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Cru Cafe

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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843-534-2434
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Located at 18 Pinckney Street, in a classic 18th century Charleston...
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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    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Homely feeling and surrounding

We had dinner inside the first night. It is a cosy restaurant. nothing fancy, but friendly staff and good tasty food. Very well balanced price/ quality. We surely recommend it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Willemstad, Curacao
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Willemstad, Curacao
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had dinner inside the first night. It is a cosy restaurant. nothing fancy, but friendly staff and good tasty food. Very well balanced price/ quality. We surely recommend it.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Charleston has many wonderful restaurants but I must say that Cru Café has been my favorite for years. A trip to Charleston is not complete without a meal in this wonderful little gem of a restaurant. The food and service are always outstanding. I was there on Friday 5/22/15 and has the swordfish which was amazing. Also a good value... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Really tasty food for a reasonable price, healthy, well cooked and good service. We only had a couple of nights in Charleston so really felt we'd made the right choice.

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went here a couple of times. Food is fresh, is very tasty and you don't have to wait too long. It's busy so you might want to book, or you can walk in but you may have to wait a while for a table. Had their sandwich special the first time and goats cheese salad the second visit. Both were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate to get reservations for the "chefs table" directly in front of the kitchen. Service was superb and the food stellar. We shared mussels which had a great flavor profile of tomatoes and peppers in the broth. My husband had ribeye cooked to perfection and I savored every bite of the duck. I told our waiter I wanted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Wonderful lunch at Cru! We sat at the kitchen bar and were treated to some of the most original southern food I've ever eaten. Chef spoke to us throughout the meal and we got to try some she crab soup that was not on the menu. It was perfection! We had Fried Green Tomatoes with pork belly croutons.... Perfect! The... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Old house, great wooden floors, a bit crowded, but cosy. I had a meat plate of BBQ chicken, pulled pork and sausage with potato salad. Tasty!

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SLC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Everything we tried was inventive and excellent. Do not visit Charleston without eating fried green tomatoes here! A block off the beaten path but worth the search. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, This was my wife's of all the restaurants we tried. A MUST in Charleston. You need reservations even for lunch - it's as locals favorite.

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Boulder, Colorado
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122 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This place is hard to get into, being very popular. We managed a 9:15 pm reservation and were very pleased that we made the effort. We shared the butter-lettuce salad (delicious) and an equally good fish special. The wine selections were excellent and we enjoyed the ambience of the place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The duck was wonderful. Every dish we saw looked delicious. The kitchen was in view, always a plus, and the waitstaff friendly and helpful.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-534-2434

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine

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.
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

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Virginia
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?