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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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Lenox, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited Cru for a Saturday lunch on a beautiful, sunny day. We would have liked to sit on the porch but due to the popularity of the spot and it's size(quite small) ,we were seated indoors. The reservation was made five days in advance and still the earliest reservation available was at 2:15. The porch can only accommodate about four... More 

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Thank berkshiretraveler53
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

In a city with SO many great options for dining, this place was the highlight of our trip. It was small and BUSY! Be sure to make a reservation!) We were there for a late lunch on a Monday in the "off season" and for those without there was over an hour wait. The food was impeccable, the staff delightful,... More 

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Farmingdale, New Jersey
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Outdoor seating. I had the fried goat cheese salad... amazing with a glass of prosecco. Nice shaded benches to sit on while you wait for your table.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first visit to Cru, but it won't be the last. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and greatly appreciated the special attention provided by the staff. The food was fresh and delicious. The menu offered local specialties and unique dishes as well. Our entire group agreed that this was our best meal in Charleston.

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Thank Lisa J
Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had the perfect Charleston experience at Cru Café - the food was delicious and the staff was exceptional. Make sure to get a spot on the cozy porch for dinner. It's a lovely spot!

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Cru Cafe a total of four times and all of those times have been great. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted and made welcomed to the restaurant. It's small and quaint and you will need a reservation to partake in the wonderful array of foods they offer. The following dishes are staples when... More 

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Viera, Florida, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here form dinner and were pleasantly surprised by the high-quality food and excellent service. Fried brie, scallops, calamari, truffle fries and brussel sprouts were excellent. The duck breast was extremely rare and thus, a miss. The service was excellent.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had a wonderful meal here.... the place is nice, a little off the main roads. We had the calamari appetizer, and salad which were both great. We also had the seafood risotto and which was great. We sat at the bar that faces the kitchen which was interesting. Our only complaint was that the cooks didn't... More 

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I are from Wilmington and after having a really bad experience at Hanks Restaurant near the market the night before, we were very pleasantly surprised at the wonderful attentiona and service we received at the Cru Cafe. The manager Mike got us a table last minute for dinner on Easter weekend. He is a manager who obviously... More 

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Racine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cru is a rather small place but like the saying, "Good Things Come in Small Packages", well, change that to Great Things.....like the delectable Glazed Pork Chop over Creamy Quinoa with Roasted Apples and Fennel (or was it Leeks?) we both had (just needed a seafood break!) Hubby who does not care for quinoa much, devoured this and now that... More 

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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, Vegan 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?