Seattle >Food & Dining > Mccormick & Schmick's
1103 First Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.605503 -122.337131
Neighborhoods: Central Business District, Downtown
Great Rewards Program – The food is very good and it is reasonably priced, but the rewards program is what keeps me coming back to M&S. I will be the first to admit that they are not breaking any culinary ground, and you probably wont catch a foodie in here raving about the dishes, but it is good food, made of good ingredients and it is served well.
I definitely feel like I'm in the northwest every time I eat here, because the seafood is fresh and plentiful, and the service is warm, but the reason I keep coming back is the great rewards program that gives you a pretty solid rebate if you eat here often enough. Check it out if you like seafood!
I took my wife out for our anniversary dinner to the M&S on Lake Union yesterday evening. It started out great, with a personalized menu that said "Happy Anniversary" and ended with an unexpected treat for dessert. But that's about all that went right.
Waiter: Our waiter was pleasant and welcomed us, but left our table without introducing himself by name - I had to ask. He impressed me as someone with the personality of a subdued Eor (from Winnie the Pooh). He strongly advised us NOT to order an item we were considering. If he can't promote it, why is it even on the menu?
Bread: Excellent organic sourdough french bread came with the meal along with creamed soft butter, and turned out to be one of the best things we had (5 stars)
Appetizer: We ordered the crab, shrimp, and artichoke dip. It was OK, but was also on the salty side. (2 stars)
Soup: Crab Bisque. My wife ordered a cup, and I ordered a bowl. In the center of her cup and my bowl was the same size portion (I would say 3-4 ounces) of what looked like crab meat, except it turns out upon closer inspection that 80% of it was actually white rice. So we got maybe a tablespoon of actual crab each. This kind of deception is REALLY bad. The bisque tasted OK, but was not particularly impressive. TIP: If you order this, go for the cup - you don't get more crab with the bowl-sized serving. (1 star for portion size, 3 stars for taste, -9 for deception)
Dinner 1: My wife ordered the House Smoked Salmon with Angel Hair noodles, porcini mushrooms and capers. On a scale of 1-10, the level of salt was a 12 and was incredibly overwhelming (4 stars for portion size (if you can stomach it) and 0 stars for taste)
Dinner 2: I ordered the Razor clams (they came with rather bland string beans). The serving portion was good, and they were cooked and prepared well except for one very important detail: the clams were not only NOT fresh, but had reached the tipping point where they should not have been served at all. I could have gone to Pikes Place market and taken some home and done better. I refused to eat them. And the lemon wedge that came my my meal was so small it only covered half the portion (5 stars for portion size and 0 stars for taste)
So much for our main entrees.
When we got the bill, they charged us $6 more than the price posted on their menu for the salty salmon dinner. We showed this to the waiter and he took off perplexed. Sure enough, a few minutes later the Operations Manager came to our table with apologies and presented us with an adjusted bill and did not charge us for our main entrees. Which was only as it should be.
These folks do not pay attention to detail, either with their food or their billing. And, they engage in deception with the crab-laced rice portions in their crab bisque. They seem to have no shame. We came (and paid) for crab, not rice.
SERVICE: Slow and steady.
FOOD: YIKES! Deliberate deception on the amount of rice sprinkled crab, Dish 1 (Salmon) was Extremely salty, Dish 2 (razor clams) should never have been put on my plate 'cause it was too old.
PRICE: on the high side (could be even higher, if you don't check your bill...)
Management: Made the bill right and were nice about it, explaining that they change up their menu all the time and sometimes they miss stuff. Like that should have made me feel better. I know no one's perfect but hey - you gotta make SURE that kind of stuff doesn't get missed, I'm sorry. And making sure the food is fresh should be close to job #1 - and if it's not fresh, it shouldn't be served. I would much rather we both went home without wondering if we were going to be able to hold down the food we ate...
I've been to M&S restaraunts elsewhere, and fared much better. Someone needs to take away the sodium jar from these guys, 'cause they waaaaaay over use it.
Good food good service – S-Kelly guided me just right for what I wanted to eat. Everything was perfect.
Clubby corporate restaurant draws seafood lovers with fresh daily catches and posh atmosphere. – In Short
Upscale and sophisticated, this chain features art deco-inspired trappings such as dark wood, shiny brass and beveled glass. Servers clad in black and white weave through cocktailing couples and businessmen at the bar. The classic American, seasonally inspired seafood menu changes daily; specialties include starters of Dungeness crab cakes and oysters on the half shell, plus entrees like cedar plank-roasted salmon, sauteed lobster with scallops and rock shrimp, and seared yellowfin tuna with wasabi, soy and ginger.
one of the BEST HAPPY HOUR!!! – i don' t get why people don't like mccormick's happy hour. how can you beat $2, $4 and $5 items... i would have to say the burger is the best. and they even have desserts for $4. I usually just get a coke (need to get a drink to get the happy hour price) cuz it cuts the cost down (no happy hour drink specials, but i just want the food anyways) and they always change their menu every once in a while, i luv the fresh oysters(when its in season) or the halibut collar. yum...so good
terrific service, great food – Well, the rants must have had an effect! Even with a few negative reviews, I made reservations here for my husband and I for dinner before an event at Benaroya. Even though we were a half hour late (traffic and rain), and it was only an hour before the event, we were seated right away and our waiter brought drinks, salad, and entree, even dessert, promptly. He was professional, courteous, and made helpful recommendations. A manager stopped by our table to ask about our meal. The dinner was very good, the martinis were icy cold, and the service was the old-fashioned, professional kind that you only see at the very best restaurants. It's not trendy, and the beautiful people don't hang out here, but you really can't go wrong for a lovely meal and great service.
Private Dining Party a Hit – I recently reserved the private dining room for my husband's 50th birthday. We had a party of 16 mostly family and a few close friends. Eric, the General Manager, helped me set up the menu in advance and made wonderful recommendations that allowed choices for salads and entrees. Before my husband and I arrived for the "surprise", the staff took care of my guests and did everything they could to make sure our group was ready. The food was wonderful and our wait staff was attentive, but not intrusive. I couldn't have been happier and everyone in our party enjoyed the food and the whole evening!
Definitely not recommend – I went to McCormick & Schmick's yesterday and I have to say that I am completely dissatisfied. For a $100 dinner for two I did not expect the waiter showing up for 2 seconds at a time. The waiter literally walked by our table a total of 4 times during our 3 course dinner and stopped to see how we were doing just once. The lady who was supposed to refill our waters almost knocked my head off with the tin water container. The food was just OK. Even after I asked for waiters recommendations my fish was breaded and greasy.
VERY disappointing! – One of my girlfriends and I went here to treat ourselves to a nice evening out - splurge a bit. It's a good thing that's what we had in mind, because not only were the portions paltry, the service was ridiculous. It's not M&S's fault that we were seated behind a bunch of turtleneck-and-sweatshirt-set - wearing tourists from Wisconsin who insisted upon snapping pictures every five minutes. It IS their fault that our (reserved) table wasn't ready when we arrived (on time, thanks). We had appetizers, entrees (and then oysters, because the portions were, as previously stated, virtually anemic), and we waited (seriously) at least HALF AN HOUR before getting each thing. Our server was sweet as pie, but who is running this place?! I promise - for those prices and that experience, we won't be returning.
A Return to Excellence – I had not been to M&S for several years. My last experience was not bad, but not outstanding. On a recent Friday night, I wandered in with a group of colleagues from out-of-town, looking for somewhere to eat a Northwest-flavored meal without a reservation. Despite being full, the very friendly and accommodating hostess spoke to the manager and the staff quickly set up the private dining room to accomodate us. The service and food were both top-notch, and our group had a wonderful time. We were treated as if we were VIPs, and we noticed that others in the restaurant also seemed to be having a great time and enjoying their experience. The restaurant even split a meal for two of us, without charging extra. McCormick & Schmick's is a great value and a great time. I'll be returning much sooner this time!!
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