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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006 (Downtown)
843-534-2434
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Ranked #6 of 755 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
Neighborhood: Downtown
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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
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Cru Café was on the list from my research then other visitors recommended it so it became a must. Food was really good and we had a lovely time. It's so hard to rate the restaurants in Charleston because they are all so good.

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sherman oaks ca
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

On a recent trip to Charleston we had a wonderful dinner at the Cru Café. The service was charming, the food delish and well presented. A small place near the barns where the horses for the carriage rides are kept. The good reviews are correct, it was definitely one of the best meals we had on the trip and we... More

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Saginaw, Michigan, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We went on a chilly day for lunch and sat on the porch (should have had reservations). Our service and food were wonderful. It is a very small restaurant but super friendly and great food.

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Friends recommended the Cru Cafe, TripAdvisor confirmed the recommendation, and it was just down the street from the inn at which we were staying -- so we made a reservation. We ended up going early (tired from travel), but they were able to accommodate us on the porch -- which was delightful on a lovely evening. This is a small... More

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arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

comfortable and cozy, reservations a must. Food very good. Consider the pork knuckle its smoky in taste and then sauced, kind of heavy and strong.

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Belgium
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We booked two seats at the 'chef's table' ; the counter overlooking the food preparation. While our excellent meals were being prepared we chatted with the staff. We had a fun evening that was an wonderful start to our stay in Charleston.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 via mobile

Cru Cafe is located in the Market a District in Charleston. It is in a beautiful house with indoor & outdoor seating. The staff & chefs are all very friendly. We did not have a reservation & sat outside. I would recommend getting a reservation & ask to sit at the table that looks into the kitchen. Their Mac &... More

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Seattle, Washington
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166 reviews 166 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

before anything else I have to say... peach and strawberry bread pudding, lord have mercy, this dessert!! as if our meal wasn't enough, this was cherry on the cake, i could cry knowing i'm so far away from this. as far as the food, just as delightful, got the sandwich special, pork and upgraded to truffle fries, yummy! This was... More

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Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We visited Cru Cafe on our East Coast road trip this August, and it was one of our favorite spots! We tried our luck without a reservation on a Thursday night and the place was full as we were afraid. However, the waiter was super friendly and promised us to have a table in 10 min. While waiting he kept... More

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Mobile, Alabama
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

This was absolutely the best restaurant of my whole vacation. I don't believe there is a bad entree here. Just order. Salads were amazing and the bread pudding, Yummy!!

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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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