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
Had a reservation, was told since I was ...
Had a reservation, was told since I was party of 1 I had to sit at the bar even though I preferred a table (and I don;t drink). Then a fairly drunk party of 3 was seated next to me at the bar. Woman next to me (a complete stranger) kept hugging and kissing me throughout my meal despite my requests to stop. Asked server for assistance-told nothing she could do. Ruined my meal and I left as quickly as I could. Would have thought I would have gotten a free meal but had to pay in full despite the awful dining experience. Got soup and half sandwich-Panera's soups and sandwiches are better.
Outstanding. From the service to the foo ...
Outstanding. From the service to the food by far my favorite restaurant in Charleston. It is a very popular place I would recommend reservations. You will not be disappointed. You will have trouble choosing just one dish they all look and sound and smell fantastic
Cru Cafe never disappoints! For many ye ...
Cru Cafe never disappoints! For many years, Cru has been the go to restaurant for my daughters and me. We requested a table on the porch and that is where we were seated. Everything was perfect! We shared a goat cheese salad, crab and corn fritters, mussels and mac and cheese. Every bit was yummy! Just be warned, the sooner you make reservations, the better. They fill up almost every night.
2nd leg of 2 week vacation starting in N ...
2nd leg of 2 week vacation starting in NYC and ending in Charleston - overall my best dining experience during trip. Excellent management, service and food was fresh, interesting, balanced and just overall perfect experience. Thank you. Laura
We love Cru. We have brought numerous gu ...
We love Cru. We have brought numerous guests from out of town and they are always very pleased with the whole experience. We went a few days ago after taking a friend on the Palmetto Carriage tour. It was a beautiful day and we got a table on the porch to enjoy the great weather ....... and the extraordinarily delicious food. My husband loves the short rib pastrami sandwich and my favorite is the shrimp BLT and the Asian slaw. Highly recommend this restaurant - you will not be disappointed!
What would we do without Cru Cafe? A gre ...
What would we do without Cru Cafe? A great place to take out-of-town guests for an introduction to Lowcountry cuisine. wonderful selections of salads, entrees, and leave room for the orange sherbet cake! The applewood smoked bacon is the best around. All fresh, plentiful ingredients and the atmosphere can't be beat.
Great dinner my second visit This time ...
Great dinner my second visit This time with girlfriends. Amazing chicken salad and Thai infused seafood risotto. I will be back again! Not too many places I chose to return to as there are many options in Charleston!
Cru Cafe is hands down the best restaura ...
Cru Cafe is hands down the best restaurant in Charleston. My wife & I just spent 5 days eating our way through Charleston for our Anniversary & her birthday & Cru Cafe was better than all other very highly rated restaurants we ate in. FIG would be a close second but the food is so rich that you can't eat much although every bite is delicious.
We truly enjoyed every minute of our nig ...
We truly enjoyed every minute of our night here, the food and staff were incredible! The fried chicken dish knocked our socks off, MUST order. We loved the apps, the main courses, the bread pudding and the coffee. Each course was better than the next!
Great visit to this Charleston gem!! Ma ...
Great visit to this Charleston gem!! Made a reservation but arrived a little early and quickly accommodated-nice! Johnnie was a great server-perfect mix of chat and so knowledgeable!! Tile fish special-amazing!! Save room for WOW desserts especially orange cake! Love the vibe in this historic house!
Cry is a small cafe in a cute home. They ...
Cry is a small cafe in a cute home. They have outdoor seating on the quaint porch. Be sure to make reservations or you'll be waiting awhile even at lunch. We were sat as soon as we came in because we had reservations. The food was very tasty and great service. I'll be back next time we visit Charleston
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!
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