Permanently Closed - McCrady's Tavern

4.6
1308 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Charleston's most historic restaurant, McCrady's Tavern, is a lively gathering place offering seasonal American fare.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(843) 577-0025 ext. 1
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Built in 1788, The Long Room became an instant favorite venue for many of Charleston's festive celebrations, including a grand 30-course dinner for President George Washington in 1791. We continue that tradition today with a menu of re-imagined American classics from Executive Chef Sean Brock.
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Private party contact
McCrady's: (855) 548-9794
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Cross street
East Bay & Broad
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Parking details
2 parking garages within 1 1/2 blocks of McCrady's in either direction. Street parking also available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've ever had in Charleston

T
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We went to this establishment with very high expectations. While the food was OK, it wasn't great or outstanding so we were let down. It was Southern cooking in fact, but without incredible flair. The Steak Tartar was decent but lacked depth. My son got a $42 New York Strip that was pretty tough (maybe choice at best). My wife had the fresh pasta and shrimp which had a nice flavor but was so OVERSALTED that it was rooky cooking. The Rhode Island raw oysters were melt in your mouth. If I was the chef, I would have thrown an extra oyster on the plate because these bod boys were tiny. The Sean Brock chain has been bought up by a group and I think this Tavern is closed for now. Let's see if a Rennaissance takes place next round.

S
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved McCrady’s Tavern for the atmosphere. Sorry to see it close and hoping it reopens as another restaurant in this space. So beautiful and historic.

RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sorry they are closing!!!!

MI
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, atmosphere, and food were exceptional. Very sorry this facility is closing.

i
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special of the day was a delicious white fish, but the winner of the dish was the sauce the fish rested on... corn, sweet sauce... to die for! My medium rare NY Strip was cooked to perfection, the pork chop was delicious! The peach cobbler yummy! Service was impeccable. The help with the wine list was very much appreciated. A place to keep going back... :-)

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Smelled like a sewer leak

OT
Charleston
68 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

McCrady's Tavern has been a Charleston dining institution since I moved to Charleston in 2004, and it will be sorely missed. All the best to Chef Brock! Our meals were fantastic, and the steak I ordered was HUGE! Paige did an excellent job of being attentive and friendly, without smothering us. The bar had the best Sazaracs in town... I will miss those! And I loved sitting at the bar for a nightcap and small plates after an evening show. Au revoir, McCrady's Tavern!

OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome!

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Didn’t know what to expect and was surprised and pleased by the attention to detail in both the food prep and the restaurant decor. Creative presentation of food. Bread was awesome. Somewhat loud as the night progressed but caused more from the room design. A little ambitious in pricing but id recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not good. Scallops undercooked. Duck was suppose to be “lightly” dipped in batter but wasn’t even close. It was heavily battered and taste of duck was washed out. This was not perfection.
Cheers.

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, service, and ambiance.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great food and met a nice couple. The service was top notch!

BC
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful staff! Kudos to Becka for being so helpful with menu options.

N
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GO, I cannot recommend enough. Local ingredients, rotating menu that is always unique and amazing. Staff are attentive without being overbearing. Servers are knowledgeable and provide great guidance. Cocktails are handcrafted, and the wine list is quite impressive. Atmosphere was great, dimly lit, but not so much so that you cannot see. Exposed brick throughout. Loved every minute.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond great!

SD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate our 24th anniversary. The restaurant was quaint, tucked in a little alley. Loved the ambiance, and the staff was first rate. Loved our waitress, and she made the whole experience memorable. We live locally, and will be back again. Highly recommend!!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding.

DA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, beginning with our appetizer. Each course was well prepared and very tasty. Our server was great and gave some good suggestions.

WE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family Vacation

c
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

I was frustrated that when I wanted to sub for another side I want able to. Wouldn't go back or recommend.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wait staff, excellent food, atmosphere/ambiance is amazing. Felt like we had gone back in time yet had modern conveniences like AC and updated gas lights. BACK TO THE FOOD!!!!! Swordfish was prepared perfectly and the bar makes a mean Margarita. Please try out this beautiful restaurant you won’t regret it

M
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Limited menu but everything we tasted was excellent. From the tomato salad to the pasta entree to the dessert. The service was outstanding. We love this place!

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our server was a little on differential side, she didn’t seem interested in giving us good service. When we received the check and signed she whizzed by, picked it up on the gallop, and didn’t even thank us for dining there. Food was ok but nothing special. There are a lot of better options in Charleston, I would suggest dining somewhere else at this price point.

MD
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and ambience! Excited to learn George Washington celebrated in this historic landmark! Plan on returning on our next trip to Charleston.

L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good place but a limited menu. Atmosphere was fine. Service was good.

S
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love the ambiance and the service! The food was very good too but would have liked a few more menu options. I had the scallops and did not love the smokey sauce that was with them. It seemed to over power the mildness of the scallops. My husband had the fillet and that was excellent. We also had the cheese selection which came with an amazing pecan spread and crackers that were all made In house. The cocktail and wine selection were exceptional! We will definitely be back. Very romantic spot and loved that it’s down a short alley off East Bay.

R
New York Area
383 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Nice place with good food but exceedingly slow service

LJ
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only thing that bothered me was the oil candle on the table smelled. But the server took it away and all was fine.

PM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice place, my scallops were divine. But the menu is grossly overpriced.

DC
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic restaurant!

My wife and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary here and then spent the next few days eating at some of its fellow best-reviewed Charleston spots; McCrady's was our favorite. My wife and I had a great conversation uninterrupted by our surroundings, the food was excellent, and the service was top notch. Throw in unique ambience and the very much appreciated anniversary-specific intangibles and I could not offer any higher praise or any stronger a recommendation.

SM
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. Everyone loved their food other than the Shrimp & Pasta dish, the seasoning was an odd flavor.

DS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service. Did not disappoint. The Wreck fish was perfect but I could have just been satisfied with the greens alone.

R
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a beautiful setting with expert staff

DC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Filet mignon was not good. Wreck Fish was spectacular

MD
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Given the reviews that we read prior to coming to Charleston, we were somewhat disappointed at McCrady's. The best part of this experience was our wait person, Becka. We was very knowledgeable of both the menu and wine list. She made an excellent recommendation of a Gruner Veltliner that I will go in search of because of her. It was truly a delicious wine.

The appetizers were the best part of the meal. We had the local greens and the fresh beet salad. Both were excellent. However our two entrees were just "meh." Please understand that we are not food snobs or wannabe critics, but we do enjoy a good meal for the price. Unfortunately, this wasn't it. The seared scallops were served with an odd tomato sauce that just didn't work. The plating was in such a way that we had to deconstruct it to figure out what was being served. That said, the scallops themselves were excellent. The pasta (garganelli with shrimp) had so many flavors that I could identify what I was tasting and the shrimp were chopped up into small pieces (Nooooooo!!). It just seemed like the Chef tried too hard. Sometimes simple is better.

For us, we wish we would have stopped with the wine and appetizers.

JF
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Overpriced. Not what it used to be.

G
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The steak was cooked to order and the dessert was fantastic. One of the best that I have had.

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