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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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4.0

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4.0

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4.1

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3.5

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Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (41)
Special Occasion (38)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
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Romantic (31)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Business Meals (23)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Cozy (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Casual (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
People Watching (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Authentic (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We came here for a birthday dinner for a couple of friends. We had made reservations but a few were running late, and we weren't able to be seated until everyone was there. Once we were seated we waited about 35 minutes just for our drinks. Everyone's drinks were good, but the food not so much. Only a couple out of a group 10 really enjoyed their meal. I got the crab stuffed salmon and it was very bland. It is kind of a pricey place to not enjoy your food.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Even though we had reservations, we had to wait 30 minutes to be seated and we were almost late for the show we had tickets to.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our server was very nice, food was very good but slow in arriving. Good selection of items for the kids. Music was so loud we could not hear the other members of the party without talking very loudly. Sat by the kitchen no view.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This visit was my second to this restaurant. The first visit was a bad experience. This one was worse. The service was terrible. I can appreciate that the kitchen maybe busy and that is why the food took a long time. The server was a ghost. He rarely checked on us. The kicker was when we got our coffee but it was cold by the time the milk arrived. I will not return to this restaurant. There are too many alternatives in downtown Cincinnati to chose from.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Third visit to M & S. First time. Bad service last two times- more our waitperson than anyone else. But Food is not as good more like a level above Red Lobster.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our food was great, service attentive but not overbearing. What I LOVE about this place is that the food is hot when it gets to your table and the plates are also warm.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We took advantage of the Happy Hour specials great seats in Bar area for people watching. Food was delicious and prompt very good crab cakes! Good wine at special price. Would go again

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The lobster bisque is to die for! The other items were good also!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Experience wise it was as expected. Food was disappointing. 2 of 4 steaks were well over cooked.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Felt the food was overpriced & the portions were small; should have expanded menu options for more variety

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Everything was great! Loved the desserts.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food and wonderful wine selection! Service was outstanding!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Had 7:15 reservations, finally got seated at 8 pm when I called for a manager? We ordered Bourbon glazed salmon for one entree but no bourbon glaze on it?

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Varied significantly I will be calling the manager and discussing it extensively with him tomorrow

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Ordered clam chowder and got lobster bisque. Entrees arrived while first course was still being eaten. King crab legs came without a seafood fork, had to use my fingers to coax crab out of shells and waiter never came to check on our status. Meal was quite a disaster. Never going there again.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I have had not so good experiences with McCormick and Schmick’s in the past but decided to give them another chance. Bad idea. Service was slow and the restaurant was not busy. It took 20 minutes to get a drink. I asked for my salmon well done and it was not. I will not be returning.

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fantastic food..... Service just a tad slow for my liking but def not an issue would go back

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

I was so disappointed. The food was not good after waiting a very long time to receive it. The waiter wasn't any better than the food and to top it off the bill was wrong and it took 20 mins to straighten it out. It messed up my evening.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Expected better service, based on previous visits. Adequate, but nothing special.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was great except for the fact that the chopped salad came with way too much dressing on it. I didn't ask to get the dressing on the side, but I would check to see if they'll do that for you. But our soups and entrees were excellent, the bread was tasty, the handmade cocktails were among the best we've had, and our server was excellent. He was attentive, courteous, and thoughtful. We were going to the theater after dinner, and he even offered to let us keep our dessert in their cold case with our name on it and come back for it later.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Appetizers were great, even though the waiter suggested the most expensive appetizers on the menu. Entrees were not quite as great, though they were good. Complimentary birthday item was disappointing!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The quality of the food for all three diners was surprisingly poor and disappointing.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 27, 2017

This restaurant has really gone down hill; I won't go back. Very sad :-(

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We had a three generation party - grand daughter, daughter, my wife and me - that thoroughly enjoyed a midweek venture to M&S during Cincinnati's Restaurant Week. Service was very responsive to both the grown ups and the 6 month old. The whole wait staff smiled and tended. We had some tough choices on the promotional menu, but everything hit the mark. In addition, the cocktails were top-notch. We had a delightful, well-paced dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 26, 2017

I had several really good meals at this restaurant but this time was not so good. The place was nearly empty and it took a long while to get our food. When we did get it, one of our party discovered 2 hairs on their food and sent it back to get a new one. The manager came out and apologized for the incident and offered us 2 free desserts to make up for it, which was very nice. We were disappointed in the slow service and the issue with the food for one of the guests. I will think hard and long before I go back there again. With so many options close by, the staff should really get their act together. This was a business lunch and we ended up being there over an hour and a half!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Horrific, sent the steak back twice and they screwed it up both times!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The first two times I visited this establishment I was content. Not amazed. But content. The third visit however was very disappointing. For the price of the food you expect a quality product. The steak was dry and tasteless, the crab legs were small and tough.

The service was horrendous. I had to remind the waiter more than once that we were waiting on drinks and when he was needed for refills or Misc items he was no where to be found.

Next time I want to spend that kind of money I will take it to Jeff Ruby, Tony's, or Jags!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were there to celebrate friend's anniversary and nephew's birthday. Food was well prepared. (A little pricey ). Nice ambience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were extremely disappointed after hearing so many fabulous reviews from friends. We will not be back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Last minute decision, we had a wonderful time at a booth by window in corner. Flounder was perfect and so was salmon.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 23, 2017

First time at this restaurant and was very surprised how nice it was and will definitely go back again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Amazing fish and chips and that comes from our friend who is a British native who was in town visiting! We had a new staff member as a waitress and she was amazing! A bit loud in there but they did lower the music a little for us. Would go back!

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was excellent and the service was superb! The seafood was very fresh.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Been in San Fran and Phoenix before. All great experiences! Great seafood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 17, 2017

It was the most awful food I've had in a very long time. From the poorly trained server, to the expensive and tasteless restaurant chain food, I would not recommend this property to anyone. It was a total waste of my money and my time. Sadly, it was a birthday celebration. Could not have been more disappointed for my Birthday guests.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Music was too loud. Waiter was not very attentive.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our server was nice but barely attentive. I ordered a filet medium-rare and when it came it was mid-well to well done. I never send food back but this wasn't going to work. I was as pleasant as I could be and the server was polite back but then we didn't see her for a long time. The kitchen manager brought the new steak out and was very nice and cordial. The lobster potatoes were amazing and the chocolate bag was tasty too but the service and king wait for a check left a lot to be desired.

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Toledo)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Had to wait 20mins after past reservation time, services was extremely slow....

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Casual, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Cozy, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Loved the restaurant, my only concern was the dress code. I think Casual or Smart Casual would be best. I was going to the Theater and there were parties seated in the same area in t-shirts and short pants. I was in a shirt and tie my date was in a formal dress. Took a little away from the ambiance but I dealt with it. Wait staff was amazing and well polished.

Will go back again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a lovely meal and the service was perfect. Took my 7 and 10 year olds with us and they loved it too

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