Cru Cafe

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4601 reviews
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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.
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4.8based on recent ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere!

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TerriG
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great local restaurant. Very cozy. Buttermilk fried oyster salad is the bomb!

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peterz
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best ever snapper and scallops made superb with the dressings/sauces. Cru is in the hands of 5 star chefs--an experience to not be missed !!

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vipFLBunny
Tampa
38 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance and wait staff! Will definitely dine here again!!

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SamanthaR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baby Sprinkle

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Petals
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was delicious as always!! CRU is a fun restaurant. Interesting people. Superb server, our favorite, Talia. Can’t wait to return!!

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vipAmyxo
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple, flavorful food served by attentive staff. Put this on your list for lunch!

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DemetriusG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, polite, helpful and friendly staff. I had reservations for the Chef’s Table. This is where you sit and you are able to see into the kitchen and watch the staff cook. However, I could tell that my wife didn’t like the set up and would rather be at a regular table. The staff moved us to a different location and the meal was great. The staff even gave us suggestions for bars that we could go to after dinner.

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FredS
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have been eating at Cru’ for more years than I can recount. Always good to great food. We have never been disappointed.
We’re always in Charleston in February, but book our reservation the prior November - to make sure we get a table when we want. They’re that busy!

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vipAlice
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and delicious food.

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ChrisH
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cru Cafe was great. I like the unpretentious atmosphere and the wait staff was incredibly fun and friendly.

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HaleyM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! From the appetizers to the desert. Made for a very special birthday!

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Wilmingtonvisitor
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Got compt on an appetizer since we were seated well after our reservation, but had some wine on the porch and a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love josh and everyone at CRU

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vipRobertsMaine
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipKaaren
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Of all the Charleston restaurants, it’s one of our favorites

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visit to Charleston for the day

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PattyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch!

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BestRestaurantonEarth
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and amazing food!

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Cattail2
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Oyster salad special was yummy
Prob should have asked for dressing and bacon on the side but that is my preference
Oysters were perfect
Burger beyond good
Soup was a touch salty

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KarenR
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent! Service is great

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as usual. Every time we stay in Charleston Cru is where we have lunch before heading back home. The food is always consistent of quality and quantity. We have had many things on the menu and have never been disappointed. I would suggest making a reservation because the place is not big. Enjoy!

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vipRoBig
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I turned three friends on to the Cru Cafe on Saturday. They loved their lunches as much as I enjoyed mine. There are always two of three entrees that I want instead of just one. Although same is square footage, this is one of the city's finest restaurants!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Thank you!

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vipJoyous
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We went to Cru in a quiet Friday night after New Years.it was the second or third time I’d been there, but the first time we’d managed to score a table on the porch, which was very intimate and pleasant on the mild evening. With this great ambience and terrific service, I really want to love the place. And while the food was good, it just wasn’t up to the level that we have come to expect here in Charleston. The Caesar salad was excellent, but my scallops and my husbands seafood risotto didn’t sing.

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KACC
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was great, but our order got behind a big group so we waited over 45 minutes to get our food. I would definitely go back. Our server was apologetic but it was too long to wait for food.

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Kendall
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was a great meal! Off the beaten track a little but so worth it. We both had amazing meals and it’s plenty of food! We will go back!

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vipCheezies4243
Northern MI
15 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Cru. The scallops and fried oyster salad were prepared to perfection.
This is a wonderful restaurant!

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SarahD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was truly one of our favorite Charleston food experiences. Food, service, ambience, everything was top notch. Will definitely return to this restaurant and recommend to an6 friends visiting the area.

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Beamer1
Nashville
33 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we have visited Cru Cafe. Both times our food has been great. We both ate the “fish of the day” which was tile fish. Prepared perfectly ! We will visit again when in town.

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LikeToEat
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, fried green tomatoes with pork belly croutons was an awesome app (croutons are good enough on their own), Talia was a great hostess. Overall great meal.

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HeRo469
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Salmon was excellent. My husband scallops were sweet and tender. Would definitely recommend

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JCecil
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came early because we were starving just thinking about our meal. The manager, young gentleman, was so kind in accommodating our request to eat earlier than our reservation. The food was excellent. Service could not have been any better. We eat here every time we visit Charleston.

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Fred
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One of our favorite lunch spots. Dependably good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was not as expected

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HeidiR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was great. I just don’t like to be rushed bc there is another reservation for our table. We didn’t finish our dessert.

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vipSammy
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! We really wanted to try several different dishes... so we will definitely be back to try the ones that we could not this time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful house turned i to restaurant, very nice staff and environment, not super expensive because alcohol is reasonable, recommended.

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vipNick
New England
25 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch menu and the service was great! The food here is amazing, and not to be missed.

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Cru Cafe offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 534-2434.

Cru Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 4601 OpenTable diners.

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