Cru Cafe

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4041 reviews
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Comfort Food
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.
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KC
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for a late dinner (8:45 pm) on Friday night. It was too noisy for us inside, so we asked to be moved outside on the porch. It was perfect. We enjoyed a great meal. I had the potato soup and the lamb shank which were pefect.. My wife had salad with fried oysters and duck breast confit. She says it was the best sauce ever. We split the bread pudding for dessert. Excellent dinner. I like the street sign outside. The street is Motley Lane and it lines up with the Cru Cafe sign exactly.

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B
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I just moved back after living in Charleston about 5 years ago and Cru was always my favorite restaurant in town. I hadn’t been back since I left so I took my gf there for Valentine’s Day. I was a bit nervous because I had hyped the place up...a lot and was worried it wouldnt be as great as I remembered. I was wrong. It was just as incredibly delicious as I always remembered. If not better. Cru remains my favorite place in town and will continue to be my go-to spot for out of town guests, date nights, and any other excuse I can think of.

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DC
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint dining experience with excellent food! Small dining space but was amazing experience. We will return and bring our friends!

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k
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as usual

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Valentine’s day dinner. Excellent food and service. Shoutout to Chelsea, she’s awesome!

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KB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very yummy! Tables are close together and very loud. Couldn't hear server or each other b/c of other guest.

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G
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Welcoming and friendly staff, not overbearing, food was excellent, calamari was delicious, basil shrimp pasta also excellent, fish of the day was good and perfectly cooked although slightly bland for my taste. Excellent value for the food quality.We will definitely return to Cru Cafe!

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ND
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a return trip to Cru after first dining there about 2 years ago, and it was as good as we remembered.

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t
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, food, and service. Our server, Chelsea, helped us select our meals and everyone was delighted. One of our favorite restaurants and a Charleston classic.

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MH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Especially nice with the 40% price roll back recently. Nice fireplace, best salmon we have ever had.
Best mac n cheese. Great, great place.

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SD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

First time dining at Cru. Food was very good. Will definitely go back

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PA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. Friendly warm atmosphere.

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible meal. After a long day in Charleston we scored an early reservation by accident. We had planned a five star sixtieth birthday weekend in Rome but the weather looked dicey so we opted for a quick trip from Raleigh to a town our family always talked about. Grandma zipped down for the premiere of Gone With the Wind. Mom spent Delta Airlines layovers at the Meeting House so we chose three great days there as our base of operations. The Pennensula Grill was booked until 9:30 but we scored a Coconut cake on the way back from the Cru. The bar at Husk filled in our burger daytime needs (yes Spotted Pig NYC may close but this incarnation is even better) our favorite was Cru.
The presentation was exceptional but bring an appetite. Every bite is a treasure. Romantic to a fault. Thank you.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The off-menu items we tried were special -- outstanding. Braised boneless veal short ribs was a new item for me and exceeded expectations dramatically. The julienned vegetable salad was also outstanding. The server was informal, attentive, and helpful in discussing menu items. An outstanding dining experience.

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IM
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our favorite when in Charleston. Maybe 20 meals so far and only praise for great food and fun staff! A real winner!!!

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K
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was beautifully prepared and very good! A great Charleston experience. Wait staff was exceptional! Great choice for us!!

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j
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

After reading all the reviews I decided on Cru Cafe and glad I did. Now it is definitely not anything to look at but once seated it was okay. Table of 5 very tight on a Saturday afternoon in February. Our waitress was great. I can highly recommend the four cheese macaroni and the fried onions. I enjoyed the goat cheese and mesclun greens. Other choices for the table were: Garlic Chicken Club(very good), a special for the day burrito(equally as good), and the French Dip. The bread on the sandwiches was delicious. I will definitely be returning!!!!

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BM
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. A Charleston fav I visit on every trip to that city!

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. We were in a group of 6 women and sat comfortably with potential room for more. All the food was fresh and delicious, everyone loved their meals. Staff were friendly and prompt refilling drinks, service from appetizers to main course was seamless. There was not a lot of waiting between courses but we also did not feel rushed. The restaurant was clean and staff seemed to interact with each other in a fun and professional manner. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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k
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in an intimate setting. Service was excellent as well. Will definitely come again!

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SS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gear vegetarian lunch options

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top rated? Staff was gracious, food and service great. We tried to cancel a later reservation there, but couldn’t and forgot to remind Cru. We came at 5:00 instead

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J
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service ! Loved sitting at the bar and watching them prepare the food in the kitchen !

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always Cru was nice for a casual lunch.

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SF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 3rd time going to the restaurant and it was amazing! We look forward to dining there every time we manage a trip to Charleston. We have been there twice for lunch and for dinner the last time. We are always telling others to go check it out!

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C
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food, service and unique setting! Will look forward to another visit.

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H
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for a late lunch and were seated at the "chef's table." So in addition to being well-fed, we were also entertained by the kitchen staff. The tomato-basil soup was delicious, and our entrees(portobello sandwich & burger) were accompanied by sauteed yellow squash and truffle fries--all very well prepared. The staff is efficient and courteous, and the value is excellent.

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RB
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Cru Cafe is our favorite place for lunch in Charleston.
The freshest ingredients along with fresh seafood served by friendly staff in a bright airy room or better yet on the Verandah combine to make this a great restaurant. We’ve never had poor service or a bad meal there. Remember to make reservations as seating is limited.

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DS
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is high-end while the t-shirt clad employees and low-key decor is warm and welcoming. All silverware is replaced between courses and the food is GREAT! Highly recommend just communicating the disconnect you’ll feel when you first walk in.

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was great! Go you won't be disappointed.

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PA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Hasn't disappointed. Fun atmosphere, especially if you don't mind tight quarters.

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NW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brandan was fantastic
Great meal wonderful atmosphere
Just a great restaurant to go to for fabulous food and very wonderful staff THANKS CRU
NATE YOU ARE GREAT
THANKS NICK WALSH

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AE
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Very casual atmosphsre. The Servers were wonderful. Very small place. They turn tables over quickly but you don't feel rushed. You feel like they value your business. The food is outstanding! Had the local fish and the scallop dishes. Both were excellent. Creative. Would strongly recommend not missing a chance to eat here!

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GM
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love love love Cru. Never had a bad meal there. Wait staff are all experienced and excellent while the kitchen is turning out sumptuous food. What's not to like!

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CB
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Wonderful wait staff. Cudos to all.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent meal and service for a couple’s dinner. The pork egg rolls and oyster salad were the best.

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m
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and great food. Casual atmosphere right near the downtown Market. Fish prepared very well. Best fried green tomatoes we've had. Well worth going.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. Highly recommend

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EA
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cru, one of only two restaurants that deliver the whole package EVERY time we visit, many over 19 years. Thanks for consistent excellence!

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RE
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great from start to finish - warm greeting, great service, everything from appetizers through desserts was fantastic. Will definitely go there again.

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