McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

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McCormick & Schmick’s is a chain restaurant serving fresh seafood, steaks, poultry, and pasta. They have been around since the 1970s, and are committed to freshness. McCormick & Schmick’s is well-known for their famous happy hours, which places emphasis on their hand-crafted, blender-free cocktails, which consist of freshly squeezed juices.

 

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Happy hours are Monday through Wednesday (4 PM through 6 PM), Thursday through Friday (4 PM through 6 PM and 9:30 PM through 11 PM), Saturdays (3 PM through 5 PM and 9:30 PM through 11 PM), and Sundays (3 PM through 5 PM).

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What we love about their menu is that their food items range from $3 to $9, including such items as the seared ahi tuna, coconut shrimp, buffalo wings, ahi tuna poke, calamari, truffle fries, and hummus. It’s nice that they have such a large variety available for customers to choose from.

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Their alcoholic items include domestic drafts starting at $3.50. They also offer well drinks for $4, wines and specialty cocktails for $6 dollars, and martinis (our favorite!) for $7. They have so many choices, making McCormick & Schmick’s a great option for happy hours.

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TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Overall Experience

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Atmosphere

Inviting, classic, and comfortable!

Food

They had an excellent selection of food at an affordable price point. The food was eclectic and included some great seafood options. We had seared ahi and fish tacos which were huge! The seared ahi was great!

Drinks

I wish the martini was chilled a bit more!

Pricing

Good prices, large portions!

Service

Our server was nice, informative and helpful.

CAMI’S CORNER:
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Atmosphere

I love the decor! It was a very modern look–warm and inviting with a lot of eye-catching designs!

Food

There was tons of food. I ordered the fish tacos and ahi poke (both gluten free) and they were very tasty. The tacos usually come fried but due to my allergy, they made them gluten free. The fish was a bit rubbery but still tasted good. The tacos were huge!

Drinks

I tried really hard to only order from the happy hour menu. I got a gin martini which was a classic, nothing too special.

Pricing

Very good. Great value for the amount of food and the tasty, fresh selections that were offered.
Service

Our server Mackenzie was very attentive and knew the menu well. She was polite, friendly, and we never had to ask for anything. Top-notch service!

 

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Final thoughts: McCormick & Schmick’s has a fantastic happy hour. Something that might add an extra touch and enhance the atmosphere would be some music. Overall though, we were pleased by the great portions, delicious food, and decent prices!

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Experiencing El Gaucho

El Gaucho, an upscale restaurant in Downtown Bellevue, is known for their exquisite

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steaks and delectable seafood. El Gaucho is an elegant restaurant with attentive service and exceptional food, making it an all-around incredible dining experience. Sometimes happy hours only have limited selections that do not fully capture the true essence of a restaurant. However, in the case of El Gaucho, I’ll go as far as saying any expectations of what a true happy hour should be were exceeded!

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The Happy Hour Seekers and friends!

Upon first walking into El Gaucho, one might not expect the expansiveness and luxuriousness of this restaurant.   The bar is furnished with comfortable booths and chair seating. Although the lighting is dim, the restaurant is still bright due to the huge wall of windows.

If you’re looking to treat yourself, we strongly encourage checking out happy hours at El Gaucho for a luxurious dining experience!

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TERI’S THOUGHTS:

 Parking

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I parked in the garage next to the elevator that went straight up to the restaurant. They do validate your ticket. They also have valet parking.

Atmosphere

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Loved the big windows and luxurious atmosphere!

Food

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Great happy hour menu items that represented their entire dinner and lunch menu. It was nice to be able to taste what they are known for. Exquisite food and ingredients. I had the wicked shrimp which was spicy, flavorful, and filling. I also had the calamari which was some of the best I’ve ever had.

Drinks

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Nice wine selection and great happy hour drinks. Very good!

Pricing

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Prices range from just a few dollars to $22. A good majority of the items are under $10. This is what happy hour should be–very reasonable and comfortable pricing.

Service

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This was the most attentive service I’ve ever had at any restaurant. I was given water immediately, the service was personable and the waiter was outstanding, I was given a list of wine choices right away.

Overall Experience

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I think this has been my favorite happy hour so far, mainly due to the service and food quality!

 

CAMI’S CORNER:

Parking

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I have the worst luck finding parking here. I ended up paying $14.
Atmosphere
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A beautiful, charming restaurant with a gorgeous view of the courtyard from the bar. The crowd looked fun with lots of attractive men.

Food

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No gluten free designation on the menu, but our server knew the selections well. I had tenderloin diablo and mixed green salad. Both were amazing and it was more than enough food!

Drinks

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I love mojitos and they offered a vodka-based version that was so good and refreshing–I had to have two!

Pricing

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Not the most expensive Happy Hour in Bellevue. Worth the prices!

Service

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Our server was very attentive, knew the menu well, and was adorable.

Overall Experience

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Even though I couldn’t seem to find the parking, all of my friends could, so I won’t hold that against them. El Gaucho offers a great happy hour with a comfortable and unique setting. It’s my favorite so far! A great option if you want to treat yourself or take someone special to a Happy Hour they will remember!

Kicking off 2017 at John Howie Steak

 

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Hello Happy Hour enthusiasts, it’s been a while! We haven’t posted since, well, since last year but the Happy Hour Seekers are back and we thought the best way to kick off the new year was a happy hour at John Howie Steak.

John Howie Steak is known for their delicious steak (of course!) but we have also been hearing people bragging about their daily happy hours. So, we decided to check them out for ourselves. John Howie is located at the Bravern in Downtown Bellevue, next to all kinds of swanky stores like Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Salvador Ferragamo, and Neiman Marcus. John Howie is regarded as one of the premier and classiest restaurants in Bellevue.

Lucky for us, we had a pretty great time! We were a bit disappointed with some of the pricing and that John Howie didn’t clearly designate gluten free options on the menu. Maybe that’s something they could consider in the future. However, the atmosphere was sleek and inviting, our servers were friendly, and the food we ended up with had a good taste. Check out our ratings below. Also, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what places you think we should check out in 2017!

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TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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Parking at the Bravern can be a challenge–and I’m not a fan! The garage is too confusing. They offer valet parking which is a great option.

Atmosphere

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There have comfortable chairs, TVs, and a nice sized bar. The lighting is great, nothing too fancy, just cozy.

Food

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They offered good choices that showcased the best of their meats, fish, and extras. I ordered off the bar menu instead of the happy hour menu. I had the Ahi Bowl which was excellent!

Drinks

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There was a nice choice of drinks. I had a delicious vodka martini. However, I did not see a lot of wine options on the happy hour menu–though there were plenty to choose from on the regular bar menu.

Pricing

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Pricing was reasonable for the quality and food choices. The average price was between $8 and $16.

Service

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Attentive, personable, and respectful. We had a server who was able to answer all of our questions. Very nice.

Overall Experience

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I would definitely go back. My favorite part was the comfortable seating. I had a nice experience overall!

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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Parking on a Sunday was a breeze!
Atmosphere
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It was very cozy! They had a small bar and a nice layout.

Food

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The menu has no designated gluten free options. I really wanted the steak bites but they weren’t gluten free. I had the spicy habanero butter shrimp which was very good. The deviled eggs were okay but a little bland for my taste and didn’t pair well with the shrimp.

Drinks

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I had the spicy basil lemon drop which I really enjoyed!

Pricing

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I have not dined here for Happy Hour in a few years but the prices have increased dramatically!

Service

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Our waiter was very nice but didn’t seem well-versed with people like me who have food allergies. I realize it’s hard to keep up with everyone’s different allergies/preferences. I just wish John Howie had better prepared their staff or designated gluten free options.

Overall Experience

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I used to rave about John Howie’s Happy Hour. However, this time, I spent over $60 with the tip and didn’t have the food experience I was hoping for. Probably an off night. I would try again sometime with different expectations.