Cru Cafe

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3993 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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Thai seafood risotto

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

Went for a birthday dinner celebration. Everything was so great! The food, the atmosphere, and the service were all outstanding! Cru holds its own as a fabulous place to eat in the daunting restaurant scene of Charleston.

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

Great food and service at reasonable prices. I would recommend.

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KL
Oklahoma City
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. The salmon was delicious! Will definitely come back on our next visit.

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UM
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this restaurant to be the perfect culinary experience! Fabulous food!

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MS
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My team and I had a great dinner at Cru Cafe! Loved the steak as well as the fish of the day - Snapper the day we were there. Mussels were a hit as well. Thanks!

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AT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place!! If avail set at the seats overlooking the kitchen!

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WS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, restaurant, and service, as always. Highly recommended

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JT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little restaurant with wonderful service very close to our other activities for the day. Service, food and wine selection great. My third or fourth time here.

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JG
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend getting the Mac and cheese! And my turkey and avocado sandwich was the perfect light yet flavorful lunch option!

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WB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience in Charleston in the last year

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DB
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A surprise find in an old converted house. The fried oyster salad is not to be missed and the farro risotto with scallops was perfection. We didn’t have dessert to our regret but we’ll be back when we revisit Charleston. Charming ambiance as well with outside porch seating for languid early dinners.

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TS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed. It's a nice venue; the old house is visually appealing, but it's crowded, noisy, and the food is not that good for the price. Sorry to sound so negative, but there are better options in downtown Charleston. Maybe the appeal is to the tourist crowd, but permanent residents could do better with other places nearby.

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FL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special, comfortable place with amazing food. The wait staff is extremely friendly and attentive.

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K
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First place we make a reservation every time we come in town

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Y
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good, as aways. A must stop for lunch whenever I am in Charleston.

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KT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with the Fries Green Tomatoes, and as most everyone says, we think they are the best in Charleston. We had the Scottish Salmon, which matches to a tee our best meals in Scotland earlier this year - and Scotland has definitely become a gourmet foodie destination too. We also enjoyed the Basil Shrimp entree - well seasoned and a rich, creamy sauce that will fill the hungry stomach but not overly too much. Highly recommend.

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OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Cru. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. The was delicious and prepared properly. We’ll be back.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Best Mac and cheese we have ever had.

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AH
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried Green Tomatoes were innovative and so delicious! Surprising for locals used to the same thing most places.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My steak was dry and precooked. I expect a steak to be juicy and right off the grill. My guest got a recommenced seafood dish that was excellent however

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RF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Dated and not seasonal menu. Ambience is good and staff is nice.

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B
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been our lunch spot for years! Every time we come to Charleston, we make reservations and do lunch. The food is great and the host are very polite. Small place so make sure to get a reservation!

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SA
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. A favorite for years!!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we ordered was delicious. Best fried oysters I’ve ever eaten!

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cru never disappoints! Always great food and service. We love having dinner here and visiting with some of the staff we have known for years. Our meals were excellent!

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B
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We reserved pre- theater seats at Cru Cafe, which served us well for a 7:00 performance at the Gaillard. The staff was excellent, the food was fine, just not exactly to our taste. The unfortunate thing was that, due to the small size of the main dining room, a very “exuberant” party nearby made it nearly impossible for conversation. Our good friends highly recommend this restaurant for lunch. Maybe we’l try It again.

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M
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food. Great service. Server was very knowledgeable on food prep and based on our likes/dislikes made excellent recommendations. We will make this a stop in every future visit.

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CN
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. Some of the best food in Charleston

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M
Pittsburgh
51 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our lunch was delicious! Great menu with creative salads, soups, sandwiches and main courses to choose from. Restaurant had good energy. Very charming setting too. Will definitely go back.

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PI
Orlando
35 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Always good food and good service. Never a bad meal when you dine here. Hubby got the sirloin steak special, yummy, I got the snapper with the crispy peas, yummy!

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ME
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enoyed dinner there sharing various appetizers and entrees-good service, good food, good atmosphere- upper casual

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live 3+ hours north of Charleston yet every time we drive down to visit we always eat lunch at Cru. That says a lot because there are so many fine restaurants in the city! Cru is located in a charming, old, small cottage. We try to snag a spot at the small bar so we can watch the kitchen action. This last visit, which was on 12/19, we had the following yummy items: small Asian chicken salad, tomato soup with goat cheese and basil oil drizzle, General Tsao's chicken wrap and truffle fries. This was the first time we have had truffle fries and they were so delicious we will get them every time. We even bought some truffle oil at a shop in Charleston so we can try to make them at home. We always feel welcome when we walk in the door and the servers are pleasant and efficient. The chefs work hard, and it's fun to watch them prepare our meal and others. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food and the cottage ambiance.

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S
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Space casual and comfortable, although noise level a bit disturbing. Waitress was excellent and helpful without too much hovering. Food was nicely prepared and presented but could have used a bit more salt and pepper. We will return and try more things on the menu.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crowded and lively place. The service is efficient and friendly. The food was outstanding. Wine by the glass affordable. Will go back when in town again.

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k
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites. Toward the end of lunch we felt a tiny bit rushed by server. Overall excellent food atmosphere and service. Host was very friendly

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P
New England
45 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Perfect service. Nice low key atmosphere.

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LG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Cru. We have been going there for the last eight years to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. We love Chef Ray, and enjoy setting at the Chef’s table, to watch the kitchen. Incredible food , presented beautifully on the plate. A five star restaurant, indeed !

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OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and meal.

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MN
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cru Cafe is always wonderful! Reservations are a must because this jewel is in great demand. A small, outstanding menu which is always excellent. Love the butter lettuce salad and, if you need comfort food, the mac & cheese is amazing.

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