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.
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.
Kyle at the bar was amazing. Great drinks and great service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely great menu items !!! And the cocktails we’re outstanding.
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.
Drinks and food amazing. Never thought I would like pig ears
Service was cheerful and accommodating. Food was excellent and creative.
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.
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.
A favorite! Great innovative food and the cocktails are terrific!
This is one of the best kept secrets in the neighborhood! Delicious food!! My favorite!
Food was terrific. Love the option of different courses. Crispy pig ears are amazing!!!
We love how you can mix and match your own tasting menu. The chef often offers specials that are amazing - we had egg yolk ravioli with porcini mushrooms that was an incredible dish. The chef's risotto is always perfection and the crispy pig ear appetizers are always a must have. Crudo now has its own pastry chef so there are delectable desserts (if you aren't stuffed with your previous courses) including a different flavored tiramisu of the day.
Birthday celebration. Food was excellent, only downfall was bar was a bit slow to get served, but overall good. Loved the fried pig ears and the grana!
Exceeded every expectation, and they were already high based on other positive reviews. Everything was fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant for food, drinks and atmosphere.
The food was amazing! I definitely recommend doing the coursing menu. Everything we tasted, from the beets to the market fish main course was incredible! So far, my favorite restaurant in Phoenix.
Great food, very well prepared. Very good servers.
A little dark and the drinks are pretty short.
Not cheap but really well executed and a reasonable value versus places that go all in on ambiance but can't cook (hello 90%ofPhoenix restaurants).
Do the courses... Get the flavors. Go early and a table is easy.
The food was way too salty. Every dish we ordered was overdone with salt and took away from what appeared to be excellent ingredients. Sorry, I cannot recommend this restaurant due to salt content of the food. Perhaps you had a bad night - that can happen.
I was so excited to try Crudo. I have never had saltier and greasier food. The ahi with horseradish was very good. Everything else not so. With a party of four, we all had the 4 course menus and shared, so we tasted many things. Of course the cheeses, burrata & ricotta were good, however you don’t cook those. This place won’t get a second chance, we all felt the same.
What an awesome experience. 4 courses, amazing food and flavor combinations. Great service and napkin folding! ; )
Terrific. Especially love Chef’s work with fish. There are some nice wines on the Chef’s selections as well.
Crudo never disappoints! Menu is always interesting and food is always delicious. Definitely a place to bring your foodie friends.
good ambience and delicious food. Crispy pigs ears is a must. Disappointed that they didn't get their yellowtail shipment that day :(
Crudo was 25% full when I was there so judging the atmosphere is hard. The food was good, service was also good. Overall a great evening for two.
Excellent food in European portion sizes, great service. Only constructive criticism would be some people might not want to wait as long between the courses. May have been on purpose not to rush us, but I personally would have had a bit less time between courses.
Inventive beautiful restaurant
Delicious bites and unique
Most interesting restaurant I have been to in Phoenix
Great! Great! Great!
Server was outstanding.
Crudo has a great happy hour! The food is handmade but a bit pricy for what you get. The ambience is charming and cozy. Great for couples night out!
Ate at Crudo Saturday night. It was good. No real complaints, other than maybe a little slow. 1:45 for two people, and the couple next to us, who came in after us, got their first two courses after us, but got their last two courses five minutes before us. I wasn’t keeping score, but when they’re 3ft from you, it’s kinda hard not to notice.
As I said, the food was good. But we live in PA and spend maybe 3 weeks per year in Phx, so we only have so many opportunities to eat out in Phx. It used to be good enough to warrant a visit each trip. Now I feel like there are plenty of places to spend $200 and get just as good, if not better, of an experience.
A quaint place that feels quite southern. Has a nice small outdoor seating area and quite an interesting and non-typical menu. We sampled a variety of items. Top of our list was the pig’s ears and bone marrow followed closely by the pasta dishes. Honestly the albacore and the shrimp were neither of our favs but just not in our taste preference. Tapas style portions with excellent service and a nice wine menu. We’ll certainly go back. It is really an interesting experience in dining.
Very friendly server, creative choices for tasting menu; 4 of us ordered 3 or 4 items and every dish was great. Awesome cocktails and super engaging bartender. Would definitely go back.
Our grandson probably hurried us a bit, but service and pacing were still good. Food was delicious for all.
This restaurant is a great example of how to use snout to tail successfully. We snacked on pig’s ears while perusing the menu. We opted for the three course tour and started with yellow tail tuna and burrata with pancetta vinaigrette, both were excellent. Our second course was seafood risotto (reviewed by my husband as just ok) and bone marrow for me. Main events were lamb belly (deelish) and Seabass on a bed of lentils and green (maybe too many lentils for the dish??) , both were very good.
Overall the meal was fabulous. I am scoring a four as there was loud acid rock blaring from the time we arrived to when we left. When we asked about the music selection we were told that the first person in choses the music channel for the night. The music diid not suit the dining experience. I would recommend this venue if you are looking for edgy creative cuisine that is deliciously prepared. If this is your thing you will love it!!
Excellent. Thank you.