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About McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati

Offering extraordinarily fresh seafood and tender steaks, McCormick & Schmick’s represents Downtown Cincinnati’s most exceptional dining experience. The restaurant is conveniently located across the street from Fountain Square – a short trip from many of the city’s sporting venues, theatres and shopping destinations. McCormick & Schmick’s features a menu printed daily by the chef, employing seasonal seafood from around the world and full-flavored beef. Guests also enjoy the nation’s best happy hour, according to USA Today.

From fresh seafood and shellfish to aged steaks and garden fresh salads, our goal is to exceed your dining expectations.

As our guest you will experience culinary excellence at its best. Our menus reflect seafood from the Pacific Rim, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. We also source products from local ranches, farms and wineries to showcase regionally inspired dishes.

21 East Fifth Street
Across from Fountain Square
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm. Saturday 11:00am - 11:00pm. Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 721-9339

Website:
http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/

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.

Parking Details:
We have valet service available at the Central Parking Valet stand located on Vine Street. There are numerous parking garages within 3 blocks of the restaurant as well.

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

Executive Chef:
Erik Hayden

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Daily 4:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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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.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Cincinnati Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (61)
Special Occasion (58)
Pre/post Theatre (47)
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Good for Anniversaries (42)
Romantic (38)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Quiet Conversation (37)
Business Meals (35)
Cozy (24)
Happy Hour (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
People Watching (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Authentic (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Scenic View (7)
Healthy (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined a day ago

Simply lovely.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Had a lovely time will visit again soon

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·Dined 4 days ago

Girlfriend dinner ok. Bread plates taken and not replaced when bread finally came out after appetizer. My dinner beef medallions add lobster tail. 4 pieces of beef (Half of my gf 6 oz fillet size total) ordered medium got one of each: med/rare, med, med/well, well done. Lobster tail the size of a crawfish tail. Know of other restaurants I will frequent with better quality of food and service for roughly the same price.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

Very nice restaurant with a very attentive wait staff. The ultimate seafood mixed grill was excellent and plenty to eat. I would recommend this restaurant for drinks a the bar of dining with a loved one.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

The entire staff was friendly, pleasant and professional from the hostesses to the wait staff to the manager. The food was very good. The lighting was a bit dim. We are young hearted senior citizens and had difficulty seeing the menu due to the low lighting. Overall our experience was remarkable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Poor service , very slow and the fish was soaked in butter

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

This was our first time here and we really enjoyed it! The service and food we're both great, and it was perfect for a nice date.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

It was our first time here and everything was great. We are definitely going to come back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service . Food was amazing, one of the best Valentine's day I've had. I had the raspberry mule it was one of the best cocktails I've had. Overall great experience. It is a little pricey but it's worth it. My husband and myself with defiantly be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

Music too loud, even after we requested they turn it down. Chair cushion worn out. Food tasted ok but seemed old, nothing was even warm. Acknowledged our anniversary verbally repeatedly but did nothing else. While the restaurant was beautiful the value or quality was not there. Thanks for asking.

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·Dined 5 days ago

We had a great time with great food and even better service. Food was prepared exactly as requested and the desserts were amazing!

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 (Columbus)·Dined 5 days ago

The scallops and lobster bisque are without compare.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great menu choices although I chose twin lobster tails which were chewy, overpriced and only came with mashed potatoes. Music too club like which affected the ambience. Its a DINING experience and that is what I expect to pay for. Music was annoying

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great experience overall. Service and food was perfect. Only thing off was the music. Weird to complain about I know but the music didn't match the atmosphere of a nice restaurant. Very small complaint just giving my opinion. But thank you for great food. Will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Brunch with my grand-daughter at our favorite restaurant . The staff at McCormick & Schmick treat us so well, the food is wonderful and we have a wonderful time. Can’t wait until next time.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was good, but service was lacking. They forgot to substitute a side dish, and then proceeded to charge us extra for the forgotten dish. In addition, service was incredibly slow. We'd been there for over an hour and still hadn't received our main dish.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

This was such a fabulous dinner, it was beautiful, tasted great, timely, and the drinks were fantastic! Going back soon for more!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Brought my son for his 21st birthday along with two of his college friends. It was a perfect dinner and our server was very helpful in recommending drinks, to appetizers, to entrees to 3 college students who are used to fast food restaurants. The restaurant is classy while not being stuffy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I think that the extensive menu lead to the kitchen being over worked, overwhelmed and distracted. My dish (almond crusted trout) arrived with green beans so raw I could have stabbed the plate and they wouldn’t have bent. When I pointed this out to our server she said “oh” offered no apology or explanation. The fish was surrounded by an oily flavorless sauce and paired with a bland undercooked orzo salad. A bizarre mixture of textures and flavors, but the fish was well cooked of not over crusted.

Other members of the party spoke highly of the andouille Mac and cheese, and of the Kobe “style” burger. Only fault with the latter was that the burger was overloaded with aioli and sauces causing the buns to be wet and inedible towards the end.

I am somewhat confused that a pint of Guinness cost less than a cucumber and mint lemonade.

Despite being a Cincinnati fave, I shall not be returning or recommending.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were seated for a long while before our server showed up for the first time. The food was overpriced for the quantity - $17 for a shrimp cocktail that had 5 shrimp is a bit much.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Dined here on 2/3/18 for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed our experience! Arrived on time for our reservation and were seated immediately. Very friendly and attentive wait staff who explained menu and specials and made excellent recommendations. Great menu of craft cocktails, wine and beer selections. Only criticism -- the lighting is dim (nice ambiance!) but it was a little difficult to read the smaller print on the menu! The recommended shrimp appetizer was yummy! We both had the field greens salad with the candied walnuts and the balsamic house dressing was delicious. My 6 oz filet mignon was prepared as ordered and the truffle butter was a good complement, and the asparagus was nice and crisp just how I like it. My husband had the featured salmon entree and loved it. If you go, you MUST get the chocolate bag dessert! Perfect for two, a molded chocolate bag holding white chocolate mousse with delightful berries mixed in.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a great time.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We went to McCormick and Schmick’s before the Jerry Seinfeld show. I ordered the lobster tails. They and the sides were lukewarm. Everyone else enjoyed their dinner, including bourbon-glazed Salmon, Blackened Chicken pasta, fish and chips, and steak. We were in a semi-private area by request, which was great.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was great wasn’t very impressed with my meal..but beyond that I don’t have any complaints.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Loved the Scottish salmon and the apple pie a la mode dessert.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Our dinner there was excellent from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Very nice service.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Food. Waitstaff. Overall experience. All A+.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Perfect diner for our date night without the kiddo. Specialty drinks were delicious and server was courteous and prompt

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It has been awhile since we have been to this restaurant and have had good food in the past. Not this time. $41 crab legs that were poor to mediocre. I myself had a pasta dish that the sauce was good but some of the pasta was clumped together like what happens when you don't stir it while it is cooking. Overall the pasta was not that overwhelming. We had wedge salads that were no better than average. The bloody marry was good and the creme brulee was good. The server was pleasant but the entrees were very very slow coming to the table. Our bill for 2 people was $100 pre tip. For the price, the food needed to be way,way,way better. We were very disappointed. So much so that I don't think we will ever be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was lukewarm at best. Flavor was great; would have been better if food was actually hot.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Octopus app was good. Very mild flavor and perfectly cooked She had the mahi and loved it. I had the swordfish casino....very good...a tad under seasoned for my taste, but I'm picky. Service was excellant...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The best part was the hostess and the appetizers the hostess was kind enough to seat us early and the mussel appetizer was amazing. I asked if a particular drink I liked could be made and I'm pretty sure it was just pink lemonade. If you can't make a particular drink say so I would have ordered something else no problem. Then once we got our main course my lobster tail was burnt and my MEDIUM steak was rare with plenty of red throughout. My boyfriend who had ordered the tuna special for the night didn't enjoy his meal but that was his personal taste. Note most people when they have such issues would talk to their server and normally I would have said something after having so many problems. But she only came to our table at a max of 4 times that night. We were seated right next to the kitchens and didn't see her most of the night. This was our first anniversary and we wanted to go have something nice. We will not be coming back and I wouldn't suggest anyone who wants what they pay for to attend either.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was great, the food was phenomenal. Great place for a special occasion or a very overdue date night.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We ate here before a play at the Aronoff. It also was part of a birthday celebration. All the meals we ordered were excellently prepared and were delicious. The appetizer and desserts we had were also excellent. Service was great, as was the wine we ordered. We will definitely go back again!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Fabulous food. Loved the ultimate mixed grill which had the best crab cake I have ever had. We will definitely be back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was wonderful. Food was great.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Server was very slow and out-of-it / didn't listen and wasn't attentive at all. The value is already off at M&S (Mitchell's is MUCH better for good seafood / grilled mix), but the M&S location downtown is convenient. For the price, I would think servers would know how to serve - no bread until we asked & showed 20mins later, water glasses emptied and never refilled, and despite specifically saying I wanted red wine with dinner, I had to ask a busser to get the wine, and after about 15mins of waiting, well after main course had arrived, I was 1min from walking to the bar to order myself...the ahi tuna special was good, but hard to wash down without water and no wine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We both enjoyed our salmon dinner, but the dessert put the icing on the cake so to speak. The Chocolate Bag was to die for, and splitting it made sense since it was gigantic. The service was excellent as well as the atmosphere of the restaurant. Definitely an upscale facility worthy of a return visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I had made reservations for dinner before my daughters' Father/Daughter dance. It was only for a party of 6 and it was a total disaster. The food was cold and took almost 90 minutes. We made the reservation for 2.5 hours before the dance and they were late because of the lack of service and kitchen ineptness. It breaks my heart that my daughter, a senior at her last father/daughter dance had such a bad experience.

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