McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Crystal City
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Crystal City

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Crystal City

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/
  • Phone: (703) 413-6400
  • Hours of Operation:
    M-FRI: 11:30AM-10:00PM
    SAT: 4:00PM-10:00PM
    SUN: 4:00PM-9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Marc Kennedy
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Crystal City
Bringing the freshest seafood to Arlington, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant is located close to the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Pentagon, and Arlington National Cemetery.

We serve more than 30 varieties of fresh seafood flown in daily from both U.S. and international waters, available from menus that change DAILY and is THE place to socialize in the best of traditions. Prepared using fresh ingredients, your food is served in a timeless and traditional presentation.

Enjoy the spirited and lively atmosphere of our bar after a show and enjoy watching our bartenders practice traditional mixology, making hand-crafted cocktails using fresh-squeezed juices, never using blenders or mixes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Crystal City reviews from OpenTable diners
176 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (55)good for groups (53)great for lunch (50)fit for foodies (38)neighborhood gem (31)romantic (25)kid-friendly (19)vibrant bar scene (18)notable wine list (14)hot spot (12)great for brunch (10)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (10)scenic view (2)Show More
  • This was my third visit to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Third visit to this restaurant, second with my staff of five. From the moment we walked in, staff was courteous, attentive and created a wonderful experience. Antoine, our waiter, was superb, quietly and consistently attentive. Food was great, and sadly more than we could finish. Being on a business trip, boxing the excess to enjoy later was not a possibility. When and if we return to Crystal City on business, you can be sure that we will be dinnering once again at McC and S!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar Hot, Food Not
    noreire
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    After watching plates of food go by while we waited to order, I decided to go with something simple and easy and ordered fish and chips. The fish was a overcooked and and the chips were soggy. My husband ordered a filet mignon which looked good. it is a seafood restaurant by the way. Since I didn't eat my dinner I went for broke on dessert and ordered the Heath Bar Brownie with vanilla ice cream. The hot brownie had melted the ice cream by the time I got it and the whole thing was tough. It was huge but not very good. We had started our meal with a dozen oysters on the half shell. Half of them were gritty. We were disapppointed in this restaurant since we had enjoyed McCormick & Schimck in Portland years ago, and McCormick and Kuleto on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco recently.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food substandard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The ambiance and service were very good. The hostess was prompt, welcoming and showed us to our table quickly and professionally. The server was attentive without being pushy. The food however, was very poor quality. Scallops were overcooked, and the crab cake beneath the scallops tasted like refrigeration. The dessert was the saving grace. The apple pie w/ cinnamon ice cream was delicious without being overly sweet.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • leathery bread
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The overall meal was very good. However, the bread that was served was extremely chewy to the point at which the crust was leathery. We did not finish it. The stuffed shrimp was tasty and not over cooked. The pecan crested fish was very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to Leagal Seafood instead....
    DarsInLuv
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We had looked forward to a fun adult family dinner. Sadly service was VERY poor. Drinks arrived slowly as did appetizers- then a table of 8-10 was seated near us and our waiter basically disappeared. After waiting 45 minutes for our dinners- we approached both the waiter and the maître d- who btw confirmed we had waited TWICE as long as their typical 24 minute turnaround . A wonderful and very competent waitress was reassigned to us- but frankly by then it was 9PM, our dinners clearly had been sitting awhile- my fish was very dry. The manager and waitress did their best to apologize and make things right- I think they clomped our appetizers. It was just too late to redeem our evening,especiallys since we had very early meetings the next day. We chose M&S bc of prior good experiences in other cities
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  • Had a wonderful time
    Jenn
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    As always, they celebrate Veterans Day with a free entree'. This year surely did not disappoint. Great wine, great service and overall very happy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EveningOut7
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This was my first visit and the food was excellent! It's a bit pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at this restaurant
    Gwens
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I have ate at this restaurant many times, am a Landry Priority member, but the service was terrible on 11/11. The hostess was on the phone and made us wait 3 or 4 minutes and never acknowledged us. I had an Open Table reservation. Then, the waiter was worst. All the other patrons had bread, he never offered to bring any until I asked and was 3/4 through my lunch. The waiter was extremely unattentive, distracted and just plain bad. He did not understand the Landry Priority card system and shrugged me off when I asked if I had any points. Finally, the manager came over and made the visit more enjoyable. I told her she should never have this hostess or waiter on a holiday or any other time in this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter's Interesting Comments
    AlwaysEatingSumthin
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The service gets a fair rating. A friend asked about steaks on menu (she has shellfish allergies), the waiter's response was (paraphrased) 'you're better off going to Morton's for steaks, they're our sister company'. Sister company or not, the waiter should not have suggested to go to another restaurant to dine after being seated with reservations. Also at 6 p.m. we were given the lunch menu (unbeknownst to us) when we placed our orders. The waiter didn't know either until he came back with the dinner menu, doubled pricing which would not have been a "shock" to see the comparison if we started with the right menus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Meal for Veterans
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    A great dinner. Nice and friendly service. Also signed up for a Landry's Select. Looking forward to dining again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • warm and friendly
    paul
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This restaurant always has a warm and friendly atmosphere. They are well organized and efficient, friendly but not intrusive. The food was served fresh and hot. It is a pleasure to dine there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Veterans Day Salute
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Thanks for honoring us veterans. The meal was good and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Good, fancy food, but a little pricey. It's a place I would only go once in a while for special occassions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • exceptional
    AlwaysProudVeteran
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    As a proud Vietnam Vet & being from out of town to have such a nice restaurant offer free meals to veterans on Veterans Day help make my visit to DC nicer. I showed up an early for my reservation and they accommodated me no problem. My waitress was exceptional and very pleasant. The manager Adam came by my table and thanked me for my service and explained that this was his 5th year working there and it has always been a special day for him. GOOD FOOD FRIENDLY STAFF
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I really appreciate what McCormick and Schmick's does for veterans.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veterans Day Special
    lvgreatsvc
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    McCormick & Schmick's Seafood is great to Veterans every November. The meal was very good and the service was great. I had the chicken and my friend had the grilled salmon then shared the apple pie dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood Gem
    luvher74
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My wife and I went to McCormick for the annual Veterans Day venture. McCormick never disappoints. My wife was drooling over the steamed mussels in the tomato broth. I had the cashew crusted tilapia with cuscous wich was delicious. We would definitely visit this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Expensive & Service Needs Trng
    luvusa
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food was decent, but overpriced and the portions were WAY TOO SMALL! The service wasn't the best as I had to keep asking for things. I know you guys can do better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not good and expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The only item that tasted good was the soup, which was not worth going back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Veteran's Day Celebration
    MM2001
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I would like to thank McCormick & Schmick for offering Veteran's such a fine menu of foods. My family and I always get together and truly enjoy ourselves. We make reservations to ensure that we will be seated in a timely manner, and we have received VIP service. My husband, one of our sons and myself are all Veterans and it has been a blessing to receive your gift of hospitality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You2caneatout
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Nice atmosphere, good wine list, food was seasoned well, very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3 1/2 hour wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We waited three hours to get our food after having had a reservation that they confirmed with us earlier in the day. They had no excuses or apologies. They didn't offer us any free appetizers or desserts or any discount from the bill. Horrible experience. I will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    BelieveInGivingProps
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I felt welcomed from the time I entered the restaurant. The manager introduced herself and seated us, letting us know that she was available needed. Our waitress was delightful and very engaging with the specials and the special needs of a guest in my party's Gluten Free needs. The specialized Gluten Free Menu was limited, so she caringly inquired with the kitchen on a couple additional options which delighted my guest. The menu choices were so inviting, I ended up with a People's Bag. The food was very well prepared, the ambiance inviting, the staff personable, which made the overall lunch very enjoyable and worth repeating. Thank you and keep doing what you're doing - you have my 5 start vote!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow service, mediocre food
    Inconsistent
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This was a business lunch that took almost two hours. Unacceptable. Manager did stop by to apologize, but that didn't solve the problem of slow service and getting our food almost an hour later. Perhaps it was our server or table, but larger groups were leaving - that arrived after us - before we finished our food. We were a party of four.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Ambiance
    Mainahforlife
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Our group of eight (including two kids) picked this spot to celebrate a family member completing the Marine Corps Marathon earlier that day. The ambiance was excellent and our service was very nice. The biggest complaint I had was the spacing of receipt of our food. We made an early (5:45) dinner reservation because of the kids and the restaurant was not busy when we first arrived. Though we were hardly in a hurry, we waited no less than 10-15 minutes between courses (everyone ordered off the prix fixe menu). Most ordered the beef tenderloin, cooked very well - the shrimp scampi was a bit well done and needed to be salted and the tilapia was okay. In the future, may look elsewhere in this price range but would consider returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor foor quality
    seekerofqualitydining
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Overcooked fish, oil temperature too high producing dark crust on fish, vegetables and orzo were luke warm; crab cakes were thin, tasteless with similar dark crust. I have eaten multiple times at McCormick and Schmicks in multiple cities. this is second time of having a poorly prepared meal at this outlet. it seemed more manufactured on a faculty production line than carefully prepared. In contrast, Seattle, Washington DC, and Portland M and S experiences have been top notch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • will not go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    food was high priced and only fair. Server made 2 errors then brought out the salad mistake with dinner service. Did I mention the 20 wait to take our orders! The manager did give up $14.80 actually the mistake and a $6.00 discount for bad service poor food and a long wait GEE THANKS!john
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Solid Dining Experience
    FoodieTheaterLover
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I dined here with a large group and then with a party of 2 during my conference stay in Arlington. Both experiences were very good and enjoyable. Although a chain restaurant the food was excellent and we especially enjoyed the fall seasonal menu -- the pecan crusted catfish was great! The mixed greens salad was pretty uneventful but the apple pie dessert was fabulous. Their speciality cocktails on both occasions provided a fun and festive start to our meals. I returned so clearly we had a good experience and I would recommend this to travelers and locals. A good value and good experience. We had a toddler in our large group and our server was very accomodating and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gwens review
    Gwens
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    As always, it was a great experience. I usually get a doggie bag, but the food was so good, I ate it all!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Typical chain
    FredVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Nothing outstanding and nothing terrible. Our server did a noteworthy job but beyond that it was just a typical and average meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service!
    Jsmmrs79
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The Salmon was perfect as was the Mai Mai. Our server was friendly and efficient. The tables are all really close which makes for a high noise level, so better for a nice group lunch than a quite date night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was great, I wish I had more. Very good service, all around nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Dissapointed
    ZeevkaVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We visit the area often and dine at this restaurant often. This visit was just bizzare: 1. Drinks - the waiter recommended a local brewery (IPA). Oops - they are out. Not big deal, we pick another beer. 2. The meal - Wahoo, sword fish and chicken. Oops - no wahoo nor sordwish. No big deal, we order different fish. 3. The chicken comes out - half the usual portion - not larger than 2" by 3" 4. We starting to complain - the manager, agrees it's a small portion and brings a second chicken portion of the same size. 5. Desert - plain vanila ice cream and bread pudding with ice cream. Oops, no vanila ice cream. The cheff comes out and takes full responsibility. The check is being delivered - full price. Again - very dissaponting.
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  • Good drinks only
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Thankful we made reservations-it was full. We were greeted & seated promptly. Our server came by and got our drinks (mine was plain water;my husband got the peppery bloody mary). We ordered the Shrimp Kisses, and they were by far the BEST thing we had that night. After we ordered entrees (Shrimp Trilogy & Filet & Stuffed shrimp), we waited a good 1/2 hour to get food. Our server dropped off the food, and also dropped off for the rest of the evening. My water glass did not get re-filled the whole evening, even though that was the only drink I had. My entree was good, but my husband's was sub-par: the filet was tender enough, but it was only room temperature warm. Server was not around to let him know. Highly disappointed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    food met expectation, server just adequate. Music selection was distracting. Hostess very attentive. Manager made unsolictated adjustment on bill due to late service. Much appreciated
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    seafoodjunkie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It's easy for me to recommend a restaurant that not only has great food and great seafood choices, but a kind, generous and quick service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is the Best!
    Famreunion
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Raheem is the best! We came back a second night because not only was the food delicious, the service was THE BEST! Raheem is a gem - he will keep people returning over and over!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waited forever for our entres...
    ChYMVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The waiter kept saying "your food will be right up" but he had no idea it would take forever. Food was pretty good, but this specific McCormick and Schmick does not do a good job yet of gluten free.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Close Quarters Dining
    HeloShark
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The dining area in this restaurant is very cramped. It looks like they shoehorned an extra table in the area we were seated to increase revenue. If you are seated in the area we were in, be prepared to be asked to leave your seat in mid-bite to allow patrons and servers to move around. A very good menu with 'seasonal' dishes. A below average dining experience because we had to do calisthenics to accommodate other diners and servers.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood restaurant
    Seba
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    What a great experience! We had a reservation and when we got there we noticed the place was full. They asked us to wait a couple of minutes, and sure enough two minutes later and we were being guided to our table. Our server, Amber, was amazing. Very polite, professional, attentive, and content person that even shared a few anecdotes and laughs with us. The food and drinks came out on time, never felt that we were waiting for something, and the food was just delicious! Everything was cooked and seasoned perfectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.