About McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Crystal City

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.

2010-B Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, American

Hours of Operation:
M-FRI: 11:30AM-10:00PM
SAT: 4:00PM-10:00PM
SUN: 4:00PM-9:00PM

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 413-6400

Website:
http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/

Executive Chef:
Marc Kennedy

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Daily 4:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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Private Dining

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 - Crystal City Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.0

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4.0

value

3.7

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Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (25)
Good for a Date (24)
Business Meals (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Romantic (17)
Casual (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Cozy (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Authentic (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Seasonal (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Healthy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

We were originally placed at a booth that was in a somewhat noisy section. I had initially requested a quiet table. Even though the private booth area was closed, they did accommodate us with a server there which was great. Very private and quiet. Our server was fabulous with her service; I believe her name was Rachael? I would definitely request her as a server again because she was so great. We thanked her with a generous tip. Our appetizers were over fried (lobster bites) and way too salty (shrimp kisses), my salad tasted like it was missing something, just kinda bland, but our entrees and dessert were good. Because we care more about the ambiance than the food, it was a nice date. I would just skip the apps next time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

I don’t know if it is just us getting older or what, we used to love McCormick’s, but, you can totally tell they have been turned into a corporate machine.

Everyone was nice but the bench seats are ridge and tight, maximize for occupancy and to keep you moving.

Waitress was very, very nice - but didn’t know the menu enough to recommend food to match her customers and while we were a very laid back table, we just wanted good booze and food. Mojito was made without sugar and had to be sent back (no comp or discount). Manhattan made with a reserve bourbon on the rocks was over machine made ice, think hotel, not McDonalds ice. Then wine was a 15 min wait... raw steak was out and sent back before it arrived.

Seriously, we are NOT those people, but when you have reservations for a 15 year anniversary and it takes a GM to come out to make a steak correctly, that is bad.

Don’t get me wrong, friendly and I can get how things happen, but it just seemed like a lost night that cost us $180 for yd2 cocktails (1 sent back to remake), 1 app, 2 mains (steak returned twice before GM cooking a filet up to perfection), 3 glasses of wine and that’s it.

Nothing compensated, no military discount. McCormick’s used to be a high end place, now it’s an Applebee’s with s limited and over priced menu. Just empty flat food, unless the GM fires up the grill - has it come to that?

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The steak was overcooked (although they did bring me a new one and it was OK, not great). The wind didn't come out with the meal. We waited quite a while for our food. Pretty pricey for mediocre. Was disappointed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

M&S is a good option when you want a good meal at a decent price. They changed their menu since my last visit, so I played it safe and had the grilled salmon with rice; always a good choice. My wife had the trout which was also very good. They will not wow you, but not a bad choice for a good meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Good service. Food was good. Parking options are lacking but not the restaurant’s fault.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Service was slow!!!!! Went there before the theater and had to rush out because we waited so long.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food wasn’t what I expected. For the prices the taste was less than its value.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Meal - Salmon rigatoni, pasta was terrible, leathery and tough. My guess is they used leftover pasta from the weekend.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was cold in restaurant. I tried to add one more person to my reservation and I called twice and they said not possible. Your restaurant was not crowded I believe something could have been done. I offered to adjust time a little. I waited for food and 30 minutes in they said it was not available. Then my meal came out 20 minutes before rest of table.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very cold in the restaurant!

Waiter seemed out-of-touch!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Standard experience, a bit slower than usual due to holiday.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went for Christmas Eve dinner and was happy with the host and waitress we had! Food was terrific as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great service and atmosphere and great food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Service was bad. Although I made reservations, when I arrived I asked for one of their private booths. After being told it would be 15-20 minutes, we had a drink at the bar. Every 10 minutes someone came over to say it would be just a few more minutes. We waited 1 hour and 25 minutes. Even after we got the table, it took another 10 minutes for the waiter to arrive.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Service was good, but it took nearly an hour for our food to come out after ordering. Can't complain though because each plate was hot and the meals came out fresh.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The waiting staff was very attendive, the food was very good and cooked to the point. A perfect lunch break.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We went to McCormick for lunch and as always, enjoyed ourselves. The food was tasty, but the service was Excellent! Can’t remember our server name 😔 but she did an exceptional job.

Thank you

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent food and service. We have never been disappointed in either food or service at this Crystal City location. Recently the restaurant has been running a special on Sunday and Monday ... twin lobster tails with mashed potatoes. Try it. This was the second time we tried this special - fantastic. Just the right amount of tasty dinner, with wine and a cocktail.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Had a fabulous experience at the Crystal City McCormick and Schmick's. Food was fabulous (lobster bisque and steak for hubby, crab and shrimp stuffed salmon for me), server and management were attentive and our booth seat allowed us to be in a quiet spot (which we had requested).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

A fairly standard restaurant for business meals. The environment is nice, comfortable and the wait staff is very well trained, friendly and makes for a pleasing experience. There is nothing very special about the menu (though there is plenty of variety and the food is well-prepared) and I feel the cost of the menu items exceeds the value. Overall, a nice place, but nothing special.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great food and service. I dine here each time I visit Arlington!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great as always. Milagras was was fantastic.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Five friends celebrating one of them turning 60. Four of us started with a cup of soup, one lobster bisque and three clam chowders. I can't speak of the bisque, although my friend really liked it, but the chowder was very thick and filled with more clams than I've ever had before in a clam chowder. Absolutely delicious. Everyone liked their main course. We all got fish of some sort, and this place knows how to prepare it. Plus all the plates were very attractive. I think our waiter, Cleveland, was fairly new as there were many things he didn't know about items on the menu, but he always got an answer for us and provided excellent service. For me, the only downside was the steep parking charge, $21.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

When we arrived at 5:15, there was no receptionist/hostess. We were left by ourselves for 5-10 minutes until a wandering waitress helped seat us. Although there was only one table occupied, we were seated next to the kitchen where we could hear every clanging of dishes and overhear conversations of the kitchen staff, and experience high foot traffic.

The food was "ok," but I thought the price was high for that type of restaurant. We've been there before and at each successive time, I get the impression that the place is going downhill.

We drove up 395 to go there and never again--not a place to celebrate a special occasion, like we did. (We did get a free birthday dessert though and the waitress was "nice," but not adequately, professionally trained.)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

It was ok. Fine. Just ok? I wasn’t wowed; for the prices, I expected more.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Crystal City is a good place for a casual meal. Service was friendly, if a bit slow. The food was all tasty, as were the mixed drinks. I especially liked the fish tacos and my wife especially liked the calamari.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were visiting th area for the weekend and found this restaurant on line. We were able to walk from our hotel. Our service and waiter was outstanding. Food was delicious. Our only issue was the party of 2 30ish year old ladies were extremely loud and language was constant swearing. This was disruptive to our quiet seeking dinner. However, our waiter, (Andy, I think) was most understanding and reseated us in the bar (with Lauren) for dessert. It certainly wasn't the fault of the restaurant for the obnoxious ladies in the next booth and we appreciated the staff for quietly accommodating us by moving us to the bar.
Overall a great place to dine and we will return. I have already recommended this restaurant to other family members.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great birthday dinner with a friend. Service was good. Menu selection was very good with reasonable prices.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We live within walking distance, and have been frequent customers over the past 8 years. Recent visits have shown a steady marked decline in service and attentiveness. This latest visit with friends from out-of-town was instructive. We were seated immediately and asked for water while we perused the drink menu. When we ordered drinks, we asked again for water. When the drinks arrived, we again asked for water, which finally arrived. (By this point, we'd seen the water server make the circuit of the room three times...but never to our table.) The server was scarce during the meal, and we had to wait quite a while at the end of the meal to attract her attention so we could pay the bill. It was slow enough that our guests commented on it at the end of the meal--embarrassing, of course, but correct. The Bottom Line: the location, ambiance and food are all fine, but the service has really gone downhill over the past year.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

In town with my family for a D.C vacation. Had happy hour in the bar one night. Specials were very large portions! The fresh squeezed grapefruit with vodka cocktails were fantastic! Then went back the next night for Thanksgiving dinner. Two of my kids and i had the turkey entree. It was sooo good! My husband loved his swordfish and my oldest son loved the buffalo wings! Fabulous dinner! Very very nice waiter!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This has become our go-to restaurant for Thanksgiving Dinner over the past several years. This year, the food portions were generous and the food was perfectly prepared. Although the set price did not include dessert, the price was excellent for all that was on the plate. And, frankly, we didn't have room for dessert!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We made reservation but when we arrived we were told to wait for quite a while. Our calamari appetizer was really salty. My order of the new york strip was over cooked. My baby’s order of spaghetti was left out in the food heater so when it was served the noodles were all crispy. Truffle fries were also overly salted and soggy. Spending almost $300.00 would havent been a problem if the food was satisfactory. I will not recommend or go back. Thank you

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our waiter was terrific and the meal was delicious! We celebrated our 28th Anniversary and everything was perfect! From the great steaks cooked to perfection, good sides and a surprise dessert! We'll go to this Crystal city location again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I joined friends from my deployment. We had a great time. The wine flowed and the food was great.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was a little slow but our waiter was friendly and sociable.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went here with my significant other for a quick dinner after shopping in DC. It was quiet and classy with fantastic food. Our server was wonderful and answered all of my questions about dishes with ease and we got a nice booth to sit comfortably together. This is a wonderful place for a date or anniversary.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food and service. Adrienne was a very attentive and gracious waiter

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Overall a great experience. Can't wait to get out and do it again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Our server Channel was great! The food was very good and we enjoyed the special for Veterans and their spouses. You are leading the way!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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