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
Always a pleasure to take guests to Cru ...
Always a pleasure to take guests to Cru Cafe! We enjoyed the Fried Oyster Salad and Duck Entrees. The chocolate cake and peach/blueberry bread pudding were also great desserts. We come back to this restaurant over and over and it never disappoints.
Vegetarian options were poor. The portob ...
Vegetarian options were poor. The portobello wrap was soggy and not very tasty. Truffle fries were delicious. Service was ordinary with the waitress forgetting the specifics of our order. Overall, underwhelmed by the flavors.
We love food, so our bar is set rather h ...
We love food, so our bar is set rather high when we are eating out. The food at Cru was amazing & so was out waiter Johnnie! The attention to detail was obvious. We were visiting with our daughter and her friend. We ordered a variety of different appetizers and entrees, & everything was outstanding. The fried oyster salad could be a dinner, the short ribs were amazing (thank you for recommending them Johnnie). My husband had the chicken dish, our daughter & friend shared mussels, etc. Everything was outstanding. The atmosphere is comfortable, it's like talking with an old friend. We will be back the next time we are in Charleston
The reviews of this restaurant was my de ...
The reviews of this restaurant was my deciding factor in choosing it. I was very disappointed. I ordered the swordfish, the portion was very generous. The swordfish was not cooked through. I really did not want to send it back and didn't want to cause a scene because the dining room is very small and everyone can hear what you're saying. My husband got the attention of our server and she took it back to have the kitchen finish cooking it. By the time they brought it back my husband was done eating and I had lost my appetite. They gave me the bill, I paid it and we left. Although they apologized they did nothing to try to make it right. I guess they don't need my positive review. I would not recommend this restaurant - besides it's not in a great area and there's no main entrance.
Small place with great food. Reservation ...
Small place with great food. Reservations highly recommended. Can be noisy due to the small space. It is a little hard to find and not very eye-appealing on the outside. Once the meat is served you understand why it is rated one of the 10 best in Charleston. I would advise taking a jacket or sweater along. Some of the tables are located directly in front of the wall air conditioner.
My wife and I were in Charleston celebra ...
My wife and I were in Charleston celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary and wanted to try Cru for lunch. We had excellent service(I believe Kerry).
My wife thoroughly enjoyed her shrimp Caesar salad. I enjoyed my pastrami sandwich. I wish you were open Monday's!
We will return to Cru on subsequent visits. We reside in Myrtle Beach and love to visit Charleston. Thank you again for the great
Marv & Dianne Holdren
My husband and I dined at Cru Cafe last ...
My husband and I dined at Cru Cafe last evening. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and our server, Johnny, was fantastic! The poblano fried chicken, fried oysters and mac n cheese is out of this world! We love the energy in Cru Cafe and will definitely return!
Food was absolutely delicious! Fried gr ...
Food was absolutely delicious! Fried green tomatoes were fantastic. So was the two pepper soup. Dinner were excellent! We had Thai seafood risotto, swordfish with chimichurri, short ribs and poblano chicken. All outstanding!
Had a delicious lunch, fried green tomat ...
Had a delicious lunch, fried green tomatoes,shrimp blt sandwich was prepared with a mustard spread which was delicious,my husband had the meatloaf special,melted in your mouth. Be sure to make a reservation, you wont be disappointed!
Have eaten here a few times when visitin ...
Have eaten here a few times when visiting Charleston. Unfortunately this past visit was not the best dining experience. After calling the restaurant to let them know we were running a few minutes late we arrived (indeed 10 min late) and were seated in the corner by the entrance to the bathrooms. After seeing a walk in party of three get a better table we asked why when we had a reservation and were promptly told by the manager "that's what happens when you are late"....we ordered lunch and the manager brought out a "peace offering" of truffle fries out after my friend once again voiced her dissatisfaction being seated in the corner and they were very yummy. Also it was so loud we could not have a conversation.... .considering that the restaurant has no available parking I think I will just look to the other dozens of fabulous restaurants in Charleston.
Food is consistently great. Burger was ...
Food is consistently great. Burger was a bit over cooked last visit, but typically it is not. One waitress that I seem to have gotten last 3 or 4 visits is lacking in personality and customer service. All other wait staff has been awesome. This one girl is not friendly at all - almost rude.
Wanted a nice meal before Friday's Frank ...
Wanted a nice meal before Friday's Frankie Valle concert and Cafe Cru did not disappoint. It was our first time there but certainly not our only meal; we will be back. We had the fish special, a delicious firm fleshed white fillet of Wahoo which we would order again, and the vegetable pasta with parmesan cream. Sublime, superb. Service was attentive but not intrusive and recommendations were spot on.
We would highly recommend the Cru Cafe . ...
We would highly recommend the Cru Cafe . The entire staff made us feel right at home, seating us right at the chef's table. We not only watched the kitchen magic, but had some of the best food in Charleston. Siting next to us, a young women, originally from Paris, recommended the mussels. They were so incredible that we asked for some bread just to dip into the marvelous broth. We finished with a wonderful salad and a great dessert. I'd definitely go back again.
My first experience at Cru cafe happened ...
My first experience at Cru cafe happened three years ago and at that time the mussels had blown my mind. I came back to Charleston and had my second lunch at cru cafe, and it did not disappoint me: the mussels were even better than my memory of it !!! There will be a third visit and many more hopefully.
Unique dining spot in an old house. We ...
Unique dining spot in an old house. We were thankful to be seated indoors because of the heat/humidity even though the porch seating looked more appealing. The dining room is tight to the point that you can easily hear and almost participate in the adjacent tables' conversations. The Fried Green Tomatoes app was spectacular. The entrees we ordered - local fish and vegetable tagliatelle - were also incredible.
Our favorite restaurant in Charleston. ...
Our favorite restaurant in Charleston. We always make it a point to have dinner at Cru when returning home from New England. The food is delicious and the menu choice is wonderful, whether you prefer fish, fowl or meat. The staff is efficient, friendly and remembers you from previous visits. Cru is small, intimate and locally owned. Although parking is difficult, Harris Teeter Grocery is just a block away and has lots of hassle free parking.
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