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Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006 (Downtown)
843-534-2434
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Ranked #5 of 742 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $30
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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
Osprey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We reserved a seat at the bar to watch the kitchen turn out beautiful food. It was a pleasure to watch pros do their thing. Sort of like being live at the Food Network. Very friendly staff and very good value for high quality food.

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Bethesda, MD
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best meals we had in Charleston. The menu is inventive, the food is expertly prepared and tasty, the service is attentive, and the prices are reasonable. I had the smoked duck with pecans while my wife and daughter each had an entree salad-one with seared salmon, the other with duck confit. Each entree was memorable.... More

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Frankfort, Kentucky, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Nice lunch with upscale setting and presentation. The meal was pleasant and spent talking with local couple in adjacent table. We would visit again for dinnertime if time permitted.

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Concord, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Creativity of the dishes is awesome. Simple dishes with so many flavors in every bite you feel like a judge on Iron Chef each time the fork goes to your mouth. The open kitchen format lends to the overall foodie experience. The one executive chef owner and a bunch of young chefs doing their thing under his watch all... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Everything was wonderful! We sat outside which I was concerned about... But it ended up perfect evening with the ceiling fans running. The service was amazing. The food was well priced and delicious. Wonderful server who was very helpful. Look forward to returning soon.

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Irvine, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I really Enjoyed my food at Cru Cafe. We stopped in for lunch. The place pretty crowded but we didn't have to wait long for two seats at the common table. Restaurant is on the small side, so plan ahead. This was the best brisket I have ever had. I should say that I am from southern California, so what... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We highly recommend Cru. Food and service were top notch, atmosphere very enjoyable. Talapia choices were done to perfection. Will go back on our next visit. Very professional staff!

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Savannah, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This little hidden gem was off the beaten path but very busy when we arrived. Luckily we had reservations. The food is incredibly delicious. Their truffle mussels are amazing. Large portions and very reasonable. Great wine selection.

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Bellmore, New York, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

I came in from New York where my friends highly recommended the restaurant. Minor snafu was not having lunch reservations but the main waiter was most accommodating. The food is out of this world. Absolutely delicious. Do not miss out on this experience. Parking tight but there are many parking lots with reasonable rates to park. No more to write... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I've had two fantastic lunches here but had reservations for dinner this past Saturday with some lady friends. I was very pleased: excellent service, delicious food, decent prices, can't quite rave enough. I had the tilefish special: served over portabella mushroom and arugula with a chanterelle cream sauce. Other outstanding dishes at the table included scallops with pasta and spicy... More

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