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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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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

service

3.9

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4.1

value

3.6

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Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (50)
Special Occasion (45)
Pre/post Theatre (41)
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Romantic (31)
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Business Meals (28)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Cozy (19)
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Happy Hour (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Casual (12)
Good for Groups (12)
People Watching (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Authentic (8)
Fun (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Scenic View (6)
Healthy (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful, elegant interior. Good variety of items on the menu. Food was very good. Service needs some improvement. We were a party of 6. The waiter forgot to bring the drink ordered by one person at my table. Also, when he brought the entrees to the table, he brought 5 of the 6 at the same time, but there was a delay on the 6th. why? The other thing that was disappointing was that we were seated right next to another table of guests. We could overhear their entire conversation and they could overhear ours. This was not necessary since there were many, many other tables available. This restaurant is supposed to be a upscale, elegant and you pay more for that reason. So why make us sit within rubbing elbows distance from another occupied table when the rest of the room was virtually empty?

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Afraid the steak was not at all what I expected from this restaurant. It had no flavor but must say it was tender. Had better steaks in lesser establishments.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Little disappointed. Went once before, great; food, table, server. This time not so great. Booth VERY uncomfortable, server had NO personality and was not friendly at all. Shrimp very over cooked. No warm water to wash hands in women’s restroom. Overall, after being so excited to eat there to finish off our ‘Christmas Carol-Playhouse in the Park’ experience, it ended on a little bit of a downer. :(

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

My meal was fair. Service was slow. Will be crossing McCormick off our list.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

we had to wait about 30 minutes
service was slow
food was ok
room was noisy

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 7 days ago

The lobster bisque and king crab legs were better than the legs and bisque I had last week in southern Florida at a very fine restaurant! Swordfish was fresh and tasty. We were in kind of a rush and the staff accommodated our time constraints. The Caesar was terrific. Service was second to none.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 7 days ago

It was a busy night in downtown, but after sitting at the table for 20 minutes and no one coming by to get an order or even fill the water glasses, we were very concerned about making our 8:00 show. We found the manager and explained the situation. A hostess finally came and filled our water glasses. About 10 minutes later a waitress came to ask if we wanted drinks or appetizers. We decided we would order our drinks and meals all at once to make sure we were not late for the show. I had let them know when making the reservation, I had a gluten allergy. The hostess even mentioned it when she seated us and told me the waiter/waitress would be able to tall me what I could order. I picked one of the featured items at the top of the menu and asked the waitress. She said she had no idea and would have to check and that I better hold onto my menu. She disappeared. About 10 minutes later someone tried to take my menu and I told them I was waiting to find out if what I wanted to order was gluten free. That person came back about 5 minutes later and told me it was and they would take the menu. About 15 minutes later our drinks arrived. When our food came, 2 of the meals had the wrong side items. They did get our food to us in time to get to the show, though. The food was average. Maybe it would be better on a not so busy evening.

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·Dined 7 days ago

Waited an hour and half before our entrée arrived. When it came it was luke warm and tasted like they poured melted butter over it to rewarm it. Management was made aware and they only offered a weak excuse of how they made too many reservations.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 7 days ago

5:45 reservation - immediately ordered drinks and appetizers as we had Pops tix for 8:00 - drinks arrived around 6:10 - as it took awhile, we were ready and ordered dinner at that time - dinner arrived at 7:15, 5 minutes before we were ready to walk out - observed manager apologizing to many tables - terrible having to slam down an expensive meal when what we wanted was a nice night out with the family

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We were on a tight time schedule due to Friday traffic jams and theater tickets, and our waiter made sure we were able to have a relaxing, enjoyable meal within that time frame. I really enjoyed the seafood trio, and other folks enjoyed their food and drink very much.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We had a wonderful evening and meal. We are "frequent flyers". Excellent food, pleasant ambience, service always good. Tonight Desmond was over the top.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Very small portions , sub par food and over priced ..

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great good and service

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Wonderful experience! Outstanding Seafood. Great service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Enjoyed a 4 person business lunch. Attentive service, felt spacious. Crabcakes and asparagus were very tasty.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My partner and I have both been to M & S in other locations, but this was our first time in Cincinnati and will most likely be our last. We had a reservation at 6:30 and it was almost 10 minutes before anyone greeted us at the hostess stand. It was another 20 minutes before waiter finally got to our table. We both ordered steaks and appetizer. The shrimp kisses were very good. They forgot to bring my partners Caesar salad, and my lobster bisque had been sitting so long it had a thick film on the top when it got to the table. She also got an order of plain mashed potatoes which arrived cold and I got the red pepper potatoes which were lukewarm at best. Overall it was a disappointing meal.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Took us over an hour to get appetizer or drinks after being seated. General Manager apologized and said he put too much on our waiter, but that was it which doesn’t get me back the hour of my life waiting. My wife and I drive to Cincinnati and stay downtown and always look forward to dining at M&S. After this experience, we will not be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I celebrated my 60th with a trip to Cincinnati for dinner with family and then to see comedian Gary Owen. The atmosphere was calming with the excitement of the holiday season mixed in to make our dinner experience wonderful!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

My wife and I hadn’t been out on a date in a while. We wanted to eat somewhere downtown. We thought McCormicks would be a great place to relax and have a nice seafood dinner. The music was kind of loud and not very good. Food was above average, but not worth $50 a head. Staff was very nice and well educated on the menu. Overall we were not impressed.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful food, outstanding server, excellent staff

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had a wonderful meal celebrating my girlfriends birthday.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The evening started out poorly. We arrived 5 minutes befor our reservation time and were told we would be seated shortly. 20 minutes later l asked why we weren’t seated. The hostess looked at her screen and said it indicated we had already been seated. Finally got a table and the waiter took our drink order and said he’d be right back with some bread. He came by three times and said he’d be right out with some bread. When it finally came it was only two pieces! We ordered and asked for a change or two. A substitution of asparagus for Brussels sprouts. When the food finally arrived there was no sauce topping one of the entrees as there should have been and there were no potatoes on my order as were inducated on the menu. The waiter did offer to get the potatoes, however, by that time we were almost done and everything had taken so long that we only had time to ask for the check as we had tickets to a concert. This is the second bad experience in a row I’ve had with the restaurant. I won’t be going back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is the second time we have had very slow service and the food was not consistent. Steaks were great, Caesar salad was brown and not fresh, fish was under cooked. Not good for the prices you pay.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was very good. Fine service! We really enjoyed ourselves and would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was served cold; took over 90 minutes to get it, and the restaurant was not that crowded. Drinks took over 30 minutes to get. Very frustrating experience.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The service was simply outstanding. The staff made our anniversary dinner very special. The quality of the food was excellent also. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. It is a wonderful bargain.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was probably the worst McCormick experience ever. It started with waiting for the wine for ever, followed by all the food being done wrong. First they managed to overlook most of it, and then leave it sitting someplace and as a result most of it was cold. I’m assuming that the people that know how to run the restaurant were on Thanksgiving break...

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Tim Hagadorn was wonderful.as was Brad Reinhart.
As Always the food and service was incredible.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, People Watching, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had Thanksgiving dinner here and were disappointed in the entrees (we did not do the turkey dinner). I had to send my flounder back as it was greasy and overcooked. It tasted like old grease and was supposed to be parmesan crusted but you couldn't tell! My husband's salmon was raw and he had to also send his meal back. I ordered scallops instead and they were also greasy and overcooked. The sides were good as was the bread. And the dessert was wonderful. And we did have excellent service by Valansia and the general manager!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Unfortunately, McCormick & Schmick no longer is a top choice of restaurants in Cincinnati. Service has been deplorable the last several visits, takes forever just to get water, and the value of the meal is sub-par. After waiting around 10 minutes for water, I ended up pouring water for our table.
The food was unsatisfactory. The Hawaiian tuna arrived thrown all over the plate and approximately 4 ounce of tuna was served on top of a heaping mound of wasabi mashed potatoes. The tuna was easily consumed in 4 bites; the entree was a disgrace.
There was a pile of dirty dishes stacked by the water pitchers for the entire duration of our meal.
Between horrible service and over priced meals, as a Landrys Select member, I can no longer recommend McCormick & Schmick.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food and atmosphere! Waiter had perfect recommendations and his birthday dinner was a success.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 18, 2017

great experience as always; we enjoy the fish selections.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fantastic service , delicious food and a relaxing enjoyable dinner

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Not the best night. We waited over two hours for our dinners and when we got them you could tell that they had sat for a long period of time and were cold. One person at our table had a medium rare steak that was well done. We got a lot of excuses but the reality was that that the server didn’t serve the meals in a timely manner even though we checked with him several times on the status of the meal. He also seldom checked with us for drinks etc. Not impressed and for the money we spent absolutely unacceptable.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a disappointing experience at McCormick and Schmicks.
Husband and I both ordered steaks, cooked medium well.
Husband's steak came cooked medium well, but it wasn't warm.
My filet was overcooked. Tough. My potatoes were not warm.
We had waited fairly long for our food, and they were busy so we opted to eat it as it was delivered. We were 3/4 of the way through our meal before the waiter reappeared to apologize for having not checked on us sooner. And he didn't really ask how the food was.

We haven't been there in years. Enjoyed it fully last time. This time, not so much.
Probably won't hurry back. Too many other great options in town.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was great!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food, service and wine were all top notch. We will be returning often.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Authentic, Healthy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Solid place for steak or seafood

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

I'm sorry to say that I was very disappointed in my meal. I ordered the parmesan crusted flounder. It was mostly breading and way overcooked. My guest ordered the trout and was also very disappointed as his meal too was way overcooked. To be fair, my wife ordered the crab stuffed shrimp and said it was good. Our service was very good, the staff was friendly and accommodating. Hope you have better luck than me.

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