McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Pittsburgh Downtown

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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant is located in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh on the corners of Wood Street & Oliver Avenue, at Piatt Place. The restaurant is conveniently located near the cultural district, and is a perfect pre-theatre destination. Our private dining room is the perfect spot to hold business or social gatherings. The menu at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant is printed twice daily & features more than 30 varieties of fresh fish & seafood locally to be flown in from around the globe. Other menu highlights include tempting pasta, poultry & beef specialties to tempt any palette. Visit our lively bar & enjoy traditional mixology at its best, featuring classic cocktails made from scratch using fresh-squeezed juices, bottled & tap beer, or choose a selection from our extensive wine list to accompany your meal.
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Daily 4:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM

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Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. John was great!

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a 6pm RSVP to celebrate our anniversary.
We arrived promptly at 6 and were seated.
We ordered a cocktail to have prior to our meal. Our server apologized for the delay in getting our drinks; the bar was backed up.
Subsequently our meal arrived while we still were having a pre dinner drink.
Then ordered a glass of wine to have with my meal. Again the bar was backed up. My steak was cold by the time the wine arrived.
Again, not a reflection on our server.
It is unfortunate that the bar seems to cater to patrons in the bar.; not the guests in the dining room.
I often go to M&S for celebratory occasions. Rather disappointed with our outing.

GB
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and drinks were very good. Service was outstanding. Ambience is very nice. We will definitely be back!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome and my food delish. Unfortunately, the birthday boy's halibut was on the tiny side with only 3 asparagus spears. He was still hungry for the price we paid. Despite portion size, I would definitely go again when in PA.

j
Pittsburgh
38 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very good dinner prior to a show. Service was excellent and the food was excellent.

JW
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Incident occurred with the wait staff - very disruptive and unsettling.

l
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for lunch for my birthday. Food was great. Our server was attentive. We weren't rushed out the door. Have been there many times and will continue to patronize this restaurant.

TV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

This was my second visit and the service was terrible... It was a fairly slow Monday evening and our group of 7 were having a 6:15 PM dinner prior to the Steelers game that kicked off at 8:15. A bottle of beer was spilled on one of our guests and the waitress had the odasity to say she would not charge him for it. Then, after waiting an hour for the meals to come out (and nobody ordered appetizers), one was missing and had to be reordered... Needless to say, by the time the final meal was served, the rest of us were done (he insisted we eat and not wait for his meal to arrive). To add insult to injury, his filet arrived overcooked... They did comp his meal but did not offer nothing to the other guest that was doused in beer. Terrible.

EM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was subpar...our server disappeared for most of the night and after dinner was served not once came back to ask us how it was. Good thing we liked it and didn’t need to send anything back! Overall, it was good but would probably not go back unless someone else chose it!

TG
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For some reason they were putting everybody in one room rather than in the front room. We were sat right next to large party and the noise was overwhelming.
The crab cakes were not as expected for the price. Not the size but quality. We’ve gotten much better crab cakes from other places not considered “Seafood Restaurants”. Steak was ok but nothing special. This is the 2nd time at this restaurant and our last

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hosts were friendly and helpful when we arrived. Our table was ready for us with personalized menus for my birthday :-) Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and our food was coursed perfectly. I really enjoyed my meal of Hawaiian Swordfish and my friends all enjoyed their food as well. We saved room for dessert and shared the chocolate bag. The dark chocolate and berries is always delicious at the end of the meal! We will definitely be back!

MM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was kind and attentive. The atmosphere was extremely comfortable. Most importantly the food arrived quickly and was of incredible quality. If you are a seafood lover, this is a can't miss.

SK
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy our meal experience at McCormick & Schmick’s. Service is always great and we can be assured that we will be able to leave in time to attend a performance while downtown. Unfortunately the noise from the bar crowd was really loud- we don’t usually dine there on Friday evenings. I had the fish and chips, as I was up for “comfort food” and it just wasn’t as great as usual. The breading was denser and the pieces of fish were small. Plenty of food but just not great. My husband had the maple glazed salmon and said it didn’t have much flavor. Maybe just an off night but we’re still loyal fans.

F
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Our server assured me that the crab soup was gluten free. It was not. I felt sick almost immediately. We took a risk and ordered steaks at a seafood establishment because we are familiar with Landry’s and figured why not... ordered medium rare and they came out medium. We didn’t have time to send them back.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Savannah our server was awesome! Very informative and pleasant.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Chef missed the mark for food intolerances, a few times. My husband and I had a gift card so we went here for a date night. I was encouraged by their gluten free menu online, and they had it ready when we arrived. I ordered a salad whose only adjustment for my gluten and dairy intolerance was no cheese - a simple enough request. The restaurant was not very crowded but the waitress came out to let us know she had caught the salad having cheese so the chef was making a new one for me. So far, still okay. As I ate several bites of the salad brought out I discovered a few cheese crumbles. The waitress was on top of my needs and immediately apologized and sent for a new one. The manager also handled it appropriately, apologizing and compensating the meal. Unfortunately in what was presumably an effort to get my meal out quickly, the chef sent out (now the 3rd attempt) without bacon on it and with salmon that was undercooked. The rest of the salad was just greens and not enough to sustain as a meal. At that point I was done. The manager and waitress were good - but if a kitchen staff can't handle making a salad without cheese that doesn't instill much confidence on the quality/safety of the food prep. We will not return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fresh seafood meal. Will return again when we are in Pittsburgh for a show.

P
New England
34 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good service and food. Not outstanding, however we would return.

One thing that was difficult: Ordered king crab legs. They were VERY difficult to remove from the legs as the legs had been cut right down the middle, in half. This made for extremely small pieces to get out of the legs. Had the legs simply been cut on one side, or shears provided, the meat would have come out as a lump for each section and would have been much easier to eat.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food

JE
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very attentive. Food was excellent. Thank you

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were going to see the Lion King

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Anna was amazing! From filet mignon to the seared tuna the food was great, the drinks were perfect, and all at a good value.

RG
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was excellent! Because of traffic delays, I was running late. The restaurant was called to let them know that we would be arriving late. They were so accommodating and simply adjusted our reservation. This was my first time there and certainly won’t be my last!

d
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed. This is my 2nd time at this chain & will be my last. I expect better food for the price. The lobster bisque was so-so. I ordered the Chesapeake fried shrimp which wasn't fresh and honestly the chef could do a better job butterflying shrimp. Presentation definitely needs improvement. My hubby ordered the filet which was cooked good & tender but was bland.

KW
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent and well prepared. Our server was very soft spoken and it was hard to hear what she was saying.

JS
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Poor service... Poor tempo.
From clearing appetizer plates, to waiting forever to place dessert orders... Our server was not even close to hospitable. McCormick and ?, you can fill in the rest.

BS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the restaurant and have been satisfied every time. This was an exceptional visit. The food was hot when served and delicious. A steak was done to perfection. Dessert was very good.

J
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was phenomenal! Our service was great and he did a great job.

RR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was undercooked sent it back and it came back hard as a rock

j
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food & cocktails were great had a very nice anniversary meal.
The servers (one in training) were very helpful & pleasant.

It was restaurant week & we ordered off the 3 course offerings for a set price. Unfortunately they were not set up to close the check under the set overall price. After 3 times trying to modify we took the slight overcharge. Hard to understand how a manager could not figure out how to correct.

t
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Pretty decent lunch. The tuna I had was cooked to perfection, but I simply don't think it was a very good cut of tuna. Quite fishy vs what you would normally see with the fish.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I booked a reservation for a work lunch, and was immediately called then emailed details about a private room. I didn’t necessarily indicate that I needed a private room but appreciated the gesture since we were a large group. Other than gratuity, no other details or requirements were given. Upon receiving the bill, a 400 dollar charge was added. They accidentally charged a dinner minimum of $1000 even though it was lunch. The wait staff needed to get the sales manager. Johnathan (same guy who booked me) was understanding, and explained the minimums for lunch of 500 and dinner for 1000. Luckily for everyone involved, I just so happened to hit the $500 minimum so there was no issue after the bill was corrected, but I was not properly made aware of the minimum upon booking the room in fact my booking sheet said $0 f&b charge, which was acknowledged.

I have to stand up for myself with how I was spoken to while trying to resolve the issue. It was presented as facts I should have known and read like ‘the customer is a little bit wrong’. He made multiple references about having to make his numbers etc even when there was no remaining problem. he wasn’t outright rude or anything, but the exchange wasn’t my definition of pleasant. I don’t expect that I will use them for work events anymore given this experience.

At least the food and wait service was great! My team had a great time! Luckily they left before this all went down so the dinner can become a positive memory for them.

t
Pittsburgh
107 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best beer battered fish ever....simply fantastic

t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Honestly, I've had lovely meals at many McCormick & Schmick's locations over the years but this one experience was pretty disappointing. I went for a special occasion and specifically for one of the menu items/specials which I had gotten notification of. We planned our visit accordingly, and the special was still being adversized outside on a large standing sign. However, when we ordered that item, we were told that they had run out earlier in the day. I asked for a "rain check" but was not accommodated to my knowledge. Furthermore, the server was just plain slow and inattentive throughout the night even though we were one of a very small number of tables. It took well over an hour to get our meals and we did not order anything fancy. We waited quite a long time for the check, and once it was produced, waited again quite a long time for it to be processed, and then it was incorrectly done -- which the server acknowledged upon bringing it back to us (???? if you knew it was wrong, why bring it back and then ask if we wanted it to be redone???). Overall, not up to the usual standards at all and had this been my first time, I would not have tried it again.

OT
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I normally give this restaurant outstanding overall, but I was somewhat disappointed this time! My Orzo was room temperature and stuck together, and my shrimp kisses were overcooked. Just not up to my expectations. The service, however, was outstanding.

DG
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the lobster special was wonderful.. Service was excellent

MM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was EXCELLENT! Our server was very attentive. He even came out to the patio before they opened and asked if he could get us a drink. My wife said her Manhattan has superb and her Scallops were Devine!

AV
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We planned a date weekend, including dinner at McCormick & Schmick's and a Pirates game, until we had grandkids unexpectedly. We decided to include them in our plans instead of cancelling and how glad we were! Our waiter, I think his name was Jon, was the perfect choice for 2 energetic boys. He brought their food first so they could get started, he was attentive and the food was excellent. Can't wait to come here again, maybe with another couple. We have already recommended your restaurant to friends!

VB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and wonderful food. The chocolate bag dessert is AMAZING!

L
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A little pricey, but the food was good, not great. A wonderful waitress!!!

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