Considered to be one of Seattle's best restaurants, McCormick & Schmick's features an extensive Pacific Northwest seafood and fresh fish menu. The ... More
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Seattle
Considered to be one of Seattle's best restaurants, McCormick & Schmick's features an extensive Pacific Northwest seafood and fresh fish menu. The handsome interior of rich mahogany wood, brass and stained glass creates an inviting, upscale, yet unpretentious environment. The full service bar is always bustling with locals and visitors from out of town. Located two blocks from the waterfront at 1st and Spring Streets, just down the street from the famed Pike Street Market. McCormick's prepares fresh seafood in a traditional manner with a contemporary twist, as well as many other original favorites such as sirloin steak, and McCormick and Schmick's classics.
Reviews for McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Seattle: 9
By A Yahoo Contributor, 8/1/10
My husband and I eat here frequently since we live near by. Today 7/31/2010, we ate lunch here. The first order was not prepared as ordered, and tasted bad. I sent it back and ordered something else. It also was not prepared correctly. The third time, I just ordered a salad - and it was lousy. And to make matters worse, we had a bad server who seemed to not be paying much attention to what he was doing. We had hunt him down to send the items back.
Unlike most restaurants, my meal was charged to us and we paid the bill. Most decent restaurants take care of the payment if your order is messed up. Not this place!! Not even a complimentary dessert.
Unfortunately for us, this restaurant is very close by, so we go there in spite of the food and service. It used to be quite good with the former management team. However, the management team over the past few years stinks! And so goes the food and service!
And about a year ago, the restaurant completely changed the menu. It is awful now!! And not nearly as healthy as before. The menu is more like a Denny's or Applebee's. It's obvious the change is driven by costs.
We met a couple at Washington Park who used to live in Seattle until a couple of years ago. We asked them to recommend a good seafood restaurant. Without hesitation they told us about McCormick and Schmick's where they used to go to celebrate special occasions. We followed their advice and found the restaurant to be warm and friendly. The menu was extensive and it was difficult to decide from the many offerings. In the end we were both very pleased with our selections. The service was attentive without being pushy. We found our waiter to be friendlier then we expect in a restaurant like this. He was very proud of his city and was happy to recommend other places for us to visit while in Seattle.
My son and I went (notwithstanding the warning from our concierge) because he wantedt to go to Red Robin for a hamburger but I wanted a steak. This place seemed like a compromise half a block from our hotel. What a mistake!
They said the wait was half an hour. It was closer to 45 minutes with nothing during the wait to let us know where we were.
The room is loud with the cooks yelling at one another. In the market yelling as they toss fish is fun, at dinner it isn't.
I asked for an 8 ounce glass of wine, he brought a 5 ounce glass.
I ordered soup. While I watched it sit on the counter for over 10 minutes, he never brought it. He did charge for it though.
My son ordered a hamburger and had to ask for ketchup.
Never offered another glass of wine. Never asked how we were doing, until the superfriendliness bad waiters assume at check time.
My steak was supposed to be in a bourbon sauce. For $26 it was a non descript sauce and steak.
We could not wait to get out. Thankfully dessert was not offered to delay our departure.
I will not be back. Happily the concierge did not say I told you so, but she did smile when I told her about our misadventure.
While this resteraunt has very nice ambiance.....that is the full extent of any positive aspects to this place. Frankly, this food is somwhat more expensive than simmilar resteraunts in the seattle area, and yet the quality and quantity that you get is significantly less than all the rest...placing this establishment very close to the bottome of my reccomended seattle dinging choices. #1--I have tried both the seafood and other meat dishes including steaks, lamb, and chicken. All of these dishes were much smaller portioned than any other resteraunts I've ever eaten at. Unless you order an appetizer, you will need two entrees if you are an average size adult of average appetite. #2--I was quite surprised at the lack of flavor/seasoning. For example...the mashed potatoes were litterally just regular potatoes that had been mashed...no bacon, cellery, or other addatives (quite unusual really). The gravy for my lamb tasted as if it had come from a can, and had zero flavor of any kind. I don't always expect a dish to be strongly flavored and I can definitely appreciated sublty...but this was rediculous. #3 The fish dishes are virtually guaranteed to be chewy and overcooked (based on numerous dishes.) My opinion is that this large chain has fallen into complacancy due to its firmly established brand name recognition. Virtually any resteraunt you pick at random in seattle would have far superior seafood at a much more reasonable price as they still have to earn your business by performing rather than buying it through massive advertising (ever see their adds in the airline magazines?)
McCormick & Schmick's downtown Seattle was touted as being the best in Seattle. What an awful lie. We went for my birthday. We waited almost two hours for our table, which they kept saying was minutes away from being ready. When we were finally seated, the waiter did not come to take our orders. The manager finally came and took our order, saying there was an issue in the kitchen. That should have been our clue to leave. Our food came, COLD, but now we are starving, it has been over 3 hours. The manager said he would give us desert for our trouble, we said, No Thanks, just bring the check. Desert came anyway and the bill had the charge for it too. Never again, I tell Everyone about the HORRIBLE service and the poor management. Please, do yourself a favor, go to one of Seattle's other great dining establishments.
My husband and I travel and eat out quite a bit. Our concierge recommended McCormick and Schmick's on Lake Union, and although we didn't have reservations, they welcomed us and sat us right away. The view was amazing and our server was really friendly and make great suggestions (my husband is really finicky about his fish) It felt like they anticipated our every move and we never had to ask for anything, more wine, bread, etc. It was warm and the staff was helpful and really knew their menu. We were so impressed we kept asking them questions. Just walking to the restroom people said hi to us and we felt like they really liked working at their jobs. The dinner was amazing, I had a blue marlin our server recommended and my husband had the swordfish. He is still talking about our dinner. Our server brought us a decadent truffle cake for our anniversary, candle and all and she really helped make our special night even more special. We have told all of our friends about this place and are looking forward for our next visit.
San Diego, CA
McCormick & Schmick's has the best happy hour in Seattle, no question. They offer some fantastic food and drink at extremely cheap prices during that time of the day. My only complaint is that they allow smoking in the bar, though hopefully that will change soon with the referendum making its way through Olympia this year (2005). If you're downtown and are craving a burger, then hightail it to McCormick & Schmick's and order a counter burger. I don't think it's on the menu anymore, but the locals (and staff) know about it.
I have one great story about this place: One morning, a woman walked into the plaza of the Federal Building with an explosive device and the police closed off my office block so I couldn't get to work. There were HUNDREDS of people standing around waiting for the woman to blow herself up. Though they were closed, the folks at McCormick & Schmick's opened their doors and invited people inside for coffee to wait out the situation. I always thought that was a very nice thing for them to do, so I'm always happy to recommend them to family and friends.
Oh yeah, the lady with the explosive device... well, she blew her hand off. Go figure.
Great food, first class salmon and halibut dishes. Highly recommend the happy hour menu as well, which is restaraunt specific and very resonable. Service was lacking a little but we were sitting next to a wedding party. Also waited for 25 minutes even though we had a reservation.
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