McCrady's

Row 1

Details
2 Unity Aly
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-0025
New American, American
$ $ $ $
Hours
Mon–Thu, Sun: 5:00 PM–9:30 PM Fri–Sat: 5:00 PM–10:30 PM

When a restaurant is so venerable that it lands a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks, you probably expect a classic menu that doesn’t rock the boat. But McCrady’s is anything but traditional, with an innovative menu that changes daily. It’s helmed by The Daily Meal’s 2014 American Chef of the Year Sean Brock: a risk-taker, a proponent of Southern tradition, and an advocate for modern technique. Brock represents American culinary pioneering in one of its hottest, oldest, and proudest culinary traditions, making McCrady’s and his two Husk locations (Nashville and Charleston; see No. 16) three of this country’s must-visit culinary destinations. The chef weaves touches of modernity into his definitely Southern-based cuisine (“If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door,” he has stated); take, for example, dishes like Benton’s Surry ham plate with Jimmy red corn crackers and popcorn mayonnaise; salad of sweet potato, smoked trout, fennel, dill, and buttermilk curd; and roasted snapper, brassica, red onion purée, and pickled clams.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

Foursquare Tips

  • Inventive cuisine, pre-Prohibition cocktails and a gorgeous space that dates from the early 1800s make McCradys one of the best restaurants that this city has to offer. [Eater 18 Member]
  • Chef Sean Brock brought Andrew Zimmern to his restaurant, McCrady's, where they cook and eat an Ossabaw pig. Andrew sampled fried pig's ears, Ossabaw terrine,Charleston gold rice and Ossabow jowl.
  • Voted one of the best bar snacks in America : Fried Bread-and-Butter Pickles with Green Goddess Dressing. A must try! Follow our link to get the full recipe.
  • try anything!!
  • The chef's tasting menu changes nightly but is always a great bet, jam-packed with local seafood and produce.
  • Perfectly cooked fish!
  • If you have a large party, definitely book the Chef's Table and order a bottle of Jameson. Tell them the pokemon Asians sent ya.
  • Unbelievable food - everything was so unique and delicious. Rivals any restaurant in Manhattan.
  • I had the best pork I have ever eaten. Just amazing. Excellent service, nice design but unbelievably good pork.
  • We had the best cocktails of our lives. The beef tartare was amazing. Everything we ate was perfection.
  • The oldest bar in South Carolina. Est. 1778.
  • Fantastic restaurant! Make sure you do pairing with wines. Delightful!
  • My favorite restaurant in the south. You can get food anywhere, at McCrady's you taste art. Trust the Chef and his numerous sommelier, you will not be disappointed.
  • Wonderful. Not super kid friendly, but friendly enough. Noodles w/cheese &/ butter + a protein if ya want. My kids are huge history buffs, so seeing where George Washington ate was awesome for them.
  • Mccrady's was outstanding! Best meal we had in charleston...and that's no easy task. High cotton seems like McDonald's compared to mccradys
  • As a college student, I can't afford their full menu, but their bar menu is affordable and delicious! One of the few places you can get Madeira downtown. Great wine selection!
  • One of the best meals in my life -- revelatory from start to finish, with warm, excellent service. Can't wait to go back!
  • Best meal during 2011 Restaurant Week ... Unbelievable!!!
  • Imbibe Magazine listed McCrady's as pouring some of the Best Classic Cocktails in the South in their March/April 2011 Southern Issue.
  • One of the best meals I've had in Charleston. Service was top notch.