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About Christopher's + Crush Lounge
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
Phoenix, AZ 85016
French American, American
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.
24th Street & Camelback Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Covered structure and parking lot available. We are the only restaurant located on the north side of the mall with free parking.
Christopher J. Gross
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
Special Events & Promotions:
We have wine dinners every month for $65 ++ including wine and four courses
Christopher's + Crush Lounge Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 ....
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!
We attended the restaurant for Phoenix Restaurant Week. The space is divided into intimate sections, making it a quiet and cozy environment. The food and wine pairings were outstanding. Everything smelled and tasted so utterly delicious that we will certainly return for special occasions. The onion soup was the best ever, the bread and butter marvelous, and everything perfectly prepared and presented. Deserves all the accolades.
We once again had a great evening here; here it goes way beyond just the meal. Excellent non-rushed and unobtrusive service, very knowledgeable. We had a scallop app with a sprinkling of caviar...wowie! Entrees were the roasted chicken breast (super juicy) and the duck confit (with leg & thigh) both perfectly prepared and presented. Grab seats around the open kitchen if you want a perfectly entertaining evening. Highly recommended!
p.s. Warning! They will put house baked crusty bread with some kind of super ridiculous butter right under your very nose at this crazy place! Be strong, do not eat more than 6-7 servings or you will have them put your confit directly into the take-out bag.
Very disappointing restaurant week dinner. The onion soup was sweet tasting and not very hot. My sea bass was tasteless. Could not taste any hint of lemon in the scant amount of sauce. My cheese plate was good. There were hardly any diners and the waiter took way too long to bring drinks. When we asked for 5 min to decide on ordering he came back in 20! We won't be back.
We went for restaurant week. it had ben years since we ate at Christopher's and wanted to get reacquainted with the restaurant. The menu options for restaurant week were wonderful. My guest had the flank steak and I had the duck. Both were prepared to excellence. The appetizers and deserts were great as well. the restaurant was very busy but the service was excellent.
Neat set up you walk by the open kitchen and the Chef greats you coming in and when you leave. You can sit right across from the kitchen and watch everything happening, I personally enjoy this, or there is a back area. Goat cheese salad was really good. Chuck and brisket burger just melts in your mouth. Husband got the hanger steak said it was tasty and tender. Apple tart was good too.
For the first night of Fall Restaurant week we tried Christopher's. Terrine of Duck Liver, Duck Confit Cassoulet, Hanger Steak and Parnassienne of Chocolate were delicious. The Salmon Tart was good but I didn't care for the greens served with it. Wine pairings were good but nothing out of the ordinary. The bread was very dry and cold. I realize we were taking advantage of reduced pricing for restaurant week but we were looking for a new special restaurant since our favorite place closed. Christopher's just didn't win us over. All three courses served within one hour and then no opportunity for my husband to order coffee after our meal. We will continue our search for a new place for celebrations.
Holy Cheese Balls! This place is amazing! I wanted to spice up our monthly date night and this was by far a feather in my hat to be certain.
I made a reservation, even though I was a smidge skeptical on what the term, "casual elegant" really meant without looking up the term. As we first entered the restaurant, you will be overwhelmed, just alone on the door.
We were greeted very openly and were taken through the restaurant, which passes the very nice bar area and seated in a wonderful, quiet, and romantic area of the restaurant. However, each area is most likely just as nice.
Our host and the servers were personable, professional and prompt. We ordered the mushroom soup, hanger steak and fingerling potatoes for one entrée and snails, arugula salad, brussel sprouts and rack of lamb for the next. Oh my word, what a feast. In order to push the envelope, I ordered after dinner coffee and we HAD to try the famous chocolate mousse for one desert and I had 2 scoops of the chocolate sorbet. Hello, I didn't even realize there was such a thing. If I had a straw I would have drawn out every savory drop from the bottom of my dessert bowl.
SO yes, this was an outstanding pick, definitely coming back again. For the very discriminating folks, the sunflowers in the suspended vases were not of my taste, the candle holder did not blend well with the place setting and ambiance and yes, someone recently wrote about a cracked toilet cover, but in reality, we are here to dine.
Wonderful surprise visit here as we had never heard of the place. We were shocked that the place was essentially empty; with a busier surrounding the ambiance could've been improved. As it went, the food and service were outstanding, and we will return. A little pricey for what it was--not a wallet killer, but $200 for a date night dinner is probably par for the course.
We have been here several times before. Restaurant was quiet. Food very good. Salads excellent. My scallops excellent. Spouse's halibut had a thick layer of grey under the skin; not bad, even healthy, but less than appetizing. Consideration given after pointing it out. Desert excellent.
I took a friend/client for her first outing since suffering a stroke last year. I knew Christopher's was the right place. The food and service were excellent. Accessibility was terrific. And Christopher spent time chatting with us which made my friend feel special. Many thanks to all who made it a special occasion.
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