Croce’s Park West has been honored as the “The Best of the Best Casual Dining” 2015 and “Best New Restaurant” in 2014 by San Diego Magazine, Reader’s Choice.
When Jim Croce and I fell madly in love, I was a 16 year old artist, gymnast, folk singer, songwriter, high school sophomore and thought business was a “four letter word”. When we married, we sang together and toured for many years enjoying the people across this wonderful country, until our son, Adrian James was born and I became a stay at home mom. Jim went on the road and we sacrificed our time together, so he could top the charts with songs like “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”, “Time in a Bottle”, “Operator”, You Don’t Mess Around with Jim” and I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song”. When Jim Croce was killed in a plane crash, we had planned to open a Restaurant and Live music bar in our new home town, San Diego, so we could invite our friends, Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt and others to join us for great food and live music… But that dream vanished when Jim died at only 30.
But today, the art of business has changed all that. It has challenged me at every turn, encouraged and empowered me and hospitality is where I find myself more comfortable than ever! We are happy to serve our neighbors, conventioneers and tourists alike, as we did at Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar in the Gaslamp for 30 years!
Croce’s Park West, our new home in Banker’s Hill up Fifth Avenue, continues to celebrate Jim’s legacy, and remains our tribute to Jim Croce, where live music is performed every night. It is where my husband Jimmy Rock and I offer a welcoming retreat to our neighbors, conventioneers and visitors alike. And it is a perfect location for dining and parties of all sizes, from 2 to 200!
Located in Bankers Hill between Nutmeg and Olive Street, at 2760 Fifth Avenue, Our fabulous chef Russell Rummer offers Contemporary American cuisine, half portions and full dinners. Our generous patio has an extended cabana-style awning and opens into the bar room, for happy hour specials, bar snacks, specialty cocktails, 14 beers on tap and our award-winning Wine Spectator’s Wine list, selected by Michael Simpson, our GM and sommelier.
We have 5 very distinct areas to enjoy Croce’s Park West – Patio, Lounge, Cozy booths, open dining, and banquettes. “The Expatriate Room” offers live music, with jazz musicians and singer-songwriters.
Valet Parking is available after 6pm Wednesday through Saturday.