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Cru Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
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Downtown
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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
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Today
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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Cambridge, Maryland
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Thank Becky W
San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Thank Elyse C
south carolina
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Thank hhiparadise
Williamsburg, Virginia
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513 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Dinner( with reservations) recently was over the top. Great wine, food and service. Dont forget deserts. Tiny place so make sure you have reservations, but a super great place. They have a wonderful kitchen and great wait staff. Will go again

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Thank Bear H
Sodus, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful dining experience at this little gem of a restaurant...charming atmosphere, delicious food, impeccable service. The chef turns the ordinary into extraordinary!

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Thank Catherine J
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always great! I crave the potato leek soup! The general Tso wrap is out of this world! The mac and cheese is a meal unto its self.

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Thank charlestonashley
Bordentown, New Jersey
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

wonderful food, great atmosphere and fantastic service. Their smoked pastrami sandwich and catfish tacos were awesome

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Thank Jaime828
Cincinnati
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I googled "best bread pudding in Charleston", and Cru Cafe was at the top of the list - enuf said. We walked to the restaurant, which was very busy. We told the host we were there for dessert only and he sat us right away at a large table near the kitchen-pass window. The bread pudding, with berries and whipped... More 

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Bolivia, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunch or dinner, this is the place to eat. They also have a small bar, were you can sit and watch them prepare the meals, Everyone is so friendly. It is must go to place when in charleston

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Columbia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just steps from the Market in a converted old house. Carriage tours passing by so lots of horses for kids to see. Not a large menu but unique choices. Though not on the menu, they do have options for children. Will definitely come back.

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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?