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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati

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Seafood

The history of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants began when Bill McCormick purchased Jake's Famous Crawfish Restaurant located in Portland, Oregon, and brought the more than 100-year-old landmark back to life. When asked the secret of how he revitalized a restaurant on the brink of closing, McCormick says, "I like nothing better than being a good host." Part of the managerial talent McCormick tapped was Doug Schmick, a management trainee. The two formed a partnership in 1974, creating Traditional Concepts, a precursor to today's McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants. In 1979, they opened the original McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. The combination of an open imagination and a respect for tradition are what makes McCormick & Schmick's the classic and successful business that it is today.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (513) 721-9339

  • 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: (888) 989-6141

  • Neighborhood

    Cincinnati

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    There is a Metro bus stop located one block east of the restaurant.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service.

  2. JM

    JMFT

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience3

    The server, Terrell, was exceptional but the quality of the food was lackluster at best.

  3. P

    Pf45150

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting, delicious food and attentive service.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    The service was very slow. We were seated 40 minutes before we got our drinks. Unfortunate experience.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3

    Maybe it was just an off night, but we had a Friday reservation at 830. We ordered drinks, first round took 20 minutes to arrive. I then tried to order two white tea shots, was informed that they couldn't do those, but they could do two green tea shots (the only difference is tequila instead of Jameson. They had tequila). After 40 minutes of waiting, I asked our server if our shots were on the way. Not sure if he forgot to ring them in, because it was very slow, and there were two guests at the bar... comes back with shots. You're supposed to chill them. They were very room temp and difficult to drink. It was my girlfriend's birthday, so this was supposed to be a perfect dinner. Our food took right about 30 minutes. That was fine, as we were in no hurry. My girlfriend ordered a Caesar out first. It came out 30 seconds before our food. Needless to say, she didn't eat it. I had the filet, mashed potatoes, and Asparagus. It was delicious. She had some stuffed seafood dish. (I'm not a seafood person). She said it was delicious. Still tipped 20%. Food was great, service/speed were horrible. If it was during a dinner rush, or if they were remotely busy, a lot of this would have been acceptable. However, I saw maybe 8 tables in the restaurant.

  6. L

    Luvdesertsalot

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    When my wife and I first sat down we ordered a drink and we were able to talk. By the time we placed our order for food we were practically yelling at each other because the music was so loud. The Clam Chowder had too much thyme in it. I told the waitress. The rest of the food was fine and the service was good.

  7. DD

    DeannaD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3

    Nothing could overcome the fact that the fish was overcooked — mine so badly ( tough and hard) that I took only a couple of bites. Others complained also. The restaurant was not full, and all the diners were seated in the same area. Perhaps a staffing problem? But it created a noise issue that would not have been so noticeable had we been spread out a little. As for cost, our meal for nine with one bottle of wine and three mixed drinks and no desserts cost over $900 with tax. A very disappointing evening.

  8. R

    Rhineheart

    West Virginia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Trinitee was our server and she was very friendly, professional and attentive. She checked on us regularly but was not intrusive. She was simply a delight and greatly enhanced our dining experience!!! My wife ordered the duo lobster tails with lobster bisque mashed potatoes and it was the most delicious meal she has had in months !! A truly wonderful time!!!!

  9. HM

    HappyMomma22

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience3

    Our food was delicious…our waitress well that’s a different story. While everyone else on the restaurant was running around she was in her own world. I think there was something else happening there.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    The steaks were thin and overcooked without being seared. The oysters were tasty and clean. The chopped salad was good with a bit too much dressing, however. The Jordan wine was phenomenal.

  11. RF

    RichardF

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Mother’s Day

  12. IB

    IBBY1234

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience2

    Our server was very personable, and prompt, and our appetizer was very good , and was served immediately, but 35 minutes after we had finished our appetizer we were then told they were out of the ingredients to make our Caesar salad.. Then, miraculously, the salads were presented to us. My husband had ordered a mixed green salad with vinaigrette dressing, and candied walnuts. What he received was Romain lettuce with vinaigrette dressing, nothing else on it. After our salads were finished, it took another 30 minutes to get our main entrée. My steak knife had dried food on it, had to ask for another one. My husband was served the wrong entrée. By then we wanted to just get out of there, so we asked for our desserts to go, which were included in our Mother’s Day meals. when we looked at our receipt, they had tacked on a “to go” charge, and also overcharged the whole bill by $10. We just paid it, and left. One and done, we won’t be back.

  13. AS

    AriyanS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    We were seated at a dirty table after asking for it to be cleaned it took at least 10 mins until someone actually did it. For an appetizer we ordered the shrimp kisses which were delicious. Main course I ordered the Stuffed founder which is a good choice, the filling however was a bit cold. Ordered clam chowder soup which also was given to me cold, sent it back twice until it finally came out at the correct temp soup should be at. The price you’d pay the service should be top notch and I don’t think we received that but overall a decent restaurant.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    Took my mother and aunt for Mother’s Day @12:30pm. Smallest lobster tail I’ve ever had! Was supposed to be 4oz and was barely more than an ounce and overcooked. Was disappointed considering they are a seafood & steak house. My filet mignon was cooked perfect but way too salty. Maybe it was the butter they added but ruined it. Service was also extremely slow. They waitress was sweet but took very long to get drinks, bread, and she wasn’t around often to check on us. I was also surprised the women’s bathroom was completely out of soap considering they just opened. I brought it to their attention when I first arrived and used restroom and it still wasn’t addressed when i visited the restroom the 2nd time before I left. Definitely a disappointment from what I thought would be a nice restaurant. Won’t be going back.

  15. C

    Casey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Food was great, though the portion sizes weren't very big for the price. It took 30 minutes jus to get our drinks. Wait staff never mentioned a word to us about our anniversary despite reserving the table with that note. While the food was good (and mixed drink was excellent), the service was slow. It was "fine" overall, but likely one-time deal for us there.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Food came out in wrong sequence and incorrect. What did show was very good Clearly they are way understaffed. They need more staff or accept less people. Shame because location and environment is really nice

  17. JF

    JoeF

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Food was average, service was poor. Waiter apologized nearly every time we saw her because she had forgotten something. At the end of the meal the coffee was cold.

  18. J

    Julz

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The food is always very good at M & S. High on my list of places to dine in Downtown Cincinnati. Good location and Great Service, always!

  19. PS

    dhakesPS

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We've been here multiple times. It's always been good, but think they may have been having an off night. Tried the calamari appetizer for the first time and was underwhelmed. It was a bit chewy. My wife got the scallop linguini, which she's gotten before, and as always it was very good. It turned out they were out of what I ordered so I got the swordfish casino, which I've had before and was great. This time, half of it was great, half of it was rubbery. The thing the killed the evening was multiple occurrences of "we're out of X, Y, Z". The bread, the entree I ordered, the desert my wife ordered. Probably not their fault because of supply chain difficulties, but put a damper on the mood and delayed our food (we were there for about an hour before we got our entrees and it wasn't busy). As always the cocktails were great and the service was superb, and I'll chalk it up to a bad night after other great evenings there, but was a bit of a bummer for a birthday meal for my wife. This review is solely based on tonight's experience, and would still recommend this place and plan on returning. Main reason I'm leaving this is, in the event someone in charge reads these, had this been our first experience here, we probably wouldn't be back. Everyone has off days, but was a bit disappointing from somewhere where we've had great experiences in the past.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Good was good. Service was terrible.

  21. WH

    WilliamH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We arrived to give my mom and early mothers day celebration. The restaurant was clean and we were immediately seated. The waitress was great and did the best she could based on staffing and organizational issues in the kitchen. The food was very slow getting out and my wife’s was over cooked and brought out early before the others. When I asked for the manager, the staff did everything they could to fix things. They redid my wife’s food and brought our crab cake sandwiches. My wife’s lobster tails were very good. Our crab cakes were good to fair but I was raised in Maryland and my expectations may be very high. For Cincinnati they were probably very good being so far from the source and culture. Overall the staff was great and the food was good.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The service was spotty. The receptionist at the front desk was barely responsive when we arrived. Worst, the flounder was dry. You shouldn’t need a knife to cut a piece of flounder.

  23. L

    Littlestinker

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our waitress was very attentive. Food was good but not great for the value. Anchovies were forgotten on the c Seer sod even though we ask for them. We were not offered desert because the waitress had to many tables to balance . We are Landry member and have always had a good experience here in the past but this one was borderline

  24. r

    rjh5722

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Due to parking being full because of downtown events, I dropped my wife off at the door and parked the car. Upon my arrival, the three ladies at the hostess stand did not even acknowledge me as they were so engrossed in their own conversation they did not notice me. I eventually just started walking the restaurant- I had been here many times years ago- when a buser finally asked if I needed assistance. (I relayed this to my wife who said she had to bluntly interrupt the ladies at the hostess desk, who were not pleased at the intrusion.) Our server was new, but great. He was really trying and made us feel welcome. The space has aged and the hastily put up (and economical) plexiglass and plywood screens between booths remain (complete with their exposed screws). It feels cheap and combined with the poor service of everyone but our waiter, really detracted from what used to be a great restaurant. Lastly, the air was stifling- muggy and hot. I asked the busser when she filled our water glasses and she said that it is The Westin's responsibility and that they were working on it.

  25. W

    Weeklydiner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Shrimp not deveined. When we told the waitress, she said “yeah that looks like a vein”. And looked confused on what to do. She did take it off the bill. “Lobster mashed potatoes” was mashed potatoes with lobster bisque poured on top. No lobster found. Mashed potatoes were over salted, lobster bisque on top was also over salted. Calamari was fried in old oil and had no seasoning. Thick greasy dust behind light fixture at table. Ordered glass of wine to be brought out with dinner. Glass came out with dinner. Wine finally came out about half way through the meal. Very expensive for almost inedible food. Will not go to another McCormick &Schmick’s

  26. D

    Dave

    Cincinnati

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent fine dining restaurant. Our server Anthony was very professional and knowledgeable regarding the menu and is a very personable individual as well. We ordered the salmon which was accompanied with mashed potatoes and spinach. The entre was absolutely delicious. For dessert we had the apple caramel with vanilla ice cream which topped off the evening. McCormick & Schmicks is a must visit when in downtown Cincinnati. We will be back.

  27. KM

    KayM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Went on a Sunday evening and it was lovely. Great steak cooked to perfection - lobster bisque was phenomenal and the chef selection flounder was perfect. Server could have been new but I don't believe they were too knowledgeable about the menu however she gave me free birthday creme brulee so i guess it balances out? Would absolutely go again!

  28. s

    stevenb

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Steak overcook Baby crying Long wait for food Waiter walked away while we were talking multiple times

  29. E

    Eric

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We started out with the “shrimp kisses”, they were great! The main course I had the “crab and shrimp stuffed salmon”, it was great!

  30. GS

    GregS

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Had a 4:45 reservation in order to make the 6:30 show at the Aronoff. Greeted and sat by the hostess and then not one person came by our table for almost 20 minutes. Spoke with the bartender, the GM, etc all of whom were apologetic. Finally got someone to take our order, even asked them what we could order to ensure we were out in time to make the show. 6:05, still had not received our food and had to leave. I'm not sure how it could have been a worse experience.

  31. DM

    DaveM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    We enjoyed our dinner at downtown Cincinnati McCormicks and Schmit. The food was good. The service was okay as they appears to be a bit understaffed. When, we visited on Sunday, April 24, the air conditioning was not working correctly so it was slightly warm in the restaurant.

  32. AM

    AmyM

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience4

    Had reservation at 4:30 and has a concert on 7. We should’ve had plenty of time to have dinner and make it to the concert but the drinks for slow, the food took forever. We asked for the check immediately upon getting our food so we could try to be on time. If you were this understaffed, you should probably not be at full capacity.

  33. S

    Snapcat

    Louisville

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Opt for patio seating to dine on Fountain Square, where you can often enjoy live music. The interior is nice, a bit dated, and dark. The service is exceptional! Deja took great care of us! A manager checked in with us. We were well cared for. The food was amazing! We opted for seafood and were not disappointed. I will look forward to booking here again!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Juwan was our server, he absolutely killed it. One of our ordered got messed up but he was great and got it fixed for us

  35. ET

    EricT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very pleasant dinner. Everyone was very nice. The food was excellent.

  36. JF

    JonF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service given by Trinity was prompt, courteous, attentive, but not intrusive. Just right. The food was superb. The ambiance was peaceful. Top notch experience.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Nice and quiet evening with reasonable prices, a good-natured server who was attentive but not too much, and good steak and seafood both. Have generally had good experiences here though we’re from out of town and usually come to the area once a year for a conference. We often end up here for a dinner when we’re around!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner was great as usual. The shrimp kisses are still one of my favorites on the menu.

  39. GG

    GaryG

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    There were 4 of us for a pre show dinner. The food was great. The server, Austin, was excellent. He was always there to help, without being annoying.

  40. F

    Favorite

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    This has always been one of my favorite places to eat. Not the smoothly ran place I remember. Out of synch/delays. Not sure what the issues were but it should not take 30 minutes to deliver a bottle of wine to a table. Our server was delightful and apologetic. Our food was excellent.

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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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati is rated 4 stars by 4103 OpenTable diners.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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Booked 32 times today
Google Map for McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati

21 E 5th St Cincinnati, OH 45202

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Cincinnati

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    There is a Metro bus stop located one block east of the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (513) 721-9339

  • 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: (888) 989-6141

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