We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Cru Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Downtown
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
Website
Today
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Hours:
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

2,170 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 2,155: English reviews
Dunedin, Florida, United States
Level Contributor
20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely my favorite place to eat so far. Quaint setting, killer service and the most amazing food. Ordered a cup of sweet potato bisque and the short rib panini. O.M.G. gooooood! This is a must visit on your list.

Helpful?
Thank Valerie D
Maiden, North Carolina
Level Contributor
20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have never sat at a chef's table and this was a marvelous first experience. The café is small, intimate and has a nice ambiance without loud noises or music. Buttermilk fried oysters were perfection plus fried green tomatoes, the best I've ever eaten and I am quite a connoisseur.… That is, of a fried green tomatoes! I hoped to... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mhfarm
Bellmore, New York
Level Contributor
87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

With so many restaurants to choose from Cru Cafe is certainly a good choice. Reservations are strongly suggested as this is a small venue. Our 7:30 midweek reservation was honored promptly and we were greeted by Carrie, our server, who was friendly, engaging and professional. She did provide several specials but we settled on two regular menu items, the duck... More 

Helpful?
Thank martyap
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its a lovely little place very and very cozy. The service and food was excellent. From appetizers to desert we enjoyed every bit. Book ahead its always busy. Would definitely recommend this to anyone .

Helpful?
Thank maria19902015
New Jersey
Level Contributor
27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Read several recommendations for the Cru Cafe but when in town for only three nights, one is limited as to how many great places one can try. On our last day while strolling Ansonborough area, we stumbled upon the Cru Cafe; while it was only 11:30 there were several diners already there for lunch and we, wisely, decided to be... More 

Helpful?
Thank JaneWNewJersey
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
134 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of our favorite restaurants during our stay in Charleston! It's a small cozy home setting with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our waiter was so friendly and gave us great suggestions for our dinner selections Our buttermilk fried oyster salad was amazing! We also loved our mussels and swordfish dishes. They were happy to accommodate us by splitting the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank prekteacher1214
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this place! I bring friends and family anytime they come to visit me here in Charleston. Great food and efficient service.

Helpful?
Thank Waylon D
Bucks County, PA
Level Contributor
248 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had our favorite dinner in Cru Café during our stay in Charleston. The food was fresh and delicious, and prepared and presented perfectly. Our waiter was very helpful and went out of his way to make sure that everything was just right. The restaurant is small and casual, with a few outside tables, so reservations are highly recommended. I... More 

Helpful?
Thank Arch68
Norfolk, Virginia
Level Contributor
42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Spending the Thanksgiving weekend in Charleston with family we decided to try this cute place near our hotel. Johnny our waiter was fun and very helpful. We each had a different entree and loved them all. My husband had the pork chops, my cousin had the braised beef, her husband had the shrimp and I had the delicious scallops! For... More 

Helpful?
Thank GrannyJenn
Walnut Creek, California
Level Contributor
162 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had lunch here. excellent. Asked Hotel manger at Indigo Inn for place for lunch. Sent me to Cru Cafe. Block off of Meeting an Market place.

Helpful?
Thank bynner

Travellers who viewed Cru Cafe also viewed

Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 

Been to Cru Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cru Cafe and other visitors
12 questions
Ask a question
5 months ago
5 months ago
Grant-Valkaria, Florida
over a year ago

See all questions (12)

Questions? Get answers from Cru Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?