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Cru Cafe

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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
+1 843-534-2434
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Charleston, South Carolina
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74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This months lunch trip,tried their Calimari on a salad, this was really good. Lunch menu is affordable and very good. Call ahead, they can be very busy. One of our top restaurants here in Charleston.

Thank Jim L
Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In a quaint small house in a great location. The mussels were to die for. I drank the broth with a spoon afterwards!

Thank SarahDayVA
Sanford, North Carolina
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is so delicious, fresh, original and tasty there will be no crumbs left on your plate. This is one of the few places I would ever recommend waiting an hour to get a table- but it's worth the wait. Mac and cheese is always their speciality but everything is always so good. My suggestion is to eat there... More 

Thank AuburnNC
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Cruz Cafe is great - and that's the problem. The small, homey place is just too crowded with folks who want to experience it's wonderful, creative cuisine. So if you want to be one of those folks, get there early or off-time. It's worth the effort. Before or after, take a lovely carriage ride. It's right across the street.

Thank 713reneey
San Diego
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298 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on the first floor of a nice house near the City Market, it was busy during lunch. There was a 30 minute wait for a table, but two seats opened up at the kitchen view bar. I had a shrimp pasta and a beer. It was fun watching the cooks and chef prepare the food. Service was OK considering... More 

Thank SolarT
Virginia, USA
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a 1:45 lunch reservation but still had to wait 25 minutes. The place is small. They tried to accommodate us, and the food (fried goat cheese, duck/arugula salad, calamari) was good. The place was interesting. I would probably not try it again because of the wait. There are too many other choices.

Thank Cliff S
Columbia, Maryland
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202 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our experience here was excellent! Everyone was so friendly and kind. We ordered the ceasar salad good, the special which was a steak with mushroom yumm yummm double triple yum! The fries are a must!

Thank RKMax
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best ever. This is our go to location. Clearly the number one lunch destination in all of Charleston. The folks are super friendly. This is the real deal.

Thank M112013
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great local restaurant! Small space, so just make sure you plan in advance and have made reservations.

Thank bergamesco
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is small in a good way and instantly makes you feel comfortable and at home. The wine list is reasonably priced with a great selection. My wife and I split the seafood risotto and petit filet and they were both delicious. We will absolutely be back.

Thank Alex K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2006
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-534-2434
Located at 18 Pinckney Street, in a classic 18th century Charleston single-style home, Cru Café offers the best in upscale comfort food. Guests of the restaurant enjoy indoor and outdoor porch seating, gourmet comfort food, a wine list tailored to the varied menu and rich, satisfying desserts. It’s one of Charleston’s best kept secrets. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?