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“great food, adventurous experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bar Crudo

Bar Crudo
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Ranked #568 of 5,626 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $75
Cuisines: American, Soups, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Bar Crudo is a modern raw bar offering an elegant menu of cooked, chilled, or raw, fresh seafood paired with wine and an extensive selection of Belgian beer.
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“great food, adventurous experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2011

the food was great but probably not for the picky eater. if you like to try new things or like sushi this is the place for you. the only downside is that it is a little expensive, especially if you want beer or wine.

  • Visited August 2011
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English first
los angeles, CA
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“amazing happy hour!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2011

i had previously never been, but looking over the online menu, their happy hour definitely caught my eye. so i made reservations for 6pm (happy hour ends at 6:30pm) to take advantage...

and i was thrilled that we did. my family ordered a dozen oysters ($1 each!), steamed manila clams (make sure you ask for bread to lop up the broth) and fish tacos (so good yet substantial), not to mention the $5 beer and wine specials. we ended up ordering their crudo sampler (4 types in all) and lobster salad as well - both of which were fresh and delicious. and even tho we were there until after 7pm, our friendly & spunky server was still gracious enough to accommodate the wine specials for $5.

all in all, we had a memorable birthday feast and look forward to going back!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank outofmylmnt
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colorado
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Get the crudo!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2011

Sketchy neighborhood, but worth the cab ride. Excellent service (we sat at the bar) and quite possibly the best raw fish ever! Much cheaper than Nobu and so well thought out. The flavor combinations were sublime. We almost didn't stay due to the small menu, but are so glad we did!

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ColoradoMillie
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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84 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Superb modern Japanese food with a little bit of European thrown in and a focus on seafoo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2011

Swell is like a modern version of Japanese food with a little bit of European thrown in and a focus on seafood. The restaurant had an excellent vibe, the service was relaxed but efficient, and the tables were regularly turned over.

We started with the Chef’s tasting platter which consisted of Sea Urchin that was divine, magnificent Hokkaido Scallops that were wrapped around Granny Smith Apple, Yuzu Ailoi and Wasabi Tobiko, Yellow Fin Tuna and a fish of some description (Hamachi?). This was an excellent platter.

We had Wagyu Beef and Hamachi to share for our main with a side of roasted asian mushrooms that had a lovely lemon flavour to them.

All in all the raw fish was our highlight and we would happily return. As a bonus they also had Waiwera Water.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank gianouts
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Austin
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Half good, half okay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2010

We really looked hard for somewhere to get raw seafood while in san francisco. We came across Bar Crudo, the atmosphere and the neighborhood were very cool. The food was about half awesome and half not. Bordering on too expensive for some of the items, and just right for others. The oyster selection was good, perhaps a little too pricey at $2.50 each, but since it's what we wanted, it was the right price at the time. The chowder is to die for, the lobster was decent, perhaps at little small for $32, but delicious, the halibut collar however was terrible. VERY fishy, even past the skin, and not in the way you're looking for with fish. I wouldn't go back here, but I also wouldn't say it was the worst.

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Thank KM H
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