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Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006 (Downtown)
843-534-2434
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Ranked #5 of 744 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $30
Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Café, Bistro
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
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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Oakville, Ontario
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167 reviews 167 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
287 helpful votes 287 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We were tired. We were hot. We were hungry and then we found the food oasis! During our road trip through the South, I have made a point of sampling as many dishes of fried green tomatoes that I can get my hands on. This version made it to the top three. They were very crispy and served with lardons.... More

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charleston, sc, usa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

It's crowded and noisy but that's because the food's so good. Don't pass this one by. You'll be going back.

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Scottsdale
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Cru cafe was recommended by our concierge and it was excellent! Great location, great food and great service. Make reservations!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We were fortunate to get a last minute reservation here for dinner during restaurant week. This little place was walk-able from our B and B, Zero George. It had great food (the swordfish and salmon were delicious) a lovely atmosphere, excellent service, and nice ambiance. I would highly recommend this restaurant, especially if you want to get out of the... More

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Wooster, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The food was excellent, and service wasn't bad for as busy as the restaurant was. Conveniently located near carriage ride. Well worth finding.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This place is a must eat at. We sat at the chef's table, which is a bar with 4 seats that overlooks the kitchen. That in itself was fun for us. We started w a fried green tomato that was excellent. It was topped with pork belly, feta cheese and a sweet glaze. It was fried to perfection. The fried... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Busy, busy place. We were glad we had reservations. Our lunch was tasty. The chicken salad was different but worth the wait. Enjoyed Cru Cafe and would eat there again.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This little place makes magic in what was a home. The seating is a little crowded inside, but we had our meal outside on the porch. My lobster BLT was served with a fabulous Asian slaw. Generous servings all the way around. My husband and daughter both got the Brisket sandwiches with very thin, crispy fries. We had a reservation... More

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

it took ages to get our food and although the waitress explained a couple of times that there would be a delay, she still took the opportunity to try to sell us another beer whereas she might have offered us a free one given the very long delay. When the food came it was very good. Wouldn't go back.

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Evans, Georgia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My daughter drove over to Charleston for a dinner (meet the partners) job interview... So I tagged along to be in Charleston during "Restaurant Week"! Cru was on our short list of restaurants we wanted to try... As we go pretty often for golf and food! Lucky for me, Cru was near our hotel... Had the best seat in the... More

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