McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Washington DC (K Street)

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McCormick & Schmick's is in the heart of D.C.'s business district, just two blocks from The White House. Widely regarded as the place to see the city's most famous and notable names, it has distinguished itself with a fresh-daily menu of more than 30 seafood and fish selections from around the world.

Its lively bar features the best shoe shine in town and a happy hour noted by the Washington Business Journal as "phenomenal" and voted "Best Seafood Restaurant" by Washingtonian Magazine readers.

Outdoor patio is open April thru October. In addition to our regular menu, Executive Chef Shaun Albers and Regional Director Melody Casbarian feature great specials like Filet & Jumbo Shrimp Combination and great seasonal wild selection.







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Daily 4:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant, table by the fireplace, great food, top service.

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

Great service and food but over priced

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My grilled octopus appetizer was excellent however salmon that I ordered as a main course was overcooked and dry. The same was true for my partner who had a steak. She asked for medium but it was well done.

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JR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Stop pushing the points membership. It’s embarrassing and obnoxious.

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

It was recommended n referred however I was so disappointed. I was craving for a lobster so bad and they had no lobster tails in the restaurant at all. Then our math potatoes were cold. The cheddar cheese mash were horrific and the filet mignon was overly seasoned with a rub. So, my 1st experience there was not a good one.

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

Nice restaurant, seemed a little short staffed this night in particular. However, the food was great! The service was good as well.

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f
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had the grilled salmon with seasonal vegetables, which were very tasty. And, the service was attentive.

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

I wanted lobster and I wasn’t told there wouldn’t be any served until I had my heart set 45 mins into our drinks and appetizer. Server was off but the food was still great p

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

A busboy dropped an entire tray of glassware filled with drinks immediately behind us. Enough to soak my husbands coat. Several tables were impacted by the disturbance both in noise and getting wet from the drop. The manager provided his card in case something was wrong with the jacket but made no other effort towards our dinner to help us with the night. No comp of food, moving of location while clean up happened, no reduction on future visits. I was very disappointed in the way this was handled.

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M
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

4 of us (2 couples) dined and all thought the food was outstanding. Great ambiance, nice menu selection, food presented well and tasted great. The service and management of the restaurant was horrible. We had bread plates but never received bread. We ordered appetizers which were all very good. Appetizer plates were never cleared. Main course was brought out with appetizer plates in front of us. Water glasses were empty the entire night. Couldn't find waiter to refill water glasses. Dinner plates remainded in front of us as we ordered dessert and asked them to be removed . They weren't removed until dessert arrived. Dessert plates sat in front of us until check arrived. No manager could be found to check on things.

This is a nice restaurant. You would expect good food which it was but not horrible service.

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HC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed my meal but it would've been better had I not heard profanity coming from the area where the wait staff went behind a curtain. I think the table setup items were there.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressive, wonderful atmosphere, my ribeye steak was tender, delicious & cooked to perfection

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Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The DC restaurant is more appealing to us than National Harbor because of the noise level. DC is serene, NH is boisterous!

The food was great. 10 leaf chopped salad was fantastic, and the portion was large. Clam chowder earned a “great”. Entrees, swordfish with crabmeat and seafood mixed grill, very nicely prepared.

The service was hit or miss. We ordered 1 cocktail, it took 15 minutes to receive it. A glass of wine that was ordered to accompany the chowder arrived after the chowder was finished. When the entrees were served I ordered a glass of Riesling. I was down to my last bite of swordfish when the waitress arrived with the wine. It was obvious that she knew it was late, and contrary to proper service, she was going to leave it on the corner of the table and run!

I told her that I did not want the wine because I was finishing my entrée, and she told me I could keep it, that she would remove it from the bill.

Service was either slow because she had too many tables to wait on or she was new and was not aware that she should have asked for help. The service was not what we have come to expect from this restaurant. Good food, lackluster and slow service.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful service—worst of any restaurant we’ve ever been to—nothing like what I remember from this restaurant when it first opened. Very disappointing. Mediocre food.

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New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Saw our entrees sitting in the window for five minutes or so but they were still warm. Tables around us had issues with the bar and getting there food also....just a weird experience that we have never had with this restaurant. Which was why we expected better.

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AN
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow, but they provided a free dessert to make up for the wait. The kid menu had good options.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was attentive , food and drinks was everything they described, restaurant layout was very nice, ambient and very little noise. I will be back!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and waiter was very courteous to us as we were discussing business. Overall a great atmosphere.

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KA
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The tables at the front of the restaurant are nicer then those in the back, by presentation. Known of the candles were lit, in my section and all the tables up front had lit candles. The space I sat in, was cold in temperature in general. Besides the candles not being lit the t.v. was not on, and we weren't asked if we wanted it on. Outside of that, I loved that they could take us on Christmas and that the food was fresh, and prepared well. Our waiter provided exceptional service. And the host staff was very welcoming. However on the downside, because we were the last two individuals in the specific space seated and still eating, tables were being cleared down to the table clothes which means hurry - up and leave, to me. Poor taste in my opinion. Evenings on holidays and special occasions at a restaurant can be memorable. The last thing the staff should be doing is rushing you out. After all the restaurant is open, you either chose to work on a holiday, or had to work to support yourself or family. Be 100% committed to creating a warm environment for every guest, to ensure repeat business and to prevent any negative reviews, because no matter where you go, you never know whose presence your in and the impact it could make on a business.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavon was our server and he was very attentive and very welcoming. He recommended one of his favorite dishes on the menu, and I must say the food was superb. Mccormick & Schmicks staff was very welcoming and my reservation was made through Open Table but when I arrived they didn’t have it in their system so the hostess was very helpful and she solved the problem and enjoyed my business meeting .

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j
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We were there on Christmas day. We arrived 4 mins before reservation, and waited 15 minutes in a crowd of other people waiting to be seated (I should have recognized at this point that these guys are overwhelmed). They had a special menu which only had non-local farmed seafood (except 1 type of oyster). They also had way more tables to serve than the staff could handle.... long waits for water, drinks, food, talk to a waiter... At prices like these you expect top-notch service. I've been to other M&S' and always experienced amazing service, so I'm pretty sure the terrible service was due to management booking too many tables at one time. Any place that advertises itself as high end seafood should have at least one wild caught seafood.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Let me start with saying the food was very good. after arriving 10 min before our reservation we had to wait about 20 min to be seated. our waiter was very nice and the service started out fine but ended very sadly with a lot of time between dinner service and desert and our check. They were understaffed for the amount of people coming to dinner. We would come again, but not on a night like Christmas when there are so few restaurants open.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great manager! Made the entire night

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r
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant overbooked. Unable to get a booth. Will come after 8 PM next year. Waiter was wonderful and manager friendly

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

Christmas Eve

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The worst restaurant I have ever been to. I will never go back there again. Service was terrible, our reservation was at 5:30 and we didn’t leave the restaurant until 9pm. It took over an hour to get our check. It took over an hour to get our food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Poor service and food was really average. I usually have good experiences at this location.

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LZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Department Christmas party -- I picked up the tab. We all ate very well, including appetizers and desserts. The fish was beautifully prepared, everything was delicious, and I was happy to see that lunch for 8 was less than $400 even with tip!

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DM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch spot. Food was perfect.. waitress was so thoughtful.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Client holiday event. The table was too large which made for awkward conversation. The service was terrible. Mostly, the food was as bad as I’ve ever had at what’s supposed to be a nice & very expensive restaurant. Presentation was terrible. Instead of the vegetables and potatoes that normally come with the fish, I asked for a small salad and I was charged an additional $4 without being told. The fish was cold. Nobody enjoyed their food. My clients were polite about it but it was clear everybody had the same feeling about the food...awful! I’m still in shock and would never ever go back there. I have no idea why anybody would

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DR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing!!! Loved every bite. Worth every penny. Our waiter was extremely slow. Food was delivered by another server and that was fast. We had to wait a very long time to pay our bill. It was over 30 minute for to get the check and then another 20 to get our credit card back. Don't know why it took so long.

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MA
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was very good. Our wait- person, Marshall, was excellent. He made our evening perfect

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service stake was excellent sides so so

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AL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. The cobra tacos and black bean soup were very good. Nice place to have a long conversation with a very old friend. Please tell everyone thanks for a great job!

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JW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and drinks. We were there during happy hour, so drinks were slow to arrive, but otherwise, service was helpful and thoughtful.

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TE
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our food is just average at best - little seasoning. Overpriced.

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g
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Waiter was attentive but kitchen was behind on the day we went. Food very tasty; portions on light side.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

It was the Friday night after Thanksgiving and the place was nearly empty. However the staff seemed in experienced. Drinks took a half hour to come. And I had to be asked for repeatedly. Although there was nobody In the restaurant, loud blues musicals blaring over our heads. And repeated requesst to turn it down where apparently ignored by the house staff.

The food was mediocre.

Are there stood in sharp contrast to our meal there or year ago.

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RS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable with good food and drink. I liked the butternut squash soup, and the turkey dinner main course was perfect even without cranberry sauce. I could not also have dessert and walk home.

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R
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was really slow (we sat for 2 1/2 hours, way too long for what we ordered). Our waiter was nice enough but the time in between servings was too long. He didn't check back often enough. We ran out of water and drinks. By the time he got our plates to us, the food was warm at best. We were really disappointed overall and wouldn't recommend dining here.

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