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

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - San Jose

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/
  • Phone: (408) 283-7200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 11:30am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Chamichael Robinson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Happy Hour $2.99
    Mon-Fri. 4:00pm-6:30pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W. San Carlos
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are 5 public lots within walking distance.
A word from McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - San Jose
Bringing the freshest seafood to Silicon Valley, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant is located adjacent to the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose. Situated central to San Jose landmarks and businesses, McCormick & Schmick's is across the street from Plaza de Cesar Chavez and within easy walking distance to the Convention Center, Civic Auditorium and the Museum of Art.


The menu at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant is printed twice daily and features more than 30 species of fresh fish and seafood caught daily from the Pacific Ocean as well as other regions around the world. Combining the bounty of fresh ingredients from California's Central Valley and wine country, McCormick & Schmick's prepares and serves seafood in a timeless and traditional presentation. Enjoy your meal in our dining room, on our spacious outdoor patio, or in the bar.
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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - San Jose reviews from OpenTable diners
190 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (94)good for groups (70)fit for foodies (68)romantic (42)great for outdoor dining (40)great for lunch (34)notable wine list (29)neighborhood gem (27)late-night find (15)vibrant bar scene (14)great for brunch (12)hot spot (10)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Over-rated
    imasoldman
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Food and service were only average, nothing more. Prices were hefty for what you got. I see no good reason to go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Opera Night
    Milton
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We like having the almond trout prior to going to the San Jose Opera. Consistently delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Review
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Outstanding service - good food, great ambiance. For the pass few years, its been our spot for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vets honored
    goodeats
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This is the fourth year my wife and I have accepted the invitation to dine here to honor Veterans. This year we invited a couple one of whom also was a Vet to join us. Each year the menu gets better for the Vets. As usual the food was excellent. The restaurant was very busy as the turn-out was exceptional. This accounted for the somewhat slower service and a bit higher noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went to the Veteran's Day dinner which is so nice
    Yummy
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Food declicious and wait staff attentive if a bit busy due to restaurant being full for the free Vet Day dinner . Noisy also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veterans appreciation
    traveler
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    McCormick & Schmick's offers a free entree to all veterans on the Sunday before Veteran's Day. In addition to the entree, they offered a decent red and a decent white wine for half price to veterans. The fresh seafood here is always good, and we always enjoy our meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Good Service and food! The Veteran's Day tribute was a classy way to demonstrate appreciation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FOOD:OK; SERVICE: TERRIBLE
    DISAPPOINTED
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Ambiance was OK, Food was a little better than fair, probably impacted by the Service or the lack there of... Service was TERRIBLE
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THANKS!
    Jack
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Thank you very much for your veterans day dinner at M&S. I think it was a very generous offer and I salute you for it. Jack Forristel USCGR-Ret
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you for honoring Veterans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Your food, service, and atmosphere was excellent as always. While it is a pleasure to enjoy McCormick & Schmick's, their honoring veterans makes it even more special! Thank you.....
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant
    MK190
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great dinner with amazing food! The waitress was so helpful, and very friendly! Loved that they did a free entree for Veteran's; that made my weekend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Professional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Very professional and accomodating. The wait staff and manager were open, friendly and, knowledgeable about all options on the menu. The atmosphere was calm and serene. Overall enviornment was inviting and warm in combination with a very attentive wait staff and punctual. I encourage anyone with a treasured family or important business to trust this establishment to take care of all parties.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service on a busy day
    chevy56
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    server, (Jose) very considerate, especially for wheelchaired guest, food v. good, though salmon rigatoni a little too salty. $3.50 for soda too much, whipped butter no flavor
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • weekend lunch
    regular
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    our server wasn't in the mood to work. We didn't get our water and coke refill.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    PRPLKAT
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I went to M&S for a belated birthday dinner and was very satisfied with both the food and drink selection, the friendly service, and the overall experience. Great date spot!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    jjbf
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Came here for my boyfriend's dad's birthday and had a great time. Our server, Jason, was very attentive and friendly, but not too much so. He was patient and considerate when my boyfriend and I were deciding on items for my boyfriend's parents.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent meal
    Meltivore
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We stopped in for my wife's "birthday-eve" dinner and had a great time. We were seated right away, the staff was very attentive and the food was excellent. The noise was a bit much at times, but the world series (w/SF Giants) was on TV and the bar was understandably lively, so I can let it slide.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Went on a Tuesday night with 2 colleagues. Among the 3 of us, we had the crab tower appetizer, lobster bisque, almond-crusted rainbow trout, mahi mahi on sweet potato & crab hash with a corn bisque sauce, lobster mashed potatoes, 2 cocktails, and a glass of wine. Everything was tasty, including the complimentary bread and butter. Our server was accommodating, friendly, and helpful. The crab tower wasn't as impressive as I thought it would be, but the lobster bisque was fantastic. I asked for a small souffle cup of the roasted corn I had seen on the menu with another food item and added it to the soup, which I highly recommend for those who like corn with their lobster bisque--adds extra flavor & texture. Overall, a dinner winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Success
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I had a grilled salmon salad and it was awesome. A Guinness too. All good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very Disappointed
    MzBunny
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Decided on McCormick & Schmick for dinner with a friend. Service was horribly slow, ordered the special thinking dinner should be fabulous. The swordfish special with the blue cheese and cheddar potatoes was a well thought dish, the swordfish was done perfectly and tasted great. However the potatoes were not. They were cold, dry, and from what we saw no notable bleu cheese. With our service we were even unable to let the waiter know these were not to our liking. End of the meal when he finally showed back up and we let him, he proceeds to tell us, "you should have said something" kind of hard to say something when you are no where to be found. Terrible to receive the check prior to the end of the meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect, just what we anticipated
    Toshfamily
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    very pricey, but the perfect place for an anniversary, or other special occasion. Top Notch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good fresh seafood
    traveler
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food is always very good; service ranges from poor to fair. This time our server was pleasant and attentive, but it took FOREVER to get the check! If you like really fresh seafood, well prepared, this is an excellent place to go. The chef does a wonderful job of pairing sauces and accompaniments to the various fresh seafood choices. Wine list is decent, and desserts are yummy. And if you're a veteran, this is a GREAT place to go on the Sunday before Veteran's Day, when they give all vets a free meal. I'm willing to occasionally put up with hit or miss service, so I'll be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I thought the service was good, guy was nice and attentive. Although for the amount of food that you get it is expensive. If you are really hungry this is not the place to go to unless you are willing to spend at least $100. It was a nice experience for our first time but won't be going back simply because of price of food was just too expensive for very little amount and my roasted potatoes were actually burnt and black.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seafood lunch was great
    Jlev90
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I was satisfied with the food. I expected a larger portion for the ahi tuna.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown gem
    Sunny64
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Excellent food and service with great specials. We had steak and lobster for under $30 each. They also validate parking if you use a city lot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED it!
    JHFA
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. They were welcoming when we walked in. The service was WONDERFUL!!! The food was great and they really made us feel special which made our night even more special. The even created a special version of their menu that said "Happy Anniversary" on the top! This place is definitely going to the top of my list!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Vals
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had dinner before the San Jose Sharks game. Long time residents of San Jose we have yet to eat here. We choose the bacon wrapped prawns and some oysters on the half shell, both were amazing. Dinner, was filet w/ lobster tail (chef accommodated my husbands request, thank you) and the sesame ahi steak. Both were perfect. Wait staff was happy & accomidating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Yumyum237
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food was fanstastic, ambiance was very classy and comfortable and the service was just as good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • premium but needs to improve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This is an upscale chain restaurant. I think it satisfies but at a higher cost than the food warrants. The location is amazing, but food was a little greasy. If in San Jose, can recommend but better on expense account.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT service despite marathon day
    CaliforniaJim
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We went on a Rock and Roll 1/2 marathon day when the restaurant was set aside for race VIP's only. After presenting ourselves for the reservation at 11:30 for a birthday celebration we were met with blank looks and to burly security guards telling us we needed wristbands for entrance. A subsequent response and apologies by the store manager allowed us and our late arriving guests to congregate in a small dining room for our celebration. Food was predictably good at the franchise steakhouse and the service was excellent. We will,likely return but be more cautious in selecting our dates!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always First Class
    Cupertinoted
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    You can always count on McCormick & Schmick for first class service and deliciously prepared food. I'm not a wine drinker so can not comment on the wine list. The menu always has nice seasonal specialities, varying house specialities as well as basics (e.g. plain grilled fish). Have eaten here many times and never been disappointed. The restaurant was quite busy but we were seated in the back (banquet?) room so the noise level did not affect us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    daxgirlVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The service was outstanding as was the food. The wine list is good and has a range of prices so that there is something for everyone on the list. The calamari was the freshest we've had in a long time. Our entrees were very good & reasonably priced. The restaurant wasn't filled to capacity so the noise level wasn't fine. They have booths if you want a romantic dinner, which is very nice. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner for 2
    makemyday
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    forgot my cellphone there. returned to a cheerful manager with cell nearby .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FAVORITE RESTAURANT in San Jose!
    jewels
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Where do begin??? We were welcomed with a warm hospital greeting as we walked in the door. Our waiter, Daniel, was fantastic!! He was kind, knowledgeable of the menu, & paid great detail to us. The food from the kitchen was hands down the BEST FOOD in San Jose! The presentation was pristine and the food came out in a perfect timely manner. The ombieance was impeccable with a modern up beat lounge music in a classy setting, it truly made for a perfect evening for us!! We give Mc Cormick & Schmick's 5 stars all around!! Thank you to all the staff from front of the house to the kitchen, even the management for making our evening a beautiful night to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood Specials
    MontereyGem
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food at McCormick & Schmick's is outstanding and the service is excellent. Great restaurant for before/after theater or sporting events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good seafood choice
    KayW
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had the coast-to-coast tuna starter: fresh and tasty; the tartar needed some more pizzazz. Sole: good, nice presentation. Trilogy of shrimps: an interesting selection of different styles, with a nice accompaniment of butternut squash orzo. Good service, dining room not too loud.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chains Issues
    FranklySpeaking94556
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I went to the first one of these restaurants when they opened in Portland, Oregon, many years ago and the food was great. Years later, as one would suspect, as it got more popular and sought to expand, then, ultimately, sell to a larger organization, the food quality has declined substantially; It is now one step above the Applebees of the world, as the prices are still quite daunting for the quality of the food. Just not up to par, so I was disappointed. The atmosphere, service and decor are still first rate, but I would stick to the cheapest item on the menu over a business lunch and would not bother with a family outing as it would be too costly. No real value here.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrific food
    RMGfoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Spinach mushroom side dish a mound of vinegar mush, crunchy butternut squash in orzo, instant mashed potatoes, key lime pie had cheesecake texture and topped with vanilla sorbet?! Chocolate "bag" with mouse that was melted at top, frozen at bottom, grainy in consistency. Music too loud and and unpleasant. Service was excellent but couldn't overcome the average seafood and and the rest of my terrible $100 dollar meal. Sent back the food and they returned it cold.....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently outstanding
    Rowex
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is probably the 4th or 5th time I've dined here and every time has been excellent. The food is very, very well prepared, the plate is visually and aromatically appealing and the preparation nicely thought out. Service is impeccable - our waiter was charming, knowledgable, and very responsive without being hovering. Always a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelmed
    Zuma
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I heard good things about this restaurant and decided to celebrate my mothers 75th birthday there. Not a good choice. Portions of food are like being on a weight watcher diet. Waited over 1/2 an hour for food to arrive and our server was MIA half the time. Very disappointing.......
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    • Noise LevelModerate