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 #1 Charleston Caterer from 2001-2014. 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/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine
Cru Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Loved Cru Cafe! Definitely one of the be ...
Loved Cru Cafe! Definitely one of the best meals we had in Charleston! The waiter made the experience! Had our 3 yr old son with us and they were so inviting and personable towards him! A must try when on Charleston!
Cru Café was probably not the best choic ...
Cru Café was probably not the best choice for a special occasion. While cozy and kind of cool with having the kitchen at the front of the restaurant, it's not quiet and patrons are all very close. We had the tuna appetizer; many different flavors! I had the chicken with mozzarella and poblano peppers; my boyfriend had the ribeye steak with a fig demi-glaze. I'd recommend you pass on dessert. The food was good, but certainly not phenomenal, and pricey at that. We did have a great server and, in fact, everyone seemed to hustle at Cru Café and wanted to make sure that everyone was being accommodated and enjoying their meal. I wouldn't plan to eat outside...Cru Café is located across the street from the horse and carriage stables. Enough said. I might go back, but it wouldn't be my first choice.
We had an early dinner at Cru based on a ...
We had an early dinner at Cru based on a recommendation from a friend and we are so happy we did! We started with the friend green tomatoes (possibly best we've ever had) and the tuna sashimi (incredible, served with fried brussels sprouts) and salads. My husband had the fish special which was tumeric sea bass, it was fresh, flaky and delicious. I had the scallops, despite only two of them (cut in half so it seemed like more) I though they were incredible. We also got the Mac and cheese, also delish. My only disappointment...only beer and wine. We will be back!
Once again our lunch at Cru was deliciou ...
Once again our lunch at Cru was delicious! The staff is always to great and service impeccable. The manager is personable with guests and makes you feel right at home. The Shrimp BLT continues to be consistently delicious with the shrimp cooked perfectly with ripe tomatoes, crispy bacon and pepper jack cheese! My husband's favorite is the General Tso Chicken which is the perfect combination of tangy, sweet and spicy. The variety of the menu is impressive and you have to try the Duck Confit Salad with sugar pecans. Great item to share before a meal.
Heard about Cru Cafe from a Charlston to ...
Heard about Cru Cafe from a Charlston tour guide a couple of years ago and was at that time unsuccessful in getting a table for lunch. This year we made a reservation (a nice option for those of us from out of town) and were seated immediately. We had the Pastrami sandwich and the Shrimp BLT. Both were very good! Bring a sweater though.
Rated Number 4 on Trip Advisor for Charl ...
Rated Number 4 on Trip Advisor for Charleston dining, my daughter and I booked a reservation for lunch. We were in town for a job interview for her. We were very excited to dine at Cru from reviews we read and locals we met that morning giving it kudos. That said, we were not blown away by the food. Maybe it was what we choose to order.....fried green tomato appetizer was the best thing we had, but we've had better. We also split the Chinese Chicken salad, also had better, and the General Tso Chicken with fried rice and veggies. It was basically the same dish as the CCSalad, just the chicken was prepared differently, and the addition of the rice. The veggies were the same as the salad. The Orange Dream Cycle Cake was delicious! The Rose wine good and cold. Our server was adorable, the place was hoppin' and has a good vibe, but I wouldn't go running back for the food that we had. I would go back though and try a few other things.
cru is mine and my friends' favorite pla ...
cru is mine and my friends' favorite place to go for lunch whenever we get a chance. duck confit salad is the best. shrimp blt also grout and fried green tomatoes. really everything ive had there is fabulous but I like those the most. good idea to make resos to make it easier on you and the staff.
I call the restaurant to find out if the ...
I call the restaurant to find out if they were wheelchair accessable. The apologized but asked if my Mom could walk up four steps with assistance and I said yes. They told me they had several men to get her in and out the restaurant. When we arrived, I went in and asked for help and they sent out two people to help.
We started off with fried green tomatoes and they were outstanding. The duck breast was delicous and very tender. We were full and did not try the desserts. Our waiter went out of his way to make my Mom comfortable. Mom was cold, so he covered the vent, then he brought her hot water to warm her hands.
When we were ready to leave, the chef and two other employees helped Mom down the stairs and to the car. Thank you for helping us give Mom a wonderful night out.
Another good dinner at Cru - but I wish ...
Another good dinner at Cru - but I wish they would space out the food presentation a letter longer. In and out in an hour with wine, starter, and entree. Much prefer a slower dinner and not having them turn tables so rapidly.
On our annual family trip to Charleston, ...
On our annual family trip to Charleston, we were finally able to get a reservation at Cru Cafe. So glad we did. All six of us enjoyed our meals; they were innovative, made with fresh ingredients, and plated nicely. Our server was friendly and professional. Two thumbs up!
Great place for a special dinner. The f ...
Great place for a special dinner. The food was delicious and our waitress was very attentive and made excellent suggestions. The pasta dishes were fabulous as were our starter salads. Small intimate setting. Would definitely recommend.
Small, but comfortable restaurant with g ...
Small, but comfortable restaurant with good service and good food. Nice-sized portions and attractive presentation. Very popular with both the locals and tourists; highly recommended by most online and printed travel guides and lives up to it's reputation! Definitely worth a visit if you travel to Charleston, SC.
Arrived at our reserved time and was sea ...
Arrived at our reserved time and was seated promptly.
We have visited Cru several times and have never left disappointed. The staff are friendly, helpful and timely.
The food is well prepared and delicious. Our light lunch included the salad of the day, fried green tomatoes and their famous four cheese macaroni.
The fried green tomatoes is a must try as the combination of sheep feta, tomato caramel sauce and the pork belly croutons is flavor packed and really nice... which comes from one who generally is not a fried green tomato fan.
The four cheese macaroni is the epitome of comfort food and should be tried.
A variety of wines and beer are offered.
The menu is varied and online at the restaurant's website.
Another excellent lunch at Cru and again, we leave very satisfied.
Cru has a great chef who creates some un ...
Cru has a great chef who creates some unique and tasty dishes. The food was fresh and well prepared. Service was quick, professional and helpful with suggestions (and accurate with their suggestions). All in all, a delightful dining experience.
Great find! We had a lunch reservation, ...
Great find! We had a lunch reservation, but iwe were so hot from walking around and sightseeing that we showed up early. The staff was very accommodating and seated us as soon as they were able. But they brought us cold drinks while we were waiting. The food was incredible. The service was prompt and friendly. Would definitely ear here again!
Cru Cafe food is excellent. The fried gr ...
Cru Cafe food is excellent. The fried green tomatoes were the best I have ever had - anywhere. The service was superb. We sent a dish back because it was too salty and the staff's response/recovery was excellent. They comped us on wine and desert and made personal apologies - and corrected the food immediately so there was no long wait for a replacement. I consider that the sign of a true great restaurant. I have eaten here several times and every experience has been outstanding.
Cru Cafe Has it all down - even though i ...
Cru Cafe Has it all down - even though it was a busy weekday at the end of lunch time, staff were all cheerful, helpful and eager to serve. House- made moussaka, a special, was perfectly delicious. A great experience and will continue to patronize this great restaurant.
The food was very good! Although the com ...
The food was very good! Although the community table at the door was not so good cause of the front door constantly being opened so it felt like we were seated at an outside table. I'm sure they get tourists in there all the time, but we are locals and didnt get the best service this time from our waiter. I have been to Cru many times before and have always had great food and service.
Cru was recommended by a friend who used ...
Cru was recommended by a friend who used to work there and who mentioned, luckily, that reservations would be a good idea, even to stop by for lunch. That was advice I'm glad I took, but it was well worth the wait, the four cheese macaroni was spectacular, as was the calamari and all the food I saw walking by while we were there looked amazing. Highly recommended.
A friend and I were visiting Charleston ...
A friend and I were visiting Charleston and made a reservation for lunch on a Saturday. We arrived on time and checked in. It's in a house and the dining areas are small. After we checked in, we weren't shown to a table (there were none available) or told where to wait until it was ready. Meanwhile, other people were trying to check in or ask for a table and the entry was very crowded. I told the host our name again and he said we were checked in so I asked where we should wait and he directed us to the seats outside. We waited 10 minutes or so before we were called back in and seated at the "chef's table," which is a bar overlooking the kitchen, where we watched everyone's food being prepared in a small, but very organized area. At one time there were at least 6 people in the prep area. We each had the pick two - mine the soup and salad and hers the salad and sandwich. They were both very good. They have different soups each day. The macaroni and cheese looked scrumptious and our neighbors at the table said it was good. It is listed as a side, but is big enough for an entree or to share. The mushroom soup and duck confit salad were excellent.
Cru Cafe is consistent in terms of quali ...
Cru Cafe is consistent in terms of quality and service. They are outstanding. The waitress and the host were very friendly. The food is always super. We dine at Cru often and have always satisfied with their food and service.
Fortunately someone we spoke to recommen ...
Fortunately someone we spoke to recommended a reservation. Without one it was highly likely we would not have been able to get a table. The place is small so it can get loud but it has great energy. We had a reservation at 9pm and were seated within minutes at the "chef's table", basically a bar overlooking (and interacting with) the kitchen. My wife and I love to cook so it was an adventure. We were basically able to talk with the sous chef about everything she was preparing which was very cool. The food was all delicious. We started with the fried green tomatoes topped with goat cheese. For our entrees we had the Fried Chicken with Poblano and Mozzarella and the Thai Seafood Risotto. Both were nice portions, beautifully plated and incredibly tasty. We finished the night with one of their bread puddings. That night it was flavored with peach and served with a homemade whipped cream...really more of a foam it was so light.
Put it this way, the meal was so good we attempted to get another reservation for Friday night so we could try something different. Unfortunately that meal will have to wait for another trip to Charleston. They were already booked solid. This place rates five stars.
An overall outstanding experience. Shor ...
An overall outstanding experience. Short wait for just the right table. Waiter, Johnny, was friendly and helpful without being overwhelming. The food did not disappoint - if Orange Dreamsicle Cake is on the menu, order it! A reasonably priced wine list. Be warned - they are located in an old house. Space is tight no matter where you are seated. We felt we got our money's worth and would definitely go again. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED....
Food was outstanding and we had eaten at ...
Food was outstanding and we had eaten at SNOB and Magnolia's the other two nights in Charleston and this was the best. I had the duck and my wife had the scallops. Duck was cooked perfect and same with the scallops. The scallop sauce paired very well and did not overpower the scallops. Dessert special was a peach and strawberry bread pudding. Not heavy but light and lots of flavor. Staff was super friendly and helpful and knew the menu very well so were able to guide you towards what worked best for you.
Not a big place, situated into a old victorian right near market. If you are looking for a local experience and want a personalized experience then go.
I would eat there again and again.
I went to Cru Cafe for the first time la ...
I went to Cru Cafe for the first time last Wednesday with a girlfriend for lunch. My experience was so great that this Wednesday I came back with another one of my girlfriends for lunch. The turkey and avocado sandwich was great this time around. The manager spoke with us during our visit, and I explained I was just there last week. On my way out he said, "see you next week!" But little does he know I'm already making dinner plans for there next week! I would definitely recommend Cru Cafe to everyone!
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