Cru-Fort Myers
Cru-Fort Myers

Cru-Fort Myers

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatcru.com/
  • Phone: 239-466-3663
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30a - 2:30p
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30p - 11p
    Sunday Supper 5p-9p
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Harold Balink
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining room with capacity for 30. Two 42" Video monitors with A/V Setup ready.
  • Special Events: For information on wine dinners, chef's tastings, and other events, please contact Bob at Bob@eatcru.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Daniels and US 41
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cru-Fort Myers
Cru, derived from the French term loosely meaning "growth" perfectly exemplifies the goal for our restaurant. We strive daily to grow and produce a better, more beneficial product for our guests. We invite you to take in the truly unique experience that we offer in our dining room, or stop by for happy hour at our tapas bar & lounge. Two completely different menus offer two completely different experiences. We strive to produce the best available cuisine to pair with our custom wine and cocktail list. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Cru-Fort Myers reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (8)vibrant bar scene (8)special occasion (7)great for outdoor dining (6)neighborhood gem (6)romantic (5)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (3)good for groups (3)Show More
  • Comsistently good
    FashionistaVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Cru has never disappointed. Good food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shot in the dark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were in town for a quick trip, no time to research restaurants, and this was a wonderful find! Waiter was fantastic, food was wonderful, cocktails were a great suprise!
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Very good food and ambience was great as well. We made late reservations and they were able to accommodate us. I would definitely recommend to friends. We had filets, which were terrific. One of the people in our group was a chef from another restaurant, he had the duck and said it was fabulous! Good job CRU.......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    dsb2b
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    quiet and pleasant atmosphere, food was excellent with exception of duck which was very tough.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 137 reviews are from the Cru-Fort Myers reviews archive.
  • Favorite Place in SWF
    Bob02
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We eat at this restaurant every time we are in the area. The food never disappoints. Always something creative. I had the duck meatballs and they were excellent. We always enjoy ourselves here and cant wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best for the buck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Food was great, we enjoyed apps in the bar and moved to the dining room. Service was fun and personal, didn't feel like a generic dining experience. Thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Great food, great service, and great atmosphere. I love that the waitstaff understands gluten intolerance and can guide me through the menu. I feel safe eating here and the food is great!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    dcartwr
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Attempts out of the ordinary dishes but their preparation and quality was just ok. I plan to try this restaurant one more time before recommending it to friends. Nice restaurant, not too expensive but the need to execute in the kitchen if they're going to serve foo foo food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOUD but good
    lisaVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Bar area crazy loud. Restaurant is better. We got a booth in the back. The kale caesar was great. My husband had an outstanding steak. I had the gnochi with wild mushrooms. outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Melt-in-mouth filet mignon
    Bday
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Beautiful dining experience. Always great food. Have lunched here often; had dinner for first time. Terrific! Pricey, but was worth it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Food Pairings
    captivatoni
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Love the food for unique pairings...particularly love the spicy crab rolls. Have only eaten lunch here but understand it is nice for dinner or appetizers in the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice array of craft cocktails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Nice array of craft cocktails and some very good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Meh
    jaykaydee
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We went for lunch to Cru. It was right after the "lunch rush" so we saw lots of dirty tables and mess. The decor was tired and there was a musty smell. When we sat down, I noticed that both the water glasses on our table were dirty - mine was sticky. Our waitress switched them out quickly. I ordered the "crazy salad" (?) with chicken and my friend a Cubano. When they came my salad was swimming in dressing, limp lettuce, dry chicken, and I could not find any of the pistachios that were supposed to be on it. My friends's Cubano was good but the truffle fries were covered in cheese that smelled BAD - not a "stinky cheese" smell, a mildew smell. She put lots of ketchup on and it was okay. Service was good, the one redeeming factor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food and service was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Food and service was excellent. attached bar area a bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre BBMann
    Ecwein
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The menu is interesting, varied, and innovative. Quality is high and consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Featuring a loud version of
    fourscore
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Featuring a loud version of the ubiquitous generic Florida guitar player/singer
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cru - Ft. Myers
    Kenny
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We had a 5:30 reservation and were seated promptly. Our waitress was excellent. Our order was taken promptly and our drinks and food were served in a timely manner. The seafood dishes were excellent. The special - a bone-in filet - was only fair in quality. When we left at 7:00, the restaurant, outdoor area, and bar were packed! It became a little noisey toward the end of our meal, but overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty and good-- pretty good
    Neapolitan
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Not a lot of options in Ft. Myers for places taking a reservation and serving something beyond the steak and fish standards. Cru is attractive and nicely tucked into an attractive upscale mall. Bar very buzzy and full on a Thursday evening. There is some outdoor seating, but we were seated inside, and the room is very, very dark-- in no way a Florida environment, if that's what you are looking for. Great wine list. Menu is interesting. Food, however, was so-so. Risotto beneath the shrimp and scallop entree was leaden, mushy and tasteless, literally without any identifiable flavor. Dining companion's salmon was oddly pale and over cooked. Crab chowder was gluey. Nothing was inedible, but things seemed so promising until the food arrived.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I cannot recommend this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I cannot recommend this restaurant for any of the above. We were not impressed at all. I actually thought it could have been a bit more cleaner. The meals did not impress us and the quality of the steak was poor. I have no desire to go back. I was disappointed. Sorry to have wasted a night out on this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite SWF restaurant
    Bob02
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I love this place. The food is very good as the menu is inventive. we have been coming here for about 3 years and I have never been disappointed. The staff treats us very well especially Samantha. My wife misses the homemade coconut cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal
    JohnInNaplesVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We hit Cru on the way to BB Mann for concerts and every time we are impressed. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We just had a few small platters
    Fran
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    We just had a few small platters outside for dinner before the movies, so we can't really judge the restaurant fairly for the inside dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot for dining
    samer
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Trying to find a dining experience in an area of chain and causal restaurants can be hard. Our friends recommended CRU for a spot with out of town guests where the food would be great and a spot where we could visit. Everything worked. Though the restaurant has a bar and a vibrant out door dining area, inside is peace and quiet with attentive service. Food is perfect, everyone enjoyed there meal. A good evening!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    In an area with lots of chains and fast food it was really nice to find a place with great fresh foods. We had two salads and two fish entrees and all were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had lunch at Cru with a dear
    Barb
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Had lunch at Cru with a dear friend that I had not seen in a long time. We needed time to talk and to get caught up without feeling that the server needed the table and tried to rush us out.....this was the perfect place and the perfect time. My shrimp and scallop dish was excellent. Can't wait for an opportunity to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meeting place
    gracie2eat
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Wonderful to meet someone new where you can hear them, and be serene surroundings. Would recommend for two to eight people. ambiance abounds.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-movie dinner
    FrancesVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We went to Cru for a pre-movie dinner. Our 4 entrees were all deliciious. We told our waitress we were going to a movie, even so there was a longer wait between appetizers and entrees than we would have liked, but we still finished in time to arrive in our seats at the theater just as the trailers started.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cru is our Favorite
    KatyK
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We have been coming to Cru when we visit Ft. Myers for 8 years and LOVE it. It is always consistent, the food is wonderful and adventurous and the wine is amazing. Can't say enough about Cru.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    KateB
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We had 4 appetizers, a main course, dessert and drinks....each course was wonderful. Interesting flavor combinations and the service was top notch. The bar scene looks fun but was super noisy, however, we sat in the dining area in a side booth and it was great (not loud at all). We definitely recommend Cru
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cave man and Vegitarians
    Local
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Whether you like a huge piece of cow or a perfect portion of fish, there is something on the menu for everyone. Courses are presented beautifully yet they keep portion sizes large. Order the truffle fries, they aren't on the menu but are fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The noise wasn't "energetic"…it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The noise wasn't "energetic"…it was chaotic. It happened to be "Yappy Hour" at Bell Tower, leading to lots more people, dogs and ….noise. We were seated by a table near the hostess desk and door, ---horrible noise level. When we asked to be moved, it was graciously handled, very nice. I can't imagine why we weren't placed there in the first place, there were three open booths along the wall, much more enjoyable, leading to a very nice time. Server was super, food great!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ABOVE AVERAGE
    NoneVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Food was very good; service the same. Noise level too high for either intimate dining or seniors' ears.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed
    BougivalVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    We shared the crab roll - I was expecting a sushi type roll - it was deed fried. My husband had Steak frites - steak was great, the fries were too skinny and overcooked. My grilled fish was just too oily. We were not inspired enough to order a dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was fabulous as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    The food was fabulous as usual and very innovative. I was disappointed in my cosmo--very picky about them. I sent it back because there was no noticeable alcohol in it, so I got a glass of wine instead. They have very high prices, so should be a little more generous with their alcohol.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service!
    KaermMD
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Our server, Rick, was unbelievable! He was prompt, courteous, personable, humorous, and met our every need with a delightful attitude. He made our Christmas Eve dining experience truly memorable. (This experience was a much needed antidote to a truly bad one at Nervous Nellies on the beach the evening before.)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better thru the years
    Jmacdog
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    As patrons from day one we greatly appreciate the quality of the ingredients and the skillful knowledge to blend them that Harold and Bob use to create outstanding food. The menu has something for everyone but is shaped by only doing those dishes that they can call outstanding. Niman Ranch bone on filet is undoubtedly the best piece of beef anywhere, but there is also a delicious Buffalo Tenderloin. Fish is served perfectly tender and moist and all dishes are with vegetable companions done just right to highlight the entrée. Not the place for kids as the bar scene is hectic but seems to add energy and is appropriate to the open kitchen and separate dining room. Over the years we have introduced people to Cru and all can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant interlude
    mjmm
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    dined at Cru Friday evening. Swift attention from management when entering. Excellent and friendly service. Food was good but the Tartare steak could have been chopped more. gnocci was excellent. Wines outstanding.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining out
    Bozz
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    We had the scallop appetizer which was very good and the Arugula goat cheese salad also very good . The main courses were average to below average in quality and presentation . Specifically the snapper appetizer was overpowered with cheese and stuffing , hard to find the natural subtle flavor of the Fish , and presentation was monotone with no greens , starch or colors . The seafood risotto was very undercooked , and lacked flavor . Once again the presentation was lacking although both entrees had nice fresh fish and seafood if could find it amongst all the breading and cheese . Would return but would focus on a simpler preparation of fresh fish or seafood . BOZZ
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy!
    howardn
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Great menu. Food doesn't live up to the menu. Restaurant was jammed and incredibly noisy because of to the inside/outside bar scene. Looks like a great spot for young adults to party at the bar and patio. Not so good if you are expecting fine dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Place to Eat
    Mallee
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Came here with clients from out of town and it seems like this is our go-to place for dinner. We had a great time at the bar. It was slightly difficult to get the bartenders attention but it didn't change our mood. Dinner was fantastic and dessert was even better. Love this place. Our waiter was phenomenal, very knowledgeable and personable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate