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McCormick & Schmick's - Arlington (Crystal City), Arlington, VA

McCormick & Schmick's - Arlington (Crystal City)

4.3
4.3
2781 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
McCormick & Schmick's Arlington restaurant is uniquely designed to create an inviting, original and relaxed atmosphere, where guests can enjoy the highest quality dining experience. The menu is printed twice daily, featuring the signature “Fresh Fish” highlighting an impressive number of fresh seafood varieties, in addition to aged steaks, poultry, entrée salads and pasta. McCormick & Schmick's commitment to local freshness is apparent in the seasonally inspired dishes and regionally inspired preparations offered.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 19 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–6:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (703) 413-6400
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Whether planning a business meeting, rehearsal dinner or holiday party, you can count on McCormick & Schmick’s to create an event sure to be memorable with our excellent service, delicious food & unparalleled hospitality. Our flexible dining spaces & customized menus can accommodate any event need.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (703) 413-6400
  • Neighborhood
    Arlington
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 2,781 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Good for business meals

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Good for business meals

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Seafood

2,765 Reviews
  1. Lousie54

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Celebrated my birthday! It was wonderful!

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  2. MikeM

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant in Arlington. Service was wonderful and the food was excellent! Steak cooked to perfection and the chopped salad was outstanding. I’ll be back!!

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  3. carpediem

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I'm not sure if it was an off-night, but the explanation that was given by our server could have explained some of the flaws in the service due to other demands in the restaurant. We were told to understand that the restaurant would be conducting some form of pest mitigation ("bug bomb") that the staff were preparing for and it took our server away from our service enough times that the service was not satisfactory. Refreshments (soft drinks) were ordered but not immediately brought to the table, an appetizer was ordered but did not make it to the order, the temperature of the food was warm-ish and coffee after the meal could not be made due to staff containing/wrapping the machines as preparation. It was basically an inconsistent experience and one without the standard accommodation and quality of service that I have come to expect from this restaurant. Lastly, and after having forgotten myself; the opportunity to apply my membership incentive(s)/discount was not inquired upon (the host seating us at our table did acknowledge my membership and did thank me for my loyalty).

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  4. RickJ

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good and service were outstanding. Great place for a casual dinner or a date night.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We recently went to McCormick and Schmick’s at noon, and hardly anyone was in the restaurant. I try to get in and out for lunch since I only have a 30-minutes. We order a two lobster bisque soup, a salad, and a grilled chicken sandwich. We got the soup, but it was warm and not hot. I am unsure why it would be lukewarm since the restaurant just opened within 30 minutes, so I would expect the soup to be piping hot. In addition, we ordered a salad and grilled chicken salad, which I informed that I didn’t want a pickle with it, and I discussed that with the server. And by 12:48, we got the food, and we needed to leave, so we asked for boxes. It was apparent that the server didn't care about my request because the pickle was on the side of the plate. I got it removed, and we both got boxes and left. The chicken was thinly sliced and was not what I expected. I hope something can be done to make this right.

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  6. WilliamM

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was good. Everything else, not so much. Took 1 hour and 15 min. from time of ordering to get our food. Server couldn't tell us if Ranch was an available salad dressing option. After about 25 min. of waiting for food, the server came back to us and informed us that "the chef said there's no substitutions on sides"... after I asked for a simple swap and approved an upcharge. Server came back 5 min. later and then said they were out of 6 Oz. steaks, but they had 8 oz.... at this point they should've just gave us the larger portion. Allegedly they were short-staffed in the kitchen. When we arrived they were maybe at 20% of seating capacity. Entire staff seemed very disorganized. Won't come back to this location again.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sever was very nice. The restaurant was clean inside and out.

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  8. REH3

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food tasted great (although a bit overpriced). The real downside, however, was the very slow service despite a nearly empty restaurant. It's like they forgot about us until some more tables showed up.

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  9. FrJMK

    San Antonio

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All was good…food, waitress and location. The only thing the music was a little loud.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food if you ever get it it’s great.service not good at all

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  11. Hillrat

    London

    25 reviews

    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    One of the worst dining experiences I’ve ever had. It took an hour and 50 minutes from when we arrived until we got our meal. We couldn’t even get water until we started asking random employees as they walked past. My glass of wine, which took over 30 minutes to get AFTER they put an empty wine glass in front of me, was corked and undrinkable. The chicken and fish were dry and bland, like they’d been sitting out. Every part of the experience was bad except for the pleasant and obviously overworked server. We felt bad for her, but we’ll never return. Rather than apologizing and at least giving us something in return for the awful experience, they actually overcharged us!

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  12. SonjaW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was suuuuuper slow!! its like they didnt know it was NYE! They should have had extra staff on hand. We were late for our party.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service was provided. Oysters were fresh. Steak quality was ok. Lobster was tasty but way over cooked

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  14. foodfan

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Day dinner at the Crystal City McCormick & Schmick’s. In addition too their regular menu, they had a special fixed-price three-course menu that was incredible value. The food was all delicious, and the service was excellent. We also had a really nice table in a quieter part of the restaurant, that felt quite private. All-In-all it was a lovely meal and great way to spend the holiday.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, including steak, salmon, truffle frites, and crème brûlée. The ahi tuna appetizer was a bit uninspiring but decent. Skip the Spanish Coffee at dessert time and just order a regular cappuccino. Service started slow, but once our assigned server got to us, everything was very attentive. Somewhat pricey but overall a good experience. We would definitely go back.

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  16. Suzeq

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    McCormick and Schmidt is still one of my favorite restaurants. It has dropped a bit, however, as the more extensive menu it had pre-COVID has still not returned, and that means my favorite go-to menu items are still missing (the couple of choices that provided a little of several items, e.g., lump crab cake, plus salmon, plus shrimp, plus 1-2 additional seafood items, plus vegetables). That said, the food is always very good. Re recent visit, the restaurant was not particularly full, and it appeared to be appropriately staffed, but, surprisingly, staff were not particularly attentive, or else they were doubling as kitchen staff - a couple times we had long waits when we were looking for our waitress (or anyone else's). I know staffing continues to be a challenge for businesses, so I try not to hold them to a pre-COVID standard, but it's hard to understand. That's why 4 stars, not 5, however.

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  17. JoannL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Intimate quiet lovely evening. Excellent fish and cocktails. Wonderful wait staff

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    This dishes were dirty I had to keep asking the server to bring clean dish ware,ended up Using plastic utensils . The food was so Horrible I got it takes off my check . The drink tasted like juice and everything about the setting was horrible . The manager was very nice and understanding she help us Out a lot

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  19. NovaGal

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely Thanksgiving dinner. Plenty of turkey, but the portions of side dishes (dressing, potato, squash puree) could have been larger. We appreciated being given an booth enclosed on three sides. And the staff was pleasant. A couple of issues relating to up-charges were unexpected and somewhat dampened our enjoyment.

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  20. carpediem

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Of the McCormick & Schmick restaurants in the DMV area, I found that the Arlington (Crystal City) location was by far the better restaurant in terms of it service and the quality of its food. In that regard the quality of the fare was much closer to the price that it commands, and the service was as much a part of the value in that experience. Our server Chanell, was both attentive to our needs and respectful in giving a quality experience in treating long time & long distance friends a to a special treat.

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  21. FoodForLife

    Washington DC

    68 reviews

    3.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good but the service was extremely slow. The restaurant was busy this evening and it took a long time to get even the simplest things such as refilling the water glass. Finally after walking around and asking another waiter, we were able to get some more water. I grant that the place was busy but refilling a water glass should be an easy task for a restaurant.

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  22. TheParks

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was very slow. The worse service we have ever had at McCormick & Schmick's.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    my husband and I celebrated my birthday and took advantage of the veterans menu special. The service was nothing less than superb from the time we walked in till the time we departed. My husband and I were beyond extremely happy. The young lady at the door with the complementary braids greeted us with a warm and friendly welcome. Our server created a perfect celebration. We love these two. Thank you so much for making my day special.

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  24. dunnbe

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice treat. A great spot for a special event.

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  25. StevenH

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My steak was room temperature. There was a man in the restroom begging for money.

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  26. CharlesS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food wasn’t that great but paid premium price for it. Not going back.

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  27. mikeveh

    Toledo

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was a little slow which was odd since the restaurant was not at all busy. Still, the server was very polite and the food was excellent.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was good but the food was delayed, unusual.

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  29. kennethm

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, service was good. Sometimes servers have too many tables. Paying the check with the open table redemption coupon was a nightmare. Took forever, no one knew how to process the check with the coupon. Open table needs to review this process.

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  30. Lanese

    Richmond

    21 reviews

    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    DO NOT go here !! Horrific customer service, tasteless food, inattentive service. Reservation at 545 Sat down at 545 Server 6:00 (who we had to find) There were only 2 tables with guests in the dining room (basically empty). Ordered food at 6:03 while we waited for bread and a drink. Food came at 7 ( burnt fish and cold fries) Pasta sat in olive oil with no seasoning Thank goodness I’m using a gift card …(Reston & Tyson’s had the best service) Fell asleep while waiting for the server and dessert. I hate to ask for anything because it takes so long in between orders & requests. I could understand if the restaurant was crowded and understaffed. I’ve seen the same servers walking around chatting with each other vs patrons. 7:30 Dessert comes and because we are taking it with us - we were charged a to go charge. :0/

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, but they were extremely low on staff. Our appetizers took 90 minutes to arrive — and we were dining with our kids! The staff was very nice and apologetic, but it still marred an otherwise lovely experience.

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  32. Chase

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I just expect more for the prices they charge. Had great service.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    60 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Server MIA, manager MIA, food cold and not fresh ( very low quality) A disaster

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  34. KevinN

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service from the wait staff was excellent. The bartender service was just average. They either ran out of ingredients or were unable to make their signature M&S cocktail.

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  35. GarethG

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was inconsistent. I had the flFish and Chips… I am from a part of the world that has fresh fish… I expected good fish here. It was terrible and possibly off. Others enjoyed their meal. The service was very slow, but not due to our server who was sweet and efficient. Restaurant was very understaffed

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  36. SmartNSassy

    New York City

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We waited for 10 minutes at the hostess podium to be seated before our server came to get us and seat us. The drinks were not mixed correctly and didn’t taste good. The food was great but the courses were rushed, even though the restaurant was half empty. We decided not to stay for dessert. Very disappointing and we will not be back

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a horrible experience! We had 845 reservations and walked in at 8:50 after finding parking on a street with a lot of construction. As soon as we entered the staff stated the kitchen was closed and we couldn’t be seated. Why have 8:45 reservations on open table if you’re not going to accommodate your reservations! The host and the manager seemed not to care and gave off a rude demeanor. The restaurant still had 5 tables with guest sitting at empty tables waiting for food. It definitely felt racially motivated why we were turned away! Def will never return nor recommend!

    1 person found this helpful

  38. Babs

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Worst service! Took forever to get our check and pay it. Other locations have been better in the padt

    1 person found this helpful

  39. COLK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was superb, we had a table of six and the wait staff was handling a 30 person party as well. The bone in rib-eye was cooked as requested-medium rare. Grilled asparagus was spot on. Crème Brûlée was good. Requested cocktails and first choice ingredients were not available.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great event, great food and great customer service.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from McCormick & Schmick's - Arlington (Crystal City) using the Order Online button. McCormick & Schmick's - Arlington (Crystal City) also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. McCormick & Schmick's - Arlington (Crystal City) also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 413-6400.

McCormick & Schmick's - Arlington (Crystal City) is rated 4.3 stars by 2781 OpenTable diners.

McCormick & Schmick's - Arlington (Crystal City) does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 19 times today

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Google Map for McCormick & Schmick's - Arlington (Crystal City)

2010 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Arlington
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–6:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (703) 413-6400
  • Private party facilities
    Whether planning a business meeting, rehearsal dinner or holiday party, you can count on McCormick & Schmick’s to create an event sure to be memorable with our excellent service, delicious food & unparalleled hospitality. Our flexible dining spaces & customized menus can accommodate any event need.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (703) 413-6400
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