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“Great meal and nice folks” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cru Cafe

Cru Cafe
18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006 (Downtown)
843-534-2434
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Ranked #5 of 735 restaurants in Charleston
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.
Cincinnati
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great meal and nice folks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We had a early dinner at Cru Cafe -- the owner was very helpful in fitting us in on a busy night. This is a very nice setting wiht an excellant selections. Solid wine list and great wait staff.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Jersey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

My family and I ate a late lunch at Cru Cafe after touring Fort Sumter. We were delighted by the casual, but sophisticated atmosphere, and loved the menu, which specializes in contemporary low country cuisine. I had a delicious shrimp BLT and my husband couldn't get enough of the coconut fried oyster wrap with chipotle mayonnaise. My daughter had the mac and cheese, which the person sitting next to us raved about, and rightfully so. It was superb! Very friendly and attentive staff. All in all, a wonderfully delicious discovery for us.

Visited March 2013
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Woodleaf, North Carolina
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19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Quirky and Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

We had lunch at the Cru Cafe on a recent trip to Charleston. What a fun and quirky place. The seating area is small but we didn't feel crowded. The food was great, the waiter pleasant and attentive. The French fries with truffle oil were so very yummy.

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california,md
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33 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant is first class. This was my second experience. I got the sea bass with some potato cake and mushroom sauce. It was good. Nothing over the top. Got the Mac and cheese and it wasn't as good this time around. Though it was still good. But it really does cost too much. $8.00 for the Mac an cheese is high. Could use some type of heaters outside. I will Definetly return. Overall it is very good

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Winter Park, Florida
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Small space, Big flavor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is off the main road, on the edge of historic Charleston. Unassuming and modest, it sits awaiting the numerous guests that will pass through its doors (and boy does the wait get long). Make reservations! After reading reviews I made a reservation for lunch (less expensive than the dinner menu) and couldn't have been happier about the decision. It was a cold rain soaked day and people were willing to sit outside and some even willing to wait an hour and a half to eat. The inside dining room is small, but the flavor the comes out of the kitchen isn't! I ordered the chimichanga and was amazed at how so many different lip smacking tastes came from one dish. The Parmesan truffle fries are also a must! The staff were helpful and kind as well. All made for a lovely meal :)

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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