McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Irvine
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Irvine

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Irvine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/OrangeCounty
  • Phone: (949) 756-0505
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am-4:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Friday 4:00pm-10:00pm (11:00pm at the bar), Saturday and Sunday 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Davila
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main & Gillette
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complementary Valet Parking,
    Self-Parking Validated for 3 hours
A word from McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Irvine
Just minutes from the University of California, Irvine and the John Wayne Airport, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks offers the best seafood in Orange County.

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.

A distinctive feature of our restaurant is our beautiful bar area that offers you a comfortable environment from which to enjoy a wide variety of wines, beers, classic drinks and trendy cocktails.

Be sure to stop by and enjoy our award winning bar food during our Happy Hours. Every item on the menu is appealing and the prices are equally attractive!
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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Irvine reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)good for groups (30)great for lunch (24)fit for foodies (22)neighborhood gem (20)romantic (15)notable wine list (12)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (5)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Not happy
    Balboaisland19
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Service was very good. I was ver disappointed from food. I ordered from fresh fish menu Black Cod. My disappointed starts when they serve the tiny pice of fish and it was the tail of the fish. If the restaurant going to charge $30 for fish dish, it should be decent pice with more meat. The fish didn't have any taste. The only taste was on the mashed potato which is garlic. We were 6 in the party and four of us didn't like the portion of the food. I have been going to Mccormick&Schmick's for the last four years and this last visit was the worse. It will be my last visit to this restaurant and chain.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The place was very slow when many of the area restaurants had a 1 hour wait. We understood why when we got our food. The salad was skimpy, the bread was stale and the fish was overcooked. Having been in this location of McCormick and Schmick's in the past, we were disappointed with the overall experience was poor. We will not return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • More snack than meal
    BeachLife
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I decided to have dinner at McCormik & Schmick's tonight after looking at the menu online. I ordered the cedar planked salmon dinner and my date ordered the Walnut Mixed Greens salad. My dinner did not come with a dinner salad which was a surprise to me as it was not mentioned on the menu. The size of the Salmon was very small and the vegetable portion was so little it was a joke. My date's Walnut Mixed Greens salad which was also small and only had 4 walnuts on the salad ! I did not see my server until I finished by dinner and I left the restaurant feeling hungry still. The service was bad, the portions were very very small, and prices for what you get were way to high. I do not recommend McCormick & Schmick's
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy busy non-kid friendly
    Lovingmother
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We went to this location instead of the one we would normally go to and the service was really bad. The waiter wasn't even gonna ask or bring my son his drink that had come with his kids meal until he asked him to. Plates were just thrown down and we ate fast as to leave. We overheard him being rude to another table since he waited on them before he said and he knew who the guy was he told him sarcastically. Unprofessional
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poopsc
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    WE had a delicious dinner, seafood. That is what you should order here, everything is so fresh. Pleasant waiter, our reservation was honored and we totally enjoyed..will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RUBY
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    dine here often because it is good in all aspects.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you from a Veteran!
    aab7777
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I served in the Marines Corps (ooo-rah!) and have been going there with my wife and son on Veteran's Day for the past 3 years and the food, margaritas, and service has gone above the call of duty! Thank you McCormick & Schmick's for your continued support of veterans.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, server was not!
    jcknslly1993
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food was delicious and I highly recommend M&S for the great quality of the meal. The server could and should have been more attentive to our needs. I am a former server, so I do take into consideration how busy the restaurant is, with that said our server never once came by to see how our meal was or if we needed refills on our beverages. He came by only after we finished to see if we wanted dessert. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best, our server gets a 3.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • McCormick & Schmick's
    vietnamvet71
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Overall was a good dining experience with excellent food and drink, but there were some undesirable aspects to the evening. Service was slow and the noise level high. Of course it was "Veteran's Night" and this is understandable. My only criticism is of parents bringing small children to this upscale restaurant and then not managing them. Children running around inthe dining area, standing on chairs, and being overly boisterous is a major distraction for other diners. On a high note, I had one of the best Lemon Drop Martinis ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veteran's Day Meal For a Vet
    Igor
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Each year, M & S treat folks, like myself, to a complimentary dinner opn or around Veteran's Day. A very nice gesture on their part and much appreciated. The employees and Management go all out in seeing to a nice time for their guests. It ios just one of the many reasons I like this restaurant so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 36596845719
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    good food served and very good service at this famous Orange County restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful experience
    JeanB
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We went to McCormick & Schmick's for a late lunch and had a wonderful meal. The waiter was very attentive. The restaurant is beautiful. The high ceilings must absorb conversations, because it was such a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion
    visitor
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Our server Nancy, was spot on with her descriptions and personal recommendations. It was a busy afternoon, but the attention she gave our group of 10 was remarkable and appreciated. The foodies in our group found no fault with food or drinks. Be sure to check out the shrimp kisses and upside down apple pie.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above and Beyond
    Pete
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    There were 3 of us that ate on a special invitation that catered to Veterans, and we all enjoyed the service as well as the food. What a generous and thoughtful invitation for McCormick & Schmick's to offer a free meal with several meal selections. As we say in the military " they went above and beyond" We salute you and thank you once again for your hospitality
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Planked Salamon - Veterans Day
    IrvineFamily
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Very pleased with my meal and service on Veterans Day. I had the planked salmon and nibbled on my wife's fish and chips. Both were wonderful - tasty and cooked perfectly. They comp'ed my salamon as a veteran on Veterans Day which was so generous. I'm bringing my entire family back for Thanksgiving Day which has always been enjoyable for us too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion
    dinefine
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Server was very knowledgeable about the menu. We had a molten lava cake free for our anniversary. Nice!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch in Irvine
    foozie6
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Excellent service! I've been coming to this location for a dozen years and have never been disappointed by the food or the service. Our server, Robert, was superb without being intrusive. Our food was prepared as per the listing in the menu and was excellent. I would recommend this location in Irvine to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • M&S is Great - Period
    TrainkcVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Been to this location while traveling on business a number of times and its always fantastic - you can't go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Robert
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The dinner we had was "fantastic". The "Parmesan Crusted Sole" was the best ever.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter wonderful
    BrainsVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was great but they had a new butter that tasted like blue cheese and it was horrible. Ruined the great tasting fresh bread they serve
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was OK, but nothing worth a praise or coming back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The restaurant had a fire the night before and was closed down for public. No cancellations were sent out to public who had made reservations. My team of 11 showed up including members of executive/sr. management @ 8:30pm only to find out that the restaurant is closed. I would have appreciated a courtesy call or email about the change.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for business lunch
    Businesslunch
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Had a client lunch, everything went smoothly and everyone was happy. Great place for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale but comfortable
    lsolis
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I like coming here for dinner (although, at times, service can be slow) because I can always count on a good meal, quiet atmosphere perfect for carrying a conversation & a variety of menu choices. I especially enjoy trying the chef menu recommendations of prix fix meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food below expectations
    dklovesseafood
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Five of our six meals were OK, but nothing we couldn't have gotten elsewhere for lower cost. I had the steak and lobster special. Steak was more like brisket, pre-sliced but tasty. Vegetables were dried out and totally unappealing. The lobster was undoubtedly the worst I have ever had, mushy and nearly tasteless, even when dipped in butter. I totally regret not having sent it back. On the plus side, the bread was good and our waitress (Shole) was very attentive and friendly. Parking was convenient. Quiet atmosphere (nearly empty).
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  • My husband birthday
    Jacqui
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I brought my husband here for his 48th birthday celebration. The staff made it very special. The printed special menus wishing him a happy birthday and the waitress was very attentive and wished him a happy birthday multiple times
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvtoeatgrtfood
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Staff went out of their way to make our evening really special for us. The food was also excellent too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    Kayak
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    McCormick & Schmick is a place I would normally find dependable in quality food, great atmosphere for a business lunch, and good service. We were warmly greeted and immediately seated for our reservation. This was a business lunch in the middle of the day. Service was painfully slow and the server seemed oblivious to it. He took over 30 minutes to take our order, and nearly an hour to get our lunch. Disappointing. My fish, the trout with almonds and lemon butter was very good. Others at the table had the tilapia and said their food was flavorful but a bit soggy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent seafood and the service was great! I would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Refreshingly traditional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    In this day of nuevo everything, the dark woods and quiet atmosphere of M&S is a welcome return to traditional fine dining. Landry club benefits make it worth joining and holiday specials like steak and lobster for a very reasonable price are plenty of incentive to go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well presented, well served
    Robbinsca
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service was very friendly and attentive. We splurged and had an appetizer (Firecracker Shrimp) and desserts (Banana Cream pie, Apple pie) that we don't normally get. All portions of the meal were good and worth the money.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not recommended.
    namewithheld
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I would not recommend. And I only clicked "notable wine list" because this page would not allow me to leave a "private note to the restaurant" unless I completed the review portion of the page. Appetizer and entree (including pilaf and vegetables) were way too salty. Waitress was pushy.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs Update
    rbtalexVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food and service was good as always, but loud music from the bar made for poor ambience. And there was no one in the bar. Waiter said they would turn it down, but that never happened. Also the restaurant has been there for years and needs an update. Starting to look worn.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but uncomfortable booths
    passion4musicVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was very good and everyone there very nice and accommodating, but uncomfortable booths. They have hard edges and too much direct sunlight on a hot day, with no shades to control the light. Not good for a a business lunch wearing a suit. Request a table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food & service
    4health8
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The manager and servers were very attentive. The service was quick, food looked and was appetizing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The end to a Perfect Engagement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My now Fiancé and I went there after I proposed. I didn't know when I would be done with my plan of proposing and I made my reservation late. Unfortunately we finished sooner than I expected. I called McCormick & Schmick's & the hostess was able to get us an earlier time in the restaurant and in a great location. Upon our arrival they had complimentary valet parking. Once we entered the door, the hostess took us to our table and handed us our menus. To our surprise, the menus said "Congratulations on your engagement." The service and the food were phenomenal. To end our magical evening, they provided a complimentary lava cake to celebrate our evening. This dessert was one of the best I have had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kathy
    Foody4me
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Overall very good experience and food is great. The restaurant is located in a business district, so it is not in a very lively neighborhood. They do provide valet parking when you dine at their restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite spot
    EatLaughLove
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I scheduled a birthday dinner for my son and our family of 5 enjoyed a nice meal together. The birthday guy ordered the crab legs and a generous amount of Alaskan King crab legs was brought to the table. My daughter ordered the filet mignon and it looked yummy. The fish and chips looked yummy as well. I had the lobster bisque which was served with bisque poured over big chunks of lobster in a hot bowl. The calamari appetizer was a great start to a great meal. I loved how they personalized the menu with my son's name and birthday wishes. Good job M&S!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner!
    TrainkcVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    As always the team over performed and the meal was great - always a favorite
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1071 reviews are from the McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Irvine reviews archive.
  • RickVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Old shrimp, my sole was more like a pancake because of so much breading. Where is the fish? Service was fast but very cold and they did not honor their internet offer of a free desert with the purchase of an entrée. We cannot recommend M & S.
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    • Noise LevelModerate