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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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“thai seafood” (55 reviews)
“lemon risotto” (26 reviews)
“salad” (221 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Located in an old, converted house on Pickney Street in the historic district, Cru projects a modest image. The yard area where guests wait has uneven bricks and slightly rickety benches which offer a rustic appeal. The steps and handrails are devoid of paint that...More

Thank Roberta B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was our 2nd time visiting Cru while on vacation. We went for lunch and the lunch menu was great. The food is incredible! The truffle fries are a must! The salads are delicious as well as the burger. Highly recommend reservations!

Thank Cinnamon97
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Hyped up as one the best lunch spots in town, we were really excited to try this place after arriving in town from the airport. The restaurant was hopping at 1pm on a Friday afternoon. Our table had 4 guests. Service was slow despite ample...More

Thank Jonathan M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not very big, is an old carriage house. Had heard mention of from several sources, so glad we listened! Service was great, food was wonderful. One of our group had the short rib special. He was a happy man. Mushroom soup special caught my interest...More

Thank Etta B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our family of five thoroughly enjoyed a mid-week early lunch (11:30 am) at Cru over Spring Break. Happily, we showed up with a reservation made about three days in advance. The place was full of waiting customers when we left. Our server was responsive to...More

Thank Travels-4-Fun-Mom
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Small space with seating looking at kitchen. Steak was perfect and wife's salmon was excellent. Nothing fancy, great food and friendly crew.

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was excellent! A true hidden gem. I highly recommend reservations as it is a tight space...but they go above and beyond with their menu.

Thank FoodieSnooty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are planning a trip to Charleston be sure to include a stop at the Cru Cafe We had a dinner reservation but when our plans changed stopped for lunch All the soups salads and sandwiches were great The beef short rib with coleslaw...More

Thank Labrador1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

We never miss Cru during our time in Charleston. VERY VERY RELIABLE FOOD AND STAFF. My problem is I tend to order the same things over and over again: the daily seafood, pasta, or pork schnitzel. By I'll sample whatever others in my group get...More

Thank dabloomaa
Reviewed 1 week ago

On a recommendation from a local, we went here for dinner. The food and service was excellent. The place itself is not very fancy, appears to be an old renovated house. Personally this didn't bother me at all, but it might turn of some folks.

Thank ScubaDiver2016
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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
USD 10 - USD 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
  • 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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