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: 4082837200x
  • 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
163 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (72)fit for foodies (45)good for groups (44)romantic (33)great for lunch (32)great for outdoor dining (30)notable wine list (27)neighborhood gem (25)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (8)hot spot (8)scenic view (7)Show More
  • dinner for 2
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chains Issues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.....
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • 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.......
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected more
    FoodMonku
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Went for dinner on my birthday. I had steak & lobster with a Caesar salad. The salad was good. It had the taste of anchovy paste like it is supposed to. Lobster and Steak were small. Steak was good, but only about 4 oz. with its own sauce. Lobster was raw. It looked like it was heated for a few minutes on a flat top. My wife order the special combo meal. Salmon on pasta. Salmon a little dry, but she liked the pasta and dessert. Bread was very good. Service was excellent. Reservation system worked well. It seemed to take forever to get our food even though it wasn't busy. I'm going back to give them another shot, but for these prices, I am expecting more.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch is not worth it!
    TallSwede
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our party of 7 arrived and had to ask for the brunch menu. On the menu it says they have specialty drinks, but when 1 of them was ordered they were out of the juice for it. 5 of us had Bloody Mary's and it said to choose 4 of the listed garnishes for it. Of the list they were out of celery, dill pickles, green beans, and olives with bleu cheese. The entrees were small in portion, especially the salmon. The O'Brien potatoes were bland and not amount of salt and pepper made them taste better. When ordering the Salmon Fatada we expected the salmon to be in the fatada. For a downtown eatery to post their brunch and not be able to produce the items is a disgrace and they should stop promoting brunch! #2 above does not apply!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Dinner for 4
    BeezLuiz
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Recently tried M&S on a Saturday evening. Appetizers were good (Tampico shrimp and Lump crab tower), but just short of great. Our table ordered the Blackened Rockfish, Cashew Crusted Tilapia, and the Ribeye. Everyone loved their dishes, but the star of the meal was the Lobster Bisque! So rich and decadent with lots of lobster chunks and crunchy croutons - Yum. The deserts were also excellent - Upside Down Apple Pie and the Heath Bar Brownie which were shared amongst us. Our server was excellent - very attentive and informative, but not hovering. She also made excellent recommendations for wine pairings. Dinner was about $100 per person before tip, but that included cocktails and wine, appetizers and desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ging
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had the most enjoyable evening. Exceptional food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Huntman49VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This used to be a go to spot for our family, but not anymore. Last two times we've eaten here were very disappointing. The seared Ahi was rubbery (not sure how you get an ahi like that?) and my crab cakes were tasteless. My wife's scallops were ok, but nothing to write home about or justify the prices they charge at this restaurant. I doubt I'll be going back anytime soon. Cost doesn't justify quality of the meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just go to Morton's
    lwall
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went for double points and steak and lobster special. Steak was so-so and lobster way too salty. Probably added a lot of salt to cover up the lack of freshness. Salads and dessert were good and service was very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good experience
    Valoha555
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Both the service and the food did not disappoint. The clam chowder was good, a bit different than the usual. Not sure if I can describe it, perhaps a hint of rosemary? But very tasty! The filet mignon was outstanding. Maybe just a scooch dry, but had excellent flavor. Cinnamon ice cream for dessert was delicious. Our waiter was very nice and attentive. Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience very much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MamaJ
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went for seafood and boy did we get it. Fresh oysters, king salmon, and to die for scallops. I also liked their cheesy potatoes and fresh vegies side dish. The waiter was very helpful and we enjoyed our after the theater dinner immensely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great Waitress!
    Rasheeda
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    You have to try the Kisses shrimp. ..bacon wrapped shrimp with cheese, it is soooo good. The steak and lobster dish was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Meal--Great Value!
    OaktownFoodie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We went during the week for the price fixe 3-course meal before going on to the theater. Had shrimp and linguine perfectly prepared. OUr waiter was sensitive to our time constraints and had us out-the-door so that we were there in good time for the theater. I look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good food
    abc123
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    we both ordered the salmon. super! so accommodating. will come again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This was the third time I have been to McCormick Schmicks and it was just as good as the first time. I will continue to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tilapia was not the best choice
    OpenTableReviews
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I must preface my review by saying that this was my first experience at McCormick & Schmick's. I might try it in the future to give it a second chance. I ordered the Almond Crusted Tilapia with couscous and brandy butter sauce. Because of the nature of tilapia, I don't think the combination is a good one. The result was greasy tilapia and couscous and it was rather tasteless. I forced myself to eat half the meal. I also noticed that the bottom of the tilapia was burned and difficult to cut through with a fork. We did finish our evening with dessert and I had the key lime pie. The pie tasted good but all of the fat in the dinner and pie did not settle well that night and the next day. I would suggest removing The tilapia from the menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ExcellentFood
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was excellent. In my opinion it is unusual to find food that taste as good as what I had on Sunday.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location
    Cathethestew
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nice ambiance before a Downtown show. Wide variety on the menu. Food delivered hot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good experiece
    Blank
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food yet again. Have been many times and will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What you expect
    LeapingLVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Since this is a chain, you get what you are expecting. Decent food, decent service. We should have sat outside because it was a bit noisy inside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Evening out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Shrimp appetizer was awesome. Trout was fantastic. The overall experience was far better than what we were expecting. The only drawback that we found was the noise level. Luckily we were late and the crowd was leaving but I would not plan to hear your guest speak if I went earlier than 8 p.m.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • grtfoodgyVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Outstanding Entrees , Spectacular Service and nice interior design.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait
    Sandy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Although our servers were very friendly and knowledgeable we waited an hour before our dinner selections were taken. The food was OK and the price on the special was very good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No lobster?
    alice
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went here Sun. at 6:15 before an 8pm show. We ordered wine and a mussels appetizer. I asked if the mussels were large plump ones. The waitress said they were medium. It took at least 10 min. for the wine to show up. We had to ask for an ice bucket. The mussels were tiny, about the size of the top part of my pinkie! I ordered the Lobster Cobb & my husband the Ahi. An HOUR later the food came out. Before the waitress put my plate down she said she would have to go back to the kitchen to have the lobster added. She returned & told me they had no lobster! Their menus are printed daily! She asked would I like crab on it instead or something else? No time for a new dish! The manager comped my entrée, but that is not the point. So unimpressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent
    cakole
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great place after/before any downtown San Jose event. It is good location and usually seated promptly. Service, food selection all good. We will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VP1155
    VP1155
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Loved the food, as always! Blackened rockfish for me, Ribeye for my wife. Highly recommend both.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not that good
    Eatnout
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a sirloin and the New York strip. The strip was not a very good cut and lacked in flavor. The sirloin was much better and had more flavor but still could have been much better. I expected more from a steak house especially when you pay $36 for a steak. I would not go to this restaurant again. It is just too over crowded you feel like you can not move with out hitting the person next to you. I would suggest that anyone going to this resturant ask for a booth.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing Special
    Biker
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our 38th anniversary that evening. I was hoping that everything would be perfect at McCormick and Schmick's. We were seated within 2 minutes, and after 7 minutes our waiter arrived. Our waiter seemed to be off task that night. We waited over 15 minutes for our main course to arrive. He never inquired about the entree, or if I wanted another beer during dinner. Maybe I should have informed him of the special day.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Choice
    Food4revu
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife and I were on our way to an event at the SAP center. We looked over the restaurants that were on the way from downtown San Jose and stumbled upon M&S Seafood. While my wife went with a filet, I went with the seared Ahi. Both were done to perfection. the ahi was beautiful and basically melted in your mouth. We had the Shrimp Kisses for an appetizer and will now try to make those at home. OMG, over the top good. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and the preparation/ingredients. He took great care of us and interfaced with us well. We would go back if we lived there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food.
    Grayone
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Wonderful food and great place for a special occasion. Good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Slow Service
    VIP1000dinesVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The services was super slow. I just think they did not have enough folks working. It took over a 1/2 hour to received soup and salads, and I had to beg for our entrees, which still took another 1/2 hour to arrive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thursday
    Funtimes
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We ate dinner on a Thursday night and I was throughly impressed. I love the Happy Birthday Menu and really appreciated the special Birthday dessert.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience at M & S
    BBDiners
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious al fresco dinner here recently. The food was delicious and the server was very attentive without being intrusive. The coconut shrimp appetizer was fantastic. Our party loved the Cakun spice, grilled rockfish entree, the beef medallions and the shrimp scampi. The creme brûlée and molten chocolate desserts finished the meal beautifully.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise Birthday Dinner
    2loves
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    To be honest, I made dinner reservations at Morton's but after looking at the reviews, I wasn't too thirlled. Prices should never be hidden! After thinking about where we should eat, I decided to book a reservation at McCormick and Schmick's. My fiance has never been there before. It was fantastic! Our server was excellent. We felt like we were the only two people in the restaurant. We never had to wait for anything and he checked on us frequently. The food, oh, the food! The food was excellent. Cooked to perfection! My fiance was very happy and satified with his meal and loved the place. We will be back and we will recommend this restaurant to family and friends. We had a table by the window and it was just wonderful! Bravo!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I was meeting some friends who I had not seen in years. I was in the special room that fit 6 people nesr the bar. It was great..food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful Service
    pickydiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We arrived at 6pm, were seated promptly but did not finish our meal (dessert included) until almost 9pm. Way too much time between courses, I honestly thought the waiter forgot about us a couple of times. Had to ask for water refills. And beware: food is OK but portions are small, at least what we had......
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate