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Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • 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 5 days ago via mobile

This restaurant was great for lunch. My only complaint was that it was tiny and a bit warm. The food was delicious. Especially the grilled pimento and green tomato sandwich! The truffle fries were delish as well!

Thank sherry t
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Cru Café several times, and I have never had anything other than an excellent meal. The hamburgers, the shrimp tagliatelle, General Tso's chicken, the fantastic bread pudding, everything is good. Service is on point and very knowledgeable, and prices are less...More

Thank Mike_L_tiger
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a charming, small restaurant that specializes in serving the freshest gourmet comfort food they can get. The portion sizes are perfect as is the service. The The Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast and the Chesire Farms Pork Chop are my two favorite entrees....More

Thank 58paulq
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place for business or casual meal. Limited seating so make a reservation. They focus on local dishes.

Thank RS9165
Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate at Cru Cafe for lunch over Labor Day weekend. Absolutely loved it! Being that it was Labor Day weekend, the downtown area was incredibly busy. I've been to Charleston plenty of times and had no problem walking up to a restaurant and being...More

Thank broxbax
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall a great experience- being vegetarian can be challenging in Charleston but we had a lovely dinner at Cru. Favorite was the mushroom bisque special. Service was friendly.

Thank Aneal K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped for a late dinner and truly enjoyed it. I had the truffled mussels, my lady had the duck breast - both excellent. The place is small - seats maybe 25 people, the service is excellent. They also have a very good wine and...More

Thank BobOZee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must for lunch, would have loved to gone back there for dinner. We sat on what they call the chef's table but really it is a ledge with stools overlooking the kitchen. I loved sitting there watching and talking to the cooks. They were...More

Thank evanbee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my wife for lunch as we were headed out of town and had a great meal. The calamari was perfect and the Caesar with salmon that I had was just the right amount. Salmon was cooked perfectly too. Can't wait to come back.

Thank cdsheley
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They were busy but seated us without a reservation. Waitress was great, I had a special thai wrap and my wife had a Goat Cheese salad. Both were very good, plenty to eat, attentive service and a nice dining experience with good prices.

Thank GGWD
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Questions & Answers
23 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from jingo14 | Reviewed this property |
Mostly wine but there were cocktails available We did not have cocktails but wine selection was good.
David S
18 March 2017|
Response from daytona911 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about the wine, food was great, wine was excellent.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-534-2434
  • E-mail
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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