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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%
Travellers talk about
“thai seafood” (49 reviews)
“lemon risotto” (25 reviews)
“salad” (154 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 23:00All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
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Reviewed 3 days ago

excellent food, one of the best meals in Charleston. desserts made on the premises were unique and delicious

Thank Jae C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited Cru with family and friends including 3 young teenagers. Last minute booking so glad we could be fitted in. Restaurant was small and like eating in someone's front room. Clearly very popular with locals. If I was being honest the menu was limited with...More

Thank Jon C
Reviewed 3 days ago

I decided to give this cafe a try for lunch due to its reviews. It was a steamy Charleston day when I arrived for lunch. The host, Johnny, greeted me quite rudely when he heard I did not have a reservation. (not used to making...More

Thank mkstef
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here a number of times over the last few months. And it is an outstanding restaurant. The food is exceptional. But there are a lot of great food places in Charleston. It is the service (led by Nate) that makes it a...More

Thank rdavidjones1964
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I discovered Cru Cafe several years ago. We were struck not only by the creative menu offerings, but by their straight-out fantastic flavors. Since then, Cru Cafe has been our go-to place whenever we're in Charleston for lunch. It would be easy...More

Thank fripper2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

The calamari small plate could have been my entire meal. It looks so pretty I almost hated to dig in, but once I started, it was hard to slow down. We sat at the "chef's table" and watched them prepare meal after meal and it...More

Thank SraDee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Last night we had dinner at Cru and it was simply outstanding. My daughter and I split the special pasta - a pesto cream with bacon and mushrooms and a Bibb lettuce salad. This is the best pasta I've eaten in years. I wanted to...More

Thank schnedavid
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were told that if we ate here it would be better than, or as good as any fine dining establishment in town. We agreed! Not real big and very busy so I'd recommend reservations! Great service and very friendly staff😊

Thank travelerPensacola_Fl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a dinner reservation booked weeks before we arrived in Charleston and I can see that it would be hard to be seated without one. It's a small venue and very charming. We sat on the veranda, where you can watch the carriage ride horses...More

Thank sandi213
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love some Cru cafe in my life. Worth the wait to get in. Very consistent in service, food and friendly atmosphere. There's a reason everybody recommends going!

Thank yurfoodiefriend
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Questions & Answers
David S
18 March 2017|
Response from daytona911 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about the wine, food was great, wine was excellent.
Dale F
9 March 2017|
Response from Sandy D | Reviewed this property |
They have a wine list.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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