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Jan 22, 2007 04:59 PM

What to order at McCormick & Kuleto's?

I've been given a $100 gift certificate to McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant at Ghirardelli Square. I know it's super touristy and not exactly a Chowish venue, but I don't want the gift certificate to go to waste.

Beyond the advice of asking for what the freshest fish of the day is, any suggestions on specific dishes to order there?

Also, any suggestions on what days and times of the week to go?


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  1. The most expensive bottle of wine they have with that fish? Lots of drinks? I could use a drink right now. They have that happy hour which would probably feed you for the next year since burgers are $1.95.

    They have a mail order business. You could probably buy the side of smoked salmon. They have a cookbook too.

    2 Replies
    1. re: rworange

      So, are you saying that there's NOTHING decent to order off the menu?

      1. re: chemchef

        No, just other ideas. Haven't been recently enough to recommend anything besides what has been mentioned. Lots of business meals there. Nothing stands out except it was ok. The only impression it made was food-wise it was memorably mediocre, but wouldn't offend a client ... and ir reminded me I wanted to try the happy hour.

    2. I haven't been in a while, but used to do business with them, so I HAD to eat there occasionally. The seafood is almost always very fresh because they do such high volume that there's plenty of turnover of product. That said, I always found it safest to order the simplest preparations. Stick with oysters, cracked crab, etc. Go early in the evening and watch the sun set from the bar with a bottle of bubbly and a plate of oysters. It is a beautiful spot, right on the bay, and it's easy to use up $100 on Champagne!

      1. My office had their Christmas party there this year and it wasn't actually too bad. I was expecting the worst, but the fish was fresh and tasty. Not great, but good. The salad and dessert were mediocre, at best, though. I agree that you should stick to the simplest stuff.