About Cru Cafe
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
Cru is our favorite lunch restaurant in ...
Cru is our favorite lunch restaurant in Charleston. We have never been disappointed. We have taken many friends and family there and everyone loves it. Food is excellent! Wait staff is very courteous and friendly.
Forget all the other stuff, the food her ...
Forget all the other stuff, the food here is 5 star for 3 star prices. We were so impressed we turned our 1 night reservation into eating here three nights. Do yourself a favor and
get to Cru's as soon as you can!
Had lunch at the Cafe before Thanksgivin ...
Had lunch at the Cafe before Thanksgiving. I had the short rib/pastrami with mac and cheese. Both were outstanding. The food selection is always wide enough to satisfy most everyone and it is always terrific. Would definitely recommend going there for either lunch or dinner. Make reservations in advance as it books up early and is a smaller style restaurant.
We kicked off our weekend in Charleston ...
We kicked off our weekend in Charleston at Cru and nothing else came close. We had a wonderful experience at Cru. The food was fabulous! Jacob, the owner, actually waited on our table and gave a nice personal touch to our meal. Highly recommend Cru.
This was our second trip to Charleston a ...
This was our second trip to Charleston and there are so many great restaurants there that this was our first time at CRU. This is really good food done really well! We had a delicious dinner there, so we went back two days later for lunch. This place is top ten in a city full of great foodie places.
Great experience! Mussels were outstandi ...
Great experience! Mussels were outstanding and everything else was quite delicious. Our waiter Johnny was charming and helpful with the menu. Loved that we could bring our own wine (there was a reasonable corking fee).
Ordered calamari appetizer. General Tao ...
Ordered calamari appetizer. General Tao entree and duck special entree. Server ' forgot' our calamari and the entrees were not that great. Did finally get the calamari but it was too salty and had no sauces. To their credit they did complete the calamari.
I was terribly disappointed. Had reserv ...
I was terribly disappointed. Had reservations for 8:15 PM (made 2 months prior) and waited a fair time for a table. Local very small and noisy. No ambiance and heard every word of party at table next to us. Food was not outstanding yet expensive.
This was one of the best restaurants we ...
This was one of the best restaurants we have visited. The food was amazing and the staff is wonderful. Wilds was knowledgeable and humorous. We had a great time sitting at the chef's table. Chef took time to discuss the dishes with us and it was so interesting watching her kitchen. We are planning another trip to Charleston just to visit Cru again.
A vacation trip to Charleston and told b ...
A vacation trip to Charleston and told by friends (CT) this was a must. So grateful for the recommendation. An absolutely exquisite meal. Comparable to 4/5 star NY restaurants and not gouged on the price. We made reservations weeks in advance and had a 5:45 seating. Would have preferred a little later in the evening, but wouldn't have missed it. Simply delicious and the staff was friendly and charming.
All around excellent lunch. The staff w ...
All around excellent lunch. The staff was so friendly and made you feel like an old friend, even though it was our first visit. Had soup special, sweet potato bisque, fried green tomatoes, pastrami sandwich and special burger of the day topped with pork belly, then bread pudding for dessert. Everything was so delicious, usually there is one thing that is just ok, not here. Everything is outstanding and we will dream about going back. You will not regret a visit, go!
Love Cru Cafe for lunch especially. The ...
Love Cru Cafe for lunch especially. The food is always delicious and fresh and the service is amazing. Love sitting outside and watching the horses and carriages as the pass by. Easy proximity to the market when people are visiting from out of town.
The fried oyster salad and the trigger ...
The fried oyster salad and the trigger fish special were both amazing I would definitely order them again. The Thai seafood risoto was just OK, I would skip that next time. We enjoyed our dinner and will go back again
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