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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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Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
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Reviewed today via mobile

Cru is a place that I somehow missed dining at over the years and I will be sure to head back there again as they really do such a nice job of delivery such creative food in an incredibly casual, yet comfortable setting. I was...More

Thank eppyhow
Reviewed 2 days ago

I had the shrimp BLT and it was fabulous!!!!! The truffle fries are delicious as well! I will always come back to Cru when I'm in Charleston.

Thank Darlene J
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a fabulous meal at Cru Cafe! I may never order fried green tomatoes again, because it was so amazing here, and I don't think can be matched again. And everything else was wonderful as well, food and service. We were lucky enough to...More

Thank Marsha B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The best food and service we have ever had! Traveled to Charleston from Charlotte, NC with three girlfriends, and on a recommendation we tried dinner at Cru! The best food we have ever had and Chelsea, Nate and John took great care of us! Will...More

Thank Jamie G
Reviewed 5 days ago

Awesome food!!! Very friendly staff!!! Would highly recommend reservations as the place is small but totally worth the wait if you don't end up planning ahead. Our table had the pastrami sandwich, chicken Caesar salad and the general tso wrap. Everything was fantastic!!! A must-visit...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband and I took a walk from our hotel to Waterfront Park and noticed this gem on the way. Stopped in for lunch and the staff could not have been nicer. The sweet tea was delish and I had the lunch shrimp pasta. So...More

Thank aamckenna03
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Several locals recommended the Cru Cafe. Nothing wrong, but not extraordinary either. Good southern (perhaps comfort) food (with a twist or two), very friendly and nice staff and chefs, quaint (in old house), and not (too) pricey.

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter and I love fried green tomatoes, so we started off with the appetizer which was great. The staff was limited but very efficient. The food was fresh and flavorful and it was fun to enjoy the atmosphere with regulars and tourists.

Thank Neale M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You cannot go wrong with Cru. Great for lunch or dinner in a perfect little Charleston house. Caution: can get super busy and loud, but it's worth the charm! Must visit.

1  Thank NatalieNG129
Reviewed 1 week ago

Three of us went to Cru Cafe after a recommendation from a bartender. We called and were able to get reservations, we sat on the lovely little front porch. The service was very prompt and all our dishes were served without a huge wait. To...More

Thank Alissa W
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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.
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