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Old 03-12-2007, 03:18 PM   #1
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OH - Cincinnati .. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood?

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood just opened in downtown Cincinnati and I made reservations for next Sat night. I know this is a chain, has anyone had dinner there and is it decent?


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Old 03-12-2007, 04:07 PM   #2
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Toots, we have that chain here too. I believe it's supposed to be an "upscale" chain. Have not eaten there myself.

Hope your dinner is decent. It's gotta beat Captain D's, though, doncha think?

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Old 03-12-2007, 04:13 PM   #3
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We go there for lunch occasionally. I'd rate it between OK and Good.

Their service is peevish and condescending, IMO. They also have the annoying habit of making a big production of printing the kinds of fish they have in the kitchen that day (waiter stresses that the menu is printed twice daily so that only the freshest fish is listed) only to NOT have what you want available for lunch. OK, if the menu is printed twice daily, print a lunch menu and then a dinner menu. Don't get me excited about the wild salmon if you won't let me order it.

They have cheap apps at happy hour time. At least here.
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Old 03-12-2007, 05:55 PM   #4
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Ours are very good--2 in a mid-size city. Maybe the service is reflective of the city also--who knows. Maybe a "chain" but good food.
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Old 03-12-2007, 06:15 PM   #5
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I went there twice when I was in Boston on business trips. I liked it very much. The seafood was very nice.
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Old 03-12-2007, 09:52 PM   #6
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Thanks. I'm usually put off my chain restaurants (but I do love cheesecake factory - my guilty pleasure). The McCormick & Schmidt in Cincinnati is right on Fountain Square so I thought it would be nice setting to try dinner.

I'll post my thoughts after I dine there -
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:31 AM   #7
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I ate at one in D.C. and enjoyed it. On the company's dime, so I didn't mind that it was pretty pricey. The food was good, had a nice atmosphere and the service was what it needed to be. I probably wouldn't go back if I were paying, but it was good to try.
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Old 03-13-2007, 07:15 AM   #8
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been to the one in baltimore, which has fantastic scenery as its waterfront at the inner harbour.

i was on the company dime as well..so i want fazed by the high prices.

i thought the service was very good and the food was excellent!

hope u have a great time!!
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Old 03-13-2007, 08:58 AM   #9
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Just to be accurate and fair... it is not really a chain. It is a corporate-owned group of restaurants. (Chain being a franchise operation, and thus independently owned) But lets not get caught up in semantics. The corporate owners go to great lengths to train their staff and to operate a fine restaurant.

I have eaten in McCormick and Schmicks from Portland to Baltimore and many places in between. They are an up-scale fish house. They offer good food well prepared. They are a little bit on the "spendy" side- obviously catering to the expense account crowd, but not prohibitvely so.

I am presently living in a seafood wasteland here in the intermountain west. I wish we had a M&S anywhere within a half days drive and I would be there for dinner tonight.

I envy you. enjoy.
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Old 03-13-2007, 11:28 AM   #10
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Why do so many people have a problem with "chain restaurants?" They all started out as one restuarant, and became so popular that they opened another, and another, and another as word spread about how good they were. What is the big deal? Just remember, with 42 restuarants in several countires, Wolfgag Puck is now a chain, and with seven or eight restaurants all over the country, Emeril's will soon be a chain, too.

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