Christo's Ristorante

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$30 and under
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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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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable server. Cabernet Sauvignon wine was way too cold. Server went out of her way to bring it to room temperature. Food & service was outstanding.

MA
Phoenix
55 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner in the lounge.we met our friends.

S
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite lunch or dinner restaurants that I, (my fault), do not utilize enough!!!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. The server was knowledgeable and friendly but seemed distracted. Specifically by inexplicably walking away while we were about to order an app not to return for 15 minutes. Overall a nice time.

TH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Upon arrival and after being seated, I sat 10 minutes before a server asked if I had been help and if my server “C” had been to my table. I said, “No”, she apologize and found her; I ordered my food; Server check on me one time; I did not complete eating a whole cannoli Alfredo; I requested the remainder of my cannoli to go, plus the terimisu to go; I decided to pay in cash rather than card bcuz I did not want to take a chance of excessive waiting; when I paid with cash I had to wait what seem like forever, until I requested the owner (an older lady) dressed very nice /quality to inform my server I was waiting on my change; even after the owner notified the server I still had to wait; I been to Christo’s in the past and everything was always an A+; but the service was really lacking; could not enjoy

LH
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was not hot. Server brought wrong salad.

RG
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food!

JM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always excellent food and drinks! Prices reasonable

MS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hadn't been there in over 25 years (moved away and returned to North Central Phoenix), tried it again and found it renovated, a little different looking, but service and food was just a we remembered.

LL
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent.moderately priced and the service was great.

DA
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to christo’s During restaurant week. We read reviews from previous diners and I have to say it lived up to the billing. They had a number of great choices and the food and service was outstanding. It was about a 40 minute drive from where we live, but well worth the drive. We will be back.

FD
Phoenix
63 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and server were great as always. "Service" was below par. Food was slower coming out and numerous mistakes were made with the food that was delivered.

MA
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been patrons for 20 years and have never been disappointed in the food or service. All of the people we have brought feel the same.

LS
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed at Christos. Great food and drinks.

L
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service !

RL
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Christo's has been my reliable go-to restaurant for over 25 years. I've taken people of all ages there for both lunch and dinner and have had raves from all about the wonderful food, service (many of the serving staff have been there for many years and they are real pros at it!) and general vibe of the place. This visit was during Restaurant Week and the place was at full capacity (and full efficiency) and my guests enjoyed the whole experience....as I always do!

MT
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious lobster ravioli with squid ink sauce. Tasty veal and shrimp appetizer. Creamy chocolate mousse dessert. Attentive and helpful service. Recommended.

F
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. Very reliable Italian Restaurant. I do like Christo's. Nice for a business dinner or a "nicer," dining experience.

MG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delish!! Every time I come I order the same because it satisfies all my taste buds
Restaurant week menu is FAB and always something to look forward to.

KJ
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been years since we had been here and we enjoyed the evening . The only bad thing and most days it wouldn’t have been an issue but it had rained and the back parking lot was flooded to the point we all got our feet and the bottoms of our slacks wet. We were dining
as part of restaurant week and the options were well thought out.

JB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We were seated in a room with a table which had two toddlers and two babies. Way too noisy for our taste as the toddlers were clearly tired and should not have been out in public that late. Not Christo's fault, but it spoiled our quiet night out briefly.

Food was superb as always. However, the server was a bit brusque and hurried us. We also were served what we thought was a complimentary cup of soup (it was a birthday celebration, so we thought it might have been for that or an amuse from the chef). The server made a special point of telling us we received a 'bonus' soup and she chided the busser in front of us for inadvertently serving it to us. She returned a second time and again referred to the 'bonus' cup of soup. When she brought our check, I started to respond to her birthday wishes when she abruptly turned her back on us and walk away as I was speaking to her. Shameful. We will not sit in her section again. Deplorable behavior and very rude.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place. Service was excellent.

V
Phoenix
48 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Christo’s never fails to deliver. The food was delicious and our waiter was a lovely man. I ordered a special, Dover Sole, which was good, but I really missed having a traditional on the menu dish Christo style. My mistake! My husband loved his linguine with white clam sauce and our friend enjoyed her veal cannelloni. The best thing however was the lemon vegetable soup. Who would’ve thought?

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our fourth visit to this restaurant. We are very impressed. The food is delicious the ambience reminds me of a intimate New York City restaurant definitely has a East Coast feel to it.

TC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went during AZ Restaurant week. Limited choices but absolutely delicious. 2nd time visiting this restaurant and both times the food was outstanding.

AC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Dover Sole and my friend who had the salmon said it was the best she ever had!!!

AG
Phoenix
93 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. We were celebrating my wife's birthday. Everything was perfect! The food was delicious, the staff friendly and efficient and the atmosphere first rate

K
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been for quite some time and it didn't disappoint! Looking forward to going back soon.

LK
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had veal picatta, husband had rack of lamb. Both very good. Served with bean barley soup, salad, and vegetables. Received comp tiramisu for husband's birthday, delicious. Fairly quiet ambiance with mostly older crowd. Service is outstanding.

LR
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was very good presented well and service was great.

p
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Prices are starting to go up, especially on the specials. Still very good overall.

RA
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Only complaint I have us that the waiter was irritated that my husband and I sat on the same side of the table. It was our date night. We were celebrating being empty nesters and a job promotion.
The waiter purposely hand each and every item including the bill in-between us. It was down right rude and totally not necessary. We come here often so I didn't expect this kind of treatment.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good timely

L
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Mehgan and Santino. Wish they had the meatballs. Very family friendly as we have 2 1 year olds and 4, 9 and 11.

AC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Barley soup and salad was great. Main course of chicken and veal parm was good except sauce was a little thin

SP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First off - the food is amazing. We had 3 different appetizers- shrimp cocktail, scallops, and mozzarella. Scallops were a little under cooked but, still good. The salad was a little plain and over dressed. The chicken vegetable noodle soup was pretty good. I had the veal parmigiana and my wife had the halibut. Both were excellent. The portions were bigger than I anticipated.
I’m giving 4 stars because of the service. I specified a quiet table on my reservation. This was not accommodated. I was told that was all they had for seating- right next to the table bussing entrance to the kitchen. There appeared to be quieter seating so not sure what happened there. We didn’t want anything from the wine list and without another word about a drink order, our server took off. This was a common occurrence throughout our meal. We waited quite a while before our server reappeared. We finally ordered our drinks. My wife’s Long Island ice tea was so strong I had to take it back to the bar where I waited 10 minutes to have another drink made. The 2nd drink we ordered from the table was supposed to be an Amaretto Sour. Server was very distracted and didn’t seem to listen very well. Thus a Whiskey Sour was brought instead. We kinda gave up at that point and just chalked it up to our decision to make a 7 pm dinner rush reservation instead of a little later. The atmosphere is very nice but, loud. Once a few tables cleared out around 8:30 the volume level was what I had hoped for from the beginning. Overall a good meal.
Little bummed because I had heard such great things about this place. I guess my expectations were unrealistic. We will go back, just not during a Friday night dinner rush.

A
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great Italian food, especially their halibut!
Old school place, comfortable. Older crowd.

LA
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and authentic. Very reasonable as well!

GD
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Christo's have been there many times and always have a very delicious meal and we especially love the lemon rice soup. Our waitress this time was Megan, she was delightful and we hope to ask for her in the future.

J
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was delicious. All items were prepared as requested and our server was excellent.

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