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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 yesterday

This restaurant is a great choice when visiting Charlston.My wife and I were mesmerized by the chefs at work there was no yelling only masters at work. Excellent all around.

Thank claring
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a lovely late lunch on the porch and the food was great. Truffle fries were a great appetizer and Chinese chicken salad was tastey.

Thank ETD44
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went during SEWE . JOSH was amazinf, but food took forever to come. It eas crazy how slow the food was to come. For sandwiches and salads it is nuts

1  Thank Vera T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely make reservations as it's quite small or you could be waiting a little while. Shrimp BLT and their soups were so delicious. Went twice - everything we ate was really good.

1  Thank Renee A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had not eaten at Cru Café in a long time, and I am so glad I checked it out again! I will say it is very popular and quite crowded. It is situated in an old Charleston single house; this makes for very small...More

1  Thank karensF5047QG
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw the reviews and decided to try Cru Cafe for lunch. We made reservations to ensure a table. The reviews are spot on, it's a small place inside an old home and the tables are close together. Once you enter the kitchen is off...More

1  Thank Robertoisfun
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch at the CRU with local friends and my wife. Sat on the dog friendly patio and had a great lunch. The burger with goat cheese and caramelized onions was fantastic, my wife had the portabella sandwich and we all split an order of...More

1  Thank Robert K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredible food, incredible service. One of the best in CHS I’ve experienced for sure. Atmosphere is cozy and unique. Book early!!!!

1  Thank musicwaveman
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of six went to lunch at Cru prior to taking a carriage ride. The food and service were A+. The Shrimp BLT was terrific. Hope they have the split pea soup special when you are there. It is outstanding!

1  Thank George K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Try and make reservation if possible because this is a popular place. Lunch is always great in this small,fun, cute house. Close to the market and you can watch the horse drawn carriages go by if you happen to sit out on the porch.

Thank Jofg
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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
  • 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.
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