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McCrady s, established in 1788, is one of the leading restaurants and bars in the United States. The restaurant has fireplaces, skylights, chandeliers, bluestone tiles, and a two-story wine bar. It offers a wide variety of popular spirits and hosts regular wine tasting and special events for wine lovers, from casual sippers to connoisseurs. Its bar also features live entertainment every night. The restaurant provides private dining room for organizing events, such as wedding and business gathering. Its menu includes a wide variety of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. McCrady s is open for dinner seven-days a week, and is located in Charleston, S.C. It accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
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Downtown Charleston, French Quarter

McCrady's Restaurant

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Cuisines: American, Omelets

Wi-Fi: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Full Bar

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: Private Functions

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Posted: 1/10/2016


My husband and I have been here several times and have loved our experience every time.

The food here is phenomenal. The best way to eat is to do their four course meal. You can get it a la carte but to have a full experience, do the four course meal.

The flavors here are very different, This is what they call a "molecular gastronomy restaurant". The chef uses new techniques that involves a little science to his cooking. One night we went here and at the end of our meal, we were gives some candies. Included with the candies was a red flower. It sort of looked like a petunia. The server told us to eat it. He said it will be mild at first and then at the end it will have a spicy kick to it. Seems weird, huh? Well we ate it and he was right! It was one of the most interesting pieces I've ever tasted. Who would have thought a chef would come up with a breed of flowers that is so pretty and unknowingly spicy!

Apparently he chef and a small group of local historians, plant geneticists, and farmers have reintroduced dozens of heirloom greens and grains, many of them untasted since the eighteen-hundreds.

The bread here is phenomenal, I know it's just bread... but it's not. You can't get it anywhere else. One night we were there, we asked about the bread and found out that the chef asked a baker in town to make this recipe that he found from the 1800's just for that night. The menu changes every day depending on what fresh ingredients are on hand. The herbs are grown on top of the restaurant. On the menu, there is list on the side that tells you where the meat, fish & fruits come from so you know what you're eating.

The signature cocktails are out or the ordinary also! One drink I had was a wonderful gray purple color with dry ice in it. I can't really describe the flavors but it was wonderful!

Overall, this is my favorite restaurant in Charleston and I would recommend it if you are opened minded about food & you can appreciate different flavors & texture.


Posted: 9/7/2011

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Excellent food!

The food at McCrady's is sublime. Artfully presented, well executed, imaginative modern menu in a delightful setting. Our rather large group were seated upstairs in a room where George Washington once visited and was the perfect location for our private dinner. There were a few minor service errors (wrong dishes for the right people and some cocktails taking forever to appear from the bar downstairs) but the amazing food took outshone any slight negatives. I look forward to eating there with just my Husband for a romantic treat when we visit Charleston again.


Posted: 8/23/2011

What a ripoff...they recently ...

What a ripoff...they recently revised their menu...and it's have a few selections for a starter, salad...and entree...with minute tiny wife and i had 2 glasses of wine each....and then the bill......$186.00....absolutely awful.

Do yourself a favor and avoid this tourist trap.


Posted: 3/8/2011

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Don't waste your time or money

Went there in mid-February while visiting Charleston on the recommendation of the concierge at the hotel where we were staying. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. The service was EXTREMLY slow, the food was decent (a bit fufu), but not worth the HIGH PRICE. We were sitting in a side room, which also contained a private room. While there seemed to be enough servers, the one waiting on us seemed to always be hurried. There are far too many excellent restaurants in Charleston to waste time here.


Posted: 2/17/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
worth the wait

After walking the historical alleys, it was great to stumble into McGrady's, with excellent service, plenty of smiles and warm feelings.

S O Carolina

Posted: 12/4/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
McCrady's still great

Chef Brock has done great things since taking over the kitchen. He uses local farms for produce and cures his own meats making excellent plates with various sausages and hams. Had the Monkfish which was excellent.


Posted: 12/4/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Favorite Restaurant

As a local, this has always been one of my favorite restuarants downtown. The food is always amazing and you can't ask for a better environment for a quiet evening.


Posted: 12/30/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
The worst place to have private parties.

I had my wedding at McCady's.

The food and the servers were good, but the event coordinator Christy Loftin wasn't helping me at all.

She never replies your calls or emails, she makes you think that you are not an important customer for the restaurant.

I had to work guiding people at the restaurant on my wedding day since she wasn't preparing well.

Later, instead of apologizing for not having enough time to communicate with me, she blamed me for not communicating with her.

That was the worst customer service I've ever experienced.


Posted: 11/20/2008

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McCrady's is dreadful

Although at one time McCrady's was a fine restaurant, this is no longer the case. They did NOT win the James Beard award and righfully so. I dined there two days ago with my family and embarked on a long journey of disapointment all night. The portions are tiny with hefty prices. Food was cold on scorching hot plates, bland, flavorless, you get the idea. Staff is relativley freindly and the decor is lovely, but mark my words your will go home hungry after spending about $250 per person. The money is best spent on wine since it doesn't come form thier kitchen, Charleston has many restaurants close by that are far superior to McCrady's, spend your money there.


Posted: 7/22/2008

The best

this is a 10 star dining experience in my opinion. My husband and I have been going for several years and I have never been disappointed. It's quiet, the food and service is exceptional. The steak tartar, Ceasar salad and filet are out of this world.

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