Crudo opens in Pacific Highlands Ranch

An outdoor patio wraps around Crudo.
(Karen Billing)

Crudo by Pascal Lorange held a grand opening gala on Aug. 3 in the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, complete with classic cars, a red carpet arrival, small bites of Chef Pascal’s gourmet dishes and glasses of sparkling wine with fresh kumquats.

Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails and champagne to toast the new restaurant.
(Karen Billing)

After a soft opening last week, Chef Lorange is now serving his Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with an Asian touch for lunch and dinner.

The menu boasts of “sophisticated simplicity” with the majority of dishes being gluten free. As Crudo means “raw,” the restaurant will stay true to its name by offering a variety of raw plates such as sashimi and carpaccio and Chef Lorange’s take on the crostini — the ricetini. Ricetinis are topped with ingredients such as Proscuitto, ricotta, dates and scallions or grilled vegetables and goat cheese pesto.

The restaurant features a light and fresh interior accented by modern artwork and fixtures. Windows provide a peak at the activity in the kitchen and guests can enjoy happy hours at a central bar. A welcoming outdoor patio is enclosed by olive, lemon and kumquat trees and there is also a small, private dining room.

Guests inside the new Crudo.
(Karen Billing)

Crudo will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily with weekend brunch. The weekday happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For reservations for lunch or dinner, visit Address: The Village at Pacific Highland Ranch, 5965 Village Way, Suite E 107, San Diego, 92130.