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CRU Bar & Cellar

4.5
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28 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Home to a celebrated wine bar, retail cellar, and private dining room, CRU pairs laid-back luxury with the stylish spirit of Brisbane’s James Street precinct

Our signature green onyx bar surrounds the shimmering heart of CRU, a glorious antique Baccarat chandelier
Soak up the street scene or take a seat at the bar and lose yourself in our award-winning wine list

CRU is the perfect spot for a glass of something special, a leisurely lunch with friends, or a decadent dinner for two

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 28 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JonB
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience3

Service personnel are great, so too is the wine, but the food - a disaster. Been there twice now, and received dishes that were either too salty or completely tasteless.

When we gave this feedback to the staff, they confirmed that this was not the first time they heard these comments. Seems nothing has improved though

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AlexisT
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love the Cru Bar for a late night bite and drink. Highly recommend the waiter Ferry!

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Yuri
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The manager? Who was standing at entrance also he served our table at beginning. The way he spoke to us was not nice and we had two bottles of wine. when we open the second bottle of wine, then 15 mins later one of your staff told us we have to leave soon because our table was booked for the next people. After we left your restaurant, we checked the table. But no one was there!
The service was poor, disorganized.
The food was overpriced.

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BrittanyW
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Extremely friendly staff, we did originally have to wait abit to be let in even with a booking. Once we were in it was very efficient service.

Food was great, would be nice to see a couple more option for the mains and sides.

WINE was TO DIE FOR! Absolutely LOVE the selection. Staff need more knowledge in this area to help future guests.

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RossS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. The cheese platter could have been better. Different crackers and relish perhaps. Otherwise very good. The Cru Bar is definitely my favourite bar. Staff are A+

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Waitstaff were very attentive and the sommelier was very knowledgeable and helped us choose a lovely wine we probably would not have considered (which turned out to be great value for money).

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Kiran
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Everyone was super lovely. Wine choice is incredible! Pricey but so worth it

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Lisha
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My mum and I had a fantastic experience. Coming from the country, she hadn't ever been to a wine bar before and what a way to start!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic staff with excellent service and the food was to die for! Can’t wait to go again soon.

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CharlieGal
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot and great service. Love the wine list as so many places in Brisbane are lacking this

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Sammy
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great dinner and more. Highly recommend to try out.

RJ
RobJules
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time, and the food and service was very good.
We had the gnocchi and this was a different style to what we have had before, and both are very tasty.
We had the strawberry desert and the chocolate moose, but our favourite desert was the Martini Sorbet we had in February, please bring it back it is visually spectacular and sooo yummy !

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KATy
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cru Bar is my go to lunch spot. Exceptional service from waitstaff.

Food always hughest quality.

The cellar is excellent and advice is professional and expert. You are never pressured to purchase . Excellent selection stock high qualuty items not seen elsewhere in Brisbane.

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DanielF
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Lovely place and great for finger food and a few drinks but their mains (59$ steak) wasn’t great and communication with their waitstaff wasn’t great.

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ChrisF
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impromoutu booking for one of our fave bars set in a fabulous location with great decor and fantastic wine and drinks selection. The food is simple and well suited for a tapas style meal.

Staff extremely friendly and tentative. Josh and Doug took care of us.

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RobertD
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The staff were very friendly and helpful and made the experience very enjoyable. The wine list was great and the food very nice particularly the spatchcock we shared.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Overall it was excellent. A little cold with all the windows open and one waitress was a little condescending. However the food was exceptional and overall we had a lovely time

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ReanneG
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The food portions are half the size of what they used to be but the pricing is the same. The Seafood pasta was a huge disappointment. The prawns were cut up so small and the meal didn’t present well at all. I used to dine here frequently pre Covid but now will be looking elsewhere to dine.

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CABJ
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service - staff were very helpful and friendly. Fabulous food and exceptional wine list. Will definitely be going back

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SianL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Amazing service as soon as we walked in. Good vibe for people watching. Meals were delicious- we did miss some of the old menu items like the duck spring rolls. Wine list always a standout.

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vipMelanieD
Brisbane / QLD
8 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was sensational. Service efficient and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Pleasant staff, lovely food and awesome wines to choose from.

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JaneT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Having visited on many occasions prior to this time, I found that some dishes were quite small, presentation was nowhere near what it used to be and taste and quality was only average. I won’t be rushing back!

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Lizw
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service! Thank you.

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Melsa
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for taking care of us at crubar! It was so good to be welcomed back and to have exceptional service and great food and wine. We had fun and look forward to popping some more champagne soon.

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Even with social distancing the ambiance was great, as was the food and wine.

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DominicF
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always guaranteed to provide excellent service and outstanding food offerings. Even as we come out of lockdown due to Covid 19, when many restaurants have scaled back their menus, this restaurant is still able to pick the favourites to ensure that no one is disappointed with what is on offer.

Well done Cru Bar!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

As always, a good experience.
Menu is 👍👍

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CRU Bar & Cellar is rated 4.5 stars by 28 OpenTable diners.

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