About McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Irvine

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!

2000 Main Street
Irvine, CA 92614
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am-4:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Friday 4:00pm-10:00pm (11:00pm at the bar), Saturday and Sunday 5:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Main & Gillette

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(949) 756-0505

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

Parking Details:
Complementary Valet Parking,
Self-Parking Validated for 3 hours

Executive Chef:
Paul Davila

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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 - Irvine Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

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4.1

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4.1

value

3.8

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Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (35)
Good for a Date (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
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Business Meals (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Cozy (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Casual (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Authentic (10)
Romantic (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Seasonal (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Healthy (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Fun (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 hours ago

Thought the food was very mediocre. Had the trout. Was tasteless and swimming in a white oily sauce. Not great.
My guest seemed to be ok with he ate but in general the menu and the food and taste seemed to be from the 90s..,

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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

This is a priced place to get good seafood. Ambiance was very pleasant. There was a bar area which seemed very lively, but we dined in the regular dining room.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food
Enjoyed

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We loved our dining experience at McCormick and Schmick's. The service was fantastic, the food was perfect and we liked the atmosphere very much. Our service was an experienced waiter who knew when to approach the table, he knew the menu + wine list and remained patient with my picky dining companion through her dietary restrictions, indecision and numerous requests. The atmosphere was a ideal place for a business meal. I highly recommend!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Had King Crab, was first served cold, I had ordered steamed. Was sent back and came back hot and was good.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Upon arrival for a reservation on Valentines day, we were sad to see several couples arrive after us and be given a table before us. Then after getting a table, several minutes went by before we saw our waitress. She saw our anger and helped to make up for it after and all went well from there except for a rare piece of meat to send back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

My husband and I have been to McCormick and Schmick's- Irvine a number of times. We have always found the food to be exceptional and the service outstanding.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

FOOD WAS GREAT AND SERVER MARTI WAS TERRIFIC VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND VERY ATTENTIVE SERVER. WE WENT FOR VALENTINE'S DAY AND MADE A RESERVATION. WHEN WE WALKED IN THE PLACE WAS PACKED, BUT WHEN WE GOT TO THE HOSTESS, OUR RESERVATION WAS HONORED AND WE SAT DOWN IMMEDIATELY. GOOD JOB TILLMAN, WE LOVE YOUR SHOW
"BILLINAIRE BUYER'

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful experience! The service was excellent and the food was top notch! We would definitely go there again!

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

We enjoy the food and the service, the first time we went was for our anniversary, now we go there for all our special occasions

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very short staffed when we arrived for our reservation at 5 pm. One server for the whole room. I went up to the bar to get water. Server was apologetic but not his fault. Food was ok, nothing that great. We started with a shrimp cocktail, 5 nice size shrimp. I had a Caesar salad which was just ordinary if that. My husband had a trio, two types of shrimp and a piece of salmon. Again, just ok. This used to be a nicer place with really good seafood. So sorry to see it start to go downhill.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Calamari "Frito Misto" very crispy and tender. Walnut Mixed Greens lightly dressed (perfect) however the blue cheese could have had a slightly sharper flavor. Parmesan crust on the slightly overcooked flounder overpowered the flavor of the fish. Service - EXCELLENT!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Wonderful seafood and great atmosphere. A regular "nice fine dining" location for us with consistently great service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I had the Scottish Salmon with the beets, onions and asparagus -- wonderful! One of the best salmon I've had in a long time. We also had the tableside Tuna Tartare -- very good. The reception and service was good. The only criticism I have is the booth (bench) seating is uncomfortable. Next time we'll ask for a table instead.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Surprisingly pleasant and good. Much more relaxed than El Segundo location. The trout was delicious.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We were disappointed with the service. There were only two servers in the lounge. Our server didn’t seem to be able to keep up the tables. We asked for water n bread but she brought it after we finished dinner but she didn’t say sorry or any explanations. Don’t know if I’d eat there again.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The restaurant wa

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had gone for dinner. The waiter and service was very good. The coconut shrimp was overcooked and had no coconut on it. Strike 1. The clam chowder soup was fantastic--best part of the meal. We also had the walnut salad--it was good. Someone ordered a margarita and said they could not taste alcohol in it (and she is a light drinker). The wait for dinner was far too long and the manager even come to apologize without us mentioning the lateness. We were going to be late for a next appointment. Strike 2. When dinner arrived the fish plate was to have nuts on it (had nothing) and the fish was overcooked--very dry. We could not eat it and just took it home for the dog. Strike 3. The restaurant did waive the cost of that dinner dish from the bill since we could not eat it.

Way too pricey for what seemed casual, average food. We could not wait to leave the place and will not return. So, it seems that the place is cutting corners and should close.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We made a late reservation on a Friday evening. Maybe it's a warning sign how easy we got a reservation with little lead time on a Friday evening. We arrived on time, restaurant was not busy (maybe quarter full). Waited several minutes before hostess showed up to seat us. Waited some more before waiter showed up to take our drink order.

I ordered Lump Crab Stuffed Shrimp and wife order Lobster Habanero Mezzaluna (Ravioli). I had a cup of New England Chowder which was quite good. Waited for our food to show up. Not sure how long our food sat under the heat lamp. Plate was hot but our food was lukewarm at best. Her ravioli was a bit dry. Flavor was actually pretty decent if you can overlook it not being hot which is not so great for seafood.

Price is on par with other restaurants of similar class. However, we expected better for the price of our meal. We did not have any alcohol and the bill came out to around $70 dollars. We'll think twice before give this place another chance.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Overall we had a great experience at McCormick and Schmidt's. Our server really made the difference and went above and beyond to make sure we were completely satisfied.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Having dinner with family and was rather disappointed with the poor service. Our waiter Greg seemed to be disinterested in providing basic level of service. No checking back on us, didn’t ask if I wanted another cocktail until after our food arrived and didn’t clear my empty glass until after the meal. His attitude was poor and it definitely detracted from our meal.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

As always, excellent service, lots of choices of seafood on menu and large selection of wines

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Wonderful selection for a nice meal and quiet conversation.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Ambiance and service were very good, but the food certainly did not measure up to expectations based on prior experience from years ago.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Classic steakhouse style restaurant with great food and friendly service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was average, pricey, small amounts, no fresh vegetables as a side dish other than potatoes...waiter was rude and very hurried.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 8, 2018

I don't know how it can get any better: service, menu choices, food preparation. Manager and waiter were so warm and friendly. Couldn't have picked a nicer place to celebrate a special 80th birthday! Thanks to all for a memorable occasion. We WILL be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great meal as always at this restaurant. Service is always top-notch, and the food is outstanding, whether steak, seafood, or the wonderful side dishes and desserts.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Order first delivered incorrectly. Crab legs were over cooked and chewy.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Open Table asked if it was a special occasion and I checked Birthday since we were celebrating our daughter’s birthday, but it was not acknowledged in any way.
Food was great, service was adequate.
A simple dinner salad option would be nice rather than having to choose one of the elaborate salad options.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent ambiance
Great service
The parmesan crusted flounder was excellent

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Took my team out for lunch and everything was great from the food to service to the holiday decorations. Great Job!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were seated 20 minuets after our reservation. Took 45 minuets to get our food and it was cold. Our waitress was no where to be found until we would summon another waiter for service. They ran out of many food and drink options on the menu. Very bad service and food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I dined here with my wife, parents and sister on Christmas Day. We were seated 25 minutes after our reservation and were not served our food until 1 hour and 15 minutes after our order. The food came out lukewarm for my mother and sister’s pasta dishes and was returned to the kitchen to reheat. My rib eye steak was cooked just how I ordered it yet lacked seasoning leaving it very bland. The mahi mahi my father ordered was very, very small and could reasonably be eaten in two to three bites. The seafood trio my wife ordered was also very small with just two grilled shrimp, three fried shrimp and a small piece of salmon. Overall, service was not only slow but the food was small, relatively tasteless and a poor value for the price. While it is understandable to have disruptions due to Christmas Day, there was nothing done by the staff to ensure the shortcomings were met. We did not complain to the staff even though many others had done so. I’ve been to other McCormick locations and had an entirely different experience. I’d pass on this location!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

One of the few places open on Christmas Day, you must remember to make a reservation through OpenTable (or call the restaurant), or you may not get in. And remember, OpenTable may not have the time, or even availability, for you to choose from. We were lucky in that we reserved, at the last minute in the morning of Christmas Day, and only two reservation times remained available.

Tags: Seasonal, Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

poor service at front with significant and unnecessary delay in seating (with reservation). Slow service once seated. Unable to accommodate simple menu request. Three strikes and you are out. We finally got up and left.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our Christmas dinner turned disaster. The restaurant was so unorganized. We made our reservation but they kept giving the table to other parties. They finally seated us 30mins after our reservation at the bar area. We called for manager but did not get helpful outcome. All the staffs were poorly trained and seemed over worked. We waited 1.5 more hour to find that the food we ordered never came. So we left with big disappointment after spending 3 hours at the restaurant. Do not recommend this place. Especially for special occasion.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Worst Christmas Ever
We had 6:30 reservation that we made a year ago and we were coming in from Northern Calif, We did not get seated Until after 7 in an overflow area,not the dining room, After being ignored, and told they were out of Mussels for an appetizer and Heineken Beer , we were served salad. At nearly 830 pm we were told that our dinner would be there in three minutes. Instead nothing ever came so we got up and walked out with no Christmas dinner. No excuse from the waiter ( who we ran into downstairs serving another table) or Manager. We were at a Hotel with nothing open so imagine how we felt as a family.

This establishment should be ashamed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Had our Christmas dinner here. As a party of eight on Christmas, I expected there to be issues as it was busy. We had reservations for 630 pm and showed up early in hopes of getting seated early. Nope. We got seated at 7. Ordered drinks quickly a few minutes after we sat downs and ordered shortly after. We then began our hour and fifteen minute wait for our food. When we did get our food, the food was bland and mushy. The $60 porterhouse steak I ordered was tough and lacked flavor. Will not be coming here again

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent food, good service, except we had to wait and wait and wait and wait for the meal to be served (note: soup and salad courses were served promptly). The slow delivery of the main course was no doubt due to the fact this was a 5:30 PM reservation on Christmas day. Other tables near us seemed to suffer the same problem. Our server came by several time to apologize for the delay of the main course. Perhaps the restaurant booked too many reservations for the time window and both my husband and I, who have been here before, were disappointed the proprietors seemed to lose their perspective on reservations vs. service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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