McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Irvine

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Just minutes from the University of California, Irvine and the John Wayne Airport, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks offers the best seafood in Orange County.

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.

A distinctive feature of our restaurant is our beautiful bar area that offers you a comfortable environment from which to enjoy a wide variety of wines, beers, classic drinks and trendy cocktails.

Be sure to stop by and enjoy our award winning bar food during our Happy Hours. Every item on the menu is appealing and the prices are equally attractive!
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Daily 4:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM

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LV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we will be back again, foods are great !
Great location for dinner, parking is convenience.

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S
Los Angeles
150 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Date night at the restaurant and really enjoyed it. We hope they do that again. Thanks!

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AO
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

All was great EXCEPT the Ahi Sushi style that was highly recommended. Two of us ordered it. The spices that came on it were much too "hot". I have ordered Ahi Sushi at many, many different restaurants. Never has it come spicy like that. The Wasabi in the soy sauce is for adding spice, if desired. It was quite dissapointing.
Everything else was great.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very tasty it seemed a longer than normal time between apps entre’s and dessert but it did give us time to chat and socialize so quick no but if you are looking for a place to have a relaxing social or intimate dinner - definitely a good choice

Desserts were awesome

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place is worst than outback not worthy of the McCormick & Schmick’ name. Waiter Jeffrey could not have been more rude and grumpy

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B
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We went to this location for a New Year's Eve dinner, and I was incredibly disappointed by our experience. Our server moved slowly and mixed up multiple orders and then complained to us when we asked for the mistakes to be corrected. She left us without silverware for nearly 10 minutes after our entrees had been delivered. I've been to numerous McCormick and Schmick's locations in Washington state and have always had a wonderful experience; this evening, however, left a terrible taste in our mouths, and I would not recommend the Irvine location.

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N
Los Angeles
139 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Disappointed in a special holiday menu and not able to order from regular menu. Did not care for the choices. The girl who seated us was rude. We specified in our reservation we wanted a window table and did not want a high traffic area or be by waiter service area. So, she attempted to seat us directly in front of waiter stand on outside aisle. When we objected the response was “this is a restaurant and there will always be high traffic.” We asked for the empty window booth away from main aisle
In interior of room. Not sure why host or hostess does not read guest request. On a positive note the ahi was very good.

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r
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

My 'gripes' are only minimal so I only deducted one star. But here they are for the interested reader: (1) I called the restaurant prior to booking my reservation for New Year's Eve to determine if they had a fixed menu or if we could order off the menu. I was told we could order off the menu. This was important because I'm on a special diet so I looked up the menu online the morning of our reservation and arrived at the restaurant with my menu choices made. Miscommunication: We ordered off a menu alright....a prix fixed menu.....which DID NOT include any of the items I was looking forward to; and (2) my mashed potatoes were lukewarm at best -- butter did not melt on them. In spite of these minor complaints, all four of us in our party did enjoy our experience because our waiter was EXCELLENT. I don't recall his name now but I did make sure at the time that the manager knew how great he was.

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KR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We went for a New Year’s Eve dinner because my company gave me a Landry’s gift certificate.

We aren’t fish people so we ordered the filet. The server did not provide a steak knife, the meat was burned on the outside, and worst of all tasted like fish. Must have been cooked on the same grill as all their fish. It was tough and tasteless which is hard to do with a filet. The mushrooms my husband ordered were rubbery, the coffee was cold and bitter and my iced tea never got refilled. The bread was warm and good though.

We called after to complain and were refunded our gift certificate but ended up still paying almost $90 for a sub-par meal. The manager chastised us for not saying something at the time but we didn’t want to make a scene on New Years and frankly so much was wrong there was no way they could have made it right.

This place needs an overhaul!

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TS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambiance is really nice, like an old time Steakhouse. Food however, is average and not worth the prices. We had steaks, which were good, but for the money, there are better options. Also had the truffle fries, which were definitely fries, but nothing "truffle" about them. The whole experience was average, but at a premium price. Other than for lunch grabbing a salad or burger maybe, I wouldn't put this on the must check out list.

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JK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very welcoming. The food was delicious and the toasted sourdough bread basket was awesome.

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AT
Orange County
90 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seafood is amazing. Always fresh. Love the variety of daily specials.

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j
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The service was almost perfect, very attentive except after the main course arrived. My medium rare tuna turned out to rare. I understand tuna should be rare, but you are able to order Medium-rare, which it wasn't. It took 20 minutes to rectify the situation and it came Well Done. You know for a supposed upscale restaurant, this place may want to reconsider. They didn't even offer dessert because of the error.

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PG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to this location many times, but this time we went for a Christmas dinner, and our server Seth made the evening very special for us. Very professional service. Gave the proper amount of attention without being a nuisance, yet we never had to wait for him if we needed something, (not always easy to do). They took care of special requests without delaying any meals, and all the food was properly prepared and hot. This turned out to be a perfect evening and may become a tradition.

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ES
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 4, 3 ordered steaks well done, one of the steaks was mostly pink!!!

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D
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Christmas Day dinner was awesome and service was excellent

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Glad to find a very "fine" top rated restaurant open on Christmas day. Wonderful ambiance, very quiet, great service and excellent food.

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s
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My mahi-mahi was bland no flavor, it was good though cooked. My veg no flavor either. My husband had a steak and his was good, my son and grandson had steaks and they thought theirs were good. The Menu did not offer enough variations.

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BA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for dinner on Christmas Eve.

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RR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

I was VERY late making dinner reservations for Christmas Eve dinner - My Bad (and I heard about it from the wife and daughter).
So I did a quick search for upper end steakhouses and found McCormicks - Irvine.
The GOOD:
Reservations thru Open Table - very smooth.
Seated very promptly.
The food was excellent.
The BAD:
Service was VERY slow and we hardly ever saw our waiter. He took our drink order, brought our drinks and bread, took our food order, took our dessert order and dropped off the check. We did not see him any other time. My wife, daughter and I were VERY, VERY disappointed with the service we received (i.e. did not receive) at this restaurant.

We will NOT be recommending this restaurant to our friends and we will NOT be returning.

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I
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster bisque was incredible. The Chilean sea bass was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and personable. We plan to visit again soon.

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LF
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary with family. The evening was wonderful, the service and meal was great!

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EV
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The appetizer “shrimp kisses” was delicious. I ordered the shrimp/crab stuffed salmon with a side of lobster mash, it was delectable. My fiancé ordered the crab stuffed lump shrimp which was delicious as well.

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KM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always clean, on time, respectful and the food is amazing!

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BC
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

We were disappointed in the quality of the Kobe beef burger and Chicken entrees. The chicken was thinly pounded and burned to a crisp on both sides. The pasta side was clearly stiff and had simply been under a heat lamp. Oh well.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were seated and it took almost 10 minutes for someone to come to the table to welcome us and take a drink order. Another 10 minutes to get our drinks. I had to ask for bread. He never introduced himself either. Not a real outgoing guy. The Mahi-mahi was dry and for the corn bisque not enough to get a taste. The ladies bathroom was a mess, one sink had no towels to dry my hands. Oh and it was not even that busy. With so many other choices why would I return. Might want to pick up the customer service skills.

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s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

I think the restaurant must have been understaffed. After we had been seated for 15 minutes, my son told the hostess that no wait staff had yet acknowledged us. She apologized profusely, but it took another 15 minutes for the waiter to finally come to our table to ask about water and drinks. 😒😒 We often go to this restaurant for holidays and special occasions. I’ve never seen such poor service there before.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Perhaps an off night...

Pacing was very uneven. Drinks were not especially cold. Soup took too long to arrive, was good, but lukewarm. The oysters took way too long, we were not finished with them before the meals arrived. The medium rare steaks were medium and the medium well steak was well done, the Sea Bass was excellent. Desert took the better part of 20 minutes to arrive.

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JD
Hawaii
62 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great birthday dinner for my wife and our family. Missed our favorite server Jeff as he was working a banquet, but Michael our server did a great job. Food was perfect as ususal starters to desert.

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RV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service was great. Nice round table for 8. Made for a great social business dinner.

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m
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Had a disagreement @ the restaurant with the server . The food was poor quality ...

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J
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best on OC for all types of fish. Always good

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was very good. My date and I sought to only order entrees to save a little bit of money and because we had a performance to go to shortly after. However, we ended up unknowing ordering extra sides. After ordering our entrees each, the waitress asked if we wanted a salad or soup. Because of how it was phrased, we chose one of the listed options but assumed it was included with the meal. When I received the bill, I realized the salad and soup were over eight dollars each. Despite being good sides, we would not have ordered them if we knew they were not included and costed that amount. I felt silly for not asking if the sides offered were included, but I also cannot help but feel important information was omitted. The sides were good but not worth an extra sixteen bucks.

Beware that if they list options to you, they may not just be asking which one you would like; they may be asking whether you want to make an extra purchase.

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RD
Tokyo
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Unable to accommodate vegan/vegetarians other than a side of sautéed mushrooms. Even the most meat-driven restaurants these days at least offer veggie burgers or pasta dishes.I said I was vegan and they loaded my salad with cheese crumbles.

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The jambalaya was soupy and extremely salty. The sole was mush and indistinguishable from the batter, which was really rich. It wasn't a big deal, but it was a lousy lunch. We all have our off days..c'est le vie

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The appetizer came before the wine. It was our anniversary and we were going to toast.
Waitress stated the wine was locked up and she was waiting for her manager to get it.
The bottle sat in the bar while she took an order for a table of six while three co workers watched.
I spent over two hundred on the meal but will not be back as the service at this location just didn’t get it.

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BM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I noticed some tables had table cloths & some like the boot I was sitting in did not which would have made the ambiance of Thanksgiving dinner much better.

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BM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice Thanksgiving menus, roast turkey breast, sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, al dente green been, sweet potato mouse & a choice of soup or salad. All regular menu items were also available. Service was impeccable. So nice to have this option, especially for those Unable to cook a family dinner. We even had leftovers from our three turkey dinners.

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CM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

McCormick and Schmicks always delivers!! We first ran across this restaurant in Oregon...both in Bridgeport and by the Willamette River. EXCELLENT quality food and service!!

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RO
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We were visiting in Irvine and chose this restaurant because our previous experiences with M the mashed potatoes were the opposite of fluffy and rich; the yams and cranberries were no better than canned food. Actually, the best item on the plate was the green beans. Oh, I almost forgot the bisque which preceded my turkey plate. That was also excellent, even though we were charged an extra $4.00 for it. It was supposed to be included in the Special.

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