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Cru Cafe

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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A hotel staff member recommended this place.. The food, the ambience, the staff were all fantastic.. Reasonably priced and a short walk away... I would go there often if I lived in Charleston!!! A really cozy place..

1 Thank bxcolleen
White Plains, New York
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had a really good sandwich here. They smoke there own meats out back. I had a smoked pastrami, with slaw and cheese and russian dressing that was really good. My wife had the soup and half sandwich deal. The soup was very good onion bisque, I dont remember what the sandwich was but it was very good too. The... More 

1 Thank Mitchell W
Seattle, Washington
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128 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I would very much recommend this restaurant. Good service. Great food. NIce drinks. Definitely try the duck breast and a the chocolate torte

Thank threestartraveler
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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136 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have been to Cru several times when visiting Charleston, as it is always outstanding. This time I had the Calamari which was probably the best Calamari I have ever had! My wife had the special of the day, a turkey and avocado sandwich which was also outstanding. We sat at the Chef's table, a four person ledge adjacent to... More 

1 Thank John P
Baltimore, Maryland
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893 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We relied on Trip Advisor and Open Table to help us make our decision as to where we were going to dine on our trip to Charlestown. Both came thru. We had a 1:30 PM reservation and arrived a little early to find the restaurant packed. The restaurant is not large – seating in one dining room, an area with... More 

1 Thank Maggi713
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119 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived jet lagged to Charleston and our hotel sent us here for a late lunch. It was still packed with people waiting. We had a lovely waitress- shout out to Carrie. We split a delicious Asian chicken salad that was light and tasty. We also split a very good shrimp club sandwich that came with macaroni and cheese to... More 

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

After reading glowing reviews of this place we were thrilled to get a reservation and happily accepted the bar-type table that looks onto the kitchen. The staff were very courteous and attentive and it was fun to watch the kitchen 'orchestra' coordinate such fantastic and creative meals. It was pretty much non-stop action with nary a miss. A sign in... More 

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Norwich, Vermont
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

John was able to find a dinner spot for us as it was early, despite being unable to make an online reservation. I had the fried oyster salad. The oysters were fresh and sweet in the buttermilk dip, and they had clearly been fried in clean oil. My companion loved her mushroom soup and salad. A delightful dining experience.

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Cambridge, Maryland
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We come to Charleston once a year and always have dinner at Cru Cafe. It is always a great meal. I tried the Scottish salmon and it was out of this world! The others in our group were so pleasantly surprised at the freshness of their meal. The wine selection was fabulous also. Great service also.

1 Thank Becky W
San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the Chinese Chicken Salad (really good), the Mac and Cheese (less good), in a really cute location. Not necessarily one to spend hours in line, but healthy good food in a fun- homey environment.

1 Thank Elyse C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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, 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?