McCormick and Schmick's Harborside
McCormick and Schmick's Harborside

McCormick and Schmick's Harborside

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.harborsideseattle.com/
  • Phone: 2062709052x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 11:00am-3:00pm

    Brunch: Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 3:00pm-9:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 3:00pm-10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Josh Westcott
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: McCormick & Schmick's Harborside's four private dining and function rooms are perfect for catered affairs and meetings. Please contact our Director of Catering at 206-270-8815 to discuss your event needs. Off site catering is also available. There are food minimums and geographic restrictions assessed for off site catering.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highland Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: At the bottom of the ramp in the lower Republic parking lot, there is parking for a minimal fee. This lot is directly in front of the restaurant and we validate parking for $3.25.

    From 8:00am – 4:00pm, parking on Westlake is metered with the city. After 4:00pm parking is free without a time limit in this area.
A word from McCormick and Schmick's Harborside
This beautiful restaurant located on Lake Union offers spectacular waterfront views and contemporary Northwest cuisine with a dedication to seasonality.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
McCormick and Schmick's Harborside reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
65% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (89)special occasion (34)romantic (25)good for groups (24)fit for foodies (20)great for outdoor dining (19)notable wine list (16)great for lunch (16)great for brunch (8)neighborhood gem (8)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Not normal - Way Off
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Not my firat visit, the entire experience was left wanting. Waited more than 10 minutes at greeter station before anyone came around to seat us. Had a rsnvn for 6 people at 6 o'clock and the person who finally came to the station couldn't locate it - we had received a confirmation email so I was surprised. Quality of food was much below my previous experiences both at this location and the Naples Florida location. Had I not had better experiences before I would not try again. That said I'll give them another try sometime, though not anytime soon. Sorry to say something was terribly off this time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs a Refresh
    Fremonter
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We used to go there frequently, but it has lost its edge. They were critically understaffed the night we were there. The space and view are spectacular so hopefully they will put in the investment to bring it back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ran out of special
    Teejay
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I went there because they advertised a special steak and lobster for the Labor day week end. I was told they ran out the day before. So we finished our drinks, paid our $7 parking and left never to return. Always liked the food there and at the Seattle location. Unfortunately this was a 29th Anniversary.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view... not much else
    AndyE
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The view of Lake Union is wonderful... perfect spot for out of town guests and tourists. And the fish we ordered was well-prepared. But the mashed potatoes were luke warm, bordering on cold; the cold slaw was soggy; the green beans were overcooked. Worse was the service, which was glacial. The waitress disappeared for long stretches of time. We were ready to order five or six minutes before she reappeared. One of our party insisted on giving her a second chance by ordering dessert. Same result: she gave us the menu and didn't return for twelve minutes!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go anywhere else in SLU
    hjparker
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our server was covering the entire bar plus another section of 8+ tables. I felt bad for him, he was really sweet but totally overwhelmed with trying to cover happy hour customers in the bar and a table section. We ordered ice tea, but no one brought us sweetner or sugar. All the other tables around us got bread with their appetizers and salads. We finally found someone walking by and asked for service. The food was awful. There was no was taste or seasoning. The menu claimed my dish came prepared with a sauce, I couldn't find anything on my plate that resembled a "sauce". I would have mentioned this to our server, but he never came to the table to check on us after the food was delivered.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BIRTHDAY DINNER
    duck90
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Loved the waiter NICK..he was very patient with our group dinner..reccommended a better seating..and informative with good food choices..the restaurant was clean n friendly
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    disappointedAugust2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Looking forward to a nice romantic dinner overlooking the lake and was disappointed with overpriced corporate food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    RoseGirl
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had noted on the reservation that it was our anniversary. However, the restaurant didn't acknowledge that it was. Always before (we go to the Harborside every year for our anniversary) they would print a special menu stating which year anniversary we were celebrating. Very disappointed this year. The food was okay, not nearly as good as past years. Also, the service seemed very rushed and they were not at all busy so we just couldn't figure why they were in such a hurry to get us out of there. We went somewhere else for dessert and after dinner drinks.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunny day lunch at M&S Harborside
    eatoutoften
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Gorgeous view of Lake Union and all the people enjoying boats, SUPs, kayaks, etc on the water. Too bad the windows were so dirty in the restaurant. When the view is such an attraction at a restaurant like McCormick and Schmick's Harborside, they need to keep the windows cleaner. I was disappointed when the waiter forgot to ask me what side I wanted with my sandwich and instead just defaulted to the french fries. And the sandwich was stacked so tall it was impossible to eat like a sandwich! It all fell apart on my plate after covering my hands in crumbs and sauce. The items we ordered were very greasy - that was our fault for what we ordered. Dressing on the side for salad should not be overflowing on the plate.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding harbor view
    taneda
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    this restaurant has one of the nicest views in Seattle. There is plenty of parking. the food is good but not excellent. The long cod was a bit bland. I know that it is a very mild fish but really it is a blank canvas awaiting the artistry of the chef. I would return but mostly for the view of the harbor and watching the airplanes taking off.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Lake Union location
    DamayVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A perenially great restaurant. We enjoyed our fish...sablefish, sea bass, scallops. Everything wonderfully prepared. there is a nice casual outdoor patio, but it's location right off the parking lot takes away from the lake atmosphere. We ate up in the dining room, much nicer location
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not recommended
    Notapickyeater
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We decided to finally use a gift card for this place. We were quite disappointed with the food, especially a place that 'specializes' in seafood. Both of our fish were dry. The place was dead on a Friday night; and now we know why.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hungry
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Mixed feelings. The setting is very nice by the lake. The food is pretty good, but somewhat overpriced for what you get. The wait staff could do a better job of staying on top of refilling water and supplying bread.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, decent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Lovely view of the busy Lake Union...lots to see! Food was good...not exceptional. Sablefish was yummy, scallops were more potatoes than scallops! Service was good...would hate to see it when busy though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • For the price the good wasn't good
    LunchMatt
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I regret to give less-than-positive feedback but based on my lunch reservation the food was mediocre which for the price is an undesirable experience. I ordered two calamari appetizers ($14 per, if I recall correctly) and the there wasn't much calamari in the order an there were more vegetables than calamari. What calamari there was seemed to have sat for some time as it wasn't warm. Let's just say it wasn't good... My meal had a big portion (salmon over rice). I believe quantity won out over quality. Luckily the view is great and the weather was good so the overall experience was average at best. On the upside the website was good for reservations. I liked the e-mail confirmation and reminder about the reservation sent the day prior.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    Cuppacoffi
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is a great place to dine! The service was impeccable, the food was delicious, the view was impressive!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best part is view
    eggs
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We came for the view of lake union and all the yachts, seaplane action, kayaks,etc. That did not disappoint. My first impression was not great, as the chair seats and variety under the tables were very dirty. The restaurant was not busy at all as the last time we visited, so idle bus personnel could have been cleaning that. The menu had some great fish choices and we both enjoyed fresh halibut. Green beans were too al dente. Drinks were prepared well. Desserts nice. Wait staff were pleasant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy Happy Hour
    Kissincousins
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great drinks and flavorful, varied happy hour menu. Offers a nice and very casually elegant space for entertaining while enjoying the view. Happy hour prices are attractive. Music was a bit loud, but the bartender was able to adjust sound volume by our table so we could have conversation without shouting or difficulty. Bathrooms were spotless. Service very helpful but unobtrusive. We enjoyed the afternoon very much.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harborside
    MrTwist
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great place, had a good time, enjoyed the ambience and the cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was our first time visiting. We found it to be overpriced for the food and service we recieved.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad Service Plus Poor Food
    seattle1crk
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Chose this restaurant for our out-of-town guests, and because it was previously top notch. We hoped that the mediocre service would not be notable if the food was superb, but no such luck. The salad was poor quality and bitter with way too much dressing, which was laced with garlic. The entrees were nothing special and were small in portion size. Above all, it was the service which made this experience so bad. We had to get up from the table twice, to go and find our server. He never smiled, and acted as if waiting on us was a nuisance.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dreadful Service - Excellent Food
    Chrisdianne
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My host, Neil Beaton, had never dined there before and was very impressed with the decor, view and menu. By the time we left, he said "I probably won't come back again." The service was terrible, one server for a large area. Our empty appetizer plate sat on the table for about 30 minutes, as did our dinner plates after that The food came up in good time, but the table was never bussed. When 2 people have a bill for almost $100, we expect far better service. We were both very disappointed. The food, however, was excellent. He had the sea bass and I had the mahi mahi
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something was off....
    Cuthbert
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    . Only one serving person for entire bar/deck area -- on a beautiful, warm, Saturday evening; . Music volume very, very LOUD. Asked the serving person if it could be turned down, and was advised that the volume level was set at the corporate level, and could not be changed. Odd. One of our party eventually went inside and spoke to someone, who turned the outside deck volume down -- much to the relief of all the tables; . Because only one serving person working the entire area, beverage and food delivery was very, slow, and sometimes things had to be requested multiple times; . Have been to this location many times -- but something was very off about this experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We miss the old restaurant
    Deniserella
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    M&S Harborside has changed a lot since we last visited. The menu is still varied (prices on the high side) but we're not fans of the redecorating. Our table had a view of downtown with a partial view of the water and was separated from the other portion of the restaurant by a wall of curved seating arrangements. The other side of the restaurant had better water views. Service was excellent and the food was good but expensive. Our group had "under 21" diners so we couldn't take advantage of the outdoor bar area, which would have been a more lively (possibly cheaper) and sunny experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I had the fish tacos and the fish was overcooked, sides were not tasty. My wife was also disappointed with her food; a salad. It's a beautiful setting but just much less than I expected from a usually reliable chain.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    MooshiegirlVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This was my second try at the Harborside McCormick and Schmick. The first time, I gave them the excuse that it was a busy night and so quality of food standards were not being kept because of the rush. This visit, however, the restaurant was quite empty and the food, again, was very poor. I only ate 10% of my plate, and that was all side dishes. Even with all of the food on my plate and refusing a to-go box, our server did not ask if the meal had been okay. Also, although it is not required, a standard of a great restaurant is attention to detail like asking if there is a special occasion being celebrated. This was my birthday dinner that I didn't even eat and cost me over $60. I will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem for Lunch
    SeattleErik
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    McCormick and Schmick's Harborside is the perfect place for lunch when you want to be able to have a great meal, conduct business and enjoy a wonderful view. Many lunch spots are either too casual or too noisy--this restaurant was perfect for a recent business lunch with an out-of-town colleague--AND there's ample parking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor Quality Service and Food
    BallardVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a very disappointing dinner at the Harbor Side on July 6th. The excuse was it was the fourth of July weekend. The food quality was poor and the services was mediocre. Poor value and quality.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    MiriamVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We ordered the lobster and steak special. The special came with a lobster tail and filet, and vegetable. Also a large salad and apple crumble with ice cream. It was wonderful. One of the best meals we have had.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view. Food/service, ok
    Encantavida
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This was a perfect venue for 4th July. With a window seat, we had a fantastic view of the fireworks on lake Union. The food, whilst extremely tasty, was merely warm when served. Not sure if this was just the night that was in it as they were so busy but still, I buy food, especially at these prices, I'd like it hot. We did check in 15 mins before our reservation as we were hoping for a window seat but were still told they didn't know what table we would be given. The maître d seemed a bit hassled and a little bit short with us but we got the window table which was great. Table service was fine. All in all, we had a fantastic night. We would go back. The view is great and I'd hope the warm food was a once off. We'll see.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food if you want to wait
    Runners2
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for our one year dating anniversary. The restaurant validates parking for 2 hours and I remember thinking we would be done with time to spare. Wrong! It took awhile to be greeted, Longer than expected for drinks, and we skipped appetizers and went straight to entres. I had a simply grilled salmon and my boyfriend had pork with pasta. My order came out wrong and I waited another 10 minutes for it to be changed. The food was awesome but it was overshadowed by how long we waited for everything. We waited for the check and just made the 2 hour mark by 1 minute. Definitely reccomend coming here only if you are not on any time schedule.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner in the main dining room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I was disappointed in the service and the quality of the food. It was not the level of quality that I have enjoyed at M&S for many years. I think I will look elsewhere for good seafood in the future.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Eh.
    LikesFood
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Overall, meal was eh. Altogether, it was a special bday dinner and I would rate it as 2 stars, overall.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • perfect view, good food
    ladiesnightout
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Lovely table with a view of the Duck Dodge Tuesday evening. Brought some East coast friends to dine with us. Our waiter was ok, but when I asked if he could make an entree out of the crabcake, he told me I shoukd just order 2 or order a side dish with it. Usually, most restaurants check eith the kitchen and come back and just tell me how much it would cost. As it turns out, I ordered the risotto with it and a side salad, and it was great. We began at 6:20 in the evening and at 9:55 they turned on the bright overhead lights. I think k it might have been better if they had let us know they were closing. ?.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Halibut was over cooked and dry
    KCiaccio
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We will not be returning, over all disatisfied with the man courses. Expensive for the quality that wa served.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skippy2eatVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had an excellent brunch experience Sunday afternoon. The view of Lake Union was 180 degrees of prime Seattle action, especially since it was 70 and sunny outside. Having both a brunch menu and the lunch/ dinner menu was very nice, as some of the party wanted breakfast and others wanted an early dinner. McCormick and Schmick's seems to be a standard of great food and attentive service. I would definitely go back the next time we visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful view and tasty food
    LavenderTrinVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went on Fathers Day and had a window seat with a great view of Lake Union. The food and service were top notch. This is always a favorite spot for us to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The harbor view is the only thing I'd return for. I ordered Ciopinno which was served with a section of crab legs in the stew. Very messy. The accompanying bread was an over-toasted heel. The other 3 diners at my table were equally unimpressed. Our waiter apologized for running out of bread...but we had to ask for it. The noise level was almost painful. I'm happy to pay their prices if the experience is outstanding...it wasn't.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Birthday Celebration Spot
    JoyBird
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The Halibut was "melt in your mouth" good and fresh. The New York Steak my son ordered was the best he's ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We eat here every month
    MiriamVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We both had the pan seared halibut in season. It was great. The service was great. We also enjoy the view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate