About Crux Cafe

34 W. Merchant St
Audubon, NJ 08106
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Chef Stewart’s passion for cuisine was developed in his early days in South Philadelphia. He apprenticed at La Campagna in Cherry Hill where he eventually worked as a line cook, sous chef and finally Executive Chef. During his 16 years, Chef Stewart was awarded the “Wish Dish of the Year” five times, from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He also displayed his talent in many private events, including a private dinner for the renowned Chef Paul Prudhomme of New Orleans.
Chef Stewart’s philosophy embraces the principle that “cuisine should be simple, using only fresh ingredients, so you can let the freshness of the ingredients speak for themselves.” Embarking on a lifelong desire to own and operate his own restaurant, Chef Stewart has created Crux Café, a cozy BYOB set in Audubon, NJ.
The word Crux has the meaning of essence or most important part of something. In this case, it is the start of a café with great food and hospitality for all his guests.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, International

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Wednesday- Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Atlantic Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(856) 546-2789

Website:
http://www.cruxcafe.com/

Parking Details:
Off street parking and municipal lot within walking distance

Executive Chef:
Joseph Stewart

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Promotions

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
It's a day to celebrate all Moms! Treat Mom to a brunch buffet at Crux Cafe. Reserve for a 10:30 am or 12:30 pm seating at $26.95/adult; $15.95/children 5 to 12.

Crux Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.5

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4.3

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Never disappoints

vip
Dined 3 days ago

Always a fantastic meal with a lovely staff, food is always fresh and fabulous and changing with the seasons

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service1
value2

Maybe it was an off night

Dined on April 9, 2016

It is a beautifully decorated place. I heard this was a great place, so we went. Extremely disappointed in every way, except the decor.

food4
ambience3
service4

Very different and delicious. Best clam ...

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

Very different and delicious. Best clamp casino in the world

food5
ambience5
service5

Stopped in for brunch and it was delicio ...

vip
Dined on April 3, 2016

Stopped in for brunch and it was delicious !! Will be back soon

food4
ambience3
service4
value3

A nice place for dinner

Dined on April 2, 2016

We went early on a Saturday night and it was quiet. The french onion soup (with actual gruyere cheese) and mussels appetizer were very good. Our strip steaks were properly cooked and delicious. Everyone enjoyed the glazed carrots and the potatoes. The butter, oil, and roasted garlic that accompany the bread were also tasty. The chocolate cake was good. Both the chocolate and cheesecake sections of the tuxedo cake were dry. Overall, we had a pleasant dinner and will be back.

Tags: kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

We love it here. We started with the Fla ...

Dined on March 26, 2016

We love it here. We started with the Flatbread and the Lamb was delicious! I got the Salmon and my boyfriend got the duck and loved it. This was the first time we ordered all of these items and they were great. We went outside of our comfort zone and we were happy we did!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Sarah

Dined on March 25, 2016

From our greeting from Sarah to the closing of the bill it was another lovely visit to your little gem in Audubon. We had a guest who had visited for lunch previously and she also was very, very pleased.

food4
ambience4
service5

Kathy was a Wonderful Server :)

Dined on February 28, 2016

Kathy was a Wonderful Server :)

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Terrific Food!

Dined on February 21, 2016

My wife and I decided to go to the Crux Cafe for a belated birthday celebration. The service was prompt and very friendly. The food was delicious. The flavors and textures were unexpected and were perfect with our bottle of red wine that we had brought with us. I highly recommend the Crux Cafe for all your special occasions or for just a great meal set in a small pike town neighborhood.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience2
service4
value1

Second visit after first "okay" visit.

Dined on February 14, 2016

Good service. Food luke warm. Not many choices. Couldn't cut the english muffin with steak knife! Desserts looked like Dunkin' Donuts and store-bought cakes. Experience was not good and will not return. Do not recommend. Sorry to say, the service was pleasant but lacking somehow.

food5
ambience5
service5

I always love it here!! I've had my brid ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

I always love it here!! I've had my bridal shower and rehearsal dinner here and I am never disappointed! The staff is so kind and friendly. The food is amazing! The Valentine's menu was so good(crab cakes were amazing) they had live music as well, which was great :)

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

We really enjoyed dinner. Our waitress was great.

Dined on February 10, 2016

My nephew and his wife gave us the gift certificate. We really enjoyed our meal and will be back.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

wonderful as always

Dined on February 6, 2016

This time we went with a small group of 6. Everything was wonderful. Our friend said it was the best steak he ever had. We had the lobster ravioli and we loved it.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

crux cafe, very nice dining experience

vip
Dined on January 17, 2016

Crux cafe, Was a very nice find. Wedge salad was very good, nice touch with a deviled egg. Entrees were very good, pecan crusted salmon delish. Coffee service was an extra treat. Chefs service ground nutmeg, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and more. Highly recommended. And its a byob

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Food was great as well as the service!

Dined on January 15, 2016

We highly recommend this gem! Stop in and you won't be disappointed.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Kathy was attentive to our needs as our waitress

Dined on January 9, 2016

The chef was flexible with his menu. He did substitute chicken for the veal saltimbocca. Very inventive with vegetables/ Salmon cooked to perfection and the lobster ravioli was a with the added shrimp

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing NYE dinner!

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

It was our first visit here. We were able to get a table for NYE and we were not disappointed! It was a 3 course dinner that was delicious. Our server was very sweet and attentive. We will definitely go back.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Absolutely Awesome!

Dined on December 31, 2015

As usual, the dinner was delicious! This has to be my favorite place to eat!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Once again, outstanding. An amazing holiday feast.

Dined on December 31, 2015

New Years Eve dinner. Higher than normal prices, but the Chef and the Staff rose with the expectations. Fantastic fare. Lobster Bisque 1st course. Lobster tail & melt in your mouth filet mignon was perfection. A desert tray made made a fantastic ending to the evening. Great Job, Crux Cafe'

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

So accommodating!

vip
Dined on December 31, 2015

I have been here before for dinner with a group and was impressed with the food and service. Wanting a place to meet for a late lunch on NYE, I couldn't have made a better decision! The food was good, the service outstanding! Wishing them more success in 2016!

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

A must visit in South Jersey

vip
Dined on December 26, 2015

This is, item for item, the best food we have found in the area. Menu is not extensive but wide enough to satisfy any taste. The appetizers are all made with an extra flair. Must try the mussels in cream sauce with duck fat truffled fries. Speaking of duck, the half crispy duck is done perfectly. Steak, short rib, monk fish, lobster ravioli and much more. Tough to chose a favorite. If it's only lunch, the Burger is one of the best anywhere and Sunday brunch is a special event. Very reasonable prices especially since it's a BYOB.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Comfort food

vip
Dined on November 12, 2015

We have been ar Crux before. Decided to try out Throw Bacc Thursday. Excellent selection of comfort food. We both enjoyed the beef stroganoff. Excellent. Accompanied by very good wedding soup or Ceasar salad. We will be back to try the chicken pot pie.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent

Dined on November 12, 2015

We went for the Throwback Thursday $19. Although there were no vegetarian options, the owner was more than willing to add a vegetarian dish, with advance warning.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

I dined at Crux with 5 of my friends on ...

Dined on November 11, 2015

I dined at Crux with 5 of my friends on Wed. 11/11. The food and service were excellent from beginning to end. Our appetizers were delicious, from the flat bread, calamari and , the Surf and Turf to dessert, everything was excellent. I strongly recommend you get out there and try it, you won't be disappointed!

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

We eaten at Crux Cafe many times for lunch, dinner

Dined on November 8, 2015

We refer our friends. We think the restaurant is outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

food and service is always FANTASTIC

vip
Dined on November 4, 2015

food and service is always FANTASTIC

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

Fabulous as always

Dined on October 31, 2015

We went for my son's birthday. Chef Joe special ordered bone-in filets and a porterhouse steak for us. He prepared them wonderfully along with a variety of steak house side dishes. Everything was out of this world. Especially the caramelized onions and mushrooms. There was so much attention to detail including wishing my son "Happy Birthday" from all of the staff members. My favorite restaurant!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Fantastic food, exceptional service that ...

Dined on October 24, 2015

Fantastic food, exceptional service that felt like we were having dinner at a close friends home. Chef Joe Stewart and the Crux Cafe are a true diamond in the rough in South Jersey. Don't miss this one!

food3
ambience3
service4

Pleasant but...

vip
Dined on October 23, 2015

The food was good, but not great. Service friendly and prompt with the "family" feel. But at the end of the meal, it just did not feel like good value for money.

food5
ambience5
service5

A Refreshing Twist

Dined on October 11, 2015

Chef has nice twist on food that makes it stand out from other restaurants

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Great brunch

Dined on October 11, 2015

Had a lovely brunch here. Never felt rushed. Food was tasty and everyone was pleased with their choices. Service was attentive.

Tags: great for brunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Delicious food, great service in a very ...

Dined on October 8, 2015

Delicious food, great service in a very cozy atmosphere. Love throw back Thursdays and the new menu.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

FANTASTIC!!!

vip
Dined on October 3, 2015

the food is fantastic, if you get a chance get the Chowder... all the soups are excellent... the sword fish is excellent... throw-back thursday is comfort food galore!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

We planned this visit to experience Rest ...

Dined on October 2, 2015

We planned this visit to experience Restaurant Week at Crux.... They did not disappoint... All 4 courses were amazing... I never had Monkfish, but enjoyed it. The mussels Appetizer was accompanied by Seasoned French Fries with Truffle Mayo, that was outstanding and unique.... Love the Crux

food5
ambience5
service5

Great Dining Experience

Dined on September 17, 2015

First, our server Lauren was excellent. The food was expertly arranged and seasoned, I reccomend the Summer Salad. The setting is intimate and great for conversation with your party. The menu is a little limited but the meals are delicious.

Tags: great for brunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service5

Great little neighborhood find!

Dined on September 5, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised at the variety of choices on the menu. A little disappointed that they didn't have any oysters, but were thrilled with the appetizer special of Lobster Risotto.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Special Night

Dined on August 26, 2015

We went to Crux to try the Surf & Turf Wednesday Special..... The best value I've enjoyed in a long time.... Filet cooked perfectly, a whole lobster, perfectly prepared and served, and with mashed and asparagus....all for a great price.... In the cutest BYOB around..... Thanks, Chef Joe

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Best Brunch! Modern Decor!

Dined on August 16, 2015

Enjoyed the omelets, especially the seafood one. Service was very nice and I like the elegant surroundings. Definitely will be eating here, again.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Make it a point to dine at Crux Cafe!

vip
Dined on August 6, 2015

We celebrated our 22nd anniversary at Crux Cafe and could not have been more pleased with our whole experience. From the moment we walked in, we felt welcomed and relaxed. Our server was lovely, funny, and attentive. The clams casino appetizer was terrific, as was the calamari dish. No heavily breaded calamari! The entree selections made a final decision difficult because they were all enticing. The beef short ribs and duck entrees did not disappoint! We would go back to Crux Cafe in a heartbeat. (If you go, don't forget that it is BYOB.)

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Always delicious!

Dined on August 5, 2015

My family of four each chose the Surf & Turf Wednesday special which did not disappoint. The filets were grilled to our liking, and the lobster was served to be eaten easily. Our appetizers were excellent...one French onion soup, Eggplant Involtini ("You wouldn't even know it was eggplant") and Crispy Fried Calamari. Service was pleasant and attentive. As always, Chef Stewart checked on us to be sure we were pleased with our selections.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem

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