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Cru Cafe

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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
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17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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White Plains, New York
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had a really good sandwich here. They smoke there own meats out back. I had a smoked pastrami, with slaw and cheese and russian dressing that was really good. My wife had the soup and half sandwich deal. The soup was very good onion bisque, I dont remember what the sandwich was but it was very good too. The... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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128 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I would very much recommend this restaurant. Good service. Great food. NIce drinks. Definitely try the duck breast and a the chocolate torte

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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136 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been to Cru several times when visiting Charleston, as it is always outstanding. This time I had the Calamari which was probably the best Calamari I have ever had! My wife had the special of the day, a turkey and avocado sandwich which was also outstanding. We sat at the Chef's table, a four person ledge adjacent to... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We relied on Trip Advisor and Open Table to help us make our decision as to where we were going to dine on our trip to Charlestown. Both came thru. We had a 1:30 PM reservation and arrived a little early to find the restaurant packed. The restaurant is not large – seating in one dining room, an area with... More 

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Williamsburg
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived jet lagged to Charleston and our hotel sent us here for a late lunch. It was still packed with people waiting. We had a lovely waitress- shout out to Carrie. We split a delicious Asian chicken salad that was light and tasty. We also split a very good shrimp club sandwich that came with macaroni and cheese to... More 

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

After reading glowing reviews of this place we were thrilled to get a reservation and happily accepted the bar-type table that looks onto the kitchen. The staff were very courteous and attentive and it was fun to watch the kitchen 'orchestra' coordinate such fantastic and creative meals. It was pretty much non-stop action with nary a miss. A sign in... More 

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Norwich, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

John was able to find a dinner spot for us as it was early, despite being unable to make an online reservation. I had the fried oyster salad. The oysters were fresh and sweet in the buttermilk dip, and they had clearly been fried in clean oil. My companion loved her mushroom soup and salad. A delightful dining experience.

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Cambridge, Maryland
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We come to Charleston once a year and always have dinner at Cru Cafe. It is always a great meal. I tried the Scottish salmon and it was out of this world! The others in our group were so pleasantly surprised at the freshness of their meal. The wine selection was fabulous also. Great service also.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had the Chinese Chicken Salad (really good), the Mac and Cheese (less good), in a really cute location. Not necessarily one to spend hours in line, but healthy good food in a fun- homey environment.

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south carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a great dinner last night. Nate seated us inside which was so nice since the porch was chilly. The service, food, wine made a wonderful evening. Will return again with the rest of our family.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Cuisine
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?