Bar Pesce

4.1
730 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Bar Pesce, formally known as Crudo, offers a well balanced variety of global coastal cuisines. Chef/Owner Cullen Campbell focuses the restaurant's cuisine on the freshest catch, seasonal ingredients, and handmade pastas to create an exciting menu of global coastal cuisine offerings, that perfectly pairs with our award winning cocktails and expansive wine list. Plus, stop by our bar for an award winning cocktail program.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great, service was attentive. However I wasn’t into the ambience; perhaps the location has something to do with it as it’s in the back of a strip mall.

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C
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food superb , service excellent!

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CL
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We arrived at 6:00 PM. At 7:30 we still had not received our main courses. We left, without eating. This was a terrible experience, entirely avoidable, had our waiter and the staff paid attention.

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H
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Over priced small portions. The bartender made a drink with sour milk and proceeded to have the wait Staff taste it. Sure hope it didn’t go out to a customer

Heard you on Beth and friends, disappointed it didn’t live up to the hype. Too many other restaurants in town to waste my time
Going back here

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B
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was really good, service was not so good. Waitress was very friendly just maybe to big of section. She definitely missed out on some sales.

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Terrible service. Food was mediocre at best. Steak undercooked. Pasta cold. Dessert was the only thing that was worthwhile. Oh and there was no proper signage so we couldn’t even find it easily. Given the write ups we were expecting something really good. We were very disappointed.

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S
Phoenix
173 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Fabulous food. Slow service. Great value.

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C
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall the food and service was good, however we did leave hungry. The portions were very small.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Pesce is SO good. I have not stopped talking about it, and I even already have another visit planned. I do not usually leave reviews but I HAD to share. Go!!!!!!!!!!!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Phoenix

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KD
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here for brunch three years ago when on vacation from Chicago, and returned to try it in its new iteration. Fabulous food, the Crudo is superb, as is the arugula salad and the squid ink risotto. Loved the salted caramel doughnut for dessert. Our server, C.E. was excellent! Will return whenever in Phoenix!

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Would never go back again. The food was extremely salted! The only thing we liked was the deserts

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

They were short staffed on the floor and the kitchen. Things were just off. We’d be willing to give them another try when they get things in order. Some dishes were very delicious, others missed the mark.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Great ambience

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GN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Expected more interesting dishes, from the reviews my expectations maybe were too high.

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j
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our first time here since it changed it's name from Crudo. The food and ambiance were the same, which is to say the food was excellent and the restaurant was not remodeled or changed. We love the choice of 3, 4 or 5 course meals as well as ordering a la carte. We both chose a 4 -course meal and we loved all the selections we made. The crudo here is still wonderful; so fresh and creative. The pastas were also wonderful, especially the melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi. We shared a chocolate pudding for dessert which was very nice but a bit overpriced at $10. I didn't consider it a very busy night and we weren't in a rush but I was surprised that we waited so long between courses. The pace seemed a bit off and our 4 course dinner took well over 2 hours. Don't eat here if you are in a hurry but it you want a great foodie experience at a leisurely pace, you will enjoy Bar Pesce. If I had any complaint, it was that the music was a bit loud and while I liked all the music that was played, it didn't seem like the music selections were a fit for the venue.

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JN
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

My husband and I had mixed feelings about this place. I loved my arugula salad, and the market fish (bass?) was excellent. My husband loved his ricotta salad and his gnocchi. The problem was that some of the portions were quite small for the price. Also, the crab starter was swimming in butter, which was not to my liking. Perhaps most importantly, our server was a problem. She was rather cold and brusque. She was extremely short with her answers to questions, which made me feel uncomfortable, as though I was 'bothering her'. If I'm spending over $100 on a meal, I think a few questions should be acceptable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great besides some of the couples tables were to close to each other. Hard to keep a conversation going while others did too.

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails were out of this world. A "foodies" paradise.

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P
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious! So glad we tried it. Love that you can pick 3, 4 or 5 course meal and so reasonable! Would definitely go back.

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JM
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Menu on website is not current. We, and others, ate in heavy coats because the room was so very cold. The menu is very pretentious and unless you are a foodie, you won’t know what many of the offerings are, and ordering was uncomfortable. However, the selections we finally made were delicious.

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p
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crudo used to be one of my favorite restaurants in Phoenix, so I was bummed to hear it would be changing, but my concerns were unfounded. If you liked Crudo you will love Bar Pesce. The food, service, and ambiance have kept their very high quality and everything was truly delicious. I would highly recommend this spot!

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Cullen pours his heart into his food and he shows his interest in your experience. Great food, great staff, great bar and cocktails too!

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CF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Short review: bad service and bad, salty, expensive food.

The food and the service were both below average. The server forgot to tell us the specials, forgot to say which dishes they were out of, took my order and then walked away without even looking at my friend, and then forgot her drink order once she put it in. He was making jokes about forgetting stuff and it just wasn't funny. It was almost deserted at 7pm on Saturday night so there was really no excuse.

The raw dishes were fine but the pasta was WAY oversalted to the point where I struggled to eat it. The meat was dry and burnt. Some of the appetisers had weird flavours that didn't work together. They were also out of 4 different menu items despite the almost empty restaurant, and the very short menu.

For $100/head, I expect way more.

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d
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Pesce (formerly known as Crudo) is our favorite spot in town. The food never disappoints and is always spectacular. The service is excellent and the building itself is lovely.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kyle at the bar was amazing. Great drinks and great service.

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Restaurant was understaffed - our waiter took a long time to take our order and the food took a while to come out. When it did arrive, both dishes (Pork Belly & Fillet) came out dry. The Crudo was very good although probably not worth the high price.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was incredible. Other than one of the desserts (fish waffles) I would order and happily eat everything we had again. I think our food ticket got lost in the kitchen because it was a ReALLY long wait between our apps and our dinner. Our waitress (can’t remember her name) was outstanding though. She recognized the issue, acknowledged it, and made it right. She pretty much kept bringing out different appetizers for us to try while we waited (on the house) and gave our table 3 desserts on the house to try. Obviously no one is perfect and mistakes happen, but how you deal with those mistakes says a lot and we were really impressed.

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M
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit to this restaurant. Chef and owner Colin really understands the Crudo dish. The location has a new name but same high end quality. I liken crude to an Italian version of sushi. Fresh raw fish marinaded in olive oil, sea salt and spices. I tried all six crudo and liked them all. I barely had room for the squid ink risotto that also was on the menu. Bar Pesce is my go to restaurant when I'm visiting Phoenix.

Note: the entrance is located in the rear of the shopping center and the restaurant is not visible from the street. Excellent wine list that pairs nicely with the Crudo.

Highly recommended!

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RB
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Menu is pretentious, seeming like an effort was made to only offer the oddest, most unheard-of items. NOTHING was simple. Foodie's delight, I suppose, but unless you ARE a foodie, don't come here. Too bad, since the service was excellent.

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DW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was a fan of Crudo and thought I’d give Bar Pesce a chance. Glad I did. Each dish was delicious and the cocktails were all wonderful. I’m already making plans to go back soon.

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great menu items !!! And the cocktails we’re outstanding.

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AM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We got there at 5:30 and were the only ones. It’s an old renovated building with nice restoration. We had our server do the pic 3 for each of us- so he made the choices. We also did the pig ears bc they were a recommended popular pick. Everything was fantastic. My only complaint would be how rich everything was. Tasty tasty food but very savory rich.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks and food amazing. Never thought I would like pig ears

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CP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was cheerful and accommodating. Food was excellent and creative.

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k
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crudo is one of the top 5 restaurants in the greater Phoenix area, in terms of quality, creativity, and incredible flavors. Their house made cheeses are all to die for, particularly the ricotta. Their crudos are perfect, just the right amount of citrus to make them come alive, without overpowering the fish. And the chef is incredible thoughtful. I mentioned one time that I’d love to try the Banh Mi pop-up they were going to do in the bar, but I don’t eat pork so it didn’t work for me. Chef Cullen Campbell answered me personally by email, said no problem, I’ll do one for you with ahi. It was btw, one of the best banh mi ever, go figure in a modern Italian place! But Cullen, you’re killing me, PLEASE bring back the squid ink risotto with oil cured tuna! Even without that risotto, this is the place to take your out of town friends from major food cities like LA, Seattle, or San Francisco, who might sneer at the food scene in Phoenix. It is that good. But if you love great and creative food, don’t wait for your friends to come visiting, try it now, you’ll thank me.

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CC
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good but missed the mark for what they were shooting for. We did the gastronomy menu and sampled a large part of the menu. The Brisket was very average and the main course Sea Bass was way overcooked and somewhat tasteless. The pasta was hit or miss. The Crudo preparation of the sea bass was excellent. The Seafood Risotto seemed to lack seafood. Overall everything was good but nothing was memorable or exceptional.

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R
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite! Great innovative food and the cocktails are terrific!

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AM
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best kept secrets in the neighborhood! Delicious food!! My favorite!

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CV
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific. Love the option of different courses. Crispy pig ears are amazing!!!

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