Cru Cafe

4.8
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
4537 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 4537 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
TB
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent steak and duck!

TJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and setting!! Have taken several people who have all loved it!!

VS
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

OT
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great and cozy place tucked away in an old house from the colonial era. The food was top notch, and the truffle mussels among the best I’ve ever had! Would definitely come back!

NY
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite place for lunch and also a great place to take out of town guests. The Shrimp BLT always high on our list and the ginger/carrot/coconut soup was delicious as an accompaniment. Two of us had the General Tso's chicken and loved it. Love this place!

OT
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best grouper I have ever had. Wonderful service and delightful ambiance.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service!

Report
KN
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience - lovely atmosphere, good food, good service.

J
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Intimate environment, great food in an off-the main road location.

L
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the butter lettuce salad with Gorgonzola cheese, beets, roared pears, walnuts, grilled chicken topped with Honey Sherry Vinaigrette. Delicious! He had the Ginger Glazed Salmon and it looked divine and he it certainly was.

SA
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always! Been a favorite for 20 years

B
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything on Cru’s menu is delicious but my fav entree is the salmon. So good. Service is knowledgeable and friendly. It’s a small place so a little snug:)

GE
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of eight chose Cru Cafe because of it’s great reviews and proximity to the Gaillard Center, where we had show tickets. The restaurant exceeded all of our expectations - which were high to begin with. Our server was friendly and professional, and our dinners were uniformly outstanding. My grilled basil shrimp dish was delicious, and a friend who also ordered it agreed. Others raved about the grilled C.A.B. NY strip and the seared sea scallops. No one was disappointed. Highly recommend this restaurant and will return!

JE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Cru Cafe whenever we visit Charleston ... food is always great... it’s time however for them to change their lunch menu a little

P
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dinner and birthday celebration was awesome. All 4 of my party enjoyed their entrees and are still talking about how delicious they were. The mussels and calamari were the best and enjoyed as apps. Love CRU and highly recommend for celebration of any kind!!!!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome and delicious!

MG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service always superb. Dined here several times

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was very nice. Food, service, and ambience were excellent!

JS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Highly recommended and will definitely go back next time we’re in Charleston!!

OT
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and creative. We had the scallops and the duck. Portions are generous and satisfying. The staff are friendly and attentive. We were very happy with our experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first meal in Charleston. A friend recommended Cru so we made a same-day reservation. We were seated right away in a charming dining room. Our server was just delightful- incredibly attentive without being intrusive. The food was outstanding. My daughter enjoyed the most delicious salmon and risotto she’s ever had. Highly recommend.

P
Boise
31 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Beware that your reservation could involve a lengthy wait. This is a small restaurant with no bar or place to wait for your reservation. What was especially disappointing is there was a table with seating for our party open that remained open for most of our 30 minute wait time. I understand that a small restaurant is at the mercy of diners leaving in a timely manner, but waiting an extended period of time with a table of the same size as my reservation remaining open was very irritating and marred our dining experience.

The food was creative and excellent, and wait staff were very good. The restaurant did comp our desserts because of our wait, which was appreciated. I would definitely give this restaurant a try; however, my husband would not because of our experience.

H
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I like this place: great interior design, great food and great service. It was still busy at around 9pm on a Saturday night, so I had to wait for 15+ minutes until being served, despite a reservation.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good food. The pork special was fabulous! Excellent service. Quaint atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fabulous food, great ambiance. They don’t handle well folks who first enter. We had to go out of our way to get someone’s attention when we arrived, and we already had a reservation. Even after that, we waited five min before someone approached us again to help us find a seat. I would be offended, but it happened to another group during our dinner. And it’s an awkward entrance area. But once you sit down the experience is much better.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday lunch, amazing food. Had tomato basil soup and French dip sandwich. My husband had General Tso’s chicken. Had to try a side of the four cheese macaroni... it was superb. A very small cafe so be sure to make a reservation, you’ll be glad you went. Everything was delicious!!

JR
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 4 thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Cru Cafe. It was our first visit there. What a find! Yes, it was crowded and full of energy when we walked in, but it was a fun environment nonetheless. We had a reservation and the host seated us at the appointed time. We had a fun and knowledgeable server who took great care of us. The food was outstanding. Nicely presented and delicious. 2 of our folks had the grilled pork chop, which the proclaimed the best they had ever eaten. All in all a memorable epicurian adventure.

JW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous food and service. Best we had in Charleston.

L
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Charming house with great food. We had a small group and enjoyed the ambiance. We shared the fried green tomatoes and the mozzarella and tomato, both were very good. The gnocchi, salads and their take on Chicken Keiv were awesome. Everything was fresh, hot and delicious. Servers were knowledgeable, made great suggestions and friendly. I would definitely return, there were other items on the menu I'd like to try.

SO
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Cru! Highly recommend this quaint restaurant. Great GREAT food and wonderful service!

m
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

our server was adequate but not overly friendly or helpful. The food was excellent as always.

DB
Cancun
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are excellent. Can’t wait to go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful weather and a table on the porch. Delicious.

DO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

the french fries were delicious. I felt like our waitstaff was annoyed with us. fried green tomatoes-just ok

RM
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely birthday dinner at Cru. The Fried Green Tomatoes were the best I’ve ever eaten and salmon with lemon risotto was cooked perfectly! It’s been years since we’d eaten at Cru but after this meal we will definitely be back soon !

FW
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at Cru. Fresh and delicious food.

PB
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were spectacular. The mushroom bisque was the best we had ever tasted. I had the fried goat cheese salad with perfect grilled salmon and it was delicious! My daughter’s Caesar salad was also very good. We will definitely be back when we are in town!

TP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Small and rather intimate setting. The fried green tomatoes were out of this world. The mussel appetizer was great as well.

L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and terrific service

J
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience. The food and service were exceptional.

Tweets by Cru Cafe