Cru Cafe

4.8
4232 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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Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful as I remember. Loved it.

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AK
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were visiting Charleston and this was such a great spot for dinner. Food was delicious, cooked well, and we had very attentive service.

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

Lunch for 4 before heading back there Kentucky. The fries with truffle oil and park were delicious, the guys loved the shrimp BLT. We had the salmon toast and one special. I didn’t love special but I did love the the squash and corn bisque. The sautéed kale was the star of the show! Great time!

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Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cru cafe was recommended by friends and we were so glad we got there. The menu is really creative and everything we had was delicious!

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RR
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Second time to eat here in five days. Red fish was delicious. Favorite place to eat in Charleston.

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large party upstairs and it was an outstanding experience. Food, service, ambiance..

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our fifth time dining at Cru Cafe. We were very early and they seated us as soon as possible. Their food is consistently fresh and delicious. Something for everyone.

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MM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, outstanding food and service! The fried green tomatoes are amazing and the special kale Caesar with fried shrimp was fantastic.

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

As always,eveerything was fantastic and just a perfect place for lunch. Would never visit Charleston
and not go to CRU at least once.

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BJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a must every time we come to Charleston. We have never been disappointed. When people ask where to eat this is number one on the list.

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DC
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our hotel concierge told us that Cru Cafe has the best fried green tomatoes in Charleston and she was definitely right! They were amazing.

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RR
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite meal so far. Menu items I recognized. The scallops and red snapper were delicious and the pear salad was superb. Finished the meal with a slice of orange sherbet cake. I definitely want to go back.

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MJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Cru Cafe for more than 10 years & it never lets us down. The food is always superb. The mussels absolutely melted in my mouth. Menu is always varied, & service excellent.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The Cru Cafe is a delightful cafe with special ambiance. There's a nice selection of menu options and local flavor. It's rather small so I'd recommend making reservations.

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M
Charleston
31 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t let the use of “Cafe” in the name dissuade you! Yes to small and casual but way more than snacks and coffee. Everything in our two dinners from the starters of Butter Lettuce Salad and Mussels, through the entrees of Salmon and Strip Steak and ending with Chocolate Torte and coffee was exceptional. As for the portion sizes written about in another review, they were definitely not small nor did we leave hungry. Maybe hungry to come back and to come back soon. It was that good and rates with the 9 other top 10 restaurants in Charleston.

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Cleveland
45 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cute place, near the Market. Was able to sit outside and enjoy the great weather. Fried green tomatoes were excellent, the pork belly made a great combo. I had the fried chicken, it was very good, would have been better if the potato gratin would have been hot, it was just warm, the vegetable were also just warm. My wife had the duck breast that was truly outstanding.

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RD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has some of the best Fried Green Tomatoes! We all had something different to eat and everything was excellent and cooked to perfection!
Our server was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and extremely efficient! What an enjoyable experience!

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in Charleston. There isn't an item on the menu that isn't delicious and unique. Great place for a fun lunch with friends or family, but also a nice spot for a date night for two. Portion sizes are great, beer and wine list is also good. There's a reason it's always busy!

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VB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience was charming and the service we had was outstanding. They were more than willing to split dishes and accommodate our food sensitivities with a smile on their face. This meant a lot! The food was fresh, flavorful and delicious. Charleston is packed with great restaurants but Cru stands out at the top!

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Loud, very loud

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JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! I would recommend and go back to Cru. The food was great!

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C
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! The french dip was big and delicious. The shrimp blt was amazing. I loved the grilled bread and the smokey flavor. The sandwich was perfect with the creamy lobster bisque. Can't wait to go back again.

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TB
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived with a reservation and we're seated right away. We had mussles for an appitizer. It was out fantastic. Flavor was amazing. Salads followed. Also, very delicious. The grouper was served with crispy skin and cooked perfectly. Would highly suggest this restaurant when in town.

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ZL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Would highly recommend. Staff was outstanding— my mother fell on the way to dinner and they helped clean her scrape and gave us bandaids. Everything was incredible!

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KP
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Comfortable relaxed. Atmosphere. Pleasant and efficient service. Food and wine were excellent and everything on the menu very fresh.

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B
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal lunch @ Cru Cafe. Best chicken sandwich I’ve ever had! Can’t wait to go back when in Charleston

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outrageously good dinner! We all ordered something different so we could sample 4 different dinner dishes. Split the large duck confit salad which was big enough for everyone to get a good portion and there was no skimping on the amount of tender duck pieces. Highly recommend both the Thai seafood risotto and the grilled basil shrimp with orecchiette! And our server (a young girl) was sweet, fun and very helpful with our dinner selections. Divine!! Will definitely go again!

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OF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food and ambience were outstanding, but I was disappointed in the service. It was not at all warm and somewhat utilitarian. I would have expected more from a restaurant with such a great reputation.

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OT
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

great food, local ingredients, welcoming atmosphere, but pricey

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JK
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small space, but very popular. Historic ambiance...we had a table on the porch. Host was especially welcoming and fit us in prior to our reservation for lunch, as we were heading to the airport. Service was friendly and attentive. Menu was a bit limited but each of us found something we enjoyed. I’d recommend the goat cheese salad! Reservations required

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CK
Greensboro
23 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our all time favorites spots in Charleston for lunch or dinner.

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Wife love the place and food. Was a hit. Would go back in a heart beat

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance!

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, proves to be the best food in Charleston. Every dish beyond compare.

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Jacksonville
33 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Farro salad was amazing!

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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in Charleston. Thanks for never disappointing

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RT
Toronto
49 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner outside on the restaurant’s covered poach. Food was very good with a nice bottle of wine.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Parents visiting

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KD
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had reservation for lunch. Arrived 15 minutes early and was promptly seated.
We ordered General Tos Chicken and it was very tasty and our servings were generous.
We also ordered
Flourless Chocolate Torte to go and it was a delicious treat for later in the day. Service was commendable and we'll return when we're in Charleston again.

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KF
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We’ve dined at many Charleston restaurants over the years. This one was recommended by a colleague of a family member. The flavor profiles were excellent. I had the Seared Sea Scallops. They were prepared perfectly. My husband had the Maple Leaf Duck Breast and my Mother, the Thai Seafood Risotto. We agreed that this was the best meal of the trip. The service was excellent and the meal was fairly priced. We will return.

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