Cru Cafe

4.8
4101 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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Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, reasonably priced and a great location!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We made reservations in advance between tours in Charleston. The food was excellent once it arrived but it was a 40 min wait for lunch. Tables seated after us ate before us and no explanation was given. Tea /coffee service had to be asked for and seemed like an imposition while we waited. Worth the time investment since food was as good as expected. The truffle fries and mushroom bisque were exceptional.

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Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner! Great service and we sat at the community table. The boar ragu was amazing and he fried oysters were crispy but not overly breaded.

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Savannah
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little restaurant. Everyone loved their choices. The fried oysters were outstanding!!

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was very excited to try this place, but the food was just ‘fine’. Nothing special. The Asian slaw was limp.

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Salt Lake City
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as always— takes some patience as there is always a wait even with a reservation

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Jacksonville
31 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truffle Parmesan fries, turkey/avocado sandwich are a staple for me. The calamari with Asian slaw will be a new staple! Love this place!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit to Charleston Cru Cafe is a must!!!!

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Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly and gracious staff; made a special exception for lunch menu at our request. Bright and warm eating area. Special experience-would highly recommend and planning to return!

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M
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We love to have lunch at Cru Cafe whenever we visit Charleston. It's always been great. This was the first time we had dinner there. Experience was unpleasant due a large group of ladies at one of the bigger corner tables who were in Charleston for a celebration. Doubt if we'll do dinner here again. Our server was excellent.

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KC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was great. The Asian chicken salad was delicious. The portobello sandwich was ok. The bread was soggy and not as flavorful as others I have had.

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WB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch. Amazing combinations and great tastes in all dishes: fried green tomatoes, Asian and duck confit salads. We have gone several years between visits to Charleston, but the Cru Cafe is what we anticipate most between visits. Terrific!

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience as always! One of our fave restaurants for all occasions!

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JG
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lunch in Charleston.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! In town from Atlanta for a girls’ weekend and remembered it was so great the last time I was in Charleston that we went again! It was my favorite meal on this trip. I had the shrimp BLT and it was AMAZING! It was a simple sandwich but so delicious! The fries were good too. And their daily special salad - a wedge salad - was great. Two of the people in my party had the kung pao chicken and they both enjoyed it. The fourth person had a burger and it was pretty basic. Service was great, cute place. I’ll be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and excellent service!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Must have the Fried Green Tomatoes! Scallops were amazing. Enjoyed the Beef Stroganoff and Spring Rolls. Parking is a challenge.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch at CRU...BLT with shrimp was delicious as was the 4 cheese Mac and cheese. We had a seat on the porch which was lovely. Our server was very attentive. All around a great experience.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a return trip for us. Just as good as we remembered. We had the shrimp BLT and the French dip. Both had salads with them. They were very good. The place is small so highly recommend reservations. We will be customers on our next trip to the Holy City

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Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our 2nd visit to Charleston in 2 years and our 3rd visit to Cru. It’s a must. Warm & Friendly, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy friends and incredibly delicious food. Everything is special and memorable. Order everything and share!

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J
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Visited Cru for a late lunch while on vacation in Charleston. Cry is very casual with an open kitchen setup in a small house. Tables are very close together so I would recommend requesting porch seating if the weather is mild. We were seated a table for two which was more private but unfortunately right next to the waiting line for the one restroom. The staff was very welcoming and efficient. My husband had the tomato and pepper soup, which was delicious but quite spicy. A piece of baguette served with it would be great, but he was provided with some delicious homemade bread when he asked for it. He also had the chicken club sandwich, which was also good. I had their CAB burger. Delicious on a brioche bun and cooked perfectly to med rare. Bellini and a beer for beverages.
A nice stop for lunch or a casual dinner with friends. Wouldn’t suggest Cru as a date night dinner choice.

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PH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!

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New York Area
184 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for lunch and the food was wonderful as was the service. Hamburger was tasty, juicy, and came with toppings and add ons. My wife had the French dip sandwich which was also incredible!

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New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved it but the risotto needed to have more “bite”. A bit too mushy and need some salt.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time and won’t be our last. Everything from the food. To waitstaff the best.

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R
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We have been to Cru several times. The menu is good and the service generally OK. The noise level is sometimes unpleasant -- certainly not for romantic dining. Our most recent experiences seem to us anyway that there is a decline in food quality.

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RN
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Cru Cafe several times and it never disappoints! Food is great and the atmosphere is very friendly and comfortable.

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EM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third dining experience at Cru and it did not disappoint!

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Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible place, menu is always changing and it has never went in a wrong direction. Great staff and if you get a change get a chef table seat to watch the chaos.

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FH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still great after “all” these years! Always eat there when in Charleston.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing, and do believe the hype. I dined for lunch and everything was delicious. The only thing that was upsetting is that I arrived early for a 1pm reservation and I was not seated until 130. Also, I have a sensitive sense of smell, so I could not sit outside as the horse carriage houses are on the next corner, and the smell is off putting, so I sat comfortably inside and enjoyed the meal and the waitress who was very kind!

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Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best lunch in Charleston, bar none. Only problem is getting in. Duck salad and Chinese Chicken salads are fantastic.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food!

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AF
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cru has a COOL Vibe and good food. A real find for a nice lunch!

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Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a sweet surprise - food , service and atmosphere were excellent!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding. The scallops with the pea and farro was special. The thai seafood risotto was also a treat. The service was friendly and informative. This is a gem.

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New England
68 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Disappointed that there was not a full liquor license and that it was so loud. It had been suggested to me to go here for lunch, and that probably would have been a better way to experience Cru.

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Seattle
60 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Charming, and low-key "house style " setting restaurant with great local foods. We had the pear/blue cheese butter lettuce salad served with well blended ingredients and sliced into a crown for enjoying every bite. Entrees included the local snapper over a bed of delicious small potatoes and veggies surrounded by Vichyssoise sauce . It was light and tasty. The lamb shank was very flavorful and fork tender and accompanied by local veggies. The wine list was moderately priced so easy to choose 1 or 2 as well as bottles from many regions of the USA.
Love to go back!

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GM
Charleston
53 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cru Cafe continues to provide such excellent service and delicious meals. We started out with the Mussels that were to die for--cooked to perfection. For an entree, I had the duck with fingerling potatoes that were fantastic. My friend opted for the special which was tagliatelle pasta and lamb! Definitely will be back!

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