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Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“thai seafood” (46 reviews)
“lemon risotto” (24 reviews)
“salad” (152 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This gem is located on a side street in Charleston. Great lunch food and wine list. Very crowded- reservations essential. A must stop.

Thank David G
Reviewed yesterday

I live in Charleston and recently took guests to this cafe. It was full, but tables were waiting to be cleared. I asked the man who was handling seating how long the wait would be. He said, "Get in line." This is not typical of...More

Thank OctoberChild
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Can't say enough about this spot!! Great outdoor seating. Friendly staff. Super accommodating for gluten free options. Delicious local fish. Note: no spirits - only beer and wine. Sit on porch if possible.

Thank Erin S
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a gem. Seating for 36 in an old home right in the historic district. Incredible food, great service and good value for the dollar. Worth having dinner at 5:45 which was the only time available.

Thank kauaijunkee
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a great little spot - Megan was a funny and awesome server and the food was over the top. I had a flounder sandwich and my husband had the Asian Salad - we shared a mac and cheese which was mind blowingly delish!!! Deserts...More

Thank Foodie5913
Reviewed 6 days ago

Loved eating there. Johnnie our server was the best! The salmon and lemon risotto was super delicious. We all enjoyed our meals.

Thank N5509LNdeborahw
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

With no reservations for lunch, we were still treated wonderfully and after a short wait were seated at a nice table outside on the porch. Perfect. They even brought us a couple drinks while we waited for the table and we didn't have to leave...More

Thank lc47
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Super long wait 45 minutes to be exact To be fair it was peak lunch time Food was amazing and staff friendly and accommodating. If you have limited time then make reservations Otherwise leave your name and shop nearby shops.

Thank Iglesias R
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had lunch at Cru and could not be happier. The food was fabulous. The mac and cheese is a must have. We had their salads with shrimp and they were delicious. Reasonable as well and good staff and service. Highly recommend

Thank Frank M
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had lunch at Cru Cafe today and it was certainly the best meal we've had in Charleston so far. We shared the green fried tomatoes, which were deliciously paired with pork belly and goat cheese. She had turkey and avocado with...More

Thank Thomas C
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David S
Half price wine
18 March 2017|
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David S
Half price wine
18 March 2017|
Response from daytona911 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about the wine, food was great, wine was excellent.
Dale F
Do you offer wine?
10 March 2017|
Response from Sandy D | Reviewed this property |
They have a wine list.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-534-2434
  • E-mail
Located at 18 Pinckney Street, in a classic 18th century Charleston single-style home, Cru Café offers the best in upscale comfort food. Guests of the restaurant enjoy indoor and outdoor porch seating, gourmet comfort food, a wine list tailored to the varied menu and rich, satisfying desserts. It’s one of Charleston’s best kept secrets. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.