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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati

3.8
3.8
4141 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

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times 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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3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Really terrible. Service was extremely slow. Server was weird and her uniform was filthy. Manager didn’t care when we complained. I’ll never go there again.
  2. T

    Tiffani

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    The host lied and told me there was an extremely long wait time. I found out it wasn’t true and got a seat. The waitress was good. But the food had no flavor and the lobster mashed potatoes didn’t have any lobster, just a sauce.
  3. A

    Anonymous

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I was so excited and looking forward to dining because I don't live near a McCormick & Schmick's anymore. It was my favorite restaurant back in Philadelphia. I was EXTREMELY disappointed. My food arrived at the table and it was not what I ordered. I ordered the Twin 4 oz. Lobster Tails only to receive a single 8 oz. Lobster Tail with Shrimp and both were covered in Scampi sauce. That is NOT how I like my lobster. When I brought the error to the server's attention, the best I was offered was a single 4 oz. lobster tail prepared without Scampi sauce. Needless to say, the bill arrived with the Lobster Scampi which was more expensive than the Twin Lobster Tails. Rather than complain to management about not only the slow and poor service, I deducted the difference from my customary 20% tip. Please do better! A "fine" dining experience is not supposed to be like this.
  4. KS

    KimberlyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tanner was a great server! Very friendly and attentive, and made some great recommendations.
  5. KB

    KennethB

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Going before arnoff show
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Food and service not great for our work meeting
  7. AF

    ArtF

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good spot for seafood in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    On arrival the hostess was annoyed.. we were seated & our waitress was very sweet! We ordered an appetizer came out in a timely manner. We ordered salads for entree & manager came out after 30 minutes & said the kitchen had to remake them due to not looking up to par.. we got our salads about 45 minutes after ordering.. the waitress offered us a free dessert we accepted but then took 30 minutes to get it.. never going back
  9. BG

    BlairG

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The waiter service was good but the kitchen staff was very slow and the manager had to come out and apologize that it took so long for our food to be served. Food was decent at this location but it has been better at other locations
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent from welcome through service all the way. Gave us the VIP treatment for my husband’s birthday.
  11. LC

    LindaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat in the bar area during Happy Hour. Our reservations were at 5:15. The atmosphere was great in a booth by fountain square and the food and drinks were excellent! We would definitely go back!
  12. D

    Disappointed

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Our dining experience was beyond disappointing. We had been here several years ago (pre-covid). We were eager to have our anniversary dinner here, but it became memorable for all the wrong reasons. Unfortunately, the service was slow. The food was completely inedible. My roasted potatoes were flavorless and the steak was off putting. My husband struggled to politely swallow a bite of shrimp. Our waiter was friendly and apologetic. We’re deeply saddened to see the significant decline in what was once the pinnacle of dining experiences.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Waiter gave us excellent service
  14. j

    joemess

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always food and service are really good at M&S and this location was just as good.
  15. JC

    JohnnyC

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The oysters very small, the beer was warm and the steak had lots of fat, small and thin for the price. Outback Steaks much better all around. The potatoes look as if scooped and splatted on the plate. No garnish so plates looked very plain and food with not much taste. Never will I eat here again. Not worth the money I Spent.
  16. B

    Boiler1

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    The food was quite good but the service was exceedingly slow. We spent two hours there.
  17. JB

    JennyB

    San Francisco

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Lunch outside for Father's day was really nice. Slow service but the food was good
  18. AS

    AngelaS

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good, but the restaurant seemed to be short on servers. Our server was pleasant and did a good job, but due to her having a large number of tables. This led to delays in refills, etc. she did the best she could given the situation.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    I have been to McCormick and Schmicks in many cities. I took my parents to downtown Cinci last night and this was the worst experience at a restaurant that I expect to offer my family a very nice experience. We waited 30 mins for our drinks and the wrong drinks were brought. We waited another hour for our food and it was average at best for a Steak and Seafood restaurant. I do not usually post or complaint, but I was very disappointed as I do not get to take parents out but 1 or 2 a year in Cinci.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was great service was slow
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    From entering the restaurant we were greeted with a birthday wish that set the mood. This was a first experience for the matron of honor and he was brought to tears by the VIP service we received. The extra touches, special birthday dinner to the VIP placement card really made for a night to remember. Our server Anthony made sure our food not only had the best presentation but also had the flavor we requested. Without asking, Anthony went to the kitchen and add more crab because he didn’t like the way it looked. He went over and above to also add to this night. Lastly, the manager Chris came to greet us and enquirer about our service. Chris also made sure our treatment was first class. We will return and share our story with others. Well Done!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food portions were small and salmon was over cooked. Bread and soup were the best part. No fault of the waiter, Michael. Probably won’t hurry back.
  23. LT

    LaTonyaB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st time eating here. Celebrated 22nd Anniversary . Great Experience.
  24. RD

    RyanD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Went last night based on some good things we heard from friends. Not à good idea. Have had better seafood at McDonald's. Place was old and the my 12 year old makes better food. Do not go! You will be disappointed.
  25. JH

    JanaH

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Our server was so sweet and friendly but it took over an hour and a half for the three of us. We ordered an appetizer which took a long time and she apologized but she said they had an impromptu staff meeting during that time? Well it's the dinner crowd and why would they call a meeting at that time? That was very odd. The food was OK. Not a great value. The inside is very dark and dated. The restaurant was not crowded.
  26. RV

    RitaV

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Service was slow for Sunday at 5:30 and less than 50% restaurant capacity. Food was good.
  27. JG

    JackG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Our experience wasn't bad but it was not great or impressive either, it was just ordinary and very average. Our waiter was the overall best experience. He was friendly, responsive, and professional.
  28. JM

    JustinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great location, and service. Food was remarkable at a fair price. Will be back!
  29. CB

    CarlB

    Cincinnati

    46 reviews

    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Meal was uneventful. My fish and chips was not very good. Fries cold and fish chewy. My wife's stuffed salmon was just a bit better but not great.
  30. c

    cvk5771

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  31. MP

    MikeP

    Cincinnati

    52 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Haven’t been to M&S for several years. Definitely a huge step down from what a remembered. Shrimp app was decent (overly greasy though) and strawberry salad was great. Salmon was extremely under seasoned and slightly over cooked. Slightly fishy tasting as well. Stuffed flounder was also extremely under seasoned. Mashed potatoes and string beans were tasteless. Wrong salmon order came out first. Ordered lava cake as compensation. But different dessert came out. LOL If it wasn’t for the server, would have given one star or less. She was great. With so many great options in Cincinnati, I don’t see myself ever going back to M&S. Extremely disappointed and sad. Used to be great.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Bad service. Cold food. Over priced. Everything was messed up. Never again.
  33. JL

    JimL

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Server was good, but it took so long for our meals to come out, we had to cancel our entrees.
  34. MC

    MC1885

    Greensboro

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fried oyster appetizer was delicious. Service was prompt.
  35. c

    cbusdiner

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Calamari appetizer was great! All of our fish meals were bland, needed more seasoning and flare to presentation.
  36. MA

    MADY

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The food is good but the portions are small. Our server walked past us half a dozen times before even so much as offering water more than 10 minutes after we were seated.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was horrible! Out of a party of 16, 10 sent theirs back
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Our meal was very unflavored and definitely overpriced for the quality of the food. The lobster mash potatoes tasted like boxed Mash potatoes and more so had a lobster puree on top instead of lobster itself. We sent our food back. Highly dissatisfied. For the price I would recommend Prime which is just a block away.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Set people without Reservations. Made us wait some. Ordered drink. Never came. Had to go bar myself.
  40. DC

    DarnellC

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Horrible service, food nasty. Uneditable to eat. Caught our server eater peoples leftovers in the kitchen when we went looking for him since we had not seen him in forever. 4 of us ate the shrimp was different sizes and kinds wtf my flounder was so over cooked it would bounce off the floor the chicken was inedible. Never got our salads would never eat there again plus it was $250 gross don’t go

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 4141 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

7:00 PM


Booked 31 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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