McCrady's
McCrady's

McCrady's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mccradysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (843) 577-0025 ext. 1
  • 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Bay & Broad
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 2 parking garages within 1 1/2 blocks of McCrady's in either direction. Street parking also available.
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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
McCrady's reviews from OpenTable diners
279 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (216)fit for foodies (216)romantic (179)notable wine list (161)neighborhood gem (70)hot spot (50)good for groups (35)vibrant bar scene (23)late-night find (8)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • ribeye?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    For the price, a ribeye should not be on the menu. An aged filet mignon is the least I expected.
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  • Pretentious place
    Susan
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This is a restaurant with a fixed multi-course meal where the food looks better than it tastes. They are so enamored of the "local food movement" and developing extraordinarily complex accompaniments that they seem to have forgotten some of us go out to EAT and to have some choice in our meals. I lived and ate in San Francisco for over a dozen years and don't think I went to any place that was so rigid in the availability of dishes. Having said that, the little dishes in their four course fixed menu were well prepared. But for $200 for two folks, (and we didn't choose their wine pairings) I would have expected more . Probably great for "foodies" but for us real folks, it missed the mark.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High Art
    NightOwl
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We three travelers bestow highest praise on McCrady's. One of us declared her meal the best ever. The prix fixe menu format ensures that all diners will have an optimal experience of the chef's art. Service was warmly attentive. Our waiter explained a bit of a delay was due to a dispute in the kitchen over whether the fish course was perfectly prepared. Standout tastes from the inventive menu include truffle paste with basil ash, a garnish on the duck breast; a Sun-choke prepared like a tiny twice-baked potato; the beef filet; and the grouper. All desserts were outstanding, especially the chocolate/caramel tart with popcorn, basil meringue. We are still savoring the memory of gorgeous paintings by local artists.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 course of creative fare
    justasec
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    This is a 4 course pre-fixed menu at $65 with pairing and additional $45.Portion sizes are not disappointing. There are 2 to 4 choices per course and they were creative and good. The plating was worth many photos. Great find on a small street in historic Charleston
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PattiM
    PattiM
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This dining experience was incredible. We are Paleo eaters and are never sure chef's will want to make the extra effort to accommodate our needs. We arrived and the first thing Michael our terrific server said was "our chef has prepared a special meal for you". Indeed it was special, extraordinary in fact, in every way. The pastry chef even prepared dessert! Sliced apples with walnuts in huckleberry sauce! The flavors of each course were intense and layered with such flavor that I wanted to slowly enjoy each bite. Some vegetables were foraged by the chefs, the presentation of each course was like art, the atmosphere was beautiful, warm and inviting. we will return!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    jpnd
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great dinner at McCrady's. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. First visit to McCrady's. The staff was very attentive and treated us as if we had been there many times before. The staff could not have been better. The food was excellent. The four course menu was pleasantly presented with lot's of passion. The timing of our meal was great as well. No problems with delay in service as a few reviews had mentioned previously. Will definitely repeat the next time in town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, small portions
    mewph
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The courses were beautifully prepared and tasted wonderful. However, I left hungry -- and I am by no means an eater. Also, while the service was prompt and thorough the server was not very hospitable. I don't normally go into restaurants that are this nice, and I definitely got the impression that the servers picked up on this. Instead of being helpful with the wine and meal selections, I felt like they were a bit snooty and expecting that I and my date should know what was going on. Half way through the meal, our server became much more friendly -- maybe he was having a bad day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mominthedoc
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Amazing farm to table eclectic goodness!!!iImpeccable service and incredible wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Emotionally satisfying, new tastes!
    AlisonVT1
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I come to Charleston once a year for the Charleston Library Conference. Been doing this since 1996, always try to dine at historic McCrady's: it is my favorite restaurant in Charleston, always offers a special occasion for me & guest(s). This year, 2014, was no different: McCrady's featured a small plate experience: it was exquisite! My guest & I chose different items from each course in order to taste as many of the offerings as we could. We delighted in the crabmeat & chicken appetizers, loved the trout & grouper, as well as the pork & duck dishes. For dessert we both chose the chocolate selection & were not disappointed. Ambience & service wonderful - servers personable to chat with & knowledgable. Enjoyed lovely prosecco. Joy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and memorable experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We loved the entire dinner experience. The food, wine and service were all outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chewe2
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Mostly sublime food; only deserts were ordinary. Wait staff & sommelier extremely helpful. Very cool bar area and it would be great to eat in banquette area of bar.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food & service
    belleyum
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    You have to be prepared to eat a four-course fixed menu. I was not, however, ended up very happy. I HIGHLY recommend the duck main. I don't love duck but this was incredible. The other courses were good and definitely interesting, but the duck truly was the star. The only disappointment was dessert. The chocolate tart was meh.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    BhamDiners
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Wife and I went on our first night in Charleston. 4 course meal plus specifically recommended wines with each course. I had the crab and duck. Wife had chicken, fish and beef. All courses were outstanding! Highly recommend this place. It is pricey but definitely worth it. Also ate at The Grocery and Husk while we were here and McCrady's was the best meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FIND
    FOODIEATHEART
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    UNIQUE & CREATIVE LOCAL FOOD! A MUST SEE! MULTIPLE COURSE MEALS THAT HAVE GREAT CHOICES AND COMBINATIONS. THE BAR HAS THE MOST ECCENTRIC COCKTAILS THAT YOU MUST TRY! NO OTHER PLACE LIKE IT IN CHARLESTON!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    KSKORMAN
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    What an extraordinary evening - everything was fantastic! - The food the service everything was fantastic. Highly recommend this restaurant - and the neighborhood is beautiful!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    MariandrewVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Fabulous food, great service as usual, the fixed menu was spectacular, wonderful wine we had a great Sauvignon Blanc, following some signature cocktails!!!
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    drmike1025
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We like to dine,,atmosphere,,interesting food with presentation,,this place was it! Waitress suburb,,food awesome,,just a great evening,,,highest regards,,,
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the ambiance and service
    captvickey
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Had the 4 course dinner. Everything was amazing and portions were filling. One of my fav Charleston restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    ambience and food were excellent. top notch seafood- oysters, shrimp, clams, squid
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    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Everything about the experience was perfect. We were seated in the bar area at a cost banquett and served by one of the sommeliers. Food, service & ambiance were all wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior Dining Experience
    Mike
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Having lived in the Dc area for almost row decades, we expected McCrady's to be a good, but not that special dining evening. Boy were we wrong. Service was over the top, food was a unique experience, superior in taste, presentation, and fit for the evening. Service was not only timely, but personnel knew what they were offering and suggestions were spot on. The wine pairings were amazing with each level expertly bringing out the special flavors of each course. We were there for over 3 hours and other than being full, could not believe the time had flown. Prices were favor, the atmosphere was great, and service was well beyond exceptional. What a great spot for Charleston!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mccardys is not for me
    alwaysthere1VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The Chef's attempt to pair wines with a set menu falls short. Charleston us a city full of marvelous restaurants Thus, too , was once one-- don't waste your money or time !
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • MO19
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    food portions are a bit small but very good. Prices are on the high side but it's one of the best restaurants in Charleston
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to advance billing!
    Ned1VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    What a lovely meal - - very "haute," lovingly prepared food served in what I'd have to call a "respectful but relaxed" way.....our main server, Kyle, was so nice and relaxed and knowledgeable and friendly without being remotely overbearing. And the food....for me the smoked chicken starter, the grouper second (with a delicious fennel salad), the beef third, and the banana cake dessert...for my wife the crab, starter, the grouper, the trout and a chocolate tart...was all absolutely first rate and memorable. Small portions but so well-prepared and flavorful you honestly feel satiated despite the small "volume." Only misstep was failure of "bread server" to bring butter/oil till prompted- -tiny flaw in a wonderful experience.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BlueRidgeFoodies2
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Best meal we had in Charleston and we've had some good ones. This restaurant is at once rustic and charming, but modern and very upscale with very interesting combinations of ingrediants. The food was outstanding, and this is one of our finest dining experiences. We will come again. This is our second time dining at this restaurant and the first was extrordinary and this time blew us away!
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  • Mark from NY
    UNHAPPY
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The portions were extremely small. The amount of food we received for the money was a disgrace. I would caution anyone who is expecting to have a good meal to go some place other than McGrady's. The quality of the food was amazing but again I don't understand why it is ok to bring out such a small quantity of food and expect people to be pleased. Again, this place is very expensive and they should provide a fair amount of food for the money.
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  • Perfection
    lichtblausVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everything about our meal was perfection. Chef Brock has put incredible flavors together that blend yet are distinct. The wine pairings were surprising yet worked every time. This is not a place for folks who love their steaks huge and their Martinis doubles.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazind dining experience
    Rose
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My husband and I were visiting Charleston from Tampa on a weekend getaway and chose McCrady's for a romantic dinner. Upon arrival, the hostesses were friendly and welcoming. We were early for our reservation, so we grabbed a glass of wine at the bar. The bartender was exceptionally nice and even suggested a few activites for the next day. We took her advice and had a wonderful picnic by the water with some cheese and charcuterie from Goat.Sheep.Cow. Once we sat down at our table, the rest of the meal was fantastic. I thought the fixed price menu was perfect. Dining with my husband, we were able to try almost all of the dishes, each one to die for. The service was great. Overall great experience and worth every penny.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful Experience
    Kobes
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The way the menu is set up with a price fix is a great way to sample what the restaurant does best. Experiment with food. Including the appetizer sampling menu is it $85.00 P/P w/o alcohol. It is pricey but the experience was worth it.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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  • great dinner
    lamm
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    beautiful location, fabulous tasting menu with locally sourced products, everything was delicious - highly recommend
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gagoo
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Excellent food & service, would definitely recommend to others. Each course had a great presentation "a work of art" and the the combination of flavors was perfect.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charlestontourguide
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We arrived for the love of my life's birthday celebration and were immediately seated at a quie table out of the mainstream. The service was excellent throughout the dining experience. The prix fixe menu was a delight and the food, upon arrival was excellent. The dining experience was complete. The food, the service, the charm and the history of the building made for a memorable evening.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, small portions
    Paniolo
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The ambiance of McCrady's is excellent. The bar is fabulous. The food superb with the exception of the 2 desserts we had, which were just ok (a chocolate torte and berry mousse). The service was very good, but not exceptional as one member of the crew had a little difficulty remembering the construction/ingredients of the meal and our plates were swapped (there were only 2 of us). The portions are small, and after the 4 courses, I wasn't full. I'm a slim person (5'10, 150lbs :-), and at 4 servings, it should have been large enough so that I wasn't hungry at the conclusion of the meal. None the less, the food was very good and I think most foodies will be impressed with the presentation and construction of their meal.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always.
    Als1228
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    McCrady's is consistently the best meal we have in Charleston...and that says a lot.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benchmark Experience
    travelingC
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This 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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply outstanding!
    GallopingGourmandVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    As 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food over the top
    Flipper221
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Presentation, where is flavor
    winefoodguy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We 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.
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  • Epicurean Elation
    Peter
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Chef 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...
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.