We live in the Charleston area and make it a regular event to visit our fine restaurants. Out latest trip to McCrady's was a serious dissapointment. Except for the service and the meat course, our four course dinner was pretty bad. Portions are ridiculously small and over presented as art, not food. The deserts were awful. Perhaps Sean Brock needs to stop reading his own ubiquitous advertisements and focus on better food prepartion. It is embarrassing that this extraordinary and genuinely historic building can not be the scene of truly fine dining. The atmosphere is very nice with one inexplicable exception. An entire wall next to the entrance is devoted to pictures advertising the event venue upstairs, The Long Room. When I pay $200 for a night out dining, I really should not have to look at a full wall advertisement for a wedding/meeting venue. I would hope the owners and managerse of this building would have more respect not just for their customers but for the history of the building they are fortunate enough to maintain. The bar will contiue to be a place I take out of town guests, for the atmosphere and the genuine...not walking tour...history. But until the restaurant decides to get serious about serving good food and the owner decides to get rid of the billboard wall, I'll eat elsewhere and would advise people to do the same. Too many really good restaurants in town.
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