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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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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)
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food is delicious. The service was terrible but the restaurant was very busy. Had a reservation at 6:15 pm the week before and we were given a happy hour menu and we ordered drinks and appetizers. I really enjoyed the restaurant. But on this visit the waiter said we could not get a happy hour drink or appetizer because we were not seated at bar. Very rude about it. Won’t be returning to restaurant

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Surprised by the much smaller number of fresh fish choices.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I'm a vet and so was my diner date. Really want to thank M&S for a great night.
We'll be back with friends.....

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Veterans dinner, food and staff were outstanding!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The staff was very friendly and courteous. All parts of the meals they were attentive. And the food was fantastic.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Nice treat before ice skating on fountain square (even though it was a 75 degree fall day)... Our seafood entrees were a veterans bonus=Thank you! We started with mussels, nice glass of Cabernet ... Kids got kids salmon... Wonderful balance & end to week. Some confusion & switching of wait staff, surprised to see a light day? slow on water, but we weren't in a hurry... Very respectful!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was superb. Elegant and quiet. Everyone was friendly, made sure everything was perfect for your meal. Enjoyed the atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was wonderful. My flounder was way too salty. My husband’s chicken could have been better. The crab cake was delicious but not hot. My husband’s Cajun pasta was outstanding. A server (or expo) that wasn’t ours brought our meals out. She tried to give us fish & chips that wasn’t ours & my daughter’s child quesadilla was missing. Our server corrected it. I received an email saying we didn’t show to our reservation & informing me of the no show policy. I had to email back saying yes I did.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 3, 2017

good wine selection. Many fish choices, large portions that can be easily shared. Really good desserts.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 3, 2017

It was below my standards for a downtown Cincinnati restaurant. With others being so close (Boca, The Precinct, etc.) and far better experience, I would not dine here again. We were there for 2 hours total. Wait staff were standing around talking in the corners, waited 15 mins for our first round of drinks and bread. Stuffed shrimp was overcooked. I ordered a ribeye rare, it was cooked to a hair under medium. My wife and I agreed - it felt like there was just a ‘cook’ in the back assembling, vs. a chef. No quality assurance on the food.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The service was abysmal--no one came to our table to offer menus or water for almost 30 minutes. Then the food took a long time to come out. The waitress then hovers within 30 seconds of our getting the food to ask if everything was all right. The biggest issue is clearing plates from the table when not everyone is finished--that is a practice that must stop as it is incredibly rude and embarrassing to those who are not yest finished eating. On top of all this, the music was incredibly loud and we had to ask twice for them to turn the volume down.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Worst service ever. Asked what came with breakfast, was told nothing? Then potatoes came. We had to ask for coffee 3 times during our over a two hour brunch w 3 people. Our guest could not get our server to refill his water.
But worst of all a police car stopped outside the entrance with it's lights, that caused all of us migraine headaches.
Between the service, cool food it was just a bad place for a business meeting.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our first visit to McCormick and Schmicks. The atmosphere was very nice. The music was good and it was easy to hear each other. I ordered the Chilean Sea Bass which is one of my favorites. It was delicious!! It was a good choice for celebrating our 26th anniversary!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Byron was AWESOME! My husband especially got a kick out of the "SPECIAL" menus we received wishing him a happy birthday! That was such a special touch and a great surprise.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My husband I were excited to try McCormick and Schmicks for our 5 year anniversary dinner. We were ignored upon arrival where I then had to ask a host to check us in to which she said "I'm not on the clock right now", so I stood there awkwardly looking at her before she finally looked up our reservation. She couldn't find it even though it was through open table... I had to later dispute with open table that we were not a no show. Our server was fine but forgot to bring us water after I asked her twice. A few well dressed workers (managers?) walked past our table a few times with empty water glasses and still no water. The shrimp appetizer was delicious but honestly, better than my meal. I ordered the chefs special grilled mahi, dry and bland. Overall we still had a nice time but wasn't up to the star level I was expecting.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Service was really good. Friendly and accommodating. Stick to seafood selections. The shrimp kisses and calamari appetizers were good. Swordfish was yummy. The ribeye just okay.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service as somewhat slow compared to other similar restaurants.
Main meal did not follow salads in timely manner. Area we sat in was colder than normal, so food cooled quicker.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole dining experience here. Service, food, ambiance, and atmosphere were excellent. We can't wait to get back here for another great meal.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fun, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had tickets to a show and decided to try this restaurant. We arrived on time for our 5:15 reservations and were promptly seated. Took 10 minutes for our server to come to our table, so first drinks took awhile to arrive. The food was all delicious, hot and well presented when it arrived. Half dozen blue point oysters started our dinner. Caesar salad and lobster bisque were both very good. Horseradish steelhead trout with Swiss chard was amazing. King crab legs with roasted potatoes was very filling. Did not save room for dessert. Overall we were pleased. Our server seemed overwhelmed. We would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We went for my wife's birthday, we were very impressed. I had the cajun pasta and my wife had the grilled Mahi. The food tasted fresh and the flavors were perfect. The service was great...

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our server was knowledgeable, gave great food and wine suggestions! Food was great desert was outstanding

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Appertizers were great but all 3 of our main courses were overcooked to the point they were dry with very little flavor. Service was very good however as well as the ambiance.
For the price we would have expected a better meal.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Second time celebrating a special occasion here, first time their staff got it right, not so much this time. 1st time we enjoyed a personalized menus to highlight the occasion, expected the same this time but no personalized menu. Waiter wasn't rude, but we didn't catch him on his best day for sure.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Lovely meal! Herschel the server was attentive, efficient, and helpful. Great variety of dishes. And they gave my husband a sweet surprise for his birthday!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 15, 2017

If you are ok with exceptionally slow service from nice staff, then you may be fine. Fine dining is supposed to be relaxed, but there is a limit to how long I will wait for drinks. Dessert was not an option because we had show tickets, had 1.5 hours to eat, and did not have time. Food is great though.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great experience. Food was delicious, great atmosphere, and wonderful service. Seafood was fresh, and I highly recommend getting dessert.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The carpets need cleaned. Food and service were very good but the place needs some polish on the ambience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Arrived 30 minutes before reservation and was seated 30 minutes after our reservation time. Waited another 30 minutes just to get water and order drinks. Use to be one of our favorite places

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our experience celebrating my daughters' birthday was very pleasant. It was an extremely busy night but our wait was brief and the hostess was gracious. Our waiter was very attentive. My glazed salmon, spinach and asparagus was prepared well. My daughter really enjoyed the seafood trip despite her salmon being a little dry. And my husbands king crab leg was cooked to perfection.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Busy but ok will return

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