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Cru Cafe

4.8
3481 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic, Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(843) 534-2434
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Zucker
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Catering
Voted Charleston's best caterer consecutively since 2001 by the Charleston City Paper, our Cru Catering branch offers full service customized catering, in-house personal chefs, corporate catering, receptions, weddings and private parties. Please contact us at 843-534-2433.
www.crucatering.com
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Cross street
East Bay St
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Parking details
Cru Cafe does NOT offer parking. The gravel lot across the street is owned and operated by Palmetto Carriage Company. There is a public parking deck located off Pinckney Street behind the Bank of America building. The address is 200 Meeting Street.
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Entertainment
Private Upstairs Dinning Room available for up to 18 people.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 3481 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Delicious as always! I love that this place has kept its charm, even though more people know about it now. The fries are always a good idea. :)

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Homerleo (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Service was excellent. We had appetizer of fried oysters ...lightly battered and Cooked perfectly. I had duck, which was excellent, but the Brussels sprouts and potatoes that accompanied the meal were so good I couldn’t quit talking about them.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We entertained friends from Chicago and asked for the 4 seats looking into the busy kitchen; a great spot. We ordered a lot of starters and sides and shared all of the plates instead of ordering entrees. Service was fine and the chefs were able to chat about the various dishes. Love this place!

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CathyW 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Would highly recommend Cru Cafe for the creative cuisine and intimate atmosphere. Service was excellent as well.

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kjwalts (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

As always great food and a great time

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GloryB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We had a late lunch there at 2:00 pm, and the place was packed. We had to wait for our table. That’s ok but it was so crowded and we felt in the way. My husband had a sandwich and I had the shrimp pasta. Both excellent.

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FrequentDiner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We had another enjoyable lunch at Cru Cafe: the Shrimp BLT and Chinese Salad were both great. Sitting on the porch outdoors was a bonus.

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Sandy (Wilmington)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was good. Unfortunately the four top next to us was apparently having a business lunch and were VERY LOUD. Ruined our meal.

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NikkiO (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Really small spot but great food and good service. Fried green tomato app and oyster salad were really good. For entree I loved the scallop entree with saffron couscous and my husband enjoyed his thai seafood stew.

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MaryG (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Small venue in the heart of Charleston. Try the fried green tomatoes...so good! Offering fresh seafood with a creative side. Great wine list too. Casual atmosphere with nice vibe. Excellent service, make reservations.

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Bellabites (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We were late for the reservation time and they held the kitchen open for us!! Mushroom soup was very balanced and best I ever had. Appetizer portion salads hit the spot as a quick. Healthy, hold over meal before a late dinner. Service was exceptional too! Thank you Josh and crew!

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dixiem (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I have been here many times always great! My favorite in Charleston.

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DoRo (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Terrific food, wonderful service. Always a favorite!

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was incredible.

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Ashvfoodie (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Cru has really fresh food and and amazing team in the open kitchen. I always learn something when watching the chiefs cook. Lunch is also great. Salads are great.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Awesome! The mushroom, cauliflower, truffle soup was one of the best soups ever.

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Lynn (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

During our visit to Charleston we ate at five really great restaurants. Cru Cafe was the best value. It's not elegant, but it has so much energy and excellent cuisine. We loved it.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Been many times. As good as always. Sat at the chef’s table and developed great rapport with the chef, cooks and servers. Wife had Thai pasta. She pronounced it excellent. I had the special tilefish...excellent. My go to restaurant in Charleston.

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csfoodie (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

My friends and I loved the food and the ambiance at Cru! We all ordered different entrees and small plates so that we could try a little of everything. The salmon was superb, as was the thai seafood risotto. The green tomatoes with pork belly crutons were everything! I can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

We met friends for lunch. Good food and service. Had a burger and a salad with grilled salmon. Both were prepared as ordered. I had a beer and asked the server to chose. Had a great local IPA, thanks to her.

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Charlestonlove (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food and service. Fun, upbeat atmosphere. We sat outside and between the music being piped onto the porch and the traffic it was loud but still great. We’ll be back.

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vipDonnaM (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

As always when we are in Charleston we like to go to Cru! The food is alway good as is the service! Everyone is very Pleasant and friendly! We have also been lucky to sit up at the counter when the I believe it was one of the owner was there and so fun to talk to him and watch every one cook!

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PaulL (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent as always.

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HV1301 (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

WE sat at the chefs counter and were thoroughly entertained by the action in the kitchen. All kitchen staff engaged us in a little conversation or an acknowledgement of our presence.

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Great food and excellent service!! Tables are a little close so when it's full it can be a little bit on the louder side.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Small, casual setting that always delivers excellent food. We’ve been to a number of restaurants downtown, but always come back to Cru. No guess work on if we’ll have a great meal - it’s a given.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

a fantastic meal! and excellent service, even squeezing in an additional seat at our cozy table for our group. thank you!!!

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FifiBrit (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

First meal in Charleston. Absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Amazing food!

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vipTGBB (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Food is always outstanding at Cru Cafe! This particular evening, however, they seemed to be 'off their game', which has not been our experience at any point in the past. Our reservation was for 7:30pm, but we were not seated until 8pm. The restaurant is very small., and perhaps one of the reasons why we enjoy it, however, if you have to wait as a party of 4 there is no where to stand or wait without it being awkward for other diners and the service staff. Service, while attentive, seemed somewhat distracted or unhappy. Our food took about 45 mins to arrive, but it did taste wonderful just as we expected it would.

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