2 Unity Alley
Charleston, SC 29401Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $50 and over
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.mccradysrestaurant.com/
- Phone: 8435770025x1
- Hours of Operation:
Bar: 5:00pm-til; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Sean Brock
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: Historic Long Room, built in 1788. Seats up to 100 guests. Our Modern Gallery Room, seats up to 100 guests. Also available, the Society Room for smaller functions. Inquire about our Chef's Table for private dinners. Inquire within for banquet package details and more information.
- Private Party Contact: Sunday Tuk 8435770025x2
- Special Events: We would be happy to host your special event at our establishment. Please call us to host your next event with us.
A word from McCrady's
A dynamic amalgam of modern regional southern cuisine, with a focus on local ingredients, exceptional wines & unparalleled service are what you will find at McCrady's where Chef Sean Brock blends progressive American cuisine & modern culinary technique while giving respect to the highest quality & freshest ingredients. The comfortable, richly detailed & visually sensuous space is positioned in Charleston's first tavern built in 1771. This National Historic Landmark is located in the heart of the historic French Quarter District in downtown Charleston.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
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McCrady's reviews from OpenTable diners
261 reviews since June 23, 2014
- Ambiance4.7Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (207)fit for foodies (204)romantic (171)notable wine list (156)neighborhood gem (59)hot spot (45)good for groups (21)vibrant bar scene (14)scenic view (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
- Wonderful as always.Als1228Dined on 10/18/2014McCrady's is consistently the best meal we have in Charleston...and that says a lot.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Benchmark ExperienceOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 10/18/2014This is one of those meals by which you will forever judge the continuum of dining experiences. Superb on every level. I recommend the sommelier option, which is both an excellent experience and a deal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Simply outstanding!GallopingGourmandVIPDined on 10/17/2014As I understand it, the menu changes regularly, so there's no reason to discuss specific dishes. Having said that, each diner has a choic of roughly three appetizers, two fish dishes, three meat dishes, and three desserts. Being oenophiles, we opted for and were very impressed with the sommelier's wine pairings--they were spot on (with the possible exception of a banana liqueur paired with the banana cake, a case of overkill). Service is excellent, plate presentation is exceptional, noise level is low, and this is fine dining at it best.Special Features:
- Food over the topFlipper221Dined on 10/16/2014The food at this restaraunt was world class not something you would expect in a town this small. Each course delicately crafted with unusual tastes. And you don't leave feeling stuffed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Birthday Dinner!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/16/2014We took our 5 children (ages 8, 7, 5, 3, and 1) out for a birthday dinner for Dad. The menu was a bit of a surprise (4 course dinner for $65/person), but Gina our waitress was AMAZING and helped guide us through what turned out to be a lovely dinner with lots of new, interesting, flavorful, local, and seasonal foods to try. While not necessarily a "Kid-friendly" restaurant, the staff was wonderful and we felt very comfortable. A side-note, I had a cabernet from Lebanon that was fantastic.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Presentation, where is flavorwinefoodguyDined on 10/15/2014We love the effort to go with local ingredients, and the food presentations were top notch. Problem was only with flavor-- there wasn't much. Very bland flavor profiles in most dishes. The descriptions were much better than the results. Appetizers were ok (crab and butternut soup, steak tartare) but the fish and main were just bland, albeit beautifully presented (in tiny portions). Not sure that this restaurant has found its groove.
- Epicurean ElationPeterDined on 10/15/2014Chef Sean and his team continue to set the bar higher and higher. The way to order is with at least 3-4 people so you can sample just about everything on the menu. It was all impeccably prepared, arranged and consumed with delight! And remember - even if you don't see it on the menu, order some Charleston Ice Cream - ahhhh, Carolina Gold Rice...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Culinary DelightSusanDined on 10/14/2014We loved this place the moment we walked in the door. The decor was spectacular, the service outstanding and the food....brilliant! We would definitely come back here the next time we are in Charleston.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Simply the bestTroyDined on 10/12/2014McCrady's is the tip of chef Sean Brock's food pyramid and rightly so. Great food, superb service, and the space is magical. The locals of Charleston don't know how good they have it. My only suggestion, definitely pay the extra $20 for the five "snacks". It was one of our favorite courses.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Saved the DayMommettDined on 10/11/2014After one of the most miserable days of my life, we entered McCrady's to find ourselves transported to a different time and place. Charleston was experiencing record high temperatures and humidity on our first day there. I was ready to go home. McCrady's greeted us warmly and sat us at a wonderful table. After an initial drink to cool down and calm down, the waiter explained the menu selections. Although you have limited choices, they were all great. The price fix was another pleasant surprise. I chose to do the wine paring with 4 courses and was thrilled with each one. Food was fresh, original, and fabulous. Because of that meal, we stayed the rest of the week but no other meal could compare!Special Features:
- amazingLancer033Dined on 10/10/2014Honestly, the single beat meal I've had in my life. Every bite was perfect. I can't recommend it enough. Amazing experience all the way around.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Extraordinary!Luv2noshDined on 10/10/2014Fresh, beautiful culinary creations - impeccable service. Our highest recommendation!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Phenomenal dining experienceThefoodmoanersDined on 10/10/2014We were originally put-off by the requirement of the full four course meal - thought it would be too much food - but were delightfully surprised to find everything proportioned just right. Each course was unique and delicious but the beef tartar, the grouper and the duck were particularly spectacular. The espresso (which surprisingly many fine restaurants don't serve) was beautifully flavored and a marvelous finish. One additional point we recommend is the accompanying wine paired selections (which we originally thought a bit pricey) with the wines being ones we'd NEVER would have thought to order and each a marvelous accompaniment. We recommend McCrady's to anyone with time to spare looking for a full meal in a lovely setting. Clear winnerSpecial Features:
- CHarleston Gem - UniqueElCid80Dined on 10/9/2014From the moment you are warmly greeted to the explanation of the menu to the moment you leave, you realize you are in a place that is experiencial in every manner for dining. Wonderful and unique food preparations and all local. Do the 'snacks' fist and select you meal. Exqisite!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The one place to go in CharlestonAnnFDined on 10/9/2014If you have only time to go to one place to eat while in charleston, this is the one!!! Historical, beautiful, great food which is beautifully prepared and each bite is full of flavor. The four courses allow one to have a great sampling of the local farmers and one leaves the meal feeling that portion sizes are perfect!Special Features:
- Unique Chef CuisinefoodluvrDined on 10/9/2014Heard about McCrady's by more than one friend as a must-do restaurant. Fortunately, was only a few steps from our resort. Was the best meal we had on our entire Charleston/Savannah week-long trip. In addition to the unique and well-proportioned multiple-course meal, the service was incredible. Also, loved the history of the restaurant going back into the 1700s. It's location off of a historic cobble-stone alley was perfect!!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/7/2014Outstanding! The menu allowed us to try things we would not ordinarily select. Very special place!Special Features:
- MarkDined on 10/7/2014Food was very good but had a big problem with the only being able to order a 4 course meal at $65. It was too much for both of us so we would not go back. However, we were told later that they will deviate from the menu if you ask "hard enough".Special Features:
- teeny tiny itty bitty portionsIlovepuckDined on 10/5/2014my husband and I enjoy fine dining frequently and we especially enjoy tasting menus with a wine pairing... so we are used to smaller portions and the creativity that can be involved in pairing... but our dinner here was almost laughable in it's portions... the final entree (a delicious melt in your mouth rib eye) was no bigger than a golfball. and the wine pairing was very creative (a sherry, a glass of cider) but some of the offerings were frankly just not that great. both of our desserts were meh and we didn't finish them. we left still hungry. our waiter was lovely and very knowledgable but still I would never go here again. If you spend $400 on dinner you should at least feel you had an actual meal.
- PerfectelliottperkinsDined on 10/5/2014It was our honeymoon, quiet yet beautiful location in Charleston. Excellent 4 coarse meal from the first moment the bread got to the table until we finished desert, what a wonderful night.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Request the dining roomOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 10/4/2014We were seated in tables near the bar, which detracted from the experience.Special Features:
- OverpricedRalphDined on 10/3/2014Presentation is their focus, but the food was not up to expectations. Our filets were cooked to order but tough. The wine list is way over priced.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FantasticDianaDined on 10/3/2014The food was great, the wine was great and our waiter was outstanding!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- xzxZXDined on 10/1/2014This was one of the best meals of my life. Unlike in some foodie places, all those surprising, unusual descriptions on the menu like "birchbark pickled blueberries" weren't just fancy names -- they actually tasted like those things, and you could tell that some creative genius slaved over the recipes for a very long time to come up with something so original and delicious that eating them was like a meditation. The prices are actually pretty reasonable considering what they're doing, and the ambiance is romantic and beautiful. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary, and the staff went out of their way not only to serve us royally but also to honor the occasion in a subtle, elegant way. I couldn't recommend it more highly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- a highlight of our tripnonicknameDined on 9/29/2014we had a wonderful dinner at McCrady's. My husband does not eat seafood and I do not eat meat so the server was flexible in allowing us to choose entrees that suited us. The first course was so lovely we had to take pictures. The weak spot were the desserts, good but not great. Lovely atmosphere, great service. Would definitely returnSpecial Features:
- McCradysBeckerms2Dined on 9/28/2014Best restaurant I've ever been to hands down!! Highly recommend people who live in charleston and are from out of town to goSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Maggieo4VIPDined on 9/28/2014Best dining experience I've had in a long time..everything was excellent!Special Features:
- Best meal we had in Charleston!SUNDIALDined on 9/27/2014Each course was a work of art. We were treated to things we have never eaten. A complete experience all the way around. It was my husband's favorite!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OutstandingcharlestonfoodieDined on 9/27/2014The only thing better than the service was the food. Wonderful dining experience.Special Features:
- Where Do I Begin?BabsterVIPDined on 9/26/2014My daughter and I visited Charleston for the first time and ate in some amazing restaurants during our stay. McCrady's was far and above the rest. The entire experience - from the service, the ambience, the food, the cocktails, the wine - was impeccable. Chef Brock is able to combine unique flavors that all come together in your mouth and just "pop." The plates of food are presented beautifully. I could go on, but most importantly, we really had fun!!! This was a memorable meal. Thank you, McCrady's staff, for making it happen!!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/26/2014The only menu option is a 65$ 4 course fixed menu. The food was great I'd just like to have an option to order what I want and how much. There are also no vegetarian options unless you want to just omit the protein off each dish. It's like the limitations of restaurant week without the discount. Great food though.
- Over ratedDotsyDined on 9/26/2014Tasting menu was a disappointment except for the Rabbit which my husband ordered. Save the test tubes and the "show" and start making more interesting food. we did enjoy the wine pairings, they were spot onSpecial Features:
- Impeccable service, menu lackingLocalsDined on 9/26/2014We haven't been to McCrady's in a few years. They have changed their menu to a very few limited options served over 4 courses. My wife is a meat and potatoes girl who can almost always find a good steak and be happy but the chef's creativity was just a little too much for both of us. Overall, the quality of the food was superb but the combinations and limited selection made this a not-so-great night and we didn't feel as though we got a good value for the price that we paid. Fortunately, there are lots of awesome restaurants in Charleston, McCrady's is just not our thing any more. On a positive note, the service and all of the staff were absolutely perfect.Special Features:
- Great date nightHoneymoonersDined on 9/26/2014We loved our experience at McCradys. Amazing service. Just a great dining experience all around. We highly suggest doing all 4 courses.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedSharonDined on 9/25/2014Did not realize it was only a limited menu of tapas for $65 per person and only 2 or 3 things to choose from. They won't do well with that forever
- Poor Timingrun2eatDined on 9/24/2014We chose McCrady's over other restaurants for the option of the wine pairing which we did order. We each also ordered the pre-meal snack with the wine selection. My only critique on the meal itself was the pork which was very chewy and very greasy. Where I have a big issue spending $350 on a meal for the two of us is that with a wine pairing meal - you usually get the wine with the course. From the very beginning and throughout the meal each wine was brought but the course was a good 15 minutes later, leaving very little wine in the glass to accompany the food. We would have been much better served ordering a nice bottle of wine - or two.Special Features:
- Top Tier RestaurantSFTravelerDined on 9/24/2014McCrady's is definitely one of the best restaurants in Charleston. They offered only a four course tasting menu, which was excellent. We did have to send the fish course back as it was overcooked, but the replacement was excellent. The service was excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/23/2014Wonderful!! All four courses were delicious, and the service was outstanding!Special Features:
- A must on a charleston dining listmerifmDined on 9/21/2014Food service and ambiance are always top notch. Food is always creative with big punches of flavor. We eat there every time we are in charleston.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- less than expectedchasnregularsDined on 9/20/2014We have dined at McCrady's numerous times and have always had impeccable service and experiences. This time was not quite up to our expectations. Having made reservations we were not sure why but we have always dined in the back where it is quiet and more romantic. Well this time we got stuck up front with the walk in tourist crowd.We ordered the four course with wine pairings. The first two were amazing. Then the main course came.....no wine....we were not about to let the food get cold so we began. About half way tthrough the wine arrived. It was wonderful and brought out the flavor that had been missing. Delicious. ...... then dessert came I was through with mine and my wife had two bite left when the wine pairings finally arrived.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.