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:
Overall Experience

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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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El Gaucho himself!

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!