great service, great place, good highquality food, quite full restaurant, super fresh everything, great entire experience, great service staff
AVOID VALET! They ripped the ignition out of my car - how hard is it to know to turn off the car before removing the keys? I was left stranded, waiting for AAA at 1am because the valet had left (after taking payment) and the restaurant had closed before we discovered what happened to my car. To make matters worse, the general manager, Stacy Bowers, has taken three days to pretty much blow off any attempt to take care of this, completely refusing to provide any information other than saying they were "investigating". What was a lovely dinner has turned into 5 days (and counting) of extreme frustration with having to deal with blithering idiots.
CraftBar - Expensive Deliciousness.
V & I figured we'd hit up CraftBar the other week for drinks after work. Seeing as we cannot afford its largely, fancier, adjacent counterpart we though CraftBar would be a great way to try Tom Colicchio's (sp?) food without breaking the bank. So much for that plan...
We each ordered a couple of the cheaper glasses of wine ($9/ea - good but not worth it when you can get the same wine elsewhere for Happy Hour pricing).
We also ordered 4 plates to share - the lamb sliders, a beef slider, the ravioli, and the hummus 'jar'. The lamb slider was absolutely amazing and delicious - but for $6 it was ONE slider. We had to cut the poor tiny little sucker in half and take the tiniest bites, so we could savor the deliciousness. The other slider and the ravioli were the same deal: one slider, three mini ravioli pockets. All good food - just way to tiny for $6-$9/plate. The jar seemed to be the best deal - I believe it was $8 and was a big 'ol jar of hummus with crostini to dip in the spread. Good but it was just hummus.
Anyway we loved this place and when we have sugar daddies (sorry current bf) we will have to return. Until then we will start saving up the piggy banks for a return visit (next time we may just go to Craft so we are actually full after spending $50/ea.).
Great experience with Great food.
What a great experience! I went for a private dinner with about 15 people, and the food was amazing. The beef short ribs were great, as was the John Dorrey fish.
The service was fantastic - our drinks were always full, and our plates were always either full, or clean! The staff was great, attentive, and always willing to bend over backwards to make it a nice evening.
The place is pricey (Thank GOD I didn't have to pay), but worth it if you can afford it. Very nice place for a rehearsal dinner, holiday dinner party or other fancy private party.
WOW. Perfect spot for a private group dinner. I went to Craft in search of a perfect spot for my companies department holiday dinner of 17 people. The private dining room at Craft fit the bill perfectly and even had an outdoor patio to mingle on. Not only was the catering manager (Tobie) a pleasure to deal with, but her staff on site was exemplary! The Chefs selection of hors d'ouevres were to die for (hush puppies, squash raviolini, Foie Gras, Veal Ricotta Meatballs, Mozzarella pearls, and more!), the appetizers were delicious (Roasted Quail with Huckleberry) and the main courses were delectable - Braised Beef Short Ribs - WOW. The wine chosen by the chef was perfectly suited to our menu (and very reasonable). Everything was super fresh, perfectly timed, beautifullly plated and simply perfect. My team was so impressed, had a great time, and have been talking about it all day! Thanks Tobie, Rebecca and Adrian.
One Of The Worst Restaurants Anywhere.
All I can say about the location is: Century City? If you find cold, steel, sterile office buildings romantic, than Craft is the place for you. If you like the sight of overworked attorneys and deserted night time streets that are eerily devoid of any human beings, you will love this place. If you are nouveau riche, trying very hard, and have not dined in that many truly great restaurants, then Craft is your new home away from home.
I was taken to Craft for my birthday and have never had a worse dining experience in my life. We had a reservation but we were forced to wait for almost an hour. After ordering a drink that never came and after receiving a dried up wrinkly prune of a meat appetizer, I asked if I could speak to the manager. He flat out told me that he would do absolutely nothing about the situation. He refused to try to rectify any of the large number of problems that were occurring and said "Why don't you just sit down and enjoy your meal?" What was there to enjoy: Bad service and worse food? This place needs to get over itself.
Great Service; Way Overpriced; Lacking Flavor. Service was great (about 4-5 severs), but what I and my 3 friends ordered lacked in flavor (salt/pepper even?). Porterhouse, chicken, scallops...great cuts of meat, cooked just right, but NO flavor. Same for the sides (and $29 for 3 scallops??). Overpriced--except for the drinks, especially the Ginger Martini ($8). Would go again for drinks but not dinner.
ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN L.A.!!. I have been fortunate enough to eat at the majority of the nicest restaurants in L.A. and have to say that Craft is definitely one of the best! The decor is pretty modern, and the service is very professional. From the appetizers to the dessert, all of the dishes we ordered were excellent! There are not that many restaurants out there that you can say the same thing about. For entrees, we ordered the tuna sashimi and the frisee salad which were smaller portions, but still very tasty. For entrees, we got the beef short ribs which was out of this world! Also, we got the suzuki fish, which had an incredibly crispy skin and amazing flavors. As for dessert, we ordered the peanut butter cup, vanilla parfait, as well as the glazed donuts. They were all outrageously delicious! I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are a foodie and truly enjoy high-quality food, service, and ambiance.
Excellent Service and Wonderful Desserts!. My husband and I went to Craft on Valentine's day and we scored a nice 7:30pm reservation. The restaurant was quite full (but not overflowing)...it was perfect. We did not have to wait at all and from the moment we walked in until the moment we walked out, we were treated like royalty. Throughout the night, they gave us treats.....first the amuse buche (a mini cheese puff), then a dessert amuse buche (a shot of orange ice cream soda), then mini red velvet cupcakes and raspberry shortbread cookies with a bill, and a chocolate chip brioche muffin for the next day. It was great! They constantly changed our plates, silverware, etc after every course....first course we had the hamachi, beet salad, and cheese and onion tart (all excellent). Second course we shared lobster pasta dish, for the main course I had the asian influenced shrimp dish, while my husband had the beef short rib. The only thing was although the food quality was truly excellent, everything was seriously underseasoned! That was a little bit surprising since Tom Collichio (the famed owner) is always stressing the importance of seasoning on the show Top Chef. We ordered the donuts for dessert and caramel gelato....the donuts were full sized, fluffy, fresh, glazed, piping hot and melted in our mouths ...they came with three "dipping sauces"... Truly amazing. I would come for the dessert alone! The service truly was exceptional...it was like a beautifully choreographed dance...and very very pleasant too. Everyone was smiling and fun! The best part is the doggy bag thing....if you don't finish your food, they pack it for you, give you a ticket, and later you walk to the front of the restaurant, hand them you ticket, and pick it up from the maitre d. That way you don't have to carry it around or put it on the chair next to you. Oh yeah, the ambience was sophisticated, sleek, and very modern. It was such a spectacular night, nothing that a little salt couldn't fix.
My favorite. I went to Craft last night again and had a great meal. Their consistently great and the service staff is professional. The Chestnut Agnolotti was my favorite. Their pastas are handmade, unique and never disappoint. I had the Berkshire Pork for the first time and it was cooked perfectly. Just a little pink & nicely seasoned. I hope that the Peanut Butter Cup stays on the menu forever. I have it every time. Their menu has so much variety that you can go all the time & get something different. Love it.
Not a great place for a special occasion. Snooty staff. Not the expericence I expected from Tom Colicchio.. I've wanted to eat at one of Tom Colicchio's restaurants forever. So when my mom had a milestone birthday a few weeks ago, I decided to splurge and take her there with a few guests. When we got there, we were seated rudely. I called days in advance to reserve a nice table, but were given a lousy one. The hostess did not accommodate a request for a table change. I didn't want to make a scene so I dropped it. The bread was great, and so was the amuse bouche . We ordered hamachi with melon as an appetizer and it was unremarkable. A few of us decided to get the porterhouse that is meant to be shared and was $125. It was not a great steak. Not flavorful and far too bloody - not the way we ordered it. which was medium rare. For $125, I expect perfection. We did get a salad that had some very good bacon in it. Everything else was fine but forgettable. Our waiter was arrogant and kept walking away from us mid-sentence, like he didn't feel like wasting his time with us. This especially offended me when desert came. Let me say that before we ordered desert, they brought out a little raspberry soda/vanilla ice cream shot which was very enjoyable. When we ordered dessert, I reminded the waiter that it was my moms birthday. I didn't expect them to sing, but at least a candle or a happy birthday from the waiter. Instead, we got a dessert plopped down in front of my mom by the busboy. The plate had Happy Birthday written on it with chocolate sauce, but that was it. I have to say that it was depressing and the opposite of festive. It broke my heart a little. I wanted to do something nice for my mom and instead I felt like a criminal for wanting to have a celebration at Craft. For dessert we ordered a chocolate souffle that was served in a copper pan. The busboy did not warn us that it was very hot and someone burned his finger. The souffle was amazing though. Before the bill came there were petit fours and and we got muffins to take home which were also fabulous.
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