The Escargot Stuffed Marrow Bone is exceptional. Very flavorful and nicely presented. The veal cutlet was insanely huge and disgustingly presented. The waiter should have told me how gargantuan it was. Had I known what it was, I would never have ordered the dish! I ate two bites and left the remainder.
Our evening here started off great then went downhill after our waiter was more interested in another nearby table that seemed to consume his attention, leaving us waiting for him to revisit our table most of the evening. We are locals and love the fact that we live in a city with the best food and waitstaff....however, tonight was not the night. On a high note, the rolls and the chocolate cake were delicious. The salads were far too small for the price and the presentation was lacking. We will return again so that we might get a better server next time.
Service started out fine but then waiter disappeared when I wanted my check. Had to wait too long .
Short ribs extremely fatty. Don’t think I will
Great restaurant in a historical setting. McGradys Oysters were a terrific starter, as was the Escargot Bone Marrow. Didn’t think I’d order pasta here, but their homemade tagliatelle with duck confit and preserved lemon special was terrific. Wine list was quite good, but would have liked a few more value offerings.
Would come back again anytime. Service was friendly and professional.
Every appetizer and meal was fabulous but the beet dish and squid ink cavatelli with shellfish sausage were beyond excellent. Great craft cocktails. Perfect in every way.
3rd visit, always excellent! Highly recommended. Would go back again.
We loved the relaxed feeling of this restaurant, and that the energy in the room did not disturb quiet conversation . The service was knowledgeable and extremely courteous. We both enjoyed the 17 ingredients mixed salad and the scallops which were a special that evening. We would definitely return.
Great atmosphere, food was delicious and noise level was perfect for conversation which is unusual in in Charleston.
We enjoyed our total dining experience to celebrate my birthday. It was an expensive outing, but perfect for celebrations. The food, drinks, staff, atmosphere - everything was top of the line, and we totally enjoyed ourselves. Thanks McCrady's!!
Underwhelming. The food seemed uninspired with minimally adequate presentation.
The escargot was the best dish, unctuous & full of umami, although halfway through eating the sauce began to break.
Macaroni Pie as a side dish was unbalanced, with pasta being heavy, the sauce thin & pooling in bottom of dish.
One entree, the Lobster, was properly cooked, although the lobster itself was a bit small. The Lemon garnish was necessary to add flavor, brightness & a modicum of balance.
The Pork Porterhouse, had outstanding melted onions. Sauce Robert seemed to be an adulterated version, with an obvious stabilizer which urged it to remain below average. The pork itself was overcooked, at first cut tender & moist but quickly drying to an obvious medium well, almost well doneness.
Desserts were sufficient.
Service was adequate, although knowledge in regards to all aspects of food & beverage was lacking.
Food was good, and interesting, as expected, but service was not so great, and there was nasty draft every time the front door opened. The server brushed away our complaint, saying "It is never cold in Charleston", but we are northerners and found the 50 degree wind blowing on our entrees to be unpleasant (also, everyone told us they had 4 inches of snow in January). Ask for a booth not facing the door.
Overall a great experience, very good food and wine/drinks menu. The restaurant itself was very beautiful from the atmosphere and seating.
Wagyu beef??? What more can I say?? Remarkable!! Attention from staff and food were out of this world
Excellent food, great service, good beer selection, good location.
It is a lovely place...old and historic...and we had high hopes. Unfortunately, the food and service did not live up to the ambience. The service was uneven, the menu limited and, although our food was tasty, the portions were quite small and unaccompanied by sides. It is not inexpensive. After having a few meals in Charleston, this was to be the culmination of our visit. We voted it as our least favorite. Husk which is run by the same group was one of our favorites.
We would not go back.
We were in Charleston for an anniversary, knew little about the city or restaurants, but wanted someplace nice for our special occasion. Looked for ratings and reviews online and McCrady's was mentioned a lot and favorably, plus the pix made it look stylish, a bit rustic and romantic all at the same time. Happy to say, we weren't disappointed. We even liked the narrow alley you go down (off East Bay) to get to the door. As advertised the decor was rustic, an ol' timey tavern feel. Great menu of original seafood dishes plus a number of wonderful sounding steaks. We opted for the diver scallops, with baby black-eyed peas, country ham and oyster broth special; it was great and tasted very homey, fresh and authentic . Service was prompt and attentive but not intrusive, and the Patrick our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu (he recommended the deviled crab stuffed little neck clams, and they were fantastic). We'll definitely be back when next in Charleston.
Service was perfect, the food well prepared. No complaints however the food is fine tavern food it could use a bit more inspiration
Our server was very accommodating, attentive and knowledgable! He was able to describe each dish and how it was prepared. We had one vegetarian and one vegan guest with us and each were able to have a delicious meal. The caviar and tater tots are incredible! The seventeen ingredient salad was delicious. We talked about how a perfect meal would be those two things and to split an entrée. It is on the pricier but 100% worth the cost.
Our server was phenom and the food matched his knowledge-service especially support staff were professional and attentive-well run first class establishement with lots of history
Page was a nice server. The food was very good and reasonable in price.
Food was just okay. Although our server was very nice, it seemed like she was spread between too many tables. Also took a long time to get drunk orders.
The deviled lobster and octopus were absolutely divine, the cocktails were on point, and the service and atmosphere were great. Definitely should be on the places not to miss in Charleston!
Great food and service ! Bone marrow was so delicious that we had to ask for additional bread to finish the sauce. However, it was very loud and that detracted from the experience. But we still would come back for food and probably ask for quietest table.
Patrick was great.
Food was fabulous.
Escargot and marrow appetizer was amazing! A little noisy compared to before, so if you want a quiet date night somewhere else might be better. Food was great!
All of the dishes we ordered were delicious. We enjoyed the caviar and tater tots, the stuffed clams, the baked oysters, the shrimp salad with crab Louie dressing, and the peppery beet salad. With a bottle of very nice rose champagne. No, we don’t do this very often, but for a special occasion it was worth every dollar and calorie. The standout was the baked oysters.
Overall our evening was wonderful. It just started out a little shaky. We were seated for 20 minutes before our server came over to take the drink order. After that, the manager came over, apologized and offered us some complimentary tastings from the kitchen. When our bill arrived they paid for our first round of drinks. Soooooooo, started off shaky but they handled the situation perfectly and we will certainly go back
We had a wonderful fine dining experience! Our waiter, Patrick was very knowledgeable, efficient & gave some great suggestions. When making a reservation you should request a booth. Our 1st table was facing the kitchen but we were able to be moved to a better spot. Overall it was a great meal & good experience.
Food and service was superb. Pricey but worth every penny.
Tess was phenomenal!!!
Amazing dining . Lived up to and exceeded all expectations.
Great food, great staff
Dined here with my 1 1/2 y/o son who has many food allergies. The staff was very accommodating and the kitchen even put on a separate pot of oil to fry his potatoes. My food was amazing and the service was great. Thank you
Great atmosphere! Old historic tavern. Food good. The escargot stuffed marrow bone was to die for but the pork was good but a little boring.
What a lovely and spot for a special occasion! For beverages, my Valentine and I tried two craft cocktails and the Tempranillo while we feasted on many of their appetizers. Instead of getting entrees, we made a tapas-style meal with the juxtaposed caviar and tater tots which were (not surprisingly) the best I’ve ever had. We also shared some oysters on the half shell which were the small, but tasty. The foie gras pate and the bone marrow dish were both served with wonderful fresh bread and the waiter also brought out these amazing pretzel rolls with salted butter. I was hoping to have more of the bone marrow flavor in the sauce, but it ended up being a creamy pool of umami flavor for the escargot to swim around in. The beef tartare was flavorful and was served with these onion puffs that had the texture of chicharrones but just the right bitterness to accompany the tartare. We ended our gluttonous feast with the affogato and beignet dessert...each fluffy beignet was singing with the smooth notes of espresso and chocolate.
We had a couple of really good things and some super disappointing food and the service was not great. Two of us ordered the Roasted Chicken which was tasted great; however, one of the other guests ordered the Pork Porterhouse which came to the table cold, like really cold. All of our plates were not quite hot, but we let it go because eating room temperatue chicken is not the end of the world but the pork was inedible. Rather than make another Pork Porterhouse, they simply heated the existing pork, which had already been cut into (most likely by placing it back on the grill or in the oven) and it totally overcooked it to the point that it became too tough to eat. We also had an order of Crinkle Cut Fries which were terrible. They were fried but they were totally soft and super oily. We asked and they were supposed to be crispy (only one in the bunch had any texture). When we were discussing the Pork Porterhouse, we told them about the Crinkle Cut Fries but they never replaced them or addressed them. Surprising that this happened at McCrady's Tavern. It was a Sunday night so maybe that had something to do with it. Also, our server was not up to par. He tried, but again, maybe it was the Sunday night team. However, I will say that the manager who came to address the situation, was super apologetic and was clearly concerned. One other thing to mention is that the Pomme Puree side was really fantastic. No reason to go back. Lots of other great places in Charleston.
We enjoyed an appetizer & a salad off the specials menu & an entree from the special menu. The appetizer of scallops was excellent! We also enjoyed the swordfish on the regular menu & it was very tasty. The third in our party ordered filet menu & asked for it to be cooked ‘medium’ & it was red pretty much throughout. He ate it anyway & it was a delicious piece of meat but would have preferred for it to have been cooked closer to medium.
Our waiter was ok...very flat...forgot to tell us some items were unavailable on the menus until we asked abou them. It’s a pricey place for ‘flat’ service.
First visit to Mcrady’a Tavern. The food was very good! I had the chicken special and my husband had the swordfish. Both were delicious! We also tried the escargot as an appetizer and loved it! The display might scare you a bit but you don’t eat the escargot out of the marrow bone or anything. We took our bone home to give to our puppy 😉 We will be returning!
We had our anniversary dinner here and were delighted with the service and food. Since we wanted to go more casual the atmosphere was perfect. If we had wanted more specialness then I would choose the regular McCradys. The deviled clams were really outstanding and spicy as advertised. If you do not care for the heat then avoid these but we both loved them. My wife ordered the ribeye medium and it was still a bit more red than that but within a minute or so longer on the grill. It was a very good steak, rivaling all others in town. I got the deviled lobster and it was also about a minute short of perfect and not near as spicy as the clams. I would have kicked it up a notch. We ordered a side of creamy mashed potatoes and they were very good, very smooth, not starchy. We finished with the Baked Alaska and it was a very good, updated take on the dish.