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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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Conway, South Carolina
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Cru Cafe is located in an old house. The kitchen is open and there is a chef's table so you can watch what is happening in the kitchen. Our waiter was very good and the food was excellent. Our only complaint was that the acoustics are a little noisy.

Thank Placidtravels
Pattison, TX
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife had the 10 Oz sirloin steak which I sampled. It was excellent with a bit of a sage seasoning, cooked medium perfectly. Her side, the truffle fries also very good. I had the special, lamb shank, which was decent but a bit over done. I would definitely order the steak next time.

Thank Wade R
Siesta Key, Florida
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We sat at the Chefs table, which I recommend. The wait staff is great. My husband had the duck which he thought was very good. I ordered the seafood risotto and had issues. It was made with coconut milk and basil, so thought I was getting something creamy and Thai like. But as a risotto aficionado, it was not very... More 

Thank michellemgarrity
Charleston, South Carolina
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In an old house on Pinckney Street, with a porch for outside dining, Cru is famous for their Chinese cabbage salad and other good things.

Thank judy h
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Arriving at Cru Cafe we were asked if we had a reservation. Whoa! For lunch? I'm not sure I've been to many places where that's necessary but it is here. Fortunately, we didn't have to wait long to get a spot on the porch. We relaxed there and enjoyed a really delicious lunch. I had the fried goat cheese salad... More 

Thank Hillary R
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great lunch with friends! Go hungry! Loved the truffle fries, calamari and the best ever Caesar salad dressing. Nice wine selection.

Thank wherewevebeen
Rhode Island
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a very delightful lunch at Cru Cafe. The shrimp BLT was delicious as was the special-of-the-day burger. It's a minor comment but they make perfect sweet tea! It's in a very convenient location next to the carriage ride companies so it makes a perfect lunch choice after a late morning carriage tour.

Thank GenevieveRI
Raleigh, North Carolina
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265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

late dinner here last Friday night. we split the fried green tomatoes--they were really great. crunchy, with big pieces of pork belly, soft cheese and a tomato reduction sauce that was divine. we also split the Thai seafood risotto--shrimp, scallops, fish and mussels, which was also very good. have been here before and will return again. one of Charleston's best.

Thank timriordan
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I go to Charleston frequently and were pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. We both got the Chinese chicken entree and it was amazing. We will definitely return

Thank Lauren M
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were 12 for a reserved lunch, but the AC upstairs died; so, we eventually ate in a crowded downstairs. Good food, but small space inside and hot outside. Good servers and fun to watch kitchen crew.

Thank TheColonel06

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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, 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, 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
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?