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Croce's Restaurant and Jazz Bar

802 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6108 (Downtown)
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Ranked #157 of 4,044 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $100
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: F st.
Description: Croce's Restaurant and Jazz Bar, a popular Gaslamp landmark, and a tribute to singer-songwriter Jim Croce, offers Contemporary American Cuisine, a Wine Spectator Award Winning Wine List and Live Music Nightly.
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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I was disappointed not being able to get an early reservation at The Prado before dashing off to a show at The Old Globe so I asked for recommendations. My coworker raved about Croce's fun atmosphere with great small plates. I ordered a daily special (love they have a half portion option) which was delightful but my date had the... More

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Centerville, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Pricey food, but delicious. Indoor or outdoor seating available. Baby boomers, best of all is that this is named for Jim Croce--as in "Operator" and "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." Lots of memorabilia and personal photos!

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Princeton, New Jersey
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93 reviews 93 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Not only is the restaurant more elegant, but the food is great. The music has been separated from the main dining room, but still quite lovely in the background. I loved the fact you can order "half" entrees. I always thought restaurants serve too much food, but with half entrees it's perfect. I had the scallops and they were very... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

The food is great at Croce's. The newer chef has really brought the food into the realm it was missing a bit before him. The duck was fantastic, in fact all the dishes we ate were wonderful. I hope they do as well in their new location as they did in the Gaslamp Quarter!

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Campbell Hall, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

the food was outstanding, the service was excellent. we had lunch at their new location and it was lovely, tables outside. Ingrid Croce came to our table to introduce herself and she was gracious and welcoming. will be sure and go back every time we visit San Diego.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This was a highlight of our San Diego visit. Great music, food, cocktails and the service is first class.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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61 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

A restaurant that seems catered to tourist but who food came above expectations. Good pasta, a tasty swordfish and well prepared grilled ducks. The whole party enjoyed it, we almost came back to this restaurant. Ah, good Californian wine by the glass.

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Monrovia, California
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106 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We made a special trip to San Diego the last week of 2013 to have a final meal at Croce's Restaurant, which closed December 31. Luckily the new restaurant, Croce's Park West, in the Banker's Hill section of town is already open (softly) and the staff from the old place are moving to the new place. We made dinner reservations... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Decided on this restaurant just by walking by, reading the menu, and speaking with the hostess. The OWNER seated us and must have heard us talking about it being my birthday because every staff member that we spoke to after that wished me a happy birthday. Nice touch!! The service was excellent as was the food. I saw another review... More

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Cambridge, Canada
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85 restaurant reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

My husband and I ate here one evening on our vacation in San Diego. The restaurant was almost full and a band was playing, so it was loud - not the place to go for an intimate dinner. Service was friendly. They had a lot of wine choices, but prices were a bit high. Food was good, not great. The... More

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