I love seafood. From grilled fish, to shellfish, to sushi and sashimi, I love it all! It's nice to have a McCormick and Schmick's here.
It's a little weird to find the driveway. Though the restaurant sits in "Restaurant Row" at the Hughes Center, and can be clearly seen from Flamingo, the driveway is on Hughes Center Drive. Valet is available.
The ambience is great. Lot's of woodwork, great Tiffany lamps and other decorative glasswork, the obligatory mounted salmon and swordfish, as well as vintage seafood prints. The "snugs", small single table rooms, are great.
Pay close attention to your server. They have a wealth of information. Some of the things I heard:
1. There's no frozen fish at M&S. Everything is fresh. They can run out of items, but there is sure to be something else I like just in case.
2. Menus are printed daily (and can be customized for your occasion, as the first reviewer noted).
3. In addition to fish, there are also great raw selections...oysters, sashimi, etc.
4. Appetizers have some classics (calamari, prawn cocktail) and some unique ideas (tater tots stuffed with shrimp and crab).
5. Steak lovers won't be dissapointed, and there is opportunity for "surf and turf", too.
6. The wine list is great because of it's selections and price points. You don't have to spend a lot on wine, but you can!
7. Service is right up there without being "stuffy". They take their job seriously while being good ambassadors for Las Vegas.
On my last visit (I go there often), I had something from a specialty menu featuring "regional" fish. Halibut wrapped in prosciutto, roasted in the oven and topped with nectarine chutney. I love halibut anyway, but this preparation was incredible. I also wanted to take advantage of a late running halibut season. I expect it to be out of season before my next visit.
Save room for dessert (or as my server suggested, get dessert first!). They are all made in-house. Don't poke at the dessert tray. They're real!
You can spend more, but the quality may not be as good as M&S. IMO, you get what you pay for and more.
Lunch is served M-F only until 4:00PM.
I took my husband to McCormicks to celebrate our anniversary, I called ahead for reservations, and they asked if it was a special occasion and I advised that it was. When we arrived at the restaurant they had specially made up menus wishing us a happy anniversary . The fish was great!!! Service was good and they made it a memorable experience for us.
12/07 We arrived approximately an hour after our 7:15PM reservation, but were greeted with Happy Birthday wishes and seated in a booth as requested. A bountiful mixed green salad with bleu cheese and candied walnuts in a light vinaigrette dressing was shared. My wife's entree was cashew crusted tilapia with Jamaican rum butter and tropical salsa which came with crisp green beans and white rice. I ordered the pecan crusted catfish with Cajun remoulade sauce that was served with mashed potatoes plus a mix of crisp green and yellow beans. Service was attentive and the food delicious. I used a $25 gift certificate received after joining this chain?s Preferred Guest program.
We shared a spinach salad with fennel and cranberries tossed with a basil dressing that sounded much better than it tasted. We each ordered the seafood fettucine ? rock shrimp and bay scallops in a garlic cream sauce. This dish was very tasty, but the bay scallops were the smallest I have ever seen.
We started off with the fried calamari appetizer with three sauces which were light and flavorful. My wife ordered the swordfish ?au povre? which was finished in a pomegranate demi glace, chanterlles, asparagus and a truffle potato cake. I ordered corvine devon port, similar to seabass, which was roasted in pecan honey butter and accompanied by Brussel sprouts and fingerling potatoes. Both dishes were excellent though on returning home, I googled corvine devon port unsuccessfully. We finished the meal by sharing a gingerbread creme brulee. After this meal you could have trussed me up because I was already stuffed.
12/09 revisit: We dine at this location at least 4-5 times per year and have never been disappointed.
As Preferred Guest members we received an amuse bouche of tomato smoked salmon and capers. We also shared a delicious spinach salad with dried cranberries, fennel, carrots and basil dressing. My wife ordered lobster ravioli in a red curry sauce that I am going to have to try to duplicate at home. My entre was macadamia crusted blue grenadier topped with bay scallops and served with a tropical salsa, green beans and roasted red pepper. We also shared a crme brulee. Both the dessert and first $30 of our bill were complimentary in recognition of my wifes birthday
Pros: Consistency, fresh ingredients, good service
After miserable experiences this week at Seablue (MGM Grand - see my review) and David Burke (Venetian) I was beginning to wonder if it was possible to find decent service anymore in Las Vegas. Fortunately McCormick and Schmicks has restored my hopes. McC&S is a chain with restaurants in most major cities. What's clear is that they have perfected high quality seafood and service, and their size allows them to develop excellent quality control methods over ingredients, preparation and service. There were 16 of us in my group tonight and the service was unexpectedly professional and attentive (our server was "S-Jill" on the check; she did us the favor of not introducing herself as if we were supposed to become chummy best friends like so many restaurants seem to encourage.) Our orders were take at the right time and everything was delivered when desired; the wine galsses didn't run empty and she didn't annoy us with the constant "How's the food?" interruptions like the waitress at David Burke. Instead we had meticulously prepared food. For starters we had fresh perfectly shucked oysters with a trio of sauces (watch out for the horseradish as it will definitely clear your sinuses) and wonderfully crispy calimari also with a trio of sauces. My halibut was a suprising delight, grilled and served over rice and gingery julienned vegetables, in a base of a rich citrusy saffron sauce with balsamic drizzle. It was much more enticing than this description sounds as the flavors and textures complimented each other beautifully. Even with cocktails, dessert, some nice wines from Stags Leap and Clos du Val and a generous tip well above 20% the total was less than $100 per person. Yet this meal was far better in every way than the meals I had earlier this week at Seablue and David Burke, both of which were over $200 per person. I'll be back again.
Pros: Great food and service, reasonable prcies (especially for LV)
Cons: Slightly loud didning room, but nothing like the din in most resaturants on the strip
This place has great seafood! I had Idaho trout stuffed with crabmeat and my fiancee had the parmesan crusted sole. There were many choices on the menu. We also had the seafood chowder which was amazing. Best of all, when we mentioned that it was my fiancee's birthday, the waitor gave us a complimentary dessert!