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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
CRU Cafe's food and establishment were excellent. The service was good except that we arrived, our table was ready, however it took the host almost 10-15 minutes to seat us. He seemed to be running around trying to do too many things at once, including helping out in the kitchen.
There is really nowhere to stand when waiting to be seated. The staff basic overlooked us as we stood there. We had a reservation. The head of house gave our appetizer to the table beside us knowing it was ours and made up some story. We felt quite second rate. He obviously knew them and we came second. Very loud and hard to carry on a conversation.
My husband and I were visiting Charleston with some friends and this restaurant had been recommended to us by other friends who had been there about a year ago during their visit. The soup of the day was carrot ginger coconut and was delicious. Our server suggested the mac 'n cheese appetizer for the four of us to share and it was amazing! All of our meals were delicious. We had to wait a bit even though we had a reservation, but well worth the wait. A true gem. I will surely go there again on my next visit to Charleston.
Cru is a small house turned restaurant. They did an excellent job on service and the food was well prepared (loved my steak and seafood was fine). Greens with the steak were extremely burnt and sides were limited. Sauce was thick but good. The calamari was different with a sesame sauce added (nothing to dip in). It was more Asian fusion than traditional Southern comfort. The restaurant also only has soft drinks by the small glass bottle (which is fine but just a FYI). Since the house has tables everywhere, it was loud at times and kitchen is very open to the rest of the house. Some outdoor dining available. It's a good concept and would recommend for locals and longer term stays. It wouldn't make my 1 night stay as a must visit. But the food is good and concept is decent, just needs some direction on certain dishes to align them together.
We sat on the front porch which was very lovely and quiet. The server was awesome, staff was super nice. The food was amazing! Had the beef rib tips & my husband had the mozzarella chicken-both amazing. Our favorite meal here yet.
Chocolate dessert was also really really good!
Hubby ate most, I would have gotten the cheesecake.
Will be back!
We had an enjoyable early dinner this week. Our two entres (Thai Seafood Risotto and NY Strip) were excellent. My only disappointment was that we ordered as a starter the small goat cheese salad instead of the large! We had cheese cake for dessert and it was light and delicious. Johnny attended to us well and we enjoyed his service.
We had reservations, but didn't sit us until 30 minutes after. Host didn't seem inclined to offset their poor planning until I complained and then he brought truffle fries to table. Food was good. Good ambiance. Don't recommend going there with party greater than 4.
Cru Cafe is one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston. It is an older home, small but wonderful. Reservations are a must but there is a communal table for walk ins. It is an open kitchen visible to the patrons at the communal table. Has outdoor seating on the porch. The food is creative and very fresh, seasonal offerings. The service has always been top notch. Four of us went to lunch and all of our choices were superb. Highly recommend for lunch or dinner.
Once again, the Cru staffed delivered a delicious meal with outstanding service. We were fortunate enough on this occasion to sit at the Chef's table with a view of the kitchen. So much fun to interact with the kitchen staff and watch so many delicious dishes come together. Cru takes what might seem like a basic sandwich and takes it to the next level with all fresh ingredients and home made breads. My husband enjoyed the always perfect General Tso's chicken, but I tried something new. The Turkey & Avocado sandwich with
Buttermilk Frisee Slaw, Muenster Cheese, Tomato Bacon Jam, on a wonderful English muffin. The Tomato Bacon Jam was the perfect touch with layers of flavor. Delicious! Plus Truffle Fries! Best lunch in Charleston!
Had reservation and was seated on time. We were seated at chef table and enjoyed the expereince.had shrimp Blt and Chinese chicken salad.. We loved both of them. Saw desserts being prepared and chose the flourless chocolate torte with whipped cream. Very rich and delicious! Loved every minute being there. All the staff were friendly and personable.
The restaurant comes very well recommended so it was disappointing to experience our dining there. The ambiance was very pleasant, the young woman who was our waitress could not have been more helpful or accommodating. However the food was very disappointing. We both had the Turmeric seasoned fish dish; it was dry and bland. I had the goat cheese salad which was nothing exceptional.
I regret I am not more enthusiastic but we had made a special effort to get to your restaurant and so were very disappointed.
Cru Cafe is always a favorite when in Charleston. Small and charming the food is always tasty with a few specials that urge you to make a decision off the menu. Just the right amount of selections so anyone can be satisfied. The sides are very good. A good meal all the time.
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