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For 2
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7:00 PM
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Cru Cafe

4.8
3432 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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It's the Holy City's Hidden Gem! Cru Café is Charleston's home to some of the best gourmet comfort food in the Lowcountry. Cru Café is the culinary creation of renowned Le Cordon Bleu graduate, Chef John Zucker. Opened in 2002 in response to overwhelming demand, Cru Café is a culinary destination off the beaten path in in a classic 18th century Charleston single-style home. Cru Café and its award-winning Cru Catering division are consistently ranked as top eateries by locals and tourists alike. From our famous Four Cheese Macaroni to our tasty Thai Seafood Risotto, we feature something for everyone. And if you're in the mood for lighter fare, try our Chinese Chicken Salad or Duck Confit Salad. Guests of the restaurant can enjoy daily specials, indoor and outdoor porch seating, a wine list tailored to the varied menu and rich, mouthwatering desserts. We invite to stop in and enjoy a delicious meal with us today.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic, Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(843) 534-2434
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Zucker
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Catering
Voted Charleston's best caterer consecutively since 2001 by the Charleston City Paper, our Cru Catering branch offers full service customized catering, in-house personal chefs, corporate catering, receptions, weddings and private parties. Please contact us at 843-534-2433.
www.crucatering.com
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Cross street
East Bay St
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Parking details
Cru Cafe does NOT offer parking. The gravel lot across the street is owned and operated by Palmetto Carriage Company. There is a public parking deck located off Pinckney Street behind the Bank of America building. The address is 200 Meeting Street.
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Entertainment
Private Upstairs Dinning Room available for up to 18 people.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 3432 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chuck (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

This was our third visit and the food and service were outstanding for the third time. Our only negative is the restaurant is small and it can get so loud you can hardly hear yourself when you are talking. There was a party of four behind our table and they were so loud it became obnoxious. We will go back and just hope it’s a little quieter!

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

I've been trying to get my husband here for years, and we finally were in town when I could get a lunch reservation. He is hooked! He had the best sandwich he's ever had (pastrami special) and is raving to everyone about that and the Fried Green Tomatoes! Thanks!

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Foodisgood (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

We sat at the chef’s counter and loved watching them work. Food was plated beautifully and tasted great. Great service. Would go back.

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vipSundaynight (Western NC)
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Service was terrific! Mike took great care of me! Salmon and salad were quite tasty. Hank stopped by to say hi as I had eaten at the sister restaurant Purlieu last night. Table next to me was quite loud and boorish.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Great atmosphere and food- very pleasant experience!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

The staff were very helpful and the food was the best we had while in Charleston,

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

We travel from Charlotte maybe once a year....and this is a place we go to lunch everytime!!

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

I have been coming to Charleston for 25 years, I’m 40. This is the most consistent, unbelievable original, oh and by the way it’s in a beautiful Charleston style home in downtown. There is usually a wait and they take reservations. I have walked up an waited over an hour to be seated. Was I mad hell no I was at Cru Café it’s worth any wait.

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CoCo 
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was exccllent so what's the service. The only complaint is that it is always noisy and you are so close to the other tables.

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JoAnn (Charleston)
5.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

The Mac n Cheese is fantastic as is the poached pear salad. The restaurant is very cozy and has a great atmosphere. It has limited seating so reservations are a must.

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