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Hidden away on the south east corner of camelback and 36th street you will find this gem! It's cozy and could feel the comforting warmth the moment you step in. We started with martinis at the bar and had crispy pig wars and their yellow tail as appetizers. Every bite was decadent and flavorful. Then we walked into the dining area for our main course. We shared the escargot and squid ink risotto! I'm so in love with their signature dish- squid ink risotto. I'll definitely have to come back and try their other dishes therefore I'll be coming back sooner than expected. Thank you crudo for such a fantastic dining experience.
Crudo was a new restaurant my wife and I were really excited and looked forward to trying during restaurant week. Unfortunately, Crudo fell short to our expectations after hearing such rave reviews about it. Service was spotty at best. Our waitress even failed to remember to order one of the dishes we supplemented to our meal. May we suggest to her to simply writing down her customer's order like your fellow colleagues did versus trying to remember everything especially when you decide to stop by other tables on the way to the register? This should not happen at a restaurant of this level. We accepted to pair wines with our meal. I probably should have questioned it when the wines were not listed with the food... I will elaborate later. The first two courses went off with out a hitch. The sashimi styled first course and cheese themed second course were excellent. The food and wines pairings were both enjoyable. However on the third course, things began to go south. My wife and I asked our server what the wine pairings were going to be with our main entees. It was important since our dinners were fish and beef. We had to challenge our waitress when she said the chef paired the same with both dishes. She wanted to bring the same hearty Itallian red wine with both my beef brisket and my wife's seafood dish. We finally got her to discuss it with the chef who understood our concerns and supplemented with a more appropriate white wine with the fish. The dinners included the Chef special - a "yellowtail collar" dish - and and as I previously stated their beef brisket. Both meals barely had any sides with their proteins. The yellowtail collar was enjoyable, but and the brisket dish was underwhelming in taste even with the bone marrow supplement. Unfortunately, the third courses just fell short after having such a great start to our dinner. It was a shame because it caused us to leave earlier than we anticipated and not order desert. It may also cause us to reconsider coming back in the future.
Wow what a nice night. We came in for the Wed night polenta board and it was wonderful. It consisted of rendezvous chicken with sausages and four different side toppings. Great food - great wine - great staff on top of the great deal. Only $40.
Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the valley. The squid ink risotto, the short rib, the brunch...everything! Sooooooo good!
Antipastis were good. We had the pig ears and beets with goat cheese. Everything else was meh. From the ahi to the yellowtail, salmon, brisket, and pork belly. It was all meh.
OK. So this may have to be my new hangout. The staff was fantastic and the food even better. It's hard to get "black rice" or Risotto made nearly perfect. They did! You must try it. You won't regret it. You'll go away felling satisfied and happy. And your wallet will thank you too!
(Lyrics - MAGIC! - Rude) Saturday evening jumped out to Yelp And put on my best suit Got in my car and raced like a jet All the way to you Came to your door with food in my mind To order from your menu Cause I know that you're in Restaurant Week, yeah Can I have your Risotto for the rest of my life? Say yes, say yes 'cause I need to know You say I'll always get my blessing til the day I write Good luck, my friend, but answer is Bo Bites Why you gotta go to Crud...o's Don't you know I'm hungry too? Why you gotta go to Crud...o's I'm gonna Bo Bites anyway! Crudo's has had quite a reputation in the valley and needless to say I had to make my visit on Restaurant Week! The place itself is oddly located, but that didn't bother me much. I came on a rainy Saturday night with my partner in crime. She's the one and only @ssuze photo extraordinaire on Instagram! She shoots the pictures and I write! We both ordered the 4 course meal. We started with the Albacore with Truffle Watermelon rind and black pepper and the Yellowtail, Controne, Bottanga, Chive. Needless to say, I don't know what the heck it means, but boy was it a perfect start. Eating sashimi with a kick of sweet and aromatic seasoning. Next was the cheese dishes; Burrata-Pancetta Vin, Arugula and the Ricotta Walnut sauce, and Honey. I would say this is my least favorite course since I'm not much of a cheese guy. However, both dishes worked! Sweet honey and creamy ricotta cheese mix over bread; who knew would taste great. The Arugula gave the Burrata cheese a nice subtle taste. Next was the entree round, we went for their famous Squid ink risotto and their pork belly smoked tomato Agrodolce Polenta. I see why their it's known in town as the Famous Squid ink Risotto; definitely one of my favorites of the night and recommended. Cooked to perfection the mixture of tuna, chilis, and tomatoes made this dish a spicy and sweet delight! The pork belly was again cooked well, but didn't really do much for me. We ended of course with dessert; Butterscotch Pot de Creme with Olive oil, Lemon, and Rosemary Shortbread and Chef Cullen's Bread Pudding. The shortbread worked only with the cookie atop. Without it just didn't give much texture and I mainly tasted only the Butterscotch. The Bread Pudding well, it was bread pudding in the end. Not much for dessert in my book. Overall, the service spot on and top notch. The place itself is classic and reminded me of some old southern style home. Great ambiance and date place! In the end, Crudo deserves my love and definitely a hot spot for me! - Enjoy!
If you like strange and weird food you might like it? I hated it... The group beside us ate a pigs head. Literally! Yuck
Had a great dinner at Crudo last night, while in Phoenix. Amazing food, service and tasty cocktails. Would recommend the Squid Ink Risotto and Buratta Cheese plate. Our waiter was great and the bartenders made our happy hour very fun and entertaining. Highly recommend giving it a try.
My go to place right now. The food is imaginative and inspired--not to mention delicious. The cocktails are some of the best in Phoenix. the risotto in squid ink-exceptional! They have a great Sunday brunch too.
This weekend marked my third time at Crudo, first for dinner. I've experienced brunch at this fine establishment twice and now we finally partook in dinner. After all these meals, I am happy to report the food at Crudo is legit. I love the open feel of the restaurant and the rustic, upscale decor. It can be hard to find though, it is right behind another great restaurant, Beckett's Table. Every time I've come it hasn't been that busy, which is surprising considering the caliber of food. The service has always been great and the staff is extremely knowledgeable about the menu. For brunch, I highly recommend the crispy pork benedict. It is really good... spicy, savory, and just hands down delish. I've sampled a couple other things including a couple of their "jars." I really liked the bread pudding and the cheese with bacon jam. For dinner I had the short ribs and burrata as well as the chocolate cake. Everything was good... the short ribs were tender and cooked to perfection. Oh, we also had the pig ears... who knew they could be so good. I know I'll be back to Crudo, and you should check it out too! It's not too expensive, but you get upscale food for your buck. Give it a whirl.
This spot has been on my ' to eat list' since it opened and, in spite of the slowly building expectations, it definitely lived up to my self imposed hype. The menu and prices are custom made for those of us wanting to more thoroughly explore the Italian dining table. Each dish was expertly crafted and we were in constant amazement that such diversity and execution could come out of such a small kitchen. An incredible experience and definitely a place to take those out of town guests who are looking to truly appreciate how great a culinary town Phoenix has become.
Amazing food! Innovative, interesting, creative dishes. We did the 5 course meal so we could try a lot of different menu items. Some were fantastic, some were just good, none were bad. The pig ear appetizer is great, as was the grana spread. As for the main dishes, the semolina gnocchi was spectacular, and the pork belly was phenomenal. Definitely looking forward to returning!
Delicious. Came here for a happy hour after work and all of the apps were amazing. I wish I could remember the name of these doughy balls with butter and herbs. So good. Amazing cocktail selection and I definitely plan on returning.
I'm always looking for recipes that contain ricotta so I totally lucked out when I came across Crudo because so many of their dishes have ricotta. I had an excellent meal here. The cocktail menu did not disappoint. Super friendly service and lovely decor. I can't wait to go back this place is 5 stars all around.
The food was amazing. Not one to give out 5s but I thought they deserved better then 4. Price was very reasonable compared to other high end places. Gnocchi,ravioli, yellowtail and of course the amazing butterfish. The owner even gave us a card and said the chef could personalize a meal for us. Best place I've ate at since I moved to az even better then Kai!
I was traveling to Phoenix for work and friends dragged me to this place and I was not disappointed. We sat at the bar as we could not get a reservation because it was busy and just started to order drinks; and boy did they have a ton of options for mixed drinks. I like just straight scotch/whisky and I tried the Japanese whiskey that they had here and was loved the taste of it, the bartender got me hooked and I am now looking to purchase bottles from Bev Mo when I get back home. Also I did the 4 items from the menu, where you can pick any 4 items off their menu for a set price. The most memorable of the items was the pork shoulder... it was DELICIOUS and perfectly cooked to where it melted into your fork just as you were taking a bite of it. Also I did end up ordering 2 servings of the crispy pig ear... because when I had the first portion I just could not have enough. The Asian spices in the vinegrette dressing were out of this world, and you could either let the pig ears marinate in it or eat them quickly so you can savor the crispiness of the skin. Overall I would definitely consider this an awesome experience and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Best bar in Phoenix hands down!! Andrew and Keefer on a Tuesday night is like going to bar college... Most knowledgeable and caring bar experience I've had... Great drinks fare price and awesome staff.... Give them a try!!
This is the best restaurant in Phoenix. The cocktails are especially great and unparalleled in Phoenix. Their cocktail program is world class. The food is unique and delicious.
Sweet, Sour, Salty, Spicy, Smokey, Savory or wait was that Salty, Spicy, Savory, Sweet, Smokey, Sour? Crudo is a restaurant that is a carnival for your mouth. I'm not talking about clown carnival, I am talking about Carnival in Brazil kinda Carnival! Thankfully I had the perfect martini cleansing my sinning tongue as the show went on. Starting with the Antipasta Pig Ears (These strips of perfection play spice with sweet and sour), Ahi Crudo (Unreal, just unreal how good this was), Squid Ink Risotto (Savory with bits of pepper and tuna hiding in darkness), Beef Brisket (A smoked strip of beef that breaks away with the slightest tug of the fork) and to finish that parade of debauchery a strawberry balsamic creation placed perfectly in a shortbread crust. Kudos to Crudo! So excited to come back and taste the rest of the parade of flavors.
The bar menu and care for detail in the mixology makes this a special stop. The staff is very interested in offering a quality product---high quality does not mean high brow. Down to earth and accessible: am I in Seattle or SF. Nice! Restaurant next...expecting to find more of the same quality.
This really is one of those places that oozes creativity. Expounding on a number of different influences, but without being married to any one single traditional cuisine. And yet, much of the food feels strangely traditional and familiar. I realize that might not make much sense, but as soon as you walk in the door you walk into a open space that feels unique, yet comfortable. And that feeling carries into the food. It's not cheap, but on a week like Restaurant Week, you can sample some of Chef Cullen Campbell's greatest hits at a decent discount. I came here with a couple of friends during AZ Fall Restaurant Week. All three of us are foodies, but hadn't been here yet. It's located in the rear of a shopping plaza with fairly limited parking (give yourself an extra 5 mins to find a spot as it can be a chore). When you walk inside you notice a very lively bar area to your left, and an open roomy dining room on the right. The booth we were sat in was unbelievably comfortable. Not sure what it was about the fabric or cushioning, but I probably could've fallen asleep in that booth is was so comfy. Now, to the food. We started with a free cocktail for Restaurant Week. It was some sort of a flavored rum daiquiri with lime. Pretty tasty and woke up my tastebuds just in time for the meal. The first course was a yellowtail crudo (essentially a plate of yellowtail fish slices with spices and herbs). The yellowtail was very fresh and the chile flakes on top gave it a pretty good kick. I have to say the albacore crudo my friend had was better as it was a mild fish topped with a delicious buttermilk watermelon dressing. For the second course, I went with the mozzarella with bacon relish and caramelized onions. Fantastic flavor and that bacon relish really stood out in a big way. The burrata cheese with pancetta vinaigrette my friend has was also outstanding. For the third course, I went with the short ribs and added some of their bone marrow. The short rib wasn't the best I've had but it was tasty and tender and the potatoes were a nice smooth butter-filled accompaniment. The bone marrow was actually a big disappointment to me. It was tough to dig out what little marrow there was and it was only enough to enjoy on one small piece of bread. The flavor was pretty good, but I thought there would've been more to it. For the final course I went with the chef's homemade bread pudding with blueberries and a lemon puree. A nice refreshing dessert, though pretty small and didn't really have much of a wow factor compared to some of the other dishes. All totaled, four courses of food plus a free cocktail, tax, and tip came to about $70 for me. I would say it was totally worth it for restaurant week. The main course was probably the only area of any tangible disappointment and the normal price is still pretty steep in my opinion. So I can't give this a full 5 stars. Would it be worth paying more on a normal night? Your call (most Yelpers seem to say yes). Overall I like what Chef Cullen has going here. Creative dishes, a very comfortable atmosphere, and friendly staff. I'd certainly come back for a special occasion to sample more of their menu. And if you're looking for a unique valley destination for AZ Restaurant Week, make this a part of your to do list.
My sister and I dined here early so that we could qualify for the Happy Hour, unfortunately it is only available in the lounge. The waiter said that we could move there if we wanted, but we declined. Fortunately for us, he offered us a 3 course tasting menu for $25 each if we said "local love!" which we glad accepted. This restaurant offers that option so that people can try a bunch of food and not feel guilty about dropping cash on cocktails. I - like an idiot - forgot my ID and my sister is not of age yet so we weren't able to partake in any of the alcoholic beverages, but our waiter still honored the deal, which I really appreciated. Crispy Pig Ears -Crispy fried pig ears in a vinegar-y, pickled Asian-inspired sauce. To all my viets - reminiscent of nuoc mam. Honestly, we were too weirded out by the fact that we were eating cartilage - that was still ear-shaped to truly enjoy this dish. Burrata with Pancetta Vin, Arugula -The arugula was spicy almost, and my least favorite part of the dish. However, the burrata was a great texture and I enjoyed it. This cheese dish comes with a bit of meat on top which was nice. Pork Belly with Smoked Tomato Agrodolce and Polenta -Melt in your mouth, buttery pork belly on a bed of polenta (which is a cornmeal porridge). Absolutely scrumptious! If I wasn't so full by this time, I would've polished my plate. Neapolitan Budino -Strawberry cream, vanilla panna cotta and dark chocolate pudding in three layers topped with a chocolate biscotti. Since it was layered based on density, the strawberry cream was light and fresh, and the dark chocolate was moist and rich. My favorite layer was the dark chocolate. The cookie on top was okay - I'm not a huge fan of biscotti. ONE BIG NEGATIVE: The water here is undrinkable. It tastes strongly of chemicals and was so difficult to drink. I know we shouldn't expect much from tap water but this was truly offensive. P.S. Parking situation is the back and the restaurant is located in the very back as well.
Beautiful inside... I wish they could separate themselves from the rest of the shopping center. It deserves to stand alone. Unique flavoring and wonderful mixology/fusion. I had pasta with squid ink and it was fantastic. You must stop by!
Worth the money. Special evening with my wife, she loved it. Started in the bar, told the bartender what I normally drink, he made something unique but similar. Very tasty. The food was great, the service was awesome. Will come here anytime.
I love Crudo's brunch! If it were a little closer to home and a little cheaper, I would probably be there every Sunday. I had the bacon risotto for the first time a few months ago and was hooked. It is one of my favorite brunch dishes ever! I've never had anything bad there, but the risotto is definitely my go-to. Their dinner menu looks amazing, and I fully intend on trying it, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. My only complaint is that it took a fairly long time to get drinks this most recent time. Overall, though, I have always been very happy with my experience at Crudo!
Had the tuna and the yellowtail sashimi and both were tasty... more because of the sauce/toppings vs the fish quality. I thought the butterfish sashimi was the best tasting fish but the toppings were less interesting. Had the burrata which was amazing!!!! Great drinks too.
A little challenging to find but so, so worth it! I was itching to get out and went on the recommendation of a foodie friend. I'm so glad I did! This is a truly wonderful place to go with friends, family or on a date. You should definitely go! *Everyone* should go! Tucked around the back of the Gaslight Shopping center (really tucked around the far back) is a nondescript entrance.* Upon opening the doors you are greeted with the main dining area, to the right. There is ample seating for groups which looked super comfy. My friend and I ambled over to the bar area on the left side. The bar ambience is super chill. The mood lighting had been turned down and we headed towards the back, where there are low side chairs. I was immediately struck by the menu written on the wall in chalk. Drinks! We scored big time and managed to grab one set of drinks before happy hour ended. (T-Sa, 5-7pm). A bartender quickly greeted us (even though much of the bar was full) and took an order. I figured we'd have to hustle up to the bar, but no! Very nice! Happy Hour: $5 small bites. $5 cocktails. $5 Red wine. $5 White wine. $3 Four Peaks Sunbru & Hopknot. I was a BIG fan of the red. Big! I was overwhelmed by the amount of food options on the menu. There was quite a bit of stuff to look at and we had been gabbing. So I asked the very nice bartender to sum it up for us. A "Crudo" / Raw option (yellowtail) provided the delightfully light sashimi thing I'd been yammering I'd wanted in forever. (Sushi used to be a weekly staple back in NYC for me.) As described by the bartender the yellowtail delivered with a nice bit of spice. Yum! (It's worth noting the price of a crudo plate offers much more than what you'd get at a sushi restaurant.) We followed that with a heartier option from the "Cotto" / Cooked side. The texture of the butternut squash dumplings was a complete surprise to me. For some reason I was expecting an asian style dumpling to come out. Instead the outside layer was a rich, soft layer, almost like mashed potatoes. Different but in a very delish way. This is a definite must to check out! Just be sure to give yourself enough time. You won't want to leave. * It's quicker to enter from 36th street vs. the E Indian School street entrance. There isn't a sign but it's the first business when you pull into behind the buildings. UPDATE: The service is a little spotty. I'm not changing the stars. I'm just updating to reflect that it's unfortunate when your drink order gets forgotten. Tonight I had the pleasure of sitting in the alcove tables (in the bar area). These are wonderful if you want to have a quiet spot to talk. There's a point in the evening when a cocktail server takes over the outside tables in the bar area. (This happened last time.) However, as I was on a date I noticed the gap in service a bit more. Also, my date was the one to point out that our drinks had not been placed. When the bartender came out to check on us, I explained our drink order had been placed. (We then watched our server come out awhiiiilllle later to ask the same bartender where our drinks were. OOps.) Also, it's incredibly (to the point of distracting) loud when the bartenders make drinks. I'm the first to appreciate a good show. (Thank you Tom Cruise.) But simmer down up front. Yes, I'm getting old. But it's hard to hear!
Yes I can drive all the way from LA to Arizona just to eat here....Well not everyday, but when I visit Arizona again this will be on my must dine list. Enjoyed several drinks, outdoor patio with heat lamps, and plenty of food. We opted for the 5 items for $55. Yes it is per person, but that ended up being 10 different dishes to enjoy. Great to be able to pick several dishes and be able to sample the culinary items here. I also enjoyed the fried pig ears and would put that on a must try list for first timers. On a side note this place is located on the backside of the shopping area it is located in. So if you cannot find it, go around back. I did not notice the large banner strung across the front since it was dark. Last time I was at Crudo it was in Scottsdale. I do not think you will find an item to not like, but I do recommend the short rib, squid ink risotto, and crispy pork ears. Enjoy guys, I hope to be back in a few months to dine out at Crudo.
Crudo is the definition of a hidden gem. This incredible bar/restaurant is literally hiding in the back of a shopping center, but easy to find once you know where to look... and for those that find it, you'll likely feel like you hit the jackpot! Chef Cullen Campbell is known internationally and for good reason. His creative menus along with cocktail creations from mixologist bartender Micah Olson are the talk of the Valley. Now that I've been, I can say with confidence, that the Crudo experience exceeds expectations. These local celebrities, along with Maureen McGrath Campbell (Chef's Wife) who runs the front of the house with ease, and the rest of the Crudo team have done a fabulous job with the space they are in. I dined with a large group at Crudo last night and they took amazing care of us. We had a cocktail paired dinner with three courses: 1st Course was Albacore Crudo with Green Apples, Black Garlic and Truffle Oil *paired with Hophead Vodka, Damrack Gin, Celery Juice, Lime and Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao 2nd Course was Burrata with Marinated Tomatoes, Pimentos, and Garlic *paired with Maison Rouge VS Cognac, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Cardamaro Amaro, Grapefruit, Lemon, Luxardo Maraschino 3rd Course was Beef Brisket with Pork Sugo, Fonduta and Creamy Polenta *paired with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Cointreau, Reagan's Orange Bitters, Sweet Vermouth All of the courses were divine - I couldn't pick a favorite when asked because I loved them all! The first cocktail was my favorite. The atmosphere is welcoming and the space is gorgeous. The staff is extremely attentive without being annoying: spot-on all around. They also did a really wonderful job catering to the dietary restrictions that certain members of our group had. We sat on the restaurant side, but the bar was pretty happening for a Wednesday night. I cannot believe it took me so long to get to Crudo, but it's definitely going to be a "go-to" moving forward. If you're considering going, make a reservation asap and enjoy!
Solid restaurant with excellent food. However, we encountered an order snafu (wrong dishes served in two of the courses) and the brisket was sub-par (two diners at our table ordered it and agreed.) The server did her best to make it right. Enjoy a cocktail but stay away from the brisket.
I immediately fell in love with this restaurant. From the secluded and hidden outside to the wonderful decor inside, this is a one-of-a-kind Phoenix place. Food is exquisite. I can't wait to come back and try more of the menu. Started with the Fresh Mozzarella, bacon relish and caramelized onion (portion is small), but extremely tasty and the balsamic is delicious. Time to dip the bread! Next was the crispy pig ears, I was doubtful but after all the reviews about them, I just ordered. Glad I did. It's hard to get my head around of what they are, but the chef puts an excellent twist on these. Try them. Pork belly, risotto, yellowtail and grilled mozzarella are on the list to order the next go around, which is going to be very soon! Happy hour is great here, such a variety on their drink menu. If you're looking for something strong, I suggest a Manhattan :)
Their inaugural brunch was a fantastic success! Terry T and I met 3 of her friends here Sunday morning. We were among the first to be seated. Almost immediately after being handed the menu, I spied three items with bacon. It's one of my few talents: being able to spot "bacon". Anyway, while we were waiting for the rest of the group to show up, Terry and I split the bacon jar. What's a bacon jar? Glad you asked. It's a short Mason jar layered with caramelized bacon, with just the perfect amount of balsamic vinegar to give it a kick, topped with avocados and sprinkled with cheese. I might have omitted an ingredient, but the bacon is what's important here. It's served with grilled bread, but only two slices so Terry and I had no choice but to eat the rest of the jar--that didn't fit on the grilled bread--with spoons. Life can be so tough some times. I ordered the bacon risotto with two sunny-side up eggs on top. Huge cubes of bacon, tender creamy risotto. It was grand. Generally, I prefer my eggs over easy and only the yolks runny. So it was a different experience. But it worked smartly and was delicious! The prices, as I understand, are considerably lower for brunch.
I really, really, really have been and was looking forward to coming to this restaurant. It didnt necessarily disappoint, but wasnt what i thought it would be based on opinions of others. Drinks were okay, the food menu was a bit hard to understand for a 1st timer, but the food was good. Definitely recommend the pig ears for a starter and the short rib for main course. Both amazing.