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Crush

437 S. Hwy. 101 (Villa De La Valle) Send to Phone
858-481-2787 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Stylish wine lounge and restaurant serving Northern Italian coastal cuisine in Solana Beach.
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Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.
Open late Fri.-Sat.
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Dining room at Crush, Solana Beach, CA

Crush Restaurant Review

: Cool chairs and tables made from wine barrels and a roaring fire help create the modern style of the cozy wine lounge. A community table calls for early and late night happy hours, when guests nibble on frito misto, ahi tartare and artisan cheese plates while imbibing organic "skinny" cocktails like the velvet margarita with tequila, hibiscus, lime and sour. Standout appetizers include polenta served in a Mason jar with garlic, mascarpone, balsamic reduction and truffled mushrooms. Roasted mussels are bathed in spicy tomato broth loaded with caramelized shallots, fennel, basil and garlic aïoli. The whole leaf Caesar is a safe bet, as is burrata with roasted beets and avocado. Chef Jason Colabove favors Italian specialties like chicken piccata, eggplant Parmigiana and a Bolognese tagliatelle, but his skirt steak with smoked blue cheese and pork shoulder are also solid. The extensive wine list sports an interesting assortment of California and Italian choices. Save room for dessert, as the "budino"---a rich chocolate and butterscotch pudding laced with the subtle crunch of sea salt---is good to share. Live music and an outdoor fire pit add to the charm.

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