McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Crystal City

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Bringing the freshest seafood to Arlington, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant is located close to the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Pentagon, and Arlington National Cemetery.

We serve more than 30 varieties of fresh seafood flown in daily from both U.S. and international waters, available from menus that change DAILY and is THE place to socialize in the best of traditions. Prepared using fresh ingredients, your food is served in a timeless and traditional presentation.

Enjoy the spirited and lively atmosphere of our bar after a show and enjoy watching our bartenders practice traditional mixology, making hand-crafted cocktails using fresh-squeezed juices, never using blenders or mixes.
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BM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit and it has been outstanding ever time. Highly recommend and will go back again.

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c
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I love the server timed her interaction with us so we could enjoy our conversations. Thank you! Thank you!

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R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The decor was dated, ambience was dank, the food lack luster. Not the same McCormick and Schmick’s. Will not return.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great from service to food

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very poor service. Waiter did not refill our drinks. Our food took forever and was barely warm when we got it. Would not return. We indicated there were two birthdays in our party when made the reservation but no mention was made of it. We didn’t even get dessert. We just wanted to get out of there.

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r
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had my first visit to the restaurant. I liked it; I would recommend it to other people.

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BF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was very bad, they did not miss a chance to underwhelm and slightly annoy. High point was when 3 of our party of 6 got dirty coffee mugs and the wait staff told us we were wrong - they just look dirty. Not impressed from beginning to end, will not be going back to this location again.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Incredibly noisy and no service after first course. We had to chase a waiter to be served. In no way comparable to DC, LA or SF. And we are not US citizens. Just a shame

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TL
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

We’ve been to other McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants & been 100% pleased. It’s one of our favorite places to eat & celebrate. This visit was definitely disappointing. First, we had a reservation for 6:30pm, yet weren’t seated until 7:10pm. Once seated our server brought us water & then didn’t return for 10 mins. The hostess ended up walking by and asked if we’d been helped yet. She took our order on a scratch piece of paper. Our food then took 45 mins to come out. By the way, our food was delicious! I can still say that I’ve never had a disappointing meal there. However, everything else about tonight’s experience was bad. Finally, when I ASKED for our check, it took 10 mins for her to bring it. We were at the restaurant for 2 hours & had a show to be to at 8pm. Needless to say, we didn’t make it. Disappointing

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had a lovely time, and enjoyed our conversation with no noise. The service was superb and Adel made our meal enjoyable. Thank you Adel.

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RG
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding as usual. Come here during Board Meeting for my organization. Will come again!

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RJ
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and fresh, well-seasoned food. Serving portions were small for price but definitely will visit again.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The calamari was the best I’ve ever had in any restaurant. The side items were delicious as well. The steak was under cooked. Service was slow and very basic.

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n
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, however, not as much selection of fish as there previously was. Would like to see more local and US fish dishes on the menu.
Octopus appetizer was excellent.

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GG
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jonathan was amazing in assisting us with our reservation! Thank you!

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MB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the atmosphere and the food immensely.

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

No complaints about the food. Service was great. Overall very happy.

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C
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visit this restaurant every year. It's one of our favorite places in the DC area. I always get chowder and crab cakes. We'll be back again next year.

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice and comfortable experience. I would recommend it to my friends either for a formal or informal dining experience

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h
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

Menu was limited to only 6 entrees. They said it was special, but it was ordinary at best. Probably won’t go back. Overpriced.

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X
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service and food were excellent. Enjoyed the cocktail menu and dessert as well. I liked the private booth with chairs instead of benches, it was very comfortable and private.

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HW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was our family of six first time dining at your restaurant. Food was outstanding. My mother-in-law who just arrived from Africa was impressed. The service met our expectation too, but the music was a little too loud. We could barely hear. But our waiter did honor our request to lower the music. We wouldn’t hesitate to return some day.

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I
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sea food and excellent service!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was quite slow from start to finish.

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FS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

My Filet tasted like hamburger. It was very noisy inside. I would not recommend

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food at an upscale restaurant in a very nice city.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Everything was delicious, but getting a sales pitch mid meal was a bit awkward. Okayish service.

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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day Tradition

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GM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Love the food and service - simply too loud, noisy and "un-intimate" for my taste.

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NF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Very limited menu for Valentine’s Day

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M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening, Excellent food, excellent service, but noise level is to loud with the restaurant full like it was.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Even that we told the waiter don’t bring the appetizer with the food he did. Then he said SORRY!!! Also, he was rushing us to go, walking around the table and asking like 10 if we need something. Grrrr!

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SL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I have dined at McCormick & Schmicks in Oxon, MD and the food has been outstanding consistently however this was my first time in Crystal City and the food was truly mediocre. It started with our Calamari appetizer, it was very overcooked and rubbery, then ironically, my entree which was Mahi Mahi instead of being perfectly cooked, was so under cooked that it was like Sushi. It was dangerously and unexpectedly raw on the inside. You could even see a tinge of pink on the outside! When I sent it back to the kitchen the same piece still came back out very red and cool in the center. My waiter seemed very uninterested in making sure the kitchen prepared my Mahi Mahi to my liking but because it was Valentine's day the last thing I wanted to do was to ruin my date with my husband by sending back my dinner a second time. For such an expensive meal, it was a great disappointment.....especially when I know McCormicks can do so much better.

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DP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous from beginning to end. The service was attentive but not obtrusive, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was perfect. Thanks for a truly enjoyable evening

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there after picking a family member up from the airport. I would surely go back.

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EB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I had to keep walking back to the guy that seated us. Our waiter was not too great. My sister had to ask our waiter for bread. I also had to remind the guy who sat us I put down it was my sisters bday. The waiter gave us our dessert, but no bday dessert. For the price we paid, I feel as though we tipped too much for the type of service we were given. My cousin and I split the check & each tipped 20%. I put in my reservation made days in advance on Open Table we were celebrating my sisters bday. I wish I could be compensated for the troubles because I definitely would not recommend this restaurant to any of my family or friends.

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Pretty bad experience. Felt stereotyped; because we opted for the cheaper Restaurant Week menu, we were treated worse than other customers. Service took really long before & after each course. After the entree, we waited 30 minutes for our dessert which never came. By that point, we just wanted to leave, which was difficult because everyone was avoiding us.

I'm sorry we're too poor for your restaurant. Next time we'll try to be wealthier.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, service and food was delicious. Will be going again.

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R
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The fish dishes are the best!!

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c
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This restaurant is a big "draw" in Crystal City and tends to be busy at all times. We went for Restaurant Week at 12:30 ($22) and almost every table was full, so we were glad to have had a reservation.

The food is very good, but the restaurant seems to have a problem with sufficient staffing, especially in the kitchen. We waited 5 minutes for menus, then 25 minutes for our first course of the prix fixe meal--which should have been immediately available. Then they brought our main course before we had finished our first course--a real faux pas. The waiter explained the delay on the soup was due to problems in the kitchen. But he took responsibility for the 15 minute delay in delivering me a single glass of wine--he forgot. That said, the gumbo soup was excellent, though a bit spicy, the Arugula Salad ample, and the Coconut Shrimp really good. The Rockfish was just so-so.

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