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Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Opens in 18 min
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
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Reviewed yesterday

Very accommodating as they squeezed me in for a late lunch at 2 pm. Sat at a bar overlooking the kitchen; fascinating to watch the food prep. The chefs and supporting kitchen staff and waiters were attentive and friendly. Food was delicious--fried green tomatoes and...More

Thank ddg44
Reviewed 2 days ago

We sat out on the porch and the weather was perfect. Menu is not extensive but we all found something we would like to eat. I had scallops, which were served on a pillow of spaetzel. There were only three scallops -- which was a...More

Thank EliseSalt
Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited Cru with a couple of friends while passing through town and am glad to have had the chance to visit. The restaurant was crowded during my early Friday evening visit. Despite that, the wait staff was incredibly attentive, friendly and helpful. I would...More

1  Thank Eric S
Reviewed 3 days ago

It's hard to tell from the outside what's in the inside. We stumbled over here. Saw the crowds, and went in. There's a lineup and we were told it would take about 1 1/2hrs to get in. YOU NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION!!!! We decided...More

Thank wasntme58
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Excellent lunch here with my BFF. We enjoyed watermelon gazpacho and shrimp BLTs, both of which were fresh and delicious!

Thank Sarah N
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Ordered shrimp pasta, mussels and soup/sandwich combo with truffle fries to share. Everyone was very happy with what they got. Would return in hesrtbeat

Thank Cindy H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Took my family to lunch At Cru a couple of days ago. Definitely a great experience. They started by honoring our reservation exactly on time. All the dishes were original and really first rate. My soft shelled crab over corn and grits was especially memorable....More

1  Thank Frank G
Reviewed 1 week ago

A little hipster in terms of decor and hospitality but the food is outstanding! Quite possibly the best meal we've had in Charleston! This is a more casual spot so go there for the food, and not so much for the experience, and you'll walk...More

1  Thank dlm3215
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our favorite lunch spot. Superb food and service...the best we had in Charleston. The homemade soups were out of this world! Small but well worth the wait. I would give this restaurant 6 stars if possible!

1  Thank Pauline C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't discount this place because it looks small. It is, but the food is good, the staff are hustling and they got us in and out. The fried green tomatoes are awesome and the flourless tort was amazing!

Thank Miriam C
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Marion K
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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, Local cuisine, 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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