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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” (55 reviews)
“lemon risotto” (26 reviews)
“salad” (219 reviews)
Closes in 9 min
All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Wonderful lunch, but you will definitely want to make a RESERVATION during peak lunch and supper times. We ordered Fried Green Tomatoes and Fresh Tagliatelle Shrimp Pasta and Ginger Glazed Salmon. We sat at the chef's counter and the cook staff were exceedingly friendly! Shrimp...More

Thank MerryMaryinNC
Reviewed 1 week ago

small, rooms, noisy but great food-actually the people were loud-they all knew one another sat at the bar the cooks all said hello and service was just great great wine, just tell them what you like and they have it will return for lunch

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant was busy though provided good service. Small so if going suggest a reservations. Food was fine and reasonably priced.

Thank TravelersTwoPeople
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wonder who is writing all the 5 star reviews. We went for lunch with a reservation. Had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time to get seated in the noisiest restaurant I have ever been in Charleston. Service was mediocre. Food was nothing...More

Thank Cal H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the Thai seafood risotto and the fried green tomatoes- both were excellent. Would recommend for lunch.

1  Thank Danielle T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I go there frequently with Out-of-Town Guests ... but you need to sit inside (too close to the Horse Stables) ... just saying. Very CHS like - best Tuna in Town. I can only recommend the Place.

Thank baslerbebbie2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the third time I have eaten at Cru and I think it's been even better every time. I had the special - Greek burger and I think it was the best burger I've ever had. Their fried green tomatoes were divine as always,...More

1  Thank Ann C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I ate here for lunch. It was delicious -- one of the best of our trip. In a town full of great restaurants, that is saying something. Highly recommend. My only regret is that we didn't make dinner reservations here.

1  Thank MSUmom92
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very quaint,smallish restaurant in the French Quarter.Do not let that fool you.It was only a few minute walk from the FQI,but the food and service were excellent..As we normally do, we split a good salad, and then had fried chicken(which my wife...More

1  Thank DrLeoA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cru Cafe, while not the most posh restaurant we visited on a recent trip to Charleston, provided the best combination of innovative southern cuisine and good service we experienced. Eating excellent food (calamari, fried oyster salad, and duck) on their porch on a beautiful October...More

Thank ATexanTraveler
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Marion K
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Response from TravelinGalCHS | Reviewed this property |
they do!
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Response from StLouisSpeaks | Reviewed this property |
They do have a full bar! The bartenders were trying out new recipes while I was there!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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
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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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