McCormick & Schmick's - Crystal City
2010 Crystal Dr.
Arlington, VA 22202
Neighborhood: Arlington, Crystal City/Pentagon City, Arlington
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Open Monday through Friday 11 to 11, Saturday 4 to 11 PM, Sunday 4 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Crystal City
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Oysters on the half shell; steamed lobster; fried shrimp with cocktail sauce; 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.