The Bottom Line
- High quality fresh food
- Relaxed dining experience
- Great service
- Some of the décor can feel outdated
- The pre-meal bread (cool, plain) leaves a little to be desired
- 1151-01 Uptown Park
- McCormick and Schmick’s
Guide Review - Review - McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
Put frankly, if you’re looking to enjoy an upscale seafood dining experience without feeling overwhelmed (or even unwelcome), McCormick and Schmick’s has got you covered.
The waiters and waitresses are knowledgeable and ready to offer dining advice, the food seems to be cooked by a real, actual chef, and the general decorum is cozy and inviting.
All in all, there were three things that really stood out about the place.
(1) They print new menus up twice daily, each one offering daily fresh entrees and specials, which helps to break up any monotony one might begin to feel if they were to frequent the place regularly.
(2) For the price (a full on dinner will usually run around $70 for two, including appetizers and deserts), the food is just stellar. You can’t really go wrong with anything on the menu. (Tip: get the coconut shrimp appetizers to start.)
(3) As much as it initially seems like the kind of place that may be a tad snooty, the service (and general attitude of the staff) was warm and welcoming. Before my wife and I were even seated, we were offered “Enjoy your meal”-type statements by two separate employees. They certainly don’t do that at Long John Silver’s, the upscale seafood restaurant I typically frequent.
There are a few neat perks as well (they offer memberships to the restaurant, you can make reservations online, $1.99 happy hour burgers), but they’re supplemental to the points above. Give it a go. You probably won’t be disappointed.