Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar

We are excited to be spending time in San Diego’s Gaslamp District. Do you have a favorite restaurant?

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 local favorite.

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 or call (619) 233-4355.

Publication: The Express-Times, August 15, 2004



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