The Macintosh

4.7
1857 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
The Macintosh opened in September 2011 in downtown Charleston, SC. Located downstairs from its sister lounge, the Cocktail Club, and bearing the one-time name of the alley that runs alongside the building, the Macintosh explores the breadth of Lowcountry flavors in a comfortable setting. Executive Chef and partner Jeremiah Bacon showcases his talent for creating upscale, American cooking using the seasonal bounty provided by his local farmers and fishermen throughout The Macintosh's menu.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(843) 789-4299
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jeremiah Bacon
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Cross street
Ann Street
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking on the corner of Radcliffe and King Street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, food was made to perfection and our service was exceptional.

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R
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Wanted to love this place but it sends mixed signals. The food is outstanding! Bravo! For the vibe, the place is part smart casual dining and part sports bar...did not mesh for me. The cocktails ordered were mediocre and overpriced -- a real turnoff for us (a vodka tonic in a tumbler glass full of ice with very little vodka or tonic). Service was solid and friendly. If you stay away from the mixed drinks and order beer or wine, I would say give it a try because of the food. I will probably never go back...better restaurants in Charleston that check all the boxes.

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J
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved every minute!!! Our waiter, who was the bartender was just excellent. He taught us about the drinks, told us his favorite recommendations. He. Was. Amazing. We had the bread and fancy butters and split a burger. The truffle fries that came with it were the best I’ve had. I also highly recommend the toast and marmalade drink along with a standard gimlet. Fan. Tastic.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great time!

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RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food selections were interesting but were made far more so by the excellent detail provided by our waiter. The food was very good and the service was exceptional. I would recommend this for special occasions or just a nice evening out.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiter was so knowledgeable and helpful

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Just about a five star rating. The bread pudding is amazing but the vegetable plate is seriously disappointing: completely lacking flavor and just a combination of vegetables for 27 dollars. The burger and fries are nice and the Gnudi was fantastic.

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C
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, you never disappoint. Food and service were excellent.

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RB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always like the CAB Burger at the McIntosh. Can't go wrong.

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PM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was disappointing. We had the gnudi, which the pasta was good but the honey tomatoes over powered the dish. The burrata was bland and the taste combination didn't work. We then split the deckle and the steak was good but the accompaniments were underwhelming.

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GL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! We recommend choosing to have the chefs send their choices to the table. You won’t be disappointed. They even handled allergies and food aversions well, explained every dish and it’s content. Can’t wait to go back!

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GG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit to Charleston and with so many great dining options, we dined at Macintosh on the recommendation of our waiter (a local) from the previous evening. What an exceptional experience. The staff was polite, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about everything on the menu (both drinks and food). There were so many delectable items to choose from, my wife and I took the recommendation of our waiter (Max - great guy), splitting two starters (heirloom tomatoes and zucchini, one entree (swordfish) and one side ("mac" potatoes). All the ingredients were fresh and the food was prepared to perfection, with subtle, balanced flavors that made for a truly one of a kind dining experience. The chefs were even thoughtful enough to split our entree evenly on two beautifully prepared plates. I've had many very good dining experiences, but this one ranks up there as one of the best. The "mac" potatoes alone are worth the trip. We finished with the acclaimed "mac" toast (the bone marrow pudding dessert), which lived up to the hype. I would highly recommend Macintosh to everyone. You will not be disappointed.

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HB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding brunch as always!!
The food was delicious, cooked just right and came out in a timely manner. The service was right on point and both myself and my kids were treated like royalty. The Macintosh never disappoints.

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G
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Snuck in for brunch (good tip for those hard to book restaurants). Macintosh is full of amazing artery-clogging goodness, as evidenced by the eye roll from my neighbor as he chomped into his burger with bone marrow. I tried the flavorful veggie hash (potatoes, squash, carrots, onions, fontina cheese) and a toasted slice of pistachio- lemon- blackberry cake with honey butter. Excellent layers of flavors and textures. Nice to see veggie options well treated.

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PA
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The drinks were fantastic.

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L
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shushito peppers delicious, wreckfish spectacular, and the blackeberry dessert was out of this world! Great bourbon selection at the bar, BUT NO BIG ICE CUBES OR SPHERES...........

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V
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Was told they didn t have “normal” fries
So had to order garlic truffle fries. Nextntonis somebody got a slider with normal fries! M Weird
Ordered the slider to het the normal fries

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I ate at The Macintosh while on vacation in Charleston. The food was delicious, the service was outstanding and the atmosphere was nice. The only complaint my boyfriend (who is a picky eater) had was it was too dimly lit to really see well.
We had the deckle and for gnudi, which was both amazing. The serving size is smaller than what we expected but it was enough to get you full.
We will definitely go back the next time we’re back in town.

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BM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good but ridiculously small portions for the price. Hence I really can’t recommend it.

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LM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good place. Food is excellent and the service is very good. The bartender was a little unfriendly and seems to enjoy drama, but she was an expection to a good experience.

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AJ
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Local ingredients and creative menu that has both entrees and small plates. Very nice atmosphere right on King Street in the heart of lots of shopping, bars, and restaurants. Servers are very friendly and the food comes quick. By the time we were done the place was seemingly converting into what seemed like a popular night spot. Highly recommend for just about any occasion.

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AM
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drink. Great food. Great service!

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OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious!!!

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h
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

we are regulars and for some reason this sundays brunch was just not up to the standards that we have become accustomed to. we did notice new shift managers and believe this could be it. we will give it a little time and see if it works itself out.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food exceeded our expectations! All of the dishes were incredible. Don’t miss the Mac potatoes! Our server Laura was so great. She was attentive, kind, and fun to converse with. This place is such a gem!

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AM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Food was delicious. The portions were small but we every bite was tasty. If they have the duck and octopus on the menu, I highly recommend you try that.

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KF
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent place for fusion eaters. I like specific direct food. I was hungry 2 hours afterward.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening. Very accommodating hostess and wonderful waiter. He knew the menu and had great recommendations.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, one of our best food experiences ever. Amazing staff

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PB
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just incredible experience and the service was outstanding. Our server, Mary Catherine, was just fantastic. Friendly and knowledgeable, she guided us through the menu by asking what our likes and dislikes were. My wife is lactose intolerant and Mary Catherine had ideas, alternatives that would work and was there to answer any questions. We dine out frequently and I can't remember a time when we enjoyed service, food and fun this much. Truly a memorable birthday for my wife

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KS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were promptly seated upon arrival about 15 minutes early. Service was excellent. Nice beer selection. We went for the burger and were not disappointed.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service and the atmosphere was stellar. We would definitely return, especially for the peach bread and Mac Attack.

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S
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch menu ever!!! Very unique and not typical!! Excellent!!

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RD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I have been to Macintosh several time in the past. We had not been back in 4 years, and as we were vacationing in Charleston, we could not miss it. Went to a 5 PM early dinner. Place is beautiful. Service is impeccable. Cocktails were great, wine list was kind of expensive, but we knew Macintosh is on the more expensive side. We had 3 appetizers (rudderfish, scallops and octopus). Octopus and the scallops were OK, the vegetable in the both dishes were spectacular, the protein OK. The rudderfish was impressive.
The worst (in our opinion) was the main course. It was a whole red snapper ( if I am not mistaken, or similar), whole fish fried, then kept in the oven. The fish was served over collard greens. I think the dish was the result of people watching too much of Chef's table and trying to come out with all kinds of abnormal recipe. Why fry the fish and then destroy all the crispness with watery collard greens? Why add bacon to fried fish? Why not salt the fish prior to frying it? Why not stew it? They basically destroyed a spectacular fish.
We did not even want to try their desserts. I hope this review will help their chef. Amazing but simple rather than complicated but poor.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and drinks were excellent.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wedding Anniversary

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k
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

After many visits to Macintosh, taking many visitors to Charleston there and recommending on Trip Advisor over and over, at this point in time I can't honestly recommend Macintosh if you are going to spend that kind of money. It's as if they are cutting corners and nickel and dimeing you to death...charge for bread and it's burned, I'm sorry. Grains, pasta and potatoes have been cut from the meals, but you can buy them on the side, I don't think so. Server who talks too much, ugh. Unless something drastically changes, this local won't be back any time soon.

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SD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Macintosh and we will definitely be back. Overall just a great dining experience from the service to the delicious food! I loved the casual atmosphere too- no white tablecloths and the dress code is smart casual with men wearing shorts in the summer. Not overpriced either.

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St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was good, but interesting portions. We had our own 2 person table with a long booth on one side and it felt like the tables on either side of us could hear our conversation as we could hear their's because the tables were so close together.

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SG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The level of service was outstanding. Even though our reservation was for the time the kitchen was to close, they went out of their way to host us and not have us feel rushed.

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