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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” (220 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

This was a very nice restaurant with a focused and well thought out menu. The setting is upscale but casual and neighborhood friendly. There is a bar and we saw locals coming and going from that location. All of our entrees were excellent. Do give...More

Thank Dave S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Ate at Cru Cafe during the very busy holiday season. The restaurant is quite small and very active. I believe the menu is somewhat limited for a reason, they seem to do everything well. Our entrees were delicious and the comments from nearby tables echoed...More

Thank golfnut64
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited Cru Cafe every time we visit Charleston and we are never disappointed. The food is always flavorful and a wide variety is offered. If your dinner plans are all set, give lunch a try! Be sure to make a reservation as word...More

Thank Druann J
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is packed so have a reservation well ahead of time, there also aren't many tables. The food is great, we went for lunch and really enjoyed it. The house smoked pastrami sandwich with coleslaw and the warm goat cheese salad were very good....More

Thank RussU2525
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is fantastic, a fusion of southern and other cuisines. But the place is small. So if you want to sit inside where there's climate control, MAKE RESERVATIONS DAYS IN ADVANCE (which we did)! You can also reserve seats at a counter at the...More

Thank CapnCohen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to eat lunch here ( reservation) only the day after Christmas. The staff was very nice and the restaurant was in a cute little house downtown. I would recommend this for anyone going to Charleston on a budget.

Thank ameliaisland4life
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You definitely won’t “shoot your eye out” at Cru. Ask for the “Red Ryder Special”. Just kidding🍷🎉. About the 4th time there for both lunch & dinner. Always good, particularly the seafood “ with Good Service. Wine reasonable. Just make a reservation since it’s popular.

Thank Dan1229
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good food, good wine, good service, good atmosphere, good value. A very pleaseant dinner. Recommended.

Thank GreatProphetZarquon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Updated as of 12/28/17. After ranting and raving about how yummy the food at Cru was during my last visit, I brought my mother and sister to give it a try. We arrived shortly after 9PM on 12/26 (they close at 10PM). We stood and...More

Thank jamilaanderson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, we decided last minute to walk here for dinner. Josh greeted us at the door and we apologized for not having a reservation. He made us feel welcome and we waited about 10 mins and had a great time. Emma was our sweet waitress....More

Thank sherrycat
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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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