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Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006 (Downtown)
843-534-2434
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Ranked #6 of 742 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Small, intimate and relational with communal tables to meet new friends , individual tables, dining on the porch outside, and my favorite - he counter/bar at the kitchen. The food never disappoints!

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Bradenton, Florida, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We chose Cru Cafe based on other positive reviews and were not in the least disappointed. It's located on a side street in a quiet neighborhood and is a charming home converted into a fabulous restaurant. There are about 8 tables in the main dining room and several on the front porch. We started off with the fried green tomatoes... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

You wouldn't really expect to have a gourmet luncheon right in the middle of one of the most touristy parts of this town. Right next door to the barns where the horses from the carriage tours live, this little place never disappoints us. Very creative sandwiches and the freshest of food. Not a lot of elbow room, since it's tiny... More

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Blue Ridge, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Made Reservations @ CRU for last Friday night. With no real experience i the Charleston dining scene we relied on Trip Advisor to steer us in the right direction - we were not disappointed. This restaurant is located in an old Charleston style house right near all the carriage barns at the end of Market Street. There are two rooms... More

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West Burlington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Based on reviews I was a bit disappointed. My husband and I stopped for lunch and each had a half sandwhich and soup. If you want something basic this is fine but I was hoping for something special. The service was good but there was a group of about eight that made it impossible to talk.

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Naperville, Illinois
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We were hot and tired ad hungry. Sat on the porch and it was less crowded outside. Had the general tso. s caesar wrap with the French fries and a side of onion rings. YUM!! My husband ordered the meatloaf which was great comfort food. We had no room for dessert. I really loved this place

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Maple Shade, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Came here on a recommendation from a friend while visiting from out of town. We had the shrimp BLT with the mac and cheese. Wow. I was upset when I ate it all cause I wanted more. Definitely will be heading back.

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Oakville, Ontario
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182 reviews 182 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
380 helpful votes 380 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 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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Additional Information about Cru Cafe

Address: 18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
Phone Number: 843-534-2434
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: American, Café, Bistro

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