Christo's Ristorante

4.7
831 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Experience the best Italian dining in Phoenix! We promise you the freshest ingredients, impeccable service and outstanding food. Featured in the New York Times as one of the best places to eat in Phoenix, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible dining experience. We invite you to one of Phoenix’s longest standing family-owned Italian restaurants. Since opening our doors in 1986, we have prided ourselves on providing our customers with an unforgettable dining experience. Christo’s Ristorante boasts an atmosphere that is elegant and romantic, yet simple and relaxing. Whether you’re here for business, a romantic evening, or a celebration, we can accommodate you and help make your night extraordinary. We simply aren’t like any other Italian restaurant in Phoenix. Popular dishes include Chilean Sea bass, Alaskan Halibut, Veal Chop, Osso Bucco, dover sole and Long Island Duck. Chicken, Veal and Pasta dishes are some of our guests favorites. Full bar and extensive wine list available.
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All good in the hood

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CGMW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like the superficial flair of modern Italian dining please do not go here and ruin everyone else's experience by your complaining. It is a staple Italian Restaurant in Phoenix that provides an old school ambiance with great food. Entrees come with soup and salad and I have read reviews about the amount of dressing on the salad.... simply ask for light dressing or on the side if possible. I liked everything as was served and prepared.

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kenandMel
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best osso buco I ever had, Kat our server was the best, we had a really great time and some of the best Italian ever!

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GregoryC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've dined here for over 30 years, often multiple times per week. From day one, the food has been excellent, matched by impeccable service. I know many who eat, or have eaten, there. Each of them count Christo's high on the favorite restaurant list, if not on top. I highly recommend Christo's Ristorante.

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Jerryl
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went with friends last night and as always everything was top notch. there are so many things on the menu and tough to decide. i had chicken with peppers, onions and mushrooms' with sausage. it was fabulous. My wife had grilled salmon and she liked it and portion was huge. also you get soup and salad with the entree

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Michael
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice Italian restaurant with good food and drinks, great service & soft music (Sinatra). Perfect atmosphere for dinner.
If you want loud, bright and contemporary, this is not your place.

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vipAlexM
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Just incredibly average; I’ve certainly had worse Italian in my life, but this place feels a bit dated. Had Chicken parm, and my fiancé had Chicken Alfredo. Pasta wasn’t homemade, and the service was lackluster. The chicken in my dish was actually quite good, but the sauces were both watery, I didn’t care for their salad dressing at all (and nobody even bothered to ask why I didn’t eat it), and it just overall wasn’t my favorite dining experience. Again, I’ve had worse, but overpriced for what you get, and probably won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!

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LTD3194
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there for the first time two weeks ago for lunch and loved it. So when my brother and sister in law called to see if they could come stay I thought let's try Christo's for dinner. It exceeded my expectations and they were blown away. The Lemon rice soup was incredible. So creamy so much flavor and the vegetables in it still had some crunch. My sister in law had the Sea Bass she says its her top 3 best ever. My brother and I had the fettuccini... we both agreed finally fettuccini that taste like it should taste!!! Deserts were great as well. We will be going back.

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vipLola
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Phx restaurant - outstanding, as usual.

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vipdayday
Phoenix
73 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Service was very good as our server has been working at Christos for so many years. Salad was tasty and soup was good but nothing special or especially fresh. The osso bucco was fall off the bone but brown sauce was bland and bit salty. My fiancé had the filet which was cooked nicely but nothing special with plain veggies on the side. Affogato was unknown dessert but they made it for us with decaf espresso! Thanks it was delicious!

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sundaydisappointment
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Great service and food.

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MarkJ
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for a date night

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vipcacti1
Tampa
188 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was stellar (Scott)--professional, helpful and attentive. Meals were excellent--large portions; fresh, often homemade ingredients, tasty preparation, attractively presented, and served hot. Prices were incredibly competitive for the quality and quantity of food as well as the wonderful service. A definite keeper--will return next time in Phoenix.

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Jabush
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was wonderful! Celebrated a 99th birthday. Osso Buco was amazing!

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KathyH
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went with dear friends. Loved the 1970s vibe

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Theresa
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great happy hour also.

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vipChas
Phoenix
99 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Food was excellent as always, service too. Calamari rings a bit chewy and the food we were going to take home never came back to the table.

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Saguaro
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Let me start by saying that this is one of our fav Italian restaurants so what happened this past Saturday was hopefully not a new normal. We sat at a table in the bar and then realized too late that our server was the bartender as well. As the bar got busy she was overwhelmed and couldn’t keep up. Our meal came and the young man who delivered the food sat it down and cleared our salad plates and carried them into the nether regions of the kitchen while our food sat there getting cold. When we were about done eating our server showed up with the check, never asking us how everything was or if we wanted dessert, coffee or another cocktail and when we asked her to split it as we had indicated in the beginning of the night, she seemed put out to do it and wanted us to just split it in half which wouldn’t have been fair to one couple. She finally took it and split it. This was unusual in our experience with this establishment and hopefully management will make some staff training and adjustments.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have the rack of lamb and the veal parmesan. Every single course was absolutely delicious and worth every penny!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing Italian food! The best I have had in Phoenix. Service was attentive and noise level was low. Decor could use a bit of an update but didn’t matter because meal was so enjoyable

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craig
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The history and longevity of this restaurant and owner is worth going to aline. Food/service was wonderful ..

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arizona2000
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant week value our party of eight all agreed the food and service (Kat) was outstanding and they do this year around, not just during restaurant week. Well worth the drive from Anthem!

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lovegoodfood
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, food delicious. A little disappointed that they were out of two items for AZ restaurant week.

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Joey
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great selection and value for restaurant week! Have been going there for years, in our opinion best Italian restaurant in Phoenix.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s 40 birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food good service, nice ambiance to dine and enjoy a fine Italian meal

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LindaZ
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christo's food is amazing! Everything we've had has been excellent. Portion size is very generous. Restaurant week value is phenomenal and multiple choices available for each course.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We dined here for the first time during PHX restaurant week. The portions are generous and great price for a pre fixe menu.

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Jerryl
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christo’s is always good but this a best valued meal with restaurant week. Four course plus a glass of wine for 33 per person. Only two weeks a year but save the date for May

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Stoney
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was packed for restaurant week but the service was excellent as usual. We were a little late but there was no problem. Food was wonderful and lots of it - actually too much - took some home for lunch. We never felt rushed either. Highly recommend.

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foodforyouandme
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

You couldn't ask for a better server than Kat and the attention of our busboy. This is a neighborhood gem, that has been able to retain the best in the industry, including the kitchen. Enjoy

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vipOneAznFoodie
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We dined in for lunch during Arizona Restaurant Week. For a Friday afternoon, they were extremely busy. When we were able to be served, we did receive good service.
The food was excellent. The value of our meal was outstanding!
Christo's is a neighborhood gem. We have brought out-of-town friends here for dinner and enjoyed a good experience.

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ScottJ
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent! Highly recommend trying it out.

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DenishaW
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Kelsey was a great server and gave good recommendations.

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AZBuckeye
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Not sure anything is made in house. Seems like most is premade from shamrock/Sysco. Uninspired.

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vipRuthinAZ
Phoenix
98 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant Week menu had a good variety. Calamari was had by everyone and it was a good size portion and cooked perfectly. The salad was fresh but with a little too much dressing. The Veal Braciole was enjoyed by the 3 who had it. The Jumbo Shrimp over angel hair pasta was in a cream sauce and the person who ordered it thought it only fair. The limoncello cake and gelato were both delicious. The menu also included a glass of wine for each person which was a very nice touch. The service was very good and our waitress was very accommodating.

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LoriH
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent our server was great. The only thing I would suggest is the man cleaning in between courses give you time to eat. We would stop to chat he would rush over trying to take our plates or when we were taking a little break between courses. That was slightly annoying. Other than that great!

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LupeS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food options were great. The food was very well prepared, delicious and the portions were perfect. This was a great value for the money. The service was the best we have ever had. Prompt and not pushy. They offered the Restaurant Week menu without prodding which has been my experience at other restaurants in previous years. Overall, a great experience. Thank you Christo's. Your extra efforts to provide excellent food and service is much appreciated.

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Foodie
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening, once again. Food was excellent as was the service. We eat here often….a great neighborhood ambience.

FAQs

Christo's Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 264-1784.

Christo's Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 831 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.