McCray's Tavern on the Square
McCray's Tavern on the Square

McCray's Tavern on the Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mccraystavernlawrenceville.com/
  • Phone: (770) 407-6754
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: McCray"s can cater any event at most venues. We offer a large variety of catering options! Please feel free to contact our restaurant with questions regarding catering events!
  • Entertainment: An array of live music is played on Friday nights. These solo/groups start at 10pm and play until about 1 am. Local bands are always featured!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Crogan Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is offered on the street as well as in a private lot located off of Pike Street on the north side of the square.
A word from McCray's Tavern on the Square
McCray"s is a bar/restaurant located in the heart of downtown Lawrenceville. We specialize in All American cuisine; Steaks, Pastas, and a large array of sandwiches. Voted Best ribs in Gwinnett County. Brunch is served Sunday's from 11am-2pm! Drink specials all week long!
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McCray's Tavern on the Square reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (6)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (6)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (3)fit for foodies (2)romantic (2)special occasion (2)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Food very Disappointing
    Andrewp88
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Herb Chicken Breast: Very small portion, overcooked and dry, not to mention tasteless. Burger: was ordered medium, but served very well done. This was a second visit, both times very disappointed, will not go back again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lucilu
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We have dined here before and it's always been a fun experience....food is great and atmosphere is fun....everyone is always friendly and service is super.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table not accepted
    ElSchulze
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was great, didn't realize it was more of a sports bar. But they DO NOT recognize open table reservations, so we had to wait thirty minutes. Server staff seemed oreoccupied with themselves rather than focused on the patrons.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute gem!
    wineanddine82
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food is always fantastic, service is always with a smile and its location is perfect, giving you a chance to walk around downtown Lawrenceville and take in a the neat places. And Tyler behind the bar make a FANTASTIC bloody mary ANY way you want it! The buffalo bleu cheese was phenom!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok so far
    behtia
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Even though I had a reservation I had to wait for a table. There were multiple host staff and none of them seemed to know what the others were doing. Even after we were seated, it took over 10 minutes for anyone to wait on us. We were there for brunch and I ordered a specific omelet because it was supposed to have avocados in it, which I love, but when it came...no avocado. The staff, once they finally got around to us, was friendly, and the food was pretty decent even though my order was wrong, and this place has a good-looking menu, is really attractive inside, and is in a good area, so I think I might give it one more try. It definitely has a lot of potential and it will be really too bad if the service doesn't live up to it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • absolutely superb food!!!
    Perfect5dines
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Enough said, just great. Food was outstanding, there was nothing wrong with the service, and the overall feel is great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Birthday ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My daughter noticed this restaurant when we were driving through Lawrenceville one evening and decided she wanted to celebrate her 15th birthday here. She reported the experience as being the best birthday ever!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Experience
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The waiter was wonderful! He handled our group of ladies with kindness and charm. The food all arrived at the same time and was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 46 reviews are from the McCray's Tavern on the Square reviews archive.
  • Father's Day Brunch
    MrsH
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Took the husband for brunch. It was nice, good food and lots of families.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Got seated, never served
    DisappointedDiner
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were looking forward to our dinner at McCray's. We had heard good things about it. We arrived at the reserved time and were promptly greeted and seated. It was VERY loud but it is a bar so that was okay. We saw one waitress taking an order at a nearby table but no one else was waiting on customers. There were several tables ready to order their food. There were 2 waitresses that were doing other duties like cups, silverware, etc. who went past us several times to another area of the restaurant and back. After almost 20 minutes we decided they were apparently not going to wait on us and we left. I don't know how long it took them to determine that we were gone. They still may not know it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Family Favorite
    Bonedaddy62
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We keep coming back here time and again for the terrific comfort food and cool, charming atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was okay.
    critic
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    They gave me a hard time about where I would like to sit and put me on a side in a corner. They said everything was reserved but when they finally moved us there was barely anyone on the rooftop during the whole 2+ hours we were there. The waiter upstairs was really nice. Overall the food was good but the service at the front desk sucked especially for a Mothers Day service. I am a paying customer and not getting the food for free the least thing you can do is be nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    LetsEatOut
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's Day brunch was less than wonderful. The price was higher than what they told me over the phone, and the menu was average. The food, although looked appetizing and was presented well, lacked seasoning and flavor and was luke warm instead of hot (like my coffee). They are much better at being a bar, not a brunch venue.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem in downtown Lawrenceville!
    wineanddine82
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    With plenty of beers on tap, a full bar and rooftop seating overlooking the town center, this is by far one of my favorite places to go! Great lunch and dinner menu with drink specials and a great atmosphere, there is never a time of day I wouldn't want to be there!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Tavern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    American bar food menu is limited in scope, but good and consistent. They have 39 different draught beers, with good variety. Staff is attentive and friendly, definitely the best part of the McCray's experience. We keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing St. Paddy's Day out..
    5xtheG
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Made reservations to eat at McCray's on the Square at 7:15pm. Thank goodness I made reservations because it was packed and there was an hour or so wait for a table at that point. We placed our drink order for two beers and it took 15mins. or so to get them.  So we finally get our beer and place our food order and were told that they were out of most of the St. Paddy's Day specials. Really?! At 7:30pm?? On St. Paddy's Day?? Needless to say, I ordered the Irish stew and my husband ordered the Fish and Chips. The Irish stew was oversalted and for the measly amount that I was given, $13. is a bit much to charge. My husband said the fish was good but he was disappointed that he didn't get traditional chips with it. Fries are not chips.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Food
    Stephen
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I ordered hot wings for an appetizer, if this was their idea of hot they should rethink the name. Onion rings were good, but 8 rings for $7.95 seems a little expensive. Then came the entree, meatloaf, it was very dry, had a microwave heated up taste. It came with mashed potatoes which were extremely lumpy. The potatoes temperature was warm in places and cold in others... definitely reheated in the microwave. The food was the worst I have had in a very long time and I eat out alot. Our server was the only bright spot.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go-To Group Lunch
    ReneeCK
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My co-workers and I always make the trip to McCrays for a group lunch. The food is amazing, they never have a problem seating us, and the noise is not overpowering making it easy to have conversations about non-office topics. I was put off at this visit when I asked for a large margaritas and was told they come in one size or I could get a pitcher. I chose the pitcher figuring that with 8 other people, I could share, but when the waiter returned, he told me he can't serve a pitcher to one person. I appreciate the proactive gesture, but whoever told him this rule clearly didn't realize which party it was going to. They certainly didn't ask who else's tab it was going on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent bar food, reasonable price
    mattm
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took a group of 8 for lunch. Service was good, attentive. Waters, sweet teas, sodas were refreshed throughout lunch. Food came out fast. Food was good. Fish and chips are quite good. With 8 at the table, I was not gasping for breathe when the bill came. I hear its great when the weather is a little warmer and you can enjoy the rooftop.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Great Beer Selection. Great tavern food. Normally, one might get turned off by the idea of tavern food..again. But this is a true gem. McCray's food was fantastic and above average. Service was good. Ambiance was great. Clean restaurant. Well done.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch - perfect
    MellieBVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Great food, service that is out of your way, just right for a business lunch. Got us in and out of there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Historic charmer
    Northerndiner
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Great staff and food complement this historic charmer. Priced we're reasonable and location was very convenient.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    1safetysquad
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Our group of six (five from out of town) experienced McCray's on a Monday night recently. The limited menu really left us all a bit disappointed. Not enough full meal choices. Also wanted to mention the asparagus was just plain awful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trivia . . .
    JacquieVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    We always have a great time at McCray's for trivia! Great wings & beer :-)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food in Downtown Lawrenceville
    Shea
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    McCrays is the first restaurant I have dined at in downtown Lawrenceville. I had the Shrimp and Grits which was quite tasty with a red sauce and andouille sausage. However, I could not eat all of it and the dish as a leftover does not translate well. Definitely tastes much better when eaten fresh. My friend had the Rigatoni Vodka Pasta with shrimp and chicken. She said it was delicious and I took her word for it since she ate all of her meal. I did not taste it because I don't like creamy sauces. We decided to get the Brownie a la mode for dessert and it was very good, possibly the best I have tasted in awhile. The brownie was warm and moist and the ice cream just topped it off perfectly. We will be back in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Next time I'll order bar food
    Aguyfromatlanta
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    The rack of ribs were tough and hard to get off the bone. The salad was brought to the table with the entree, so I had to eat the ribs before they got cold, then the salad. This place is probably good for burgers and beer. Nowhere near "fine dining".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    leokeet
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    McCrays has a great atmosphere. The service is excellent. Love the food and the rooftop deck is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were wonderful,
    Martini
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Food and service were wonderful, however, one of our group had ordered a drink which she said was horrible and she could not drink it. When she asked the waiter the alcohol used, it was a very cheap brand. She then ordered a wine which she said was not good but she just didn't drink and did not complain to waiter. Unfortunately, she was the person in our group picking up the tab for the drinks and is marred to someone in the middleman wine business so does know quite a bit when it comes to alcohol and wine. Otherwise, everything was great!! As for myself, always enjoy the martini of the day each time I come. Was disappointed that the chicken salad pinini was not available because your shipment of bread had been delayed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day brunch
    Lucilu
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    enjoyed a delicious brunch with my daughter and her family. Everyone was friendly and our server was very attentive. Food was replenished quickly and there was plenty to choose from. Everything was delicious and we all enjoyed ourselves as no one rushed out the door.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The group of 12 was handled
    Jackie
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    The group of 12 was handled very well, and service was quite prompt and good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love meeting friends for a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    Love meeting friends for a good meal. Food prepared exactly as we asked. Staff friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rooftop dining for girls' lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    We had a girls lunch (just 3 of us) on a Friday afternoon and ate rooftop. Beautiful view. Not smelly or too noisy with the traffic below. Good service! Food was good. Fish tacos and the chicken salad panini are recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had the salmon. It was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    I had the salmon. It was very small and didn't taste fresh to me. I felt the value was not good since the Salmon was around $18-$19.00. The salmon was served over artichokes and roasted potatoes. The artichokes were canned and the roasted potatoes were not quite done. The light sauce was not noticeable and had no taste. There was no salad or soup with the entrée.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good bar food, with a helpful
    dimikagiVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Good bar food, with a helpful and cheerful waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall had a good time. we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Overall had a good time. we had a large group and everyone enjoyed themselves, the food was hit and miss with some of the dishes being excellent (gumbo and the shrimp and grits for example) and the others "not so good" (Mahi,Mahi sandwich and the meatloaf) about 50/50. Same with the appetizers the fried Mac and Cheese was great, the calamari was fishy and overdone; however, Atmosphere was fine, service good. We will go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was just a tavern but it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    It was just a tavern but it was a tavern with great food and service. It was worth our 40 minute trip to get there. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and great good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Great service and great good - good time for small and large groups; we will visit McCray's again when in Lawrenceville.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I ordered a drink from the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    I ordered a drink from the bar that did not get made properly, twice. that was disappointing. But the bartender Was a sweet gal. It was nice overall. I had a salad I would go back. It's in a great location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little Dinning Spot
    JMANDERSON675
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    As always McCray's delivers!!!! I started with the Shrimp Bisque which is amazing!! My husband loves the McCray's Pilsner gets it everyone we dine. My husband got the wings and They were cooked perfect as he likes his wings crispy. I have the club sandwich very generous with Portions. The atmosphere at McCray's is always relaxing and inviting, you always feel right at home The minute you open the door:) always greeted with a warm smile. We usually go to McCray's at least once A week. They have really great deal of the day such as $0.25 wings after 5 p.m. Which is one of my husbands Favorite. You will not be disappointed as there menu has something for everyone. Go enjoy great food!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was very attentive
    LSteward
    Dined on 8/27/2012
    Service was very attentive and tuned into us as customers. Especially liked the variety of the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate