McCrady's
McCrady's

McCrady's

  • 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.

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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McCrady's reviews from OpenTable diners
253 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (203)fit for foodies (194)romantic (161)notable wine list (151)neighborhood gem (46)hot spot (32)good for groups (17)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • a highlight of our trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    we 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 return
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Best meal we had in Charleston!
    SUNDIAL
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Each 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    charlestonfoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The only thing better than the service was the food. Wonderful dining experience.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where Do I Begin?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The 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.
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  • Over rated
    Dotsy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Tasting 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 on
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable service, menu lacking
    Locals
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We 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:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night
    Honeymooners
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We loved our experience at McCradys. Amazing service. Just a great dining experience all around. We highly suggest doing all 4 courses.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Sharon
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Did 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
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  • Poor Timing
    run2eat
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We 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.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Tier Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    McCrady'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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Wonderful!! All four courses were delicious, and the service was outstanding!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must on a charleston dining list
    merifm
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • less than expected
    chasnregulars
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We 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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved McCrady's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I lived the whole dining experience!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit
    Merriweathers
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our first visit was a year ago on our honeymoon for the chef tasting menu w/sommeliers pairing. It was an enjoyable experience and memorable as well. We revisited this year for our anniversary for the four course dinner and chose the sommeliers pairing as well and it was just as great as the first visit, if not better. The staff is always friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Everything tastes amazing and the wines are paired nicely with each course. I'd recommend anyone to make a reservation to experience it for themselves. I seriously doubt they'd regret it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary celebration
    Happycamper
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and our service. Thank you for great evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    Lhook
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My husband and I went for an early reservation (6 pm) with our 2 year and despite it not being the type of place you bring your 2 year old, we had a fantastic night. The service was the best we ever encountered. They were wonderful at explaining the unique courses and wonderful at making alternative arrangements for our daughter. The food was interesting and delicious.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Discovering Sean Brock
    Mark
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The menu concept at McCrady's is so simple. Four-course meal with two to three selections in each course, based on what is available locally in any given month. Wine pairings available. Choosing different selections within each course gave my wife and me the opportunity to sample almost the complete menu and multiple paired wines. Our server, Regina, really knew the food and wine and could talk about it without just reciting from memorized bullet points. She ensured the pacing was just right and was a partner with us in an extraordinary dining experience. Our compliments to the Executive Chef, Chef de Cuisine and the entire kitchen and service staff.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Awesome
    Newtdatenites
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My wife and I do not fine dine often (read never), McCrady's was recommended by a friend as a place for me to take her for our 20th Anniversary. I commented this on my open table booking. When we arrived, not only was everything ready to go, but the wait staff all knew it was our anniversary, without me having to say anything. The food was great and service was excellent and personal. We were a little overwhelmed at first, not knowing what to do. The wait staff handled everything and guided us through the evening. It was just a wonderful experience. Cuisine was mostly on the citrusy side, which pleased my wife. I would definitely go again (just not too soon as it is a little pricey for my budget)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Traci
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The tasting menu was delicious and eclectic. It's higher on the price scale but worth it.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weeping Good
    RenzosGirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Let's just say, the food was so good, there was weeping at our table. A perfect dining experience. Great wine list. Service was extraordinary.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Creative & delicious menu
    tenebre187
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I recently dined at several restaurants in Charleston during the course of a business trip. McCrady's was by far the most impressive, hitting the mark on every key aspect of the dining experience. The charming, historic building provides a romantic backdrop for the knowledgeable, attentive wait staff to deliver the chef's creative & delicious menu. Everything is sourced nearby and the 'farm to table' freshness of the ingredients shines through in every bite. With so many options available in downtown Charleston, you don't want to miss gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Best dining experience my wife and I ever encountered. Wait staff and service was knowledgable and impeccable. Food, unreal. Highly recommend this to anyone celebrating a special occasion or who just loves fine dining!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Spot for Special Occassion
    ColaLoungeLizard
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Beutiful decor and great vibe. Cocktails and wine list were spot on. Food was very good but honestly expected more bang for the buck on the appetizers and "snack" selections.
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    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place in Charleston
    Mainer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Got a last minute resrvation at Mccrady's during restaurant week. They were not participating, so we got the regular menu. Not normally a fan of "price fixe" approach, but we were happy here. Four courses with three options to choose from for each. We had steak tartar which was awesome, frog legs, snapper and swordfish for second dish, and rabbit and pork tenderloin. Only disappointment was the rabbit, which had very little seasoning. For dessert, my wife got sorbet, one of which was green peanut, which was our favorite surprise of the night! Best service we have had in a long time, appropriate servings for four courses, and very do creative food make this a great special occasion place.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • McCrady's Charleston - AWESOME
    FloridaGalGolfers
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    McCrady's is wonderful. A special dining place to enjoy friends and conversation. The menu is outstanding and the food presentation were all beautiful and the portions were exactly right for a four course dinner. Michael our server was a awesome. This deserves 5 stars and our group plans a return visit as soon as we can. Special thanks to Sam our bartender for her great wine selections before dinner. Just a super experience for a bunch of foodies!! Also, thanks to Michael (our waiter) for fab golf course recommendations and providing the phone numbers to make tee times. If you read this, Dunes West for more than awesome!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Best dinner in Charleston
    JeanieBellini
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We planned our trip to Charleston around the restaurants and we are so glad we saved the best for our last night in town. By far, leaps and bounds, above anywhere else we went. My husband and I, who take our fine dining seriously, had a debate about where in our top five meals ever it fell. We took advantage of the expertly matched wines and the five snacks prior to the four course dinner. The wines were perfectly matched and the snacks were inventive and playful. I don't feel as though I could even begin to do the experience justice by trying to describe each item. My descriptive ability could not compare to the execution of McCrady's team of culinary expertise. Truly a precisely orchestrated and deliciously artistic experience.
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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 bar and a lovely dinner
    Discriminatingtaste
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The bar is full of ambiance and the bartenders are friendly, knowlegeable and professional. The wait staff was attentive and also very knowledgeable about the courses and how the wine pairings complemented each course. He, too, was friendly yet not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Arisen
    STEWART
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    splendid voyage through uncommon food items and eclectic cocktail/wines (had a first Mississippi vodka! - now who does that)? superb level of service: attentive but not over-bearing and helpful in detailed descriptions of menu items.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    foodienovice
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It was a great experience for our wedding anniversary. A place we had heard about but never tried. A definite must if you're in the Charleston area!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Well Done Sean Brock, Well Done
    gapeach
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    An amazing experience--the food combinations were oddly perfect, unusual items combined in strategic, magical ways. From a starter of frogs legs with beet juice that was poured out from a test tube upon delivery to the table to a dessert of brioche, burnt honey, feta, edible blossoms, and more... Plus the wine/alcohol pairings matched perfectly with each dish. A huge thanks to the staff and a congratulations to the chef and to Sean Brock, of course. Well done sir, well done.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Is this Heaven?
    DSMDiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had heard great things about McCrady's, but this is something you have to experience to believe. The menu choices were extraordinary. I had frog legs, a rabbit sausage, and perfectly cooked swordfish with such creative accompaniments, it was sheer alchemy. My chocolate tart even came with whipped popcorn! And so beautifully presented. It was like eating art. The service was impeccable, but there was no hovering. I am so glad we chose to do the wine pairing. I did not realize what a wine rut I was in. The selections came from all over the world, and each match was perfect. The whole meal was a beautifully orchestrated suspension of reality - unless you live in Charleston.
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  • Healthy upscale dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Local farms were listed as primary sources. In addition to couples dining, we saw a wedding party being seated in a private room.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • A great experience
    jordanjpayneVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything about McCrady's was excellent, the food, the drinks and the venue are all fantastic and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Be sure to check them out!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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  • First Visit to Charleston
    Chicago2Charlotte
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We researched great places to dine in Charleston for our wedding anniversary. McCrady's placed very high in local and national rankings. It also had a reasonable price range. We had to look for it a bit since it was in an alleyway off a popular street, but it was a gem once we found it. Our experience was fantastic. Service from Christian and Jody was great; our chats with them enhanced our dining experience immensely. McCrady's is a class act from its décor to the service to the food. Definitely a place to return to when visiting Charleston again.
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  • Not as good as the last time
    Dori
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My husband and I went to McCrady's for our wedding anniversary and, having been there before, we were expecting a world class meal. Instead, three out of the four dishes we each had suffered from glaring mistakes. The swordfish (which we both had) was supposed to have black truffle somewhere in the meal and, there was none to be found. There wasn't even a distinct truffle smell so it was clear it had been left off. If a restaurant advertises a dish as having truffle, they better deliver! Then my "rabbit" dish was an oddly textured rabbit sausage that was not even that flavorful while my husband's steak dish was heavy and needed acid to brighten it up. It was just disappointing and, for $350 for two, I did not expect to be disappointed!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Delightfully pleased
    Weluvyum
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Our dinner at McCrady's was exquisite, beginning with the intimate, refined atmosphere which set the perfect tone for a meal to remember. The wait staff was friendly, working cooperatively to serve each course at just the right time. Each bite had been deliberately prepared and the platings were beautiful. Full flavor in every bite, with food combinations I never would have imagined....blueberries with ribeye? Delicious! We felt like we had the best table in the house...a corner booth with a cushioned back, which let us sit side by side. To top it all off, our waiter brought our some amazing cookie bites at the end of our meal, specially prepared by the pastry chef. These could have been the most perfect bites ever! A great experience!
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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.
  • Worth a trip
    BadStuff
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great experience. Cutting edge menu with inspired flavors. Definitely an important place to visit when in Charleston.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Incredibly romantic, excellent food. Felt the desserts were off a bit, but the other three courses were so great they carried the show. Definitely make reservations
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.