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 on Sunday's from 11am-3pm!
Local Beers!
Live Music Friday & Saturday Nights!
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarkG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Sunday brunch menu and loved the mimosa bar!

McCray's Tavern on the Square
Responded on May 5, 2020

Happy to hear it, Mark! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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RebOwe
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My husband and I went for brunch and the mimosa/Bloody Mary bar. The champagne for our mimosas was flat. Staff had trouble answering questions about gluten free options. My husband’s order was incorrect. (The waitress read back the order, we corrected it but it still came out wrong.) Food was okay. In the end we wish we would have stayed home and done brunch ourselves.

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vipCarolb
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We were in Lawrenceville to see a play and stopped here for brunch. The staff were pleasant and did a good job. The food wasn't good. My husband got a Reuben that looked okay, but the balance of meat to sauerkraut to sauce was off. One side of the sandwich had practically no sauerkraut. The fries that came with the sandwich were limp. I got chicken and waffles, which came as a sandwich, but I ordered it deconstructed. I got two small chicken tenders, each about two inches long and 4 small soft waffles. No crispness to the waffles. Blah food.

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TeresaS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! The service and food were awesome..

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vipdecaturfoodie
Atlanta
54 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food and service and even better cocktails than in the past!

McCray's Tavern on the Square
Responded on May 5, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave us a review! We're glad to hear you had a great experience and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Usually this is an excellent restaurant in all aspects but last night left much to be desired. In particular the salmon on my wife's salad was under cooked and my gumbo was barely warm. The waitress, although very kind, was quite forgetful. To their credit they attempted to make it right. They remain one of my favorite restaurants in the local area but I hope they get back on their "A game."

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LisaR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food and service were better than expected, above a tavern. The atmosphere was good too.

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Scoots
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

All of the entrees ordered were not corrected or came out together. Service was great. Just really wish my own personal meal was the way i ordered it.

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vipPamL
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it. Will return. I hadn't been in a long time and glad I re-visited an old friend!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome!! Service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food. Service was poor. Waited forever for drinks and the restaurant was half empty. Should not have to wait 25 minutes for a beer.

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vipdecaturfoodie
Atlanta
54 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful server and the same wonderful food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Double date made awesome with trivia and half price chicken wings! The bread pudding was fantastic and the service was on point. Will be back!

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Patricia
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Typical bar food, loud sports bar. Food presented well, and very tasty. Service was as expected.

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Dusty
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and location on the square. Great for a pre-theatre dinner.

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raymondm
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for the price. The food was excellent and the service was great. We will be back.

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Came with a group and liked the variety on the menu. Asked for well done burger and got a burnt burger on outside and red on the inside. Would not come back. Many other restaurants to take a group to that can do a well done burger without burning it.

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JenniferP
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When I arrived on time for my reservation for my birthday brunch, the hostess informed us that a table had not been held and there were none available. No wait time could be given, we would just have to wait until someone leaves. So we left and will not return.

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vipLauraL
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They unveiled a brand new brunch menu the morning of our reservation. Not sure if the service was slow due to that. The restaurant was not busy when we arrived, but it did take quite awhile for our server to come to our table. We’re not thrilled with the new brunch menu as most everything comes with potatoes - even the waffle sliders and the French toast. (Also the pancakes are gone.) Sides of meat now cost extra, which is fine but hold the potatoes please! After we finished our meal and mentioned the potatoes issue we were told we could have substituted fruit. Guess we should have asked!

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RachelD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, and always friendly service! 🙂🙂

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homeschoolmom
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The hostess had our table ready when we arrived. We had asked for a good view of the game and we were not disappointed! The only complaint was the noise level... but Georgia was playing... to be expected!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday celebration!

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DestineeM
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good and the service was OK. Our server was training someone so that may have been the issue. It was not bad, just not as attentive as we would have liked. We had to ask for things several times.

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JimJ
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent an enjoyable evening dining on the roof. The food, drinks and service were superb.

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Tableof5
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked on open table about 3 weeks before our special birthday dinner with 9 guests, 4 from out of town. I stopped by 1 week before the dinner to ask about bringing a cake and flowers the day of the dinner and to request a certain table in the 2nd room which is a bit quieter. I stopped by ON the day of the dinner to drop off the cake and bud vase. I again requested the other room and asked that the cake be refrigerated and if the flowers could be on the table when we arrived. Upon entering the restaurant with my family, and especially my mom, who is turning 75, I was asked if we wanted to get the cake out right away. The cake was a surprise. Who starts with cake at any dinner party??? And then, she handed me the bud-vase, in front of my mom. Again, really?? As she started to lead us to our table, it was in the main room, where I said I didn’t want to be. She said they thought the other tables would be empty by now. So they told us to wait, the 3 week reservation for 9. Now they tried to right the table situation and set up 2 four top tables....6 would fit, but 9? Nope. We went to Dominic’s across the street and had an amazing dinner with impeccable service.

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BrianM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to hangout, relax, enjoy some great food/drinks and watch the games.

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Jack123
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Despite having reservations for dinner, my wife and I were sat in a booth in the bar area. The food was good (I had fish and chips) and I enjoyed and excellent beer (Erlinger Dunkel). They have a large beer selection of beers on tap. The waiter was slow and seemed new, so maybe just getting used to his job. Seems like a place better for having a beer with a buddy than a date with a wife.

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ConnieI
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We met our daughter and son-in- law, who live in Vinings, to celebrate my dear husband and soulmate's fiftieth anniversary of his twenty-nineth birthday...79! We had a great experience with service. Our food was very delicious and was served in a timely manner. There were a couple concerns, which I will share and attempt to keep it brief. We had a 7:00 reservation and was promptly guided to a booth as requested. I requested to sit in the last booth (we had enjoyed Mother's Day Brunch in the booth). I was standing quietly while waiting for the booth to be cleared and was approached by the dark hair hostess with glasses who stated there is a booth ready right there. I said OK and thank you. My other concern was the temperature. We are experiencing record temperatures, but the area was not comfortable while drinking and eating hot entrees. On the wsy to the restroom the bar area felt several degrees cooler. We love the spot and will hopefully return in the near future. I recently retired from teaching with 19+ years in Gwinnett and 18 years in Indiana.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I decided to try McCray's for a first date. My date and I had a very good experience and a wonderful evening. On our second date, we actually returned to McCray's and we had yet a very good experience. It has been decided that this is "our place" from now on! The staff is very friendly and attentive. Best I've ever known!

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TeresaS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Food was awesome and the service was spectacular! A great downtown location!

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Danellech2007
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex, our rooftop server, was outstanding 👍👍 I would definitely recommend the salads with homemade dressings 😋

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good beer selection, good service as usual. One of our favorite spots for family date nights.

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BVS2994
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service. Nice beer and cocktail list too. I got the “Grizzly”, very large cheeseburger with bacon and delicious feta pasta salad on the side. Had two old-fashioneds. Very good. Calamari was fantastic. The tavern chips were great though they could use a little less bleu cheese dressing but otherwise very good. Everyone else loved their food. Desserts also amazing, bread pudding is what I got both times and it’s phenomenal. Wife got the blueberry cheesecake. This is second time we’ve come here to visit my parents and they recommended it. So we’ll be back.

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TylerT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food. I had the chicken salad awesome!!

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SusanJ
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything made for a perfect Father's Day. The Bloody Mary Bar was outstanding!

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Mrsdrk
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had a 4 generation party of 7 for a celebration. They were very accommodating even to the point of having a door to the room with a ramp from the outside. Our meals were very uneven in quality. My salmon topped salad was good though the kitchen had forgotten the dressing. My husband's beef sandwich, the special for the day, was tiny and with very little meat. The bread/bun was gummy and unappetizing. Other dishes were average. Our waiter was friendly and said he wanted to be helpful but disappeared for long stretches of time.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Mccray’ Tavern. Nice spot to hang with some friends. You can sit upstairs and get a nice view of Lawrenceville square. We sat inside this time though. Food was great! I highly recommend the Thai Chili wings and Southwest Wrap. The appetizer was phenomenal as well! Ordered the cheese dip. Drinks were delicious. I recommend going for the Southern Afternoon Tea. Service was fantastic. Our waitress really checked on us a lot but was not annoying at all. It was timed perfectly. Overall I love mccrays tavern and I will be back again soon!

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Gdiddy
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had reservations for 6pm. It was not crowded and were seated right away. My wife had the dos tacos, one grouper and one shrimp. She enjoyed it very much and said she would get it again.

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Jimbob
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Three of us placed our order. I ordered a burger med well and received rare! The waiter did not return to the table and I had to ask another waiter to track him down. He did not apologize or say he was sorry, but he appeared to be aggravated at my complaint. He took my rare burger after I had taken a bite out of it and cooked the same patty some more. I was stunned as I’m sure this is a violation of health regulations. We had a free birthday entree and two other entrees. The first bill had charges for all 3 entrees and the waiter said that the free entree had been taken off ( which it had not). After about 5 minutes of trying to convince him the bill was incorrect, he took the cost of the cheapest entree off. The restaurant was NOT busy but the waiter showed no interest in providing just the basic service. This occurred on Tues June 4 at 7 pm. I would have asked for a 100 percent refund of oll 3 entrees but my daughter (birthday girl) had picked this restaurant and I did not want to embarrass her. If you have any questions and are really interested in your restaurant providing good food in a quality atmosphere, you can call Jim at 859 492 4439. If I don’t get any response I will assume that this level of service is acceptable to managers/owners and you don’t want my business just like the waiter didn’t want our business.

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vipLauraL
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived shortly after they opened for the day. Seated and served promptly for Sunday Brunch. The food was very good; server (Hunter) friendly and professional.

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McCray's Tavern on the Square offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (770) 407-6754.

McCray's Tavern on the Square is rated 4.4 stars by 349 OpenTable diners.

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