We decided to splurge with our teens on Easter weekend at McCormick & Schmick. We've dined at these restaurants in the past, and have had a very good experience. Because we were away for Easter, we wanted something special for us and for our kids. This restaurant was everything except special. It's disappointing that a restaurant rests on the laurels of its' founders. Know that all McCormick & Schmick restaurants are NOT created equal.
We knew we were in for trouble when we weren't seated until more than an hour after our confirmed reservation. Our server Mackenzie was apologetic and very friendly - if it wasn't for her, we would have walked away.
We ordered the Calamari Frito Misto for an appetizer, and it took more than 30 minutes to get our first course. It was excellent - or we were very hungry - I'm not sure.
For our entrees, we ordered a dry rub black angus ribeye, the Shrimp Trilogy, Sizzling Salmon, and Stuffed Shrimp. The only entree worth a return visit was the shrimp trilogy, which was flavorful and cooked to perfection. We all wished we had ordered it.
The sizzling salmon was overcooked and tasted very fishy. The stuffed shrimp was over stuffed and resembled a bowl of mush. The ribeye was over-cooked and even with a send-back and do-over, it was overdone and I just couldn't eat it. Isn't McCormick's known for it's steaks? I guess not.
Mackenzie took the ribeye off our bill, but our check still totaled $120.00 (including 2 glasses of wine), I don't mind splurging for a nice meal, but in this case, I left feeling like McCormick & Schmick owed me something. I won't be returning in the near future.
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