McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/
  • Phone: 5137219339x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm. Saturday 12:00pm - 11:00pm. Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Erik Hayden
  • 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, 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
  • Entertainment: All Pre-Theater diners are encouraged to make reservations at a minimum of 2 hours prior to the performance time and to make a notation indicating what theater they will be attending. This will allow for a unhurried, complete dining experience.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: There is a Metro bus stop located one block east of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have valet service available at the Central Parking Valet stand located on Vine Street. There are numerous parking garages within 3 blocks of the restaurant as well.
A word from McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati
Offering extraordinarily fresh seafood and tender steaks, McCormick & Schmick’s represents Downtown Cincinnati’s most exceptional dining experience. The restaurant is conveniently located across the street from Fountain Square – a short trip from many of the city’s sporting venues, theatres and shopping destinations. McCormick & Schmick’s features a menu printed daily by the chef, employing seasonal seafood from around the world and full-flavored beef. Guests also enjoy the nation’s best happy hour, according to USA Today.

From fresh seafood and shellfish to aged steaks and garden fresh salads, our goal is to exceed your dining expectations.

As our guest you will experience culinary excellence at its best. Our menus reflect seafood from the Pacific Rim, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. We also source products from local ranches, farms and wineries to showcase regionally inspired dishes.
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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (95)romantic (62)good for groups (40)fit for foodies (40)notable wine list (36)great for lunch (26)scenic view (20)vibrant bar scene (16)neighborhood gem (15)hot spot (15)late-night find (12)great for outdoor dining (12)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Always Good
    ClaraandJimVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We always enjoy McCormick & Schmick's. The food quality and value are hard to beat. While we haven't had bad service, this is the one area that is inconsistent and could stand some improvement to make it feel more like a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Awesome
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took mom for mother's day brunch - food and service was fantastic! We had bananas foster french toast that was amazing. Great brunch menu and a great dining experience. Thanks for helping make mom's day special
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off the mark-stick to lunch/dinner
    CVGWorldTraveler
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We visit M&S occasionally when we want good seafood, because they are usually consistent. We had a nice experience last year with Mother's Day brunch, so we booked this year's event too. Unfortunately, things were a bit off the mark. We ordered crab cakes benedict and bananas foster french toast. The service was slower than normal. The french toast came out burnt - totally hockey puck black - on one side which was turned down on the plate so that you couldn't see it. Any cook should have been ashamed to put that out, it was inedible. Our server brought a reorder within 5-10 minutes. The breakfast potatoes that came with the benedict had a "buffet" taste to them - a little rubbery, like they had been sitting long under a heat lamp.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Garnold4192
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Came for Brunch, but no Brunch menus ready or on table. Waiter was pushing main menu. Waiter was slow and not very attentive. When we got Brunch Menus and selected our choices, everything was slow in arriving. Then some food items were burnt. Should not have been brought to our table. Attitude was like they didn't care. Six of our party of eight were first timers to this restaurant. Left the two that chose this restaurant with an embarrassing feeling. Used to recommend this restaurant but can't anymore.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hmm
    Baioni
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had reservations for 6:30. We finally got seated about 7:00, after the hostess tried to seat us twice before, but the tables were not ready. We had show tickets for 8 pm, which we noted when we checked in for our reservations. Our food finally came about 7:40, and had to swallow it whole so we could get to our show.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I asked for blackened Mahi and got brolied..potatoes were cold...wifes shrimp were overcooked and dry. Crab cake was good.Both couples behind us and in front complained about service and waiting.Spent $150.00 but breakfast buffet at casino a lot better and cheaper
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could've Been Better
    NeverAgainVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I hadn't been to M&S in years because the food was just "ok". I'd been hearing such great things about the food lately so I decided to give it another chance. The service was disappointing. We sat in the bar area and we had to flag the waitress down anytime we needed anything. We waited over an hour for our food and it was lukewarm when it finally made it to the table. The long wait caused us to be late to our next engagement even though my reservation 2 hours prior should have been more than enough time. Overall, the experience was just disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • needs attention
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    asked for a appetizer that was served in the past, Only serve it on Saturday during happy hours, in the bar. refused to serve to us. There was no guinness beer, desert no strawberry pie. this was at 7:00 in the evening. We quit coming a few years ago as the menu not as good nor was the selection of wine by the glass. Thought we would try it again, but this will probably be the last time, I think our server was overwhelmed and there didn't seem to be as much staff. waited for water fill for quite a whle.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood and steak
    bc10
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I had lunched at M&S but this was my first dinner - with my wife and daughter. We enjoyed the crab tower as an appetizer - not much of a tower but very tasty - avocado, mango and crab. My talapia was excellent as was my wife's shrimp trio. Our daughter had the smaller filet mignon, which was tender and flavorful. Good wine list too. It's a bit pricey when you add a salad or sides but it's great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We went to celebrate my sisters birthday. I was given a call to confirm the reservation and asked if it was for a special event and said it was her birthday. They printed special menus with "Happy Birthday Katie" at the top. It was overall a wonderful dinner event. The food was great our server did a great job we had a lot of fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Night away from the kids
    Nightfreeofkids
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had an incredible night out. The food was absolutely perfect. We each walked away stuffed and thankful to have found such a great place. Thanks for a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Enjoyable
    AJbell
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our experience was very good. We loved the experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • M&S Does well
    DadDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    On a very busy night downtown, we were seated right away. Both the service and food were very good. M&S prices, however, continue to be just a bit high for what they serve. While I don't mind paying for great and fresh seafood, the scallop dinner was not a great value. 3 scallops came on a bed of crab hash. The hash was mushy and underseasoned, the scallops - though done well - I would have expected 1-2 more for the price. The clam chowder was a little soupy, but plentiful of clams. The fish and chips were good, the batter just a little on the heavy side. The calamari appetizer offered more than calamari with some fresh veggies almost tempura style, but again, for the price, I expected more calamari - less veggies.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night
    tchnomore
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Delicious dinner at a window table. Waiter was attentive. Wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AVERAGE
    discerningtaste
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The service was excellent but the seafood, which they are known for, the salmon was dry, the shrimp very tough and dry. The two scallops were excellent. My husband had a rib-eye. Our home cooked are of much better quality and when we cook medium, it is medium not well done as what we received. Very fatty and not much flavor and very thin. Texas Roadhouse is much better for rib-eyes and frankly dollar for dollar for dinner, I recommend Morton's or Ruth Chris you get a much better meal and steak for a couple dollars more. We won't go back there. The manager offered a free dessert for $9 - come on, really!!!! We had a New York Cheesecake and it was not that good, the strawberry sauce was terrible. the strawberries bitter.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    MAM1
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Food was very good and service was great. One of the few restaurants that we could talk to each other in and not have to yell at each other, which was very appreciated!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I ordered a well done burger out came black black burnt I told the waitress and she didn't apologize she told me I ordered it that way. I was very unhappy. The mgr came an apologize and took it off my bill.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor Service Again
    MushroomMom
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I like the food here but the service is awful. My husband thought it would be good to give them another shot. Unfortunately, the service tonight was poor. They were not terribly busy especially for a Saturday night but the service was shoddy. The waiter was absent a lot of the meal. For an upscale restaurant, this is not good. There are too many competitors within walking distance who will gladly give me better service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Everything was fesh and tasty. Service was fantastic. Cheesecake was the best I've had.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    JulzVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Typically, my most favorite place to enjoy a nice dinner when in the downtown area. The food was still very good but I was a bit surprised by the service. Our dinners ended up on someone else's table and sat there for about 5 minutes. Our server realizing the error,removed our dinners from the other table and still tried to serve it to us. We refused and asked for a new entree. I don't want the food after it's already been on someone else's table. We were there with another couple. The men had their meals and we insisted they eat it so it didn't get cold. My friend and I waited for our new entree. Though it arrived fairly quickly, the men were already finished with their meal. They tried to make it right by comping our appetizers.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great.
    goodnotgreat
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was good but my steak was undercooked and the waiter was not attentive enough. It took about 15 minutes to have the steak sent back and prepared right. In that time we asked to order dessert while the steak was sent back but the waiter did not return to take our order until the steak was done 15 minutes later. Also the waiter maybe checked on us a total of 4 times.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terribly disappointing
    Nora
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Expensive and terribly disappointing. Slow service, even in an only half-filled dining room. My fish was undercooked, the salad had greens in it that were slimy and spoiled. It took us 15 minutes to be greeted by our server, before our cocktail order was placed. There is absolutely no reason for me to want to ever dine here again. If this had been the only reason I'd come into downtown Cincinnati, I'd be even more angry at the wasted time and money. Craving seafood? Go to Mitchell's here in Cincinnati or Newport, or Cameron Mitchell's Ocean Club in Columbus.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful environment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We dined here before seeing a play at the Aronoff. We had very good service. The food was also very good. It was not too loud unlike some restaurants, and we were able to enjoy our meal. I plan on going back for another special occasion In the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice experience
    Beck
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Very friendly staff and considerate of the theather plans we had after dinner. The service was courteus but agile to keep us in time for our appointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Saturday night out
    Kinge1
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We decided to go to McCormick & Schmick's before the ballet on a Saturday night. I was surprised that they were not very busy when we arrived at 6PM but seemed to get busier throughout the night. Our entire experience was fantastic. Don was a great waiter and was very patient and kind with us. I wouldn't hesitate to go back for another nice night out or try their lunch service.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and service were great. View?
    Kipp6
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The food and service were wonderful. Not 5 star but certainly 3-4 star quality. We sat in a window booth. Everything we ordered was delicious and promptly served. We (2) were seated in a section that already had a large party seated which took a lot of the servers attention, but, we made the best of it. Dinner was unrushed and casual (unlike my experience at Montgomery Inn Boathouse two days later). Pricing was fair for the quality and quantity of food provided. My only detraction to the evening was the constant parade of panhandlers on the corner in the street. The fact that the restaurant sits in the heavily frequented Fountain Square area (several restaurants and hotels) attracts them. The city should do more to curb this activity.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    lasttimeVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Our overall service was poor from lousy seating towards what seems hurried service. It did not feel like quality service. Food was ok but a bit over salted.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor service
    mellanam
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We really enjoyed the food, however the service was very poor. We waited close to 15 minutes for our plates to be cleared and our check to be dropped off.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • McCormick & Schmick's
    DanAndLaura
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The servie was excellent. The seafood was very good. The NY strip steak was very tough and not seasoned well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special lunch deal was awesome!
    pan51
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We took advantage of the lunch special with a soup/salad and entree for $14.99 and found the Salmon and crusted walnut salad to be outstanding! Our service was great too!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Content
    MrMJR
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Had the opportunity to go out for dinner while working in Cincinnati. Asked the concierge for a recommendation of a restaurant that has seafood and chicken and not just steak. McCormick & Schmick was the immediate recommendation. Liked being able to make online reservations as we ere walking there and it was still a bit chili out. Service was prompt and friendly, but they were not full. We ordered a variety of food choices and all gave it thumbs up, fro pasta, to lobster to burger. Was able to have good conversation, good food at a moderate price. Not too expensive. Even offered to take my coat and hang it up, which I took them up on.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as last time
    Tony
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Wine not so cold. Small fish portion, more starch on the plate
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Aronoff
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We chose McCormick and Schmick's for its proximity to the Aronoff and its menu. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and helped us make our decisions. Our entrees were delicious. Downsides - it took over 30 minutes for our drinks to arrive after our initial order. Then it took over 40 more minutes when one person in our party ordered a second draft beer later in our meal. Our server said the bar was backed up. The restaurant was not at capacity, in fact the area we were in was quite empty. The restaurant attempted to seat a party of 8 at a table for 6 near us; the people in that group threw a fit. It was over ten minutes until they were moved to a different table. In the meantime, we had to listen to their complaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration for Two
    ShugLace
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My husband really enjoyed this outing. The food was great and service was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    mamedovan
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We had a great service. Food was good, but I just really like their happy Hours much more! I will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server, Damon, did a superb
    Cici47VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Our server, Damon, did a superb job. Kudos to Damon. We were seated in a booth as requested. table service and wine recommendation were excellent, food prepared as requested and served hot, and food was delicious. No complaints whatsoever!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as usual
    TRog
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We try to have a romantic dinner here every couple of months, and we haven't been disappointed yet. I had Jamaican tilapia, and the tropical fruit salsa was delicious. My husband had the ahi tuna and loved it. The recommended pinot noir was a decent wine, although we felt it really wasn't worth the $50 cost for the bottle. The apple walnut dessert was marvelous as was the apple pie dessert drink. My husband had the 20-year-old port and said it was very smooth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a party of 6 for a
    JenM
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We had a party of 6 for a 7:30 reservation. Ambiance was great, staff was super friendly. The food was tasted very good although it could've been hotter. It worked out okay because we were not in a hurry, but the service was very slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite in Cincinnati
    Foodiefamily
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Our go to restaurant when in Cincinnati and we never fail to enjoy our meal. Michael our waiter now two years in a row is fantastic and looks after us so well. Food is tasty and well presented, happy to return!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved the whole experience
    heidi
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    From being warmly greeted at the door to the ambiance of the decor and table setting, we knew right away this would be a special experience. I was celebrating my friend's birthday, and we were delighted when even our lunch menus said "Happy Birthday!" on the top. The service was excellent and attentive without being overbearing. The Chef's Choice Northwest Salmon Saute was outstanding- the blend of the tastes and colors was perfect. I would never have thought to combine the eclectic palette of ingredients. They were wonderfully fresh- a really delightful combination. Despite living in Cincinnati for years, this was my first experience going to McCormick & Schmick's, and I will definitely be back with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.