McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - San Diego
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - San Diego

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/
  • Phone: (619) 645-6545
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Mary Hinds
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Semi-private upstairs dining overlooking the restaurant and downtown.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Street
  • Public Transit: San Diego Trolley Stop - Gaslamp
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available across from restaurant. Validations available excluding Petco Park events.
A word from McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - San Diego
Our restaurant is connected via sky bridge to the new Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, and is perfect for catching a meal before or after the game. We are also conveniently located directly across from the San Diego Convention Center and the historic Gaslamp District. Come join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We are also an ideal location for large parties. Printed daily, the menu features the freshest selection of seafood offered in San Diego. The "Fresh List" changes daily and exhibits catches from around the globe. Visit the lively bar and enjoy hand-crafted cocktails using fresh-squeezed juices or try a selection from the extensive wine and beer list. Don't forget to visit us for our famous bar menu.
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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (54)fit for foodies (34)good for groups (31)romantic (30)great for lunch (25)notable wine list (17)neighborhood gem (15)great for outdoor dining (13)great for brunch (12)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (6)Show More
  • Taste the food not the sauce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We really enjoy good fish which is why we chose to go to this superb chain restaurant. We tried everything from swordfish to fish and chips to crab cakes and scollops to stuffed sole. The waiter was very helpful with his suggestions and while we had wanted to try the special, the stuffed rockfish, they were out of it and two other items. With fresh fish, this happens. What we enjoyed was that the simple preparations cooked perfectly allowed the food to be at its best. There were so heavy sauces overpowering the food you came to taste. The clam chowder was the best I have eaten anywhere. The prices require this restaurant to be one where you go to celebrate all that is good in your life. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We go to McCormick & Schmick's in all the cities we visit. Food was blah. Bok choy was the worst I have had. Service (server) was poor.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bogeyman
    bogeyman
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Went here with my wife for our last night in San Diego. It was a wonderful ending to a great trip. The restaurant was quiet, we had one of the private booths, and the food was outstanding. I had the steelhead trout and my wife had the stuffed sole. Both were outstanding. Service was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I've eaten in other McCormick and Schmick's restaurants and was looking forward to dining in this one, but was very dissatisfied with the service. It wasn't a busy night and we had a 7:00 dinner reservation, but waited 20 minutes after we were seated to get menus and a glass of water and over 50 minutes to get served. When I requested a second glass of wine about half way through my meal, it arrived just as I was finishing my dinner some 10-15 minute later. Very disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little unpleasent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My girlfriend and I decided to go out on Sunday and to our surprise there was a free meal involved for veterans day which was nice. We were enjoying our evening. Unfortunately, we were right by the patio door. There were about 4 people outside that were smoking and we could smell it through the door for some of the night. We didn't say anything to the waitress because they would stop smoking and the smell would go away for a minute. Then they would start smoking again then we thought that they would eventually go away. That was not the case. They were outside until we left. Other than that the fish was okay I wouldn't recommend it to anyone but the steak was amazing and well worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    AndyP82
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    A friend of mine and I came to the restaurant for dinner during the salute to veterans event. The hostess was very welcoming and personable. We were seated within minutes of our reservation time. The server Carol Anne was excellent. She graciously tended to our needs and provided outstanding service with a genuine smile. The food was delicious and of high quality for the price! It was my friend's first time to the establishment and he too was impressed. Thanks again for making the veterans feel at home for the meal. Will definitely dine again there soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honoring veterans
    4gratefulvets
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    It was a wonderful evening! There was a large list of meals offered for the veteran specials, and the food was excellent, as well as the service! Thank you for honoring our vets with such a special evening; it was definitely a treat:)!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The bad buser
    lulu128
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful night. As we were about to leave though we saw the table buser drop silverware then put them on the table for the next guest to use. We brought it up and they where changed by a waiter before the new guest had a chance to use them. Just wow. I was shocked. Such a nice restaurant that should not happen.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was my first experience thanks to the Salute to Veterans.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veteran's Day dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    One word for this place! Awesome! This was the 4th year we have been here for the Veterans Day free dinner. I have requested one of the private booths every year and they have obliged every time! This is the best Veterans Day dinner available! The service is always great, as well as the meals and drinks. Fernando was so wonderful to us! He went over the top to ensure that we had a great time! He is truly an asset to your company!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for Vets Day meal
    Jerry
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    It is a classy act to remember Vets Day with a Sunday dinner for vets. I appreciate it and so do all the other vets.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nov.11, 2014 review of McCormick and schmicks
    willy
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This is the second time we have taken advantage of the Veterans free meal offer by this restaurant. Last year the food was not very good most likely because we had a very early reservation. This year both the meal and the service were outstanding. I had dined at McCormick and Schmicks before both in San Diego and the Virginia. Beach locations. They were excellent which was why last year was so disappointing. They more than made up for it this year. Thank you very much!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    8itall
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Our Veteran's day meal was exquisite and the service exceptional. I told my 160+ FB Friends that we were treated like royalty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - service lacked attention
    FromSD
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Best salmon on cedar plank in San Diego. Cooked to perfection and tasted magnificently! With that said, our waiter was not very attentive. My group was left to its own vail at times. Altjough the service improved towards the end it was upsetting to have to ask the bus-boys for water, bread, refills because our waiter forgot us.... If not for that it was a 4.5 star rest. (Maybe the waiter had a rough day that noon!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Service
    Gaslightmoments
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Our server and waiter were excellent. We will definitely return for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Dave
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food was good but, the service even better! Truly a wonderful place to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    rmont917
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food was Outstanding, the girl forgot to bring the bread and was so so service.
    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, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Lagirl
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This is the second time that I have eaten at this restaurant. The food was excellent. Thank you for honoring Veterans.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    A great location for this restaurant. A little pricey for what you get, but the view and the atmosphere definitely factor into that. The food was just okay, a little bland, but well presented. The service was terrific, as well. Was very pleased to see Alesmith Brewery, among other craft beers, on draught, and would definitely consider stopping by the bar again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was terrrrible
    McCterribles
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I made reservations for their Veteran's Day special to celebrate with my significant other. It wasn't packed at the time but it took at least 40 minutes for someone to notice us. It was quite offensive. My SO wanted to leave but I convinced him to stay because we came all the way from North County for their special. I wanted to order off their brunch menu and by the time the server came by she informed us that they weren't serving breakfast anymore but she could bring me eggs. I didn't want an overpriced halfassed breakfast. Other tables were getting breakfast items the whole time we were there. SO ordered off the veteran's menu. His food was okay. Fish and chips made with Tilapia, the cheapest grade fish money can buy.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Lunch
    greatservice
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was my first time here and I was impressed with the service. My waiter who name escapes me was great he definitely paid attention to us and was very pro active to our needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was amazing; it was fresh, cooked perfectly, and beautifully arranged. There was an adequate wine list, offering 3 types of each wine type by the glass. Food service was good; waters were refilled without asking, food was served hot, and the service staff “waited” not “lurked”. I was disappointed that our soups were not served; that makes the difference between good and great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stick with dinner
    tralaVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I had breakfast here and it was ok but nothing special. Service was a little slow even thought the restaurant was not full. Stick with dinners when the food is really good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above and Beyond
    Alyssaandme
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I chose McCormick and Schmick's Seafood in San Diego for a very special occasion: it was the last stop of an all-day excursion through San Diego with my one and only. We received a perfect little secluded table that allowed intimate conversation and from the moment we sat down, both of us felt welcome in the classy atmosphere. The scratch bar crafted some amazing fresh squeezed strawberry lemonades while the kitchen prepared an incredible plate of calamari. The lobster bisque's presentation was impressive and the crunchy croutons were a nice touch. Each of our entrees were prepared as desired and portioned well. I was also glad to see that the price was so reasonable for such an amazing experience, since I piced up the bill and all 👍
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Amazing food! Very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Fernando took care of us and made sure that we had everything we needed. He even hooked us up with some little perks for our anniversary. good job guys.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good breakfast
    RedtagVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Good breakfast in pleasant atmosphere. The sausage is excellent. Service was also very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    dinks
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Ordered filet mignon and although tender, not much flavor. Service very good, but I think the steak could have been better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and Superb
    SueAVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This was a second visit in a year and it lived up to the wonderful food and ambiance experience I remembered. From the moment we walked in the door until the end of the evening everything was exceptional- from service to food. It's a fish lovers delight but the carefully prepared menu doesn't forget the carnivores.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Favorite
    tastingsandiego
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My husband and I are from Ohio and loved your restaurant in Columbus, and we were sure we'd love it here too. It was our anniversary and we made a great choice!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Cdffiremedic
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Cocktails are out of this world..highly recommend the Moscow Mule and the Hemingway Daquiri!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JDP
    JDPMiamiVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I always enjoy going here. I am a Landry's Member and love their assortments of restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If Petco has an event dont go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Extreme poor organization, our group arrived one hour prior to our 6:45 dinner reservation. We were seated at 7:10, my clients had to gobble their food to make the show. Keep in mind, the table we were finally seated was empty the whole hour we were seated in the lobby waiting. Totally embarrassed
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overwhelmed Management
    Macca2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We made a reservation for 6:45 the night of McCartney's show at Petco Park. The restaurant is immediately next to the stadium and was utterly overwhelmed with people. Management seemed paralyzed. We were seated about 20 minutes late which put the evening at risk since the show was scheduled to start at 8:00. We waited patiently and were actually enjoying the crazy scene in the bar, but we gave the wait staff about 5 minutes to come to the table. They didn't, so we left. Turns out we could have stayed; the show actually started at 8:30 but of course we had no way of knowing that. Petco does not host a lot of shows, but it seems that the management there made no real contingencies for this huge event at the facility literally 200 yards away.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out There
    LA58
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    That how we felt our reservation was OUT THERE, that fit with the Paul McCartney theme. seated late and service was slow. It seems as is they did not know the rush was coming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Disappointing
    Ct17
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I chose to try this restaurant before the Paul McCartney concert and they were simply overwhelmed and underprepared for the crowd. It took an hour to get food, half hour to get wine, and we never did get bread. Definitely NOT a place to try when there is a big event downtown. On the up side, when the food arrived, it was good and our waiter did try his best.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cheerstous
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    couldn't handle busy night-horrible-had to leave without eating
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never got a table...
    Chris
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our dinner reservations were for the evening of the Paul McCartney concert in the adjacent Petco Ballpark. When we arrived 30 minutes early, we checked in but could see that the restaurant was seriously overbooked. We waited until long after our 6:30 reservation time had come and passed but we were never called. We went to the concert without dinner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Poor service on a busy night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Had a 6:30p resv the night of Paul McCartney at Petco. Showed up early, asked to wait in line even with resv. Did so for 25 minutes. Saw a couple cut the line because they had a resv. Manager did not address it when prompted so I had to play the bad guy to the customer and ask what made him special. Hosts/FOH manager did not want to deal with the issue. Table was not ready as reserved. We were asked to wait 15 more minutes. Checked back in 20 minutes later and were told another 15 minutes. Hosts did not interact with line or try to manage it and assuage concerns. They hid behind the host stand and looked feckless and the people grew rowdy. Definite lack of planning regardless of their claim to be able to handle these types of crowds.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor management
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We have eaten at McCormick & Schmick's several times... they have good food. Service is leisurely, but usually prompt when we are going to an event (we have eaten prior to ball games ). However, this visit we had poor service.. management had not planned for large crowds. We had reservations for dinner 1 hr /45 min before a concert and barely made it . When reservation made, wrote in special instructions were going to the concert . We checked in 30 minutes early to let them know we were there &reminded them of the concert We were seated 30 minutes late, it took 20 minutes to have someone come and take our order and another 40 minutes before the dinner arrived....15 minutes to eat!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • you asked for it
    prePaulMcCartneyconcert
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We booked this restaurant for the location next to Petco Park for the Paul McCartney concert. I have eater there several times and likes the restaurant. Well, they absolutely did not have their act together this night. They booked too many people at the same time and I venture to say most everyone left unhappy. A 75% house with happy customers is much better than a full house with disappointed customers. Service stunk, food took forever, one meal was just warn like it was sitting waiting for the other entrée to be competed. One drink did not taste like what was orfered but it took 1/2 to get it so it would do no good to send it back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet