Houston >Food & Dining > Mccormick & Schmick's Seafood Houston Pavilions
1201 Fannin St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700229.753984 -95.366542
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
Excellent, Relaxing - Even on New Years Eve! – My BF and I went for dinner on New Years Eve last night which I normally like to stay away on "amateur night" on the town but had a wonderful evening. This was my first time at this location and even though I was expecting a harried, crazy atmosphere and staff it was not. The waiter was very good, the wedge salad and crab bisque delicious (the wedge winning out though - highly recommend) - and the stuffed salmon was cooked perfectly and was thoroughly enjoyed. I really, really liked the cozy private booth with our very own windows to watch the activity outside. We will be going back - this was a gem on a night when I would have settled for average. Don't hesitate if you are thinking of going. it is fun, laid back and the food is quite good! No complaints whatsoever and I thank them for making New years eve so enjoyable.
Excellent – The food was fresh And delicious. My stuffed salmon was wonderful. Upscale seafood and steak joint surprisingly not overpriced for the quality. Tried several apps. and 4 of the deserts all wonderful but the apple pie was to die for and the mac and cheese divine. The service was good and manager Troy was courteous and helpful.
Great service, Great food, I will definitely recommend – I went to the new downtown location just a couple of days ago, WOW. The happy hour was jammed with young vibrant professionals sipping on some of the best priced drinks and great looking food. We order the ahi lolli pops that came with a sweet spicy sauce, yum. Then we had a few Ziegenbock beers for less then 3.00 and a mojito's for around 7.00. The bar quickly filled up as it became a standing room only, i suggest get there early to claim a spot. About 7:00 the dining room began to fill up with theater-goers and conventioneers. The bar staff were very freindly and offered great suggestions.
No way would I eat dinner here...wouldn't suggest it to a downtown homeless person....(overly patient-rant) – I figured this place as an overpriced medicocre tourist attraction with fancy decor, since it's in the Houston Pavillions (and it is exactly that), but we wanted to check it out anyways since we live a couple of blocks away. 1st stop: stopped for a beer in the bar just to check out the menu. Expensive...no worries...we expected that. The bartender suggested some kinda crab?+cheese dip with "tortilla chips". It sucked...the "chips" were deep fried pieces of tortillas so soaking wet with oil that I blew out my toilet 30 minutes later. The cheese dip? I don't know what it was supposed to be, (I think he said crab),but it sucked and was very oily+salty. 2nd stop: Wanted to try 2-3 items off the Happy Hour menu and have a couple of "required" expensive beers to order from it, but there was no room to sit in the bar...it was full. We asked if we could sit in the dining room, and order from the Happy Hour menu, but they said NO. Funny...there were ZERO people in eating in the huge dining room! They did NOT want our money in any shape or form...so we had to leave without being allowed to order anything at all.(WOW!) But my stubborn girlfriend was determined to try the items on the Happy Hour menu, so we tried again today. We went early and got a seat in the bar, which was not crowded this time. We ordered the two "required" beers, and ordered some fish tacos. We were immediately attacked by GNATS!!!! They were in our faces, in our hair, and landing on our beers. We covered our glasses with napkins, and the gnats just landed on them. After waiting over 45 minutes for a simple order of stupid fried fish tacos, and ordering a second beer, the waitress asked if we had finally decided on what to order. What??? IDIOT!! She apologized for not giving our order to the kitchen, then gladly accepted our money for the beer as we left as fast as we could. Funny...as always...the dining room was empty. This place is for clueless business travellers...they'll be gone in no time...shame.
Quick decline of quality food.... – My fiancee and I have been to this location 4 times since mid-December. The first time - excellent, second - step down, third - still going down, and fourth - horrible. I have never been to a restaurant that I have noticed such a dramatic decline in a short time frame. I went for a pre-Valentine dinner and made a reservation very early in the week. Our table was horrible; right in the middle of the front of the restaurant. The service was good. The oysters that we have every time we visit were not only shucked badly (stabbed several times through the oyster, basically minced oysters) but we also got a broken shell that was actually served with bits of shell broken into the oyster. I notified the waiter about our unhappiness and instead of getting the oysters comp'd on the bill, the manager brought us out more oysters - we didn't want more!! My fiancee got the seafood stew as his meal (which he loved the first & second time he got it and ate everything) but this trip was different. The seafood was overcooked (the calamari was worse then a tire), the broth was OVERLY fishy (the broth color was dirt brown instead of a light tomato red which it normally is), and the king crab leg was only a joint served with no utensils to get out the meat (there was no meat anyway). I got the scallops (recommended by my fiancee since he had it before and thought it was excellent) which were good alone but the rest of the plate was very dry and I could not finish even half of the potato cakes that it is served with (lumpy, dry, weird texture). All I can say positive about the meal was the wedge salad but how can you mess that up! My fiancee and I both have very good palates for food and McCormick and Schmick?s will never get our business again. All in all, think twice before wasting your money here!
Upscale seafood restaurant chain known for its daily changing selection of fresh catches opens its second Houston location in the Houston Pavilions downtown. – Dark woods, polished brass and stained glass, art deco fixtures greet seafood lovers at this sophisticated seafood chain restaurant in the downtown Houston Pavilions. The extensive menu printed twice a day includes seafood flown in daily from all over the globe. Expect an amazing selection of fresh oysters on the half shell from both local and exotic coasts and other fresh underwater delights such as king salmon, rock shrimp and Dungeness crab that come expertly prepared to your table. A modern happy-hour menu with throwback prices served in the adjacent bar wards off pre-dinner hunger and attracts a vibrant after-work crowd.
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