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
Second time at this restaurant and it wa ...
Second time at this restaurant and it was as fabulous as the first time. We were a party of 6 and everyone was raving about their meal. I can't stop thinking about the fried green tomato appetizer with pork belly croutons and the short rib entree. A must try when you are in Historic Charleston. Reservations a must because it's a small place.
Great place just a little off the beaten ...
Great place just a little off the beaten path. The restaurant is in an old house with some outdoor seating on the veranda. We ordered small plates and appetizers. The food was excellent and so was the service. Prices are very reasonable for Charleston in-town dining. The manager checked on our meal and thanked us as we left. We will be back.
Whenever we are in Charleston, Cru Cafe ...
Whenever we are in Charleston, Cru Cafe is a must. Love the enthusiasm of the host as well as his friendly and welcoming nature. Whether we have lunch or dinner, the food never disappoints and a meal at Cru always seems to top off our visit to this great city.
Great food with a wide variety of choice ...
Great food with a wide variety of choices. The short ribs were tender , the fried Green tomatoes were crispy and the bread pudding was rich. Our only complaint was the noise level made it difficult for conversation for our friend with hearing loss. This could not be avoided because it is a small house with great ambience.
We ordered the General Tio's chicken; sc ...
We ordered the General Tio's chicken; scrumptious! Can't wait to have it again!
Desserts were to die for: flour less chocolate cake and peach/raspberry and white chocolate bread pudding, both with homemade luscious whip cream. Great service and ambiance. Will definitely be on my list of fav lunch spots. Love that they take reservations!
Cru Cafe was our one repeat visit from t ...
Cru Cafe was our one repeat visit from the previous year and it didn't disappoint. This was our 4th time in Charleston and Cru is our favorite restaurant. The food, service, and overall value can't be beat. Can't wait to go back next time we're in Charleston.
We can always count on CRU for a wonderf ...
We can always count on CRU for a wonderful meal and experience! It's becoming my favorite go to restaurant. This particular visit I enjoyed one of the specials, tagliatelle with clams and it was delicious. Everything we ordered was very good and we look forward to the next culinary adventure there!
Stayed downtown Charleston for 4 days an ...
Stayed downtown Charleston for 4 days and of all the places we ate, this is in the top tier. We stopped in (with reservations - which are a good idea) and had a simple lunch with a beer and enjoyed the food and atmosphere immensely. Charleston is not particularly busy this time of year, but every table was full and folks were waiting. We will certainly be going back.
Whenever we have out of town ( or out of ...
Whenever we have out of town ( or out of state) company, we find our way to CRU. As usual, lunch was fantastic! Garlic chicken club was amazing! I made reservations (recommended) and had my choice of inside or on the porch. I like the porch because it can get loud inside! This is definitely a downtown gem! Make sure to stop by if you are in Charleston❤
Great lunch choice for 3 friends to get ...
Great lunch choice for 3 friends to get together. We sat outside on the porch during a beautiful 75 degree sunny Charleston day! The small salad, shared mac and cheese and a couple of glasses of wine made for a perfect and delicious lunch for me!
Food very good but experience marred by ...
Food very good but experience marred by other factors. Seated 20 minutes late for a 1:00 reservation. Too long a wait for an inside table (even with reservation) - sat outside (with resulting sun issues.) Took about 50 minutes to get lunch once ordered; great place if you have lots and lots of time (not so much if you're hosting visitors and wanting to sightsee further after lunch.) No apology from staff for our waits, and a very hefty bill.
Had a great meal at Cru Cafe when we wen ...
Had a great meal at Cru Cafe when we went to Charleston for a long weekend. Food was creative and delicious. Our server Kayla was awesome. We will definitely be returning to eat there next time we're in Charleston.
We had a delicious meal here. It isn't c ...
We had a delicious meal here. It isn't cheap, it was actually one of the more expensive meals we had in Charleston, but it was so good and the service was so great, I didn't mind when the bill came. The calamari is amazing as were the friend green tomatoes. Best meal at the table was the Thai risotto. It is wonderful! Everything was wonderful! Go here while you are in charleston- you won't be sorry!
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