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McCrady's Review

Executive chef Sean Brock may spend the majority of his time at his new enterprise, Husk, but the unswerving McCrady's still delivers thanks to talented chef de cuisine Jeremiah Langhorne and his crackerjack restaurant staff. Originally constructed in 1788, the structure features heart pine flooring, two fireplaces, exposed brick walls, and a pair of handsome brick archways. Its impressive legacy is supported by cuisine still ranking among Charleston's best. Bear witness to the short rib, set with sweet corn and green tomatoes, or the beef tartare featuring small discs of egg yolk, ramps, and frisee. Or enjoy fresh fish from local waters, such as grilled cobia or flounder crusted with green peppercorn. Meats include Berkshire pork so tender your fork leaves indentions, and aged duck roasted on the bone. A four-course menu featuring smaller dishes allows diners to taste several items. The only trouble: it may leave you craving more.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch.
Updated: 11-28-2012

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    Awful Experience at McCrady's

    I was at McCrady's last night, New Years Eve 2013, for dinner with my date. The food was absolutely awful (it was a 7 course chef's tasting menu). Each plate was priced at $150 for a total of $300 for both of us, or so we thought. Our waiter asked us if we wanted to have wine that complimented each course, which we did. At the fourth course, we were so disappointed in the quality of the food that we elected to leave without having the last two courses. The food was that bad. I was stunned at the poor quality, and the experienced ruined our New Years Eve celebration. So when our bill came, we were charged almost $600 dollars for the disaster that was McCrady's restaurant. That's right, $600 dollars for two people. I am a resident of this area, and I can say that the meal we had at McCrady's restaurant was the worst I have ever had. I would not even to be able to rate this experience as a one star.

    by grappler, 1/1/14
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    A wonderful evening.

    My wife and I made our reservation after seeing Chef Sean Brock on the Food Network competition that he won and were not disappointed. We were immediately warmly greeted by the hostess when we walked through the door. The dining room was absolutely beautiful. Our server, Matt, made us feel right at home and was also very knowledgeable. The food, which was amazing, is only made more so by the fact that Sean picks fresh vegetables from his farm just outside of town. I would highly recommend McCrady's to anyone that is ever in the Charleston area.

    by RN1968, 3/27/09
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    Great dining experience

    I loved every moment of my dining experience at McCrady's last night. The food was innovative and farm fresh. The wine list extensive and the service was impeccable. Would highly recommend a visit very soon.

    by rmf921, 3/25/09
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    Bad event planning

    I had my wedding at McCrady's and Christy Loftin was the event coordinator at the restaurant. We were excited about the food and the experience but the service was poor.
    Everytime I call or email the coordinator to ask questions about my wedding (which is an important day for all the brides and grooms), she never replied.
    After several anxious emails, she finally replied but she never gavee me the detailed info that I needed.
    She says 'everything is ready' but nothing was ready on the actual day of my wedding!
    We had to tell set-up people what to do and how to do since she wasn't doing her job.
    Later, I discussed with her and guess what, she blamed me for not communicating with her well. It was an unbelievable experience.
    The food wasn't bad and all the servers were nice but the coordinator was such a disappointment.

    by kiricat, 12/30/08
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    Worst Experience Ever in a Restaurant

    I travel the world with my job and have been to many fine restaurants. I will NEVER spend another dime at McCrady’s. I live in Charleston, have been to McCrady’s multiple times and have spent literally thousands of dollars at this restaurant over the last year bringing in friends, family, and important clients. Previously the food was innovative, the atmosphere was exquisite, and the service was perfect. Unfortunately, though, I brought my brother and wife visiting from San Diego in to dine and it was obvious that there has been a substantial change in this establishment’s business practices. Let me describe my experience and let you determine whether it is a place you would like to visit. Last evening there was a limited tasting menu with no wine pairing (which we always order) and every dish was based around tomatoes. My brother, a very respecting 3-time war veteran I’ll add, is allergic to tomatoes. We asked if we could have an alternate possibility. We were told by our very good server, “no”. Based on the limited menu, we decided we would depart. I explained our decision to our server, he understood. We left him a $10 tip for pouring us water and we were met at the door by Mr. Clint Sloan, the beverage director.

    He told us that if we didn’t like the menu prepared for us, then we should leave (which we were obviously doing). He also said if we decided to leave then we “should never ever come back” and that they “did not want our business”. These were the exact words that were used; I remember as he repeated them 3 times. We made advanced reservations, were appropriately dressed, very courteous, and not a bunch of “yahoos” and were told by the beverage director that they “did not want our business”. I was shocked and embarrassed that my family that had traveled so far to be with us was treated so poorly, especially in our hometown which is known for its courtesy and good manners. If you decide to visit McCrady’s please heed my advice that you are taking a chance in which you literally could be treated like you are a second class citizen. It was the worst I have ever felt as a dining patron in my life. As my family has been in Charleston for multiple generations, I will ensure that no one in our family, or any friends of our family ever gets treated the way we were, by ensuring that we never visit McCrady’s again.

    by charlestonian08, 7/11/08
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    Great room, great service, only OK food

    McCrady's was highly recommended by friends. The room is beautiful and the service was both friendly and professional. Although the chef is known for being on the cutting edge of new preparation techniques, the food simply wasn't all that good. It was interesting to try to figure out how things were made, but at this price point we want to like our meal enough to want to have it again. And neither my wife or I do.

    by jones526, 4/2/07

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