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Review of Cru Cafe

Cru Cafe
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Ranked #8 of 938 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
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.
Reviewed April 12, 2014

Dinner at the Cru Cafe was incredible- pecan encrusted brie, fried green tomatoes with pork belly, and fried chicken stuffed with poblano chile and cheese and some white Albarino to go with it. Book a table ahead of time.

Thank AmberNatalie
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

Being French we love a eating duck. The Cru Cafe has one of the best cancard dinner we have eaten. The restaurant is small but has an old quaint appearance. The noise leave is a little high then we prefer but tolerable

Thank Donny H
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

We made a lunch reservation 2 weeks in advance; we were celebrating our anniversary in Charleston and wanted every meal to be memorable. The host "John"? behaved, when we arrived, like our presence wasn't important enough. Yes, they were very busy, but we've been to busy restaurants where the host will say, "I'm sorry that your table isn't ready; pls take in the fresh air outside -- or have a seat on the porch -- or accept my apologies, and I'll be sure to call you as soon as your table is ready." Instead, we stood around and waited and waited. Finally, our table was ready. Our waitress was very good. However, the food coming out of the kitchen was quite slow, especially considering that, by now, it was almost 2:30PM and probably NOT the height of the lunch crowd. What we ordered was delicious, but it took almost 50 minutes, from the time of our arrival, to be seated and served anything to eat. A lady at the table next to us ordered a burger but it wasn't cooked as she requested; it was sent back 2 or 3 times !!! and, in the end, this lady left the restaurant without eating anything ! In another restaurant, they would have offered her a complimentary cup of soup, side salad, or something to "hold her" til they got her order right !? The place (at least the room where we were seated) was also very noisy; luncheon conversation was difficult.

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Thank Hope Susan B
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

Essential to make a reservation because it it is very popular,especially at lunchtimes when we went there. Wide choice of food.Well presented and tasty. Good atmosphere and service.

Thank Pat H
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Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

Right next the market. Great service, fantastic food, and at a price that's lower than it should be. Glad we chose Chu Cafe!

Thank JH1NSON
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