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Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006 (Downtown)
843-534-2434
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Ranked #5 of 717 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
twinsburg, ohio
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

great food- tiny place, our waitress seemed to lose interest in us when we did not order alcohol-We waited almost a half hour past our reservation time, bummer! But the host did comp us a free appetizer- would have rather sat on time. The food really did make up for the service.

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Pasadena, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We were lucky to snag a table on the porch as this place is packed with people who had the foresight to book reservations. During our meal, we saw a few couples get turned away that didn't make reservations. Due to the small dining area, I wouldn't recommend large crowds, but it would be a cute date spot. However, it... More

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Manchester Center, Vermont, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Be sure to make reservations because this restaurant gets busy. It is a wonderful place for lunch Especially in the warmer weather when you can sit on the front porch. Standouts were mushroom soup with truffles, shrimp BLT, soft shell crab with creamed corn and Chinese chicken salad. Lovely attentive service.

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Landenberg, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We found this on trip advisor and the reviews were right - great food! It's a very very small place so reservations are almost a necessity. They have a pretty porch for outdoor seating, but it's just a small house on one of the small streets near the Market. We had an hour wait to get in between lunch and... More

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Middletown, New Jersey
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and I went to Cru Cafe for lunch and it was absolutely amazing! The truffled asparagus soup and shrimp blt was delicious! It was the best meal I had in Charleston!

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Brandon, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Come here for great food in a cozy house turned restaraunt. Don't come here if you're a couple of two looking for a private or romantic dining experience. When we arrived at our reservation time, we were seated at a two person table cramped next to a four top table - we were basically in the lap of the table... More

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Toronto
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84 reviews 84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We had lunch and it was better than average but nothing to rave about. We were first seated just inside the door near the washrooms. Every time someone walked by my chair dipped down 1/2" on one side as the floorboards sagged. We asked to be moved and they had no problem with that, but they shouldn't really be seating... More

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Raleigh, NC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

CRU catered my daughters wedding with the most amazing food I've tasted. Crab cakes, shrimp & grits, roasted veggies, All the guests we happy with everything, the waitstaff did a great job setting up our kitchen and saw to everyone's needs . And dessert? Oh yeah Crulime pie. I would HIGHLY recommend them for catering. We also ate in their... More

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Westerville, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

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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