Seattle >Food & Dining > Mccormick's Fish House & Bar
722 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810447.604518 -122.331244
Neighborhoods: Central Business District, Downtown
Situated across the street from the swanky Rainier Club a meal during happy hour here will set you back less than the tip for the valet across the street. Order the burger and fries and know you've made a wise choice on how to spend your pennies.
Good and predictable – I eat there several times a month and food is good most of the time but rarely a perfect 5..
undercooked fish – My catfish was completely raw and they did the classy move of asking if I wanted a new one or just wanted them to recook the old one. If you want tasteless, rubbery fish, I recommend going with the latter.
What made the visit especially charming was that our server declined to let my party of four move to a vacant window seat in the bar with seating for five, but five minutes later a party of three was sitting there dining away.
<<I am editing this review to follow up that they said they never received the letter I mailed about my experience. They responded to a comment form I filled out on the corporate web site. They resolved the matter by following up with phone, email, sending me a gift certificate, and promising they would speak with staff about better training.>>
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.
poor service, barely adequate food – We had reservations for a birthday party so the menus said "Happy Birthday (Name)" on them.
Unfortunately after that, the service went down hill. The greeters/waiters took forever to seat us even though the place was empty. They took over 30 minutes to take our drink orders, and another 20 minutes to come back and try pressuring my friend into buying a high priced appetizer, which she finally did.
Finally 15 minutes later (over an hour after we walked in) they took our meal orders. I asked for something that the other McCormick's and Schmidt's in town had on their menu, and they said it would be no problem and if they couldn't they would substitute with my 2nd choice. The appetizer comes out 40 minutes later and these are the wait times after my drinking glass emptied before it was refilled throughout the evening:
and after we got our check the waitress refused to fill my glass again. Astounding. During these wait times the waitress and other servers would walk by and even look at the glass and just ignore it. I even saw them chatting together behind some tables and occasionally one would glance over at our table them resume their social banter.
When the food arrived it was NOT what I ordered, but something similar but certainly something I had not asked for. When I mentioned this to the waitress she actually argued with me and told me that it was what I had ordered. Amazing.
Our friend got a free desert for her birthday but the waitress wouldn't stop hounding the rest of us to buy one too. It took them 20 minutes to calculate our check after we asked, and they kept forgetting to apply our entertainment card and then once accidentally charged for our friend's birthday desert. Utter ineptitude.
At the end of this awful ordeal I took the waitress aside as we were leaving and asked to speak to the manager. She told me that he, and all other supervisory staff were too busy to speak with me.
Great place to go ANYTIME – I Love this place not only is the selection and the food great, they also have a terrific happy hour $2 meals pasta and cheeseburgers. They also have terrific seafood and a good atmosphere to anyone who cant decide Where to go this is great place!!
Great for lunch – It's one of the best seafood joints in downtown seattle. Fresh daily menus, great service, knowledgeable and friendly staff, very inexpensive for what you get. Sounds like there's a great happy hour even though I've never tried it. If it's just cheaper version of their regular food, then it's probably one of the best happy hours in seattle. Don't eat too much entree because the dessert is really the best part.
Unlikely date spot – Welcoming atmosphere, great service, delicious food! With a menu that changes twice a day (updated with the fresh fish list at the top), you're guaranteed the freshest fish you can find in Seattle--at a reasonable price! Their cocktail list is amazing, and tells a story about where each drink was born. Get the ice cream for dessert.
Best Seafood in Town – Hands down the best seafood in town, even if it is an expanding chain. The list is large, diverse and fresh. It's hard to pick a favorite dish but I love the petrale sole. The service is always great and if you can, try to save room for the key lime pie! The Fish House and Oyster Bar is by far my favorite McCormick's location for it's ambience, wood booths and decor.
Fresh! – Arrived in Seattle late one evening for a business trip. Walked down the street from my hotel and recognized McCormick's from another city. Great $1.95 menu after 10pm. Outstanding chowder and the burger is the best. My waiter Frank suggested coming back the next night before 8:30 for the oyster special. Arrived the following evening and enjoyed (18) 50 cent oysters and the Mariners game on the TV. Bartender is a good guy too.
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