Dog Friendly Dining: McCormick & Schmick’s

Posted on June 3, 2011


There’s one word that comes to mind when describing the current state of casa de Gus…CHAOS!

It’s moving time!  The semi trailer arrived yesterday evening and we will spend the next four days filling it up with all of our stuff.  We’re more than ready to finally load all of the boxes we’ve packed.  This time around, we’re using ABF to move our belongings.  When Mitch and I relocated to Texas seven years ago, we moved using a Budget moving truck and vowed never to do that again.  Evidently, driving a 26-ft truck full of all of our possessions was not Mitch’s idea of a good time.

With ABF, they drop off the semi trailer, we fill it and then they pick it up and drive it to our destination.  SO much easier!  It will definitely be a relief to wave goodbye to the trailer on Tuesday morning.  If you don’t hear from us by Monday, send help.  We may be stuck under the washing machine. 😉


Since it’s Friday (yippee!), we thought we’d share a recent dog friendly dining experience we had with Gus.  In April, we visited one of our favorite Texas cities…Austin.  We couldn’t possibly bid Texas adieu without one last visit.

After a long morning of lake walks, the botanical garden and breakfast at Whole Foods, we made our way to the newish area in the NW part of Austin known as The Domain.  A stop at McCormick & Schmick’s was on the agenda for lunch.  We had a $30 birthday credit on our account that was set to expire and they are dog friendly.  Win-win!

After we were seated, the manager came out to say hello and provided Gus with a treat…a Texas Twister!

Gus is normally really picky when it comes to new treats, so you can imagine how surprised we were when he immediately started chewing on it.

While Gus was occupied with his Texas Twister, Mitch and I moved on to the important task of choosing our entrees.  I am notoriously wishy-washy when it comes to selecting menu items.  Luckily, Mitch is patient and lets me hem and haw over my choice for as long as it takes.

For those of you who live close to a McCormick & Schmick’s, we highly recommend signing up for their Preferred Guest program.  You earn points for every dollar you spend and they load your card with $30 credit for your birthday.  Plus, several locations we’ve visited have outdoor dog friendly patios!

During this particular visit to McCormick & Schmick’s, we learned that if you show your card when you order, they provide a complimentary amuse-bouche to kick-off your meal.  Free sushi?  Yes please. 🙂

Mitch opted for the always-tasty fish and chips…

Luckily for me, he’s not a fan of cole slaw.  It was definitely the star of the meal.  Light, fresh and bursting with crunchy veggies!

After an intense scouring of the menu, I opted for the Chef’s Special, the wild hebi.  The fish was perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.  I seriously could have bathed in the fresh lemon-dill butter.  TMI?


The Details:

McCormick & Schmick’s:  11600 Century Oaks Terrace  Austin, TX  512.836.0500

  • Opens at 11am Mon-Fri & Sun; 11;30am on Sat
  • Click here for McCormick and Schmick’s menus

Our Review (+ = positive, – = negative):

+ Dog friendly outdoor seating
+ Gus was given his own special welcome treat
+ Service was quick and very friendly
+ Dined for free using our $30 Preferred Guest birthday credit
+ Located within The Domain shopping area

– The patio has a limited number of shaded tables – not a good choice for hot, summer days

Fun Facts:

  • McCormick & Schmick’s has a fabulous happy hour ($2.95 burger and fries!)
  • Preferred Guest card earns points for each dollar spent
  • Locations throughout the U.S.


We wish you all a very happy Friday and weekend!