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
This place was impressive! I ordered the ...
This place was impressive! I ordered the pork special which came with veggies- every mouthful was mind blowing. My husband ordered the scallops (another winner) and added mashed potatoes. These potatoes tasted like my grandmother's! We were so full we hesitated on dessert but the orange cake with the cream cheese frosting was heavenly. My husband and I shared but he admitted he's never seen me "finish dessert" in 8 years! Definitely returning one day!
A "neighborhood" gem if you can call a r ...
A "neighborhood" gem if you can call a restaurant in the historic district a neighborhood place. Portions are generous, service is outstanding and the food is wonderfully prepared. We shared the fried green tomatoes small plate and the Thai seafood risotto which were excellent. The specials looked great.
My husband and I have been to Cru many t ...
My husband and I have been to Cru many times over the past few years. We dine here every time we visit Charleston, which is several times a year. The menu features something for every palate. My husband always orders the garlic chicken club. I always try something different, but this visit I tried the turkey and avocado, which was awesome. Be sure to upgrade your side to the truffle fries - they are the best I've ever had. Don't skip dessert - try the dreamsicle cake! Nate and his crew rock.
We had a 2:45 reservation Saturday after ...
We had a 2:45 reservation Saturday afternoon on 9-17. We arrived at 2:15 hoping to be seated early but they were very busy. The fellow that we checked in with was rushed and told us he would try to get us seated by our reservation time but didn't sound hopeful. We sat outside while we waited and were subjected to the smoke drifting over from the smoker in the side yard. Unpleasant. We went inside about 2:40 and checked in with him and were seated about 10 minutes later. We had the sweetest waitress! She was very helpful with the menu and prompt with our drinks and food. We had burgers and truffle fries. Mine was the special-a Mediterranean burger that was outstanding and the truffle fries were the highlight! The only downside was that we felt so
crowded in because the tables are so close together and the noise level was almost painful.
I have visited Charleston dozens of time ...
I have visited Charleston dozens of times, but have somehow not eaten at Cru Cafe! I was on a girl's trip and was looking for a great lunch spot and somewhere I had not yet been. After reading the reviews, Cru Cafe seemed like the obvious choice. I didn't know this at the time, but it is located right by the carriage tours which we happened to be doing that morning.
Right off the bat, the host exuded Charleston hospitality. He was a master multitasker and handled the constant flow of traffic flawlessly. They sat us about 15 minutes later than our reservation time due to a lingering bachelorette group. We were seated at a community table with one other person which was a little awkward at first (since there were 6 of us and 1 of him) but it turned out to be totally fine.
They sent out an order of truffle fries which were to die for. We also ordered the Fried Green Tomatoes with Pork Belly and Smoked Tomato Jam- the perfect combination of fried and sweet. We each ordered different dishes for lunch and everyone was beyond satisfied. Order the mac & cheese for the table- you won't regret it!
Our server was very sweet and attentive. In a spot as busy as Cru, staying on top of a 6-person table can be challenging, but our waters were always filled and dirty dishes cleared.
I will definitely be going back!
We went there in the pouring rain from t ...
We went there in the pouring rain from the hurricane on 9/14/2016. Definitely worth the drive through flooded streets. Great food, very fair priced wine and beer list, and a very friendly attentive waitress. Took our grand daughter and friend who attend college there. Hope to return when she graduates. Only mild negative was noise level for me, but I have to wear hearing aid and noise was magnified.
I am glad that we had a reservation beca ...
I am glad that we had a reservation because we heard many turned away for lunch on Saturday. The food was delicious. The host and waitresseswerefriendly. We were seated near the front door, so it was a bit noisy but still enjoyable for my party of eight. We were also seated near the kitchen, which is rather open, and I heard the manager (or perhaps it was the head chef) berate the staff. I felt somewhat embarrassed for them. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend Cru Cafe for excellent cuisine!
The food was amazing! The wait staff was ...
The food was amazing! The wait staff was extremely friendly and smiled all the time (especially Fawn). Highly recommended even in the food mecca of Charleston. Casual with typical Charleston prices but highend exceptional food, great atmosphere and super friendly staff.
Visit Charleston often and have tried many of the well known restaurants.
We will be back on next visit!
Just off the crazy tourist Market strip ...
Just off the crazy tourist Market strip is an extraordinary little restaurant that doesn't take itself too seriously -- just your food and a kicked-back time. The atmosphere is kind of elbow-to-elbow. It's loud. When we went there on a weeknight at 5:45 (the only time we could get!!!), the place had a baby at every table! When the tables changed a half hour later, it was a mix of older tourist foursomes and childless couples. More importantly, the food is imaginative, with good portions and by downtown Charleston restaurants an extreme value. The dishes -- other than the truffle fries that almost every table ordered!!! -- can be characterized as delicately flavored (in the good way) in that you could appreciate the seafood itself. The pairing with a delicate giant scallop with kielbasa and spaetzel is a good example. Our waiter Jonny was great and his in-tow shadow likewise friendly and knowledgeable. The Italian wine special at $20 was delicious. If you are looking for that "special occasion," go to S.N.O.B. or Fig. For some relaxed dining, great food and money left over, Cru is a must.
Cru Café is our "go to" spot when we hav ...
Cru Café is our "go to" spot when we have visitors and are showing them the best of Charleston. It's small so reservations are a must even for lunch, but it's so worth it. The food is an eclectic mix of updated favorites. I'm not a big mac and cheese fan, but theirs is outstanding . Our server was pleasant, friendly, and efficient (which is tough because the room is packed). Highly highly recommend this fun and tasty establishment.
I have eaten here at least 5 times now. ...
I have eaten here at least 5 times now. This restaurant is on our agenda at least once on every single visit to Charleston. The food is outstanding, (and I mean everything on the menu), the staff is super nice, the prices are reasonable. Make sure to just go ahead and make a reservation. Like all Charleston restaurants, it gets crowded (tiny place) with quite a wait.
Superb as always. Brought friends who w ...
Superb as always. Brought friends who were in Charleston to attend an organization reunion gathering. I had been bragging to them about how great Charleston cuisine is. Cru served outstanding meals. My fiends were truly impressed.
Two of our party had short ribs, I had s ...
Two of our party had short ribs, I had salmon. Both were great. Fried green tomatoes were excellent as always. We all shared bread pudding and the orange sherbet cake. Everything was excellent. Just wish they had a liquor license for something other than wine and beer.
CruCafe was a very nice date for us- cel ...
CruCafe was a very nice date for us- celebrating a promotion. The food was excellent- started with mesclun goat cheese salad, then for entrees we had the duck and Thai seafood risotto. Enough good things cannot possibly be said about the risotto. Our server, Johnnie, was wonderful and very fun.
I've never had a bad experience here. I' ...
I've never had a bad experience here. I've been an occasional regular for the last 4.5 years, and the service and food has NEVER disappointed. If you want quality food, with a nod to all arenas of types of food, then this is the spot for you. Not without their southern staples, the mac'n'cheese is a must try! It is my go-to spot when I have guests in town, and my first recommendation for anyone who wants to know where to eat.
Our dining experience was fantastic. 3 ...
Our dining experience was fantastic. 3 in our party had the fish of the day and they all said it was mild and flaky and very delicious. I had the beef short ribs and they were also delicious. We had bread puddy for dessert and it did not disappoint. Excellent service. Would highly recommend.
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