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Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Everything about this restaurant was great! The food and service were excellent. It has both indoor and outdoor seating. It is located downtown in a charming converted southern home. Both my coworker and I will definitely return!

Thank KarenWK
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious food in cute little house but while all are very nice, a lot of time waiting there even for a water glass refill. Service I’ve heard and read is hit or miss. It is wonderful food but for a 545 reservation, our three entrees...More

Thank marylandguju
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was fantastic. Flavorful, fresh, and reasonable priced. The service was outstanding. Sauces for our dishes were the best.

Thank William G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife decided to surprise me and take me out for lunch. This was our first time eating here. When we showed up, the place was packed. We didn’t have a reservation but we did get a seat at the small counter that over looks...More

1  Thank Chad K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cru Café is a wonderful gem housed in converted 18th Century sweet single house, tucked down a small street, around the corner from the various horse carriage rides (my favorite one is Old South). You could actually smell the place before you saw the place,...More

Thank Fishfanz
Reviewed 1 week ago

Reservations recommended. We arrived late afternoon on a Tuesday for lunch and it was busy. After a ten minute wait, the friendly eager greeter sat us on the old narrow paint-peeling porch. That's local charm and character for you. I ordered the salad pictured on...More

Thank janicew429
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not crazy about chicken but I had the best fried chicken ever here! A friend who lives in Charleston recommended Cru Cafe and I'm so glad she did! Everyone in my party had a different dish and we all loved everything! Make reservations! Can't...More

Thank 415Lilly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are lots of dining choices in Charleston, but so happy that my wife and I picked Cru Cafe. If you want a great meal AND a great experience, ask to sit at the Chef’s Table, which is actually four seats at a counter looking...More

Thank Tim T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just checked into our hotel and they recommended that we try Cru for lunch. It's a small little place but the food was excelled as well as the service! It's not big so it gets really busy and loud but still highly recommend it!...More

Thank Christine B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food and cocktails were delicious. I'm still thinking about the 2 Magnolias that I enjoyed. We ate some of the best fried green tomatoes that we ever have had. Its a cute, little, very casual place. We went immediately after a private carriage tour...More

Thank jeffreywB9284RU
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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, Local cuisine, 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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