McCray's Tavern on the Square

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McCray's is a bar/restaurant located in the heart of downtown Lawrenceville.
We specialize in All-American cuisine; Steaks, Pasta, and a large array of sandwiches. With an amazing rooftop patio overlooking the beautiful historic surroundings.

Brunch is served Sunday's from 11am-3pm!
Drink specials all week long!
Live Music Friday & Saturday Nights!

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

McCray's will be serving a huge spread, buffet style, with over 30 items to choose from, along with our annual Carving Stations, Bloody Mary Bar, & more!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

McCray's will be serving a huge spread, buffet style, with over 30 items to choose from, along with our annual Carving Stations, Bloody Mary Bar, & more!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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TW
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointed in table for five with a four day ahead reservation (too tight for five adults; table not big enough for chair on open end. Food was OK, while Sweetwater 420 a good value. Server was excellent

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BC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food and wonderful service. Have always liked this place.

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SB
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

First of all, I want to say that the manager did give us our party of 4 a $20 gift certificate to make things right. However, this is what had happened. I had a 7:00 pm reservation on Friday night for 4 people. When we got there, I requested the rooftop and was told the wait was 30 minutes. We said that was ok. We were seated around 7:30 - right as the sun was setting. We were surprised the rooftop was not full at all, and wondered why we waited 30 minutes. We ordered drinks and food from Graham, our server. At about 8:00, two other patrons were seated next to us. We had our drinks but no food as yet. At 8:30, the other two patrons received food...we still had not received ours and wondered about that too. Also, it was getting cold now that the sun had set. Graham was not coming over and updating us about our food either. At 8:45, we made the decision to walk downstairs and probably leave. We spoke with the manager (Kim?), who gave us a booth and we finally received our food at 9 pm. As I said, she gave us a $20 gift certificate, so I appreciate that she tried to make it right. I just think 2 hours was too long to wait for our food.

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We have dined there many times & this night we ordered an appetizer & main course at the same time.
The appetizer came fairly quickly but the rest of the meal took a very long time to come out.
We had theater tickets so had a schedule to meet.
We arrived before our reservation time of 6:30 and finished the meal at 7:50. The theater started at 8:00.
Not sure we will be back!

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GA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I made a reservation a day in advance using the Open Table app. I put a note on the special instructions that we would like to sit on the roof top and that this was a first time visit for our family who were visiting from out of town. The hostess was not friendly and when I told her we made a reservation online the day before to sit upstairs on the rooftop, she said they don't do reservations for the rooftop. So that was embarrassing because I had just told my family that we would be sitting there. After she went up to the roof to see if there was an open table available, she handed me the menus and opened the door, so we led ourselves upstairs and had to find our own table. Our waitress was all over the place and during our drink order a fire truck drove by with horns blazing, and she was like- "this is why I don't live here" ...so that was pretty rude (I mean we DO live here and happen to LOVE downtown Lawrenceville). Other than the service being pretty poor, the food quality was excellent and the actual restaurant itself is very nice and even sitting on the rooftop was nice. But they definitely need to work on their service. I wasn't impressed.

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F
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very slow in receiving food that wasn’t that good. Our appetizer took over 30 minutes to be served.. they stated because one of the other servers took ours for their customer...Fish n chips and the wings were soggy, not crispy. At least this time they had fish n chips. Several times previous they were out. All in all disappointing for dinner.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

We made a reservation for 8 to try the Burgers & Brews burger. Our waiter was fine but the kitchen wasn’t. The sides came out way before the burgers. We completely ate our sides before the arrival of burgers. Then two people didn’t receive their burgers. One person didn’t receive their side. We saw burgers going past our table to tables who ordered after us. Management made no apologies or offered any compensation. We were also seated in the bar area where they had bingo. It was so loud we found it hard to talk to each other. Food was good, but not sure it was worth it.

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LP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in Lawrenceville overall!
Wwe will be back.

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DR
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I understand that there was a St. Paddy celebration on the square in Lawrenceville and McCray's was slammed with walk-in customers. But our order was totally wrong two times and we sent one entree back (corned beef and cabbage for being terrible - cabbage was barely cooked and corned beef was almost dry thin sliced pieces. ). The waitress was very good and corrected all - but management should be aware that the kitchen totally screwed up everything. I gave the waitress a 20+% tip and thanks her for everything she did!!

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B
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Spotty. Food, service, etc. all had high and low notes. Burgers were fabulous, cooked properly to order, and correctly dressed, on a wonderful, grilled bakery bun. Bread pudding was well made but unimaginative.
However, fries were unremarkable, mashed potatoes were incompletely cooked, and beets tasted canned. Dinner salmon salad was bland and tasteless. Coffee was served in a cold mug, and only lukewarm.
Service was overfamiliar and slow. We struggled to get drinks refilled, which is a deal breaker for me.
We may be back, but only for the rooftop bar and the burgers.

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MI
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a reservation for 7:15 for 8ppl for the comedy show and they had booked a birthday in that room that did not end by our reservation time. There was no urgency with the staff.

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TP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to McCrays for the 1st time for my birthday and it was excellent. The food was delicious and our server was in point.

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d
Atlanta
46 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our server who has only been there a few months but is very attentive to detail. Food was the usual excellent!

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DG
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice setting but food no better than average

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BR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here a lot and really enjoy it. We will go again and again and again. Their food is great, the location is fun and they have a great patio when the weather is nice. One thing that was disturbing is that we went with a friend and she had a birthday coupon from them on her phone. They took her phone to verify...had it for about 5 minutes, and when she got it back they had deleted the coupon...and went into her deleted folder and deleted it from there too. I understand the point is so that coupon cannot be used again, but I feel like there are better ways to manage this than to go through the details of someone's phone.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good, only problem that we had was we didn’t get refills on drinks and when we asked we still didn’t get them until we left.

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G
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had the shrimp and grits and the Monfort burger. Good portion of shrimp in the shrimp and grits dish and burger was well prepared. We sat in the back room and the waitress disappeared a couple of times for long periods. This was our third visit and the first time sitting in the back room. Much prefer the front room as the back room is just okay - hard to explain just rather blah. Otherwise, good experience. Would definitely recommend as any shortcomings we might have experienced are certainly "fixable".

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary & we really enjoyed our dining experience! We will be going again soon

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Savannah
13 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had burgers, they were delicious and cooked to order. I will go back if I am ever in the area again.

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DR
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I was a little disappointed that we were put in the bar area with high stools for a dinner reservation. These tables are not very comfortable - more like sitting at the bar.

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P
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had reservations and got there a few minutes before the reserved time. A table wasn't ready and we were asked if we wanted to sit at a high-top. There were 5 of us, so not enough room. They did pull two tables together near the entrance. The weather was cold outside, so every time the door opened, we felt the cold air.

The food was typical bar food. We have eaten there several times before going to the Aurora. Server was good and we used the envelope we got in December for a free appetizer.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It took 1 hour and 45 minutes for eggs and we were the first table that arrived in the restaurant. The servers were really nice but it was a long experience.

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l
Atlanta
51 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Salmon salad and fish and chips
Fast service to make it to the theatre

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SS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My salmon was absolutely delicious and the others were happy with their grouper and fish and chips.

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CL
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything we had was mostly good, not great. I think the meat from my burger was just a frozen patty, but the fried okra was the best thing we had that night. A skinny margarita would have been nice, but our service was wonderful.

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DB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 10 that turned into 12. Our server was excellent. Attentive but without making us feel rushed. Food was terrific (Tavern Dip, Chicken Salad Panini, Pimento Cheese Dip) as were the beers/cocktails.

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PT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s a very nice place - very casual, clean, comfortable and good food.
A quick note: We ordered what we thought was a RED Zinfandel from the menu - it was actually a WHITE Zinfandel!

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TO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We are regulars here. The food quality seems to be going down while the prices are going up. Pasta that was $14 is now $20. The sauce is no where near as good as it use to be. We will continue to come here but not near as much as before.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was extremely slow. All food for party did not show up at same time. One was 5 minutes after. Entire meal took over two hours. Was not expecting such a lengthy meal period for essentially tavern food. Food was good but drinks and food took too long to serve.

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DR
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Wait staff was not always available -a person with us did not get bacon on her hamburger and we could never find the waiter to tell him.

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P
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Typical bar food. Was prepared as ordered and served hot. Server was attentive without hovering. Menu has changed a bit, but prices seemed a bit high for what was ordered.

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We went for thanksgiving dinner. The food was exceptional and we paid less than if we ate at home. The only downside, as is typical with premium times, is the service was slow.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not as expected!

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LM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and perfect location right in the square in downtown Lawerencville to enjoy the tree lighting and festivities afterward.

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t
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Thanksgiving and it was so good!!! Lots of choices and everything yummy and fresh!

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BG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great meal for Thanksgiving the whole family loved it! We will be back!

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CC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always . Thanksgiving buffet was delicious. Will return for this next year

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Thanksgiving menu was surprisingly good, shrimp was great, buffet was set up nice, easy to get to, turkey was tender, good variety, cheese was exceptional. Thanks, will return !!

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d
Atlanta
47 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I'm a regular here and can always count on McCray's to be efficient, friendly and provide good food and drinks....The addition of the booths along the wall in the bar make for a very cozy atmosphere, and the dim lighting is something my friends and I LOVE....

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JN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

So very disappointed in our visit. We normally LOVE eating here. Our oldest daughter is a student at Auburn and she and 4 friends were in town briefly before heading to Athens for a fb game so we took them to dinner along with our youngest daughter . Our waitress was sweet. The issue was the food. Took FOREVER to arrive and almost each order was wrong in some way but so to how long it took none of us wanted to say anything as the girls had to get going. My Taverndip was like rubber. Huge pieces of fat on it. Gross. Youngest daughter ordered salmon club and was given turkey. Everyone's fries were ice cold. The avocado on some of the girls sandwiches were dark brown. Just an awdful meal and expensive as it was for 8. Won't go back

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