McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - National Harbor
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - National Harbor

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - National Harbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/
  • Phone: 3015676224x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday and Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Adan Gijon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We offer Full-Service Off-site Catering. Please contact the Catering Sales Manager for more information, at 301-567-6925.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: "NH1" from the Branch Avenue Station, will let passengers off on Waterfront Street, one block from our location.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public garage parking & outdoor lots availabe next to the restaurant.
A word from McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - National Harbor
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant at National Harbor is located on the scenic banks of the Potomac River overlooking the shores of Old Town Alexandria, Washington DC & Maryland. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant at National Harbor features a river side patio dining & private dining room with the main dining room & bar areas all showcasing view of the harbor.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - National Harbor reviews from OpenTable diners
440 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (268)special occasion (191)great for outdoor dining (169)good for groups (116)romantic (106)great for lunch (99)fit for foodies (78)hot spot (56)neighborhood gem (56)notable wine list (55)vibrant bar scene (55)great for brunch (55)kid-friendly (52)late-night find (32)Show More
  • Bob Namejko
    SVCFace
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    It was worth the trip to drive from McLean to the Harbor. food was tasty and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. Would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Read some negative reviews about this particular place, but let me tell you. The food was delicious, the service was great and the restaurant was impressively clean. My wife & I are from out of town and our experience here was first rate. One of the best places we visited while staying at the Gaylord Hotel. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but a couple of missteps
    arbucloVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    There were 4 of us and among us had the tuna two ways (appetizer), chopped salad (over dressed), crab stuffed shrimp, seafood mac and cheese, and panko crusted fish. All were good except the salad, as noted. the other problem we had was that we added crab to the fish but it did not get added. We were charged for it but didn't have time to get the bill corrected so ended up paying for something we didn't get. Cocktails were good and reasonably priced.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood favorite
    Anniversary
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We order the Fried Shrimp dinner which was delivery quickly without a long wait based on how busy they were. The shrimps were not overcooked and the side dishes, mashed potatoes and cold slaw were great. The pricing of the food was moderate for the location.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • satisfied
    HighlyRecommended
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Rena, the manager, is a man of his word. Our previous visit to M & was disappointing. Rena said he would make up for it on our next visit --AND HE DID. Good job Rena.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • So, so.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    First time dining at McCornick and Schmick's and must confess that the experience was underwhelming. For the restaurant's reputation and pricing the food was not as good as most of the fine restaurants across the Potomac in Alexandria. The service was exceptional. The food, however, was just average.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Resturant
    Special
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was about my third visit here at the Harbor's location for myself and my husband, I have also been to the Grill, in DC a few years ago. We really had a wonderful and peaceful time, We were celebrating our 9th Wedding Anniversary, and celebrated it here last year as well, I had the Blackend Trout, Mash potato's and Geen beans, my food was Awesome, and the price was great. I planned to visit more often, cause the food and atmosphere was great. I could actually eat here once a week, We both Love sea food. C. Lewis
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Attagirl
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food was wonderful and great atmosphere. Service was prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK but Very Noisy and Poor Service
    VivaEspana
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The menu descriptions are very appealing, but the food doesn't quite meet expectations. The service was extremely slow with invisible waitstaff. The place was crowded and very noisy, but that doesn't excuse poor service since management knew well in advance that the place was fully reserved for a convention, so they should have had adequate staff on duty. There are better options nearby.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday lunch
    MandyMVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I came to McCormick & Schmick to use my $25 birthday credit with my Landry's card, and I also use my $50 gift certificate I had been given at an earlier date. When I reserved my table for lunch for my husband and I - I made note that it was my birthday because often times a restaurant will give a complimentary dessert to the guest of honor - or possibly commemorative menu. When the waiter told me he had something special for me for my birthday, I did not expect him to bring a dessert for my husband as well, only because I told him we could share whatever he was bringing out. I did not see the final bill but only figured today I was charged for both desserts after seeing how much the desserts were. Needless to say I was surprised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, terrible service
    FoodLover1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    One good thing was delicious food, but overshadowed with terrible service. For starters, the waiter took forever to get our beverages and take our orders. The soft drinks were $4 (I guess the price for dining at a "fancy" restaurant), and if you wanted strawberry lemonade, they charged a $1 more to add strawberry flavor. We were not offered refills on drinks. Once the food came, our waiter was no where to be found, didn't check up on us to see if we needed anything more. One of my guests actually walked up to the kitchen to get A1 sauce for his steak. That's bad! It also took forever to get the check. The staff could use training because it's service like this that will cause diners to go elsewhere. Will not be coming back!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was not nearly as good as I thought it was going to be, especially for the price. I will say the service was very nice...which is the only reason I gave this a 3. I would not go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Blue
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Although friendly, the service was extremely slow. Getting a glass of wine was painful not to mention they lost out on some revenue! As we would've had more. I know one shouldn't assume that just because an entree is $25+ that the food should be excellent, but I did expect decent. Very disappointing dining experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date night
    Woof2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I decided to call the restaurant to make a reservation and they told me they were full until after 8 pm and I needed before 6. We had tickets for Cirque. Thank god for open table that had a 530 p. hot early and we were seated promptly. The food was amazing. The only problem we experience was with our drink order. They were always late. The diet coke order never made it to the table. We got our first round of drinks 5 minutes after the appetizers were on the table and we order them before glancing at the menu. The food is really good and so are the desserts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location was is better than meal
    alj238
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Good: Right on the waterfront of the National Harbor. An fantastic venue to take in the sights prior to seeing Cirque Du Soleil. Wait time wasn't too bad (5 min) although I made reservations 3 days prior. Atmosphere was busy and vibrant. Menu selections was varied. They also have a gluten free menu. The Bad: I've had better meals in a seafood restaurant chain. The meals we selected were dry and over saturated with seasoning to make up for the poor taste. The presentation was that of a buffet. My fish was dry and my dates mash potatoes seemed loaded with salt.Ordered a ice tea, my server provided use ice water but never brought by tea.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BeachGirl
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very loud atmosphere. Not even able to have table conversation. Not my idea of a top shelf restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Environment
    JonTan
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is a great restaurant to go late night. But the ambiance isn't quite there, probably because it is at the National Harbor, so there are people everywhere. I would prefer a more intimate setting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not conducinve to dining
    Zing
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Restaurant was far too noisy (from partially separated bar/happy hour) to enjoy dinner (7:45). We had to wait 25 min for our "before dinner" drinks because of a happy hr. that was more important to the restaurant. We were 5 minutes from walking out the restaurant. The meal was worth returning for; the place was not. There was no harbor view for dinner patrons (unless you eat outside on the terrace). But, the restaurant was too loud to dine on the terrace with the rock band playing just outside the door. For those looking for quite dinner conversation, a view of the harbor, and timely service, this is definitely not the place. If a quality, but slightly inflated meal is your only requirement, this should satisfy you. We will not return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EYES
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Bread was not hot and not enough of it for 8 people
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • JSquared
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The restaurant was so noisy around 6:30 pm due to Happy Hour clouds. The foods wasn't anything special and over priced.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date Night Disappoint
    misslinz
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Heard great reviews from a coworker so decided to try for a night out. Drinks took a long time for place being empty. Bread was delicious though. I ordered the stuffed flounder.delicious. Rice was undercooked.Boyfriend got the ribeye. He asked for a salad with ranch. Was brought a hot Caesar salad with ranch on the side. Waiter couldn't understand Caesar dressing and ranch dressing don't mix well. Brought another hot salad with watery ranch. Cheese and croutons were good though. Ordered the creme brulee it was life changing. Boyfriend had the cheesecake was so so. Took 30 minutes to get check then another 15 for the waiter to bring the card back.Again restaurant wasnt busy. Overall recommend for a normal dinner but don't expect too much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    kumn4ya
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Love coming here for special events love the area. Great food good prices
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay, not worth the cost
    Aishasolo
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Though the level of service is always a factor in whether or not I enjoy a dining experience (and our waiter was inattentive), as is the selection of food on the menu (closer to nouvelle cuisine without a balance of standard fare), I rated this restaurant lower than one would expect based on name recognition because my overall experience was mediocre. The primary selling point is the view of the Potomac. Unless you sit outside, however, it isn't the right venue for a quiet, romantic dinner, and the patio is only available on a first-come-first-seated basis. Maybe it would work for a lively group of four or more. Or eating at the bar, where noise is typical. All things considered, I wouldn't return here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Impressed
    MDandHVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had dinner here last night and will not be going back. We had the "Fish N' Chips" and the "Cashew Crusted Tilapia"...both dishes were good. However, when we first arrived, there was a 'dirty & greasy' bread plate on one setting. The waiter replaced it, but not until long after bringing out our bread. Their bread was very hard and very chewy...didn't care for it at all. Staff could have been a bit more attentive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our waitress was overworked by her own admission, and rude. When we informed the manager, Renee, he seemed very nonchalant about it. We were offered nothing for the poor service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Dining Experience
    Fitbit
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 22nd Anniversary here and it was such a wonderful dining experience! The food was amazing! All seafood was extremely fresh and cooked to perfection. Wine selections were outstanding and dessert tasted just like my mothers! This particular restaurant overlooks the water so it was a wonderfully romantic evening! We are certain to dine here again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    After reading reviews I was a little worried about service and wait time but we had a fabulous meal, great service, and perfect table with an amazing view. Making a reservation was honored and a good time was had.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Visit
    DTPFood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was excellent and the timing was perfect. Not rushed but didn't need to wait for anything. Our server (Anthony) was the best. Drinks filled as needed. Stopped by to check on quality as each course was delivered but was not a constant pest. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • + side dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our first visit to this location at National Harbor. Service was very good from our server however there were two servers arguing over who has the tables in our area on the dining room floor next to our table (not the place to be having that discussion). Food was borderline awesome and the walnut double baked apple pie to finish it off was amazing. Would definitely go back for another visit. Only downfall was the our table location. As the evening set in the setting sun from the outside was right in our eyes making eating and interacting with each other difficult. I noticed a few other tables with the same problem as us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had a 5:45 reservation on 9/13/14 for my wife's birthday. Arrived at the restaurant about ten minutes early and was told we couldn't be seated until our reservation time (which if perfectly fine) so I informed the hostess that we would get a drink at the bar while we waited. At 5:50 I went back to the host stand and was told we would be seated. Five minutes later we were actually seated. We then waited 15 minutes with no service at all, not even to fill water glasses. As we were getting up to leave another server asked if we had not been served and offered to figure out who our server was. I would have waited for a manager but I now had to determine where we could have dinner and still make the show we had tickets for.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    newbie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The scenic views are wonderful and the food was just as good. The experience exceeded our expectation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely 5 star
    Nene40
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service and food was amazing. Service was great. Wait staff knew the menu made greet recommendations. Food was amazing good portions, great taste. Dessert was unbelievable. Prices match service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sure Why Not!
    WhyNot619
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food was good. The ambiance was also cool. The bread was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    AlexDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    At the last minute, decided to head out for seafood - we knew our food would be great. It was. Also first time we weren't able to sit in a view location but the interior. We thought it would be quieter - it wasn't despite the section being fairly empty. (Bar was around the corner - and that is where the crowd was.) we had a very pleasant server - she just was MIA for most of our meal. Long long waits to get first and second courses, wine, water refilled, check delivered and card slip returned. Surprisingly the crowd was in the bar not the dining room so not sure why the delay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SLOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    VERY SLOW SERVICE LEFT WITHOUT EATING THIS PLACE FOCUSES ON CONVENTION ATTENDEES BUT IS NOT GEARED TO PROMPTLY HANDLE THE TRAFFIC
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Untrained waitress
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our server was completely untrained and the service was perhaps the WORST service I've ever had in a nice restaurant. When we ordered a bottle of wine, we were not given the chance to taste it prior to the waitress pouring both glasses. When our Cesar salad came, we requested fresh ground pepper, which should have accompanied the delivery of our salads. We waited about 5 or so minutes before the waitress came back with a pepper mill and sat it on the table. After we finished our salad, she asked us if we had decided on our entrees...which we had ordered at the same time as the salads. Water glasses never refilled, multiple requests to get bread. Just simply lousy service. Food was OK, but disappointing for McCormick & Schmicks.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMWK
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had a great waiter who was very knowledgeable of the menu and made excellent suggestions. I have eaten at several McCormicks, but have often stuck with the same selections. On this evening, I followed the suggestion of the waiter and it was excellent. The Harbor location is closer to my home so I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was delicious
    steaklover18
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was delicious! My family and I had a great time. Our server Cephas was friendly and helped us choose great entrees although it did take a bit for our soft drinks to arrive at the table, then again, it was Saturday night. I will definitely be coming again and I'll be sure to try dessert this time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Preparation
    HotScot
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Quality preparation of seafood. Both dishes [Salmon and Trout] were very good and served before the temp began to cool. Very busy night and waitress forgot the asparagus order. Plenty of vegetables on side as served so no big deal. A lively date night location. Waitress looked up my Landry club card as I forgot it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food but noisy
    MHB1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday here on the weekend. Saturday night, the place was very busy and very noisy. Despite the crowd the service was excellent and the food was delicious. The lobster bisque should be illegal it's so decadent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.