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Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very pleasant accommodation, nice in the porch, service slow. Fried green tomatoes were delicious and I wanted more. Duck entree was very tasty and satisfying, some portions a bit tough. Don’t order pasta at a southern restaurant, the sauce was blah and pasta over cooked....More

Thank Andrea L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had the pleasure of experiencing the delicious cuisine at Cru Cafe on a recent visit to Charleston. Reservations are recommended because the restaurant isn’t large and it is an extremely popular place. Some of our favorites were the fried green tomatoes, their mac and...More

Thank DelrayRob
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lucky to snag a porch table and have wonderful entrees at this restaurant. All of dining together raves about our dinners and the Brussels sprouts were fabulous. I would go back in a minute.

Thank Sdealexandris
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our food and service was so good in this restaurant we just keep ordering more foo. This is a tiny and charming restaurant conveniently located in Charleston. We worked our way down the menu...the food is soooooo good and very reasonable.

Thank terrycarlson2018
Reviewed 5 days ago

We didn't have a reservation, but the staff was wonderful and with only a 20 minute wait, we were given a lovely table outside and had an amazing lunch. The staff was fantastic! The General Tso wrap was a fave!

Thank mmcmain7
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had dinner here recently and loved it. The place is small and popular so I would strongly recommend making reservations. My wife started of with the fried calamari with the Asian slaw. It arrives piled about 6 inches high. My wife...More

Thank jimf2010
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We sat outside for dinner and enjoyed the porch area. Service was excellent. I had the Salmon and my husband had the Red Snapper. Both were good, just not anything exceptional. There is so much excellent competition in the area, it makes it tough to...More

Thank Nicole N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service. Our server was very personable and attentive. The restaurant is clean and the kitchen is open. The food is well prepared. Perfect temperature and the meals are presented well. Bean soup was the perfect temperature and had plenty of Vegetables but lacked any...More

Thank Rjkono
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the second time we have dined at this Cafe which has had rave reviews and we did enjoy our last dinner here last year which is why we came back. The Service remains excellent; attentive, informed and friendly. The menu is small but...More

Thank Doc687
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dined here as a group of four. Service was excellent and very attentive. The soup was excellent and all our dishes were really nice. I’d strongly recommend reserving here as it was very busy when we were eating.

Thank Prw83
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Response from TravelinGalCHS | Reviewed this property |
they do!
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They do have a full bar! The bartenders were trying out new recipes while I was there!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-534-2434
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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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