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Cru Cafe

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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Northfield, Minnesota
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fantastic experience! Excellent, professional, not uptight service. Breezy, friendly, always there but not in your space. Perfect. The fried green tomatoes should not be missed! I am not exaggerating. Go there now to eat them. Hubby had the fried oysters to start-he loved them and so did I. But he was lucky I shared the tomatoes. The mains... More 

Thank Gruenwalds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First, I cannot stress enough that you need to make reservations well in advance. Cru is a tiny place and is popular. Also, they smoke their own meats and they do an excellent job. Mike had the special which was a brisket sandwich that was tender and flavorful. I had the turkey and avocado sandwich with tomato bacon jam on... More 

1 Thank Bonnie M
Encinitas, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Came her based upon TravelAdvisor reviews and they had it right!! I had the duck/arugula salad entree that included pecans, and was topped with silvers of fried onions. Loved it!!! And had enough for leftovers. Hubby had CAB (certified angus beef) burger which was also excellent and provided leftovers. Then we shared a slice of orange cake that was the... More 

1 Thank Patty8888
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a dinner reservation and were immediately seated when we arrived. The restaurant is tiny and super loud. We ordered the fried green tomatoes and calamari for apps. The fried green tomatoes were the highlight of the meal! They were perfectly cooked and tasty. We then had salads, mussels, and the beef short rib. We found all of those... More 

Thank ErinDaught
North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sometimes you can just tell that the food is carefully prepared with top ingredients. Our truffled mussels ($11.75) were superb. We asked for extra bread so we could enjoy every last drop of the broth. We also had the turkey and avocado sandwich ($11.50). Very good but we would have preferred chunks of avocado. This is a small place so... More 

1 Thank Larry62NewJersey
Chester, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lunch on a September Thursday. Packed....w/o reservation wait times were 20 minutes for an outside table. We enjoyed the fried green tomato starter followed by General Tsao's Chicken (wonderful), the turkey/avocado sandwich, the shrimp BLT and the butter lettuce salad. Highly recommended!

1 Thank Hoyaken
San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was a great lunch! Atmospher was so cute! Service was great! Food outstanding! We loved the ice tea and Smoked Pastrami sandwich!

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Altamont, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is as good as the reviews say. very good place for lunch. The breads they use on all there sandwiches are fabulous. We cant wait to go back.

Thank afrankreview2015
Fairfax County, Virginia
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food and service were both very good, and the atmosphere relaxed and comfortable. I had the grilled shrimp - it was very tasty and a huge portion. I had a taste of my friend's mushroom soup that was delicious. I ordered the orange cake for dessert. My brother-in-law was telling me I'd regret it because whenever a menu says... More 

Thank Mary K
Bonne Terre, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three of us visited Cru for lunch on a busy Friday afternoon. Thank goodness we had made reservations as even though it was past 1pm when we arrived there were many people waiting in the shade for a table. We told the maitre d' we had reservations are were promptly shown to a large corner table in the front room.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?