Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar
great dinnerthis was really a great restaurant! had a wonderful meal and great ambiance! would recommend to all!!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMA Great RestaurantWe had a great time, the food was delicious, the service was impeccable an the wine was great. We really enjoyed our evening at Croce's.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMA neighborhood icon with great foodThe food and service were first rate and the wine list is more than adequate. The server and wait staff were knowledgeable and prompt. Both the restuarant and Ingrid Croce are San Diego icons. I recommend that the property owner think again about letting the restuarant get away. The location is only special becasue of the iconic status Ingrid and the restuarant bestow upon it. Once they are gone to another location things will be different at 5th Ave and F St.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMHate to see you leaveWe had a great time and meal. Great service and atmosphere. Hate to see Croce's leave the Gaslamp but we will join them when they move to Banker's Hill.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat mealMy fiancee and i done at Croce's recently and, although we were early diners, it has a nice atmosphere with jim Croce's music playing in the background. We shared the appetizer sampler and split halibut which was cooked to perfection. I would urge others to go before it closes.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMExtremely NoiseThe food is excellent with a very professional service staff. However, eating here is like dining at a San Diego Chargers game. It's extremely loud! It's helps if you are in the owner's A list. I asked for a seat inside and the owner, while polite, was too busy greeting the A list crowd to pay any attntion to me.
The portions were small for the price we paid and the band they had playing sounding more like karaoke thn jazz.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous, once againMy husband and I live in Seattle and are lucky to be able to travel to San Diego many times a year. We always look forward to dining at Croce's Restaurant. Terrific food selection, attentive, knowledgeable servers, vibrant bar, and wonderful location. We always sit outside and are entertained by the colorful locals, and visitors, of the Gaslamp District.
Love it, love it, love it! Highly recommend.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dining experience at Croce's!I made reservations online and requested to be seated near or within view of the performing jazz group and was pleasantly surprised to find myself sitting right next to the band. It was a great dinner date for my boyfriend and myself-- very romantic and special. Not to mention the ambience and vibrancy of the place and the music!4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was great and theThe food was great and the service was even better. Our server, I believe his name was Derek, was exceptional and he went to extra lengths to make my dad's birthday perfect. I really appreciate the great service!4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time there with date.First time there with date. waiter was Artie. great job. We ate in dining room. Could'nt hear band. Just sounded like a lot of "noise" Old bank building, bad acoustics I imagine. Was so noisy my date and I had to lean across table to hear what we were saying to each other. food was very good. Service was excellent.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding But With One ComplaintThe food and service at Croce's were outstanding. I only have one complaint. We were dining there after 8:00pm so the jazz band had already started to play. As the evening went on the band was too loud to have any kind of a good conversation with my friend. A suggestion would be to close off the lounge to the dining room that way the noise level does not carry over to the diners. It might be a different experience earlier in the day when the band is not playing. All we could hear was the very loud beat of the drum which was very distracting and annoying. Otherwise I would recommend Croce's4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat staff, ambience andGreat staff, ambience and food. Ideal pre-show early evening dining spot. We've dined here before and will again.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat!Food was wonderful and jazz group was to die for! Too bad this place is closing it's doors the end of the year...4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe place to goBeen coming for years during conference. Brought 9others. Everyone raved!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect outside dining, greatPerfect outside dining, great crowd pleaser, everyone loves it!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMSo happy we were able to eatSo happy we were able to eat at Croce's on this visit to San Diego. This was our second visit. The food was just as outstanding this time as the last one. Service was incredible. Loved the entire experience. I will miss the convenience of the Gaslamp location if the restaurant moves.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMJazzed about dining experience!All the many various foods we ordered were all truly yummy, from appetizers to first course, entree's & finally desserts; & let us not forget the libations! We were also fortunate to enjoy jazz with our meal, which added to the enjoyment & experience. Our group was treated very well by our server, kind, thoughtful &fun! Everyone in our group enjoyed it very much. I continue to recommend it each time I know some one is heading to SD. Thanks for consistency in high quality of food, service & entertainment.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMBrunchWe usually only go to brunches with bottomless mimosas, but the food was wonderful the ambiance was great, and frankly the bloody marys though not bottomless, were very good and worth the cost.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMI loved Jim Croche and wasI loved Jim Croche and was so excited to hear about this place when staying for a conference in San Diego!! Went for evening food terrific, music fantastic!! I will definitely be back when on town again. Great service as well!!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent staff, deliciousExcellent staff, delicious food, beautifully decorated and romantic. Highly recommended!!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWorld-Class--Disappointing EntreesMy wife and I went to Croce's for our 25th anniversary--obviously, an important occasion for us. Croce's has a very pleasant, relaxed ambiance and a cool view of San Diego's gaslamp district. The waitstaff were nearly perfect--attentive, but not intrusive, professional, but relaxed and relatable,etc. Overall, our experience was great. My one complaint would have to be the food. Although our sampling of the local beers was great, and the appetizer we ordered was fantastic, we both felt our dinner entrees were bland and uninspiring. This really surprised us, since everything else was so world-class. We'll almost certainly come back again, because we loved the place, but sadly we'll probably just be ordering drinks and appetizers.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a memorable EasterWe had a memorable Easter Dinner here. The service was excellent, and the food even better. I had the Ahi and my husband and son had the steak. We were all really pleased. I also had the salad with spinach, figs and oranges- don't remember the name- a really pleasant vanilla dressing, might be too sweet for some, but I really liked it. The server did tell me in advance about the sweetness so was also pleased with that attention.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat jazz combosFood and service are impeccable. Our waiter was witty, knowledgeable and not intrusive.This is my 3rd visit in 2 years and I will keep coming back.Music is terrific but not too loud to have a conversation, although I enjoyed it I just wanted to listen.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyable brunchMy family and I went for Sunday brunch on Easter and thoroughly enjoyed it! The food and the service were great, and the live piano music added a nice touch to the ambiance. There was a good bit of street noise from the doors open to the sidewalk dining area, but overall not bad. I'd recommend it!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Date Night SpotDined at Croce's on a Saturday night with my hubs. Got a table no prob (due to the reservation). Ambience was energetic - we dined upstairs which was more of an intimate setting. Our Server was Artie, who was friendly/knowledgeable. Ordered the small plates appetizer which consisted of Hummus, Ribs, Shrimp and accompanied relishes. Appetizer was delicious - ribs melted off the bones, and the shrimp had amazing flavor with a kick. Main meal consisted of Scallops (for me) and Sea Bass (the hubs). The Scallops were amazing, only wish it had been mentioned on the menu that there were tomatoes mixed into the side risotto. The Sea Bass was flavorful and moist which is fantastic as it is a delicate cut of fish. Will def return!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food at this place isThe food at this place is AMAZING!!! I do not live in San Diego but everytime that I visit I come to Croce's for fine dining. The service is excellent. Although I wasn't, I was made to feel like I was the server's only customer. The ambience is wonderful and is complimented with live jazz music. I love this place!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed dining outside whereEnjoyed dining outside where we could hear the music, watch people walk by, and it was not loud. Our server was very good, making suggestions and giving us time to visit before ordering. The food was good. Wine prices and beer were fairly standard, but the mixed drinks were high.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall we were very satisfied.Overall we were very satisfied. Our group of six had six different approaches to dinner and our wait staff was with us every step of the way.
We did think that the live music was great; however, the canned was a little loud and made it difficult to talk.
It was recommended to us and we will recommend it to others.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMA musical Noshow.The food and service were excellent, but the musicians never appeared. That was a great disappointment for us, since our visit to San Diego had the music at Croce's as a highlight.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe ambiance is historic asThe ambiance is historic as the building was originally a bank 125 years ago. Food as always was great. The pork chops were perfectly cooked...the scallops were divine with the lobster risotto. Every time we are in San Diego we try to fit in an evening at Croce's. The jazz ensemble begins about 8:30 p.m. on the weekends. One recent development is a club opened directly below the restaurant and with the age of the building, about 9 p.m. the floor begins to vibrate. We were reassured that they were addressing the issue. Overall, the experience is one not to miss while in San Diego!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, jazz band excellent.Great food, jazz band excellent. So happy we went there.3/18/2013 12:00:00 AMKudos to the entire staff,Kudos to the entire staff, service was very attentive, food was delish and the live music in the bar rounded out a perfect night.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThe spinach salad was describedThe spinach salad was described by the server as very sweet with a light dressing. I found the dressing so light and flavorless it was almost not detectable. The sweetness came with the poached figs, but was not objectionable. The server offered a different salad, but I just asked for additional (different) dressing, the server suggested a delightful balsamic, which brought up the brightness to what the salad needed. My husband had the baby back ribs and thoroughly enjoyed them.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI took my parents there toI took my parents there to hear Jazz and they loved the dinner and music. Our server was great and so were the other assistants.
I will come again.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first trip toThis was our first trip to San Diego / Croce's restaurant. We loved touring the city and ending our stay with dinner at your restaurant was perfect. My wife, her sister and myself are from the Jim Croce era and we enjoyed listening to his music at dinner as well as the live jazz music after. We highly recommend this evening out.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMI found the staff to be extremefulI found the staff to be extremeful knowledgable and helpful. The food was exceptional and the overall experience to be well worth the little extra cost.3/7/2013 12:00:00 AM