Cru Cafe

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4586 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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K
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Of all the Charleston restaurants, it’s one of our favorites

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visit to Charleston for the day

PM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch!

BR
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and amazing food!

C
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Oyster salad special was yummy
Prob should have asked for dressing and bacon on the side but that is my preference
Oysters were perfect
Burger beyond good
Soup was a touch salty

KR
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent! Service is great

OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as usual. Every time we stay in Charleston Cru is where we have lunch before heading back home. The food is always consistent of quality and quantity. We have had many things on the menu and have never been disappointed. I would suggest making a reservation because the place is not big. Enjoy!

RB
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I turned three friends on to the Cru Cafe on Saturday. They loved their lunches as much as I enjoyed mine. There are always two of three entrees that I want instead of just one. Although same is square footage, this is one of the city's finest restaurants!

OT
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Thank you!

J
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We went to Cru in a quiet Friday night after New Years.it was the second or third time I’d been there, but the first time we’d managed to score a table on the porch, which was very intimate and pleasant on the mild evening. With this great ambience and terrific service, I really want to love the place. And while the food was good, it just wasn’t up to the level that we have come to expect here in Charleston. The Caesar salad was excellent, but my scallops and my husbands seafood risotto didn’t sing.

KA
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was great, but our order got behind a big group so we waited over 45 minutes to get our food. I would definitely go back. Our server was apologetic but it was too long to wait for food.

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was a great meal! Off the beaten track a little but so worth it. We both had amazing meals and it’s plenty of food! We will go back!

C
Northern MI
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Cru. The scallops and fried oyster salad were prepared to perfection.
This is a wonderful restaurant!

SD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was truly one of our favorite Charleston food experiences. Food, service, ambience, everything was top notch. Will definitely return to this restaurant and recommend to an6 friends visiting the area.

B
Nashville
33 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we have visited Cru Cafe. Both times our food has been great. We both ate the “fish of the day” which was tile fish. Prepared perfectly ! We will visit again when in town.

LT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, fried green tomatoes with pork belly croutons was an awesome app (croutons are good enough on their own), Talia was a great hostess. Overall great meal.

HR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Salmon was excellent. My husband scallops were sweet and tender. Would definitely recommend

JC
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came early because we were starving just thinking about our meal. The manager, young gentleman, was so kind in accommodating our request to eat earlier than our reservation. The food was excellent. Service could not have been any better. We eat here every time we visit Charleston.

F
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One of our favorite lunch spots. Dependably good.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was not as expected

HR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was great. I just don’t like to be rushed bc there is another reservation for our table. We didn’t finish our dessert.

S
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! We really wanted to try several different dishes... so we will definitely be back to try the ones that we could not this time!

OT
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful house turned i to restaurant, very nice staff and environment, not super expensive because alcohol is reasonable, recommended.

N
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch menu and the service was great! The food here is amazing, and not to be missed.

MW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tiny spot but not one you soon will forget. This was my second time here, both trips in to enjoy Charleston. The Fried Green Tomatoes with Pork Belly croutons, you can't miss!!

J
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent.

KV
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A perfect and cozy little spot, Cru Cafe has about the best dinner in Charleston. That is quite an accomplishment! Had tile fish cooked perfectly, scallops that were melt-in-your mouth fabulous and a truffle-mushroom bisque that I will never forget!

S
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious & all the staff were very friendly & professional!

CR
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful little cafe with a good selection of gluten free items such as gluten free buns as substitute on sandwiches. Very appreciated!

m
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

cru has always been one of my favorite places. food is so great and atmosphere is great too. it’s never disappointed. if you haven’t made it there yet it’s really a place you need to try. i’m local and have tried a looooot of the new places around here and nothing beats cru

B
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third time stopping at Cru Cafe for lunch during a day stop on a cruise in Charleston. What a great place. Each time we have sat at the counter (chef's table). It adds to the experience. Watching the chef makes you really appreciate what they do. This time we had soup, salad, chili and cheesecake. A great meal. We look forward to returning to Cru Cafe during a future stop in Charleston and highly recommend it to others.

SS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thought the restaurant was excellent from the staff and food If we lived closer we would eat there all the time

JG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our second visit to Charleston, and our second visit to Cru. The fried green tomatoes with pork belly croutons were amazing and we really liked the plum demi on the roasted duck.

LG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Cru ! We eat here every time we are in Charleston. Very friendly staff, and the food is excellent !!
Highly recommend!!

LC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was fabulous, and our server made sure that we felt like we were her only customers! I wanted to put a small plate and an appetizer together to make a meal, and she graciously made it happen and made it extra special!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of my favorite Charleston restaurants. The food is consistently tasty and the service is attentive and prompt. My only complaint is that it can be hard to get reservations - probably because it is a small restaurant. So make sure you give yourself plenty of time to book ahead because it is so worth the visit to this gem of a restaurant!

GI
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places in Charleston. My wife and I will always eat here at least one time every trip we make. We always stay at our favorite place which is the Ansonborough Inn and it is very close to Cru. Great food and wonderful service.

MP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are superb. Atmosphere is very homey. Highly recommend. My favorite restaurant in Charleston.

OT
Charleston
59 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was exceptional despite them being very busy. The salads are delicious and hard to choose from. While the soups look very good, there isn't a soup and salad combo, only a soup and sandwich choice. A great go-to lunch spot downtown.

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