McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/
  • Phone: 5137219339x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm. Saturday 12:00pm - 11:00pm. Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Erik Hayden
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: All Pre-Theater diners are encouraged to make reservations at a minimum of 2 hours prior to the performance time and to make a notation indicating what theater they will be attending. This will allow for a unhurried, complete dining experience.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: There is a Metro bus stop located one block east of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have valet service available at the Central Parking Valet stand located on Vine Street. There are numerous parking garages within 3 blocks of the restaurant as well.
A word from McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati
Offering extraordinarily fresh seafood and tender steaks, McCormick & Schmick’s represents Downtown Cincinnati’s most exceptional dining experience. The restaurant is conveniently located across the street from Fountain Square – a short trip from many of the city’s sporting venues, theatres and shopping destinations. McCormick & Schmick’s features a menu printed daily by the chef, employing seasonal seafood from around the world and full-flavored beef. Guests also enjoy the nation’s best happy hour, according to USA Today.

From fresh seafood and shellfish to aged steaks and garden fresh salads, our goal is to exceed your dining expectations.

As our guest you will experience culinary excellence at its best. Our menus reflect seafood from the Pacific Rim, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. We also source products from local ranches, farms and wineries to showcase regionally inspired dishes.
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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati reviews from OpenTable diners
171 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (95)romantic (58)fit for foodies (48)good for groups (42)notable wine list (41)great for lunch (27)hot spot (18)scenic view (16)neighborhood gem (15)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (11)great for outdoor dining (10)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Sensational Salmon.
    Roadking54
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Brought my wife and daughter to celebrate my wife's birthday. She has several allergies and the server was diligent in making sure there were no problems. I had the Salmon and it was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 34th Wedding Anniversary at the restaurant in the Westin Hotel in Cincinnati (across from Fountain Square). The service was excellent, the server was friendly and engaging without being intrusive. The food was excellent and prepared to our instructions. The ambiance was quiet without being sombre; overall it was a wonderful experience and my wife was very happy with my choice of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My fish was okay but the sauce was not. My husband's fish was so tasteless that he had to ask for lemon to put on it. When my salad arrived, I asked for an extra small plate to share it. The waiter replied, in an angry voice, that he would have to go all the way back to the kitchen for it. He then tried to make up for his tone by grinding pepper on my salad without asking if I wanted any. When he realized his mistake, he asked, but by then it had already been done. He did eventually get the small plate.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Henry
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Service was substandard. Side items bad, with sorry looking green beans, bad tasting pasty potatoes, and the "Swordfish" (probably shark) was about 1/2" thick. All for $300+ for a table of 4.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The restaurant said they did not have my reservation. I explained it was through Open Table. They had a table available.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner
    Patience
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was great for a romantic night out. I had the salmon and it was fabulous. The cocktails were good as was our service. The only negative thing I could possibly say, was that we didn't like our table. The restaurant wasn't crowded, but somehow we ended up in the corner by the kitchen door. Not what I wanted for an anniversary dinner. I am sure that we could have had a different table if we would have asked, but we didn't. Will definitely go back on another night in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it
    Alwayslookingforgoodfood
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We celebrated my wife's 45th birthday (2 daughter's and me), they printed Happy 45th birthday on top of our menus - and the menus were real, not some cheap piece of paper! We all got a good variety of food: one steak entree, one chicken entree, one seafood entree, and one pasta entree. We all loved everything. Some steaks and seafood dishes were pricy, but you can definitely eat affordably as well. THis was our first time there, we will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Feelings
    MandPE
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great Location and Very Nice Ambiance. Nice,quiet,and the service from the staff was outstanding. They made you feel like they were happy you were there. Will go back just for the server experience. 4 people in our group really enjoyed their food, Salmon, Mahi Mahi, Cocoanut Shrimp, Tilapia and they commented favorably on the salads. I had the Corn and Crab Chowder and, while chocked full of crab it was a little watery and needed salt and pepper to have any taste. The Loch Etive Steelhead was acceptable but did not have anything special about it that you would typically associate with a fine restaurant. I ordered the Pancetta Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts and receive a few fingerling potatoes and 3 Brussells Sprouts. Not great.
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  • Better than expected
    BuffaloMikeVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We were staying at the Westin. Had reservations somewhere else. It was convienient. It was a very good choice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The meal was overall disappointing. The food was cold or warm, but never hot. This "seafood" restaurant ran out of crab legs before six o'clock on a Saturday night. The strawberry shortcake was too dry to even swallow and only came with four small strawberries. The service was very slow and not at all attentive. The only good part of the meal was the chocolate bag dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovefood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were seated promptly- great table with a good view of the restaurant The waiter(s) were ready to answer any questions about the menu and were very friendly and personable. Our food was served quickly and was DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS! Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • McCormick&SchmicksSeafood
    theatredinerVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had excellent entrée experience and McCormick & Schmick's Seafood. Interestingly enough, our waitress didn't introduce herself all evening. She did give good menu tips. Our appetizer left a lot to be desired and one of our cards was lost in the shuffle at check out time. This experience was a mixed bag.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh seafood
    eddieemailVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    McCormick & Schmick's never disappoints with their fresh seafood choices. Plain preparations are delicious and the chef always offers some choices to liven up the fresh catch if you'd prefer it not just plain grilled. If you go to McCormick&Schmidk's in Cincinnati be sure to ask for Michael to be your server. He is the epitome of a professional waiter and you'll always have excellent service with him which will add to your enjoyment of your meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KindleVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Consistently great seafood. Everything is seasoned well, fresh and balanced. Staff is friendly and wait staff is efficient and friendly. The vibe is upscale pub. This place has been in business for years and a place you can count on to turn out good food. Great place for business's meetings to show off Cincinnati.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The first table we were seated at was terrible. Waiters coming out of the kitchen were carrying trays over our heads. The second table was not much better. The swordfish we ordered tasted fishy. Quite a let down as our previous visit was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner!
    Enjoyeatingout
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went there for a birthday dinner, food was outstanding! We ordered both steak and seafood, salads and appetizer, and dessert. Every bite was great! Server was a bit slow and if we had more time we may not have minded, but after 2 hours we had to leave.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our experience was okay but generally a bit disappointed. First our waiter never offered us bread but we saw many other tables getting bread. Second we were a bit disappointed with the quality of the food. I had the mixed grill. My salmon was over cooked and my scallops were under cooked. The flavored we're okay but a bit bland. My husband got a filet And shrimp. He said his steak was bland with little to no seasoning except maybe a little salt. For the local, atmosphere, menu, and pricing we expected much more. Next time we'll go back to Mitchell's fish market which is slightly cheaper but never disappoints us.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food in a quiet setting
    Princess
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a great meal and enjoyed talking with our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SlickNate
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was the perfect place for my group of six after attending a Broadway play just a couple of blocks away. We were in and out in less than 90 minutes and both the food and service were very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always
    klktbearVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We love coming to your resturant. The food and service are always above par. We love seafood and this is the one place that we come to since it gives us the feeling of being on vacation in South Carolina with fresh seafood. It was also great to see that you are open for lunch on the weekend since we enjoyed our meal before the play.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good. Parking was not.
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a nice dinner. Enjoyed our evening. Problem was with parking, to our surprise there no valet parking but we had to find our own parking and pay for it! That's being too cheap. We dropped over $75 a person for dinner and they can't pay a $5 parking charge??? WOW.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommend
    Robin455
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    First rate experience from start to finish! Beautiful atmosphere, prompt and amazing service. The food was incredible!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Birthday Dinner!
    Nice
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had to ask my Sister's Name to be placed on the Menu which is what this restaurant is known for. The young lady at the hostess table stated they did not see my special request from Open Table on their notification. However, she did find it and took care of it. Unfortunately, the date was not added and found out later on they do not add the date any longer. The manager came to our table and said they would do this in the future. It was nice that all personnell signed my sister's menu and that was a great treat. We were introduced to Mr. Hyden, their Chef and it was a pleasure meeting him as well as working with the other staff. Sabrina was great and our 4 stars are reflecting how the hostess table met us coming in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but..
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food was very good but portions did not fit price. Service was very good. Would recommend only for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • no complaints
    fatnhappyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    but I was expecting more. I guess the price paid is for location, location, location.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Addicted to Lunch
    EatingMakesMeSmile
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I cannot stop eating the Caesar salad with blacken salmon! The dressing is rich and flavorful with bold punches of fresh grated parmesan. I probably order the Caesar salad twice a week for lunch. If you haven't tried it, do your palate a favor and ORDER THE CAESAR SALAD WITH BLACKEN SALMON! YUM!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Deb315
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The first time we went there the service and food was great. This time we were disappointed. The server did not bring us bread so we thought it was not included until we saw it on other tables. The crab legs were smaller and tough, we commented but nothing was done. It may be a long time before we go back as it's very expensive for the lack of quality.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Disappointing
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Mussels had 7 shells of nothing. No small fork or plate given with the mussels.Pecan pie and ice cream was served with no ice cream.Waited extra long for our initial cocktails.Entrees were good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good as always
    Ribs4me
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is is always good to go to for a special occasion. The server was very good but it took a very long time to get our food. Most people that sat down after us were eating before us. I would still go back because the food was terrific.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be a local favorite
    cornmuseVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    But its getting a bit long in the tooth. The last three visits have convinced me they lost their edge. I'll hit the bar for happy hour from time to time, but this one is out of the regular dining rotation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre
    BigeaterVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food mediocre. Service worse. Our dining partners had to ask five times for bottled water.
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  • Normally exceptional
    Jcndl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Normally great food and great service but this time the food was good but not exceptional and the service was not up to par. Very long time for desert to come and when it did it was not complete. Would have expected more of an apologetic attitude for the undue delay.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stick to the seafood!
    foodmama
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great location and ambiance! Beautiful decor! Staff was very accommodating and professional. Had several menu items with our party of eight and ALL of the seafood selections were fantastic! My son and I ordered steaks, although they were perfectly cooked, they lacked flavor and appeal. We both wished we ordered something else.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    Love2dine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We spent over $200 and were served wonderful food by a terrible and awkward server. She looked disheveled, number one; Not professional. Not what you expect to see when we are dressed up. She had no idea how to open a wine bottle. She struggled for close to 10 mins in front of our table... Finally picking frantically with her nails. AWKWARD!! She had no menu recommendations to provide when asked. She responded, " Ppl seem to like ordering the salmon tonight." Okay??? She never offered to refill our drinks without being prompted. I felt like we were at Applebee's, being served by a new server. She even handed me a super hot hot plate. Needless to say, we were disappointed by what our money bought us.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced & Small Portions
    NtCmingBack2015
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was expecting an experience closer to the Precinct or one of those great steak restaurants. I was disappointed. Filet was tender but bland. Portions were very small. Service was good. They called me before we dined as it was my wife's 50th birthday. They said they would personalize the menu with her name. We arrived and the menu looked liked anyone else's menu. No big disappointment but if you're going to hype it up then deliver ! I won't be back unless I win a gift card.
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  • Service just horrible
    Puregold
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The waiter only knew how to say "no". He seemed distracted, maybe high. He walked away in the middle of an order to wait on another table. He seemed totally unfamiliar with the menu, and had to consult it even for simple orders like mashed potatoes. I ordered meat rare, it came back well done. Had to summon the manager to get things done correctly. I'm not sure I've ever seen service quite so bad. It was almost like a parody of a bad restaurant...but it was real.
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  • Rick
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Appetizers and desserts were awesome. Main course was average. We expected better for the cost.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Bad Meal(Jake)
    jake
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant until the 23rd of this month. The shrimp scampi was nothing like anything I ever tasted in my life and for my special day,I had to get a burger and make it my dinner. McCormick & Schmick's has never let me down until my special day which was my anniversary.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent experience as we celebrated our 20th anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went for a business lunch meeting, food was very good but the service was very lacking, the waiter came by only a few times and rarely filled our drinks and we were there for 2 hours. There were very few people there for lunch as well so it was surprising for a restaurant of this caliber. Maybe an off day?
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate