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Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My wife and I were in the city market area and found the Cru Cafe. We loved the truffle mussels and fries. Awesome service, make a reservation.

Thank Dwane B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Love, love, love this place! We go every year we are in Charleston and it never disappoints. And if anything was ever not to your liking, they would make it right! It is a quaint remodeled house and has all the charm you would expect...More

Thank myluckfarm
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cute little house that’s been converted into a cafe. It is a wonderful lunch spot in downtown. I would go here 2-3 times per week if I lived there!!! They served the Best Shrimp BLT ever!!! Don’t miss out on this hidden...More

Thank angiedcomer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reasonable prices for wine and food. Finest quality ingredients. Excellent, attentive service. Packed for a Wednesday afternoon. I think that tells a better story than I can.

Thank justine s
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great little find on a back street of Charleston. VERY small but big on quality, friendly staff and great food. The turkey avocado with tomato bacon jam was an outstanding sandwich. LOVE the skinny fries. Husband had a shrimp BLT and couldn’t say...More

Thank annieocharlotte
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Flavors of the food were good. I ordered the duck, medium. It came out way closer to rare and the sides were luke warm. My wife had the special (tri tips with gorgonzola mashed). Her meal was also warm. The schnitzel, fries and Mac n...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful lunch, but you will definitely want to make a RESERVATION during peak lunch and supper times. We ordered Fried Green Tomatoes and Fresh Tagliatelle Shrimp Pasta and Ginger Glazed Salmon. We sat at the chef's counter and the cook staff were exceedingly friendly! Shrimp...More

Thank MerryMaryinNC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

small, rooms, noisy but great food-actually the people were loud-they all knew one another sat at the bar the cooks all said hello and service was just great great wine, just tell them what you like and they have it will return for lunch

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant was busy though provided good service. Small so if going suggest a reservations. Food was fine and reasonably priced.

Thank TravelersTwoPeople
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wonder who is writing all the 5 star reviews. We went for lunch with a reservation. Had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time to get seated in the noisiest restaurant I have ever been in Charleston. Service was mediocre. Food was nothing...More

Thank Cal H
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Marion K
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Response from TravelinGalCHS | Reviewed this property |
they do!
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Response from StLouisSpeaks | Reviewed this property |
They do have a full bar! The bartenders were trying out new recipes while I was there!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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
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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.
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