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: 6196456545x
  • 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
79 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (31)good for groups (22)fit for foodies (20)romantic (19)great for lunch (17)neighborhood gem (16)notable wine list (11)great for outdoor dining (9)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (6)scenic view (3)hot spot (3)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was a diastrous dining experience. We had reservations at 5:45 pm the night of a sold out concert next door. We gave our food choices to waiter. Took 30 minute to get drinks. After 45 mins we had NO FOOD! Our table guests asked for the manager. Said he would look into it, another 15 minutes I finally got my appetizer. Husband did not. Found out our food ticket did not make it to the kitchen. Another 10 minutes went by, we had to get to concert, so we walked out! Never will return to this very under-staffed, overwhelmed restaurant on one of the busiest nights!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Total Frustration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Restaurant not prepared for concert crowd! We had reservations 5:45. Seated on time. Ordered 2 sodas, 2 drinks & 1 wine. Ordered 3 bisques and 1 salad. Sodas were delivered with message that bar was "behind." Server came back, said 1st courses behind...took our dinner order. Server asked if we'd like bread, "Yes". Drinks & wine served about 30 minutes after sodas. Never saw our server again. Never received bread, bisque or salad. (Should be turnkey!) Never received dinner. 2 tables near us were served. 3 of our party went at different times to speak with a manager; could not reach one. Spoke to employee who said they were "doing the best they could." At 6:50 we walked out...65 minutes with abysmal service, and not a bite of food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Negative experience
    bigdisappointment
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This is a place I will never go to again. The service was terrible & the food was awful. I was so upset when I left, after being jacked for a $60 tab for slop that was inedible, I wrote a letter to the corporate office. I would not recommend this restaurant to my friend. Instead, I would strongly talk them out of going there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Phuudluvr
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Had previously dined here several yrs ago and enjoyed it then. Tried it again on 9/28 before Sir Paul's show and was not impressed. Pleasant, but slow service. They had table #'s hand written on a piece of scrap paper sitting on the table to help the new(?) wait staff. Tacky! Bacon wrapped scallops were way over salted with undercooked centers. The coho salmon was not well paired with the overwhelming turnips and it was over cooked and dry. With all the better options downtown I won't return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Last minute good choice
    guppieeyes
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were staying at the Hilton across the street for a triathlon and needed a nice dinner before the race. We ended up here. Our meal was delicious. We will be back next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful restaurant
    foodiexplorer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We will be back and we will be bringing more family and friends. The meal was just amazing and the service was great. The restaurant itself was nice looking. You felt private and the tables were not on top of each other. The noise level was nice, you could hear each other talk without any problems. This would be a perfect place for a special date, a business meeting lunch or dinner. I highly recommend it and so do the other three people that were in our party. They even printed the Happy Birthday message to our guest on our menu, which was an excellent presentation. It was rolled up with a ribbon and presented to us at the end of the meal for a nice touch. The delicious chocolate flourless cake was a kind and delicious perk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience...
    SdDiningDt
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My parents were in town and wanted some top notch seafood. We had a bit of a challenge trying to get to the restaraunt due to the road closures from the padres game. We missed our reservation but when we finally did arrive, Fernando was very accommodating and made us feel welcome. He found us a great table, gave us a free calamari appetizer and continually checked up on us throughout the meal. Our waiter was extremely knowledgable about the menu, and provided us with subperb service. I would recommend this place to all my friends :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Seafood
    AceBVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    M&S consistently has great seafood dishes. And if you want a steak you will be delighted. I think they get their beef from their sister Resturant Morton's. I bring my family for a pre Padres dinner. But my wife and I came for Valentines Dinner too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, location, Service
    Dinnerpros
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My wife and I had our anniversary dinner at McCormick & Schmick's. I ordered a NY Strip what was cooked perfectly and tasty. My wife order the steal-head salmon that she enjoyed greatly. Our Server was friendly and attentive. She made some great recommendations which took and ordered. Thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near petco park
    SjcjoVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Chose this spot for the location near the ballpark . Service was attentive, food was average for the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • disappointed
    rick
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Waitress was very nice but she took a long time to bring our drinks and to take our order. It was not busy at all, one other table beside ours. When our food came so did the flies. We spent most of time shooing the flies away, didn't enjoy our dinner. My wife asked for a medium stake, she got a dry overcooked steak. We don't like to return our food. Just a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MVCA
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were in San Diego celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary. The service was exceptional. When we first arrive we were escorted to a table, that was nice... but wanted something a little more private. Later in the evening, before our entre arrived a table came available and we were asked if we still wanted the booth setting. My husband and I had forgotten about the request, but the manager remembered. That was very nice of the manager to remember and escorted us to our private booth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fastdan
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Very nice but not exceptional. We would go back for a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Bree
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My boyfriend and I ordered the Bone-In Ribeye and the Sole. The ribeye cut like butter and the sole was crispy and buttery. However, the sides that it came with were not anything special. The service was great; our server was attentive and helpful. The seating was private and intimate. Overall great dining experience. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Lovely Restaurant
    Palomino
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Six of us celebrated a birthday on Saturday in a quiet booth and had a terrific dinner and server, Carl. The seafood - tuna tartare, mussels, California sea bass, blackened ahi tuna and a massive juicy hamburger were excellent. The sides - Brussels sprouts and mac cheese and fried were very tasty. Wine list was interesting and provided a range of prices. Our waiter Carl made a terrific suggestion on a zinfandel which we loved. Great food, wonderful environment where you can hear one another talk and have lively dinner conversation, and superior service. We live in the neighborhood and will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    Trev504
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went for a work function with 9 people and needed to bring two kids. They let them have a table next to the adults . They where great and we had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clovis
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great place to have a quiet dinner. Loved the halibut. I'm not in San Diego enough, but I would definitely return to McCormick & Schmick's again. There are some pretty good seafood restaurants in the area, but this is high on the list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre - Game Bite
    Marty
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went to McCormick & Schmick's before the Padres game. Good beers on tap, good wine, and the best food for the money. I had the Ahi dinner and it was great. Best is that we were in and out in time for the first pitch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terry
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Went for the Lobster Bisque at the request of my nephew. We all had lobster bisque, it was delicious and outstanding. Our entree's were also very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service
    experienced
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our waiter was really poor but other staff should have made up for the waiter's lack of attention. It took a very long time for him to take our order and neither he, nor any other helper, came back to ask how we were doing, refill water, etc. Our table didn't have all place settings on it when we arrived and we simply didn't have anyone to ask! We were sitting in a booth and had to stand in the aisle multiple times to get anyone to look at us. Our party of six expected much more from this restaurant when comparing the price/category to other similar restaurants.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    ktlred
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything about this visit was amazing! Despite being completely overrun by Comi-Con, the staff still provided incredibly friendly & efficient service, and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Down hill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was overlooked, service rude and allowed homeless in restaurant
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebrated Wedding Anniversary
    DineNamic
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a really nice private table, the food was excellent and service was great. They even printed our names and "Happy Anniversary" on the menus, which got to take home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I made a same day reservation for our anniversary and we absolutely made the right choice. The staff led by Fernando went out of their way to make sure we had an amazing dinner - from personalized menus, secluded table, special apps and dessert to the sous chef coming out with our server Carol Ann to say Happy Anniversary. The food was great but what really made our night was the people. Thank you for making our night so memorable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    TucsonDoc
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We found this restaraunt to be friendly and the waiter excellent. The manager stopped by our table to make sure all was well, and even comped us a couple of small sorbets. He is a new manager apparantly and really gave a personal touch, showing he really cared for our opinon of his establshment. The seafood here is excellent, great Colorado Rockfish, perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.