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Permanently Closed - Christopher's + Crush Lounge

4.6
907 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Chef Christopher winner of the James Beard Award “Best Chef of the Southwest “and Top Ten New Chefs in America from Food and Wine Magazine and also seen on Julia Childs PBS series Cooking with Master Chefs
Christopher's American Contemporary, "Bistronomy" French-infused fare matched with Sommelier Paola Embry brings her own special touch to Christopher’s & Crush Lounge with an award-winning wine list.
The kitchen dinning Bar over looking the exhibition kitchen is the perfect vantage point to watch the chefs in action C-144, our"Chef's Table,” has 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 Sip a glass of wine and much on a charcuterie and cheese platter or truffle fries. Explore the possibilities behind the curtain! Best French Restaurant 2015 NewTimes
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, American
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Hours of operation
Open 7 days a week. Christopher's main dining room 11 am-9pm Monday, Tuesday 11 am-10pm -Saturday, and 12pm-8pm 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.
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Phone number
(602) 522-2344
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher J. Gross
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
24th Street & Camelback Road
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Parking details
Covered structure and parking lot available. We are the only restaurant located on the north side of the mall with free parking.
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Special events & promotions
We have wine dinners every month for $65 ++ including wine and four courses
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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OU812 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Typically outstanding. Consistently executed. James Beard award winning chef Christopher is the best, as is his staff. Fabulous entrees, attention to detail is second to none. International Wine & Food Society of Arizona member's favorite.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Chef’s tasting menu with wine pairing - one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten!

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ESTELLE (New Mexico)
2.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

IT'S GOOD THEY'RE CLOSING. RESTAURANT IS TIRED, AND FOOD WAS OKAY - TOUGH BEEF. MAYBE IT WILL BE BETTER AT THE WRIGLEY.

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rjmjr (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Christopher's is an Arizona icon. I have been going to it for 27 years. It is not as well known as the big steakhouses like Mastro's, but it is in the same class. I like it most because it is quiet and you can hear yourself think and talk to other people without yelling and leaning your head in all the time.

The menu is very diverse and esoteric and they have a great wine list.

I suggest the foie gras. We had the ribeye for two. It was perfectly cooked and there was enough for three.

Christopher's has always been pricey, but no more so than any other restaurant in its class.

I was a bit put off by our server. She used the obsequious "we" too much. (How are "we?" What will "we" be eating? Do "we" want a drink? This is a pet peeve of mine.) She was adequate, but not great.

I had to send my drink back twice because the bartender didn't know how to make a gimlet. The first one was great. After the second try on the second one, I just told her to take it away. She expressed no interest in it and made no mention of taking it off of the bill. (I didn't have my glasses, so I'm not sure it was even removed). The manager did not inquire.

The bus service was outstanding. I should have left a side tip.

It is worth going there for a drink just to see the front door.

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vipAnonadiner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

The Duck Confit was very good, as were the mussels—though the sauce was lukewarm. The major disappointment was the Cheesecake, lacking any substantive flavor, very bland with cottage cheese consistency. The wine and coffees were top notch. All in all disappointing with the high prices.

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vipgrtmeal (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve. The service which has always been outstanding was mediocre at best. Diminished an otherwise lovely evening.

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vipLoveFOOD (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Great wines by the glass. Excellent informative but unobtrusive service. The lobster brandy puff pastry entree is fabulous and unique. Great restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

The service was real slow on a Wednesday night when the restaurant was basically empty. The waiter wasn’t very engaging nor attentive. The sea bass and mussels had very little taste/flavor to them. The soup came out like warm and the salad had brown lettuce in it. Wasn’t worth the price or the drive.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

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vipJG12345 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Scrumptious

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DrBirchmeierABQ87121 (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Ambiance was fine, not extra ordinary. The service was outstanding and personal. The meats were great but the gruyere mashed potatoes were watery and reflected no taste of gruyere or much taste at all. The “tower dessert” was very special, still light yet flavorful.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Very disappointed. Dishes we have enjoyed in the past there were not the same. The mushroom soup w/ foie gras was way too sweet and not what it used to be. The duck was overcooked. Perhaps Christopher is too focused on the Biltmore Mansion these days.

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Dave (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Both the food and the drinks were excellent! Service was very good, too.

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Mike (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

The best foie gras in Phoenix. A wonderful place to enjoy a special occasion...

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vipDivamom1984 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Well executed meal. However I was baffled by the $40 charge for 4 scallops. That was outrageous even for a New Yorker!

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

As always, our experience at Christopher's was lovely. This time, we were celebrating a birthday, and the service and ambience were wonderful, the food - exquisite. This is a favorite spot for us.

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vipAndy (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

First class dining and service. Every morsel was delicious!

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vipthebabydoc (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on November 13, 2017

Always Knocks it out of the park.

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vipDiablo42 (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

I've been here several times and the food is delightful. The best foie I've ever had time and time again. Typically the service is excellent, and this last time was no different, but the server we had was like a robot. He was good, but seriously no detectable emotion throughout the night.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

Christopher’s is a gem. Food was delicious, served in a competent non intrusive way. Attention is paid to details but nothing seems fussy. Atmosphere is sophisticated but relaxed. Great wine list.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

Lovely restaurant. Our server was very educated on wine, making it fun and interesting. The food was wonderful, reminded us of our best French foods inparis. We had tasting menu and paired wines, a fabulous value and just perfect. Very quiet, very pleasant. Strange to be in a shopping mall but it was wonderful, we shall return. Enjoy!

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vipAnonadiner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

Fantastic food, great dining room, and engaging service. We look forward to many additional visits to explore the great menus.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

This restaurant went above and beyond! Food was amazing and perfect portions. Had the best waiter and will definitely be back again!

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vipPalatePleaser (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

I have been here before to enjoy as special occasion. They really know how to make a birthday dessert sparkle! The food overall was good, not overly memorable and the service was unenthusiastic on this particular night. I do recommend scallops which were cooked perfectly.
The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

We went for a birthday and the dessert was "spectacular" and came with a sparkler. The food was delicious and the service was superb! We had a lot of fun! An excellent choice for any occasion.

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vipfransap (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

It's been a while since we'd been to Christopher's. It was lovely. Even better than we had remembered it. The comfortable seating, low but elegant music in the background, fresh and inventive food... All of it made for a beautiful date night with my husband.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2017

Delightful meal. Friseé salad and duck three ways with a glass of Nebbiolo. Everything was perfect down to the bread and butter.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

I chose this restaurant because it was recommended to use the Open Table dining certificate, it offered a 1,000 point bonus, and neither my husband nor I had been before. I reserved a spot to celebrate a work milestone for my husband. -We chose to sit at the open kitchen bar to watch the line cooks, the chef, and the action in the pizza oven. We had 4 glasses of wine, a cheeseburger, an order of fries, and a pizza. The food was good, but lacked seasoning in a big way. I was especially looking forward to the house ground burger, but without the right amount of salt, it was lackluster. -The vibe from the open kitchen was uncomfortable. The kitchen was operating at an easy pace, but line cooks weren't interacting or smiling at all. -The waiter did not appear to be very interested in serving us. He rarely came around, only offered the most expensive of menu suggestions, and didn't bother to acknowledge my husband's accomplishment until he delivered my credit card slip when he said, "Oh yeah, congratulations on the sale." -Lastly, in the middle of dinner I received an email from Open Table that said my reservation was canceled. I visited the host stand and asked why my reservation was canceled while I was literally in the restaurant. The host apologetically explained that the chef requires that reservations be cancelled if the customer sits at the open kitchen bar during happy hour because he has to pay $3/ person for the 1,000 point promotion. Luckily Open Table rectified the issue after I spoke to them. -All in all, it was a disappointing evening. I don't treat my husband to dinner out very often, only about 4 our 5 times a year when he makes a sale at work. For us, it's a special evening whether we choose to sit and watch the open kitchen, or we sit in the formal dining room. I've seen this restaurant while shopping at the Biltmore, and I always thought it was a high class establishment. After dining there, it feels like it's struggling just to hang on.

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SamS (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

We've been going to Christopher's for years. Food is always excellent. There is a good variety, so there is something for everyone. But, nothing is typical. Yes, there is mac-n-cheese, but it's like no other mac-n-cheese you've ever had. Unique pizza's, great salads. Everything is fresh and expertly prepared.
Excellent wine list as well.
Atmosphere is casual with a touch of elegance. Staff is professional, but not stuffy. A nice place for a special meal, a date, or if you just want something a step up from the usual.
We return time and time again ....

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TrudiA (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

The atmosphere was relaxed and lovely, and the wait staffs charming and helpful. Our appetizer was delicious, but very rich. My husband loved the lamb chops, but changed the sauce, as he not a curry fan. I found that the blood orange sherbet was a great palate cleanser, but my husband had to have the Banana Foster"s sushi dessert to satisfy his sweet tooth! Yum!

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