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McCormick's Fish House - Seattle
McCormick's Fish House - Seattle

McCormick's Fish House - Seattle Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.McCormicksFishHouse.com
  • Phone: (206) 682-3900
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday 3:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 4:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Heath Swanson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Host your next private party in our Galley which seats up to 40 guests. We are happy to help tailor a menu for your group including reception style events or plated dinners and luncheons.
  • Private Party Contact: Greg Buck (206) 682-3900

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Major Metro drop off one block West at 3rd and Columbia. Walking distance from Light Rail/Bus Tunnel Entrance at Third and Cherry. Sound Transit stop on Fourth Avenue in front of Columbia Center, 1/2 block south of restaurant entrance.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking and valet are available across the street on 4th Avenue. Street parking is also available.
A word from McCormick's Fish House - Seattle
McCormick's Fish House & Bar is Seattle's classic seafood restaurant, reminiscent of traditional fish houses on the East Coast and San Francisco, and a Seattle dining institution for more than 30 years.

Built in 1927 as Seattle's Oakland Hotel, the McCormick's Fish House building is now a bastion of old-Seattle in the shadow of the towering 76 story Columbia Center. Multi-level dining areas, aged dark wood and brass and walls thick with nostalgic memorabilia give McCormick's a traditional and intimate feel.

McCormick's Fish House pioneered the "fresh sheet" in Seattle's restaurant scene. Originally featuring five or six items daily, today the restaurant features more than 20 varieties of fresh seafood listed daily on the ever-changing menu.

The venerable bar features a full selection of liquors, beers, and an extensive wine list. McCormick's oyster bar also offers a wide selection of fresh oysters each day.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was outstanding ( amazing pasta and seafood, the Caesar salad was deadly), great wine, very competent service. The only drawback - lack of ambiance and the decor was on a modest side. All in all - we were very pleased and considering superb quality of food we were anticipating much higher bill. Yes I would gladly come back and recommend it to others."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I selected McCormick's Fish House in Seattle to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. After making reservations a few days earlier and letting them know about the special occasion, I would have expected a little bit better treatment. I had asked for a table out of the way so it would be a little quieter. But they put us in the middle of the restaurant. The service was OK -- but not very helpful. The salmon had some bones left in it. I felt the experience was a let down and disappointing. We will not be going back to this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The Good: Service and staff were fine. It is a historic location with memorabilia related to Seattle. It had the look and feel of a restaurant for serious people wanting a serious dinner...and that is a good thing. The Bad: Food looked and tasted like it sat under a heat lamp for a long time. I ordered alfredo with prawns, but received alfredo with tiny shrimp. It was oily and I only at half of it (even though I was ravenous). The other three in my party ordered fish, which also sat under a heat lamp. No one commented on their food one way or another. The food was vastly overpriced. I know that Seattle has a high minimum wage, which drives up prices, but what we received was not even close to the prices charged."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This was our first time here and it was a great Happy Hour. I wish they had a few more selections as far as nibble bites. Loved the parmesan fries, and the mussels were great. Wish bread came with it, so we could get all those great juices, but that's ok. The drink menu for happy hour was great! All in all, will definitely come back..maybe for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Expensive. Food good, but nothing special. Service nothing special. The place was almost empty on a Friday night."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The ambiance of this restsurant is terrible. If we didn't have a gift certificate we would have turned around and walked out. Prices were really high and the food quality was ok."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Used OpenTable to make a reservation at McCormick's as it was very close to the hotel I was in and wanted to grab something nearby. The waiter was efficient, although sometimes aloof and a little gruff. Food was ok, but the price was pretty high. I imagine you are contributing heavily to the rent of all establishments in the downtown area of Seattle. I had the trout, which was fine, although the portions of sides were pretty small. My wife opted for an appetizer, which she enjoyed. Interior is dark and old in appearance. Overall, I'd say it's a good place to grab dinner, but it won't leave you amazed."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We booked our reservation at McCormick's at the last minute not knowing which restaurant to choose from the many available. We were more than pleasantly surprised with the service, quality of food and atmosphere. We would definitely return again. Their choices were very appetizing and varied, and the care and precision in which they prepare each dish was truly impressive. The bar was equally impressive. Very refreshing and quality food. Well done!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Very good service!! Food was very good as well. Thank you for everything!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Waiter recommended the Ivory White King Salmon and he was right. It was buttery and delicious. The food is simple but great. Excellent fish with good sides. Beer selection was decent but could be better."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Service and food spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The mussels were outstanding. Unfortunately the restaurant was out of trout which is my wife's favorite dish."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Disappointed is the best descriptor. Interior is very tired feeling, brass & dark wood that looked decades old. Clam chowder was good-not great. Large portion of halibut, but lacking seasoning of any kind. Flounder was very good. We had higher expectations for a seafood restaurant in a city known for seafood."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Can't beat the fish. Simply outstanding. The service staff was always there, but not obtrusive. Wine selection had some notables, but also some good choices that are not as well known. Thoroughly enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had lunch with former colleagues, as we have for once or twice a year for the past 13 years, at McCormick's Fish House. As always, service was great, food was very tasty (we're more for talking at lunch than into fine dining), and noise level was a bit high (not unusual for this restaurant during lunch). Had a great experience. Will return in December for holiday lunch get together."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "No problem, thanks to Open Table. Made the reservation on line at 11:30 for 11:45 and in the time it took to walk the 4 blocks from our office, McCormicks had our table ready - despite a line already forming for those unfortunate enough not to use Open Table. All diners reported satisfaction with the choice, both for the food and the service which kept a difficult to serve table well stocked with drink & bread refills. Highly recommend the salmon saute."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I chose McCormick's to dine before a ballgame based on reputation and proximity to where we were. While the staff was friendly, they were a little too friendly and far too chatty, especially as we had stated we were headed to the game. Each course took longer than normal to arrive, far longer than acceptable. This was a bit odd since it was early in the evening and the restaurant was mostly empty. The food was ok, just ok, and expensive for what they offered. Nothing to write home (or on Open Table) about. This is not a place I would rush back to. If you like average pedestrian food, this might be for you, but with the plethora of great restaurants Seattle has to offer, I can go elsewhere."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I simply love my two favorites here and come back all the time just to have the Northwest Salmon Saute and the Deep Fried Oyster. Please never take it of the menu, it's our lunch time favorites. The service is fast and the staff is always friendly and take the time to greet us."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Have been here for lunch and happy hour many times, but dinner was terrible. The food was so-so. But, our waitress was awful. She was overly familiar and forgot what we ordered. I asked for rice substitute but got mashed potatoes. My cousin asked for extra vegetables instead of potatoes and just got regular amount of veggies. His plate looked empty. We asked for two side orders and they came late after we reminded our waitress. I was embarrassed that I had recommended this place for out-of-town guests."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "average, nothing special. My halibut was a bit overcooked and dry"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I recommend getting a bunch of the small plates. We were able to sample so many delicious choices that way: crabcakes, oysters, scallops, shrimp, calamari. The calamari was the best we have ever had. The oysters were so FRESH tasting. It was perfect with a couple of drinks and the waiter was totally fine with us making that choice rather than entrees. The bloody mary was GREAT. Don't forget dessert, creme brulee and cheesecake were yummy."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Needed a lunch meeting with space for some work, good food, and ability to talk. This fit the whole bill! It got a bit expensive for lunch, but, I think the value was there for the meeting space."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food and service; a Seattle downtown classic. We come to Seattle (from SF Bay Area) once a year (or more) and have done so for 20+ years. Our tradition is first night at McCormick's and we have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Had a great time. Wait staff was great recognized our son's HS graduation and made special effort to take good care of us."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Delicious Food and very friendly wait staff. Would definitely come here again. We loved the Chocolate Bag!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "we waited for ever to be seated and the manager on duty is not honest."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The Good: Hostess was lovely & professional. Food was not great but good. The Bad: Substandard service. In spite of placing a reservation several days in advance for our party of 6 the table was not ready when we arrived. Once seated it seemed to take an inordinate amount of time for our waitress to provide water, menus, take food orders,, serve the food, etc. Appropriate flatware was not offered (i.e., no soup spoon offered with Gumbo). Our waitress seemed to be overwhelmed and not able to prioritize her tables properly. Afterwards I contacted the restaurant asking for contact information of a general manager. 2 days with no response. Disappointed and probably will not return."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Not much to say, it was good, not great and awesome like I thought it would be. Worth the money? I would say yes, about right on target. I have had alot better, and worse. Overall OK."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were on vacation in Van &thought we'd drive out to Seattle to check it out. By the time we were hungry for dinner I used the app to see what was close by since we were just cruising around checking out the city. Awesome find! There wasn't much stores and restaurants around the area so I'm glad we still decided to go here after scoping out the neighbourhood. Very close to the water, beautiful place, AMAZING FOOD! Everything was perfect, we got baked oysters to start (I wish we got more), Caesar salad (how can a simple salad be so GOOD), I got the halibut for myself and I believe my bf got the salmon. Best seafood ever. Also our waiter was a sweet gentlemen! ld definitely recommend and return if I'm ever in the city again. I WANNA GO BACK!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The waiter was terrific! The food was fresh & prepared well. Reasonably priced."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Good salads and entrees.wine list was extensive, good assortment of whites. Too bad Oysters Rockefeller not on the menu."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Had a great time with 20 colleagues; good food, good location and ambiance."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "If you want a wide range of seafood which is excellently prepared and presented, this Seattle restaurant should be on your list. The feel of the interior is old-style in comfort with several floor level changes but with a view across the restaurant to the outside. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "McCormick's Fish House is a great place for a lunch meeting, first day lunch with a new employee or a birthday celebration with a group of co-workers. It also has a great happy hour menu and is conveniently located on 4th Avenue, making it a fun place for a drink and quick bite to eat before heading to an after-work cultural or sporting event or before heading off on your evening commute."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Everything from the service to the food was exceptional. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Very flexible with multiple changes on reservation and size of party. Server was helpful with suggestions, attentive but not interfering. Thanks."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Traffic was horrid--1'45" minutes to go 20 miles and it was raining. They held a table for us, noted that we had a 7:30 symphony date and plated the single order restaurant week special for two without prompting. We had a leisurly meal and made it in good time to Benaroya. The fish was perfect and the mashed just right. We'd had terrific asian fusion green beans the prior week at a nearby restaurant. Last night's beans were OK but not the equal. The flan was a great finish."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Have celebrated many a deal here at this Seattle Standby. great atmosphere, food is super, service stellar. Enjoy."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food was good and our waiter was polite. However, the basics were lost. If you're a restaurant that provides fresh warm sourdough bread to your guests, please remember that a table of two would like this bread as well and not just watch everyone around them get this special treat. Secondly, my drink ran dry for about 10 minutes before I was offered a refill. It was another 10 minutes later that I finally received my refill. My wife was never offered a refill. At $3.29 for a fountain soda, get the lead out. With all the excellent choices for lunch in this town, we certainly won't be returning."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I wanted to take a dear friend I've worked with for many years out for a special lunch. McCormick's was close by and I was able to make reservations for 11:30, thereby avoiding the lunch time rush. The service was prompt and friendly but not intrusive. We each ordered a different seafood dish and both were excellent. The waiter was open to substituting sides to accommodate our dietary needs. The sound level was fairly high but we didn't have any trouble hearing each other. It was a very pleasant "last lunch" experiences. The prices were also very reasonable and the portions generous without being excessive. I will definitely use this restaurant again and will recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 3/17/2014