Christopher's Restaurant/Crush Lounge
Christopher's Restaurant/Crush Lounge

Christopher's Restaurant/Crush Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.christophersaz.com/
  • Phone: 6025222344x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open 7 days a week. Christopher's main dining room 11 am-9pm Monday-Wednesday, 11 am-10pm Thursday-Saturday, and 12pm-6pm on Sunday. Happy Hour 7 days a week from 3pm-6pm at the kitchen bar for food and drink. Happy hour also available in CRUSH Lounge for drinks only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher J. Gross
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Offsite catering for parties of any size provides flexibility and creative options that allows you to customize your gathering to your personal needs. Special requests welcome and no party too big or too small.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have one room that will seat 26 , one more that will seat 50 or it can be open to do 75 . For buy outs restaurant can seat 150 persons . We have a lounge as well Crush that can hold 80 persons for stand up cocktails and passed horsdeourvers
  • Private Party Contact: Angelica Gonzalez 602-525-1390x
  • Special Events: We have wine dinners every month for $55 ++ including wine and four courses

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 24th Street & Camelback Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Covered structure and parking lot available.
A word from Christopher's Restaurant/Crush Lounge
Comfortably hip. Elegantly cool. Whatever your mood, it’s here. The sleek Kitchen Bar overlooking the exhibition kitchen is the perfect vantage point to chow down on specialty pizzas, burgers, smoked salmon or pasta, all prepared before your eyes by Chef Christopher and his team. C-144, the ultimate "Chef's Table,” has glass walls and a view of the open kitchen, creating an intimate experience for business or pleasure. When the weather is great, so is the patio for snacking on appetizers or indulging in Christopher's American contemporary, french-infused fare. Sommelier Paola Embry brings her own special touch to Crush Lounge, with a separate, but just as inspiring ambience and fare complimented by an award-winning wine list. Before or after dinner, slip away to a sensuous setting and forget everything else. Sip a glass of wine and munch on a charcuterie and cheese platter or truffle fries. Explore the possibilities behind the curtain! Best French Restaurant 2012 NewTimes
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Christopher's Restaurant/Crush Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (25)special occasion (21)neighborhood gem (17)romantic (17)notable wine list (16)great for lunch (10)good for groups (8)hot spot (5)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • This is in a shopping center ?
    LuvtoeatVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Don't let the fact that this is in a shopping center deter you from eating there. It is fine dinning in a convenient spot. Great food, elegant setting, extensive wine list .... I would definately return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    AnnhVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Took a friend there for her birthday. The food was excellent. We both had the duck two way and shared the sautéed spinach. When we ask about some unfamiliar wines the waitress was quick to bring us a sample She also brought my friend a dessert for her birthday when we mentioned that she was celebrating it that day. All in all a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A favorite
    rixrevsVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Christopher's is always a favorite! You can depend on the food being delicious and service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • superb
    jlvlaw
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Truly a fantastic dining experience. This restaurant consistently delivers exceptional food and service. The tasting menu and wine pairing was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food & Service
    JAL4134VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The good was amazing. Our waiter Greg was awesome! Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Christopher's overreaches
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Tempted by what sounded like an elaborately and imaginatively conceived menu, I decided to take Food Week as an occasion to sample Christopher's menu. Much like other French-themed restaurants in Arizona, the delivery falls short of the promise. What sounded great on paper ended up being just adequate in execution. Clearly, the chef was more ambitious than his kitchen could deliver and overreached in his menu. The wine selection was reasonable, although containing somewhat peculiar items; but the wine pairing I received with my meal can only be described as unorthodox, to be charitable. In sum, the cost of dining at Christopher's is by no means justified by the experience. I would advise true foodies to spend their money elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THE BEST!
    kardma
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Always my favorite restaurant. Quiet, delicious, impeccable service and magic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as expected
    Letseat
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    As Christopers has been a phoenix staple for many years, there is a certain cache and following. However, for me a bit overrated. It was pleasant, not memorable. My Sole on the restaurant week menu had no thing to recommend it. No deep or delicate flavors, lobster sauce was ineffective. Left half and ate the asparagus. Husbands steak frites was good, sweet potatoes especially. Lemon dessert rather hohum. Sorry it wasn't better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good.
    FoodieGuyVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I brought a group here for a business lunch, and as usual, the food and service were spot on. I really like this place. I'm surprised it isn't busier, but I think people don't notice it due to its back-of-the-shopping center location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food disappointing
    oldfoodies
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The ambiance and service were wonderful!! The food was disappointing, at best. Even the salt shaker didn't help!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • outstanding service, food lacking
    ChrisW
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We ordered from the Arizona Restaurant Week menu. This was $44 for a 3 course meal, +$20 wine pairing. Excellent service - the food however was frankly lack luster for the price and the wine pairings were odd (a syrupy desert wine with opening course of fois gras patte?)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good-looking wait staff
    lunchconnoisseurs
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    the guys who waited on us were knowledgeable and personable, but left us sitting for 20 minutes before they took a drink order, let alone a food order. They seem to be sure they will not be fired no matter how they treat the customer. They did not spoil the lunch for us; but it would have been a little more appealing if they were a little more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great food and friendly service and extensive wine list. Very cozy interior (we had the inside room). Strongly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Christopher's restaurant!!
    jlee
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Christopher's is a wonderful mainstay in Phoenix. We are always pleased with the wonderful food selections and the excellent staff. I know Christopher through a good friend in Phoenix but regardless, the service and food are always consistently great and I love coming here! You are a class act, Christopher and your restaurant continues to show that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kate
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I love the bar here..I just wish they could attract more people..maybe market it more. The restaurant is always great..very consistant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christopher's "crushed" it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great! From the reservation to the comfortable booth, Jose the fabulous waiter, to the food and wine, all great ! Had the mussels w chorizo for an app, then the duck and the smoked truffle filet. Yum! Had the cava btg and a bottle of Ken Wright Pinot from Oregon. Will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth A Trip
    PaulR
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    From the enthusiastic welcome, to the excellent service of the waiter (Julio), the wonderful food and wine list is exactly what you would expect from a restaurant of this quality. Add the graciousness of Chef Christopher and you have a marvelous evening. I only hope I have enough time to eat my way through the entire menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Restaurant
    1MisterB
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    One of my favorite restaurant in Phoenix. Christopher Gross and his staff have raised the for food and service expectations. This place isa must.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food in this place was AMAZING! Some of the menu items seemed like strange combinations of foods, but when we tasted them they were surprisingly great! It was a nice quiet place for a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great early Sunday lunch
    PHXdiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a great experience! Food was really good and our waiter, Jose, was amazing. Everyone enjoyed lunch, and we had a group of twelve, so we covered a good portion of the menu. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    CarolY
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I had the chef's "Tasting Menu" and we asked our waiter not to check what was included, so each course was a surprise. And wonderful surprises they were: frogs' legs, duck, and a splendid piece of rib eye steak were the 3 I remember. There were 5 in all and we got to choose #6, our dessert. Every course was a winner and brought to the table promptly, but with just the right amount of pauses between courses. Chef Christopher visited each table, which always impresses me. This is a great special occasion restaurant, although I won't wait for a special occasion to revisit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible service
    PirruVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was the third time we have been to this restaurant and we are very disappointed with service and food. My wife all the times has always ordered the Lobster special and this time it was just bad. We mention to the waiter that lobster taisted weird and he didn't offer to do anything. He just had poor service and attitude.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love eating at Christopher's
    Phxdiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have eaten here several times now, and found that the food is always impressive. Happy hour (3 to 6 daily) is really a great bargain, including the best hamburger in Phoenix. The Christopher Gross touch is always evident in each dish, and our servers have been excellent. We have particularly enjoyed the scallops, hanger steak, tempura calamari, wild mushroom soup with foie gras, mini-ravioli, risotto, and lemon tart. if you can sit at the counter and watch the meal being prepared, that can be fun and educational, too. It can get a little pricey to get all this excellent food, so we can't justify eating here every week. It's great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    LandSharkVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Christopher does a fantastic job in the kitchen and has delivered for us again - duck confit, foie gras sous vide, simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 548 reviews are from the Christopher's Restaurant/Crush Lounge reviews archive.
  • Excellent service and decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The drinks were phenomenal, our waiter was fantastic, but the food overall was quite disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Choose this restaurant FIRST....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    You cannot do better than eat "with" Christopher.....he is a superb chef.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food but you really pay for it
    Scottie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The atmosphere is plain and simple, but done nicely. Service was very good (especially the water re-fillers and the bread re-stockers). I was a bit surprised by the prices - this is definitely a high-end price range restaurant, and I'm not sure it warrants it. Entrees and sides are all ala carte, so the bill rings up fast. I feel if the prices were about 25-35% lower, it would be a very nice place to eat for the price. For this kind of price and level of service, there are other nicer places to dine. I enjoyed the evening, just not the total bill...especially the cocktail prices.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Sucess
    bh325
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We chose Christopher's to finish off the Spring Restaurant week. It was the best finish we could have chosen based on previous years. The staff was very attentive when we wanted them to be and unobtrusive the rest of the time. The food was very good and excellently presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week value
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My wife and I went here for restaurant week. We had the wine paired dinner, which was actually quite expensive considering the small portion sizes, and the tiny wine pours. All in all the dinner was good, but the service was quite lacking. I had to ask for lemon or lime for the water 3 times. My main course came, but I did not have a fork. I almost took a fork from an empty table, but finally the waiter came by and got me a fork. The waiter almost poured the wrong wine with the first course. There is just a general lack of supervision at this restaurant which is unfortunate considering the price and the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Robear46
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We tried this place during restaurant week and had a wonderful meal. The service and staff was excellent and provided terrific recommendations. We felt our fillet of sole was a bit bland, but the apps and deserts were top notch. Finding the place is tricky as it on the back side of the shopping center facing the parking lot. Plenty of parking in the back area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing experience
    Lee123VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Went to Christopher's for the first time! This will definitely not be my last time, the ambience and the service were superb, but the main attraction was the food! Everything was absolutely delicious! The roasted red pepper soup, the truffle infused filet, the scallops were all perfectly cooked! We sat at the counter overlooking the cooking station and got to watch our meal being prepared. Enjoyed the experience very much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful French Experince
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The Food was wonderful but service was less to be desired
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week
    22tango
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My husband and I went for restaurant week. The food and service was excellent. The reason why we didn't give it 5 stars is because my husband ordered the $20 wine pairings suggested with the 3 course meal and was told that all three pours would be equivalent to a glass and a half of wine. We think all 3 pours was really only equivalent to one glass. He would have been happy with a full glass with his entree and quarter tastings with appetizer and dessert but somehow it didn't seem quite enough. However, everything was really excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    After looking into various restaurants in the area from recommendations, we stumbled upon Christopher's, and were very happy we did. Interesting menu, different than many, with cutting edge style cooking, and an interesting wine list. We were most surprised that on a Saturday night it wasn't more crowded. It was the beginning of restaurant week, but we did not go for the restaurant week menu. Chef Christopher walks around in the dining room and chats, which allowed us to share cooking ideas, as my husband is a recreational chef. Once he found that he didn't have to explain sous vide to him, we saw his excitement about the cooking techniques he uses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LetsEatVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Enjoyed a very nice AZ Restaurant Week dinner. The selections were varied but in the French palate which provided some nice choices for our dinner companions. Food and service were both very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost it's touch
    Andy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have gone to Christopher's since it was located on Camelback and 44rh street and was a favorite of ours. The last few times, we have been dissapointed. We went for Mother's Day recently, and it was just ok. The room is nice and quiet. The waiter seemed to ignore certain people in our party. The food was overpriced for its quality. It's was not as tasty and flavorful as it has been in the past. It wasn't bad, it just was not great. And the lunch time fish special was literally two bites sized, yet the price wasn't. Glad I loaded up on the bread...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great anniversary dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary here and couldn't have been happier! We arrived early for our reservation to have a drink in the Crush lounge, it is a very small/ intimate space. Service was bit slow in the lounge but there weren't many people on staff. Restaurant service was outstanding. I think Michael was our server and he was very attentive. Food recommendation... get the lobster pot pie! It wasn't quite what I had expected, but it was seriously delicious. Boyfriend loved the truffle steak as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will Go Back
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I had hoped to have their mussels which had been recommended, but they didn't have enough for a full entrée. My husband had the Sunday night seafood stew (boulibaisse) which was outstanding and did have a few mussels in it. Great value dish with lots of flavor. The aioli was blander than I would have expected. I chose the lobster dish which was a deconstructed pot pie basically. Nice. Their Tarte Tatin... the Bomb as our server, Michael put it. And it was!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointing
    meetlover
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    830 on a Saturday night...and we were the only one there...and service was slow at best...
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We enjoy lunch at Christopher's quite often. A problem the other day. The bread served was stale. The entertainment in the form of " music " is always annoying. The food was delicious, as always.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.