I'll echo Hohokam's opinion, I've been to dine a few times, and never left feeling like I needed to come back. The food is good, not spectacular.
However, I've also gotten some cheese there to go for parties I've had at home, and they have a few interesting cheeses that they're very willing to have people try.
It's an urban winebar--and it's great. I have actually never had a bad meal here, and love to go in the winter for a glass of wine and some truffled mac&cheese, or a goat cheese empanada. yum... I haven't been in a while, but they used to play vintage films without sound, which was kinda sexy. Lots of glass in the dining room which looks out on the light rail, and super friendly staff. How close is your friend? Would be perfect for a friend with benefits!
I'll echo much of what has already been said.
I've been to Cheuvront a few times, but I've never left feeling like I needed to come back. If my job was downtown, I could see stopping in for a glass of wine and a quick nosh at lunchtime or after work, but that's about it (somewhat reminiscent of the now-defunct Lisa G's in that regard).
I've never disliked any of the dishes I've had there, but I didn't find any of them to be particularly memorable either. What I've noticed is that items that sound very good on paper (e.g., their ancho chile pork empanada) ultimately fail to live up to expectations on the plate.
When we consider eating dinner in that part of town, we generally opt for Pasta Bar or Sens without even giving Cheuvront a thought.
I can't really report on dinner, but have had pleasant experiences for lunch & happy hour. They make a surprisingly good burger (when they're on their game), and they used to have a really good pork/apple/cheddar sandwich but I think they've changed the menu and don't offer that anymore. Happy hour offers some kind of goat cheese empanada which is tasty, and the $5 pomegranate margarita (I think?) is good.
I've been a few times. I'd say Cheuvront is a nice neighborhood wine bar and restaurant serving Central Phoenix, although not necessarily a destination restaurant warranting a trip from a great distance. I like the international plates there and the various forms of mac-and-cheese. The entrees are adequate but not as strong in my experience.
Its location within walking distance of the Phoenix Art Museum makes it a good place to combine with a trip there. It's also right across the street from the McDowell light rail station, so it's easy to combine with destinations further Downtown. One thing to be aware of: the restaurant often closes on Sundays during the summer, but the Web site is seldom updated to note that change. Call ahead to make sure it will be open when you intend to visit.
I will out myself as really liking Cheuvront -- I have friends that I meet for happy hour downtown, and we tend to rotate between Cheuvront, Cibo, Pasta Bar, and The District, with occasional forays elsewhere. My assessment agrees with exit2lef's, with the caveat that I've not really had dinner there; only small plates and cheeses and wines; for that, I haven't perceived any major shortcomings or price gouging. Ah, the mac & cheeses, though. Almost as good as mine, so that's enough in itself to get me to leave the house.
It doesn't really seem like a dinner place to me -- I would as soon go to Postino for three courses. It's, you know, a . . . wine bar. A neighborhood wine bar. I am always happy if that's the chosen meeting spot; but I agree that it isn't destination dining as far as being chef-driven. Therefore, I probably wouldn't jump at the chance to do a wine dinner here.
I always have a pleasant time; service is always good, atmosphere a little euro-retro-urban. They take care with their ingredients, which is a priority of mine, but I understand that not everyone is willing to pay extra for local or organic produce. If you want large portions cheap and you don't care how it was grown or how far it came to get to you, I wouldn't steer you to Cheuvront, I'd send you down the block to the Old Spaghetti Factory, if they are even still kicking.
603 N. 5th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 850103
Old Spaghetti Factory
1418 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
yeah, so we didn't know about this place either until last week. Wound up going there with a group. Apparently it is owned by one of the AZ senators, which means absolutely nothing about the food, but maybe it serves as a front to launder campaign finances or something...:)
I'll save everyone some time and say it's just average unless you're really into cheese. Cheese was a bright spot for those that ordered it, but there were many selections on the menu that our group ordered and they were out of.
We avoided a bottle of wine because we drink quite a bit and we know what it costs at retail, and this place is worse than most in terms of markup. I had a glass of the Juan Gil monastrell (which is one of the best all time value wines, IMO) for something like $8.50 for a small glass; the bottle is $12.99 retail...that was one of the better sounding deals to me in terms of value. Wine list I think won some awards but it didn't really blow anyone away.
My wife and I started with the shrimp ceviche. Besides being diced way too finely, it tasted fine but I could have been anywhere having that same dish...nothing remarkable or memorable.
I had the duck on a bed of red wine risotto and some sort of gastrique...everything was fine except the risotto was so al dente I was picking it out of my molars for an hour afterwards. Other guests had various pasta dishes and found them unpleasantly al dente as well...
My wife had the nicoise and the seared tuna was edible but "not that fresh"...according to the wife. I didn't taste it because, as a rule, I don't taste things that people say aren't fresh...ha. :)
After the experience we skipped dessert.
Overall, totally forgettable and not cheap, either.
Parking was excellent; they have an attached lot.
We won't be back....there are just a lot better options for the money.