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“Great service. Very good find!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chris McD's

Chris McD's
Ranked #17 of 384 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
1 review
“Great service. Very good find!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

Well we are at the bar but were just stopping in for a cocktail. Ordered 2 small plates the bartender suggested both outstanding. Had a bottle of nice red and were well taken care of. Bartender mentioned it was his first night....never would have known! Good trout special!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Fukdreshideas50
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English first
Columbia, Missouri
Level Contributor
103 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Columbia's Best Prepared Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

The only reason Chris McD's is not rated #1 in Columbia is because it has so few reviews. For whatever reason, most of the people who eat there are from Columbia and they apparently tend not to rate hometown places. The restaurant is celebrating 22 years in business in 2013. No restaurant stays in business 22 years without being a continuously special place to eat for a lot of people.
We have always had truly fabulous food there and at reasonable prices. Tonight, we had salads, two smaller plates and two excellent glasses of wine for $58 without tip. I had the superb braised pork shank, a "smaller" plate I was unable to finish. All of the plates are truly innovative and use fresh ingredients.
They have a large menu and it is not easy to select from so many delicious options. For the entrees, they offer two options: "smaller" and regular. But the smaller entrees are not just tiny versions of the regular entrees. They differ notably and are more than enough to eat for most people..
The wine list is extensive, clearly organized and reasonably priced. A glass of wine is a GLASS of wine, not a couple of sips.
The restaurant is and always has been located in a strip shopping mall easily accessible from anywhere in town. Perhaps the location might turn off some, but it's in a nice area of town with an upper end supermarket, nice small and large shops and a university extension. It is not some seedy strip mall in the wrong part of town.
We don't eat out a lot in Columbia because we travel a lot and like to eat home cooking when home. But when we want to eat extremely well prepared food in Columbia, there is only one place:Chris McD's. The restaurant is named after the chef and it fully deserves his name.We enjoy good food at home and when we eat out and when we go out our number one pick in Columbia is this place. Check the other reviews for confirmation of this review.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank velho2016
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Columbia, Missouri
1 review
“One of Columbia's best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

We dine frequently at Chris McDs and have always found the staff friendly and accommodating. There are several regulars on the wait staff that we particularly appreciate. Food is excellent, the bar has a good selection of wines and premium liquor. Overall we have always had a good experience!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Per44257
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Dunedin, Florida
Level Contributor
158 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Outstanding chef”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

In my humble opinion this is not only the best restaurant in Columbia, Chris McDonald is the best chef in the mid-west, After many business dinners at Chris McD's I can't think of a single dish that I didn't absolutely love. Nationally and internationally trained chef Chris creates wonderful looking and tasting meals. I usually select something from the daily specials as Chris does his own shopping and the specials are seasonal and so fresh.

Don't let the strip mall location fool you -- this is a great place. I can't wait to go back.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank NickHeckel
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Boonville, Missouri
Level Contributor
70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Fun little hideway for two.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Chris Mc D's is now a Columbia staple. The food is unbelievable..excellent on another level. The wait staff has high turn over but Columbia is a college town. It has a great bar, good top shelf liquor. It is a bit pricey but the quality of food and the presentation is well worth it.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank topwaterjig
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