool you. The food was good, but not great. Finally, we had a reservation and there were open tables, but we still had to stand waiting for a while until we were seated.

2
★★☆☆☆

We went out to Crush with a friend based upon reviews we had read. We felt that it was overpriced and inflexible. For three of us, with one bottle of wine and one dessert it was $170. Not a total surprise, but not worth it. One of us can't have dairy, and most higher-end restaurants are very flexible about making changes, but our server said nothing could be changed. We wonder was it just the server, or the chef. They serve water from fancy looking bottles, but if you ask, it is just tap water. They say it is just to be fun, but it seems more like trying to fool you. The food was good, but not great. Finally, we had a reservation and there were open tables, but we still had to stand waiting for a while until we were seated.

Cons: inflexible, overpriced for what we got, took to long to seat given a review.

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After hearing so many oohs and aahs about Crush, and so many reccomdations from trustworthy sources I was finally able to make it. I can't belive I waited so long! Amazing food, from apps and salads to entrees and dessert, what a meal. The short ribs were literally "unbelievable" and the lamb was perfectly seasoned and prepared.

Service was excellent and also very genuine. I am going to make this place a habit.

5
★★★★★

After hearing so many oohs and aahs about Crush, and so many reccomdations from trustworthy sources I was finally able to make it. I can't belive I waited so long! Amazing food, from apps and salads to entrees and dessert, what a meal. The short ribs were literally "unbelievable" and the lamb was perfectly seasoned and prepared.

Service was excellent and also very genuine. I am going to make this place a habit.

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from the moment i walked into Crush i was impressed by the ambience and personality of it. I immedietly found parking right outside and was seated promptly. My service was impeccable, and the servers were very helpful. I had the slow braised short ribs, and my husband had the Foie. The portions were great, and the prices were great. We had a wonerfully romantic dinner

5
★★★★★

from the moment i walked into Crush i was impressed by the ambience and personality of it. I immedietly found parking right outside and was seated promptly. My service was impeccable, and the servers were very helpful. I had the slow braised short ribs, and my husband had the Foie. The portions were great, and the prices were great. We had a wonerfully romantic dinner

Pros: air conditioning, great ambiance, amazing service

Cons: loud

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I was in there in October for the first time, the food was amazing! I think crush will never stop pleaseing me, definitly the best (and cheapest) fine dining in Seattle. My wife saw Jason on Martha Stewart, and she supprised me with the reservation. If only he started a cooking class so we could learn how to make such amazing food. The service was great, as always. Its almost as though the servers are your good friends, they give you great advice on wine, and what food will go well with your wine. We went in last night (wed,) my wife called an hour before and we were able to get a reservation for 6pm. When we did arrive, the smell of beatiful food and truffle oil was overwhelmingly enticing. Thank you CRUSH, for being amazing

5
★★★★★

I was in there in October for the first time, the food was amazing! I think crush will never stop pleaseing me, definitly the best (and cheapest) fine dining in Seattle. My wife saw Jason on Martha Stewart, and she supprised me with the reservation. If only he started a cooking class so we could learn how to make such amazing food. The service was great, as always. Its almost as though the servers are your good friends, they give you great advice on wine, and what food will go well with your wine. We went in last night (wed,) my wife called an hour before and we were able to get a reservation for 6pm. When we did arrive, the smell of beatiful food and truffle oil was overwhelmingly enticing. Thank you CRUSH, for being amazing

Pros: Ambience, Service, Great food, the passion for amazing food

Cons: that I don't go there more often :)

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I expected the best given rave reviews. A $30 corkage fee was the first disappointment and dirty wine glasses didn't get things off to a good start. Service was very good and attentive. Clean glasses arrived promply after pointing out the wine residue in everyones glass. Not an extensive wine list but representative and reasonably priced. The standard for meat seems to be rare regardless how you order it. Creatively prepared but more effort seems to be put in the presentation than the preparation. Both the lamb and duck needed more time in the oven unless you like medium well served raw. The seared scallops were flavorful served over a bed ( a small line) of risotto. Skimpy. The appetizers received mixed review around the table from very good to not good. If you like caramel sauce, the apple tart will satisfy your sweet tooth for dessert. Stick with the cheese plate. All in all, Crush did not live up to the superlative adjectives I read in their reviews. The noise level is very high making it hard to hear across the table. I think this a place to sit at the bar and eat appetizers. The french pressed coffee was outstanding and probably the highlight of the evening.

3
★★★☆☆

I expected the best given rave reviews. A $30 corkage fee was the first disappointment and dirty wine glasses didn't get things off to a good start. Service was very good and attentive. Clean glasses arrived promply after pointing out the wine residue in everyones glass. Not an extensive wine list but representative and reasonably priced. The standard for meat seems to be rare regardless how you order it. Creatively prepared but more effort seems to be put in the presentation than the preparation. Both the lamb and duck needed more time in the oven unless you like medium well served raw. The seared scallops were flavorful served over a bed ( a small line) of risotto. Skimpy. The appetizers received mixed review around the table from very good to not good. If you like caramel sauce, the apple tart will satisfy your sweet tooth for dessert. Stick with the cheese plate. All in all, Crush did not live up to the superlative adjectives I read in their reviews. The noise level is very high making it hard to hear across the table. I think this a place to sit at the bar and eat appetizers. The french pressed coffee was outstanding and probably the highlight of the evening.

Pros: coffee, service

Cons: corkage fee, noise level, attention to detail

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This place was, quite frankly, flawless in every detail. From the drink selection to each and every dish served up to our party of six, the no attitude staff were prompt, offered good advice, mixed great martinis, and generally made us feel well cared for. Please, treat yourself and have their roaster pepper tart with Pistou. I've been working on recreating it at home. Yum!

5
★★★★★

This place was, quite frankly, flawless in every detail. From the drink selection to each and every dish served up to our party of six, the no attitude staff were prompt, offered good advice, mixed great martinis, and generally made us feel well cared for. Please, treat yourself and have their roaster pepper tart with Pistou. I've been working on recreating it at home. Yum!

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We waited a while to get a reservation, and it was worth the wait. The food is simply incredible. If you are used to restaurants like Bucco de Beppo and The Cheesecake Factory then the portions might feel small. But if you dine in restaurants of this caliber then you might be amazed at the size of the portions. Take the Foie Gras, which was out of this world, it was at least 3 ounces. Our Short Ribs, which were melting in your mouth good, are so generous I barely finished them. You must try this place. We will be back

5
★★★★★

We waited a while to get a reservation, and it was worth the wait. The food is simply incredible. If you are used to restaurants like Bucco de Beppo and The Cheesecake Factory then the portions might feel small. But if you dine in restaurants of this caliber then you might be amazed at the size of the portions. Take the Foie Gras, which was out of this world, it was at least 3 ounces. Our Short Ribs, which were melting in your mouth good, are so generous I barely finished them. You must try this place. We will be back

Pros: Wine list, Service and the food!

Cons: waiting for reservations

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After months of trying to get the coveted Saturday night reservation, we finally had the opportunity to try this highly rated restaurant. In a nutshell: It was good but not great, and definitely not worth the hype. The service was efficient but not warm/friendly, the presentation was lovely but the portions embarrassingly small. The tuna entree was the smallest piece of fish I've ever seen served, and it was tough and overcooked. Just not acceptable at ~$25/entree. The wine list has very few options under $50, which is inexcusable in a region with hundreds of great wines at a reasonable price point. We dine out frequently in Seattle and around the country, and you can definitely find better choices with truly outstanding food and service.

4
★★★★☆

After months of trying to get the coveted Saturday night reservation, we finally had the opportunity to try this highly rated restaurant. In a nutshell: It was good but not great, and definitely not worth the hype. The service was efficient but not warm/friendly, the presentation was lovely but the portions embarrassingly small. The tuna entree was the smallest piece of fish I've ever seen served, and it was tough and overcooked. Just not acceptable at ~$25/entree. The wine list has very few options under $50, which is inexcusable in a region with hundreds of great wines at a reasonable price point. We dine out frequently in Seattle and around the country, and you can definitely find better choices with truly outstanding food and service.

Pros: Great desserts

Cons: Small portions, inconsistent quality

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I have a Crush on Crush. Seattle needs more fun restaurants like Crush. Crush has a great atmosphere and great food. I love that people are over dressed (for Seattle), I love the loud music, I love that it's noisy, it's a busy restaurant! I've dined at Crush many times. With and with out reservations. The last time I had a reservation I waited for about 25 minutes for my table, I understand that sometimes diners at the table before me are going to take longer than expected. I happily waited with a cocktail in hand, people watched and dreamed of what to order...the foie gras, the short ribs, the lamb. For those of you who can't wait....book a table at 5:00.

4
★★★★☆

I have a Crush on Crush. Seattle needs more fun restaurants like Crush. Crush has a great atmosphere and great food. I love that people are over dressed (for Seattle), I love the loud music, I love that it's noisy, it's a busy restaurant! I've dined at Crush many times. With and with out reservations. The last time I had a reservation I waited for about 25 minutes for my table, I understand that sometimes diners at the table before me are going to take longer than expected. I happily waited with a cocktail in hand, people watched and dreamed of what to order...the foie gras, the short ribs, the lamb. For those of you who can't wait....book a table at 5:00.

Pros: Great Ambience

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We tried Crush for the first time last night. We were 15 minutes late for our 6:30 reservation on a Tuesday (our fault, of course). We almost left because of the way the "greeting" was handled. We were told we could be seated but we would have to leave no later than 8:10. Ok, so we decided to rush through dinner. Two of us had duck. It was rare and extremely well cooked. The risotto was a bit overdone and not al dente. My tomato/shrimp/scallop salad was good but got mushy too quickly. We felt the food was good but that the chef tries to add too many ingredients. It was also too noisy!

4
★★★★☆

We tried Crush for the first time last night. We were 15 minutes late for our 6:30 reservation on a Tuesday (our fault, of course). We almost left because of the way the "greeting" was handled. We were told we could be seated but we would have to leave no later than 8:10. Ok, so we decided to rush through dinner. Two of us had duck. It was rare and extremely well cooked. The risotto was a bit overdone and not al dente. My tomato/shrimp/scallop salad was good but got mushy too quickly. We felt the food was good but that the chef tries to add too many ingredients. It was also too noisy!

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yes, I have read all the reviews and after a yr respite, decided to try Crush again. My last dinner was very disappointing. Things are not much better. And yes, I do get out alot--all over USA , international , roughly 150 dinners/yr. I dislike noise and even more so inept or attitudinal waitstaff, but that can be ameliorated by outstanding food. Will not happen here. Fish that was overdone and lamb that was way too salty are not signs of a consistent, well-drilled kitchen. I see no excuses for errors in basic preparation. There are too many other good restaurants with consistently well-prepared food (at any price point...), interesting wine and even some quiet, to waste another dinner at Crush. Too bad.

1
★☆☆☆☆

yes, I have read all the reviews and after a yr respite, decided to try Crush again. My last dinner was very disappointing. Things are not much better. And yes, I do get out alot--all over USA , international , roughly 150 dinners/yr. I dislike noise and even more so inept or attitudinal waitstaff, but that can be ameliorated by outstanding food. Will not happen here. Fish that was overdone and lamb that was way too salty are not signs of a consistent, well-drilled kitchen. I see no excuses for errors in basic preparation. There are too many other good restaurants with consistently well-prepared food (at any price point...), interesting wine and even some quiet, to waste another dinner at Crush. Too bad.

Pros: See and be seen?

Cons: food, price, noise

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