McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Chicago
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Chicago

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/Chicago
  • Phone: (312) 397-9500
  • Hours of Operation:
    SUN: 11:00AM-10:00PM
    MON-SAT: 11:30AM-11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Wallach
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chestnut & Rush St
  • Public Transit: Chicago & State
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available.
A word from McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Chicago
Located in Chicago's famous "Gold Coast," McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks on Chestnut / Rush Street is close to shopping, hotels, bars, the famous Chicago Water Tower and the Magnificent Mile. It is the ideal location to spend an evening out on the town of Chicago.
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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (59)good for groups (51)fit for foodies (50)neighborhood gem (44)romantic (40)great for lunch (32)vibrant bar scene (22)notable wine list (21)hot spot (17)great for outdoor dining (17)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (12)late-night find (11)Show More
  • Always good
    Tyler
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Take your kids - they are very welcomed here - fine dining and kid friendly is a terrific combination
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laura
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    our server was very friendly and when we experienced a problem with the drink she promptly took care of it and the got us a new one. The manager even came over to personally check on us and ensure we were having a good time. The artichoke ravioli was so flavorful and delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veteran's Appreciation
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I salute this Restaurant for honoring Veterans and thank them for their service to us.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much for planning ahead
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    When I made the reservation I mentioned it was my boyfriends birthday and I was surprising him a fun evening. When I called to confirm I mentioned again it was his birthday and heard they write the birthday persons name on menu and provide a dessert. I also asked for a nice table and they said they would put me down for a window seat. When we got there the window seats were taken and they did not have knowledge of his birthday. So no special menu but we did get a dessert at the end. The other problem was on our main course some of the seafood was cold. We had the mixed grill. The waitress was wonderful but we were disappointed in the mix up of table and birthday knowledge.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!!
    johnnyMac
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Amazing food, amazing service. Need I say more? The seafood creations are truly unique and always delicious. Cooked just right and arrives at the perfect temperature. I can't wait till the next time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinner and excellent service
    cville
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food was good as always and the service was excellent. I have eaten at several of their locations around the US and this restaurant was as good as the others. I enjoy the decor. The food prices seemed a little better than other competitors in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vets n family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Wife ,daughter , and son , all veterans Vietnam , desert storm and Iraq.We have visited you for birthdays and other special occasions. Everything there enhances the moment. Thank you we will be back soon !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waldmkaVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Ordered mussles, Parmesan Crusted Flounder, and Pretzel Crusted Whitefish. The food was outstanding, but there was only one waitress and so the service wasn't as good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A++
    simonesw
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The waiter was nice and the food was very good! I will be back here!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Carol
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food was superb. Michael (sales marketer) was so fantastic. Jeremy our server was great! Perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the greatest
    SioConnellan
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I've been to other McCormick & Schmick's and love the brand but this one fell short. Service was OUTSTANDING. But the food was disappointing. Steaks were not cooked correctly. My friend ordered the scallops and got 4 that were barely big enough to qualify as ocean scallops.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Bit Disappointing
    VikkiFromMilwaukeeVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Our waiter was wonderful and the food was great, but this location seems to have a problem in the kitchen when they are extremely busy. You would think that a downtown Chicago restaurant would be accustomed to dealing with large crowds because of the influx of visitors due to trade shows, but it seem they haven't gotten it together yet. The kitchen seems to have a problem getting food out in a timely manner when they are really busy. We have experienced the same problem over and over again through the years, but we keep trying it out hoping it has gotten better. It's too bad really, because the food is very good, when you finally get it......
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shoddy service
    Scelto
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    My group and I often had empty glasses and had to 20 minutes for a glass of wine. The server absent for extended periods of time, and seemed to be very poorly trained with his "gangsta" style of talking to his customers really being quite inappropriate for the overseas visitors I had visiting with me. This was my third visit, but will be my last. There are just too many other places competing with them that, quite frankly, do a better job of making me feel like my money was well spent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • joyful eatery
    1inmybook
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    They do a fantastic job on all their plates. The lobster bisque is fantastic and well worth trying. Easy location to get to and there is parking available if you don't want to use the valet. The crab salad is a meal by itself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smitty
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Very relaxing dinner after a tradeshow. I had the bar-b-que shrimp and grits and it was delicious! The wait staff was very friendly and attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing over-all
    ditzydiner
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our party of four had a disappointing experience. Food was really quite good, but service was erratic (at times annoying). Tables were too close together. (There were some cozy-looking booths, but we weren't lucky enough to get one of those.) Our table quickly became awkwardly crowded with over-sized menus and tableware that was not efficiently removed when no longer needed. Overall effect was touristy and disorganized. Because of the food (seafood was fresh and tastily prepared), I would probably give it one more try, but not on a Saturday night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Lover
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Good atmosphere. Didn't particularly like what I choose to order, but I have had great food at M&S in the past, would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great service
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The miso scallops were amazing as was the cauliflower that accompanied it. We had wonderful service as well. My husband ordered the blackened whitefish and he loved it but it was a little on the fishy side for me.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good but...
    theatreguyVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I've dined at this restaurant chain in other cities. This one in the Gold Coast is very nice and certainly well located. Waiter - a little too buddy-buddy for me (but I would rather have that small fault than being ignored). Clam chowder - a little too salty but good otherwise. Entree tillapia very well prepared - a nice portion with very good beans/carrots and couscous. Then we get to dessert, which was to be the third course in this "meal deal" (very reasonably priced). I asked the waiter, "Which dessert do I want?" (Two choices were offered but I couldn't remember what they were.) He responded, "You definitely want the apple pie." The pie was good but an addition $9.99 which the waiter didn't mention. I hate deception.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A waterfront gem
    greedygourmet
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The restaurant overlooks the Chicago River, giving splendid views. The steaks (Cajun in particular) are superb, seafood not bad either. The only complaint:we asked whether the crab cake was spicy before ordering for our nine year old granddaughter, and were told it wasn't. It arrived, over salted and quite spicy. I told the waiter, however, although the crab cake went back uneaten, we were still charged for it. Other than that, the service was good, the wine excellent and the food up to standard. We have eaten at the restaurant of the same name in New York, but gather that these are now separate ventures. The menu isn't quite up to New York, but all the same, the choice is quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service better than food and drinks
    Mtlvisitor
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The service was well-meaning and competent enough from our server, whose banter was light and appropriate, although ignorant about the actual ingredients in a special dish! While the food ranged from OK to not-bad-at-all, the dry martinis were horrible!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meh.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everything started out fine but went downhill after the first, second, and then third soup was delivered. The first and second one were not hot, actually they were barely even luke warm. From that point on the server was distant and sparse. The food was decent but nothing that would make us run back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great plates and service, too!
    PointShopper
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    As expected, fine food, and service was fast and helpful. Great seafood. We will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deserves a return
    DocDee
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our waiter was friendly and efficient! Food was perfectly prepared. We were party of 6 and they gave us private table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best lobster bisque
    Nicky
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The lobster bisque is the best!! A must order! The overall food was good but not the best I had except for the bisque. The service was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Know it all waiter
    TCHUTCHI1VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The waiter was nice, but was giving already known information to us about wines and food. I feel that he should have asked questions to see what we knew instead of assuming. Worst part that I had left overs and he put my salad, entrée, and other persons items in the same container! Some items were cold and some warm. WOW!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Somewhat dissappointi
    ElTigre
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Expected at least a Ditka's or Gene or Georgetti's quality steak. Instead, "no bone-in ribeye" and the ribeye, and "crab tower" we got were just ok. The waiter dragged his feet after we told him we wanted to catch a show in 1hr & 15 min.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Locked out and cold
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I had a 11am reservation for Sunday brunch. When I arrived the doors were locked. I waited to almost 11:30 am to get in, being told no one had keys to open doors. Once inside it took a minute for someone to greet me at my table. I ordered and when my food was served, everything was COLD!. I was very disappointed since I planned this brunch for weeks knowing I would be traveling to the Chicago area. Would I go again, not sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good variety
    SRDuncanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We got a last minute reservation; found an great variety of seafood and various preparations. Miso prepared scallops were particularly nice. And the upside down Apple pie very good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Riva
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our first time dining at this location and we will be back! Our server, Jeremy, was spot on from the drinks, appetizers as well as main course. Luv'd it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Failed Birthday Celebration for 3
    devo1st
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We as a group of friends wanted to celebrate the life of 3 people and the night was a failure. The drinks took 20 mins to obtain, while sitting at the table, the bread was cold. The group ordered pre-dinner meals and that took forever, even a simple salad came out for one of the group members after ever body else had completed there pre-dinner meal. We asked the server (Winston) whom tried to make everything better and we continued to explain to him that it wasn't his fault, to allow us the chance to order are food, because we didn't want to wait a very long time for the main meal. I asked to speak with the General Manager, he approached us and listened to my claim but his respond was, the bar was very busy and all will be okay.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    JenBaronVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Sadly I was pretty disappointed. This place was far more expensive than expected, which would have been fine if the food would have been worth it. I love lobster bisque but their version was much too salty and just ok. For the price, not acceptable. Then my entree came. Medallions of beef in a bourbonais sauce with spinach and mushrooms. Spinach and mushrooms WAY over salted! Most disappointing was the bourbonais sauce! It tasted Burnt! The meat itself was prepared well but a bit tasteless, tho maybe I just couldn't get over the burnt sauce? In fairness, the waiter comped the dinner. But it was too late, I was done with this meal. FAR too much money for the quality of food. And the service was far too slow!.Will not be returning!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a small party!
    francesco
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    McCormick & Schmick's offers a secluded area with a table for 6 to celebrate in private. The menu and winelist are very good, everything you need for a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Don't Write Reviews...but...
    ConstantlySatisfied
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I've been to McCormick & Schmick's Seafood a few times now, and it consistently delivers for a restaurant chain. Being from Florida, it's always nice to know there is a place in Chicago to get quality seafood. This weekend was especially enjoyable, the steak was wonderful, and the Swordfish was amazing. Our server, Amanda, was super friendly and willing to cater to our every need.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good food and service.
    RestaurantMaven
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    McC & S is a nice, not too trendy restaurant known for fish but w/varied menu choices. It doesn't have a chain ambiance and the overall quality is high. My dinner, salmon with a pear/ginger glaze, was very good, the fish a little overdone for me but tasty. My companion had "the best lobster bisque I've ever had," and whitefish that was also declared to be wonderful. Our dessert tasted good but had temperature issues. Strawberry ice cream pie on a honey-granola crust was frozen too hard, so difficult to eat. The cappuccinos were generously sized, but lukewarm. Our table was in a high-ceilinged room which kept the noise volume down to a fairly conversation-friendly level. Even better for a larger party is one of the curtained booths.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy but worth the wait
    Tyler
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We dined here on Chicago Marathon weekend - very busy - slight wait for food - understandable - a terrific restaurant with terrific food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid choice all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I met a friend visiting from out of town here for dinner. The hostess was friendly and our waitress was great (Shaina ?). The menu offered a nice variety, the food was really good with sufficient portions, the drinks were tasty and the atmosphere was comfortable for business or pleasure. With a drink, an app, a salad and a mid-priced entree, my bill was just under $60 which I thought was reasonable. All around, this was a solid choice and I definitely plan to be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, bad service
    FrankM
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had my 10th wedding anniversary, I wanted to get my wife a good dinner. Unfortunately the place was really dark, the waitress was naive and unfriendly to a point where she's giving me suggestions that didn't make any sense at all. Just because my wife wanted to get dessert from somewhere else the waitress threw the bill on the table and then hurried up. And on top of it she tried to over charge us on wine that we didn't get. Saturday night and the place was almost empty. I won't be visiting or eating at this environment again. Very disappointed with McCormick and Schmidt's. I went to the one in Atlantic City and the service was great, I wanted to try it again but when I was in Chicago. Apparently the one in Chicago is horrible.
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  • luvjan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    It was my wife's Birthday, and I selected this restaurant because it will never disappoint you. The Food and service is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth it
    MaidmarrynVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I haven't been to M & S in several years but was quite impressed with the entire experience overall. Three of us dined and each had a different entree and all were wonderful. I am not a big salmon fan, but the preparation for the king salmon was excellent and would gladly order it again. The ahi tuna steak melted in your mouth. I didn't try the other fish entree but it was reportedly wonderful as well. The ambiance is very nice, as is the service. Not a single complaint. Highly recommend going there for fresh fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate