Cru Kitchen and Bar
Cru Kitchen and Bar
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Cru Kitchen and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://crukitchen.com/
  • Phone: 3123374001x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday
    11am - 12am

    Friday
    11am - 1am

    Saturday
    9am - 1am

    Sunday
    9am - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Carrington
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private rooms for up to 20 and 30 people, semi private for up to 40 with one adjoining room, up to 60, with two adjoining rooms up to 100. Total seating capacity is 120 with room at bar for pre-dinner drinks and appetizers.
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa Schmidt 312-337-4001x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wabash
  • Public Transit: Red Line Chicago Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Cru Kitchen and Bar
Cru Kitchen and Bar is the neighborhood "go to" place in the Gold Coast. Situated a short step from Michigan Avenue and major hotels, it offers spiced up comfort food in a casual atmosphere. Cru serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week and brunch on weekends. At the u-shaped bar, which is the hottest spot for people watching, enjoy a wide selection of wines by the glass, flights, over 100 bottles and superb cocktails and spirits as well as an all day menu. In winter, enjoy hearty, seasonal favorites in a fireplace setting, while summertime offers the best people watching in Chicago on the huge sidewalk cafe.
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Cru Kitchen and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Cru never disappoints
    KSC12
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    We go here frequently because it's in the neighborhood, and the service and food never disappoint. It's probably my favorite restaurant in the Gold Coast for the value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekend dinner
    DaveS
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Been to CRU several times after being referred there by my daughter who resides in Chicago. Each time we weren't disappointed. The atmosphere and dining area is nice, and the staff has always been excellent and accommodating. Would classify CRU as a solid option for a good tasting, reasonably priced dinner. Brussels sprouts, Mac and Cheese and cheese / charcuterie are excellent! Wine list isn't overly expansive, but you can certainly find a glass or bottle to meet your needs. Overall, we'll continue to visit CRU!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great brunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Perfect place for brunch with all my friends in town for a mini reunion. Attentive staff, excellent food, a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Harry
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Great location and easily walkable from the Mag Mile.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise for brunch
    Howie
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Cru was a wonderful surprise. We had heard that it had changed hands but decided to give it a try anyway. It turned out to be the perfect Saturday brunch. In fact the owners are the same but changed from a Feast to Cru. Salad friends from out-of-town loved their choices. My Eggs Benedict were absolutely perfect which I enjoyed with a wonderful glass of a sparkling rose. Every table was full for good reason. Don't stand in line at Yolk when you can reserve Zander enjoy a much better experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The menu at Cru was interesting. The food very good and the service excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very limited menu
    socalgirlVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I really liked this place when it was Feast. Since they changed the menu ( didn't seem like much else changed), it's extremely limited -- especially for those who don't eat beef, pork, lamb or veal. what few options they do have are fixed with funky extras that make those options unattractive. ANd the actual menu is not the same as the onlne menu. I went online to check and so while I thought there would be more choices, I was very disappointed.
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  • The menu is similar to Feast,
    eaterVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    The menu is similar to Feast, and is still delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusually bad
    LocaldinerVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    Service - food took nearly 30 minutes (sandwiches), waitress I attentive, and very unpleasant. Worst experience ever in this frequently visited restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We all give it a huge thumbs up!!!
    TiffVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    My family & I went for Sunday Brunch & it was AMAZING!!!! We all had something different & everyone cleaned their plate! The Pancakes were amazing!!!! My 10 year old son ate the entire omelette & salad - he said it was the best meal ever!!!!! We enjoyed sitting outside & everything was perfect! Friendly staff too! ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service was lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Went in with family from out of town for brunch. The restaurant was busy, but not packed. It took quite some time for our table to be acknowledged, and when we finally were, we felt rushed to order. Towards the end of our meal (2 of us were finished, 2 were not), the server came and dropped the check and begin clearing our plates. As half our table was still enjoying their meals, this felt very rude. We would have liked to order more drinks and continue to enjoy ourselves, but were quite put off and felt the need to hurry even more. I understand a server being busy, but dropping the check while we are still eating is unacceptable. Although the food was delicious, the service left a poor taste in our mouths.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    sibylVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    This restaurantispff the beaten path of Rush St. where tourists f Ockham so prices can soar. This place is in a neighborhood and is very overpriced. Too bad as a nearby resident O I would have liked to support the restaurant but it is WAY overpriced.
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  • Excellent Brunch Spot
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    We had a group of eight for brunch and were able to sit outside on a perfect day. To top it off both the food and service were excellent. It started with my phone call to reconfirm the reservation, due to a number change. Cru was more than accommodating and went above and beyond!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and staff outstanding
    Nana
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff is very friendly and Professional. The cook makes very tasty dishes, presented with care and perfectly seasoned. the duck liver mousse is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service
    MSveggie
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    A bad experience- I have tried Cru twice thinking the first time was a fluke, it wasn't. It was BAD. No one came to help us for 20 minutes and then waiter was so rude! Food is only OK anyway. Do not go!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst service ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    My friend and I made plans to have a late lunch outside to enjoy the beautiful Chicago weather. The hostess allowed people to seat themselves, AHEAD of people who had reservations, and we waited 30 minutes before we were finally seated at a table. Without any service thereafter, my friend and I walked up and left. I used to like Cru and would go there on a semi-regular basis. The horrible service and general apathetic attitude of the staff is enough to put me and my friends off for a long time.
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  • Okay- first time there
    SadiesplaceVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Sat us next to large group, fairly noisy. I had told them it was my husband's. birthday, no acknowledgement. Food was fairly good. Mushroom flat bread was excellent, other food was unremarkable. Wait staff was fairly attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ambience was fine; food for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    ambience was fine; food for brunch was mixed; toast and potatoes were very good but omelettes were a little rubbery
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic freshly prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    Fantastic freshly prepared food. Amazing brunch. Great service and decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A beautiful interior and nice
    AtldeuceVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    A beautiful interior and nice food. $4 for 3 pieces of greasy bacon however.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place to grab a drink
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Great service, nice atmosphere. The dinner menu was not the most appealing to me or my date. The wine was ok, but the prosecco was great. I would go back and try a different wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is wonderful and
    LadyVVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    The food is wonderful and I love their wine list. However, every time we eat at Cru, the menu changes and the prices creep up. It wasn't very busy for a Friday evening and I think it's because Cru is having a tough time finding itself. Also, the bus staff works very hard to do things right, but we were given random plates for no reason at all and one bus boy kept asking if he could clear away the plates. It was awkward.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good, but expensive
    waldmkaVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    Very good, but drinks are very expensive. Enjoyed the flatbread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The noise level was pretty
    lolaVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    The noise level was pretty high- not a relaxing Sunday vibe. The breakfast items were average, except the beignets and biscuits (delicious) and the grits (not very tasty.) One person liked the chopped salad a lot. I'd give it a lukewarm recommendation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nothing special - at all
    PIPoodleVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    The decor is great. The service was slow. The ambiance was bizzare - let me elaborate. There is a curtain that separates part of the restaurant. Halfway through dinner the curtain was pulled back to see an open layout and three random tables. One table had a diner - a diner wearing adidas pants and working on a laptop. It spoiled the ambiance. They should have left the curtain closed. The service - where do I start. Nice guy, but totally recommended the Pinot Noir from Cali (didnt say where from). So we go with his recommendation and then look at the menu - there were 3 Pinots and 1 listed at $150/bottle. When he came back, we asked what Pinot he was going to bring - Brooks. Brooks is an Oregon Pinot - get it right dude!
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  • Went with a party of 8 for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Went with a party of 8 for my best friend's bachelorette party this past weekend. The food was excellent - it's not often that everyone at the table is raving about their meal, but we were. I'm always looking for places that are a little nicer but still good for group brunches and Cru is definitely it. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu for breakfast/lunch on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Menu for breakfast/lunch on Sunday is outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for any meal - brunch,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Perfect for any meal - brunch, lunch, dinner and everything in between!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first visit to
    chanlemarieVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    This was our first visit to Cru but not our last. The restaurant is cozy with several fireplaces. The menu is impressive for a rather small restaurant, with a variety of creative starters, main courses and desserts. We began the meal with the grilled shrimp and baby octopus, which was divine, and the vegetable tempura, also ver good-lightly breaded and not greasy. Our main courses kept the streak going; the Barramundi and the lamb loin both mouth wateringly delicious. We enjoyed the wines by the glass menu, trying a variety of reds and whites. We declined dessert, but there were several on the menu that looked tempting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Three Girls Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    We were three girls out to catch up on each others lives and our server Matt (I think that was his name) couldn't have been more helpful, charming and better timed. The gnocchi mushroom appetizer was knockout rich and delicious and the brussels sprouts, which we ate as an appetizer, were elevated to new heights. We consulted with Matt on our entrees and all of us were very pleased. I will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • HOT. And not in a good way.
    jocelynVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    If we didn't get stuck by the fireplace, this would have been a decent dining experience. That and if we would have had a waiter that cared at all that he had a table. Here are the pluses.... The food is very good. I had the breakfast burrito and it was one of my favorites in the city. The biscuits are great as are the donuts. But the service was HORRENDOUS. I think he came by twice in the hour and a half we were there. He never offered us another drink and never checked on us after we got our food. We had to flag him down for a bill. And as we were leaving, the manager came and turned the fireplace off. As the sweat dripped down our backs on our way out the door, we had never felt so happy to leave a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There were 4 of us. Three
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    There were 4 of us. Three liked the food, one did not. French fries used to be fabulous, and they were very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine overpriced, menu interesting,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Wine overpriced, menu interesting, but food was just ok, nothing special. Had to move from very hot spot near fireplace. Would probably try someplace else next time, but would also consider giving Cru another try. Service very good.
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  • While I would not describe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    While I would not describe it as kid-friendly from a menu standpoint...we had our kids with us and they were so good at accommodating them. We had a great family meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • There is no better place for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    There is no better place for delicious breakfast food. The menu is creative, the juice is fresh squeezed, the wait staff is friendly and the food is simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not a Neighborhood Gem!
    ARussell
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The service was quite slow. We waited about 45 minutes for two burgers. All of the food was covered in truffle oil. A little really goes a long way and it over powered all of the other food flavors.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have a great dinner at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    We have a great dinner at Cru once a week. Its a special place where I bring my special lady.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional wine!
    Charles123VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    My fiancee and I came here for dinner on Friday. I can't say enough good things about the wine list and the service. Our waiter was super nice and personable. His recommendations on wine were great, and everything was excellent. We did not think the food stood up to the quality of the wine. The quinoa appetizer and vegetable sides were delicious, but I thought my short rib entree was under-seasoned as was the wagyu burger. Overall the food was fine, but the star of the experience was the wine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food. Went for restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Amazing food. Went for restaurant week... Very poor choices for restaurant week so ate off the menu. P
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • What? No valet?
    TreyVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Food is fine, service ok but parking is a hassle- I would only recommend it if you are normally in the area- not worth a special trip.
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