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Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006 (Downtown)
843-534-2434
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Ranked #5 of 742 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $30
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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

My wife and I ate at Cru Cafe during a road trip to Charleston. We picked Cru Cafe because out of the top 5 or 10 restaurants on TripAdvisor and Yelp, it was one of the cheaper options and most highly rated. We don't mind paying more for a meal, but we've found that $$$ restaurants always seem a little... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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89 reviews 89 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The outside of the restaurant isn't much to write home about (an old house) but the inside is nicely decorated and feels very homely and comfortable. The service was very good but the food quality is what put Cru Cafe over the edge. I got salmon over lemon risotto that was phenomenal. I'd say it was the best salmon I've... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I've eaten here twice and truly this is the best restaurant in Charleston. The first time I had a salad with fried oysters that melted in your mouth. The latest time we had sandwiches with truffle fries that were delicious. Owner is very involved and staff is great. Don't miss it.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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206 reviews 206 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Fried green tomatoes were the best we have ever had, nice and crispy with pieces of fried pork belly topping it. The shrimp BLTs were excellent as was the Portobello wrap. We finished off the meal with a shared chocolate torte. We enjoyed some fine Big Fire Pinot Noir and Palmetto Amber Ale with the lunch. Madison was our outstanding... More

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Wayne, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We went here based on Trip Advisor reviews and sure glad we did. We were greeted by the owner, which I think adds a personal touch to dining. My husband had the salmon and I got the grilled shrimp. Both were amazing. The owner came by and asked how everything was. When I said it was one of the best... More

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Osprey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We reserved a seat at the bar to watch the kitchen turn out beautiful food. It was a pleasure to watch pros do their thing. Sort of like being live at the Food Network. Very friendly staff and very good value for high quality food.

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Bethesda, MD
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is one of the best meals we had in Charleston. The menu is inventive, the food is expertly prepared and tasty, the service is attentive, and the prices are reasonable. I had the smoked duck with pecans while my wife and daughter each had an entree salad-one with seared salmon, the other with duck confit. Each entree was memorable.... More

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Frankfort, Kentucky, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Nice lunch with upscale setting and presentation. The meal was pleasant and spent talking with local couple in adjacent table. We would visit again for dinnertime if time permitted.

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Concord, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Creativity of the dishes is awesome. Simple dishes with so many flavors in every bite you feel like a judge on Iron Chef each time the fork goes to your mouth. The open kitchen format lends to the overall foodie experience. The one executive chef owner and a bunch of young chefs doing their thing under his watch all... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Everything was wonderful! We sat outside which I was concerned about... But it ended up perfect evening with the ceiling fans running. The service was amazing. The food was well priced and delicious. Wonderful server who was very helpful. Look forward to returning soon.

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