McCormick & Schmick's (date night review)

Last week Mark and I went into downtown Portland and enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Neither of us had been to McCormick & Schmick's Harborside at the Marina so it was a fun treat. First off the location is excellent. You're right downtown on the water and there is a nice pathway to walk along before or after your meal. They also have a bar at this location and I've heard rave reviews about their happy hour. We decided to eat in the restaurant and were seated right away at a table with a gorgeous view. The staff was incredibly friendly and definitely made the dining experience more enjoyable. We browsed the menu for a while; it's filled with so many options that it was hard to choose. If you love seafood then this restaurant is an excellent choice for you.

Mark ordered Salmon Rigatoni: asparagus, mushroom, artichoke with a pesto cream sauce. Mark said it was really good. 

I ordered Stuffed Shrimp: lump crab stuffed shrimp, red pepper white cheddar mash and asparagus. It was amazing! I love any and all things crab and I think shrimp is so delicious so a combination of the two was awesome. The mash was made up of pureed red pepper and white cheddar mixed into their mashed potatoes. Their seasonal vegetable of asparagus was cooked perfectly. 

We each decided to have dessert. I'm a sucker for desserts but we don't often get something when we are out. Usually we are too full, but with their food being as good as it was I was excited to see how their dessert tasted. I was not disappointed. 

Mark had Upside Down Candied Walnut Apple Pie: baked twice with a candied walnut crust, warm caramel sauce and served with cinnamon ice cream. I had a bite and it was wonderful! 

Being the chocolate lover that I am I decided on the Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake: rich velvety smooth chocolate truffle cake served with fresh berries. Our server mentioned that it tasted like you were eating a chocolate truffle, and she was right. It was beyond yummy. 

Overall I loved this place. It was perfect for our date night. If you are in the area you should check it out. They also have a few other restaurants around Portland and Beaverton. Great food! 
Ashley Elizabeth


  1. That looks delicious! I love dessert too! Sometimes my hubby and I even share a meal if the servings are large just to save room for cake lol. Trying new restaurants is how you find more great things to eat.


  2. I hope Mark saved me some leftovers... that pasta looks DELICIOUS!

  3. Wow, those mashed potatoes sound awesome- at first I thought they were sweet potatoes, but that they have pureed red pepper and white cheddar is even more awesome, sounds so delicious! I love that area in the spring when it's a bit warmer/not as rainy and I'll walk myself all the way downtown along the waterfront, it's especially pretty when there are cherry blossoms blooming!

  4. Oh my gosh that looks to die for!

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