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Cru Cafe, Charleston, SC
Cru Cafe, Charleston, SC
Cru Cafe, Charleston, SC
Cru Cafe, Charleston, SC
Cru Cafe, Charleston, SC

Cru Cafe

4.7
4.7
4375 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic, Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 534-2434
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    John Zucker
  • 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. <br />www.crucatering.com
  • Private party facilities
    Our private party area is upstairs above the general dining room. It seats 18 comfortably and can be arranged/decorated however you choose. Please contact us for details.
  • Private party contact
    Josh Livesay: (843) 534-2434
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Cross street
    East Bay St
  • 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.
  • Entertainment
    Private Upstairs Dinning Room available for up to 18 people.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 4,375 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 2.6Value

NoiseModerate

4,377 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere!

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  2. TerriG

    Raleigh

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great local restaurant. Very cozy. Buttermilk fried oyster salad is the bomb!

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  3. peterz

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best ever snapper and scallops made superb with the dressings/sauces. Cru is in the hands of 5 star chefs--an experience to not be missed !!

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  4. SamanthaR

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Baby Sprinkle

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  5. Petals

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was delicious as always!! CRU is a fun restaurant. Interesting people. Superb server, our favorite, Talia. Can’t wait to return!!

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  6. Amyxo

    Cincinnati

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simple, flavorful food served by attentive staff. Put this on your list for lunch!

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  7. DemetriusG

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, polite, helpful and friendly staff. I had reservations for the Chef’s Table. This is where you sit and you are able to see into the kitchen and watch the staff cook. However, I could tell that my wife didn’t like the set up and would rather be at a regular table. The staff moved us to a different location and the meal was great. The staff even gave us suggestions for bars that we could go to after dinner.

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  8. FredS

    Atlanta Metro

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been eating at Cru’ for more years than I can recount. Always good to great food. We have never been disappointed. We’re always in Charleston in February, but book our reservation the prior November - to make sure we get a table when we want. They’re that busy!

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  9. Alice

    Charleston

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great service and delicious food.

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  10. ChrisH

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cru Cafe was great. I like the unpretentious atmosphere and the wait staff was incredibly fun and friendly.

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  11. HaleyM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious! From the appetizers to the desert. Made for a very special birthday!

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  12. Wilmingtonvisitor

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Got compt on an appetizer since we were seated well after our reservation, but had some wine on the porch and a great experience.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love josh and everyone at CRU

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  14. RobertsMaine

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food

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  15. Kaaren

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Of all the Charleston restaurants, it’s one of our favorites

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visit to Charleston for the day

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  17. PattyM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch!

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  18. BestRestaurantonEarth

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome service and amazing food!

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  19. Cattail2

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Oyster salad special was yummy Prob should have asked for dressing and bacon on the side but that is my preference Oysters were perfect Burger beyond good Soup was a touch salty

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  20. KarenR

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is excellent! Service is great

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent as usual. Every time we stay in Charleston Cru is where we have lunch before heading back home. The food is always consistent of quality and quantity. We have had many things on the menu and have never been disappointed. I would suggest making a reservation because the place is not big. Enjoy!

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  22. RoLo

    Charleston

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I turned three friends on to the Cru Cafe on Saturday. They loved their lunches as much as I enjoyed mine. There are always two of three entrees that I want instead of just one. Although same is square footage, this is one of the city's finest restaurants!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! Thank you!

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  24. Joyous

    New York City

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to Cru in a quiet Friday night after New Years.it was the second or third time I’d been there, but the first time we’d managed to score a table on the porch, which was very intimate and pleasant on the mild evening. With this great ambience and terrific service, I really want to love the place. And while the food was good, it just wasn’t up to the level that we have come to expect here in Charleston. The Caesar salad was excellent, but my scallops and my husbands seafood risotto didn’t sing.

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  25. KACC

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great, but our order got behind a big group so we waited over 45 minutes to get our food. I would definitely go back. Our server was apologetic but it was too long to wait for food.

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  26. Kendall

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Was a great meal! Off the beaten track a little but so worth it. We both had amazing meals and it’s plenty of food! We will go back!

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  27. Cheezies4243

    Northern MI

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time at Cru. The scallops and fried oyster salad were prepared to perfection. This is a wonderful restaurant!

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  28. SarahD

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was truly one of our favorite Charleston food experiences. Food, service, ambience, everything was top notch. Will definitely return to this restaurant and recommend to an6 friends visiting the area.

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  29. Beamer1

    Nashville

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the second time we have visited Cru Cafe. Both times our food has been great. We both ate the “fish of the day” which was tile fish. Prepared perfectly ! We will visit again when in town.

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  30. LikeToEat

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, fried green tomatoes with pork belly croutons was an awesome app (croutons are good enough on their own), Talia was a great hostess. Overall great meal.

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  31. HeRo469

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Salmon was excellent. My husband scallops were sweet and tender. Would definitely recommend

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  33. JCecil

    Charlotte

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came early because we were starving just thinking about our meal. The manager, young gentleman, was so kind in accommodating our request to eat earlier than our reservation. The food was excellent. Service could not have been any better. We eat here every time we visit Charleston.

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  34. Fred

    Atlanta Metro

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    One of our favorite lunch spots. Dependably good.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was not as expected

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  36. HeidiR

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was great. I just don’t like to be rushed bc there is another reservation for our table. We didn’t finish our dessert.

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  37. Sammy

    Atlanta Metro

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service! We really wanted to try several different dishes... so we will definitely be back to try the ones that we could not this time!

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  38. sololebow

    New York City

    64 reviews

    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful house turned i to restaurant, very nice staff and environment, not super expensive because alcohol is reasonable, recommended.

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  39. Nick

    Greater Boston

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lunch menu and the service was great! The food here is amazing, and not to be missed.

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  40. MaryW

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tiny spot but not one you soon will forget. This was my second time here, both trips in to enjoy Charleston. The Fried Green Tomatoes with Pork Belly croutons, you can't miss!!

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Cru Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 4375 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    East Bay St
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic, Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    John Zucker
  • Entertainment
    Private Upstairs Dinning Room available for up to 18 people.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (843) 534-2434
  • 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. <br />www.crucatering.com
  • Private party facilities
    Our private party area is upstairs above the general dining room. It seats 18 comfortably and can be arranged/decorated however you choose. Please contact us for details.
  • Private party contact
    Josh Livesay: (843) 534-2434
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