Update: Crepes de Art in Hayward is now closed.Atmosphere: 3/5 ♦ Service: 3/5 ♦ Food Quality: 4/5 ♦ Value: 3/5 Times Visited: A few ♦ Will I Return?: Most likely, sir ___________
Crepes de Art is a creperie — yes, a creperie — in Hayward. You read correctly, the forces of the world have combined in statistically improbable ways and delivered a slice of French chic right smack in the middle of downtown Hayward. And I accept this benevolent gift with promises to keep crepe-ing it up so long as they stay in business.
So, crepes. Have you met me before? It’s going to be hard for me to muster a complaint about anything crepe-related. Fortunately, I have no complaints about the crepes from Crepes de Art to date, they are quite good. The price is right (two crepes for around $11) and they are full of delicious foodstuffs as ordered.
There is a variety of choices — both sweet and savory — including all the usual suspects: strawberries, bananas, apples, lemon, Nutella* and chocolate for the sweeties, and ham, eggs, cheese, mushrooms, turkey and veggies for the savories. And much more, actually, they get a bit creative with the combos (see menu). Plus you can always do a mix and match situation for all the crepe-control-freaks out there (you know who you are).
The presentation is nice (and well captured in my photos if I do say so, thank you for the nice lighting CdA), and the crepes are well crafted and just plain tasty.
Complaints: The times we’ve been here there were a few hiccups that bugged me a bit.
- On our first visit they were closed. A sign on the door indicated that their water had been shut off. What was that about?
- On our second visit the woman who worked there kept having to retrieve something from the refrigerator at the back of the space, which is right next to the tables where we were eating. I felt a bit like I was in her house.
- The last two times we’ve been there the espresso machine has been broken. Our visits were two weeks apart, can we get a repair guy out here, please?
- While the service is generally very good and the employees are kind, a couple of our visits found only one staff member present. This meant delays for ordering, busing tables and cooking food as one person had to “man” all the stations at once.
All in all, I do keep going back because I just plain love crepes and theirs are really good. I wish they would get it together a bit on the restaurant peripherals because it makes me wonder if they’re in for the long haul or not, but overall a totally great find in Hayward.
*If you don’t know what Nutella is: A) we should probably not be friends, and B) you should try some as soon as humanly possible (then we can be friends again).