McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati

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3786 reviews
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Featuring seasonal seafood, tender steaks and signature oysters, our commitment to freshness is reflected in our daily changing menu. From our seasonal Wild Isles Salmon caught from the coast of Scotland's Shetland Islands, to our Hawaiian Seafood overnighted from the Honolulu Fish Auction, and Wild Pacific Northwest Salmon pulled from pristine river waters, our menu incorporates regional tastes, farm fresh products, and local and sustainably sourced ingredients wherever possible. With our exclusive line of signature oysters sourced from our own private oyster beds, as well as a fine selection of steaks, soups, salads and pasta dishes, McCormick & Schmick's appeals to the tastes of all diners. Our focus on the true spirit of hospitality only adds to our appeal, making us a popular destination on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, where we honor the military with free meals, as well as an ideal setting for private special occasions, date night and business functions.
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RW
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding as usual. The Chef's Special was great. Ricky, our server, was really great, efficient and personable.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

The waiter, Peter, had several issues including not knowing the menu (requested no seafood and received ahi), surreptitiously removing a card for feee food that was unused forcing a demand to return the card, and dipping his tie into the food when serving it.

The food, minus portions his tie was dipped into, was excellent. The service was not.

Unfortunately, I won’t be returning.

CR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food 😋 , music 🎶, service were the best. Looking forward to seeing you 😊 soon, dessert 🍨 was special.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place. Very good meat. Very kind for our anniversary. What else?

TJ
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was simply amazing and the ambiance was fitting for the occasion. I’m sure to visit again soon!

TC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome in every regard. The sea bass was the second -to-none as was the crab cake appetizer. Our waiter was polite, attentive, engaging, but not overbearing. We had an exceptional dinner done to the drinks which were crafter the in the proper manner.

LD
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

We went for seafood, after hearing it was a great place to eat down town. There was no one there on Sunday at 11:00 for brunch and they sat us in the bar area. The table was dirty and it looked cruddy under the placemat . Our server was good the food was average and super over priced. Four coconut shrimp for 12 or 16 dollars, and they were like warm and bland.
I ordered stuffed shrimp and it was also average. We both decided Red Lobster was a better deal, more good and tastier.
It seemed like it was kind of dirty and in need of deep cleaning and new recipes.
The two things I did like were the lobster bisque and oysters Rockefeller ( but again over priced)
I really sorry it was a disappointment, I wanted to be impressed.
My coworker remarked she had also been there for Irish coffee and found fruit flies in the mug.

AB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Granted, it was a busy Saturday night. But the service was just terrible. For the first 35 minutes, we had nothing on our table but water. Had to get the manager involved just to get our bread delivered. Not good when you have a 7 year old at the table.

N
New Orleans
33 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great lunch. Burgers are definitely tasty.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Unfortunately, the service was extremely slow, however, the food and drinks were good.

DA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding!!! Great service and attitude!

L
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We were really looking forward to this meal and then it took 15+ minutes for drinks to aarrive and over an hour for our food to arrive, bread was forgotten (although a to go bag was offered), requested items never brought to table or brought after my soup was actually almost cold. The cut of meat for my filet mignon was NOT something that should have cost over $30 as there was fat i couldn't even cut thru. We called and made a reservation so simply feel forgotten. The one positive was our hostess was delightful and cheery

MM
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I took my parents out to celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary as well as both their birthdays (all of which take within 4 days). We went for late lunch. The restaurant was not crowded so we were given our choice of seating and my mother picked a table sat facing Fountain Square. We had cocktails and finally ordered. The cocktails were made with fresh squeezed juices. The Long Island Iced Tea was one of the best I've had in a long time. The Raspberry Mule was very good and made my mother remember drinking Mules as a young woman. My father who usually drink his bourbon on the rocks, really enjoyed his Old Fashioned. I suggested the lobster bisque which I knew from previous visits was very good. When my parents decided to order it, I knew they'd be happy with it. Two of us ordered the stuffed shrimp and my father ordered the fried shrimp. The vegetable accompaniments were cooked a little al dente which showcased the flavor. I grew up on the East Coast where good seafood is easily found. This ranked up there with good seafood of my childhood. For dessert we had the cream brulee with lots of berries on top and a little molten chocolate cake. With candles placed on both it really made my parents feel special. I really appreciated all the attention my parents received.

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We had a party of 10. Our server Amara was very pleasant but seemed to be fairly new to your organization. She didn’t know drinks and was a little combative when it came to requests to correct things with our order. The manager on duty was RUDE! When we expressed our concerns and wasn’t apologetic at all. Instead he failed to give us his name and offered the general managers card instead. Poor service overall...we will not be back.

KR
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Swordfish!! with roasted Vegetables and Potatoes. The bread is also outstanding. Recommended sauvignon blanc wine was excellent also.

D
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love the small plate, blackened cobia with street corn and black bean puree. It is my all time favorite dish at M&S. Service was wonderful.

d
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I would recommend if you needed a place downtown. Parking is a challenge. Food was good. Certainly no bargain however.

AB
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for birthday get together or dinner with friends. Wide variety menu perfect for a group!!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They really went above and beyond to make our anniversary special. The best wishes on the menu was so unique and a great touch. The food was excellent and the service was phenomenal. Also the creme brûlée was the best I’ve ever had.

JG
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steak and seafood place! I add the ribeye, and my husband had fish (forget what kind, sorry!) Everything was excellent. My husband was a little disappointed about the portion size of the fish but my 13 oz. ribeye was more than enough to share so it worked out well. Everything was cooked to perfection and our waiter was very friendly and attentive.

DS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only restautant in Cincinnati with Cobia on the menu and a bar that stocks Tanqueray 10—my preference.

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RO
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had the lunch special for July. Crab cake sandwich with clam chowder and fries. It was soooooooo good

MM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Very courteous staff, had the Monday night twin lobster special, which was very disappointing. Small lobster tails that had no flavor. Crab cake appetizer & lobster Braque were very tasty.

B
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food, hostess, and server were phenomenal. Big drawback was all of the staff hanging out in the dining room talking and making noise the whole time. One server knocked a chair on the ground to mess with another server. Typically this doesn't bother me but I expect a better environment for a meal that is over $100 for 2 people. It was distracting for my wife and I who were trying to have a romantic dinner. Our server did go above and beyond and really helped with keeping this rating from 3 stars.

EP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and the Chef made sure we were accommodated‼️

AH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent professional staff.
Will be back. I recommend all to experience M&S.

OB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come every year that I am attending the CMF. It's always around my birthday and the staff is so nice.

DB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Was very good food! And worked great for us this weekend.

SE
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was cold & not as tasty as usual. Was super busy due to festival going on. Seemed understaffed. Drinks were awesome though. Will try it again another time when less busy.

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great dinner. Terrell, our server was amazing! He was very knowledgeable of the menu and the pairing of wine and food. Food was amazing. I would visit this restaurant again.

H
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was cold and overpriced for the quantity we were served. Will not return to this location.

BB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The salmon was overcooked and thus quite rubbery: salmon jerky..this isnt Alaska). The fish portions were too small for the price we paid. You get a better cut and larger portion at Outback. The lobster tail was also small.
On a positive note , the steak was an appropriate sized cut for the price and delicious. Our waiter, Christian, was outstanding: courteous, knowledgeable and made a divine presentation of one of your signature drinks at our table.

I have eaten at the Washington D.C location and value for what is received is much higher both is price , portion sizes and quality.

S
Boise
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We had a very disappointing dinner at this restaurant in Cincinnati. We started with the crab legs, which were inedible. They had a fishy taste which made us think we might get sick. Lobster salad with the same seafood quality of the crab. Sea bass which may have been microwaved, and tasted like the crab and lobster. The lettuce for the salad was mushy.

The wine was nice and the service was good. At the end of the meal the server gave us a sales pitch for Landry’s restaurant club. That was off putting and awkward.

I wish we would have gone anywhere else in Cincinnati for dinner.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The restaurant was not busy and the service was very slow. The waiter was a nice young man, but lacking in fine dining training. On arrival I had to repeat my name three times and they obviously were not paying attention. They gave a person seating patrons menus but we were not invited to follow this person and I had to ask twice if he was the person to seat us. I have eaten in their other locations and this one is considerably less qualified to be classified as fine dining.

J
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not eaten at McCormick’s since right after they opened a number of years ago.
We will return much sooner for sure.
It was a rather quiet evening there so we were greeted by the evening manager and made to feel welcome immediately.
Amarra, our server, welcomed us as well and her friendly demeanor was immediately impressive.
We enjoyed cocktails and dinner with excellent service. The fish was served by kitchen runners and was hot and appetizing. Even though seafood is the specialty there, I noticed a lot of steaks were served that night as well. Our server stopped back several times offering drink refills but gave us privacy to enjoy a delicious meal. She even wished us a happy anniversary as we had indicated when making our reservation.
It was an enjoyable evening for sure.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had a great experience! The service was amazing! Mindy and Byron made our evening wonderful! The food was delicious! Thank you so much!

DB
Cincinnati
81 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedge salad very good
Added 4oz salmon; dry

Service was fine

Ate in bar area

Lunch time; not too busy

Server very nice and attentive

LF
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got to the restaurant a little early to enjoy "Happy hour" in the bar, drinks and apps were fantastic and great prices. Our waiter, Cameron was so friendly and efficient, we can't wait to go back!

WK
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. The food was very good but a little on the pricey side. Quantity was good as well.

Good place to dine in Cincinnati after a Reds game.

DE
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner. Food is consistently good. Desmond our server was attentive and helpful. Our booth along 5th street provided an abundance of entertainment via people watching.

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