You will be enjoying one of
our favorite venus for food, music and people watching. Croce’s
Restaurant and Jazz Bar is at the top of our list. Well located
in the heart of the historic Gaslamp District you’ll find
the food outstanding, the service smart and the music scene eclectic.
Lovingly conceived and managed by Ingrid Croce as a tribute to
her late husband, singer Jim Croce, Croce’s is a favorite
of locals and visitors alike. They offer American, very contemporary
cuisine at moderate prices.
On a recent visit we were tantalized by the Spicy Firecracker Shrimp
with chipotle aioli as well as the Tempura Calamari with red and
green jalapenos and parmesan with oregano marinara. Wow. Petite Roasted
Peppers & Artichoke Pizza and Tomato Artichoke Timbale were other
noteworthy starters vying for our attention.
From the entree section the Sesame Seared Sashimi Ahi with basmati & wild
rice was perfectly prepared and presented. Beautiful to admire and
heavenly to enjoy. The Tournado of Grilled Salmon featuring a mango-walnut
chutney was equally savored. Two items from the pasta course caught
our eye. A Pan-seared Salmon Fettuccine with pesto cream and toasted
pine nuts and the Shrimp Carbonara with Italian pancetta. The menu
changes to reflect freshly available ingredients and as Ingrid and
her staff explore their creative side.
Adjacent to the restaurant is Croce's Jazz Bar offering live jazz
nightly in an intimate atmosphere. Traditional, contemporary and
Latin are among the diverse styles you’ll find at this vibrant
Just across the street (Fifth Avenue) you’ll find Croce's Top
Hat Bar & Grille showcasing local and national rhythm & blues
performers. Special events have included performances by artists
such as Basia, Jesse Colin Young, Rita Coolidge, Commander Cody,
Arlo Guthrie, Maria Muldaur, Maynard Ferguson and A.J. Croce.
For performance schedules, background on songwriter/performer
Jim Croce or for restaurant updates go to www.croces.com or