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Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006 (Downtown)
843-534-2434
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Ranked #5 of 716 restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Café, Bistro
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, 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
Westerville, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I called late in the afternoon hoping to get a reservation. Jacob was very accommodating and indicated that all he had around 7:00 was either out on the patio (deck) or at the Chef's Table. Well - it was a little cool and I had never tried the Chef's Table before so I made reservations for 2 at the Chef's... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visit Charleston 2-3 times a year, and always for the bridge run. Over the past few years and eating at many great places in the downtown area, Cru Cafe is now on our guarantee visit list. First off, it is a fairly short walk from the majority of tithe downtown hotels. The location itself is small... More

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california
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were lucky to be able to get the chefs table lady week - thank you John for getting us in! The food was absolutely fabulous and the kitchen crew so friendly ... I had the heirloom tomato salad with bacon and feta - the mushroom truffle soup - OMG - plus truffle fries .... You can't go wrong -... More

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Markham, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Helpful staff helped us select gluten free items and permitted a revision to menu to accommodate our needs. Scallops were fabulous and fish fantastic! Glutten free warm chocolate cake was divine!!! Recommend reservations as it is VERY popular! fun to sit at the "kitchen" counter on stools and watch the kitchen staff work! tables inside and on verandah and a... More

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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Dinner at the Cru Cafe was incredible- pecan encrusted brie, fried green tomatoes with pork belly, and fried chicken stuffed with poblano chile and cheese and some white Albarino to go with it. Book a table ahead of time.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Being French we love a eating duck. The Cru Cafe has one of the best cancard dinner we have eaten. The restaurant is small but has an old quaint appearance. The noise leave is a little high then we prefer but tolerable

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Jersey City, NJ, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

We made a lunch reservation 2 weeks in advance; we were celebrating our anniversary in Charleston and wanted every meal to be memorable. The host "John"? behaved, when we arrived, like our presence wasn't important enough. Yes, they were very busy, but we've been to busy restaurants where the host will say, "I'm sorry that your table isn't ready; pls... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Essential to make a reservation because it it is very popular,especially at lunchtimes when we went there. Wide choice of food.Well presented and tasty. Good atmosphere and service.

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Asheville, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Right next the market. Great service, fantastic food, and at a price that's lower than it should be. Glad we chose Chu Cafe!

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Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Parking in this area is helter skelter, but you are very near the carriage rides and markets. Look for a small pay lot just behind the carriage ride area and E Bay/Anson just north of the Market on a side street. Reservations necessary. Shrimp BLT and soups were a standout. Strawberry shortcake as well. Location is good for hitting the... More

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