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McCrady's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mccradysrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (843) 577-0025 x1
  • 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 (843) 577-0025 x2
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent service and outstanding, creative dishes. We opted for the extra plate of 5 snacks at the beginning of the meal, along with the wine pairings for each course. This was unquestionably one of the best meals I've had in Charleston."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Best meal in Charleston in a long time. Great service, fantastic food and awesome wine list!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our 5th or 6th time dining at McCrady's and somehow each time is more exceptional than the last. This may have been the best meal I have ever had. Our server Jodi made the evening perfect -- and the other staff were all friendly and affable. It's such a treat that the food is so good, but the restaurant isn't stuffy. We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We have always thought McCrady's was among the very best restaurants in the south. However, we like Husk better, because the menu at Husk is more direct and accessible. McCrady's is a true foodie destination. Our taste is not "super foodie". Also the pri fixe menu puts you at risk if you don't like the three selections. For example, I did not want any of the three meat options and had to give mine to my husband. The wine pairings were all excellent and our waiter was very knowledgable about them."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We knew Charleston was a foodie town, and we were only going to be there for one night. After some research, McCrady's came up again and again as one of the city's best. It lives up to that expectation. The service--from the time we walked through the door--was exemplary and gracious. The cocktails are exquisite (the bartenders know their craft), and the food was a knock-out. An inventive, thoughtful four-course fixed-price menu (with three choices per course) was served with perfect timing accompanied by excellent wine. (The wine book is extensive.) Lovely, sophisticated, secluded (off a side alley, away from the crowds and the noise), McCrady's is an excellent spot for a quiet romantic dinner fit for epicureans."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "On every level, McCrady's surpasses expectations. The food, preparation, presentation, service and ambiance all combine to create a wonderful whole which is better than the sum of its parts. An educated, engaged and engaging waitstaff is a crucial component of this winning combination. Try the wine pairings with the meal, and prepare to be pleased."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The last time I dined at McCradys was with 75 good friends for our daughters wedding reception brunch. The service and food were both exceptional, so I was anxious to return. I joined 3 friends for dinner and we were delighted with the experience. The food was creative, flavorful and beautifully presented. The infusions, marinades, etc enhanced the taste of each dish....they did not overpower them. We especially enjoyed the Sprite Melon and cucumber salad on such a hot day. Our service was exceptional. Having lived in Charleston, we have dined in many of their restaurants, but McCrady's is truly a cut above."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "First of all I want to say that as I was prepared for the cost of this dinner, I was not prepared that there would only be 2 choices for each course! Most of which I didn't like either choice! For this restaurant to have been so expensive, that was the worst food I have ever had! I think they put WAY more emphasis on the presentation than the taste of the food! Now, with that said, the service was great! The servers were very knowledgable of the dishes and were very displeased that we did not enjoy the food! My wife and I certainly will not return to McCrady's during our next trip to Charleston!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our meal. The service was excellent as well as our meals. It was worth a 2 hour drive from our home. We will come again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Really delightful. It had been my Birthday earlier in the week so we decided something special was in order. This was special. Truly excellent food, I won't be crass and recommend anything as I'm certain every item on the menu is beyond criticism. Very good cocktail selection and deft wine list - do try sommelier paring. It is all worth it. Loved this place, the chef is famous and deserves to be."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was very tasty and served at the right temperature."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Not for "meat and potatoes" types. Food is artistic, creative, delicious, expensive. So outside the norm, it is worth extra expense. Four course fixed price menu, plus drinks, tax, tip. Actually, it is a good value."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "McCrady's lives up to its reputation. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and accomodating. Every single part of our experience was flawless and the food is AMAZING. I would love to dine here again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have always been pleased with the phenomenal food served at McCrady's. The menu is always interesting, delicious, and presented artistically. The wine pairings are superb and the snacks a welcome treat. The service is impeccable. Special requests have been honored without question."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We brought friends here for an anniversary dinner and it was just as wonderful as expected. We were still talking about it the next day! The food was impeccable!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Experience, service and atmosphere were all great. Food was wonderful, but fish course was overlooked. I wouldn't hesitate to dine here. Cool location, cool setting, terrific food and going for the wine pairings option is worth it IMO. I would return again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We didn't expect a 4 course only menu. The food was fine but way too pricey for what you got. 2+ hours for dinner was way too long for us."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We chose McCrady's for our 20th Anniversary. The food was expertly prepared and delicious, but was not quite satisfying or gratifying (Chef Brock is clearly preoccupied with other endeavors and has his eye off this prize). The service was pleasant and professional, but slightly off with waitstaff not quite in synch. The server who brought the 1st course described the steak tartare as "a raw cheeseburger" which kind of ruined the moment. The grouper was excellent, but the snapper plain. The ribeye was perfect; the lamb was ok, with an odd combo of cherries, pickled chanterelles, and a corn/pesto lump that was not tasty. Maybe it was just an off night, but having been to McCrady's before, I know it can be a better."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Last minute weekend trip to Charleston and found our way to McCrady's. I am definitely a foodie, hubby is a farm boy with a steak and potato appetite. I felt the food was excellently prepared and presented, hubby felt the portions were too small for the price. We both agreed that our server was aloof at best; she barely smiled or spoke. The various persons delivering the courses were very descriptive of the plates before us. I enjoy having the prix fixe menu because I like lots of courses and this keeps the al a carte price from skyrocketing. The restaurant is beautiful and just what one would want in Charleston. Overall I enjoyed everything except the peach tart (bland) but the peach sorbet was the best I've ever had."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Absolutely excellent! The food, the drinks, the service were all excellent. One of the best dining experiences I've ever had. We were made to feel welcome and cared for. Portion sizes were just right and the tastes were excellent."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We went to McCradys for our 35th wedding anniversary. When we entered, the hostess greeted us with a "happy anniversary" and informed us they were giving us their finest table in the house. And it was superb! And our whole experience was superb, from the food to the wine to the knowledgeable server. We enjoyed the 4 courses paired with wine. Our server suggested we each order different foods so we could sample both. A wonderful suggestion, as each plate was excellent and we got to taste more of the wonderful food. Thank you McCradys for a delightful evening and helping to make our anniversary special."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Different place from when we use to go ..not different bad just different , not the tavern feel. Most of the tables for 2 have you looking into the kitchen or the wall so ask for a table for 4. The 4 course menu is interesting and has matching wines for each course. All the courses were good the matching wines not so much..too sweet or in the case of the red to sour. Cocktails had to be sent back and remade..heavy hand on the vermouth after special request to be light. Excellent smiling service. In the end the bill of 300.00 for cocktails and dinner and matching wines (plus tip) makes this a bit to expensive for the experience. Skip the matching wines and order your own choice. The menu is fun and well done. Tables are spread out ."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We loved everything about McCrady's except the music. The chef has chosen his version of blues -- which in reality doesn't resemble classic blues at all. We voiced our opinion and asked that the music be turned down. The manager approached us and gave a half-hearted apology for the music. Chef is very talented and creative with food. He needs to leave the music to someone else."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Dinner was delightful. The food was superb, the service truly outstanding, and the setting is quite and pleasantly decorated. I am a hobby chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America and McCrady's is among the best I have experienced. Prices are reasonable for what is offered--about $120 per person for food, wine, and tip. A seldom seen offer is wines the chef pairs with each course in half glasses making it possible to get the right pairing for each course in a four course fix priced meal without drinking too much."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our meal at McCrady's was outstanding. Everything that came to the table was beautifully plated and perfectly prepared. The service was excellent. We will be returning our next trip to Charleston. Book early to get a good reservation time."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Each course of our four course dinner was fabulous, unique, and just the right portions. The beef tartar was something I wasn't sure I would necessarily enjoy but it was extremely nice. Others had the shrimp which as excellent We had two "entrees", one of fish and one of beef. The snapper with the skin was amazing and the small rib eye was perfect. It had an unusual blueberry and beet sauce which made it very unique. Our desserts were quite nice; I've never had grits as a dessert but it was prepared in a way that made it akin to an ice cream or sorbet; excellent. The chocolate with sorbet was great. Great wine and drinks. And the waiter was very informed and happy to engage with us. We were there for over two enjoyable hours."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was amazing and innovative as always. The wine pairing was carefully thought out and expertly picked. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. It was a very memorable experience and I can't wait to return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "At first, four courses seem overmuch. Until you realize each course is a small plate and a bit more than a taste. It adds up to a nice overall meal. However, one might want to order a full serving of one or two of the offerings. It's a little tricky. One criticism: My third course of lamb chops turned out to be a smidgeon of lamb chop and a hearty piece of "lamb belly". Not as listed or requested and very tough to the point of inedible. However, the service is first rate."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 11th anniversary with dinner at McCrady's. It was a perfect choice! Very nice, high level of service, great food."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was an outstanding dining experience! The food was so delicious and uniquely presented! The ingredients were so fresh! The service was very professional! My wife and I had a memorable anniversary dinner!!!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The options are limited and portions too small. While the food is ok, it is not as gourmet as the restaurant/chef think it is. Luckily the bread was fantastic and helped fill us up or else we would have left hungry. The ambiance is lovely and service competent yet unobtrusive. I imagine it had been (as others pointed out...) and would be better with a non-pre-fix menu"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My husband and I went to dinner here to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Cocktail menu made it diffacult to chose just one -- ended up with the Chesterfield and it was delicious. The food was over the top. The blending of the different ingredients in each course was so enjoyable and delicious. I enjoy eating smaller portions and I can honestly say, I could have eaten less. Portions were generous for a 4 course dinner. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great food, great service. Wine pairings weren't my thing but we loved it overall."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I did the 4 course meal with wine pairing. I thought our server's selections for the pairings were right on the money. 1 small suggestion. The second course did not have a selection that did not contain seafood. There are many that do not or cannot eat seafood. I would just suggest that there be an alternate option. I would definitely return again. We had a great time."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was my second time dining at McCrady's and it was amazing. The food is so good and fresh. The flavor combinations just explode in your mouth."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "McCracdy's did an outstanding job. The wine, food, service mad e it a speical evening for my wife's birthday."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My wife's birthday. Couldn't have selected a better place. We loved the uniqueness of the food and the presentation. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were new to the Charleston food scene. We enjoyed several excellent meals...McCrady's meal was in a class of its own. Quite probably, it was the best meal we have ever had and we have been to many fine restaurants over the years. Four course fixed price meal was truly memorable. We enjoy quality over large portion size. They appropriately kept the portions smaller, so we could have room for the fourth course...dessert. From the first taste of our first course we knew we were into a taste extravaganza. Each course featured local fresh herbs and sauces to be savored. Staff was excellent...well informed and went out of their way to describe what the chef intended for each course."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have been to McCrady's many times. Our first date was there 17 years ago. And we've been back many times since then. However with the recent change in the menu to a four-course organized meal with a very limited choices we will not be back until its changed to a regular menu where I can pick what I want from the entire menu. Since our dinner I have spoken to several friends and their response was all the same. "Yeah it's the Sean Brock Sampling Hour now instead of McCrady's.""
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "While not inexpensive, McCrady's is worth the money. The restaurant does not disappoint with regard to food or service. It is quiet, so conversation is not strained."
    Dined on 6/19/2014