About Cru Cafe
Charleston, SC 29401
It's the Holy City's Hidden Gem! Cru Café is Charleston's home to some of the best gourmet comfort food in the Lowcountry. Cru Café is the culinary creation of renowned Le Cordon Bleu graduate, Chef John Zucker. Opened in 2002 in response to overwhelming demand, Cru Café is a culinary destination off the beaten path in in a classic 18th century Charleston single-style home. Cru Café and its award-winning Cru Catering division are consistently ranked as top eateries by locals and tourists alike. From our famous Four Cheese Macaroni to our tasty Thai Seafood Risotto, we feature something for everyone. And if you're in the mood for lighter fare, try our Chinese Chicken Salad or Duck Confit Salad. Guests of the restaurant can enjoy daily specials, indoor and outdoor porch seating, a wine list tailored to the varied menu and rich, mouthwatering desserts. We invite to stop in and enjoy a delicious meal with us today.
Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
East Bay St
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Upstairs Dinning Room available for up to 18 people.
Voted Charleston's best caterer consecutively since 2001 by the Charleston City Paper, our Cru Catering branch offers full service customized catering, in-house personal chefs, corporate catering, receptions, weddings and private parties. Please contact us at 843-534-2433.
Cru Cafe does NOT offer parking. The gravel lot across the street is owned and operated by Palmetto Carriage Company. There is a public parking deck located off Pinckney Street behind the Bank of America building. The address is 200 Meeting Street.
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Cru Cafe Ratings and Reviews
A fantastic meal from start to finish. T ...
A fantastic meal from start to finish. The fried green tomatoes, short ribs, local beer, and bread pudding were all wonderful. One of the best meals we've ever had. The porch provided the perfect quiet setting for a romantic dinner.
Wow, Wow, Wow! Cru Cafe is an eatery not ...
Wow, Wow, Wow! Cru Cafe is an eatery not be missed. The food is outstanding. We shared the fried brie salad with honey and walnuts. My wife had the braised ribs entree which simply melted in your mouth with nary a morsel of fat to be seen; I highly recommend it. I enjoyed the thai seafood entree, very flavorful with a slight kick to it. From there we capped off our meal with their "creamsicle orange" cake accompanied by cappuccino.
Sweet spot, lovely, customer-focused and ...
Sweet spot, lovely, customer-focused and accommodating staff and kitchen. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the calamari, which was delicious, was also greasy. Too much oil basically ruined the dish for us. Otherwise, it was a lovely experience.
Too busy. I had a 1:45 reservation for l ...
Too busy. I had a 1:45 reservation for lunch and had to wait 25 minutes. The staff tried to compensate, which we appreciated, but it was too long to wait. I would probably go elsewhere next time because there are so many other options.
The service was offensively bad without ...
The service was offensively bad without the pomp and circumstance to justify such an inferior dining experience. It was off to a bad start when we waited in the entry foyer for 15 minutes before anyone (the host or hostess) acknowledged us. Once we sat down, it was another 15 minutes just to order water / drinks - sadly, General Robert E. Lee was more present than our waitress who only decided to take our order after we flagged her down...which resulted in us waiting more than an hour for just our appetizer. When our entrees did finally arrive, the duck breast was dry and undercooked, more closely resembling a chewy filet gone awry than the succulent delight for which I patiently waited. We immediately paid the check and tipped less than 10% but was tempted to request our money back. The restaurant does a disservice to the city in which it resides, which is so rich with culture and delicious food.
Post Christmas celebration to use up a g ...
Post Christmas celebration to use up a gift certificate before it expired! Only had the pleasure of lunch at Cru in the past, and it was wonderful. Dinner was great as well. We all chose the salad with fried oysters which was excellent. Shared appetizers of fried calamari w/Asian slaw, fried brie w/figs, and fried green tomatoes w/pork belly croutons were great as well. Service by Johnny was very warm and friendly. Just make sure you have made reservations well in advance! Our time slot was 5:15, and the restaurant was not crowded when we arrived which was nice, but it was definitely filling up by the time we left.
The restaurant was busy, but we were gre ...
The restaurant was busy, but we were greeted promptly. He was very friendly and brought us wine while were were waited for our table and very quickly after we ordered it. The selection was good, the choices were unique and the food outstanding.
We LIVE this place and always have it on ...
We LIVE this place and always have it on our Charleston dining "must do's". We were lucky to get the Chef's table and had a fabulous experience. We had scallops with pork belly that was amazing. The mussels were also spectacular. The best was this was an experience night. Chefs table was fantastic to watch!
Thanks Chef Erin, Wilds and Carrie. It was a night we won't forget!
This was our first time here and because ...
This was our first time here and because of the high yelp ratings we wanted to try it. Being late December, we were surprised that seating was open on the patio, patio heaters would have been very welcome. Nelia was our server and she was very friendly and extremely helpful with the menu.
We got the ribeye and scallop specials, they were fantastic!!!
Our son got the pasta and cheese.
We had to try the desserts chocolate torte and the bread pudding, they too were outstanding..
I would highly recommend Cru's to any visiting and wanting the best of local and low country. Just make sure your in climate control...
We shared three delicious items: wedge s ...
We shared three delicious items: wedge salad, chicken tortilla soup, and a sandwich on sourdough bread with the thinnest, crispiest fries! All were perfectly prepared and delicious. Alway love to eat here whenever we are in Charleston.
Cru Cafe is a must if you're in Charlest ...
Cru Cafe is a must if you're in Charleston! Came to Charleston for a holiday vacation and was not disappointed by Cru Cafe's food. Definitely make reservations if you don't want a long wait. This place was hopping at 2:00 in the afternoon. Their food is delicious and our waitress was great with suggestions.
My family of 8 including a 10 month old ...
My family of 8 including a 10 month old baby came for a dinner around Christmas time. The staff was extremely accommodating and the food was amazing! We had such a great time! Cru seems great for family events with large groups like this, or a date night occasion as well as there are many small tables. We loved the atmosphere that being in a house provides! Thank you Cru for such a great experience; we will be back!
Cru Cafe is our favorite restaurant in C ...
Cru Cafe is our favorite restaurant in Charleston. Food is always beautifully prepared and the service is attentive, friendly and on cue. Kerry is a delight, in particular. We're never disappointed at Cru Cafe --- except when we're unable to get in...(!)
Johnny our server was impeccable and int ...
Johnny our server was impeccable and intuitive to our confusion of what to order. His recommendations were right on. The fried green tomatoes were awesome. We were celebrating my husband's bday and Johnny put a candle on the bread pudding. That was real special for our dinner.
House smoked salmon is my favorite. Had ...
House smoked salmon is my favorite. Had the short rib which was simply prepared but full of flavor. The staff is very attentive and the manager on duty 12/20 was a pleasure to encounter. We eat here every time we are in Charleston.
We went here for my husband's birthday. ...
We went here for my husband's birthday. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. This is a very small restaurant only seating about 36 people and we were a little tight in the corner for a group of 5. It is recommended to make a reservation. It is a little pricey, but most restaurants are expensive in Charleston. I would definitely return to Cru Cafe and recommend it to a friend.
We had a wonderful time at Cru. The host ...
We had a wonderful time at Cru. The host was able to seat us quickly at a nice table in the back. We had the fried tomatoes to start and a pistrami sandwich and burger for our mains. All of the food was delicious and excellent. Thank you!
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