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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.
Charleston, SC 29401
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 was our second visit to Cru Café. Both times we dined at lunch. Next time we'll try dinner. The food is amazing! The fried green tomato's are a must for an appetizer (we ordered a second plate to share)! Salads are very fresh and delicious. The mac & cheese and the truffle fries are a hit! The pastrami is out of this world, and not regularly on the menu. They smoke all their meats in back of the restaurant. The craft beers are great. This is one of our favorite spots - off the beaten path. Make reservations! You will not be disappointed!
We had lunch here and the food was amazing! The fried green tomatoes are definitely worth ordering. I would also recommend the truffle fries and macaroni and cheese. The only thing that was bit wonderful was how close the tables are to one another...but worth it because the food is so divine!
My wife and I were in Charleston celebrating our anniversary and went to Cru Café for lunch. Our meals were delicious with the highlights being the tomato bisque soup, the fresh mozzarella and tomato salad, the four cheese macaroni side dish (omg), and the sandwich of the day (hot pastrami with country slaw--so good!). The open kitchen concept allows you to watch your meal being prepared with fresh ingredients and we would highly recommend this restaurant.
I had the most delightful dinner while visiting Charleston. I was traveling alone and luckily given a seat at the chefs table. It was so fun to watch all of the action is the well run kitchen and everyone was so nice and friendly and fun to talk to. I started with the fried green tomatoes and they were perfect. Fried nice and golden, not greasy at all and topped with delicious feta cheese and a tomato sauce that was amazing. This dish is big enough to share, 4 large slices. I had the fish of the day special, a grouper seasoned with tumeric over seasonal shaved vegetable. So delicious, light and perfectly cooked. The wine selection was very good and many options by the glass. I had a wonderful evening and can't wait to go back again one day.
Quality ingredients equals great food and this is what Cru has. I had the wedge salad, it was amazing. I've had and made them before but this one was special. The fried green tomatoes are to die for. I really appreciate all the little touches like the smoked tomato caramel. Friendly helpful staff.
Another outstanding Dining experience. The food was excellent as always (tried the mac and Cheese for the first time. And it was delightful). But what makes Cru so special is the staff and the service you receive. The General Manager, Nate, sets the stage. He is welcoming and makes sure everything is right. My server last night (and the Saturday before) was Neila. And she was superb. But all the wait staff were last and always are welcoming and top flight. They all help each other out. They truly work as a team. And small things matter. I was getting the delightful mac and Cheese to go. And without me even asking Neila checked with Nate to make sure the dish she was using was microwave safe. And Nate dropped by to make sure I knew it was. It was near the end of the night (and as always they had packed and very busy), so to take the time and energy to make sure I had a microwave safe dish and knew it (without me asking) is part of what makes Cru such a wonderful dining experience. And while they stop seating at 10, that does not mean they start to rush you . They provide the same outstanding service until you are ready to leave.
Cru was a Huge disappointment! Took my wife for her birthday and noted that when I made the reservation. When seating us, Nate, the host, addressed the party of 4 ahead of us as to where their table was located and then turned to us and said "follow them and take the table next to them" the 2 top. He didn't bother to seat us and gave us probably the worst possible table...others were available. Our waitress took longer than an acceptable amount of time getting to us and then began describing the specials before even taking out cocktail order.
The fish was overlooked and the duck was tough. We do not recommend!!!
The staff paid such careful attention to my allergies and provided great advice about the wine menu. I had the duck and side vegatables and it was delicious. My friends got the seafood risotto and mussels which also were great. The dining room which is a repurposed living room was at once casual, intimate, and southern. Great choice for first nights dinner in Charleston.
Food is always great here and the portions are generous. The only downside is that if you sit inside ( which in the sweltering summer you have to do) you can hardly hear your tablemates if the restaurant is crowded. And it usually is at lunch. But they do serve quickly and are very cheerful. I had smoked salmon over an English muffin with a cream cheese spread and it was delicious.
Love going there and know you can always find something to eat that suits your palate.
Service was outstanding! They accommodated our request to sit outside and served us drinks as we waited. They also delivered us a plate of fries to make up for the fact that their deep fryer was down when we ordered (they said they felt it was only right to bring a plate over to us as we had just missed out on them). Macaroni was a delicious and massive side!
Our second trip to Charleston, we're from Oklahoma, and a friend suggested we try Cru. We had our dear friends here from Australia . Our reservation was at 7:30 and we had to wait about 20 minutes but it was so well worth the wait everyone had an absolutely fabulous meal!! We will certainly return to The Cru Cafe on our next visit
We were in town for a family vacation. Our teenaged daughters loved the restaurant. We loved the setting,servers and managers and can't say enough about the food. We tasted as much as we could! Each dish was amazing. Don't know when we will be back to Charleston but Cru will be a repeat!
Unfortunately, our experience was not good. This is a very small converted home with limited seating, less than 40. It is not appropriate for parties larger than 4 or for those diners with children. Reservations may help, although there was no table available when we arrived on time for our lunch reservation. You may be seated outside, even though this is not part of the reservation request. Our table for 2 was jammed up against the wall just before the entry to the bathroom. We were also very close to the front door. The traffic of diners, as well as servers, was a constant bother. The entry way was always filled with people waiting on a table, though there is no true foyer. Those waiting were constantly in the way of the servers that needed to wait on the outdoor tables, and some bumped our table. It appeared busy and chaotic, which prevented us from having a relaxed lunch with audible conversation. I would suggest trying again in the off-season or before any lunch rush. Maybe an off-hour would be more enjoyable. There are so many other restaurants that serve a nice lunch without feeling like you're in the way of absolutely everyone else.
I love this place. The ambiance is quaint and usually the food is fabulous. This time the service was excellent and the atmosphere was also. The salad I had was greens with cheese and peaches. There was way too much dressing on the salad so it was wilted too much. I'll be back because usually the unusual salads are delicious.
The food was fabulous but it took a long time to get there. It was very loud in there and the host was rude . He just points to where you should sit . Ignores people waiting and looks right over you like you arent there . This might be his thing , but extremely unclassy. Took out of state guest there and was dissapointed and embarassed about the service . So glad the food made up for it . This is a very tiny place .
We go to Charleston every year for a 3 night weekend. All we do is eat out every meal and try different places each year. We had dinner at Cru Cafe on Saturday night for the first time. It was incredible. The best food I've ever had in Charleston. We will go eat here every trip now. AWESOME!!!
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