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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
“lunch” (594 reviews)
“thai seafood” (48 reviews)
“lemon risotto” (25 reviews)
Opens in 12 min
All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
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Reviewed yesterday

Awesome food!!! Very friendly staff!!! Would highly recommend reservations as the place is small but totally worth the wait if you don't end up planning ahead. Our table had the pastrami sandwich, chicken Caesar salad and the general tso wrap. Everything was fantastic!!! A must-visit...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I took a walk from our hotel to Waterfront Park and noticed this gem on the way. Stopped in for lunch and the staff could not have been nicer. The sweet tea was delish and I had the lunch shrimp pasta. So...More

Thank aamckenna03
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Several locals recommended the Cru Cafe. Nothing wrong, but not extraordinary either. Good southern (perhaps comfort) food (with a twist or two), very friendly and nice staff and chefs, quaint (in old house), and not (too) pricey.

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 4 days ago

My daughter and I love fried green tomatoes, so we started off with the appetizer which was great. The staff was limited but very efficient. The food was fresh and flavorful and it was fun to enjoy the atmosphere with regulars and tourists.

Thank Neale M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

You cannot go wrong with Cru. Great for lunch or dinner in a perfect little Charleston house. Caution: can get super busy and loud, but it's worth the charm! Must visit.

1  Thank NatalieNG129
Reviewed 6 days ago

Three of us went to Cru Cafe after a recommendation from a bartender. We called and were able to get reservations, we sat on the lovely little front porch. The service was very prompt and all our dishes were served without a huge wait. To...More

Thank Alissa W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Got claustrophic for a second when we first walked in, but the staff were super friendly and the smallness added to it's atmosphere. Everything we had was excellent, short ribs, seafood risotto, fried goat cheese salad. Have been to many of the great name restaurants....More

1  Thank thomastommyb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cru Café was lovely place and service was excellent. We had reservations. This was our most expensive meal and yet it was our least favorite out of all the places we ate. I had the Salmon dish and hubby had the short rib pasta special....More

Thank hael80
Reviewed 1 week ago

Let me qualify this. We did not eat there. It was so packed at 1pm there was still a 45 minute wait. If you want to eat there, please, MAKE RESERVATIONS. I will do that next time I go. We were told it was excellent,...More

Thank Sandysandals20104
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cru came highly recommended from many friends and coworkers and I finally decided to try it out when my family came to visit Charleston. It is in an old renovated house and has a cozy and casual atmosphere. I had heard the wait times can...More

1  Thank lindsayogden127
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David S
Half price wine
19 March 2017|
Response from daytona911 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about the wine, food was great, wine was excellent.
Dale F
Do you offer wine?
10 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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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