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

McCormick's Fish House - Seattle

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mccormicksfishhouse.com/
  • Phone: 2066823900x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, 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) 682-3900x

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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McCormick's Fish House - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (33)special occasion (29)good for groups (23)fit for foodies (21)neighborhood gem (20)notable wine list (12)romantic (12)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (8)hot spot (5)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Seattle Trip
    WildflowerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent fish simply prepared no surprises this chain is consistently good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Empty Night in the Emerald City
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Visited McCormick's Fish House over the holiday weekend, even though it was nearly empty they sat us in the back of the restaurant. Food and service was great, but it was strange to be hidden in the back of a nearly empty restaurant. So, noise level was based upon only 4-5 tables being filled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredibly overpriced mediocre meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our server was wonderful. A man who clearly was well seasoned in the industry. He observed my date and I and was very keen on when was a good time to approach the table to take orders or check in. That was the good part. The food, however, was just not palatable. His tuna steak was seared but still very cold and unappetizing. My crab cakes were unseasoned sitting on a puddle of flavorless sauce and chalk full of tiny pieces of shell. Our meal was served with a scoop of plain white rice that was very sticky. Overall our bill was $92.00 and a complete waste of money. Well, the Basil Hayden's was delicious. Though it was served in a scratched up very old glass. Bottom line is you can't charge four star prices for the experience we had.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Didn't disappoint; was excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We spent a night in Seattle after an Alaskan cruise, and were excited when we saw this restauarant on the way to our hotel. We were looking for a great seafood dinner to wrap up our trip, and they delivered. We even had salmon from Alaska, which was a risk just coming from there, but it was absolutely amazing! The kids loved the steamed clams and white king salmon as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We were very pleased with our 56th Anniversary dinner in Seattle....The service and food were excellent. Also, they printed on their menu "Happy 56th Anniversary" and brought us a delicious dessert....We eat again the next night. My only question, White Salmon, very delicious and interesting. Never had heard of it! Dr. James & Cheryl Young. PS In all the excitement, my husband left his Visa card at the restaurant and it was locked in the safe until we eat the next evening. Thanks!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't Miss!
    Guthriedona
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I dine here often. Friends visit from Arizona annually and insist on having lunch at McCormick's while they're here. Have tried most things on the menu and all have been excellent. Most recently reacquainted myself with Shrimp Louie at the suggestion of our waiter - she certainly was onto something. The salad was fresh, crisp and tasty. Will definitely return. . .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with Hubby
    Sortor
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I love the servers at McCormicks, they are friendly and they remember me. I have special orders due to gluten free, etc. and my orders are perfect. The hostess is a hoot and makes me laugh!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, excellent service
    Grecoromans
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's OK but you can do better
    seafood4happiness
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected Better from McCormick's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Happy Hour
    jmrmode
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Expensive. Food good, but nothing special. Service nothing special. The place was almost empty on a Friday night.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok place to grab some dinner
    Rfortier
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great surprise!
    foodiefamily
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very good service!! Food was very good as well. Thank you for everything!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ivory white King Salmon
    Paincane
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NACUBO
    NACUBO
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Service and food spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ShaneVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The mussels were outstanding. Unfortunately the restaurant was out of trout which is my wife's favorite dish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed & depressing decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Clovis
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service - Really Tasty Food
    CaJohan
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 8 for lunch at the last minute?
    ThatBooVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Ok, just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
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  • Simply Delicious!
    my2favs
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    easytoplease
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • average
    endoexpert
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    average, nothing special. My halibut was a bit overcooked and dry
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for lunch meeting
    DaniP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Seattle classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Had a great time. Wait staff was great recognized our son's HS graduation and made special effort to take good care of us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Delicious Food and very friendly wait staff. Would definitely come here again. We loved the Chocolate Bag!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    we waited for ever to be seated and the manager on duty is not honest.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service / Average Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
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  • Mostly good
    DDDD
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    FOODJUNKIE
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly service, good food
    Jspin
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The waiter was terrific! The food was fresh & prepared well. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish place
    2forfish
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Good salads and entrees.wine list was extensive, good assortment of whites. Too bad Oysters Rockefeller not on the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Lunch experience
    FoodieGuy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Had a great time with 20 colleagues; good food, good location and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seafood Comfort
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet