McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - National Harbor

4.2
5637 reviews
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant at National Harbor is located on the scenic banks of the Potomac River overlooking the shores of Old Town Alexandria, Washington DC & Maryland. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant at National Harbor features a river side patio dining & private dining room with the main dining room & bar areas all showcasing view of the harbor.
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RJ
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and great service. Hot food and great drinks with excellent recommendations from the waitress.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation the day prior for a party of 9. We drove an hour to eat at this restaurant during restaurant week and upon arrival was greeted by the host and told they needed to get our table ready. We were given the specialty menus for the week and seated. It took 10 minutes before anyone came to our table and it was a lady in a red sweater (assuming shift manager). She didn't even greet our table but instead stated loudly "we are no longer serving restaurant week because we are out of everything" then she walked away before we could say anything. Our waiter specified more clearly that they were out of the deserts and a few of the dishes, specifically the rockfish. We finally got water around 15 minutes later and around 25 minutes into the night we got our drinks we ordered. It was exactly 1 hour from arrival when we got our appetizers. The restaurant was not full, in fact it was quite empty. When a few at the table attempted to order off the main menu, they were out of those items as well. Later the manager came back by the table and when we asked about the issues, she stated that the restaurant was doing D.C. a favor and still never apologized for any of the inconvenience. Being someone who has worked years in the service industry, it was as if we were not welcome from the minute we came into the door. I was extremely disappointed in the service and even more so with the quality of the food. I would have been happier going to the Olive Garden.

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LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food prep was very slow and they didn't tell us that they ran out of certain items when we sat down. This caused an extra delay in choosing our meals.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Our waitress was not good at all. She did not explain the menu very well when it came to the vegetable and starch. Ordered a vegetable since it didn’t mention on the menu, she did not make us aware that a vegetable was already included.

The waitress never checked on how our meal was, did not offer additional drinks, when we did see her to order the drinks they never showed up.

Ordered the Maryland crab soup as an appetizer which never showed up, mentioned it to her and she could have cared less.

The menu states that the meals with crab meat was lump crabmeat, no where in any of the dishes did we have lump meat.

We brought all this to the managers’s attention who apologized for all our concerns, right before we left the manager took all our drinks off the tab.

It was very slow night at this restaurant and we would have expected better service.

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BB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I had an 8:00 reservation and did not get seated until 8:45. When asked why I was told that they sat their 5 topper 15 minutes before my reservation anticipating another table would leave. I received nothing complimentary for the 45 minute wait, just an "I am sorry, thank you for being patient." Service was sub-par and the staff looked overwhelmed.

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a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for lunch for restaurant week and had a fantastic meal.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great atmosphere!

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gave the best service and the meal was phenominal. Will definitely go back again and invite some friends to join me

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M
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Ambiance and service were outstanding. Drinks were Great. Ordered steamed crab legs and they were not steamed completely. Some of the crab legs were still cold when served.

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P
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a business meeting with my boss, the staff was notified and did a great job of giving us privacy and silent service.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had friends from out of town join us for dinner, as always your food and service were excellent. Sadly i was really looking forward to sharing the experience of a chocolate bag with our friends but alas Tuesday night seems you were out ... better luck next time. Thank you.

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W
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The swordfish was quite dried out...very small portion even for a light lunch.

Service was pleasant but not very crisp.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious! We had oysters and lobster bisque for apps, and rockfish, steak and shrimp mac&cheese for entrees. Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable. The only negative was the hostess stand/wait. We were not greeted right away, and although we made reservations and tables were empty, they made us wait to be seated. 4 stars. Would definitely eat at M&S again.

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KM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waterfront view. wonderful food. Waitress Trish was exceptional.

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j
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Asparagus was burned but not worth send back the 5 thin stalks we got on each plate.

Had to send the filet stark back x 2 for a steak that was ordered medium well. First time came out rare with a hint of raw looking meat. The second time rare. The third time over cooked. I guess this was the lesson for returning the steak or the chief not wanting a third mishap.

Waitress was nice. Great view of the water. We have had a better experience at this same location.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The pan seared tuna was served in a heavy mayo based sauce that was awful. It was almost like the covered the tuna in flavors to hide how bad the fish was. I sent it back. The bacon wrapped shrimp are a favorite. Steak is good but too thin. I like the 2 inch thick filets and they don’t have them. The chocolate box dessert is great. The salmon stuffed with shrimp and crab was ok. The hot sour dough bread is awesome.

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ER
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy this restaurant. This time was no exception.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated New Year’s. Everything was delicious.

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W
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

For New Year's Eve the place was pretty fast on service. Everyone seemed to know where they needed to be and what to do once they got there. Very professional staff. Everyone was smiling with service.

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JU
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful location and a very lovely place to take a guest. My had the ahi tuna and I had the scallops. Both were excellent. Our waiter was outstanding. The staff up front were very kind and seated us a few minutes early. Whenever we visit National Harbor, we will be certain to dine at your location.
Did not realize that you were associated with Landry. How do I get get credit for dining at the National Harbor location.

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JS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for New Year's dinner and were glad to have chosen this restaurant. The food was great and the service was excellent. The view of the National Harbour Wheel and the Potomac River was breath-taking. Glad we chose this restaurant. We had a relaxing time with our loved ones.

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c
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent staff and food, our 4th New Year's Eve dinner location in a row!

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E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Service

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nye hung with friends. Was nice

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

On the plus side the food was prepared very well. The surprise chocolate birthday treat with berries, whip cream was very good as my wife said excellent choice.

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MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely perfect about our evening meal there! Wanting to go back again already!

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AW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good, all though the portions could have been larger due to the price. Overall I enjoyed the restaurant and would likely go back...

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AK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The service was horribly slow, but the food and view was amazing.

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TP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I thought this was a steakhouse, but it's specialty is seafood (as I should've seen via the name).

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TT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brittany was an amazing server. Knowledge of drinks and menu was off the chart!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best food We’ve had at a restaurant since we’ve been living in the states!

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BT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I had never been to this McCormick & Schmick's location before--only the one in Washington, D.C., and the one in DC by far, is much, much better! I think they sat us right by the kitchen, so it felt like we always had servers right by our table, just standing there (in front of our table), or constantly walking back and forth, which is a little bit of a nuisance. And maybe because we were right by the kitchen, we heard a lot of their conversations, which I KNOW they really wouldn't want us hearing. The drinks were VERY GOOD, but the food was subpar :(. I ordered the scallops as my meal, and they were not seasoned! Maybe the chef was doing a lot, and forgot to season my order, but I was truly disappointed in my meal. As we were leaving, one of the servers almost ran into my husband, which she apologized for and said "excuse me", and then immediately after, another server ran into her (like pushed her back a couple steps), and he said nothing! It was disappointing to see the LACK of courtesy, especially for ones fellow employee.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful Sunday dinner after a day out and about. Recommend having a reservation. Lobster bisque was delightful and McCormick ultimate trio was great entree selection (not to mention the delicious, warm sourdough bread). Was there on my birthday which often gets forgotten being after Christmas - had seen in reviews where they personalized and made it special for bdays, but guess I was forgotten again even though it was included in reservation request.

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BL
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of 9 people had a wonderful Christmas celebration meal here on 12/30. Everything was perfect, great food, great service (thank you Jimmy), great scenery, welcoming hostesses, and attention to our every need including consideration for a family member in a wheelchair and one with a rollator. Keep up the great work. We will be back.

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OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Had a reservation for 11pm got there at 10:45 and was told the kitchen had just closed. We were still seated but waited 20 minutes before a manager came over and started taking our orders. The food was subpar and rather pricey.

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VS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We usually go to the location in Annapolis but my son wanted to go to this location because of the area. The waitress friendly but very slow. Hardly saw her jntil it was almost time to leave. Food was ok. It’s tasted better in the past. Ambiance was lackluster. There was a large party that was VERY LOUD. They need to consider having a party room for those types of engagements. Floor was dirty. Staff at front desk including waiters were mingling very loud. Disappointed. Wont go to this location again. Will go to another restaurant at National Harbor though.

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JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shrimp kiss appetizer was an excellent start. Enjoyed my steak very much.

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AJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere for conversation and getting together.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Everything was ok
The waiter was just Ok
My drink was not that great, told the waiter and was advised oh I can’t take that back

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