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Permanently Closed - McCormick's Fish House - Seattle (02)

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799 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

McCormick�s Fish House in downtown Seattle is a classic steakhouse and seafood restaurant combination providing a cozy place for lunch or dinner. Step inside and immerse yourself in the dark wood accents and cleverly designed stained glass windows reminiscent of the old fishing villages that dot the Pacific Northwest shores. McCormick�s Fish House is in walking distance of numerous shops and businesses, and makes the perfect stopping point for a midday meal or an after-work drink with friends

The McCormick�s Fish House menu is a mix of fresh seafood and USDA Grade A beef. You will want to check out the chef special lobster and shrimp melt served on an English muffin with a touch of lemon butter. Other menu items include sharable plates, half shell oysters, soups, salads and sandwiches.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 3:00pm-9:00pm, Friday 3:00pm- 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 4:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(206) 682-3900
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Heath Swanson
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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.
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Private party contact
Greg Buck: (206) 682-3900
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Public parking and valet are available across the street on 4th Avenue. Street parking is also available.
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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service
3.9
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3.7
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1.0Dined on September 6, 2016

I received a notice but didn't not give me a reason why the Seattle location closed down. The notice was very vague. It was very disappointing as that was where a friend wanted to celebrate her birthday lunch.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2016

I'm so sad my favorite downtown Seattle lunch spot has closed. I'm hopeful it may reopen in a less impacted by construction location soon. My stop for a light lunch happened on 9/2, the very day they closed, as I now learn. I will miss the gracious staff and pleasant surroundings as well as a number of menu favorites.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2016

Service was top notch, and fish and chips wrre above average. Kind of pricy but service made it worth it.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2016

An excellent place to take out of town visitors who can appreciate the ambience of the busy waterfront view and also appreciate the quality of the food service and the dishes served. We would definitely return to the waterfront restaurant but probably not the downtown 'Fish House'.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

So sad to learn they have closed, just since we were there in late August. The service was lovely, and the food good. Best wishes to the former waitstaff and cooks.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Our anniversary dinner was ruined by mediocre food and a wine list that had no local wines. The only saving grace was the server was great.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2016

Great service & good food. This restaurant is mostly casual dining with good portions and fair pricing. The staff is very attentive and willing to accommodate dietary restrictions.

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1.0Dined on August 9, 2016

Expected more for its name's sake. I immediately regretted making a reservation at this venue for a gathering. Lowered my overall experiences with McCormick's elsewhere.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2016

Wonderful place for many years. My last visit was 33 years ago. Still great

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2016

We work in the Columbia Tower and it is great to have a nice restaurant so close by. The food is excellent and I am always able to get in for lunch even last minute which is very much appreciated. Excellent staff .. very friendly and always accommodating.

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1.0Dined on July 27, 2016

Had a terrible experience. I was informed if you are handicap (wheel chair) that you need to put that as well in your reservation. We were staying in Bellevue and has such a great experience with Jeff a few days before headed back again for a wonderful second experience. It went from 5 from a few days before to an awful 1 and a dreaded experience. No one was manning the door when we arrived and no one was there waiting. I opened the door so my husband could pull in because he has an electric wheel chair scooter. I moved a chair to make room for him to turn the scooter around. I come back to the entry way and stand at the front waiting to be seated. By the time the manager comes up there are 4 to 6 people waiting. No one else was there anyhow I raise my hand when she comes back because by this time the counter is filled with wondering people and say 2 Gifford and the other couple says we were hear first. I point to my husband and explain that no where they are standing is where I opened the door to let him get in and that no one was waiting. The manager says to the crowd okay who has a reservation then. None of them have one only I do and say reservation Gifford party of 2. She then in front of everyone starts yelling at us that we did not put handicap in our reservation. I said you were here last time and they pulled that one chair out and he pulled in. She said well that table is not available. I said we didn't put handicap in the reservation because he can walk to any table and he can leave the scooter outside if there is no room. This whole thing is playing out embarrassingly in front of a large crowd now. We are seated and get I would say the worst waiter in possibly 5 years. Messes up our order very rude and doesn't bring any refills of ice tea luckily we got a gal that was around she brought us more water and tea and we tried to give her 5.00 and she would not take it. This girl needs to be found and promoted or at least highly praised.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2016

Had a wonderful experience with Jeff as our server. He made the entire visit special and memorable. He seemed to really love his job and we told him all of the Mccormicks we had been too from San Francisco to Jakes In Portland and he was just a great server. Tea was always filled up. Food was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2016

Staff is great and the kitchen is accommodating of dietary issues (e.g. Gluten free).

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

Best sockeye salmon I have ever had. Great food and excellent service.

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2016

The Restaurant itself was pretty nice. We made reservations and ended up getting a pretty secluded table, which made for easy conversation and more intimate event. The staff were friendly, and the environment wasn't too bad. We went at 6:30pm, and the bar was decently full, however the restaurant wasn't very busy. The waiter was quick getting us drinks from the bar, and the food came out quickly. The food was good, but not great for the prices we paid. The food was pricey and the portions were extremely small. I had gotten the Sirloin and asked for it medium rare, but unfortunately it came back more on the side of well done, which was unfortunate for it being $40 and just 9 oz. Overall a descent place, but I can't really imagine going back.

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2.0Dined on July 8, 2016

Extremely disappointed in the oil-bathed 'specials' that night. Staff was very professional but food was in need of a new chef or two. Tipped for the service but lost a customer for life.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2016

Fourth of July turns out to be a really slow dinner day for McCormick's. Everything was really nice, but the lack of other diners was kinda bizarre and unnerving.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2016

French onion soup was excellent. Service was excellent. The restaurant was not busy because of 4th of July holiday weekend. Music was a little louder than it needed to be.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2016

The staff at McCormicks is always so pleasant and so willing to go above and beyond to make your dining experience great.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2016

The service is always wonderful. The addition of the small plates menu adds the perfect choice when you don't want a salad but don't want to be stuffed.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2016

We were out for a birthday lunch for one of our co-workers. Service was fine, just not as good as we've had in the past. Of course, it was very busy. Was hoping he would offer a little birthday treat (small bowl of ice cream for the birthday girl) but didn't.

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2016

I have eaten here before off and on for a number of years. I found this day to be a ok day nothing to write home about. The waiter appeared not engaged in our table at all. The 36.00 piece of halibut was not 7 ounces it was closer to 4 and it came to the plate cold. I choose not to send it back as we were hungry and was quite frankly it would take longer to get another plate. In the future when and if I eat there again I will not hesitate to ask for another waiter and to make sure my food is right.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2016

The clanging of plates glasses and utensils is so annoying.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2016

We needed to seat 8 which is hard to do. The food and service was good. We had the front of the restaurant to ourselfs.

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2016

Terrible experience dining at McCormick's Fish House. The food was horrible. Crab cakes were squishy and appeared to be made with Wonder Bread. Ordered shrimp on a salad and they came to the table veins and all - completely uncleaned. Salad dressing was bland. Mussels were ok, not great. Not sure what was going on considering this is supposed to be a Seattle institution. Our server was great, and begged us to give them another try. No way are we going back. Awful.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2016

I was attending a special occasion for US Veterans. I very much enjoy fresh fish and chose the Planked Salmon. It was cooked to perfection....not too overly done and not raw inside.....just right with the right amount of seasoning.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2016

Excellent seafood. Enjoyed the restaurant and the service.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2016

Lunch was actually cancelled due to a power outage downtown. However, I've been wanting to write and tell you all that I think you should switch back to wild salmon. That would make a lot of people happy. Makes sense, being in Seattle.

Chris Terp

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2016

McCormick's is overdue for a renovation. I went recently for the first time in many (20?) years, and nothing had changed at all. Overall, the space seemed rundown and the food was fine (nothing special) but overpriced.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2016

Our waiter was very unorganized and had a hard time keepimg things straight. it was kind of busy but not over the top.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2016

Sad they permanently closed this iconic restaurant.

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2.0Dined on May 18, 2016

I usually do not go to chain restaurants when traveling, but I gave in to my parties desire to have lunch here. Maybe I set my expectations too high. It was based off of other visits to McCormicks located in San Francisco and Irvine, CA, so I do not think that was the case. The combination of mediocre service (there were less than 10 patrons in restaurant and I had to flag and find our waiter down twice) and food that was just ok prompted my ratings today.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2016

Decent prices and pretty good food

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2.0Dined on May 8, 2016

I had steak and lobster, lobster was over salted by cook steak was lacking in flavor

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2016

Food was well presented and fresh from local sources. Service was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2016

I have dined there many times, but the topper was a lunch for 6 in a private booth big enough for 8. Everything was excellent, some delay in getting our order but not much.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2016

It appeared we could reserve a table in the bar so that is what I did. However, my friend got there first and was informed they did not take bar reservations. They must not have read the comments I'd made in the original booking. My friend was seated at a nice table in the bar and I joined her there.

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1.0Dined on April 13, 2016

The staff didn't open the door for service until well after our 11:00 reservation! Customer service is lacking at this establishment!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2016

Great service, very good food, good menu variety and a nice place to take a family for a meal. Also an out of the way place that's easy to get to.
Only downside to this place was having the waitstaff try to sell its patrons on some sort of frequent flyer type program. To me that seems a little bit desperate.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2016

We ate here prior to Mariner's Opening Day. Keith was wonderful as always. The clam chowder and wedge salad were great as always. This is one of our favorite restaurants.

The stuffed shrimp were excellent as were the margarita's and black and blue beers. The parmesan crusted sole was not as light and fluffy as it usually is. Don't think the pan was hot enough so consequently it was heavy with oil. Not a reason to stop coming here however. They have a great menu.

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