Crave 52

4.2
48 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located in downtown Fairfield, Connecticut, where you’ll enjoy our New American Cuisine and excellent service in a casual but sophisticated setting. From our starters and small plates to our burgers, tacos and large plates, our commitment to the finest ingredients is evident in the quality of each dish. Linger a while with your family and friends for dessert and after dinner drinks. Or if you prefer, enjoy a meal at our bar featuring more than 60 seats and 11 televisions, perfect for game day!
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cant best the Happy Hour food and drink prices.
The wait staff are very friendly.

The poor point was the steel drum band.
My party of 5 could not talk amongst ourselves. If the band was on the patio the atmosphere would have been top rated.
But we'll go back.

Dorothy

PB
New York Area
147 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Another good meal at Crave 52 - pretty diverse menu with good specials and decent wine list.

OT
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend this place! Crave has wonderful summer specials. For an appetizer, we ordered the Bluepoint Oysters, which were delicious and for our main course we ordered the lobster roll and chicken marsala. Both were amazing!! Our server Erika was wonderful. We will definitely be back!

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been to crave many times for lunch and dinner. My go to is usually the crave burger or a burger on special. I was in my typical mood for a burger, it’s summertime. But, I felt like switching it up and my server Valerie recommended the lobster roll. It was really good, so good I wanted to get another. I don’t really do reviews, but hopefully people read this and give this lobster roll a go, you won’t be disappointed.

B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This is a definite pass. No exaggeration, this is the worst food I have had in the area, ever.

Steak tacos were exactly like chewing a rubber dog toy. Despite the fact that two of us ordered this, neither ate more than a bite or two and gave up, the server never thought to ask if the food was OK. Clearly it wasn't.

Cheese board is literally grocery store cheese cubes.

I'm mostly disappointed in the fact that despite it being slow, and despite the fact that any observant server should have noticed we weren't enjoying our food, the server seemed entirely uninterested in us. I will not go back, you shouldn't either.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My server/bartender Ainsley was amazing, she anticipated my needs before I even opened my mouth. The nachos were okay but the wings were excellent !

W
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

All very good. Nice area as well. Apps were tasty and filling. The mains were good too. Decent selection and appealing specials.
The house drinks were good. The cheesecake desserts were the only not so great experience. Still we tried it.
Very good experience over all.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

College graduation brunch. Made reservation the day before on OT for 6. 1 .5 hr before the res when we were in the graduation ceremony i get a call from the restaurant that they dont take reservations for 6 thru OT and that they are booked. Not good. They said come anyway and there may be a little wait but hopefully could fit us in. We became 7 and They seated us at a 4-top with a larger empty table next to us that they wouldn’t switch us. It never got used the entire time. The food took 2hrs to get. We ordered 2 appetizers and only got one. It was good but we would eat anything by that time.

c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Crave 52! They were so accommodating and food was excellent! We loved it will be back again!

KT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and a rose for every mother there for Mother’s Day - nice touch!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was exceptional but the staff must have overslept.

MP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mom for Mother's Day. Food was fantastic and the bottomless mimosas were a hit! The staff was very attentive (the bottomless mimosa glasses was never empty), friendly, and helpful.

S
Wilmington
27 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We went to Crave for MOther's Day brunch. The bottomless mimosas were great. The service was excellent and it was busy but not crazy. The food was good - standard breakfast fare and a nice place.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good service good fun

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed. Went last Sunday. Restaurant side empty. Very noisy party on bar side. My friend and I ordered specialty cocktail. One of the worst I have had. Almost no alcohol, did not have any kick despite listing jalepeno tequila as ingredient. Asked waiter for some lime juice which he brought. This helped but considering this was $14 drink, thought he might express some curiosity why we were doctoring the drinks. I had seared tuna appetizer which was excellent as was the roasted cauliflower. Everyone else's meals ( chicken fajitas, tacos and salad ) were bland and below average. Ordered standard margarita thinking they should be able to get that right especially since Cinco de Mayo. Nope. Seemed to have orange juice and little other flavor. Oh well. I picked the restaurant for our group of 4 and felt like I let the group down. With so many other restaurants near by, it is hard to imagine the restaurant surviving but the bar side was rocking.

SM
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

I ordered the avocado toast which came on toasted wheat and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. The avocado was raw and couldn’t be eaten. The waitress was very nice but did not come back to check or ask if everything is alright, luckily I ordered a side of tater tots so I paid $10 for a plate of tater tots for brunch.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful

MC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Crave 52 for an early St. Patrick’s Day dinner and a couple of pints. Place was hopping, they had a very good menu for the holiday as well as a solid everyday menu. Service was a little slow, only 2 people behind the bar at 6 o’clock made for a little wait, but they were hustling so not their fault.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ll be back

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was wonderful! And the food was excellent! My friends and I really enjoyed the brunch and would love to go again!

LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Not the greatest of...well, anything really. Average to below average apps. Horrible wine choices for Happy Hour. Slow staff. Don't order the calamari-it had zero flavor.

EJ
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place, young staff, ordered fish, Luke warm, awful texture poor flavor, great prices

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

First time patron. The valentine menu for $40 was a good deal. Food was great and tasty.
Only thing was we were not offered coffee until dessert was finishEd.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Got sick from food that I ate here. Steak tacos were disgusting and Caprese Sandwich was dry and unappetizing. Will not return.

L
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine food. Eclectic menu with a very wide variety of choices. Excellent drinks. Wonderful service. Worth a visit.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent staff!

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P
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very attentive staff. Our meal came fast so we got to our show on time

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I got the steak and it was almost inedible...it was so grisly and tough to chew.

OT
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. We were seated in the bar area as there was a private party in the dining room.
The bar is decorated beautifully for the holidays. Food and service were outstanding. We will definitely go back.

p
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

To be fair, it was a Tuesday and it was early for a bar (6 pm) but I have to review from my experience not from one I haven't had so take that into consideration. The service was pleasant and real laid back. Was wondering when waitress would come to ask us if we wanted a drink. The place is nicely decorated for Christmas in the main bar area. Overall I got the feeling this place is starting to show its age and could use a redo. The drinks were very good. We ordered nachos which were very good for nachos. The mozzarella and tomato salad could use a little bit more garnish, like fresh basil. It looked kind of plain and dry. The noise level was just right for conversation so if you want quiet, come early. I understand that it's quite a fun place later on in the night. And yes, I would go back and try more of their food.

r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We should have known when there was no one there that we probably should have gone somewhere else. The food was served cold and lacking flavor and the spring rolls were so greasy they were not edible. I will not be returning ever

OT
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit to Crave. Service is always excellent and we all enjoyed our meals.
Looking forward to dining there again.

JO
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

My beef soup was excellent. Then we ordered roasted chicken and steak frites for the main courses. The chicken was not very meaty and it was overcooked and dry. The steak looked strange, had an odor to it, was tough and was considered inedible. It was not eaten. Overall, while the service was pleasant and attentive, the food was poor to bad and was a waste of money. We would never return when there are many other good restaurants in Fairfield. Unfortunately, this is not one of them.

g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time dining at Crave. My date and I arrived a little early for our reservation but were promptly seated. To start we shared a fresh mozzarella and tomato, and a homemade angus meatballs. Both were very good, as if my dates Italian grandma made them. For our main dishes, she had the fried goat cheese salad, and I had to have the Gnocchi Bolognese. I'm not one for salads, but upon her insisting I take a bite, I tried it; and it was tasty. The Gnocchi were in fact home made and the Bolognese Sauce was seasoned and sweetened exactly the way I like it. Our waitress, I believe her name was Valerie, was very attentive and sweet. We stuck around after dinner and went to the bar area for another drink. I've never been here, but when I saw the layout and the TV's- I had to make it a point to come back on Sunday to watch the games and hangout. I had a great time again, with a few friends and we loved the roast beef sandwiches and flatbread pizza.

F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Entire place had a creepy vibe. Food was sub par. People smoking right outside the door made it feel like they were smoking inside. Just gross.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there, the food was great the service was even better....they make their own fresh pasta! and have a very varied menu, something for everybody....we will be sure to come back. The parking is a little tough but worth a little walk......

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The short ribs were had by two people and both loved it. Just like home. Another had a chicken dish ( can't remember the name) but it had sweet cherry peppers and potatoes. Loved it! Chicken was delicious. We were visiting Fairfield University and will definitely go back.

G
Naples
28 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We had a dinner reservation for a week. When we showed up we were ushered into the bar area. They did not have a table in the dining room due to a private party. We were offered a high top in the bar. I cannot sit at high tops and when I did not have the table we reserved we left. However since it was Saturday night finding another place to eat was difficult. What also annoyed us is that the people at Crave did not understand the problem.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Food

KA
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We stopped here on our way to Boston and we loved the local specials. The food was amazing, Sammie was so helpful and friendly with our interest in the local beers and menu. Would recommend this as an easy find while traveling the area!

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