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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Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Ordered two filets medium rare and both came out medium well. Server or mangement didn’t even care. Definitely would not go back.

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G
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great crab cakes !!

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E
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was good but the service was much too fast especially after I asked the waitress to slow down so we could enjoy the meal. Maybe others want to have a speed dinner but we didn't. The restaurant was not full so there was no reason for pushing the dinner so quickly

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LT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was ok at best. No refills for an Arnold Palmer when requested. Service was slow and not friendly. Will not go to the place again.

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CS
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I had the Sea Bass small plate. The dish was very flavorful. The Sea Bass was paired with spinach, tomatoes, fingerling potatoes in a broth. The dish needed more spinach and potatoes and less broth. i would order it again. I also had a crab cake as an appetizer...yummy.

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DW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tend to look for McCormick and Schmicks when we travel because we KNOW that the food and service will be exceptional. We were not disappointed!

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Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Despite a reservation made to wait over 10 minutes whilst two other tables were seated before us despite no reservation and the same amount of people. ( Ethan’s they are xenophobic as we are British? Starters came separately so I had to eat before my husband. Service was slow, but when out waiter made an appearance he was attentive. Food was OK to good, crab was good seabass was over cooked and rubbery. Not in a rush to go back, but would if no alternative.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service extremely slow despite very few patrons. Made us late for our show afterwards. Bill calculated incorrectly again delaying our departure.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent!! Will definitely eat there again when visiting Washington DC.

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C
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff very attentive and efficient. Excellent experience

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DC
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

McCormick & Schick's always has the best food and service.....if you like seafood they are the best in the area.

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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent as usual. I love dining here.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall experience from the moment we walked in to when we departed was outstanding. The meal was amazing and the service excellent.

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S
Denver
57 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Waitress was virtually nowhere to be found such that we had to go to the hostess desk to ask them to find her. The restaurant was not overly busy. We waited about 35 minutes to get our drinks we ordered. I asked for a vodka/soda water. She brought me a highball glass of ice cubes and about a half inch high of liquid. She took it back to the bar and after waiting another 15+ minutes for my drink, she brought a drink of flat soda water and virtually no vodka. My husband took the drink back to the bar and asked the bartender to remake the drink with vodka and bubbly soda water. The soda water was still flat. I gave up. It took about 45 minutes for our appetizers to show up. I ordered the beef medallions medium, expecting a pink inside. The beef was well done w/no pink at all. I couldn't eat it. The waitress could care less about serving our table, and didn't check on us during the course of the overly lengthy dinner.

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SH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The initial seating and subsequent service can only be described as below par and inattentive. The food was consistent with the quality of the chain: good and approaching superior. My observation is that marginally trained servers are given too many tables resulting in a regular need to ask after your order, correct results, make requests (like bread that you can see on other tables.. no one ever said a request was required and I’m still not clear if one was..). The restaurant looked great in its new/recent location however the service and support were not up to the image

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but service was a little slow.

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E
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

First time visitor at this location. I went for a lunch with a colleague. Service was terribly slow, they kept bringing over other people’s food throughout and when they did bring me over my salad it had salmon not chicken on it. It was almost a 2 hour event, having had to wait 10 minutes to get served initially (first contact) and then 20 plus to get the check. They are better than this, hopefully it was just an off day.

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DR
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very disappointed. Service very slow; plates obviously sat under the heat lamps too long as scallops and salmon were both overcooked and sauce from scallops had baked onto the plate. On the seafood platter, the crab legs were still frozen when served. Waited more than 40 minutes between appetizers and entrees.

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g
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We had a 7:30 reservation. Bread was promised upon seating. Follow-up 3 times for bread and it arrived at 9pm with the appetizers. Our entrees came 10 min later. Dinner was ordered before 8pm and no food was delivered until 9 pm. Every drink order took 15 min. Waiter was mildly apologetic. Restaurant was not overly crowded. Food was good but poor service ruined our experience.

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JP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good service but my tuna was over cooked

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t
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Thé quality of food and service was not what I’ve had at this restaurant in Chicago or Los Angeles.
Very strange waiter who did not get order right and seemed distracted. Very strange greeting when we arrived on time for our reservation. We had to wait while tables were free, and clearly there was some staff issues going on.
At end of meal food was thrown from bar area onto our table.
Needs better management.

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IN
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was supremely helpful and professional. Food-awesome.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend McCormicks! My friend and I are regulars - the food is delicious and waitstaff efficient and friendly. We love sitting in the booths - feels like I’m receiving a big hug. However, the experience is often outweighed by the fact that the booths are near the bar - we struggle to hear one another. I also recommend that McCormicks offer a choice of smaller desserts - they are delicious, but gigantic! Overall, it’s a great place to dine.

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EG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Still a very nice fish restaurant, but I haven't found anything to compare with the parmesan-crusted flounder and the shrimp caesar (baby shrimp) that they served for years -- but no longer. Happy that they now have appetizer options for people allergic to shellfish.

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great? We were seated quickly. We have a server come quickly. The food was excellent. Everyone was so nice.

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HC
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Food was not worth the price. King Crab legs overcooked and dry. Potatoes were tough. Shrimps looked like popcorn. I would not recommend the seafood.

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ST
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

I would recommend McCormick & Schmick's, but I would not recommend any steak. I was there on 3/16/2019 and ordered a 8oz surf and turf. I was looking forward to a quality meal from this company. The lobster tails were good, but the steak was waaay over cooked. I ordered medium rare and received it well done. Not sure how that mistake is made, but that is what I got. I was underwhelmed by the experience.

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DB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner here to celebrate my 40th birthday with 7 of my dear friends and it was amazing. The food was delicious. Our server was attentive. The manager came over to check on us and give me a birthday dessert. Did I mention how delicious the food was?

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R
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The best seafood I tried in DC these days! Excellent oyster and deserts.

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Server was great w/lots of personality BUT unfortunately we were both disappointed w/our food. It came warm not hot, my salmon had absolutely no flavor, my husbands stuffed shrimp on his ultimate platter was dry. Dessert was the bread pudding, it made up for the food shortcomings, it was simply delicious. Right after we left, we both said, we wouldn't visit again. Our experience at another location in National Harbor was much better. Not worth the pricey price...sorry!

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GF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

This is a K Street expense account restaurant with extremely overpriced less than average quality food. Companion and I both had fish entrees - the fish was accurately cooked to order, but sides were not hot or even warm. Fries were straight from a frozen bag. M&S may have provided a quality dining experience at some point in the past but the excellent and less pricey options in the neighborhood and area.now overshadow it completely. Drinks seem to be a big part of what is being sold. Desserts appear to be revived from frozen or packaged. Staff are friendly and competent but deserve to serve a better product for their talents. Again, for these prices, why not dine where you get value for the money spent? Sorry, cannot recommend at all.

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LJ
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for a late lunch to celebrate a colleagues birthday. It was very quiet at the 2 PM hour. The food and service was superb. I have to note that the bartender, Ida, did an excellent job handcrafting our cosmopolitan. I would return just for one of her drinks! Thanks Ida!

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AJ
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Our reservation was for 7:00pm. We had to ask for water. We had to ask for bread. We had to ask 3 times for straws. We finally had to ask for our entrees at 8:30! My filet when it arrived finally at around 8:45p was cold and dry to the point of making me cough when I tried to taste it. I was highly disappointed in the service and I will never return to this particular location.

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BA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and server very attentive. The manager on duty came over twice to check on us and made dessert recommendations. We would return without hesitation.

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w
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. Recommend it for happy hour as well.

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t
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I often have business lunches and dinners here due to the proximity to my office, the quality of the food and service, and the ambience. McCormick & Schmick is a very good restaurant with prices that match the quality well. I haven't been disappointed here yet and I've had at least 20 business meals here in the last year.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible. It took 22 min from the time we sat down to just have a server come to the table to say “hi”...then we waited another 10 min before we got some water and bread. This was all after waiting 30 min beyond our reservation time. The manager acknowledged our frustration but did nothing for us. Needless to say we will not be going back.

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A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very good dining experience. Service was great. Food was very good as expected.

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RD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Congratulations to ballerina dancing the lead at the Kennedy Center

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