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Cru Cafe

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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Willard, United States
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stop here! If you are not extremely hungry, get their Caesar or Oyster salad. BUT if you get nothing else.....get the sauteed vegetables! Now that was delicious.

Thank Diana H
williamsburg, va, USA
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a delightful meal in this little upscale restaurant. The place is quaint and romantic. The food was cooked to perfection and there were a variety of menu items even for the picky eater. You need to make your reservations in advance.

Thank linda201198
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visit Charleston 5-6 times a year and this was our first time at Cru. WHAT A MEAL! It was packed when we go there for lunch but the manager of the Indigo Inn took care of us and got us in. We had a magnificent meal! The roasted tomato and pepper soup alone was worth the price. The Brisket... More 

Thank 114edg
Hastings on Hudson, New York
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

After enjoying a carriage ride through the streets of Charleston, our next delight was eating at Cru Cafe. Hidden away in a small house, it proved to be the place where I had the best sweet potato soup ever! If you are just in the mood for a sandwich, there are delicious choices with amazing flavors which compliment each other... More 

Thank JBCabrio
Rochester, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by our tour guide and proved to be outstanding in every respect. Cozy ambiance with a nice Street view when sitting on the porch. Awesome chicken panini sandwich for lunch

Thank david r
Dunedin, Florida, United States
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely my favorite place to eat so far. Quaint setting, killer service and the most amazing food. Ordered a cup of sweet potato bisque and the short rib panini. O.M.G. gooooood! This is a must visit on your list.

Thank Valerie D
Maiden, North Carolina
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have never sat at a chef's table and this was a marvelous first experience. The café is small, intimate and has a nice ambiance without loud noises or music. Buttermilk fried oysters were perfection plus fried green tomatoes, the best I've ever eaten and I am quite a connoisseur.… That is, of a fried green tomatoes! I hoped to... More 

Thank Mhfarm
Bellmore, New York
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89 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With so many restaurants to choose from Cru Cafe is certainly a good choice. Reservations are strongly suggested as this is a small venue. Our 7:30 midweek reservation was honored promptly and we were greeted by Carrie, our server, who was friendly, engaging and professional. She did provide several specials but we settled on two regular menu items, the duck... More 

Thank martyap
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a lovely little place very and very cozy. The service and food was excellent. From appetizers to desert we enjoyed every bit. Book ahead its always busy. Would definitely recommend this to anyone .

Thank maria19902015
New Jersey
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Read several recommendations for the Cru Cafe but when in town for only three nights, one is limited as to how many great places one can try. On our last day while strolling Ansonborough area, we stumbled upon the Cru Cafe; while it was only 11:30 there were several diners already there for lunch and we, wisely, decided to be... More 

Thank JaneWNewJersey

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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
US$10 - US$30
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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
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?