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For 2
Date
Sat, 2/24
Time
10:30 PM
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Cru Cafe

4.8
3486 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Neighborhood Gem (70)
  • Creative Cuisine (64)
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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 3486 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
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food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Awkward (Charleston)
4.0  Dined a day ago

Excellent service and mostly delicious food. One in our party was disappointed in the General Tsao's chicken but the Asian Chicken Salad and smoked Salmon open face were both delicious. Fresh and satisfying.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Food was great!

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AndrewK 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

We had an excellent lunch. Service was very attentive, food was delicious and a very comfortable atmosphere.

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barbarab (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Our first time here, while visiting from out of state. Familiar foods, done differently and deliciously. We’d definitely come again

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KimT 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

This was a special 'last night in Charleston' dinner choice for my 14-year-old son and I. We felt welcome and the food was the best we had in five days in Charleston. Farm to table at its best. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined 4 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 on February 18, 2018

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 on February 17, 2018

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 on February 16, 2018

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 on February 16, 2018

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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