655 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411737.775715 -122.438118
Neighborhoods: Central North, Northern Park
Seafood lovers will greatly enjoy everything bar Crudo has to offer. The clam chowder is creamy but not heavy with a tremendous clam flavor; it's one of the city's best chowders. During happy hour, there are $1 oysters!
totally hip experience – this tiny little place has great atmosphere. very modern and very chic. the food is california-japanese fusion, and very yummy. very similiar to sushi. give it a try, and head next door to the tunnel top afterwards for drinks.
Very enjoyable evening - nice food, atmosphere, experience – I never really noticed Bar Crudo...I thought it was a drinking bar the few times I strolled by. But this last time, I noticed the menu, and got excited. I'm a big fan of other raw fish dishes -- tuna tare tare, poke, sashimi come to mind. Came back that evening with my wife and a friend, and we tried ALL of the crudos on the menu. The combinatons of flavors and textures were great, and although some weren't my favorite, they certainly did hilight the fish iteslf, rather than overwhelm. The big favorite was the arctic char. I tasted the seafood chowder and wasn't that thrilled, as it relied (at least this batch) very heavily on sausage and bacon for the base flavor. The cheese plate was great -- all Spanish cheeses, paired nicely with fruit, honey, and nuts. The waitress was great -- I really appreciate that she knew *every* ingredient of each of the 10 plates she served us. Keep in mind that the portions are small, so if you are starving and want food immediately, you may want to wait on your visit. But DO go here, very good time all around.
What? You Haven't Been? – I will echo the person who recommended the sampler plate, particularly for diners new to raw fish, as I was. Really, I was skeptical about the food, since I barely eat sushi. As I discovered, this is a whole other ballgame. The joy of raw food is as much the intensity of the accompanying flavors (lime jalapeno or a simple amazing slice of the freshest peach) as the "clean" taste of the various fish, which are nicely varied, with species like Hawaiian tuna I'd never tried or known existed. I will also caution, yet praise, the chowder. My friend and I shared three plates (yes, the portions are restrained, but again, the flavors slow done any tendency to wolf down your meal), then ended with the chowder. This dish is over the top RICH, sort of the antithesis of the rest of the menu, so sparing in oil or fat. But the cream and butter kick in. The beige color is unexpected and totally beautiful. The select morsels of fish are perfect, despite varying cooking times. By itself, the chowder (and maybe a shared sample platter), with a glass of Reisling, is a great meal.
Best Chowder Ever! – Bar Crudo is my new go-to seafood spot. Everything is delicious, from the simple cold crab and lobster, to the out-of-this-world chowder. I am not big on the raw stuff, but I hear their namesake crudo is outstanding as well. The wine list is smallish, but well chosen, and they have a great selection of beers, mostly from Belgium. The restaurant is tiny, though not cramped, particularly mid-week.
Get better and fresher fish elsewhere – The food was disappointing and the service was very slow. It took over 45 minutes to get our appetizers which was raw; can't imagine how long it would take to prepare cooked appetizers. The service was slow and the food was just so so. We allocated two hours for a pre-theater dinner and we didnt have time for desert. We won't be running back to this restaurant anytime soon.
Not a 9.9... – The location is pretty cool, on top of the Stockton tunnel. The service was ok. The waitress got confused with our order then our bill. And the kitchen was unbeleivably slow (for preparing raw food!). Overall, the food was good but not exceptional in any ways. The wine, however, was quite good. Not entirely bad, but not a 9.9!
User review by jimd – Ive been spoiled by amazing crudo in New York at such places as Esca or Crudo. My opinion after tasting a large selection of Bar Crudos crudo dishes is that they are unnecessarily simple and boring. I had a very good tuna Nicole salad, but the cheese platter was forgettable. Their selection of wines by the glass was awful. I found the service slow and a bit confused. Its a shame cause the space is great.
Exellent food, small portions – So the food here was truly excellent. Very well presented and great tasting. the service was fantastic as well. The only thing is the portions are small so be prepared to eat a few plates. Not overly pricey but you may feel it is once you get your plate of food.
Definitely worth checking out
Great place, but not what I expected! – This place really took me by surprise, but not totally in a bad way. I was expecting prices in the $ range (according to the Citysearch review), but it was more in the $$$ range. However, the food was divine and the ambience was super romantic. I loved the tiny lofted dining area, even though the service seemed to be slow considering we were the only clients there most of the time. We got the small seafood platter to start with, which was excellent. Overall the seafood was great, and wine was good ($30 for a bottle), and they kept the bread coming.Overall I would go back, but I definitely didn't expect it to be as expensive as it was.
awesome! – The restaurant is beautiful, the food is superb and the service is warm and adorable. I love this place - the scallops are divine, and the prawn/beet salad is a must. I have to admit I was skeptical, but I'm definitely coming back to this place next time I'm in town.
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