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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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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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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

service

4.0

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4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (41)
Special Occasion (36)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
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Romantic (30)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Business Meals (23)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Cozy (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Casual (10)
People Watching (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Authentic (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Scenic View (3)
Great Beer (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Had amazing dinner Byron was our server made us feel right at home. Came for dinner but had the lunch entrée instead which was more generous portions. We all had different fish dishes and they were perfectly prepared. Lobster mashed potatoes are out of this world. Tried the Millionaire Coffee after dinner could have had another.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Our server Mindy was fine but we went there for an advertised special on September 3 and 4 and the wait staff were uninformed. At first I thought I made a mistake but checked my email and I was right. Not impressed with communication.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Thebfood was very good but service is very slow and you need several follow up

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 3, 2017

the worst food i have had for that much money in a long time.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 31, 2017

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood is always a solid and dependable place for dining.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We had a great experience, started with being seated a little early. Had the shrimp bites for an appetizer, could have stopped there and been satisfied. Salad was fresh, filet was perfect temperature, lobster mashed potatoes were amazing. Finished with the bread pudding and I was down for the count.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fun, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great seafood restaurant - will definitely be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Lobster salad was disappointing and way over priced for what you get. Scraps of lobster, iceberg lettuce...not good.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

The place is nice and in a perfect location but the food was just good, not great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 20, 2017

It was awesome. Food was delish Our waiter tim was amazing.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Very poor value for your money. Could get better food & service at Bonefish for a lot less money. At least it was fairly quiet as opposed to most restaurants these days.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food was great. The service was mediocre. The music volume was uncomfortably loud when seated in the bar area. Could hardly hear my other half.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great place to your customer

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Our server was very attentive and took great care to ensure our evening was perfect.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I went here for my birthday with about 10 of my friends and family members and everyone had a wonderful time and an exceptional meal. I was allowed to bring in my own birthday cake which some restaurants didn't want me doing and I even served it for me which was very special. The food is excellent of which I already knew that before I went but it is more on the pricey side so it's more for date night or special anniversaries but I'll definitely be back for my birthday next year

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We went here for our 5 year anniversary. It was romantic and nice, however, the food is definitely overpriced. It was all good food, however, for the price we paid we didn't leave feeling full. The service was quick and we got our food quickly. My stuffed shrimp was overcooked and slightly burnt. For the price we paid, we felt we could have had a better dining experience, better food (and more of it), and overall a better time somewhere else.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

I had the salmon and it was the BEST piece of salmon I have ever eaten. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. I would definitely return when I'm in town.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food was delicious
Our waiter took forever getting cocktails and food
We questioned if he had to help cook the meal

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I took a date to McCormick & Schmick's for Restaurant Week. They brought out his entrée and not mine. After 5 minutes, we flagged our waiter down and returned his so we could eat together. They then brought our meals out and it was like they microwave his steak. Then our crème brulee was watery and not cooked through. Very disappointed. Thought they would of done a better job considering it was Restaurant Week and trying to get new customers.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great food, nice time.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We usually really enjoy this restaurant. Since we do, we thought we'd go during restaurant week when they were having specials. Unfortunately, the specials no where close to their normal quality. The fish dish small and not very tasty. The shrimp dish had so much spice on it, the shrimp couldn't be tasted. The desert was so small, it came out in what looked like they'd serve condiments like ketchup or mustard in. The service was excellent as usual. But if they think they'd attract other business with new customers trying the specials, it's just the opposite, sorry to say.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Our serve was very attentive. One problem, I had asked him what Achiote Potatoes were and he responded just small potatoes. It was with the Fish special. Had I know it was spicy and with onions, I would not have ordered it as I don't like anything slightly spicy. As a result, I only could pick off the fish and ate bread. He later offered to get other vegetables, but I was already partly through the fish. The salad was wonderful and my sister was pleased with her dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Seasonal
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Good food attentive service

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·Dined on August 8, 2017

In town for business and wanted a good dinner. It was close to hotel. Great food and atmosphere!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We went to celebrate my birthday . It was a Sunday evening so it was pretty quiet which was fine for us . We sat by the window facing BoiNaBraza and for some reason when a homeless person would walk by he or she would flip us the bird ,lol.

The staff was awesome but not annoying - I believe our servers name was Mindy and she couldn't have been more pleasant. As for the food : Out of this world !! My husband had a perfect steak and I enjoyed the stuffed salmon . There coconut shrimp is to die for and the desserts should be against the law !

Overall a very nice experience and we would highly recommend to everyone .

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 4, 2017

This was our second night in a row eating here. The first night service was prompt, my husbands steak was cooked properly, my shrimp however were rubbery. The food was ok enough that we came back a second night because it's super convenient to our hotel. Last night however made me never want to eat here again. The service was extremely slow. We ordered calamari for an appetizer which was nothing like we had the previous night. The first night there were tempura fried carrots and jalapeños , last night neither of those things were on the plate. My husband ordered an 8 ounce filet medium and it came out well done. I ordered the Parmesan crusted chicken with lemon caper butter fettuccine and the pasta was cold and there were zero capers to be found. The other couple we were with , their food was just as overdone and cold. It took 2.5 hours for this meal and there wasn't one redeeming thing about it. I'm disappointed that we joined the rewards program as I don't think we will ever eat here again.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Our server Melinda was excellent

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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 29, 2017

First time ever eating at this restaurant and it will likely be the last. The food was decent, but the staff of the restaurant was not. Had a reservation, but was still questioned if we were "supposed to be there" by the host when being seated. Then it took 25 minutes for a waiter to even see us and take a drink order. We were stuck right in the middle of a busy pass through and have never felt so ignored. For the price point, this restaurant should really have their stuff more together. The staff didn't act like they knew what they were doing and management was not able to be found which was kind of odd, because there seemed to be more employees than patrons. There was no excuses or apologies provided for their lack of service. Very disappointed in this experience. Could have gotten this level of service at Red Lobster. When a dinner for 2 runs more than $130.00, I expect more than subpar service.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Customer service was awful. Even though it was during Jazz Fest weekend the restaurant wasn't equip to handle the crowd.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Very confusing evening. Not enogh staff. Downtown very busy with festival. We had reservations but people were poring in from the street wanting to dine but had no reservations. We felt slighly ignored while they handled the crowd. Not a pleant fine dining experience and there was no valet parking that evening.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

They attempted to make a simple drink twice with bad results. Our food came out cold. Very poor service.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The service was terrible and they knew it. I have been to this place several times and never had service like this. It was more like a red lobster. I paid far too much for such service. Maybe next time.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The restaurant was completely understaffed. Guests waited more than an hour for food. Servers did not display courtesies or provide updates. Even with confirmed reservations, guests waited 30-40 minutes. Open Table offered a 1000-point bonus to book tables but people who walked in were told the placed was completely booked. This was the worst experience ever!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

This was the first time in a long time that we visited this establishment. We were going to go to Ruby's but a client had given us a gift card so we tried. The WORST service in a long time. Even told manager and he could care less. This was not the McCormick rest. it use to be. I think the chain would notice it's poor performance, manager and food. My daughter's 8 oz filet juice was dried on the plate by the time it got to us and cold fries. Would have saved our self the nearly two hours it took and the bad experience by going somewhere else.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 28, 2017

I enjoyed the ambiance of the reataurant. The server was very attentive and the food was great and reasonably priced. Will definitely visit this location again!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The staff is just outstanding. We have gone for dinner on Sunday four times in the last two months and each time it has been consistently good. The quality of food, the service, the timing, and the professionalism.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food was outstanding, but our server sucked. He spilled some of my wife's martini, and spilled water while pouring. I think he was on something. But food was fantastic, will come back, but will make sure we don't het same server. We never forget a face.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 21, 2017

This restaurant is one of the Landry properties. I have found that almost all higher end restaurants in the chain are well managed, have good food choices. Great food and service. Your are treated as a welcomed guest to their establishment.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Server Josh knows what he's doing.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Lobster bisque was good but a bit on the salty side. The eggs on the eggs Benedict was way overdone. Hollandaise sauce was good. Expected more from restaurant but a little disappointed.

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