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: 9497560505x
  • 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
79 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)good for groups (21)great for lunch (21)fit for foodies (21)romantic (16)neighborhood gem (15)notable wine list (13)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (5)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • Special Anniversary Dinner
    VivintheOC
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We received a gift card to McCormick & Schmick's a couple of weeks before our 45th anniversary so decided to use it for the upcoming special occasion. The restaurant is located in a business area by John Wayne airport so I think the clientele were more "out of towners". The food was incredible, our server was very attentive and the wine list was pretty good too! On the downside, I thought it was a more upscale restaurant and therefore we dressed "Nice Casual". We saw people coming in with shorts and flip flops more suited for a place like Island's or 5 Guys and made us feel over-dressed!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good experience
    Vincente
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I really enjoyed this restaurant. Food was great and service was friendly. Very much enjoyed my visit
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    DoctorMarla
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We'd been to a play @ Barclay's Theater, UCI and went to McCormick & Schmick for dinner. I've eaten many times at various locations. This particular time the food was good, not great, but everything else was very nice. I think it was just my selection as I tried something new.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    debstand
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have dined here off and on over the years, and are always pleased when we return. High quality service and consistently good food. It was my husband's birthday, and they made an appropriate fuss, including a personalized menu and lava cake dessert with the requisite candle.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Service
    Russell
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The service as a whole with all the staff was very good. Are waiter in particular impressed me most. I'm used to overly excited waiters that feel a bit overwhelming and even intrusive. The gentleman helping us just seemed like a more down to earth nice guy. I wish more waiters where like this. He made a good recommendation for an appetizer. The food was fantastic not sure I would say it was worth the price but it is clearly better then most restaurant we go to. We already have place we go to at this price range for special occasions. Although I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Mike
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We have been to many restaurants in the John Wayne airport area but this one is very nice for business. The tables are reasonable in terms of noise it is very easy to talk and do business. The fish was outstanding and they also have an ice steak selection for those who wish. The wine list was good not great but a good selection of all types of wine were offered. If you need a nice quiet place with good food this would be a good place to go to.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good spot, not the best day
    Meatguy1VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I have been to this restaurant many times. The service we excellent and staff very friendly. The food came out rapidly, a little to quicjk as we had not finished our salads, but acceptable. The fish dishes were overcooked. Disappointing. Since the restaurant was not busy, it was surprising to be rushed AND get overcooked food quickly. I will return since this was not representative of the past. I am afraid post July 4, that we got the "B" team in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent
    JDIIIVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    With our favorite waiter in the lead, we had yet another wonderful dining experience. Jeff caters to my wife's build her own entree (from menu items of course), and everything comes out right on time, ready to enjoy. Appetizer to desert, cocktail or wine, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food took over an hour to get restaurant was not busy
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Was a wonderful anniversary dinner - and even the Mr. said he would return. Good job / great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved the Lobster Cobb
    LunchloverVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Enjoyed a pleasant lunch - Shoal was our server and she was EXCELLENT. Had the lobster cobb salad and it was beautifully presented and delicious! Colleague had fish and chips, which were also yummy and not at all greasy. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Curiosity
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Service excellent as well as food. Server very well versed in menu. Lobster Bisque excellent as well as Chilean Sea Bass. Nice ambience overall.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lunchfriends
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    McCormick & Schmick's is our "go to" whenever we have a gathering. Its diverse menu makes it an ideal place when dealing with groups of people with varying tastes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fishermeninthefamily
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A classic place for a special occassion. The recognition on the menu of our 39th wedding anniversary was a very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • McCormick & Schmick's
    Anniversary
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a great experience at Mc Cormick @ Schmick's. We were seated right away and waited on right away. The staff was very attentive and friendly. It was a great dining experience. The food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First timer
    GTVegas
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Was a good experience, food and service was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over-served
    letmechoose
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Too much plus-selling, namely constantly steering the diners to the highest-priced items. The prices are plenty high! My complaint is about the waiter, not the food. The food was good to very good, although not a particularly good value for the money. But the staff was too interested in boosting the bottom line, and didn't really take a hint.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kcmcVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    great restaurant for casual dining. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Our waiter Brad was very helpful with suggestions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion
    livelife
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Spent a lovely evening at Mc&S with a small group celebrating family events...college graduations and birthday. We had reservations. We were seated promptly, had great service, we had a room to ourselves. The food was great. I would highly recommend for a special event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice evening out
    lmm614
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The first hostess that spoke to us seemed a little confused, but then someone came immediately to seat us. The oysters were amazing. Both our entrees were great. I had the crab stuffed salmon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best anniversary dinner
    PJfrmSoCalVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I typically love McCormick's. Generally great food and great service. But this experience was just kinda sorta so so. And everyone is entitled to a bad day. The ceasar salad was yellow and lifeless. The steaks were good but just good. They didn't seem hot out of the oven. The creme brulee had an odd texture. It didn't change my feelings about the chain. I will go back. I just hope that it's better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a treat
    SoCalNativeVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My wife and I try to go every few months for the oysters which are marvelous but pricey if not on special. Our waiter was excellent and attentive. Its nice to be able to know if we can get in with Opentable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.