Cru Cafe

Cru Cafe


Hey guys!

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Charleston Wine + Food Surf & Turf event yesterday on Bowen's Island - wanted to show you my favorite dishes from the evening. (In no order of deliciousness...)

First, was a Seared River Rock Scallop, pork belly, zucchini and sea bean salad with a sesame chili glaze from Cru Cafe.

Second, was a steamed oyster with a black garlic, chorizo butter and crispy shallots from a Boston restaurant called Row 34.

Lastly, was an awesome dish from Mansueta's Filipino Food by Nikko Cagalanan. He's local and does private dinners all around town. He had Filipino rice porridge, crispy fried garlic, chili oil and fresh Carolina shrimp. Overall it was great!

I've got more pics from last night and headed to another event today so stay tuned!

#charlestonwineandfood #bowensisland #charlestonfoodie #charlestonsbesthometeam #adlerwaymanrealestate
Since its inception in 1999, Chefs’ Feast has united the Lowcountry’s most celebrated chefs to raise funds for the fight against childhood hunger. Cooking up savory bites this year is Chris Ryan from Charleston Place, A Belmond Hotel, Billy Condon from Swig & Swine, John Zucker from Cru Cafe and Catering, Amanee Neirouz from Ms. Rose's Fine Food & Cocktails, and Kevin Johnson from The Grocery!

Did you hear? You can livestream Chefs’ Feast on Sunday, February 27! Learn more:
Ditch the boring box and enjoy the good stuff at the 7 best mac and cheese places in South Carolina! Cru Cafe, Big Mike's Soulfood, Smoke on the Water Restaurant, Aunny's Country Kitchen, Crave Kitchen & Cocktails, #GoresBBQCountryKitchen, Goat's
Click on my Friday report above for Charleston area holiday weekend events and highlights of a nostalgic downtown cafe Cru Cafe:
- 32nd Annual Festival of Holiday Lights 🎄
- Daniel Island Night Market 🎄👜
- Night of a Thousand Candles 🕯🏮🎄
- Holy City Holiday Market at Park Circle 🎄👜
- Santa Photos at Towne Centre 🎄🎅
Hello, I see you are open for thanksgiving. Are you going to serve a turkey dinner or is it the regular menu only?
With the The Post and Courier Charleston’s Choice voting ending tomorrow, we’d like to wish our clients who have been nominated a very good luck 🍀

Swipe to check out clients’ nominations:
(we have two great catering clients up for Best Caterer award this year)

Best Restaurant Overall, Best Mexican, Best Brunch, Best Lunch, Best Restaurant on Sullivan’s Island - Mex 1 Coastal Cantina 🌴

Best Caterer - Cru Catering 🍽

Best Biscuits - Millers All Day 🍞

Best BBQ, Best Caterer, Best Restaurant in Summerville, Best Wings - Swig & Swine 🍖

Best Pizza - Crust Wood Fired Pizza 🍕

Best Salad - Cru Cafe 🥗

Link to vote:
One of our favorite holidays ➡️ #nationalmacandcheeseday 🧀 If you’re searching for somewhere to spend it, look no further! Explore Charleston included Cru Cafe’s Four Cheese Mac and Swig & Swine’s Mac & Cheese in their roundup of the best mac & cheese in Charleston 👏🏼

Now who cares if you’re alone-y, just go enjoy some macaroni 🤣
We want to make reservations for outside, but there's 6 of us (3 adults 3 kids) and the online won't let me make a res for 6. What should I do? BTW making these in advance for an upcoming trip
It’s fried green tomato time 🙌🏼 Are you ready to impress your guests this summer with a delicious treat?
Plate Magazine highlighted Cru Cafe’s Fried Green Tomatoes with Pork Belly Croutons and Smoked Tomato Caramel 🍅

Head to the link below to follow the recipe 📋 Enjoy 🍴
One of the most popular fundraisers of the year is back 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
We are so honored to be included as one of this year’s participants in the 13th annual Lowcountry Local First’s Chef’s Potluck? On behalf of Cru Catering and Cru Cafe , Executive Chef and Owner John Zucker will be preparing Gourmet comfort food ‘potluck baskets!’ 🧺
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday June 6th at The Bend 🌾🌊
An odds-and-ends seafood dish from Charleston’s Cru Cafe.
Looking to show off your at home chef skills this Memorial Day Weekend? 👨🏼‍🍳 The Manual highlighted Cru Cafe’s Bacon Jam & Goat Cheese Burger as one of ‘The 10 Best Brunch Recipes for a Restaurant-Quality Meal at Home’ 🍔
🍴🥣 Click the link below to follow the recipe

Cru Cafe is Charleston's home to some of the best and most consistent food in the lowcountry. Cru Cafe is run by renowned Le Cordon Bleu Chef John Zucker.

Opened in 2002 in response to overwhelming demand, Cru Cafe is a true hidden gem, discover it! 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

Operating as usual


Our favorite season of the year 🦀

Tonight’s special: Buttermilk Fried Soft Shell Crab over Halibut Stew with Potatoes, Onion, and Garlic and finished with a Garlic Crostini with Rouille 🥣


What an honor to be nominated for best local legacy restaurant and on our 20 year anniversary👏👏👏

🗳Here’s how to vote
- Click this link
- Go to the category Eating
- Click Best Local Legacy Restaurant
- Submit your vote

Reminder you can vote once each day until voting closes on April 12, 2022 at 11:59 PM! Thank you for your support🤩


It’s everyone’s favorite special season ! Today we are serving…

🦀Fried Softshell Crab Sammy with buttermilk dill slaw and red pepper jam on a brioche bun



🍽Our first softshell dish of the season is a buttermilk fried softshell crab served over capellini pasta tossed in a shrimp sherry cream sauce with tomatoes and basil. The dish is finished with espelette and micro greens



Corned beef and cabbage with crispy red potatoes and caramelized onions with thyme dijon gravy!


Escape the moody weather and cozy up to tonight’s mouthwatering specials🌧

🍽Pan seared scallops over Carolina gold rice with wild mushrooms, bok choy and tomatoes. The dish is finished with a honey dijon glaze and espelette.


The Croque Madame is in the house!!!

Croque Madame: Black Forest ham, dijon, provolone on butter bread topped with a fried egg and a 4 cheese sauce🔥


Meanwhile at the cafe Chef Rachel is delivering some serious flavor!🔥

Pan seared duck breast over jasmine rice with prosciutto, walnuts and rosemary. Poached pears. Finished with a port wine demi.


Starting off March with a BANG💥

Tonight’s Special: Pan seared tile fish over a prosciutto and rosemary potato hash with arugula. The dish is topped with a smokey cauliflower cream sauce and finished with espelette and micro greens


THE BIG 2-0!

Thank you all so much for celebrating our 20 year anniversary with us this month! We truly feel the love and support from the Charleston community and cannot thank you enough! Cheers to 20 and the many more years to come💚🥳💚


Chef Rachel is back at it again 👏👏👏

Tonight’s Special: Sesame shrimp rice noodle bowl with sh*takes and bok choy in a shrimp ginger broth. The dish is finished with sesame seeds and cilantro 🍤


Sunny skies and a mouthwatering lunch special ☀️

🥪Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich with fried onions, sharp provolone and honey mustard served on a hoagie roll with your choice of a side


Happy TWOSday! Come out and celebrate 2 decades of Cru tonight in the spirit 2/22/22 🎉💚


The perfect dish for todays moody weather🌦

Pan seared scallops served over dill spaetzle, sautéed kielbasa, tomato, basil and finished with a tomato shrimp broth


Woohoo we made it to Friday! To celebrate come try our lunch special 🤩

🍴Braised Pork Flautas over red rice, heirloom cherry tomatoes pico with 4 cheese sauce and cilantro lime crema


No words needed🤤

Seared duck breast served over farro, sautéed with blistered heirloom cherry tomatoes, cremini mushrooms and fresh basil. Finished with a rosemary demi


This comfort dish dessert is a 10/10😋

🥧Apple and pear crisp with fresh whipped cream


A warm and cozy dish for this Wednesday evening l🍴

Pan seared swordfish served over parmesan grits with sautéed shaved brussels, tomato and bacon in a rosemary white wine demi finished with micro greens.


It’s and to celebrate we’re serving a pizza lunch special🍕

Italian Flatbread Pizza with salami, capicola, prosciutto, shaved onion, fontina/mozzarella, marinara, spicy cherry peppers, and finished with balsamic reduction and arugula🤩


Go shawty it’s our birthday🎉🎉🎉

20 years ago today we opened our doors for the first time! We have had such an amazing time serving the Charleston community for the past 20 years and can’t wait to continue! In honor to celebrate we’ve made a special 20 year anniversary cocktail for the month of February🍹

💗Pretty in Pinckney- Muddled peach pink lemonade and champagne garnished with fresh mint and lemon

Cru Cafe updated their website address. 02/07/2022

Cru Cafe updated their website address.

Cru Cafe updated their website address.

Cru Cafe updated their address. 02/07/2022

Cru Cafe updated their address.

Cru Cafe updated their address.


🐟Swordfish Saturday🐟

Grilled swordfish served with a puffed pastry stuffed with melted leeks and crimini mushrooms. The dish is finished with a smokey cauliflower cream sauce


🚨Dreamy dish alert🚨

🍴Pork ossobuco with parmesan potato gnocchi. Tossed in the braising jus and finished with arugula and fried onions


This Thursday special is bringing the heat to the table🔥

🍴Pan seared herb honey glazed porkchop served with truffled bacon mashed potatoes and spicy brussels sprouts


Dinner is served🍽

Seared Corvina served with grilled brcocolini sautéed with tomato, garlic, shallots and prosciutto. It's finished with a smoked cauliflower cream🤩


These Friday flavors🍝

Scallops over capellini pasta tossed in a spicy marinara with tomatoes, garlic, shallots and basil. This dish is finished with fresh pulled mozzarella, parmesan and basil oil... old school style😎

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Come on baby, light my fire #crucafechs #chseats


General Manager

Josh Livesay

Culinary Team

Chef/Owner - John Zucker
Executive Chef - Rachel Blumenstock




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18 Pinckney St
Charleston, SC

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11am - 3pm
5pm - 10pm
Wednesday 11am - 3pm
5pm - 10pm
Thursday 11am - 3pm
5pm - 10pm
Friday 11am - 3pm
5pm - 11pm
Saturday 11am - 9pm

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