McCormick & Schmick's - Bethesda
7401 Woodmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 10, Friday 11:30 to 11, Saturday 4 to 11, Sunday 4 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Oysters on the half-shell; steamed lobster; fried shrimp; fried oysters; Key-lime pie.
The menus at these seafood dining rooms tout their “fresh list,” a daily roster of 30 or so varieties of fresh catches. Decor varies—the Bethesda outpost is wood-paneled and clubby, the one in DC’s Penn Quarter more modern—but the corporate polish remains the same.
What to get: The menu changes often, but you’ll have the best luck with simple preparations—iced Beausoleil and Kumamoto oysters; steamed lobster; crunchy fried shrimp with cocktail sauce; fried oysters with slaw; just-tart-enough Key-lime pie.