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CRÚ Food & Wine Bar - 2nd Street (Downtown Austin)

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70 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

Cru A Wine Bar 2nd Street Downtown Austin offers many wine vintages for you and your friends or family to enjoy. The establishment also offers a wealth of quality food to sate your appetite. Some of the top options on the menu at Cru A Wine Bar 2nd Street Downtown Austin include the lobster & shrimp pot stickers, golden beet salad, stone-fired pizzas, filet mignon, Scottish salmon, Alaskan halibut and lemon thyme roasted chicken.

Cru A Wine Bar 2nd Street Downtown Austin serves brunch as well. Some of the items on the brunch menu at the eatery include short rib rancheros, steak & eggs and smoked salmon pizza. Dessert options include chocolate fondue and chocolate lava cake.

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Offers

Free Pizza Monday

Starting Jul 17, 2020 · Sun - Wed 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Purchase any bottle of wine, and your pizza is on us!

Swirl Sunday

Starting Jul 17, 2020 · Sun 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Mon - Wed 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
1/3 off ALL bottles of wine ALL day!

Free Pizza Monday

Starting Jul 17, 2020 · Sun - Wed 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Purchase any bottle of wine, and your pizza is on us!

Champagne Thursday

Starting Jul 17, 2020 · Thu 3:00 PM - 8:30 PM
1/2 off all bottles of sparkling wine, including champagne!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 70 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HeatherA
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were seated outdoors and the ambiance was great. The scallops were delicious!

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Mobutyb
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience5

The food and wine was amazing and it’s clearly a beautiful restaurant, however the service was bad enough that I won’t be returning. We made reservations and still waited for 15+ minutes (honestly no big deal on this). I wanted to get a drink while I wait so I went to the bar and both bartenders did not acknowledge me standing there for 10 of those minutes. It was not busy at the bar at all. The male in particular looked over me several times so I just went outside to wait. Our waitress was okay. I just had expectations of such a nice restaurant and unfortunately have gotten better service at Chili’s so, won’t be going back.

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LynnMc
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

outstanding food and lovely sidewalk dining. perfect place a relazed dinner and wine.

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Jazzelyn
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Cru Wine bar is a great spot to stop in a have a delicious meal and sample quality and unique wines. It is very easy to get a reservation and the value for your meal is well worth it. The service is adequate, the servers are polite and helpful however don't expect 5 star dinning service. Ambiance is good, the bathrooms can definitely use some attention as well as the maintenance of the patio. I would give Cru a 3.8 out of 5 and recommend it for a date night out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Good for a fun night out. There is no AC inside.

selection of wine flights and cheese board.

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vipKHanebutt
Dallas
128 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was good! It was our anniversary and my husband told them and we were a little disappointed that they didn’t acknowledge it.

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CJTbuilder
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect outdoor dining in this Covid environment with great wine selection. Great service!

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jadedalexis88
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jim is fantastic and an asset to Cru and Jason the Chef is a creative genius with his specials! Love this place! They enhance my experience each time I decide to swing in. They’re accommodating and pleasant always.

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BeatriceA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Making a reservation through OpenTable was simple and helpful. I will definitely be using this in the future.

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vipKimS
Naples
101 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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ScottyS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Both steaks were over cooked.

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NicoleN
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch options! Love that you can get a carafe of mimosas or bellinis for only $12!

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SRBow
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

The food was awful. I had the pan seared halibut. It was overcooked and dry. The risotta was dry and tasteless. I was extremely disappointed. The server was curt, it was obvious that he didn't want to be there, understandably so considering we are in a pandemic. They would be better off closing their doors than serving this mess!!! Awful, awful. To top it off, the wine was flat!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cru never fail to amaze us! Fourth Of July special fix menu was to die for

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gorgonzola and fig bruschetta was phenomenal!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Goat Cheese Beignets were amazing. Could have eaten more if the other great options weren't in front of us!

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JessicaC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

I have been to other locations and had a great experience. unfortunately all of my courses were cold this night. The restaurant is small and there was a very large and loud table that came in creating an environment where we had to yell to hear each other. I would have appreciated staff to remind the group of the small space and that people were having intimate dinners. The risotto was not risotto, it was regular long grain rice that was cooked poorly. The restroom was also not clean.

The cheese board, wine, and service were great.

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EdwinAndValerie
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place can be for romance or a chill time with good friends. The food portions are decent. Obviously the wine selection can’t be beat. The manager and servers are accommodating and attentive people. They seem like a closer knit group that most who care about what they provide to customers.

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vipdwjames
Calgary
31 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Went for dinner and thought this looked like a great place. Wine bar with a great looking menu. Our server was average at best. He was running around and was rushed almost impatient. He totally screwed up the timing of the food. Entrees showed up ahead of the starters a total no no. We would have liked to try a few more wines but felt lucky to get the drinks we had. Food was quite good which saved the evening. Hard to recommend this place which is a shame because it has amazing potential.

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JPMH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great capstone event for a weekend get away for my wife and I. We thoroughly Cru and will always make time to drop in for a 'flight' and an artisan cheeseboard. The Fondue is also great

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yummy! Relaxing

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner was very nice. Food delicious, wine very good, great service. Only downside is the parking, as there is none. We parked three blocks down the street which is fine in the day but I wouldn’t walk to the car by myself at night.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food.

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DeniseV
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall the food was delicious for a pre fix-enjoyed the appetizer choices, my filet was cooked perfectly along with the potato gratin and dessert of pumpkin cheesecake. Service wasn’t quite together-Brittany was very pleasant-got our rose cava (excellent) and coursed our dinner. But, missed the mark on coming back to our table to ask if we wanted wine with our dinner until the order came and then had to chill the Pinot noir another 5 minutes, which meant that we were almost done with our main course. Not sure what happened? It is a wine bar after all, so unfortunately have to ding the service on this one point. But overall enjoyable and beat having to cook Thanksgiving dinner at home.

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PaulS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time there. This time with a date, not my son. Great experience. Server/hostess was excellent, food was top notch and the wine - great selection and they were very patient with my date, who was very selective.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food2service2ambience2

Great place to grab appetizers/light bites and some wine.

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Suzycamp
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous experience. Love the cards that you get with your wine flight. Artisan cheese was amazing. Great service great ambience.

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CarlaD
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The wine flights were wonderful and a great value! The Goat Cheese Appetizer was absolutely delicious. My short rib and polenta was so yummy I wanted to lick my plate. My friend ordered the Halibut and it was really disappointing. Very small portion and little flavor. That was the only downside to our experience. Will definitely come back again, just won't have the Halibut:-)

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vipfortheloveofbuffalo
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Looking for a quiet bite while in town on business with hubby. Loved the ambiance. A great selection of wines poured into gorgeous crystal goblets. Never felt rushed . Enjoyed our wine while snacking on a charcuterie which was good. Up north ours consist of equal amounts meats and cheeses so we missed having more cheese than just the one. We had house salad ( too many onions) and a meatball to start and then the beef tip pizza. Everything was good and we enjoyed our dining experience.

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wine, service-- everything was perfect. Thank you!

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DulcieC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had a great experience was looking for nice quiet evening with good food

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Denis
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Ray was accommodating and engaging. Good service and appropriate food recommendations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice servers! Had a problem with our order that was resolved politely and right away. Great atmosphere, neat decor, and beautiful patio on one of the most walkable streets in Texas.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED this place. Super impressive and unique wine list and great flights. Food was fantastic and memorable. We were just overall really pleasantly surprised and impressed with the whole experience. Will become one of our regular go-to date night spots.

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vipTamakiaG
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always wanted to try the Dallas location but we went in Austin. Service was spectacular! We ordered a cheese plate, one of our cheeses was so dry it crumbled when I tried to cut it. The server quickly fixed the issue. They were out of mussels too. The wine flight was great! The pizza was incredible!

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vipGeorgeanne
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

1. didn’t have the wine we ordered on menu
2. substitute wine not close to what was advertised on menu. I hinted at a discount but waitress scoffed. This after 40 minute wait to “chill” said wine
3. Ahi tuna tartare ruined with Kalamata olives. This dish is subtle but adding powerful olives took all the tuna & avocado flavors away
4. Waitress ignored our information re: the reservation being through open table. I walked over the manager who understood & managed the issue (after avoiding eye contact with us)
So, poor service - poor food (the cheeses were good that come from elsewhere) I will probably go back as it’s in my neighborhood & a couple of other dishes I have liked. Cheaper because poor service does not get 20% from me. My expectations are low.

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vipAustinste
Austin
96 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great wine and food. I really loved the salmon. Everything seems to be carefully prepared and served perfectly. Service was very knowledgeable and at the perfect pace. We love this place!

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AdamB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We’re no som’s by any means. My wife and ordered 2 of their flights and weren’t super excited about any of them. The waiter walked us through what we liked made a few recommendations let us try a couple and we ended up loving the choices. Staff was extremely helpful, even though they were short handed. Food was great with the wine. We would absolutely go back and recommend it to anyone looking for a wine bar downtown

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vipRobynAnnN
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maddy served us on Father's Day and the service was fantastic! We are new in Austin and will return!

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Jam1
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never been to a wine bar or wine based restaurant but CRU was amazing. Our waiter, Ethan, was awesome and made the experience one of the best. Took a date there, our first, and he made sure that it was as memorable and perfect as possible. 13/10 would go back just to have him wait on us again. Will definitely be back.

FAQs

CRÚ Food & Wine Bar - 2nd Street (Downtown Austin) offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 472-9463.

CRÚ Food & Wine Bar - 2nd Street (Downtown Austin) is rated 4.6 stars by 70 OpenTable diners.

CRÚ Food & Wine Bar - 2nd Street (Downtown Austin) does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cruwinebar.com/gift-cards-local/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.