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Permanently Closed - Crux Cafe

4.5
334 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Chef Stewart’s passion for cuisine was developed in his early days in South Philadelphia. He apprenticed at La Campagna in Cherry Hill where he eventually worked as a line cook, sous chef and finally Executive Chef. During his 16 years, Chef Stewart was awarded the “Wish Dish of the Year” five times, from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He also displayed his talent in many private events, including a private dinner for the renowned Chef Paul Prudhomme of New Orleans.
Chef Stewart’s philosophy embraces the principle that “cuisine should be simple, using only fresh ingredients, so you can let the freshness of the ingredients speak for themselves.” Embarking on a lifelong desire to own and operate his own restaurant, Chef Stewart has created Crux Café, a cozy BYOB set in Audubon, NJ.
The word Crux has the meaning of essence or most important part of something. In this case, it is the start of a café with great food and hospitality for all his guests.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday- Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

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Phone number
(856) 546-2789
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joseph Stewart
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Atlantic Ave
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Parking details
Off street parking and municipal lot within walking distance
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Excellent meal and attentive service. What a shame that they are closing.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Great place.Sorry to see it close. We always enjoyed every meal we ate there.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Food and service were terrific, as always. Sorry to see Crux Cafe closing down. We've always enjoyed our experiences there, and will miss the restaurant and staff.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2017

The Crux is always good. I am sorry to see them close

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

I held a birthday brunch here with six friends. The wait staff was attentive and they gave us plenty of time to linger at our table. The food was delicious and the value was fantastic. We brought champagne and they kept us amply supplied with carafes of orange juice for mimosas. Only one of my friends had been there previously and they were all raving over the ambiance, their food, and the overall experience. Great day!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

The food was delicious. This is a hidden gem in Audubon. I highly recommend this restaurant. We will definitely go back. We are looking forward to trying their brunch

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Thus was our third visit to Crux Café and we were not disappointed. The food is good, and the menu offers enough options to satisfy everyone. The lobster pizza appetizer was excellent. My husband loves the Pasta Carbonara dish. The staff is very friendly, and the service is fine. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Crux dining experience was great. Food was delicious although they did run out of the swordfish entree was about to order, I wasn't too disappointed. Service from Alexis was fantastic. They do have some nice desserts also.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2017

The food and service were very good. Large portions, hot, well-flavored. I would suggest that they turn down the lighting and add candles to the table. It would add to the ambiance. I think it is a bit too bright and with the high ceilings it feels like it was "something else" before a restaurant and they chose not to re-invent the space. I will go back.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Delicious food and great staff. Felt welcome and treated way beyond the normal.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Nice little place. Good food and friendly staff. Not necessarily "for the kids" definitely a date night or celebration kind of place.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

What a great find! We were looking for a restaurant in this exact neighborhood, and could not have been happier. The chef was very accommodating for a bit of a picky eater, substituting deliciously along the way. A terrific Caesar salad and a beet and goat cheese salad started the meal, followed by a great Rack of Lamb and chicken dish. Coffee and tea were presented in a lovely way, and our dessert that we shared was a yummy carrot cake! Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Crux is elegant dining in a sit back and enjoy atmosphere. Enjoy delectable French Food in a fun South Jersey location. Beautiful over-sized arched windows look out onto a charming main street America scene complete with a Victorian train station. The staff is very attentive, and you never have to look for someone if you need something; they are always immediately available to serve you throughout your dining experience. Normally I skip desert; but, their dessert menu was all of my favorites, and I couldn't resist. My favorite part of the evening was the wait staff. I felt like I was having dinner at mom's house; that's how much affection and attentiveness they have toward the people dining at Crux. A wonderful experience at Crux! You have to go, and pick up a gift card for a friend! A+

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Enjoyed the Super Bowl specials on the menu the filet and the sides that came with i the clambake and the Brunswick stew were excellent

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Crux Cafe is a warm, friendly and comfortable restaurant where dining choices are ample and quality is excellent. We love the opportunity to go BYOB and especially appreciate the use of an Entertainment Book coupon. We have had 4 - 5 meals over the last few years and have never been disappointed..looking forward to enjoying brunch one day soon!

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Very good neighborhood byob. The meal was very good and a nice atmosphere for dinner with friends!

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Crux Cafe has a cozy, homey feel with delicious food. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2017

Great food & service as usual!

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Great people with great food elegant but still down to earth I highly recommend

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Crux Cafe was a fortunate last-minute find on Open Table - a well-rated neighborhood restaurant that still had a reservation available on a Saturday! We had some slight delays in service at the beginning of the evening, as 3 other parties arrived with us, and 2 more shortly after, but we were seated right away. The staff caught up with all the new arrivals quickly, read us the specials, and took our orders. It wasn't long before we were into our appetizers and salads (great calamari BTW.)
Staff was attentive, the food was very good, portions were generous. The restaurant is BYO, so we saved $ on the wine bill. Definitely recommend and will go back to Crux Cafe!

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Took my sister-in-law here for her birthday. Pasta Fagolia soup was delicious & nourishing with fresh spinash & real grated parmesan cheese on top.

I ordered the rack of lamb & it was cooked medium well to perfection. It was tender; juicy & flavorful. My sister in law had a fish dish which included mussels and clams; etc & she said it was very good.

The coffee service was also a nice touch with condiments that included fresh whip cream; cinnamon sticks; nutmeg; & brown sugar. The vanilla cake for dessert was good but was served a bit too cold. Once again dining at the Crux Cafe was an enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2017

Love the throwback Thursday menu!

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2017

Just enjoyed a very enjoyable lunch with an out-of-town friend. We each selected a sandwich & side salad, and shared sandwich halves with each other (since we were both looking at the same two selections). Both were really good - fresh and tasty. Our server was nice and accommodating - attentive while allowing us opportunity to visit with one another. I look forward to returning and trying them for dinner sometime soon.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Crux has always been an excellent place for dinner especially the Wednesday and Thursday specials. I wish the Wednesday and Thursday specials were available all the time.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Great food great service as always!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2016

Our recent visit was a get together with friends. The meal was outstanding, great service and thoroughly enjoyed by all. It was a first time visit for most of our group but certainly will not be their last. It has been our good fortune and delight to find such a neighborhood gem!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2016

OUTSTANDING - been to this restaurant several times and each time we leave we say "That was our Best Experience! The care that the chef and kitchen staff put into menu selection, meal prep, execution, and presentation are phenomenal. These people at Crux Cafe really care that their customers leave with a fantastic culinary experience! Suburb Dining. wild taste combinations without being Over the Top!

The food here is remarkable.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2016

First time dining at this restaurant. Food, service, ambiance was outstanding!!!!
Will definitely go back again and tell my friends about it!

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2016

Crux is consistent. The food is awesome. The staff and servers are friendly and accommodating. We have been there several times over the last few years and have enjoyed every meal. I recommend Crux to anyone looking for a great meal.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2016

The food was excellent. We were very happy with our choice and I would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Food was delicious! Went for lunch, had the matzo ball soup and half sandwich, both were top notch! Will be back!

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

Excellent food. Excellent service. Restaurant is small and quiet, without loud music and the usual loud background noise. Well lit, easy to read menu and see what you're eating. Wedge salad with ranch dressing was delicious, as was the main course. Our group tried four different menu items and all were wonderful. There were so many good options to pick from, it was hard to choose. We didn't order dessert, but I'm sure it would have been wonderful also. Restaurant is also BYOB so that made the check very reasonable. We would all definitely go back again, and have already recommended Crux Cafe to several friends. Easy to get to location and parking is readily available, unlike nearby Collingswood or Haddonfield restaurants.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

The chicken Liver Mousse appetizer is fantastic... I could make a meal of it... I've had only great meals here...

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Food was excellent and service was friendly. We will be back to experience more of what the menu offers

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Mother in law took friend for birthday. Friend loved it.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2016

Went for brunch this time. Absolutely wonderful service great food was very tasty and plenty of it

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Loved the small wait staff and good service. Food was very good and the Small Plate was a very generous portion. Had a very nice seat for 2 in middle of restaurant!

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2016

"I love the feel of this place – very comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2016

Always love this place. The food is always top notch and they are very friendly. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Enjoyed a special four course meal for $35.00 per person for Restaurant week. The appetizers were a generous size, entrees were tasty, and the coffee was served with a nice variety of condiments. Atmosphere was nice with white and gold table cloths on the tables, nice lighting and comfortable seating (even Motown music playing over the sound system in a muted tone). It is nice to dine somewhere where the noise level is on the calmer side so you can really enjoy conversations.

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