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Cru Cafe

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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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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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West Lafayette, Indiana
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sometimes you eat a meal at a restaurant that is so good you know you will remember it always. The meal I ate at Cru was just such a meal. My friends and I shared the fried green tomatoes, which were topped with pork belly croutons and sheep's milk feta. All the flavors worked together magically. For my lunch, I... More 

Thank julesd659
Ridgefield, CT
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a little off the beaten path and felt more like a local find. First rate food in a casual atmosphere. The kitchen opens to the restaurant enabling most diners to see their meal prepared. They only serve beer and wine, so if you are looking for craft cocktails, this is not the place. The wine list was... More 

Thank Patrick99
San Antonio, Texas
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are interested in watching the action in the kitchen, ask for a seat at the kitchen counter for a bird's eye view of the choreography that goes on in the kitchen to prepare your meal. It's amazing.

Thank THTX09
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104 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Do not be fooled by the casual atmosphere of Cru! Yes, it is a small older home, but this place is serving five star southern delights! Our table faced an open kitchen, and I enjoyed watching the crew cook up our meal. The fried oyster salad is fresh and flavorful and the soups were creamy and hot. I had read... More 

Thank Traveler B
Vienna, Virginia
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Cru is a gem. The tastes in the turkey avocado sandwich work perfectly together. They smoke their own turkey meat. I also tried the truffle mushroom soup and it was spectacular. The staff was extremely nice. Even gave me info about the recipe for the soup.

Thank lamignogna
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful restaurant in an old house in Charleston! Great food and a wonderful staff that made me feel right at home! I would definitely recommend!

Thank Heidi28105
Charleston, South Carolina
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74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This months lunch trip,tried their Calimari on a salad, this was really good. Lunch menu is affordable and very good. Call ahead, they can be very busy. One of our top restaurants here in Charleston.

Thank Jim L
Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

In a quaint small house in a great location. The mussels were to die for. I drank the broth with a spoon afterwards!

Thank SarahDayVA
Sanford, North Carolina
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is so delicious, fresh, original and tasty there will be no crumbs left on your plate. This is one of the few places I would ever recommend waiting an hour to get a table- but it's worth the wait. Mac and cheese is always their speciality but everything is always so good. My suggestion is to eat there... More 

Thank AuburnNC
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cruz Cafe is great - and that's the problem. The small, homey place is just too crowded with folks who want to experience it's wonderful, creative cuisine. So if you want to be one of those folks, get there early or off-time. It's worth the effort. Before or after, take a lovely carriage ride. It's right across the street.

Thank 713reneey

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Vegetarian Friendly
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
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?