McCormick & Schmick's - Reston
11920 Democracy Dr.
Reston, VA 20190
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Open daily 11:30 AM to 1:30 AM.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Oysters on the half-shell; fried oysters; fried shrimp; steamed lobster; 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.