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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati

3.8
3.8
4290 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 18 times today

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Additional information

  • 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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3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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  1. EC

    EricC

    Cincinnati

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful birthday celebration! Food and service were impeccable. Staff and management very friendly and made sure we had a special dinner.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Due to the snow, only a single employee was present to undertake all roles. This chef did an excellent job taking care of us , performing superiority in every manner. We throughly enjoyed our lunch, very happy he was able to make it into work!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant did not get our reservation, but had no trouble seating us. We had a fantastic meal and great service. Anthony was our server, and he was very attentive and quick.
  4. CL

    CandaceL

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I ate at McCormick and Schmidt this week and I had the most terrible meal I’ve had in a long time. The stuffed salmon was awful. The crab and the stuffed salmon was bad, it was spoiled. I sent it back to the kitchen and they offered to make another one. The chef brought the second seven stuffed with crab, and it was the same result as the first, I asked the chef had he tasted the crap, and he said no. They should’ve thrown it all away. The only bright spot was the server, she was very nice and accommodating. I would have to say that I would never visit this McCormick, and Schmidt again, the food is well below the brand.
  5. B

    Banker50

    Cincinnati

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding and food delicious
  6. AM

    AnnM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoy eating at this restaurant prior to Aronoff performances. The food is reliably good and the servers are attentive and friendly.
  7. LE

    LisaE

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall excellent experience. Food was delicious and service impeccable.
  8. TR

    TimR

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    A nice venue for a relaxing dinner. Service was good and food well prepared BUT.. quite expensive for the portions. E.g. Shrimp cocktail $17 for 4 shrimp. Twin lobster tails also quite small for $43. Same for the cocktails and wine which were in small glasses. Total cost for 3 of us about $250.
  9. s

    steph

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Our server was awesome! We had time constraints and he met them. He was attentive and made great recomendations! This was a vast improvement over the last time we ate in the restaraunt.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and good service
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    The shrimp was raw, we never got a refill on drinks. Salads were even dry, had to ask for dressing.
  12. DJ

    DeniseJ

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steak I ever had! Amazing service!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    In town for the MNF game. Our server was great, friendly and engaging. Unfortunately all food served to our party of 5 was over seasoned/salted and had to send back one meal.
  14. EP

    EricaP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Appetizer came out less than a minute of ordering it, which tells me it’s been sitting there. Plus, it was dry and cold (shrimp kisses). We watched every other table get bread and we did not even have it offered to us. Our server wanted to take our dinner order before even asking what we’d like to drink. My stuffed salmon was so bland I had to douse it in salt. My broccoli was cold and basically raw. I couldn’t even cut it. I had to eat it with my fingers. People were yelling the “n” word across the restaurant at each other and not a single manager or anyone did anything about it. Just a bad NYE experience all together. I’m so glad we had a gift card and did not have to pay out of pocket for this place.
  15. CQ

    CountyQuirk

    Cincinnati

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We eat here most New Year Eves because of the location, quality food, and ambiance. Our reserved window table was ready when we arrived- yay! The prix fix menu was nice, but it was good to have a choice of ordering from the regular menu. The food was delicious, but I wish it was presented a bit better. Our server seemed inexperienced, a bit confused, and was absent for long periods of time. But she seemed to be trying and apologized. Overall we enjoyed a most pleasant meal.
  16. JM

    JohnM

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Service was very slow, the quality seems to be suffering maybe due to being short staffed. Quite a few parties waited for tables and the dining rim was only half full. Not a good overall experience
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did a double-date on NYE and was incredibly pleased with everything! Their gin martinis were on point, and the food was delicious. I got the seafood-stuffed salmon… no idea what anyone else got because I was so into my own meal. Definitely recommend this place, and we will be back!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve! We had the private room and had a great time
  19. J

    Jeff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Always a great night out. Never had a bad meal. The shrimp kisses are a great way to start your dinner!
  20. SS

    SusanS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! We loved the chocolate bag dessert!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    John was an excellent server treated us very well attended to all our needs only issue was the asparagus on the holiday menus with lobster tail was so hard cold and chewy was supposed to be grilled Now the lobster tail was phenomenal the filet was amazing the New York strip was delish and the mahi mahi was also very good however the grilled broccoli was very under cooked. We will come back
  22. R

    Richard

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    For the money I would go somewhere else. Service was not up to par.
  23. GP

    GeorgeP

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone work together and did a super job. From the front door to the table and the people helping with the table service. We had a nice celebration for the New Year’s weekend. Thank you very much.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    We went there last week for a date night and was not impressed at all. I got the ribeye and it was over cooked ordered medium rare and it was more like medium well with no flavor. For $43 I could have gotten a better steak from Texas Roadhouse. My wife got the flounder and they couldn’t pan sear it and it came over cooked, dry with no flavor. I also got truffle fries with my steak but they came out with the appetizer which was very odd. No way I will be back and I’ll spend the extra money to go to Jeff Rubys next time.
  25. DW

    DavidW

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Location in downtown Cincinnati made for a convenient enjoyable experience. Service was excellent and staff very friendly and welcoming. Food was excellent and the ambiance was very comfortable. We will gladly return again.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pleasant environment and good food.
  27. S

    Suze

    Cincinnati

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I had the Parmesan Breaded Flounder. It was average at best. Also, we waited about 30 minutes for our salad and was told by our waitress that the Pantry Chef left so she had to go make the salad. We fully enjoyed the Storypoint Cab though!
  28. M

    Michael

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. It takes awhile for them to take our orders because they were busy but once they got our orders, the food came in fast.
  29. c

    carolw

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    All 4 of our meals were barely average tasting and 2 of them barely warm. Service was very slow. We don’t mind paying good money for good food and service, but that was not the case at all. We were extremely disappointed. We had made this an annual event and this was our 5th year. Sadly, it was also our last.
  30. SC

    SienaCincinnati

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great server!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    There really should be a dress code. Our waiter and food was great, but the front host staff was subpar
  32. LR

    LisaR

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Mahi Mahi was overcooked. The service was good.
  33. KW

    KeithW

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    service was great !!!! The food was delicious !! !!
  34. LK

    LauraK

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We went for a weekday lunch to celebrate a birthday. The dining room was half full—a big change from when we were last here pre-pandemic. We shared calamari and had lobster bisque, fried shrimp, and fish tacos. The food was hot and freshly prepared but average—competent but nothing special and a bit bland. The waiter was also competent but nothing special—he was also responsible for water refills, clearing etc. The bar was out of Bloody Mary mix, which I thought was odd, but these are odd times. So, overall average—not especially memorable.
  35. D

    Dave

    Cincinnati

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the salmon dinner with mashed potatoes and spinach. The dinner was nicely presented and tasted delicious. Our server was personable and professional and checked in on us occasionally. This restaurant is a very nice fine dining experience in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Highly recommended.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Just had a baby.
  37. BA

    BethA

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    We had a group of 10 with reservations. The restaurants was not crowded our table was ready and set. They seated us right away. We waited an hour to get our wine and beer and to order our food. Dinner came over 2 hours after we sat down. My steak was cold and over cooked. The waiter insisted he get a new one which was much better but by that time it was almost 9pm. We won’t be back…
  38. AC

    AmyC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Kid wanted to go out to a nice restaurant and have lobster. We had a reservation and the restaurant didn't appear real busy. Took us 15 minutes after being seated to get water and drink order, 1.5 hours to get main entrées. What I initially wanted, they didn't have and an hourly later what ny husband wanted they said the didn't have either. There were three of us and food was just ok, not $212 of blow me away. It made me wish I just got a lobster and cooked from home like normal. Service was extremely slow and we saw the people in front of us wait even longer for their order to be taken and food. Saw them go up front and complain. The smiked bourbon drink I got was more of a show than a real smoke flavor but the waiter did attempt to do it right. I've been to Mccormick and Schmidt and the M&S Grill in Kansas City several times and had the expectation that this restaurant would at least come close. It's unfortunate it does not for it is an excellent location in downtown! If they could turn this place aroubd, maybe the dingy carpet could get cleaned and some updates inside. Won't be back again, that's for sure!
  39. TG

    TimothyG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Food was very disappointing Took forever to get bread. Salads. Then salads lacked enough dressing mahi-mahi was over cooked and dry. Potato and vegetables cold Just wasted a buncyof money. Won’t go back
  40. JS

    JimS

    Cincinnati

    27 reviews

    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Another restaurant ruined by Landry group. Poor quality food (My wife’s shrimp were frozen) and very expensive for what we received My last trip to McCormick and Schmick’s

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 Seafood - Cincinnati using the Order Online button. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 721-9339.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati is rated 3.8 stars by 4290 OpenTable diners.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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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