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“Very poor experience” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - CLOSED

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood
Price range: $60 - $70
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 9th and F Street
Transit: Metro Center and Gallery Place metro stops are within walking distance.
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very poor experience”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

I recently ate lunch at the McCormick and Schmick's in Washington DC. The soups weren't hot, the butter tasted bad, the fried shrimp were fair. My biggest complaint however was the background music. I complained 3 times about the loud music with the bass beat, because it was overwhelming our ability to carry on a conversation. First I talked to the waitress, then the hostess, finally I called over the manager at the end of the meal. My son is hearing-impaired so I am probably more sensitive than most, and of course it was difficult for him to hear. However I am not hearing-impaired nor is my wife and we both had a great deal of difficulty following the conversation even in a corner booth! Previously I have enjoyed these restaurants because of the seafood. But as I told the manager there, who explained that this is a national corporate decision to have this music on, I will not return because it is so obnoxious. We go to restaurants for food and ambience. We go to bars for music and drinks. At a restaurant it should always about the food first and foremost. This kind of policy of loud music means they don't have confidence in the food and are trying to conjure up some trendy environment to compensate. And when restaurant staff are prohibited from adjusting music volume in response to a customers complaints then customers are lost. McCormick and Schmidt has received their last dollar from me.

Visited February 2014
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Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“New Years Eve Disappointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

If you are a thorough tripadvisor researcher you will have already seen the flags going up about this restaurant. When we made our new years Eve reservation for 10:30 p.m., we were told that time was no problem; that champagne at midnight was a certainty.
At 10:45 p.m. just after getting cocktails, we were told the kitchen would close in 15 minutes. And the push was on to get us finished. After entrees were finished, the check came immediately. No talk of coffee, dessert or...champagne. Fortunately we were staying at the Hotel Monaco & were able to bring in 2014 joyously in their cocktail lounge.
Maybe another McCormick & Schmicks another time ......but not this one.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“bad across the board”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

the only thing that went reasonably well was they seated us near our reservation time...even though we were were 15 minutes early. after that it was all downhill. took the waiter 15 minutes to show up after we were seated. no apologies, excuses, etc...just give me your drink order. since we were going to a hockey game, we just ordered our food right away...good thing we did, it took over 30 minutes for the food to arrive. again, no apologies, etc. the entrees at this restaurant are priced pretty high. i would expect a healthy portion of very high quality, fresh seafood. i received a very small, completely bland piece of mahi-mahi (it didn't taste fresh), some mashed potatoes that could pass for instant and the pleasure of paying a $6 upgrade to swap out green beans for a dollop of sauteed spinach...ridiculous! anyway, aside from the lousy service and food...the place was crowded...i guess it is location, location, after all.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Michael G
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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138 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“What a disappointment!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

We booked a table for Christmas night at 5:30 pm before going to a play at 7:30. We arrived early, and the trouble started immediately. It appeared that no one had any experience in seating patrons! Once we were seated, our waiter came by about 20 minutes later. We ordered drinks, which arrived about 15 minutes after that. We ordered our dinner, and (long story short), we finally got our main courses at 6:40 pm. During that time, we told the person who seated us that we were unhappy because we had not gotten our meal. He said his manager would be by to talk to us--the manager never appeared! We also saw others who had arrived after us receive their food (and leave) before we got ours. The food was mixed...some (flatbread) was great, but the fish and chips was more batter than fish. We had to rush through our meal, and we ended up leaving some food and wine because we needed to walk to the theatre for will-call tickets. We won't be back to this restaurant again, and we will tell others the same.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Andrea W
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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good food but poor lunch service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

M&S is a very good restaurant, with excellent seafood selections. Their speciality is clearly dinner, however, as this Penn Quarter DC location was all but empty for lunch, with correspondingly slow (but friendly nonetheless) service. I like their happy hour and dinner ambience much, much better.

Visited November 2013
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