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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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Overall Rating

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4.0

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4.0

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4.2

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (61)
Pre/post Theatre (54)
Special Occasion (54)
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Good for Anniversaries (45)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Business Meals (39)
Romantic (38)
Quiet Conversation (34)
Cozy (27)
Happy Hour (20)
Bar Seating (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Casual (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
People Watching (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Fun (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Authentic (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Healthy (6)
Scenic View (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

The food is always good, our server was extremely nice, but the food itself took over an hour to come out at lunch on a weekday. We all ordered salad / soup -- this is unacceptable and the server did not even acknowledge the wait or stop by our table.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Best salmon I've had in a long time! The red pepper white cheddar mashed potatoes were amazing. I ate everything on my plate!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

The food, service and atmosphere are delightful. The wait staff are great. This is my go to restaurant when I want good seafood. It is a stand out place......the best seafood place in Cincinnati.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Great meal, good service.
McCormicks doesn’t disappoint a

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was outstanding! We ordered a calamari appetizer, and it was hands down the best calamari I’ve had at a restaurant - the accompaniments really helped to set it apart. Our entrees and beverages were also great. Our server was very polite and provided adequate service, but wasn’t around very often. But other than that really minor thing, we really enjoyed the white or experience!

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·Dined 7 days ago

Great ambiance and being new to the city of Cincinnati it was an experience like non-other. The waiter was particularly spectacular, and was always present and even provided suggestions as to other places or sites to visit within the city to enhance my experience. Altogether I would say it is a place/restaurant that has had a lasting impression and I will be returning to enjoy the experience once again, 6 stars on a 5 star scale.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Everything was Great from the time we arrived until we left. The special attention they gave us for our special occasion was right on. Thank You.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Excellent service and entre.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 9, 2018

On a Tuesday night in middle of winter, it was VERY quiet (i.e. not busy). Service could have definitely been more attentive (e.g. to water refills) given the situation but highly appreciated server was not intrusive for this business meal. Calamari appetizer was huge and had some surprise other fried items in it (e.g. artichokes and jalapenos) and would have been fantastic, but the calamari were dried out. Expensive appetizer and party of 4 did not even finish. The bourbon salmon, spinach and mashed were all outstanding! Strange thing happened, some foreign food chunk fell out of servers sleeve and into one diners wine glass. Several of us saw the splash (not the server or the diner) but did not know what happened until got to bottom of the glass. I thought it was a chuck of cork, but the diner later found it was a chunk of food after the server proceeded to refill his empty wine glass again right on top of the chunk. We realized after he left the table, but did not bring to attention. Server should have seen it (that said lighting was VERY dim) and replaced with a clean glass immediately.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Overall, a good dining experience. One disappointment was the mussels, which--while not so noted on the menu--came with an too-hot/spicy broth. Excellent server willing to accommodate changes in offerings. Unlike many restaurants, this one has a floor plan that seems to control noise better so a conversation can be had at other than an shouting level.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very nice meal. The lobster bisque is outstanding. My friend and I asked to split a wedge salad and this was done in the kitchen with each half having very nice plate presentation. My friend has a Landry card and we were surprised to receive $25 off for her birthday, which was in the middle of December.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The clam chowder was delicious and the wedge salad was good too. The buttermilk fried shrimp was delicious. Our server was attentive and prompt and the atmosphere was very cozy. A very enjoyable meal.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I had a bourbon glazed salmon with mashed potatoes and spinach, everything was very good. The two other guests had fish tacos and a hamburger, respectively. They each enjoyed their meal. The service was also very good.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We chose this restaurant for New Year's Eve celebration with friends. The food was fresh and tasty, but not as warm as it could have been. The service was not terribly attentive as we had to ask for bread and water refills. I understand this was a very busy night but those are pretty basic tasks for a server to complete.

The disappointing thing was the table we received. It was like eating on the interstate highway. It was right next to the bathrooms and in the main flow of traffic from the kitchen. It looked like it had been crammed into a space where there would not normally be a table. I feel like I made the reservation enough ahead of time that we should have been given a better location.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were celebrating New Year’s Eve. They seated us @ a great table by the window. so we had a perfect view of Fountain Square with all the holiday decorations. Parking was a breeze (Fountain Square).

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I went in thinking this was a top notch steakhouse and maybe that where I went wrong... expectations! By far the worst value for the money I have ever experienced! Service was good and waitress was very good. The food took a long time to arrive. Jumbo shrimp small, mushy and tasted frozen. The food in general was just blah, tasteless... there seemed to be no effort to create any sort of flavor profile (even the bread was blah) and the appearance on the plate was what I would expect at a low cost chain restaurant. Having tried some of the best steak houses, the was far from being one of them. For the money we were very disappointed and felt like we were ripped off!!! Shame on you McCormick & Schmicks! NEVER again!!!

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a reservation and had to wait almost 30 min for our table. Waiter didn’t know the wine list. Appetizer was good. Meals came out and were terrible. Had to send both back. Even with new entrees, the “special” was nowhere near worth the $55 price. They comped us some things which is the only reason they got a rating of 3.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

7:45 reservation on New Year's Eve ..... greeted & seated immediately ....server came quickly and did a VERY good job in the very busy restaurant .... drinks were better than most .... very good clam chowder appetizer .... salads were crisp and cold .... pan sauteed flounder & risotto were very hot & tasty and the bourbon-glazed salmon was also hot and flavorful.
Pricing was "normal" for a downtown location.
This was our first time at M&S and we will be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Terrible service. Took 25 minutes to order drinks and forever to get our servers attention. Food lacked seasoning. Expected more out of swordfish.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I was excited to try this restaurant for a while but once I did, it was just ok. I don't really have a desire to return.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

My date’s iceberg lettuce had a chunk of the core in it. And my steak was over cooked. I ordered medium rare and it was well done. Our server was attentive and polite. I don’t think I would spend this much again on a mediocre meal.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

they seated us at a table at the entrance which was in line with the door. It was freezing. They finally moved us to a booth. Our server was less than attentive as we had to wait forever to get service when we needed something . Very disappointed.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were here on a date. Nice table location and decor was very pleasing. Bathroom (men's) was very neat and clean. Best of all, Jason our server was very attentive and friendly. He provided excellent service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We made a reservation for early New Year's Eve day. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. He recommended dishes that were very tasty. The shrimp bite appetizer we ordered was even better than the stuffed mushrooms that we had last time that they didn't offer anymore. The steak was cooked to perfection and the salmon my partner had was a great dish as well. We have been there twice and never had bad food or service. It is a little pricey at $125 for an appetizer, 2 meals, 2 desserts, coffee and tea, but I loved the whole experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

First time dining experience. Easy on line same day reservation for New Years Eve. Great service and friendly attentive staff. Food was excellent! Would recommend a side house salad to be attached to entree’s based on the meal prices. We had an unfortunate gnat that stayed at my glass of wine throughout but otherwise a wonderful place - will definitely return!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Pleasant as always

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I wasn't very happy with my meal, the rice was restless and hard on the outside, the tuna was ok. My husband's meal was just on too, for the price I think it could have had more flavor. Our waiter was excellent! Along with your hostess.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My lunch at McCormick and Schmick‘s was not a good experience. It seemed like the chef was dogging it on all of the selections I ordered. I sent the green beans back so that he would cook them instead of just warm them up. (Al dente does not mean raw, folks.) The crabcake instead of being made out of good size chunks of crabmeat, was made out of a pate of crab, and was served lukewarm. The chocolate silk pie, which should be light and smooth, had the consistency of cheesecake. That would not have been bad as long as they had called it cheesecake rather than chocolate silk. I would have to advise people to stay away from this place unless some major changes are made. Management did comp some of the items on the bill, but not the major items which were most of the problem.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We were seated quickly, in a booth, as requested. A waiter greeted us quickly and suggested appetizers, and took our drink orders. We got our drinks quickly, and placed orders for salads and dinners. After that, our waiter seemed to disappear. After nearly 25 minutes, he re-appeared with our dinners. I informed him we had not yet received our salads. My wife wanted hers, but I declined at that point. We asked to see the manager. The GM came to speak to us, apologized profusely, and offered to make amends the next time we dined. We will return next month for a birthday celebration, with hopes to have the service M&S is known for.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 25, 2017

As a party of four out for a 2 hour escape on Christmas night, we were all pleased with the entire evening....The food, excellent , wine delicious and well priced....Service very good ( they seemed short staffed which is reasonable...it was Christmas.)...everyone working was pleasant and attentive....I nice way to finish off a wonderful holiday....We will be back next year...

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I ate here with my family for Christmas dinner. Three people ordered the fish 'n chips and none seemed to finish it/like it. My husband's fish 'n chips seemed to have a bunch of fried crumbles thrown on top of it and he ended up having an allergic reaction after the meal (he has a shellfish allergy. The service was adequate but slow, e.g. we had to wait awhile for plates to be cleared, then had to ask for dessert menus before they were ever offered. They were out of two desserts, including the creme brulee, which was what this pregnant lady was craving! We were told it was their most popular dessert, so it seems like poor planning to be out of it at 7 p.m. on Christmas Day. Overall, the experience was okay - location and ambiance are good. We had gone to another restaurant the past few years, so this was the first time we ate here for Christmas. I can't say we will be coming back.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Liked the available hours and the restaurant’s decor .

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Cold steak, tough pasta, undercooked chicken, great oysters, mules and atmosphere

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Stomach got torn up after the meal.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

our oysters were great but the soup was luke warm and the crab cake cold

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We have been here before and have had good food and service. The time, the attentiveness of our server was sub-par as was my food. My salmon was mediocre at best. Won't be be back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Dined on Christmas Eve. Our waitress was pleasant and prompt but our order was placed incorrectly and missing a side dish. Food was average at best. The seafood was not something I would not make a special trip for - small dry salmon filllet, over cooked shrimp appetizer. On top of that the booth seating was cramped and uncomfortable. Overall not a memorable Christmas Eve meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Dined here with a party of 11 on Christmas Eve. We had to wait about 25 minutes past our reservation time due to the party before us lingering at the table. I understood, as there are only so many tables that accommodate such a large party, and the restaurant did a good job of keeping us updated and serving us drinks in the meantime. At this point I was impressed by the customer service despite the delay. Unfortunately the pace did not pick up once we were seated. We had long periods where we did not know where our waiter was and our drinks sat empty. The food took a very long time to arrive as well. I was impressed with my dish and the overall consensus was that the food was good. Unfortunately, the service left much to be desired and at this price point I expected a little more. While this by far wasn't the worst dining experience, next Christmas we will be dining elsewhere.

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